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Karina receives further fantastic reviews on her LazyTown Sports Club Classes

I had to tell you all about another proud moment today when I received an email from Karina, my franchisee in Shropshire who is doing fantastic work at a local nursery.

The children at Hillside Nursery attend a weekly LazyTown Sports Club with Karina Davies in Shrewsbury.  Their favourite activity is the Pirate Routine, here are a few photo’s of rowing the pirate boat and sorting the treasure. 

Janet Phillips who is the Manager at Hillside House Nursery quoted “‘Karina has been coming to Hillside House Nursery in Shrewsbury since October 2010 to deliver an hour’s activity session with the LazyTown Sports Club.  I have always encouraged a huge sense of fun at Hillside and we have been delighted by the reaction from our Pre-School children week on week, they absolutely love the activity.  The enthusiasm that Karina puts into every session is infectious, and I watch every child leaping around the room with huge smiles on their faces. Not only are they having an opportunity to get active and exercise during the session, Karina also includes a health related message from Sportacus every week which the children can colour in and keep.  I would highly recommend that pre-school providers in Shrewsbury make contact with Karina to book these sessions.  I wish Karina every success for the future of FitKid Shrewsbury, the commitment that Karina is making to increase the activity levels of children is commendable.’

Karina also attends other Nurseries in Shrewsbury and is actively looking for more sessions.  If you work at a Nursery in Shrewsbury or your child attends one, please ask the owner/manager get in contact.  Karina is happy to offer a free session for any nursery who enquires about the sessions.  Karina can be contacted on karina@fitkid.co.uk or 08445 6060432.

Help us to get more kids moving !

They danced, sang and played games

Adele, from Grimsby is a superhero according to little George who celebrated his birthday with entertainment from The LazyTown Sports Club Team powered by FitKid.

She received a fantastic quote from George’s mum Nicola and I am very proud of her.

 “The party was a great success. Adele  entertained the children from the moment they arrived to when they sat down for something to eat. They danced, sang and played games and the activities were enjoyed by 2 year olds up to 12 year olds. George said “I liked the marching bit the best when we had to lift our knees up and swing our arms to the music”.

To find out about Adele’s activities in Lincolnshire, please email adele@fitkid.co.uk

Funny and Frustrating. How can so many people get it wrong when they are supposed to be helping get it right. Kids Health. Please discuss.

Well it has been a while since I have posted a “Funny and Frustrating” part to my Blog so now is the time to bring it back as requested….And for the start of 2011 one which will really get you talking I am sure…

Over the years I have witnessed many people and organisations trying to get children moving more in an integrated way.

However, why is it that these people are often the most inexperienced people on the planet!

Often also the ones who are unfit themselves or more significantly have never actually got down and had fun integrating with kids in a fun fitness environment.

It is a well known adage that you have to teach what you preach or indeed know what you sell.

It is therefore both Funny and Frustrating that this strange phenomena continues to this day. Why is that?

If anyone can enlighten me on this, please feel free to comment on this Blog post and point me in the right direction of a stakeholder group that really has influence whilst engaging fully themselves.


Fat chance for our children’s health unless habits change!

An article I thought I would share….

This article, although not hugely positive, was on Wales Online the other day and I thought I would let you all take a look if you have not already seen it yet.

The highlight of the article is:

“A GENERATION of Welsh children is being brought up who will be outlived by their parents, a health expert warned yesterday.

It came as figures from the Welsh Health Survey, published yesterday, showed 34% of Welsh children are overweight or obese, including nearly one in five who are obese.

The survey also showed more than half of adults in Wales are overweight, including 21% who are obese. Nearly a quarter of adults currently smoke.

Professor Bruce Davies, of the department of health and exercise science at the University of Glamorgan, said: “Around 60% of children who are overweight have another risk factor, such as high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, low HDL or high blood pressure.

“Without question we are breeding a group of children who will be outlived by their parents unless we do something about it.”

The whole article, thanks to Wales Online can be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/334hlht

For me, this highlights that there is still a lot more work to be done…

The Power of Sportacus

The day had arrived for Sportacus’ visit to my franchisee Mandy who is based in Scotland. After our success in Dorset tackling childhood obesity with visits from Sportacus, Mandy knew this was the way forward for children in Scotland.

I have always believed that LazyTown has such a positive influence on children’s lifes and is a key to help them lead a healthy lifestyle and this visit by Sportacus to Scotland is one step closer to my dream of encouraging all children to be active.

I personally can not understand why some schools are stopping commercial companies assisting them to reduce childhood obesity. Surely now is the time for everyone to work together to reduce this problem. I heard today that Obesity is overtaking hunger as the world’s biggest health problem, say experts. The latest UN figures show there are more than a billion overweight people – including three million obese – and one billion malnourished.

This is shocking news and a big concern to all and we need to help make changes.

To me it was great to hear how the children have been active with Sportacus today and if this means that today has encouraged more children to get active then that is fantastic news.

Mandy is such a passionate person and is very dedicated to encouraging children to leada healthy lifestyle, I thank her for her suport in assisting me to live my dream of helping as many children as possible.

If you are passionate about helping children and would like to work with me, please do contact me at nicky@fitkid.co.uk

Are Schools really open to Public/Private Commercial Partnerships?

It is not often that I state my frustrations but I am going to directly in this instance today. Are public bodies including schools really open to private providers or are they being “controlled” in some instances by public bodies who really are out of touch with what can be fun and engaging for kids, even if it is delivered by a private company. Now this is not aimed at all schools but there are some out there in areas of the UK that could perhaps break out of the shackles they are seemingly being put under and often at no choice of their own…

Anyway, many schools who need revenue are seemingly refusing to rent their facilities to private business who are “for profit”.

Not being able to promote activities from a private provider in the schools is a restriction on free trade and a restriction of choice on the part of the parents of those children. Surely the consumer should be able to decide what facilities they want in their schools or at least be given the choice to decide if they want to attend. Especially if the facilities are available and revenue can be generated. In a market economy this is what should be happening especially during an economic time when entrepreneurship is meant to be encouraged.

To restrict commercial ventures with a proven positive health message being promoted is restrictive and we are looking for press contacts in this sector to learn more about these situations. Children and their parents deserve a choice and that includes being offered the chance for their children to attend. It is not for any organisation to decide what can and cannot be done before the children and their parents have been given a right to choose.

The LazyTown Sports Club powered by FitKid is a fantastic product and we want more children to be given the chance to choose whether they would like to move like Sportacus and Stephanie. All the Go Go Go of LazyTown is a powerful tool to teach children about fun activity and healthy lifestyles.

Please contact me if you would like to learn more about what is such a frustrating situation at a time when we should be getting children more active through positive engaging activities no matter who provides them. All providers should be given an opportunity and above all the children and their parents should be given a chance to decide.

Keep Moving!