Children and families #BeRealistic about their diet choices and exercise

Published: 28 March 2018

Slough’s children’s centres have signed up to the #BeRealistic campaign by running a series of fun activities for children and their families to raise awareness about obesity and the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.

Called move and munch, the activities include opportunities to get families on their feet and moving more. The rhyme, song and dance sessions have encouraged children and their families to get active, with the children’s centre teams offering advice to parents on how they can incorporate exercise into their daily lives.

There has also been lots of information given to parents about healthy eating, diet and nutrition. Parents and their children have enjoyed making delicious recipes using healthy ingredients in the fun cookery sessions on offer.

To compliment this, advice has been given about portion control and how much young children actually need to eat in order to sustain healthy growth whilst avoiding unwanted weight gain.

#BeRealistic is a social media campaign to encourage residents to make small changes to their diet and physical activity to lead healthier lifestyles.

Cllr Shabnum Sadiq, cabinet member for children and education, said: “The aim of the #BeRealistic campaign is for our staff, departments, partners and communities to think about what differences they can make to their food and exercise choices to become healthier.

“Our children’s centres are doing a fantastic job of raising awareness to children and their parents about making wise choices now to avoid bad habits and subsequent poor health in the future.

“We want all of Slough’s children to adopt a healthy lifestyle, keep active and look after their bodies, so that they grow up to be happy and healthy.”