FAMILIES are getting active as part of a 10 week healthy life programme.

Kirklees children are taking part in the MEND Move It Week, part of the National Childhood Obesity Week.

It aims to encourage families to spend more time being active together.

This week they have played badminton and counted the number of steps they took, measured on a step counter – around 5,321 for some.

Dr Judith Hooper, director of public health for NHS Kirklees and Council, said: “We hope to spread the message that being fit and healthy can be fun, especially when you’re out and about being active as a family.”

The scheme is for children aged between seven to 13 who are above a healthy weight.

Among the activities encouraged is to walk for an extra 20 minutes a day, eat more healthy food, try a new activity a week, have a healthy breakfast and drink more water.

If you think your child is above a healthy weight and you’d like to find out more about MEND contact Abi Mckenzie on 01484 234095 or email physicalactivity.development@kirklees.gov.uk

New programmes in Huddersfield and Dewsbury are planned for September for children aged five to seven and seven to 13.