A TEENAGER from Thornbury has set out to help young people focus on their health with the launch a new free holiday camp.

Having a mother who is a weight-loss surgeon, and a father who is also a doctor, 17-year-old student Jack Chesser has grown up well versed in the problems of obesity, too little exercise, too much screen-time and poor sleep amongst children, as well as adults.

This inspired him to create a summer camp that could help fellow young people navigate their way through the constant bombardment of marketing manipulation, food temptation and screen overdose.

Jack said: “With my parents both doctors I have had the benefit and nagging of loads of health information over the years.

“But many children like me are eating too much junk food, not doing enough sport, spending too much time on screens and not getting enough sleep.

“So I thought that it would be a good idea to run some holiday care camps that are fun but also provide some healthy messages to help kids make better choices.”

Teaming up with his mum, Dr Sally Norton, and a group of experts, Jack has now founded “LIVE-IT … holiday camps with a healthy twist”, which has been given full National Lottery funding for his fresh approach to helping our kids get healthier.

Dr Norton said: “We all need to start making healthier choices, as we are seeing more and more problems with obesity, diabetes and more. 

“But it's really hard when we are constantly bombarded with temptation and are busy and tired. 

“The idea behind this camp was to provide a fun way of helping kids to live healthier as well as provide some holiday care for busy parents.

“The kids will be able to start the new school year with added confidence plus knowledge on how healthier eating, better sleep and more activity will give them plenty of energy for the term ahead.”

Spaces are now open for the four-day camp, which is open to children aged nine-to-11-years-old, running from August 29 to September 1 at Tockington Manor School and Old Down Country Park.

It features four days of themed activities, including an “I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here” day complete with bushtucker trials, an Olympic day full of sport and a “Masterchef” day.

For more information and to book places email hello@liveitcamps.com or visit www.liveitcamps.com.