Texts to help family health

Poolsbrook School Phone Safety Awareness. Left to Right, Natasha Swindell, Jessica Cole, Brady Bratley, Phoebe Longden, Lewis Johnson, Tyler Sharman.
Poolsbrook School Phone Safety Awareness. Left to Right, Natasha Swindell, Jessica Cole, Brady Bratley, Phoebe Longden, Lewis Johnson, Tyler Sharman.
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TEXT messages encouraging kids to get active are being sent to families across Derbyshire as part of the Government’s latest health drive.

NHS Derbyshire County is the only primary care trust in the East Midlands chosen to trial the £10,000 scheme, which is being run as part of the national Change4life healthy living project.

The six-month long programme involves sending monthly text messages to families of 270 primary school children, notifying them of events and activities - such as games and sports - that are coming up in their area.

As well as signposting local events, each message will offer health tips and nutritional advice.

There will also be projects set up, such as a communal vegetable box, and competitions to encourage families to get healthy together.

Lisa Duncan, headteacher at Poolsbrook Primary School, where a selection of pupils are involved in the project, said:

“Parents are really keen on promoting healthy eating.

“We are a healthy eating school and it is one of the things we work hard to encourage so the programme has been a great success for everyone.”

Jane Hicken, programme leader for NHS Derbyshire County, said: “All the goals and advice we are giving people is straightforward and achieveable, and by drawing the whole family in we want to motivate hundreds of people in Derbyshire to have a better life.”

Schools that are trialling the scheme include Creswell Junior School, Park Junior School, Brookfield Primary School, Poolsbook Primary, Duckmanton primary. Abercrombe Community Primary, Sharley Park Community Primary, Holmegate Primary, Grassmoor Primary, Castleview Primary, St Josephs Catholic Primary, Darley Churchtown Primary.

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