Mum and daughter make healthy changes together

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Leaving their bad habits in lockdown

Like lots of families, six-year-old Lacey and her mum Jenna had got in some bad habits during lockdown. Stuck at home, they were watching too much TV and eating too many treats (usually out of boredom).

Jenna noticed they were both gaining weight, so she asked their GP for advice — and the doctor recommended our service for a bit of support with making healthier habits.

Sometimes, parents worry how their child will react to being placed on a weight management course, so the way you explain it to them is crucial.

Excited about doing something together

Jenna decided to simply tell Lacey they were going to learn to eat a bit healthier and do more exercise together — and this made Lacey feel excited about doing something together with her mum.

Jenna said: “The most valuable thing I learnt on the programme is that we are not alone in this. Seeing other families’ thoughts, opinions, ideas and commitment during the webinars and on our WhatsApp group was so helpful.

“The amazing staff were so lovely and committed to helping us all and giving us the best advice every time.”

Before joining our programme, they weren’t getting much physical activity, but our team helped to motivate them into action. Now they walk a lot more, Jenna has joined the gym and Lacey has taken up gymnastics.

Healthy changes at home

The pair have also been making healthy changes at home.

Jenna said: “We make healthier swaps with food and drinks, and use the traffic light system on food labels to see what is good for us. We also try to have the correct portion sizes for our meals.”

Jenna and Lacey have now graduated from the course with some new healthy habits in place and continue to be living their best life.

“The course has helped us far more than I imagined it would,” Jenna said. “We are both looking and feeling so much healthier than we did before it started.

“I really recommend anyone to take part and sign up, you won’t regret it.”

20 March, 2023