26/04/2011 11:12 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Shopping Lessons For Fat Families

Fat families are to be given lessons in how to SHOP for healthy foods.

Deprived families with obese children are to be offered a 10-week course on nutrition and better eating, which will include guided trips around supermarkets and advice on which food stuffs to buy.
They will also be tutored in maintaining a healthy diet.

The scheme is currently being offered to overweight families in Manchester's Wythenshawe, Gorton and Harpurhey areas, and is funded by the NHS and the City's council, at a cost of £400 per course.

Daniel Brown, one of the coordinators of the programme said: 'We all lead such hectic lives that eating healthily can sometimes drop off the priority list.

'Kids love the fun activities and games, while the parents tell us that they enjoy learning about healthy eating and swapping tips with other parents.

'As well as losing weight, kids leave the programme with more energy and self-esteem.'

A spokesperson for NHS Manchester added: 'We want to embed healthy lifestyles in young people to reduce their risk of ill-health in later life. We can help the whole family make realistic lifestyle changes.'

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