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Ledbury kids get set for fitness Friday

Posted: 09/03/2010 15:59:43

NHS Herefordshire has organised a treat for kids in Ledbury this Friday (March 12) as they get the chance to hoop hop and cheerlead their way to good health.

Children and families at Herefordshire Council’s Children’s Centre and Ledbury Primary School will enjoy a whole day of exciting activities, which aim to get them out of their seats and moving around. The highlight of the day is the introduction of two new cool fitness crazes that are taking the nation by storm. Hoop hop is billed as a dynamic physical activity programme that combines hoola hooping and hip hop music.

Hoop hop is increasingly becoming used as an international obesity prevention, fitness and nutrition program for children and young people. Designed to allow for individual, group and mass participation (regularly delivered to groups of 1,500 at a time!), it has been successfully delivered to over 950,000 children, young people and adults throughout the US and the UK. And now Ledbury’s children and their families will be the first to try this out in Herefordshire.

The hoop hop taster will take place from 9-11am and children will also have the chance to try out cheerleading, another new craze taking the UK by storm.

Taught by local newly formed Hereford cheerleading squad, 3Degreez, cheerleading is a combination of dance moves, cheers, stunts, jumps and tumbling suitable for children aged seven upwards. Cheerleading is growing quickly throughout the country and is gradually becoming a nationally recognised sport.

Families can also try out Wii fits and dance mat sessions, which are both great fun ways to get active. There will also be an enhanced buggy workout for parents with toddlers at the children’s centre.

As well as getting physically active, children and their families can learn about healthy eating. They will be treated to two very special shows: the fats of life and the secret sugar show which teach parents and children to look out for how much fat and sugar is in the foods many of them consume on a regular basis. Children are always particularly amazed at how much sugar is in one small fizzy drink or a biscuit.

NHS Herefordshire’s Change4Life health promotion team also have their very own version of a Bush Tucker Trial, which encourages children to taste different foods. There are no grubs or nasty insects involved, just healthy foods which kids are encouraged to try blindfolded. Children are often reluctant to try new foods at home, but will do so in a different environment. Presented as a game and a bit of fun it is a good way to encourage them to do try new foods and a tick list will be provided for parents so that they see what their children have tried and enjoyed at school.

Lisa Purslow, healthy lifestyle co-ordinator at NHS Herefordshire, said: “We’re going to have a great day on Friday with lots going on. We anticipate there will be plenty of laughter and lots of useful information sharing so that families can make some simple but meaningful changes for life.

“We will be evaluating all the exercise sessions carefully to check out what works the best and which activities are more likely to encourage continued involvement.

“The plan is then to work with colleagues in the leisure and fitness sector to make sure we can provide schools and families with opportunities to join in activities like these on a regular basis.”

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