The Change4Life national Shake Ups programme aims to get children moving over the summer.
Public Health Nottinghamshire is supporting the programme as every 10 minute burst of activity can make a real difference and helps children get the 60 minutes they need each day.
Being active helps improve children’s physical health and mental wellbeing, but according to a 2016 national survey only 23% of boys and 20% of girls currently meet the daily national recommended level of 60 minutes activity.
The Shake Ups are backed by Disney, Sport England and schools across the country and will be released each week over the summer holidays with games, featuring characters from Disney Pixar’s latest animation Car 3, as well as Frozen Fever, Zootropolis and Beauty and the Beast. The games focus on core skills such as running, jumping, throwing, catching and balance.
Recent statistics reveal that only 14.2% of 15 year olds in Nottinghamshire meet physical activity guidelines of 60 minutes a day, compared to 13.9% nationally.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s Senior Public Health Manager John Wilcox said that he hoped the Shake Ups would inspire longer term activity among children, which in turn would promote healthy habits all year round.
He added: “If children are active for at least 60 minutes every day it helps them grow and develop healthily.
“Tackling obesity in Nottinghamshire is one of our key priorities so any initiative that gets children moving gets our full support.”
21.6% of reception age children (4-5 years) and 30.6% of Year 6 children (10 – 11 years) in Nottinghamshire are not a healthy weight for their age. This compares with 22.1% and 34.1% respectively across England. (National Child Measurement Programme results 2015/16).
Two thirds of adults in Nottinghamshire meet the physical activity guidelines of 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity but more concerning is that 21.6% of adults in the county are physically inactive doing less than 30 mins a week.
Coun Stuart Wallace, Chairman of the County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said that the Shake Ups programme could get the whole family moving during the 6-week summer break.
He said: “This is a fun and simple way for families to be active and stay healthy whilst their children are off school.
“We must tackle the obesity issue with positive messages around being active and eating healthy, nutritious meals – so every initiative that supports such messages is one worth endorsing to both children and adults.”
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