Luton Borough Council is supporting a major new Change4Life campaign aiming to help families make healthy changes to their school routine.
Smart Restart encourages families to use the fresh start to the new school year as a chance to establish healthier habits – such as walking to school, incorporating short bursts of extra activity into the day and ensuring children eat a healthy lunch – to get parents and children moving more and eating more healthily.
Families who sign up to the campaign are supported through a six-week programme to help them stick to their chosen healthy change through to half term.
The five Smart Restart changes are:
>stretch your legs – encouraging families to swap regular car or bus journeys for walking, scooting or cycling
>10-minute moves – incorporating extra 10 minute activities into kids’ routines to help build to the goal of at least 60 active minutes a day
>screen-time switch – encouraging limiting screen time and swapping time in front of the TV, tablet or computer for something active
>beat the treats – encouraging families to swap unhealthy treats for healthier alternatives
> super lunches – help keep kids going through the school day with ideas for quick and tasty lunches.
Ann Hoskins, Director for Children, Young People and Families, Public Health England, said: “Families tell us they sometimes slip into unhealthier habits during the summer holidays, such as spending too much time in front of the TV or computer, or indulging in too many treats. The new school year is a chance for them to press the restart button and choose and sustain healthier habits for the year ahead.
Cllr Mohammed Ashraf, portfolio holder for Health, said: “Making one small change at a time helps people establish and stick to a healthy new routine; Smart Restart makes this simple, fun and easy to achieve.”
Smart Restart is backed by a range of Change4Life partners including retailers Asda and Aldi; the leisure sector’s representative body UK Active; Unilever’s low-fat spread Flora and Disney, which is providing content for the children’s microsite and a range of free activities to reward families once their Smart Restart changes are achieved. More information about Smart Restart is available on the Change4Life website.