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Wolves help to set healthy goals for families across city

By Heather Large | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

Young children and their families will be able to pick up tips on staying healthy and active thanks to a new £300,000 initiative launched by the Wolves Foundation.

Rachel Smith of Wolves Foundation

The Healthy Goals project will work with pre-school children and their families, promoting healthy growth through education and activity sessions.

It has received funding from the Premier League, Professional Footballers Association and City of Wolverhampton Council.

The project aims to gain insight from both professionals and parents about barriers to healthy growth to enable the project to help meet these needs.

The scheme further extends the range of initiatives for all ages run by Wolves Foundation, offering activities from cradle to grave as part of their programme to support the people of Wolverhampton.

“Healthy Goals is a really exciting project, and one which will help parents and their young children pursue a healthy and active lifestyle,” says Rachel Smith, health and wellbeing manager with Wolves Foundation.

“We are delighted to be linking up with the City of Wolverhampton Council, and the initiative fits perfectly into their strategy to encourage everyone from the city to live as healthy a lifestyle as they can.

“Unfortunately, the full programme of activities will not be able to come into force until more of the lockdown restrictions are lifted, but so far we have launched the project online with a Facebook group and had a really good response from parents.

“We will be continuing to provide a series of resources online and engaging with parents to offer activities they can take part in with their children, before expanding the programme with more face-to-face contact when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”

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Under the guidance of Health Officer Jade Sutton, the programme will eventually include initiatives such as parent education workshops on tackling fussy eating, reducing screen time, healthy eating cooking classes, family education and physical activity sessions and interactive stay and play sessions at Molineux and local community centres and nurseries.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing at City of Wolverhampton Council, said: "Ensuring children grow healthily is a priority for this city. As chair of the Wolverhampton Healthy Growth Partnership I am delighted to have the Wolves Foundation as a vital partner organisation, along with many others.

“By working together across all sectors, we are taking a stand to say that growing healthily is what we want for all our children, and that all of us have a part to play. Moving towards healthy growth for all means so much more than just looking at weight, but rather needs us to address underlying factors that make being healthy difficult for so many.

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“Healthy Goals is a fantastic project that weaves into our wider work across the city, engaging and connecting families in their own neighbourhoods, giving them tools to live healthier lives in a fun, sustainable way."

John Hudson, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for PFA added: “The launch of the Healthy Goals initiative by the Wolves Foundation is the perfect way to address barriers to healthy growth for pre-school children and their families.

“Education, activity sessions, online resources and lots of fun are key to its success and the PFA are proud to support such a worthy programme for positive change.”

Anyone who has child aged four or under and wants to be in with a chance of winning a £100 Amazon voucher, should join the Healthy Goals Facebook group and complete the survey before the closing date of August 1 at facebook.com/groups/262956554728445/about/

Heather Large

By Heather Large
Special projects reporter - @HeatherL_star

Senior reporter and part of the Express & Star special projects team specialising in education and human interest features.

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