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Pupils get to take Giant step towards a healthy lifestyle

by Fiona Rutherford

Seaview Primary School’s key stage two pupils had a Giant lesson in keeping healthy when ice hockey star Michael Jacobsen came to school.

The Aer Lingus Belfast Giants player spoke to the classes as part of the Healthy Lifestyle Programme run by the Giants and Subway.

Michael told the children about the importance of eating healthily and getting enough exercise, as well as what it's like to be a Belfast Giant. He talked about the daily training regime of a professional athlete and the importance of nutrition in their lives.

“As professional athletes we know how important healthy eating is,” said Michael. “Subway's support gives us the opportunity to spread this message to kids and it's a job we take very seriously. We're committed to visiting over 100 schools this year.”

Giants' Schools Programme Co-ordinator Gordon Cameron said: “This programme gives children an opportunity to meet and hear from a professional athlete whose influence over them can be substantial. The Giants and Subway are providing the children with a unique opportunity to follow a healthy lifestyle.”

Scot Heyes from Subway added: “From a parent's standpoint, I think what we are doing is a Giant step in the right direction.”

It was projected that by the year 2010, one in five boys and one in four girls in Northern Ireland would be obese. This programme was developed by the Giants to help combat child obesity and increase children's interest in sport and exercise.

The Aer Lingus Belfast Giants are Northern Ireland's only professional ice hockey team and play in the Elite Ice Hockey League. Since 2000, the Giants have entertained over a million spectators at the Odyssey Arena.

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