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Obesity in St Helens kids to be tackled
STARTLING figures have revealed alarming levels of obesity in St Helens children as efforts to tackle the health timebomb are unveiled.
Figures compiled by the NHS, show that in September 2011, 22.6 per cent of children aged between four and five at reception level, were deemed obese.
That is almost a quarter of youngsters within that age bracket.
The problem is worse as the children get older, with almost four out of every year six pupils (37.1 per cent) aged between ten and 11 classed as overweight and obese.
There are stark warnings that obesity in children can lead to health problems in later life, including high blood pressure, diabetes, liver disease, high cholesterol and asthma.
NHS Health Teams are keen to utilise the Olympic and Paralympic spirit, to inspire children to take up sport through the Fit 4 programme in the coming weeks.
A spokesman from the Health Improvement Team said: “Having the Olympics on home soil brought us a sense of pride as well as making us feel good about ourselves; possibly something we haven’t all seen for a long time.
“However feeling inspired by Team GB’s huge medal success and the current medal count of our Paralympic team doesn’t have to happen every four years.
“Now it’s time to keep that inspiration, pride and motivation close by.”Fit 4 Life is a free healthy style programme for children between four and 13 and their families.
Its aim is to show that there is support out there and that simple steps will help move children back towards a healthier weight.
Fit 4 Life sessions will be held at Langtree Park in the evenings once a week for six weeks. Children can take part in fun exercise sessions with Saints Community Coaches.
They will learn about healthy eating and parents can pick up tips how to encourage children to be more active.