A new research study of the MEND healthy lifestyle programmes – such as the ones carried out by Jubilee Hall Trust in Southwark – shows that they can help overweight and obese five to seven-year-old children improve their weight status and health by changing habits and behaviours. The research, which was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Open this week demonstrates that the ten-week MEND community programmes, carried out in 37 communities across the UK are successful. The research will be presented at the European Congress on Obesity 2013, hosted in Liverpool.
Paul Sacher, lead researcher of the study, said:
“As we all know, childhood obesity prevalence rates remain high in the UK and globally, and many of us involved in tackling this problem in communities in the UK are trying to find ways to reverse this serious health issue. Our findings are important, as they demonstrate that overweight and obesity can be addressed cost-effectively in communities before children develop serious health problems associated with their obesity”.
Jubilee Hall Trust is currently delivering two MEND programmes in Southwark. The 5-7 programme is held at the Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey and the 7-13 programme at Rye Oak Primary School in Peckham Rye. For further information, or to sign up to future programmes, please contact Ylva Johannesson, MEND programme manager Southwark. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07413 513721.