19 Aug, 16:25
Premiership Rugby's Something to Chew On programme, is an interactive project aimed at teaching 7-8 year olds about their own health and well-being with a rugby focus in association with The Supporters Club, BT Sport's charity initiative.
According to government figures over a fifth of 4-5 year olds, one third of children aged 10-11 years old and two thirds of adults are currently overweight or obese. Obesity tends to track into adulthood, so obese children are more likely to be become obese adults. The government's national ambition to combat childhood obesity is a sustained downward trend in the level of excess weight in children by 2020.
As a game for all shapes and sizes, rugby is the perfect vehicle to drive a health and activity led initiative; as a sport rugby can offer playing opportunities and role models to all children, no matter what their build.
The interactive programme takes a rounded approach to teaching children about leading a healthy lifestyle.
The key aims of the project are to:
The Sale Sharks Community Trust is aiming to help eleven schools before the end of the 2014 school year. The schools already signed up to the STCO programme are The Cathedral School St Peter & John RC, St Joseph's RC Primary, St Joseph's RC and Holy Family Primary in Salford, St Willibrord's RC in Clayton, St Kentigern's RC in Fallowfield, St Andrew's CE, Levenshulme, and St Ambrose RC in Manchester.
Along with this, the rest of our Community Coaches are teaching rugby alongside healthy eating, in order to give the pupils involved an exercise routine alongside a balanced diet.
"Tackling obesity today is high on both the government's and media's agenda. Delivering change that ensures all British children live healthy and active lifestyles requires an approach which can pass on information and inspiration to eat more healthily; tackles inactivity by promoting fundamentals of movement; and teams up with children, teachers, parents and professional sport to make changes in the long term. Premiership Rugby's Something to Chew On programme does just that and we are very excited to partner with The Supporters Club to deliver this programme."
"BT Sport is committed to using the power of sport to change lives through our new charitable initiative, The Supporters Club. Thanks to our customer donations, we are pleased to be joining forces with Premiership Rugby to launch a new programme called Something to Chew On, to help children and their families in making the right decisions about health, exercise and food."
"Learning how to choose, cook and eat safe, healthy food from a young age is an invaluable skill. By ensuring youngsters develop these important life skills and good habits early, we hope this will have a positive and lasting impact which they will take with them into their adult lives. We know that reaching children and young people with messages about nutrition and healthy eating is a tough task. This is why Public Health England is delighted to be involved in the Something to Chew On programme with Premiership Rugby, which offers an exciting and creative way of reaching this age group."
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