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78% of UK children failing to meet recommended fitness levels

78% of UK children failing to meet recommended fitness levels

Press release:

Fit For Sport, the UK’s leaders in engaging and educating children and young people through physical activity, have revealed that a worrying 78% of primary school pupils across the UK measured through their Healthy Active Schools System (HASS) are failing to meet the recommended fitness levels for their age group.

The leading childcare activity provider launched HASS back in January 2017 in a bid to tackle inactivity amongst primary school pupils, with an estimated one in three children in the UK beginning secondary school as obese.

Why Active Schools do better

  • Written by Oisin Fahim on Sunday 1 September 2019 in the category Active Schools.

The recent alarming projection that four in ten adults will be overweight or obese by 2035 highlights how essential it is to educate the next generation on the importance of leading active lives from an early age, something that can help curb that downward spiral.

How Physical Activities Can Enhance your Child’s Academic Performance

How Physical Activities Can Enhance your Child’s Academic Performance

Like every responsible parent, I’m sure that you want your children to achieve their best in terms of their academics right?

Research indicates that physical fitness increases your mental strength. Research from these studies indicates that there is a positive connection between physical activities and academic performance.

'Active 4 Life'

  • Written by Dean Horridge on Friday 26 August 2016 in the category Active Schools.

There is a branding problem with physical education and what it takes to be ‘active’. Renaming it “Active 4 Life” would ensure everyone is engaged through fun activities which will last a lifetime.

The Benefits of Extended School Clubs

Health and Social Care reported in 2014/15 that more than 1 in 5 children in Reception, and 1 in 3 children in Year 6 were measured as obese or overweight. Worrying, right?

Primary school years can be the most vital years in any child’s future and ensuring that they participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day is an essential part of their development. As such, before and after school clubs can play a hugely significant role in encouraging physical activity and good dietary habits.

Creating an Active Playground

Playing the likes of football, basketball and tag in the playground during break and lunchtime isn’t for every child. However, since almost a quarter of the primary school day is spent in break and lunchtime, pro-active use of this time can help transform a pupils’ activity levels and school experience in a very positive way.

Small spaces, big activities

Wet weather, frosty mornings and dark evenings make it more difficult to think up ways to keep moving – and unsurprisingly, children aren’t active enough in winter, according to new research released last week from the University of Cambridge*. Scientists tested 700 children and found that in the colder months, they spent only 47 minutes a day on their feet, compared to 65 minutes in the summer.

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