Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Healthy Eating Scheme Transformed Family Life

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Healthy Eating Scheme Transformed Family Life

Article excerpt

TEN-YEAR-OLD Cassandra Henderson used to snack on crisps and would tuck into kebabs for her evening meal.

When the youngster was seven, she tipped the scales at nine and a half stone.

But the family's life has been transformed after they were enrolled on a national workshop tackling childhood obesity.

They are part of the MEND project, an initiative which aims to make children and their families become fitter and healthier.

The youngster now attends classes twice a week to help with her diet and improve her exercise and has already lost more than a stone in weight.

Last night, her mother Clare, of Chopwell, Gateshead, welcomed Change4Life and encouraged families to jump on board.

She said: "It's about time. We are out in the sticks here and there's nothing around us. Hopefully it will just change everything. There's quite a lot of kids in her predicament, that are overweight, and I can't stress how important something is to change their lives. …

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