13/04/2016 7:46 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST

Fitness First Gyms Are Offering Free Access For Teens During School Holidays

Teenage friends performing press-ups together in gym
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Teenage friends performing press-ups together in gym

Fitness First gyms will open their doors free of charge to Australian teenagers aged 14-18 during the Easter school holidays, as part of their Fitness First Initiative for Teens (FFIT).

The program aims to address Australia’s growing obesity problem by teaching teens the value of getting active every day and encouraging healthy lifestyle habits.

Teenagers are invited to take part in different activities happening at all 67 clubs across the country every day during the Easter school holidays, with no membership required.

In 2014-2015, a staggering 63.4 percent of Australian adults were overweight or obese -- well over half of our nation's population -- with one in four (27.4 percent) of children aged 5-17 overweight or obese.

“We want to teach kids to make fitness a priority so that they can harness the positive benefits and go further in all areas of life,” Fitness First National Fitness Manager, Michael Cunico said in statement.

Students will have access to a number of new classes on offer, from Freestyle Group Training and Pro Cycling to Zumba and Body Balance.

Teens interested in taking part in the FFIT Holidays program can call or visit their local Fitness First club to book their induction appointment.

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