News from the Network: Eat Well Play Well, Dundee

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Eat Well Play Well engages with families with 0-5 years from community and voluntary organisations. The programme is about building capacity by training the community leaders of the groups to take the programme forward.  The aim of the programme is to achieve people with healthy weights in Dundee and reduce the health risks such as heart disease and type 2 Diabetes.

A multi-agency approach to addressing the issue of healthy weight has been established in Dundee. It brought together the expertise between NHS Tayside, Dundee Healthy Living Initiative and Leisure and Culture Dundee. 

Eat Well Play Well was created to promote healthy eating and physical activity into one programme using community development approaches. The programme is fun with parents and children getting involved together in cookery, healthy eating messages and play with all the family. 

14 separate voluntary and community groups have taken part in Eat Well Play Well sessions and activity events. The next part of the programme is to support the group leaders to continue the programme with ongoing support to access funding and provide a network to bring the community groups together to share knowledge and skills.

“We encourage families to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle through cooking ideas, healthy eating information and physical activity,” said John Cairney of Leisure and Culture Dundee. “The activities during the sessions are fun, active and inspiring.” 

Eat Well Play Well has connected with people by working with existing community groups and spreading positive messages after which word-of-mouth and social media encouraged others to put forward their  group to get involved.

“What we get back is a real sense of job satisfaction,” said Lauren Catto of Dundee Health Living Initiative. “Families tell us about the food they’ve been making at home, meals which are healthier and the children have helped to prepare.” 

The programme needs a diverse range of different partners to work with and train to use the Eat Well Play Well programme in their local communities. So far all involved have been delighted at the great response they have already seen from the community organisations. 

For more information contact the Beverley Black at the Mitchell Street Centre on 01382 435824. 

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