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Exercise class for one-year-olds

By the time children in Stockport reach 11, nearly one in three are overweight

Exercise classes are being offered to children as young as one in a bid to tackle obesity in youngsters.

Stockport Council in Greater Manchester recently launched the "movercise" classes for children aged between one and five.

A spokesman said that almost one in five children aged four and five in the borough are obese or overweight.

He said the classes had proved to be very popular with about a dozen pre-school children attending each class.

The spokesman said that by the time the children reach the age of 11, nearly one in three are overweight.

"We are always looking at new and innovative ways of reducing the number of children who are obese within the borough, working closely with families and schools," he said.

"We felt it was important to start with our young children so that the message that exercise is fun starts as soon as possible."

The "movercise" classes teach children "stretching, dancing, jogging, balancing and jumping techniques in a fun environment".

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