Eat, Play, Learn Well

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Families in the East End of Dundee are being encouraged to have their say on how a new healthy lifestyle initiative is delivered in their area.

Eat, Play, Learn Well aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families by helping them to make better and informed choices about issues like food and exercise.

The four-year initiative is based around communities surrounding Rowantree, St Vincent’s and Craigiebarns nursery and primary schools and is being organised by a multi agency working group including Dundee City Council and NHS Tayside.

Consultation was carried out with over 125 local people over the summer in a bid to identify health and exercise issues of interest and concern.

Now, two sessions will be held at Craigiebarns Primary (Tuesday September 13 3.30-5.30pm) and Rowantree Primary (Wednesday September 21 3.30-5.30pm) to help select the four most popular topics to focus on with an action plan.

Fun activities for families along with healthy food will be provided.

Councillor Stewart Hunter, children and families service convener said: “The benefits of having more children living healthier lifestyles are improved health, social & emotional wellbeing and performance at school.  

“I would hope that people will respond and get involved in these two events.”

Dr Laura Stewart NHS Tayside's Weight Management Service Lead, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the people living in the East End of Dundee to have their say on what is important to them for family healthy lifestyles. We encourage as many people as possible who live and work in the area to attend.”

Over the past few months, the multiagency team has engaged with children, families and workers, talking to lots of people and listening to what matters to them.

The engagement explored people’s opinions and feelings about a range of lifestyle issues including healthy eating, physical activity and play in the local area.      

Findings from the engagement activities centred around 11 key themes, such as the quality of safe and stimulating play areas, the importance of having easy to understand messages around healthy eating, the number of fast food outlets and the impact they have on healthy lifestyle choices and help with cooking and eating healthily on a budget.

At the events, all children, families and workers associated with Craigiebarns, Rowantree and St Vincent’s Nurseries and Primary Schools are invited to see for themselves what the 11 most common themes are and importantly, they can vote for the ones that matter most to them.

The themes with the most votes will be announced towards the end of the event and these will help the local community create their own focused Action Plan that will be supported through Dundee Partnership’s Local Community Planning process in the East End.

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