Eat together, play together

Advice on staying healthy from medical experts.

With the school holidays upon  us ambulance chiefs in the West Midlands are urging local families to take advantage of the good weather and increased free time by not only exercising, but also eating together to boost our health.

There is now overwhelming research that shows eating well and being active has multiple health benefits and can also help to bring a family closer together. West Midlands Ambulance Service Medical Director, Dr Andy Carson, said: “We have always urged our staff to keep active and try and eat healthily because of the nature of their jobs. It’s not always easy when you are working shifts, but it is undoubtedly worth making the effort.

“These days, modern life can mean we’re a lot less active. The reality is that there are now so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games. Equally, our diets have changed with convenience and fast food available. New statistics show 90% of our children risk growing up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies, which can lead to life-threatening illness, particularly as we reach middle age.

“Being overweight isn’t just about the way we look. It can lead to more aches and pains, problems sleeping and people report a loss of energy and confidence. It also increases our chances of getting heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

He added, “With such a beautiful summer so far, why not make a commitment to protecting your children and yourself?”

If you would like more help and advice, visit the Change4Life website to get some ideas on how you can have fun and keep active.  The site has just launched its ‘Get Going This Summer’ campaign.

There is a whole range of information available:

  • Find out about fun events in your area and make the most of the many great offers available
  • Need something to entertain the kids? Try the local activity finder
  • What better way to enjoy the weather than a picnic? There are tips and tricks for making tasty picnics
  • You can sign up for the Change4Life back to school programme