Children of Barking & Dagenham create “A New Me” The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Council partnered with SportInspired for the second year running to encourage healthy eating and physical activity levels in children through the “New Me” programme. 44% of children in Barking & Dagenham are overweight or obese by age 11. The Council and SportInspired are working together to tackle this, by supporting children to eat healthily and move more. The programme increased knowledge of healthy eating and improved attitude towards physical activity through encouraging team spirit, positivity and showing children how to get the most out of being active. We held three epic festivals at Barking Sporthouse and Gym on the 21st 22nd and 23rd May, impacting over 550 children from local primary schools. The children were inspired to do well in school and stay active by Barking & Dagenham Councillor Rodwell and Councillor Ashraf who attended day three of the festivals and got involved in playing the sports including a mass dance off at the end! Cllr Maureen Worby, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health Integration at Barking and Dagenham Council said: “Increasing physical activity and tackling obesity is a key priority for the council and through working in partnership with SportInspired we are focusing on supporting our families to lead healthier lifestyles through increasing their knowledge about nutrition and physical activity. “The 3 day festival is a great way of showing children that sport can include a huge range of activities and being active is fun and all levels of ability can take part in and enjoy sport." SportInspired and the Council will continue to work together to provide access to locally available sports and improve attitudes toward physical activity by running legacy sports clubs. Thank you Barking & Dagenham Council for your continued support!