Leighton Champions Healthy Eating

Leighton Baines gave local young people a helping hand today as they found out more about keeping fit and healthy.

The Everton left-back paid a visit to Springwood Heath Primary School in Liverpool to support a special healthy lifestyle class and help pupils understand the importance of eating nutritious food.

As the school children got to work planning a healthy dinner, Baines made his way around the group to talk about his favourite meals and a typical diet for a professional footballer.

Once out of the classroom, the England international also took part in a coaching session with Year 5 pupils and Everton in the Community coaches to demonstrate how sport is a fun way to keep active and fit.

Recent figures, released in December by the National Child Measurement Programme, show that one in three children in the final year of primary school in England is overweight or obese so Everton teamed up with Springwood Heath Primary School to back their efforts to promote healthy lifestyles.

The school actively promote a healthy diet and regularly offer advice to parents on providing their children with a healthy packed lunch.

Baines said: “As professional footballers, we have a whole team of people making sure we eat and train in the correct way to make sure we stay at the top of our game.

“It’s important that children understand from a young age that they need to look after themselves by eating healthily and initiatives like this show that keeping fit can be fun too.

“Schools play a massive part in encouraging children to keep active and have a healthy diet and I’m happy to support this and hopefully make a difference.”