A FUNKY exercise session to get young people more active has just taken off.
Dancing is a fun way to get fit, healthy and energised.
The New Body Street Dance session at Brookvale Recreation Centre in Runcorn is now running from 4-5pm every Thursday for young people aged between 11 and 18.
The project is run by Karen Jones, contract activity development manager for DC Leisure, and Paula Parle, from Halton Borough Council and Halton's Healthy Living Project.
Keeping active has been proven to reduce the risk of developing major chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes.
Street Dance sessions are designed to help provide the daily recommendation of 60 minutes of moderate physical activity for young people. The class focuses on improving muscle strength, bone health and flexibility and it is recommended that young people take part in at least two hours of this type of exercise each week.
Obesity is also a growing health concern nationwide, up to 15% of 15-year-olds are obese and research would suggest that this is due to lack of physical activity.
Paula Parle, health and physical activity development officer, said: 'There are many forms of physical activity great for losing weight. Street Dance is one such activity, which can appeal to young people and assist in preventing and addressing such problems.'
Councillor Phil Harris, executive board member for sport and leisure, said: 'Brookvale Recreation Centre has recently been refurbished and is the ideal venue for this new class. The New Body Street Dance session has been organised in response to the needs of young people.'
Sessions cost £1.80, call the centre on 01928 712051 for more details.