A Doncaster trust is marking obesity week by offering free health and fitness passes to youngsters across the borough.
This week is National Obesity Week and, to help in the battle against the bulge, Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, which runs 14 leisure venues across the borough, is offering free seven day health passes to people aged between 12 and 16.
National Obesity Awareness Week 2014 is intended to raise awareness of obesity and the positive steps the public can take to either prevent or address obesity. The organisers have called for the public to join in with a ‘National New Year’s Resolution’ to tackle obesity by pledging to make a small lifestyle changes such as exercising more regularly or cooking from scratch more often.
Kraig Kelly, head of leisure for Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust said: “We are supporting this campaign quite simply because the statistics in the report are shocking.
“The suggestion is that more than half the UK’s population will be obese by 2050 unless hard hitting campaigns, similar to those for anti-smoking are introduced.
“We want to help young people in Doncaster to focus on their health and fitness before weight issues become a problem for them. We are offering free seven day passes to any of our gyms and leisure facilities for 12 -16 year olds who live in the borough.
“This will give them the opportunity to come along and try out different fitness programmes and find something that works for them.”
The National Obesity Forum’s report recommends a call for GPs and primary healthcare professionals to proactively discuss weight management with patients, routinely measure children’s height and weight, and check adult waist circumferences as an indicator of abdominal obesity.
The report also calls for greater attention on hydration and what people drink (in order to not offset healthy eating with unhealthy beverages) in healthy eating and lifestyle programmes.
Dr David Haslam, Chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said: “Obesity is one of the great public health issues of our time, and it is important that local communities come together to help each to support their health and wellbeing. That’s why local events and promotions are such an important part of National Obesity Awareness Week.”
To sign up for a free seven day pass as part of national obesity week contact 01302 379151 and quote the reference Teen7Day.
For more information regarding DCLT and the venues it manages please visit www.dclt.co.uk