A Doncaster Trust is marking national obesity week by offering free health and fitness passes to 12 – 16 year olds.
Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust, who run 14 leisure venues across the borough, are offering the seven day passes to youngsters following the report: State of the Nation’s Waistline which says that more needs to be done to prevent the problem.
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.
To sign up for a free seven day pass as part of national obesity week contact 01302 379151 and quote the reference Teen7Day.