Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:51 GMT on Monday, 19th November 2012.
Hundreds of Cumbernauld children involved in Christmas day charity bootcamp


HUNDREDS of Cumbernauld children are now involved in the Christmas day charity bootcamp.

The ‘Get Cumbernauld Healthy’ bandwagon rolled into all the local primary schools enlisting the help of every primary 3 pupil. Seven schools in the area are taking part.

The kids have been charged with the task of designing a poster for the family event and are looking forward to taking part in the bootcamp on Christmas day.

Childhood obesity is on the increase with just over 21% of P1 school kids in the overweight category. Obese pupils rose from 9.5% to 9.6% and severely obese from 5.4% to 5.5% (ISD Scotland)

“It’s vitally important to educate the kids properly about exercise and more importantly nutrition. If we fail to do this then the health implications for the up and coming generations are going to be massive. The NHS is already being crippled financially through weight related illnesses. Why add to that burden when it can be avoided,” said John Allan from the Get Cumbernauld Healthy initiative.

Six posters from each school will be put forward for judging by local MP Gregg McClymont with the winning entry being at the forefront of the Christmas day event.

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