Saracens - Foundation - Something to chew on

Something to Chew On in association with Public Health England and, BT Sport's The Supporters Club, is an interactive project aimed at teaching 7-8 year olds about their own health and wellbeing with a rugby focus.

According to government figures over a fifth of 4-5 year olds, one third of children aged 10-11 years old and two thirds of adults are currently overweight or obese. Obesity tends to track into adulthood, so obese children are more likely to be become obese adults. The government's national ambition to combat childhood obesity is a sustained downward trend in the level of excess weight in children by 2020.

Rugby's diversity makes it the perfect vehicle to drive a health and activity led initiative; as a sport rugby can offer playing opportunities and role models to children of all shapes and sizes. The interactive programme takes a rounded approach to teaching children about leading a healthy lifestyle.

The key aims of the project are to;
  • Improve young people's understanding of what constitutes healthy eating and a healthy diet, as well as increasing their knowledge of food safety
  • Increase young people's uptake of physical activity
  • Raise awareness of the core competences amongst educational stakeholders
  • Work as a contribution towards the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines that all children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least an hour a day

 For more information please contact: Tom Cove | Sport Development Officer | Email: tomcove@saracens.net