Somerset Toddlers Learn Gymnastics

Childhood obesity is a massive problem in the UK. Recent figures suggest 33% of girls and 25% of boys from as young as 2 upwards are obese or overweight.

Now a new fitness programme's being offered to the very young to try and get them exercising from a very early age.  It's called FUNdamentals and it's being run by Somerset Leisure and British Gymnastics.  Steve Hughes from Somerset Leisure told Heart: "Children from 18 months to 4 years old will learn balance, jumping, running, they'll get to play games and do exercise with music.  It's a family thing.  We want them to come with their Mums and Dads, enjoy themselves but then go home and keep practicing.  The course will provide an excellent foundation for children to go on and enjoy all sports and activities later in life."

 The classes start in February at a number of sports centres managed by Somerset Leisure.  They include Shepton Mallet Leisure Centre, Glastonbury Leisure Centre, Crewkerne Sports Centre, Chilton Trinity Sports Centre in Bridgwater, Caryford Fitness and Leisure Centre in Castle Cary and West Somerset Leisure Centre in Minehead.  For more information contact your nearest Leisure Centre.