Summer camp helps youngsters slim down

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Dozens of youngsters are set to join in a summer camp to help them lose weight through sport - which is running for the fourth year in a row.

Rotherham Leisure Complex is to hold the sessions, starting next month.

They are funded by NHS Rotherham for 30 children and teenagers.

In the previous three years, 119 youngsters have shed 101 stones between them.

At the camp, participants will follow a ‘structured exercise and lifestyle programme’ with the emphasis on having fun. An NHS Rotherham spokesman said: “The core focuses of the camp will be on physical activity, diet, lifestyle education and social activity.

“Children attending the camp will be introduced to a range of physical activity, typically taking part in six hours per day including running, swimming, badminton and team games.”

The children will also be given a balanced diet, teaching them about portion sizes and having everyday food in moderation.

Hayley Mills, Healthy Living team manager for NHS Rotherham, said: “One in three children and 60 per cent of the adult population in Rotherham are classified as overweight or obese.

“We have seen the children achieve great lifestyle changes from attending these camps in the past.”

For more information or to register your interest, contact Hayley on 01709 722555.