A family on the move

11 March 2016

A family on the move imageWant to move more, eat well and live longer? Kent Community Health NHS Trust’s Healthy Weight Team can help. It runs a variety of local groups, walks and activities in east Kent.

Mum-of–four Janet Durmaz lives in Lynsted, near Sittingbourne, with her two youngest sons Ishak and Jadem. After becoming concerned about Jadem’s weight she spoke to his school nurse, who told her about the trust’s family lifestyles programmes.

Jadem has become a real fan of healthy eating and has even started to spread the word. “We were looking at the food labels in Sainsbury’s” said Janet. “Jadem was reading the label on a packet of cheese strings and a lady asked him what he was doing, so he explained where to find fat and sugar information on the label.  She was very grateful.”

Eight-year-old Jadem said: “Everytime I went to a sports club or something I always felt out of place. But at the club I met people the same as me. I liked playing football and dodgeball and I’ve just started a swimming course with some of the other kids from the club.”

Janet explained how the course has helped her and her family to make healthier choices when shopping. “We’ve got the healthy eating card
which shows you how much salt, fat and sugar you should be eating every day. It also comes with a magnifier so you can read those tiny labels on the packets in the supermarket.”

Jadem has become a real fan of healthy eating and has even started to spread the word. “We were looking at the food labels in Sainsbury’s” said Janet. “Jadem was reading the label on a packet of cheese strings and a lady asked him what he was doing, so he explained that we only buy foods that are less than five per cent fat, and showed her where to find the information on the label. She was very grateful.”

Janet also thanked the Healthy Weight Team for explaining the importance of portion control of ‘me-sized’ meals for kids. “I just used to fill up three plates with the same size meal”, she said, “but now I make sure that Jadem gets the right amount of food for his age and height.”

Jadem has got even more motivation to be active now with a new bike that he got for his birthday. Mum Janet has every reason to be proud of her son who is bursting with energy and obviously feeling great. “It’s not a five minute fix, it’s a journey,” she said, “but we will get there as a family.”

NHS Family Lifestyle Clubs are being introduced across east Kent. Change 4 Life Club is for children aged seven to 11-years-old and their grown-ups who want to get active, eat well and move more. Packed with games, activities and tips for great family meals, Change 4 Life Club can get your family up and active in no time. Ready Steady Go! is for families who need a little more help and support to make the change to a healthier future.

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