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Island's children skip their way to a healthier future 8 November 2005

    Department of Health and Social Security Health Promotion, Life Education, and School lunchtime supervisors in partnership with the Isle of Man Anti Cancer Association are working together to promote increased activity amongst children. Skipping is fun and enjoyable way to exercise and increases in difficulty as pupils try new tricks and skills. The media are invited to attend any of the Skipping Workshops.

    Skipping workshops will take place across the Island during the week commencing 7 November 2005 (see Notes for Editor). Lee James, Workshop Trainer, will be instructing school lunchtime supervisors and running after school workshops for children.

    Lesley Dorward, Director of Health Promotion said, “Through this initiative we aim to promote the benefits of enjoyable exercise and encourage a life long commitment to physical activity. There are many benefits to skipping and it is no coincidence that professional sports people use skipping as part of their usual training routine. With the support and funding from the Isle of Man Anti Cancer Association, it has been possible to progress an Island wide project, which will include the Manx National Skipping Challenge.”

    Carole Cowin, Vice Chair Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Association said, “We are delighted to support this innovative Skipping Initiative to promote physical activity to reduce risk factors associated with some cancers, CHD, Stroke, Diabetes and Obesity.”

    Lindsay Riordan, Life Education said, “Life Education Centres are about helping children make healthy choices and skipping is a great choice and really good fun. It will be good to see "Double Dutching" going on in the playgrounds of the island again. This initiative demonstrates that many Government Departments are concerned about children’s' health and are working together, along with local charities, to make a difference.”

    8th November 2005

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