centre tackles rising obesity rates across the Burnham area
has a significantly higher proportion of its adult population
overweight than national and regional averages, according to new
figures that are released at the start of a new fitness campaign.
study by Sport England found 73.4% of residents in Sedgemoor are
overweight, the highest in the South West and the fifth highest
in the whole country.
figure is 7% more than the Somerset average and 10% more than
the UK average.
also lags behind in the population's physical activity figures
compared to other districts within Somerset, with 1 in 5 adults
(21.3%) not participating in any form of physical activity.
comes as Highbridge's King Alfred Sports Centre is set to join
a global fitness challenge during March to encourage adults and
children to embrace fitness.
The centre is one of five across the region taking part in the
'Let's Move for a Better World' challenge which runs from March
1610 says it hopes that the local people will head to King Alfred
Sports Centre to kick start a more active lifestyle.
The challenge involves local communities donating physical activity
using Technogym cardio vascular equipment in leisure centres.
1610 aims to donate a million 'moves' to win the challenge and
donate free gym equipment to local schools.
1610 Fitness Development Manager Joe Philip says: "Anyone
can donate moves to the campaign for 1610, from sports teams to
business executives, and all are welcome to come along and embrace
fitness for a great cause."
dont have to be a 1610 member to come along to the five
centres taking on the challenge, we just need people to donate
moves on the gym equipment."
came so close to winning before so we are calling on local South
West Communities to help us reach a million moves and give some
much needed gym equipment to local schools in your area."
contact the Highbridge centre, call 01278 786868.