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Year seven pupils, aged seven and eight, have been "road-testing" the machines under their desks
A primary school has introduced pedal machines under its desks in a bid to tackle the "rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes".Thirty machines, costing She hopes to fund machines across the state school, which has 430 pupils.Their use is not compulsory, but the head teacher said pupils have welcomed them.
"It was initially a novelty and like the Tour de France here, but since then they've calmed down and some are doing it out of habit," she said."We were talking about initiatives that would stimulate the children's concentration and ensure they could still stay focused on lessons."
Funding for the ?20 machines has come from the school's physical education budget
The machines, which were introduced this term, feature a display that shows duration of pedalling, number of revolutions per minute and calorie consumption - with some pupils burning up to 800 calories a day.Evie-Rose, a year seven pupil, said: "I enjoy it because it's really fun, your brain works faster and you get stronger and smarter at the same time."Another pupil, Ella, said: "Sometimes we try to beat each other in class. I feel really famous because we've had lots of visitors wanting to put us on their news."
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