Local children have been benefiting from Health4Life, a joint healthy weight initiative between Southend United Community & Educational Trust (CET) and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.
The free programme aims to help local children and families enjoy a healthy and happy lifestyle, encompassing six-week after school clubs broken down into classroom theory and physical exercise.
In the latest session at Garon Park, the children took part in a fun mini tennis activity, learning basics such as backhand and forehand shots, serving, hand-eye coordination and movement.
As well as the physical side, they also practice valuable cooking skills, learning about healthy eating, cooking on a budget, understanding food labels, creating balanced meals and the importance of sleep.
Shaimeerann, Health4Life participant, commented:
“I really enjoy all the sessions and feel much healthier than before.
“I’ve improved my cooking skills and learned about different types of healthy foods.
“The staff have been really supportive and always make the sessions fun to be in!”
Pat, parent of Health4Life participant Nadia, commented:
“Health4Life is perfect for children learning different activities.
“My daughter always looks forward to coming!”
For more information about Southend United CET’s Health & Wellbeing scheme, please visit this page.