Some might think it’s ridiculous, but I completely support it.
A childcare centre in Brisbane has made headlines this week after its decision to employ a personal trainer for the children attending.
While some parents are gobsmacked at the thought of it, I for one think it’s a fantastic idea.
We all know, the rate of childhood obesity in Australia is reaching scary new levels. In 2015, it’s estimated that one in four children will fall into the ‘obese’ category. The Victorian Government lists causes of childhood obesity as “unhealthy food choices, lack of physical activity and family eating habits”. So in other words, lifestyle.
So what better way to address lifestyle issues than with a change of lifestyle?
For this reason, Hyperdome Early Education Centre in Brisbane employs Kenneth Wood, a personal trainer and father of three who is committed to bringing healthy living into the lives of children, starting as young as five-weeks-old.
Through his program, children at the centre participate in a days worth of physical activity per month and teachers are taught skills and games to keep the activities going on a daily level. He says, "Yes we do star jumps, burpees and push-ups but we also have other fun games like Frogs on the Lilypad".
Parents at the centre couldn't be more thrilled. Most of them note changes in behaviour, better sleeping habits and an increase in focus and attention in their kids.