Health Trust launches summer healthy lifestyle programme

Connect 3 team Phil Symons, Emily Fazal, Emma Slowe, Louise Edwards, and Jane Cockcroft

Connect3, The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s weight management service, has launched its summer healthy lifestyle programme for children and families across the Wakefield District.


The service is inviting young people and their families to get involved in the 10 week programme, which will be held at different venues across the Wakefield District. It includes a mix of learning sessions about how young people and their family can adopt healthy eating and lifestyle choices as well as fun activity sessions. Connect3 also offer follow up sessions to provide ongoing support.


Jane Cockcroft, Connect3 Team Leader, said: “We know that childhood obesity is a real issue and we offer support and education for young people and their families to help them adopt and sustain lifestyle changes.


“This isn’t just about maintaining a healthy weight and Body Mass Index (BMI). It is about building confidence and self esteem as well as making choices that will have long term health benefits for the whole family. Ultimately, it is about having fun and empowering parents and children to do this for themselves.”

The summer term programmes are:

Connect3 Family
A 10 week after-school programme of physical activity mixed with group discussion for families with children and young people aged 7 years and over. The following programmes are running during the summer term 2013:

·      Hemsworth Arts and Community College (WF9 4HW)
Starts: Monday 29 April (4pm to 6pm)
Every Monday (apart from bank holidays/ half term), 4pm to 6pm, until Monday 15 July (last session).

·      Crofton Academy (WF4 1NF)
Starts: Thursday 2 May (4pm to 6pm)
Every Thursday (apart from half term), 4pm to 6pm, until Thursday 11 July (last session).

·      Castleford – timing and location still to be confirmed. Ring Connect3 for more information.

A 10 week after-school programme for teenagers (aged 12-16+). Parents/carers are not required to attend the group sessions. The young people will be encouraged to take charge of their health by taking part in both group physical activity and interactive lifestyle sessions. The following programme is running during the summer term 2013.

  • The Hut, Airedale (WF10 3ES)
    Starts: Wednesday 1 May (4pm to 6pm)
    Every Wednesday (apart from half term), 4pm to 6pm, until Wednesday 10 July (last session).

As well as the summer term programmes, Connect3 holds sessions throughout the year at local Children’s Centres for parents or carers with children aged 5 years and under to learn about the benefits of leading a healthier lifestyle.

For families who are not able to access a group programme or who may benefit from more individualised work, one to one weekly appointments can be arranged during the day time or early evening at a venue to suit the needs of the family.

How to get involved:

A family or child (with permission from the family) can refer themselves to the service or apply to attend a programme by:

·         Visiting The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust website to access more information and a referral form


Connect3 is also on Twitter: @Connect3mynhs. 



  • The Connect3 team is based at Castleford, Normanton and District Hospital but works across the whole of the Wakefield district.
  • Photo caption -the Connect3 team (left to right): Phil Symons, Emily Fazal, Emma Slowe, Louise Edwards, and Jane Cockcroft