Fit and Healthy Tom Watson joins pupils for mile challenge

Source: Express & Star

Date: 09-November-2018

As part of The #MPDailyMile Initiative, Tom Watson MP visited the pupils of Hargate Primary School in West Bromwich. 

Tom Watson said, “They are part of a national scheme called The Daily Mile, and it is simply that, they shake their legs, they walk, they run… which gets the adrenaline going, gets the heart pumping and helps keep you fit.”

“I have lost a lot of weight recently and I am trying to do the same in my own life so I wanted to come and celebrate this national campaign and work with Hargate and the other schools across the borough to help our fitness levels improve.

“It is one of my favourite schools in the whole of the borough. It is a great school and the kids are amazing.”

Mr Watson, who looks the picture of health after he battled his way back from 22 stone, said his ‘new mission’ as a politician is to help people tackle their unhealthy lifestyles.

Helen Penn, teacher and well-being leader, said the schoolchildren had an extra spring in their step after being joined by the MP.

She added: “They knew it was a big thing. I think they all pulled it out the big.”

“I think it is really important. If we can get children being active in school, it does stay with you into adulthood.”

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