Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) March 22, 2013
On March 22, kettlebell expert Lorna Kleidman responds to an article published by the Shields Gazette that describes an anti-obesity program that promotes fitness, through kettlebell exercises, for children in school.
According to the Shields Gazette article, an anti-obesity campaign is underway at Lord Blyton Primary School in the UK. It is reported that roughly 12.4 percent of children under the age of eighteen fall under the classification of obese, in comparison to the 9.9 percent of the national average.
To combat the stigma of obesity and improve the health of the youth, Lord Blyton Primary School adopted a program that has students perform kettlebell exercises to encourage student fitness. The article reports that, for 45 minutes a week, students take part in a program designed to improve cardiovascular fitness and strength.
The article relays the sentiments of head teacher Joanne Atherton and some of her students. Atherton said her students are enjoying the program and embracing the challenge. One 11-year-old student is quoted as saying, “I found it hard the first time I did it, but then I got used to it. I enjoy coming to the session and think more young people should do it as it exercises the whole body. And you do feel fitter after a few sessions.” Students also indicated that the individualized aspect of kettlebell exercising was another factor that made the program enjoyable.
Lorna Kleidman, developer of the KettleX training program, responds to Lord Blyton Primary School’s health improvement initiative. “I can't express how thrilled I am for initiatives like this that are taking a proactive approach to the growing problem of childhood obesity. Children are not as inclined as they once were to go outside and play when they can have fun in much more sedentary ways like video games and television. Sometimes all it takes is a little something that will get the blood pumping and stimulate kids' natural urge to run around and be active. I think it’s a great move on the part of Lord Blyton Primary School to provide the encouragement and the means for their students to get or stay fit.”
Kleidman concluded with her take on school-sanctioned fitness programs. “One aspect of this school program should really be recognized. If children get into the habit of regular exercise in a way that's fun and engaging for them, and they can feel the benefits, it should encourage a healthier lifestyle for life.”
Lorna Kleidman is a three-time World Champion and World Record holder in kettlebell sport and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. She developed the innovative methods used in KettleX as a way to bring the benefits of the bells to everyone in an easy-to-use, comprehensive and fun format. Lorna has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.