A fresh approach to healthy living was on the agenda when youngsters took a Balance Challenge at MK Dons.

The League 1 club's Community Sport and Education Trust joined forces with the Tumble Tots fitness scheme as part of National Children's Activity Week.

Youngsters aged from six months to seven were encouraged to try 10 different balancing techniques during the session.

The aim was to increase awareness amongst parents about getting their kids active from an early age.

Community Ambassador Paul Mitchell, the Dons' former midfielder, took his young son down to get involved.

Mitchell said: "It's been a pleasure to take part and help raise awareness of the importance of physical activity from a young age.

"With obesity becoming a problem throughout society we must get children not only participating in activity, but enjoying it as well."

Around 27% of children in the UK are either overweight or obese and less than a third of under-11s have the recommended hour of exercise each day.

Olympic Gold medallist Sally Gunnell OBE is a supporter of National Children's Activity Week.

She said: "Parents need to take the lead with their children's physical and social development at an early age.

"Children are never too young to get active!"

Jane-Ellen Hawkins co-ordinates Milton Keynes' Tumble Tots programme.

She said: "Our classes, and campaigns such as National Children's Activity Week, play an important factor in encouraging physical activity from an early age.

"We're always welcoming new children to come along and see what we do."

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