ABU DHABI, 4th February, 2018 (WAM) — Students in Abu Dhabi are learning the importance of being active, eating well and leading a healthy lifestyle, now and throughout adulthood, thanks to a newly launched programme, entitled “Healthy Lifestyle.”
As part of the programme, specially trained coaches from City Football Schools, along with Healthpoint physicians, will visit schools throughout Abu Dhabi to present fun and interactive lessons on working out regularly, making the right food choices, getting enough sleep and staying hydrated, just like their favourite footballers.
Organised by Manchester City FC and Healthpoint, Manchester City FC’s regional healthcare partner and part of Mubadala’s healthcare network, the programme will visit 15 schools, meeting with some 1,000 youngsters over the next five months.
Designed to provide students information to improve their diet and fitness habits at home, at school, and as they grow up, coaches from City Football Schools will work alongside teachers to lead the youngsters through a series of fun, creative and educational classes, as well as activities, including playing football and other games.
With adult and childhood obesity recognised as a major problem worldwide, the “Healthy Lifestyle” programme is aligned with government initiatives to improve people’s health.
According to the latest data from the World Obesity Federation, the United Arab Emirates will have a staggering 15 percent of its young people under the age of 20 who will be considered obese by 2025. The World Health Organisation expects this to include 448,000 school-aged children.
With the aim of encouraging children to lead an active lifestyle, the programme is supported by the students’ favourite Manchester City Football Club players, including the captains of the men’s and women’s teams, Vincent Kompany and Steph Houghton.
Besides taking part in fun and engaging activities, an official “Healthy Lifestyle” booklet will encourage students to keep a sleep and food diary, set challenges to help them be more active, give tips on preparing healthy meals and snacks, and even ask them to write a letter to their “future self”, with a pledge to lead a healthier lifestyle.