Parents and grandparents encouraging their children to get up and active is a key part of creating a healthy society in the next generation.
That’s the view of teenager Lucy Raywood, who was supported in her words by staff at Horncastle’s Pool & Fitness Suite where she was enjoying her work experience placement.
Lucy, 15, a pupil at the town’s Banovallum School, has been shadowing trained staff at the venue, while also taking part in classes and looking at ways in which the team supports members. An active girl herself, Lucy wants a career in the health and fitness sector, and she recognises the importance of young people keeping fit.
“We are all growing up in a world where electronics are everywhere and so many people choose to play computer games over getting out and doing something. My parents have always encouraged me to go and try things and push myself that little bit more and that motivates me a lot,” said Lucy.
Figures released recently reveal proven links between obesity levels in the UK and certain types of cancer, while local statistics show that 22.9 per cent of Year 6 children (10 and 11-year-olds) in East Lindsey are classed as obese, which is worse than the average for England.
Horncastle duty manager Pete Kime said: “Keeping fit and healthy is not always about doing things to the extreme, instead it is about enjoying some form of exercise. We do have quite a few families who take up memberships here and that is to be encouraged, as yes parents do have a real influence on what their children will do as they grow.”
Family memberships at Horncastle Pool & Fitness Suite, for four people, cost from as little as £82.00 per month, based on two adults and two children. Individual memberships start from £29.50 per adult.