Planting the Seedlings at Children’s Centre

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More than 50 children and their families took part in an educational fun day at Seedlings Children’s Centre, Grange Farm.

The Healthy4Life Fun Day, held on Tuesday, included smoothie making sessions for families, supported by community dieticians, a ‘fun with food’ session with the Adult Continuing Education (ACE) service, advice from health visitors on the importance of hand washing and oral health experts on getting a good teeth brushing routine, and Zumbatomics and Disco Babies taster classes for parents with young children.

The event followed on from a seven-week programme at the centre which looked at families’ attitudes towards nutrition and exercise, including a four-week Cook4Life course centred around healthy family meals. The cookery classes were supported throughout by community dieticians.

Samantha Ball, Seedlings Children’s Centre co-ordinator, said: “The event was a great success and a fantastic way of getting families excited about keeping fit and living healthy lifestyles. The event highlighted to parents how a change in diet and a little exercise can make a positive impact on the whole family.

“We couldn’t have done this without the support of local organisations and businesses*, many of which donated generous raffle prizes, including a month’s free gym membership and a week’s worth of free packed lunches.”

The Healthy4Life programme is due to run again in May. To find out more about Seedlings Children’s Centre or to register for the programme, call the team on 01908 503736 or visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/childcare.