Fitness programme is taking the bellies from Yellowbellies

YOUNG Yellowbellies aren’t living up to their name – as 93 per cent of children on the Fit Kids programme in Lincolnshire attained a healthier Body Mass Index (BMI) after 12 weeks on the scheme.

A total of 88 children, aged eight to 11 years, joined the Fit Kids programme with their families in September 2010 to learn about healthy lifestyles; completing challenges and having fun with new friends, while being active and keeping fit.

After a 12-week programme, every child has improved their fitness level and 93 per cent of the children have attained a healthier BMI.

Children and their parents have told Lincolnshire Sports Partnership that they now drink more water, understand what healthy eating means, take part in one hour of activity every day, and like the way they look now more than they did at the start of the programme.

Fit Kids is a programme funded by the Health and Wellbeing Fund and delivered by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, and is aimed at youngsters and their families who want to lose weight, get fit and have fun.

The programme delivers free 12-week courses in venues across Lincolnshire and the emphasis for the courses is having fun so families learn through play and interaction.

Family support is essential so a parent or adult must accompany their child.

Sarah Ferneyhough is the physical activity manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership.

She said: “These results for the first stage of this year’s programme are excellent.

“It is great to see that the scheme is really helping to improve children’s health and fitness in Lincolnshire.

“We have found that children have gained so much confidence, and have a much better understanding of healthy living and fitness, which they will carry into later life.”

The next 12-week courses in all seven districts are starting this week, but it’s not too late to get in touch.

Interested parties need to register beforehand with a key contact in their district:

Boston Borough: Dave Horry, Geoff Moulder Leisure Centre, 01205 363483.

East Lindsey: Charlotte Swift, Telephone 01507 601111 ext 535, or 0795 880 5115.