Fitness & Health, Physical & Health Education

Children ‘not exercising enough’

obese-kidMost children do not exercise enough to keep themselves healthy and prevent obesity, a government survey shows.

The finding is based on more than 260,000 people in England who responded to the Change4Life campaign poll.

Change4Life was launched in January to tackle soaring rates of obesity by promoting healthy eating and exercise.

The results showed nearly three-quarters (72%) of children do not take part in the recommended hour of daily activity outside school.
The poll also found 45% of youngsters watched TV or played non-active video games before school. Only 22% did something active after their evening meal.

Public Health Minister Dawn Primarolo said: “Our survey shows that kids just aren’t getting up and about as much as they should.
“If we’re going to cut obesity levels our children need to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. “By eating better and moving more, we can all live longer and healthier lives.”

Source: BBC News