New course for families makes healthy eating easy and fun

Healthy eating made easy

Healthy eating made easy

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Families in East Dunbartonshire with an appetite for fun and healthy eating are being invited to snap up a place on a free eight-week course.

Active Children Eating Smart (ACES) is an inspirational after-school programme for families with children and young people aged between five and 15.

It has already achieved results locally, helping dozens of families to make changes while enjoying:

· Fun interactive sessions to learn more about healthy eating

· Physical activity sessions including games and sports such as swimming, badminton, tennis and football

· Practical cookery sessions, led by a food coach

· An opportunity to make and maintain lifestyle changes with support from ACES coaches.

The programme is a partnership between East Dunbartonshire Council, the Leisure and Culture Trust and East Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership.

Each week the sessions start with a short chat around the week’s topic followed by fun games to reinforce the messages - with parents/carers encouraged to take part in getting active.

After they complete the course, all participants will be invited to attend a six-month follow-up - giving ACES a chance to support families in making long-lasting changes. This is a free event and is usually a fun activity

such as snow tubing or orienteering.

Weekly sessions take place from 6pm to 7.30pm, beginning:

· August 31 at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre

· September 1 at Bishopbriggs Leisuredrome

· September 2 in Allander Leisure Centre.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, said: “I would urge families to secure their place on this inspirational project which has already changed lives in East Dunbartonshire.

“As a council we are working hard with colleagues in the Trust - particularly Active Schools - to encourage young people to lead healthy lives and eat well.

“I hope as many families as possible take the opportunity to get involved and develop an appetite for healthy living.”

Scott Hill, Chair of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, added: “The ACES project is informative, fun and offers lasting health benefits to everyone who engages with its aims.

“Qualified sport coaches and cooking leaders are involved in each session - ensuring you get expert advice and inspiration.

“The practical cookery sessions in particular aim to help families prepare quick, easy and healthy breakfasts, lunches and alternatives to takeaways.”

If you would like to reserve a place on ACES or need any further information, call Danny McPhelim on 0141 578 8437 or e-mail daniel.mcphelim@eastdunbarton.gov.uk