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The summer months are the perfect time to get into a physical activity or sport. Whether it’s perfecting those soccer skills after school or treading the boards for a drama group, keeping as active as possible is the best way to help your kids battle childhood obesity. July welcomes National Childhood Obesity Week, highlighting the fact that one in three children are overweight and at risk of developing serious conditions such as diabetes and coronary heart disease. But by simply eating healthily and getting more exercise your children will reduce the risk of obesity – and have fun doing it. But they can’t do it without your help! The week is being championed by MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do it!) who are encouraging adults to make small changes to their family’s diet and exercise routine. n To take part in a MEND programme visit their website

Jazz hands! Angela Pickup, Principal of Razzamataz Theatre School in York, believes that any kind of physical activity can benefit a child’s wellbeing. “Theatre schools can keep their students motivated. It is far too easy these days for youngsters to become distracted with television or computers and with our country’s growing obesity problem, it is up to theatre schools such as Razzamataz to help solve the problem.” As well as the obvious health benefits, such as improving health and fitness, participation in theatre arts can benefit children in many different areas as they acquire life skills. n Find out more at Anyone for tennis? Caroline Buncall, founder of Tennis Tykes, the fun and educational pre-school tennis programme which currently runs at a number of venues across York, says, “Tennis is a great lifelong sport which can be enjoyed from age two to 82 and not only keeps obesity at bay but also develops a child's physical ABCs of agility, balance and co-ordination.” n To book your child onto one of Tennis Tykes summer courses, call 07843 342662 or visit

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Plenty of us of a certain age would love to get to grips with the internet and computers, but aren’t sure where to begin. Anita of Computer Start offers oneto-one tuition in using email and Google as well as Skype, grocery shopping, tracking family ancestry, saving photos and more – all in the comfort of your own home, using her personal laptop if you don’t have a machine. If you decide to buy your own computer she can set up your broadband and laptop and will install a free anti-virus too. For older laptops, Anita can arrange for a free health check just to be on the safe side. n For further details call 07944 717019 - or if you’re already online but want to know more, send an email to anita@computerstartyork. com

Your Local Link Magazine July 2012