“Children in St Albans have the chance to lose weight and get fit for summer thanks to a free lifestyle course for them and their families. There are still places left on the 10-week Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It (Mend) programme due to start this month. Mend said one in three children were above the healthy weight range for their age and height. The course is aimed at overweight seven to 13-year-old children and their families, and aims to help them get fitter, healthier and happier in time for the holiday season. The Mend Programme in St Albans, which starts on May 26, is part of a national network of over 300 courses, which have already helped over 10,000 families improve their diets and activity levels. A limited number of places on the course at Charters Health Club, valued at up to £400, are available free of charge thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund.