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Help kids make healthy swaps

Kids are easily influenced by the messages they receive about food, which is why promoting healthy eating is so important. It’s not always easy, though!

Advertising aimed at children has come under fire recently, with the ASA (Advertising Standards Agency) ordering two food giants to remove adverts that promote junk food to children. A poll of over 2,000 adults in the UK suggests that many parents agree that this is a problem, with two-thirds wanting junk food TV adverts banned before 9pm. The same study also found that 90% want to see cooking and nutrition lessons in schools.

Try Free2Go with your child

If you’re concerned about your child’s weight – or they’ve voiced their unhappiness to you – Slimming World offers free support for 11-15 year olds, which could help to balance the messages that they’re receiving with some positive, healthy eating info.

As well as offering free membership for this age group, we’ve developed a Free2Go guide promoting a special, simplified version of Food Optimising. Its two-pronged approach includes focusing on Free Food and Healthy Extras, and encouraging your child to make cool swaps from less healthy foods like burgers, chocolate and sweets. It will help them to:

  • understand healthy food choices, including which foods can be eaten freely and which should be enjoyed less frequently
  • experience and enjoy the benefits of unlimited fruit and vegetables
  • make positive food and activity choices that fit with their school life, home life and social life

Isabelle Kennedy joined the Free2Go plan at 15, after gaining 8st during secondary school. Isabelle went on to lose an incredible 9st 8lbs and was crowned our Young Slimmer of the Year 2017! She says:

To someone thinking of joining, I’d always say, “Please remember that we’re all in the same boat, we’re there for the same reason”. Everyone’s so willing to help and, far from dreading it, I look forward to seeing everyone on a Tuesday night now.

With support from you, their group and their GP, Free2Go provides a family-focused, empowering plan for young people like Isabelle and Daniel Hassall – giving them the guidance they need to ignore the advertising and ditch that junk food!

You can discover more about Free2Go membership here, and if you’d like to know more about how Slimming World can help your child’s health, your local Consultant will be delighted to tell you more.

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