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Little Fire Breathers tackle child weight issues

A new scheme in Abercarn, Caerphilly, has been launched to help combat child obesity.

A number of activities for children were held at Oblivion CrossFit Gym on Halloween, with the aim being to show that physical activity can be fun. Pumpkins were used in a session for children aged between five and 11 years old, which was called the Little Fire Breathers.

The vegetables were used to do exercise routines centred around body weight, alongside squats and other exercises. The children were later given a nutrition sheet and could take the pumpkins home with them.

According to the Welsh gym’s owner, Matthew Hughes, the classes started shortly before Halloween, with the event being a chance to promote the scheme in the Caerphilly area. In addition to the classes for those aged five to 11, Hughes also hopes to soon launch sessions for those aged 11 to 16. He added:

“We’re trying to tackle obesity because it’s a big problem, and we’re trying to do it by showing people there are fun ways to do exercise.”

Hughes’ gym bases its activities on crossfit exercises, which combine movements using weights, distance, and body-weight exercises. The gym will now encourage children to attend classes specially designed for them.

Schools around the country are also working hard to encourage students to eat a healthy diet and exercise, with one such scheme being to provide nutritious snacks in the school tuckshop. Lincolnshire faculties are among those promoting such solutions.

Posted by Jennifer
November 11, 2014
Health

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