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The British Horse Society British Horse Society says take up riding in support of campaign to end obesity

The British Horse Society (BHS) urges children and adults alike to take up horse riding in support of the Government's anti-obesity drive announced yesterday (5 January)*.

"Healthy exercise is just as important as a balanced diet", says BHS chief executive Kay Driver. "The BHS fully supports the Government in its bid to end the frightening number of obesity cases, particularly obesity in young children, by cracking down on unhealthy foods available in schools, but diet is only part of the problem. Along with a well balanced diet, good health can be encouraged with regular exercise. For many, this conjures up images of sweating it out in the gym and while this may work well for some, what could be better than a New Year's resolution to take up riding?"

Around 2.4 million people ride in the UK, with half doing so at least once a week, and some 26,500,000 riding lessons taking place each year**. There are over 850 BHS approved equestrian establishments, the majority being riding schools where instruction is provided by BHS qualified staff, giving customers confidence in the standard of teaching and welfare of the horses and ponies used.

For further information on where to ride call the BHS Approvals office on (tel: 08701 202244) or visit the BHS website:

*The Government has launched a £2 million drive to tackle the problem of obesity in children in England claiming that one in twelve children are obese by the age of six. It is planned to crack down on the availability of fatty foods in school tuck shops and vending machines as well as running nutrition education programmes.

**BETA survey 1999


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