Programme to tackle childhood obesity rolled out across Rugby

Plans include a park, play area, gym equipment, allotments and more
Plans include a park, play area, gym equipment, allotments and more

Rugby Borough Council’s pioneering Changemakers programme launches across Warwickshire later this year.

The programme, which encourages families to embrace a healthy lifestyle, has been selected by Public Health Warwickshire to help spearhead the county’s drive to tackle childhood obesity.

The council has secured a two-year contract, worth £320,000, to roll out Changemakers across Warwickshire from September.

Changemakers aims to be both fun and informative, helping families adopt a healthy lifestyle by improving diets and increasing exercise.

The programme has run successfully in Rugby for four years, offering families the chance to try new, nutritional recipes and take part in different sports, such as indoor hockey and boxing.

The council’s sport and recreation team manage the nine-week programme, with family lifestyle advisors set to be based across Warwickshire to co-ordinate the countywide roll out.

Cllr Derek Poole, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for health, said: “Our Changemakers programme has made a real difference in Rugby and I’m delighted Public Health Warwickshire believes it can have a positive impact across the county.

“Childhood obesity presents a real challenge for public health but by tackling the issue in a fun, informative way, Changemakers paves the way to a healthier future.”

Changemakers forms part of Public Health Warwickshire’s Fitter Futures programme and was developed in line with the NHS Change4Life campaign.