Feb 15 2011

Steve Brine MP supports local families to get fit and healthy


Steve Brine MP has pledged to support Winchester families to get fit and healthy after signing up to a new fellowship scheme with MEND.




As part of his pledge, Mr Brine, who is the MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford, will visit his local MEND Programme held at River Park Leisure Centre in Winchester where he will offer support and follow the progress of local families.



To celebrate his involvement with MEND, Mr Brine met MEND graduate Matthew Skeen, 12, and his mother Pamela on Saturday 12 February at River Park Leisure Centre where they chatted about the positive impact MEND has had on their family. 



MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do it!) supports children between the ages of seven and 13 who are over the healthy weight range for their height and age to become healthier and more active through a 10-week after-school healthy living course.



During the course families take part in interactive workshops where they learn about nutrition and how to maintain a balanced diet, followed by fun activities to get the children moving whilst their parents talk about health in a supportive environment.



Pamela said:  “Since MEND we’ve become healthier as a family.  MEND gives you simple tips to help you make your family healthier and it’s all done in a fun way.  Matthew made some great friends on the programme and his self-esteem has rocketed.”



Following the programme Matthew even showed political talents of his own by campaigning to have unhealthy foods banned from his school.  He also attended MEND’s VIP reception at the Houses of Parliament last November in a bid to spread the word about the free healthy lifestyle programme.



Matthew said: “My favourite part of MEND was the exercise, I now love playing basketball and football and going swimming and diving.”



Steve Brine MP said:  “It was great to talk to Matthew and his mum about how MEND has helped them make long-term changes to their lifestyle.



“As a MEND fellow I’ll be spreading the word about what a great programme MEND is and how it can help families get fit and healthy for life.” 



MEND is currently running free healthy lifestyle programmes in Winchester.  If you think your child is above a healthy weight and would like to find out more about MEND, go to mendcentral.org or call 0800 2300 263.












Notes to Editor:





For a photograph of Steve Brine MP with MEND graduates Matthew and Pamela Skeen contact Lucy Hannagan on 0800 2300 263 or


.  For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07872 506996.


About MEND



·         MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do it!) is a social enterprise that runs free, fun healthy lifestyle programmes for families with children aged between two and 13 years



·         Since it was founded in 2004, MEND has helped over 20,000 families to become fitter, healthier and happier by providing information about healthy eating and how to keep active



·         Developed in partnership with child health experts at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the University College London’s Institute of Child Health, independent research shows that the MEND 7-13 Programme helps children lose weight and improve their fitness and self-esteem



·         A National Third Sector Partner of the Department of Health’s Change4Life campaign, MEND’s free healthy lifestyle programmes are delivered across the UK by a range of public and private sector partners


·         www.mendcentral.org

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