The Sensory Stages to eating

…pressure tactics for trying the new foods, and try and lead by example by trying the food yourself to show it’s safe. Asking the person to help with preparing and cooking the food can also help with them feeling more comfortable around it, which will hopefully lead to them trying the food. To find out more about the Health Swap app please click here and to see all the other blogs in our nutrition series please click here….

A day at the Better Health, Better Lives event

…f a healthier lifestyle. The DSActive team would like to thank representatives from all of our sessions in the area for coming along to the event! To find out more about the DSActive Nutrition project email dsactive@downs-syndrome.org.uk To find a DSActive session near you then check out our map feature here or email us….

Simplyhealth supports people with Down’s syndrome to have a healthy lifestyle

…r more consistent healthcare. Sarah Ford, Chair of Simplyhealth Charitable Committee comments: “It’s clear that the DSActive clubs means so much to many children and families across the UK. We’re delighted to be able to fund six additional football and tennis clubs which will help people with Down’s Syndrome to maintain healthy lifestyles, whilst importantly, have lots of fun!” About Simplyhealth Since 1872 – long before the existence of the NHS –…

Tips on fundraising by Brentford Penguin FC

…ever they may be also, to extend the Penguin impact and reach marginalised communities elsewhere. Being a competitive team is NOT what the Penguins is about. Instead, we focus on well-being and health as a priority.” What advice/ tips would you give a football club trying to raise money? “For any grassroots club looking to raise money, we would advise firstly spending some quality time with the local community. Speak with and befriend the local bu…

A review of 2019

…artment of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport which was managed by Citizens Online. Working with app development company The Distance and Monitoring and Evaluation Consulting, the app was designed, built, and available for download within 7 months. You can find out more about the app here and download it for FREE here. National Festivals Our 9th National Football Festival took place in Birmingham, with over 140 players attending on the day. It was…

Carbohydrates – the energy providers

…o exactly what they say on the tin, they release energy very quickly, they come from sources containing high quantities of granulated sugar, such as sweets, cakes, biscuits etc. Excessive quantities of these can lead to type 2 diabetes and obesity, both of which are more common in people with Down’s syndrome. We can’t discuss sugar and carbohydrates without talking about insulin. Insulin is the hormone responsible for processing carbohydrates and…

DSActive join forces with World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association

…wn’s syndrome to play snooker. This will also create a route for those club-based players to compete in our WDBS events, knowing that they will enjoy the same positive experience in both environments.” Alex Rawle, DSActive Project Manager said: “We are really excited to work with WDBS and WPBSA to support more people with Down’s syndrome to play snooker. Snooker is a great sport for people with Down’s syndrome to play, we know many people with Dow…

Millwall Community Trust host a taster day to launch their new DSActive tennis programme

…n two for different age groups. The first 45 minutes was for players aged 5-9, and the second 45 minutes for those aged 10-22. It was lovely to see everyone who came along and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The coach worked through a fun warm up to get everyone’s feet moving and then moved on to some drills to practice the basics of tennis. It’s important to get the foundations right before progressing to more advanced skills so during th…

Great rallying at Swindon’s tennis session

…lly nice to see. One of the players said “I love playing tennis and I love coming here to practise my skills. One day I want to be a professional tennis player.” It was very clear to see how much the players enjoyed the session. A lot of that was down to the great coaching…players were learning different skills and techniques but they were having fun, which is what DSActive is all about. Towards the end of the session, two of the players were havi…