Simplyhealth has enabled the sports programme, DSActive to extend its remit. A generous grant of £18,000 has enabled the launch of a nutrition based campaign to help educate the children and adults who take part in DSActive and the coaches involved on healthy eating.
The grant has enabled DSActive team to work with nutritionists to develop up-to-date advice for people with Down’s syndrome, including a fact sheet for parents and easy to read versions. An innovative nutrition based app is also being developed in co-operation with Middlesex University.
Carol Boys, Chief Executive of the DSA commented: “DSActive’s nutrition campaign is a significant development for the project. The football and tennis programmes have certainly made a difference to the fitness levels of participants, but this grant will allow the team to develop more far reaching healthy living messages and education. Simplyhealth’s support is pivotal in getting this campaign off the ground.”
This is the second time Simplyhealth have generously supported DSActive. In 2016 a grant enabled the development of six new DSActive clubs and development of progression log books. They also funded the production of the DSA’s Health Book, a significant project which transformed healthcare for people with Down’s syndrome.
Roger Cotton, Head of Corporate Giving at Simplyhealth commented: “We’re delighted to build on our earlier support of DSActive. The nutrition campaign compliments the sports programme and Health Book, creating a more holistic approach to the wellbeing development of people with Down’s syndrome their future independence.”