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Barnsley aims to shed 'fattest town' title

Promoting healthy living

A scheme in Barnsley is aiming to tackle childhood obesity and improve fitness among young people.

Ten years ago, images of parents pushing takeaway food through school railings triggered a national campaign to tackle obesity among children.

It put South Yorkshire's unhealthy habits in the spotlight, with Barnsley later named the 'fattest' place in the country - a title it still holds almost a decade later.

But now the council is pushing for every child to walk or run a mile a day - in the hope that it will promote healthy habits long into the future. Hannah Miller went to see what children at Churchfield Primary think of the idea.


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