What the stars said...

23rd July 2004 at 01:00
The Get Active campaign was not about telling people what to do, but sharing tips that worked. Here academics, rap stars and a celebrity chef reveal their ideas and opinions.

"I do not want to turn every child into a chef, but I do want compulsory cooking lessons for seven to 11-year-olds each week. They should spend one-and-a-half to two hours a week learning about food."

- Chef Gary Rhodes.

"Many schools give out a mixed message, promoting healthy living in the staffroom and selling rubbish in the canteen." - Dr Beckie Lang, research fellow in nutrition and obesity at Teesside university, who is looking into the possibility of starting a "fat camp" in the North-east.

"When you're riding a horse you can't afford to think about anything else, otherwise you could end up on your backside." - David Hart, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, on his favourite way to keep fit.

"The most effective way to approach the problem of obesity is to prevent it in the first place." - Professor Neil Armstrong, director of the Children's Health and Exercise Research Centre at Exeter university.

"We'd like to do our bit for the TES fitness campaign, so today we explore the link between lifestyle and grammar... What would be the opposite of 'fatten'? Well, of course, it has to be 'fitten'."

- Richard Hudson, professor of linguistics at University College, London, and Geoff Barton, headteacher of King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

"School dinners were pizza, chips, burgers, anything fried. But I wasn't unhealthy because me and my friends were trying to be muscly because muscly dudes get all the girls." - J-Rock's, of hip-hop group Big Brovaz.

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