Horse Society says take up riding in support of campaign to
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)*.
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?"
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.
further information on where to ride call the BHS Approvals office
on (tel: 08701 202244) or visit the BHS website: www.bhs.org.uk
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.