Yate firefighters in campaign to keep children healthy

December 22 2018
Yate firefighters in campaign to keep children healthy

Firefighters in Yate have teamed up with South Gloucestershire Council to offer a free health and wellbeing programme.

The programme, aimed at overweight children aged four to 16, will aim to promote physical activity, boosting mental health and wellbeing and improving nutritional intake.

Ten of the sessions will be run from Yate fire station, where children will get to try fire drills and hose running, keeping fit with firefighters and get hands-on with firefighting equipment.

The Reach campaign is providing fun and interactive activities to boost confidence and wellbeing and a weekly physical activity session with lots of games, movement and fun.

It also aims to educate children and families on preparing healthy snacks, how to use nutrition labels when shopping and ideas on how to improve sleep.

The Yate sessions will run from Thursday 24th January at 4.15pm.

Kurt Hunt, Crew Manager for Risk Reduction at Avon Fire &Rescue Service, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to have a positive impact with children in the local community.

“We hope that by hosting the sessions at Yate fire station, we can give them the opportunity to try new things, help them reach a healthy weight and boost their mental health.

“As a Service, we always love to get involved with the community and activities like this are just one way we can help out.”

“Our firefighters all train to a very high fitness level so to be able to pass that on is fantastic.”

To sign up to Reach or to refer a family, complete a referral form from www.southglos.gov.uk/reach. You can also contact the council for more information on 01454 864005 or email healthylifestyles@southglos.gov.uk