28 February 2012: Staff from the region’s premier health club visited a local Weston-super-Mare primary school for an afternoon of health checks and activities to promote healthy living and exercise.
Tom Horton, Danny Gazzard and Dave Jackson from theclub at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury visited the Meadow Drive-based school where pupils from years one, two, five and six were put through their paces and given a health MOT.
Part of the health club’s on going commitment to encourage exercise and healthy eating, the pupils were taken through a series of blood pressure tests, heart rate tests and lung function tests while being told about the importance of getting off the sofa and keeping fit and healthy.
Tom Horton, fitness manager said: “As the region’s leading heath club we have a commitment to engage with the local communities. The Locking Primary children really enjoyed the sessions and were really interested in what we had to say.
“Alarmingly a lot of the children we saw said they spent the entire previous weekend in the house without going out once so we hope they have taken on board some of the advice we gave them!
“Modern life means many of us, especially children, have fallen into unhealthy habits. Without any intervention by 2050, 90 per cent of today's children will be overweight or obese and at risk from serious diseases.
“What we’re doing is spreading the word that by making a few subtle changes to the way we live can have a significant effect on our health. This involves looking at what we eat, the sugar content in food and the amount of exercise we take each day.”
The Cadbury House team is also keen to stress the importance for children to take part in at least 60 minutes physical activity a day because if they don’t means they are not burning off enough calories. This means they will store excess fat in the body which can lead to cancer, type-2 diabetes and heart disease.
Tom added: “With computers and game consoles children have plenty of other things to do other than going outside and playing. By involving the local schools directly and encouraging them to take part in activity means they can find out about exercise in a fun, informative way.”
For further information on theclub at Cadbury House Hotel & Country Club please call T: 01934 834343 or visit the web site on http://www.theclubandspabristol.co.uk
Issued on behalf of theclub, DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House by Empica Ltd. For further information contact Laurence Phillips or Kayleigh Sydenham on T: 01275 394400.