Olympic bid for healthy lifestyle

Lisa Nandy opening the Fit 4 Fun Academy with Charlotte Wrigley  (planting tree), Bethany Riley (holding logo), George Wrigley (parent) and Helen Roberts (Project Manager)
Lisa Nandy opening the Fit 4 Fun Academy with Charlotte Wrigley (planting tree), Bethany Riley (holding logo), George Wrigley (parent) and Helen Roberts (Project Manager)

YOU don’t need to be an athlete or live in London to get a boost from the Olympics.

That’s the message from the organisers for a new scheme,

The Fit 4 Fun Academy at Abraham Guest High School is supporting children and families to become a healthy weight via a free 12-week healthy lifestyle programme providing a series of fun activities to help them become more active, eat well and achieve their goals.

It is part of the 2012 London Games Inspire Mark family, a project that has been inspired by the 2012 London Games and aims to use next month’s Olympics to inspire young people to get active and healthy through achieving their “own personal challenges.”

Fit 4 Fun Academy encourages young people and their families to participate in a variety of innovative healthy lifestyle, healthy eating and physical activity programmes.

Through goal setting and making small changes, families increase physical activity levels, fitness, healthy eating, self esteem and work towards achieving a healthy weight.

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy officially opened the veg patch growing club at the Lamberhead school site before the young gardeners told her the names of the vegetables they have planted and how much fun they had watching them flourish.

Manager Helen Roberts explained that the families will grow-on the produce and then learn how to expertly cook the vegetables they have planted. Fit 4 Fun Academy Graduate and Junior Sport Leader Connor Ryan - one of six graduates who has completed film producer training with the Reporter’s Academy - later interviewed the MP, who planted a commemorative apple tree, for their Wigan Torch Relay film documentary.

Before a “full of fun and excitement” awards ceremony where Ms Nandy handed out certificates to children who had completed the healthy lifestyle programme which sees more than 90 per cent of those who complete the programme, reducing their BMI (Body Mass Index).

All the achievements of the children and their families were highlighted before Sarah Case-Upton, the NW co-ordinator of the Inspire Mark Project, presented those who had really shone with special Olympic style medals.

Manager Helen Roberts said: “We wanted the children and families to be a part of this once in a lifetime opportunity by being involved in a number of events during the Olympic Torch Relay.”

Games organiser Seb Coe also sent a message of support.