Teachers back campaign to get pupils active to stop heart disease

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DOZENS of Hartlepool teachers are backing a campaign to get schoolchildren to be more active.

More than 65 teachers and sport staff have taken part in a free training day run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

They were given ideas for motivating pupils.

The training covered how to encourage activity during PE lessons, as well motivating pupils during other parts of the school day, such as in tutorials and PSHE lessons, and after school too.

“The charity is running the free training sessions with physical activity experts at the BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health at Loughborough University to help tackle childhood obesity and prevent children developing heart disease in later life.

The training session followed a visit by Olympic bronze-medal-winning hockey player, Nicola White, to Eldon Grove Primary School and Dyke House Sports and Technology College last year.

Jenna Hall, Head of the Children and Young People team at the BHF, said: “Heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer.

“While it’s something we often associate with getting old, we can make a big difference in preventing it altogether if we live well and stay active from an early age.

“The success of Team GB at the Olympics was a brilliant inspiration for our young people to join in sport and physical activity to keep themselves healthy but it’s vital we keep up the momentum.

“We had a great response from teachers and sports staff in Hartlepool to our training.

“ They left buzzing with ideas to help even the most reluctant children get active and look after their hearts.”

Anyone involved in improving children’s health can access a wide range of free resources from the BHF at bhf.org.uk/schools.