Friday 25 January 2013
Everton defender Leighton Baines has been giving young people in the club's community a hand in learning more about keeping fit and healthy.
The England left-back visited Springwood Heath Primary School, in Liverpool, to support a special healthy-lifestyle class and help pupils to understand the importance of eating nutritious food.
Baines talked to the children as they were planning a healthy dinner and told them about his favourite meals and a typical diet for a professional footballer.
"It’s important children understand they need to look after themselves by eating healthily"
Figures released in December by the National Child Measurement Programme show that one in three children in the final year of primary school in England is overweight or obese. For this reason Everton have teamed up with Springwood Heath Primary School to back its efforts to promote healthy lifestyles.
Outside the classroom, Baines also promoted this message by taking part in a coaching session with Year 5 pupils and Everton in the Community coaches to demonstrate how football, and sport in general, is a fun way to keep active and fit.
"As professional footballers, we have a whole team of people making sure we eat and train in the correct way to make sure we stay at the top of our game," Baines said. "It’s important children understand from a young age that they need to look after themselves by eating healthily and initiatives like this show that keeping fit can be fun, too.
"Schools play a massive part in encouraging children to keep active and have a healthy diet and I’m happy to support this and hopefully make a difference."