Skip2bfit has just finished running its skipping workshops in Northern Ireland. The pilot project was funded through the Public Health Agency and visited five primary schools, one in each of the Education Boards.
The feedback from the school's has been excellent including the one below from St Columban's in Belcoo:-
‘ John Mc Cormack was simply outstanding. We have nearly every pupil in the school skipping .We have Best Teacher(at skipping )versus the Best Parent to be staged next. Thank everyone that brought this about .A great innovation. Regards Aidan’ St Columbans Primary, Belcoo, Northern Ireland 27-03-11
The Skip2bfit skipping workshops have introduced to promote develop and implement quality skipping and fitness into the daily routines of the children involved. Dr Carloyn Harper, Director of Public Health for Northern Ireland, said 'The Public Health Agency is delighted to fund this pilot workshop to educate children about the importance of physical activity and healthier eating from a young age. The prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased dramatically in Northern Ireland . Provisional data from 2008/2009 showed that 22.5% of children entering Year 1 were already overweight or obese, which is a worrying statistic.
Programmes such as 'Skip2bfit' can help combat the rising trend in childhood obesity, as well as being really good fun.'
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