Helping teens battle obesity

Failaise Fitness and Helenswood Sports Centres are battling obesity by using trained staff qualified to offer fitness classes and gym sessions to teenagers.

Staff from Freedom Leisure, which operates the centres, underwent rigorous training in December to enable them to work with teenagers aged 12 plus.

Both the physical and psychological aspects of teen fitness have been learned, enabling trainers to motivate and support teenagers to achieve success.

Dominic Horner, Freedom Leisure area manager, said: “Overweight and inactive teenagers remain a cause for concern within our society with around 15 per cent of school leavers being classified as obese. There are several reasons for this but ‘non sporty’ kids disengaging from team games and physical activity as they progress through senior school is a major factor, especially among teenage girls.

“Teenagers have great scope to train and improve their cardio fitness and physique. For teens who don’t like sports, working out in the gym or doing an age-specific class will be a popular alternative.”

Freedom Leisure says the teens will be able to work out between 4pm and 6pm.