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Helping teenagers to lead healthier lives

Teenagers who are struggling to keep active, eat well and reach a healthy weight are being encouraged to join Fit Teen Club (FTC).

Fit Teen Club - Rikayer

News release: 21 July 2014

Run by Hillingdon Council, FTC offers expert advice on nutrition and exercise to 13-16 year olds who would like to change their lifestyles for the better.

Young people commit to the club for 12 weeks, attending sessions once a week. Over the past 12 months, 54 teenagers have completed the course. They are referred to FTC by GPs, schools, parents and social services, and they can also sign up themselves as well.

The benefits of attending FTC sessions include reducing BMI and waist circumference, encouraging healthy eating and improving confidence and self-esteem.

Councillor Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said:

"It is fantastic to see the difference that Fit Teen Club can make to the lives of 13-16 year olds in the borough who need that extra level of support to become more active and eat healthily.

"By giving them the confidence and the opportunity to do exercise regularly, and educating them about good nutrition, FTC helps them to establish positive habits for the rest of their lives. I would encourage anyone who knows a young person who could benefit from it to get in touch."

Fit Teen Club is held at Botwell Leisure Centre in Hayes on Mondays from 4pm to 6.30pm and at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex in Uxbridge on Wednesdays from 4pm to 6.30pm. The next course begins in September but places can be booked now.

Email sportsdev@hillingdon.gov.uk or text SPORT and Fit Teen to 80800 for more information.

Case study:

Rikayer Styles, 16, from Hillingdon, joined Fit Teen Club in 2013. Since then she has successfully managed to lose weight and has joined the Police Cadets.

"My mum thought it would be good for my fitness so I decided to try it. I'm gonna admit, I used to be fat, and I felt like I didn't want to come to Fit Teen Club because I was scared of what other people would think. My fitness was really bad and I used to get out of breath, but it's improved a lot since coming here.

"At first I was shy, but when I started to get to know people I felt more comfortable, and it has built up my self esteem as well. It's improved my stamina and helped me to keep fit, and it's really fun because you make new friends.

"We play badminton, tennis, tag rugby, basketball, and dodgeball, and we do nutrition sessions as well. It's really helpful because you can watch what kind of food you're eating, and see how much sugar is in fizzy drinks like coca cola, how much grease is in fast food."

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