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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 October 2005, 05:44 GMT 06:44 UK
Gym 'to tackle childhood obesity'
Overweight people
The level of obesity is increasing among children
A drive to lower instances of childhood obesity in Belfast is being launched by the city council.

The Kidzfit Gym with equipment specially tailored to children aged 8-16 is to be opened at the Falls leisure centre in the west of the city.

The centre said classes at its gym were so popular among young people it was looking at how they might be extended.

Manager Pat Rice said one in five children was obese "and was largely due to inactivity and poor dietary habits".

"The mini-gym offers an entertaining, dynamic and safe resistance training programme for growing kids that leads to increased strength, increased bone density, improved athletic performance and improved body composition.

"Children also enjoy copying adults and many of their idols, pop and sports stars go to the gym.

"It is a way to attract young people into exercise which we hope will keep them involved in healthy activities for much of their life.

"With the level of obesity increasing among children this is just one initiative Belfast City Council is putting in place to tackle the issue."


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