Yatton pupils shown path to Olympic glory
By LPhillips2009 | Wednesday, August 01, 2012, 11:16
Staff from the region's premier health club visited Yatton Infant school for a day of health checks and activities to promote healthy living and exercise.
Tom Horton, fitness manager at theclub, Cadbury House with pupils from Yatton Infant School
Tom Horton, Debbie Lough, Matt Pearce and Steve Kingdon from theclub at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury visited the High Street-based school where pupils from a range of years were put through their paces and taught the importance of staying active.
Part of the health club's on going commitment to encourage exercise and healthy eating, the pupils were taken through a series of exercises while being told about the importance of getting off the sofa and keeping fit and healthy.
Tom Horton, fitness manager said: "As the region's leading heath club we have a commitment to engage with the local communities. The Yatton school children really enjoyed the sessions and were really interested in what we had to say.
"Also with it being an Olympic year, it's vital we get tomorrow's champions interested in taking regular exercise and taking part in sport.
"Modern life means many of us, especially children, have fallen into unhealthy habits. Without any intervention by 2050, 90 per cent of today's children will be overweight or obese and at risk from serious diseases.
"What we're doing is spreading the word that by making a few subtle changes to the way we live can have a significant effect on our health. This involves looking at what we eat, the sugar content in food and the amount of exercise we take each day."
The Cadbury House team is also keen to stress the importance for children to take part in at least 60 minutes physical activity a day because if they don't means they are not burning off enough calories. This means they will store excess fat in the body which can lead to cancer, type-2 diabetes and heart disease.
"With computers and game consoles children have plenty of other things to do other than going outside and playing. By involving the local schools directly and encouraging them to take part in activity means they can find out about exercise in a fun, informative way."