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Healthy Starts, Successful Futures for our Lambeth residents

Posted on 22 August 2019

Over 50 children and young people from Stockwell Gardens Estate came together last week to sample a new, healthier menu as part of Kids Café hosted by Young People Matter; as part of Healthy Starts, Successful Futures a programme fully funded by Battersea Power Station Foundation and managed by the Hyde Foundation.

Children took part in three workshops creating healthy options leading to a final Kids Café event last Friday. On the menu were prawn skewers, giant salmon fish fingers, pesto salad and banana cake with their own healthy ‘secret sauce.’ They learnt about the importance and benefits of healthy eating and took part in discussions to look at how they could share new healthier options with their family.

Young People Matter founder Kemi Folarin commented: “It was a great successful first Kids Café, the kids enjoyed cooking and others tasting different foods. It has influenced more kids to want to get involved, learn how to cook and learn about healthier choices whilst having fun.”

As part of Kids Café, the children designed posters that promote the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle, and these can be seen in Lambeth GP surgeries as part of Self Care Week that takes place 18 – 22 November 2019.

Healthy Starts, Successful Futures collaboration aims to reduce childhood obesity in Lambeth through an innovative community approach; working with children, young people and parents alongside a range of partners including play workers, schools and health professional to influence positive and healthier food choices.