Heart of a lion
Childhood obesity rates are at an all-time high. Today, 1 in 4 children aged 4 to 5 years old in B&NES are overweight – 1 in 10 of them are obese. And yet many young people are simply not aware of how a poor diet and not enough activity can impact their health – and their heart. This problem extends to parents too. 79% of parents with an overweight child not recognising that they are. Of those that do, 41% do not realise that it is a health risk. We know that physical activity produces overall physical, psychological and social benefits, and that inactive children are likely to become inactive adults.
Heart of a Lion is an innovative health programme funded by Subway and Heart Research UK. It uses tag rugby and teaching sessions to help young people learn about how to keep their heart healthy. Students are given heart rate trackers and undertake different activities to see how it affects their heart rate.
If you’d like to book your class onto our Heart of a Lion programme, contact our Education Manager, Jen ([email protected]).
Project funded thanks to a HRUK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grant