East Ham MP, Stephen Timms, visited Lathom Junior School on Friday 15 February to encourage pupils to lead more active, healthier lives. The school was running a Skip2bfit workshop, an innovative programme which uses skipping to encourage school children to exercise more.
Skip2bfit was created in 2002 by John McCormack, and has quickly expanded across the UK. It brings together exercise and healthy eating, as well as IT skills, science and numeracy. Pupils at the school took part in skipping workshops, competing to be the best skipper, and were each presented with fresh fruit to encourage them to eat healthier food.
During his visit, Mr Timms took part in one of the skipping workshops. He also presented awards to the highest achievers of the day, as well as speaking to the children about the importance of sport and exercise.
Mr Timms said: "I was extremely impressed by Skip2bfit, which is an original approach to getting kids to lead more active lives. The children clearly enjoyed the day – in no small part due to the clear enthusiasm of their instructor, John McCormack. With the Olympic Games coming to our part of London in 2012, I hope that many of these young people will be inspired to be involved in sport – and maybe one day even becoming Olympic champions themselves."