Healthy living lessons for Bournemouth youngsters

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SCHOOLCHILDREN across Bournemouth are being taught about healthy living with a new programme run by AFC Bournemouth.

The football club’s Community Sports Trust has joined forces with Christchurch-based digital office equipment supplier Time Business Solutions for the year-long project which will work with year seven pupils on subjects such as physical activity and smoking.

Some 22 schools have already signed up to the initiative, which will culminate with pupils visiting the Goldsands Stadium for a training session, to meet players and to have a tour of the ground.

Children will also be asked to design a healthy meal for the team as part of the programme, with match day tickets up for grabs for the winners of each school.

The overall winner will be invited to cook the meal for the players following one of their training sessions.

Nancy Hosier, a year seven pupil at Baden-Powell St Peter’s Middle School in Poole, said: “It’s really fun because we play sport-related games and they also tell us things we need to know, such as what we’re supposed to eat to have a healthy diet and how much exercise we need to do to stay fit and healthy.”

Head of AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust Steve Cuss said: “We have tried to devise a project that both informs and engages with youngsters and so far the children involved appear to have really enjoyed the sessions.”

To get your school involved in the healthy living project call Steve Cuss on 01202 726342.

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6:21pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Adrian XX says...

In spite of years of the promotion of healthy eating the nation seems to be getting fatter. There is something wrong with the message.

Low fat diets are not all they are cracked up to be, nor are vegetables. If we do not teach calorie awareness, we will never succeed in reducing the burden of obesity. Genuinely slim people get type 2 diabetes extremely rarely. The same applies to coronary heart disease.
In spite of years of the promotion of healthy eating the nation seems to be getting fatter. There is something wrong with the message. Low fat diets are not all they are cracked up to be, nor are vegetables. If we do not teach calorie awareness, we will never succeed in reducing the burden of obesity. Genuinely slim people get type 2 diabetes extremely rarely. The same applies to coronary heart disease. Adrian XX
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8:26am Sun 18 Nov 12

uvox44 says...

vegetables aren't all their cracked up to be?! Where does that come from Adrian? As they are a major part of my diet and I am perfectly fit and healthy and have never had any serious illness I think possibly they ARE indeed all their cracked up to be!
vegetables aren't all their cracked up to be?! Where does that come from Adrian? As they are a major part of my diet and I am perfectly fit and healthy and have never had any serious illness I think possibly they ARE indeed all their cracked up to be! uvox44
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8:13pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Adrian XX says...

uvox, what I mean is that we are constantly telling people they need to eat more vegetables, but it doesn't help the massively overweight person to become slim. We have had the five-a-day campaign for years now. I am convinced vegetables do have many benefits - especially dark-coloured ones, but simply eating more of them will not make you lose weight. We need a campaign to teach people that body mass comes from consumed mass and not from thin air and that they need to reduce the amount they consume in order to lose weight.
uvox, what I mean is that we are constantly telling people they need to eat more vegetables, but it doesn't help the massively overweight person to become slim. We have had the five-a-day campaign for years now. I am convinced vegetables do have many benefits - especially dark-coloured ones, but simply eating more of them will not make you lose weight. We need a campaign to teach people that body mass comes from consumed mass and not from thin air and that they need to reduce the amount they consume in order to lose weight. Adrian XX
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