Schools are urged to join chal­lenge

Bray People - - NEWS -

SEC­ONDARY schools across Co. Wicklow are be­ing in­vited to take part in a na­tional fit­ness chal­lenge to im­prove stu­dents' health.

Aviva Health In­surance this week launched the Schools' Fit­ness Chal­lenge 2013 for 1st and 2nd year pupils in Wicklow to get teenagers more ac­tive.

This year's na­tion­wide chal­lenge is an ini­tia­tive devel­oped by Dublin City Univer­sity in con­junc­tion with the Well­ness Eco­nomic Ini­tia­tive Al­liance.

It is a unique ini­tia­tive that aims to make phys­i­cal fit­ness among school-go­ing chil­dren a na­tional pri­or­ity by cre­at­ing aware­ness about the is­sue.

Re­cent re­search shows that one quar­ter of school-go­ing chil­dren in Ire­land have risk fac­tors for heart disease, such as poor aer­o­bic fit­ness lev­els, be­ing over­weight or obese and hav­ing high blood pres­sure.

Speak­ing to this news­pa­per, Dr. Sarah Kelly who will be mon­i­tor­ing the chal­lenge says that 86 per cent of school­go­ing chil­dren spend more than two hours daily, sit­ting view­ing TV, videos or play­ing on the com­puter.

Teach­ers are urged to reg­is­ter their in­ter­est in the na­tional fit­ness chal­lenge on­line at www.avi-va­­ness­chal­lenge by the clos­ing date, Fri­day, Jan­uary 18.

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