Children to lead healthy living bid

SCHOOL children in Langley Mill, Heanor and Belper have been chosen to lead a £10,000 government bid to get people to get active and eat healthier.

The drive will see personalised text messages sent to 720 children in Derbyshire primary schools through a text messaging service, a ‘pedometer challenge’ where families can compete to see how many steps they can take, and a free family leisure pass for each family taking part.

Jane Hicken, programme leader, said: “We’re delighted. This is a unique opportunity for us to use innovative new ways to encourage families to take those all important steps towards improving physical activity levels and a healthier diet.”

Langley Mill Junior School is one of those involved.