2.3m kids ‘don’t ex­er­cise enough’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

A THIRD of chil­dren who took part in a ma­jor study are do­ing less than 30 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity a day.

The re­search by Sport Eng­land found around three mil­lion chil­dren (43.3 per cent ) lead ac­tive lives, do­ing an av­er­age of 60 or more min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity a day.

How­ever, just over 2.3 mil­lion chil­dren and young peo­ple (32.9pc) are less ac­tive, which means they do less than 30 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity a day.

Among ac­tive chil­dren, only the most ac­tive 1.2 mil­lion (17.5% of the to­tal) are meet­ing the Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer’s guide­line of at least 60 min­utes of ac­tiv­ity a day, ev­ery day of the week.

A fur­ther 1.7 mil­lion (23.9%) are fairly ac­tive, do­ing 30-59 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity a day. The find­ings have led Sport Eng­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Hollingsworth to call for more fo­cus on the health and well­be­ing of young peo­ple along with a sys­tem-wide change.

“Par­ents, schools, the sport and leisure in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment all have a role to play in ad­dress­ing and in­creas­ing child­hood ac­tiv­ity,” he said.

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