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New Healthy Active Schools System delivers much-needed ‘School Activities and Fitness Levels Report’

PRESS RELEASE: January 31, 2017: today’s launch of the Healthy Active Schools System - an online activity measurement tool for schools – is meeting demand from parents and Government to track, measure and report on children’s activity levels at schools.


Why every child can keep active regardless of deprivation

Startling statistics have revealed that a shocking 40% of kids living in deprived areas have been measured as overweight or obese in the last year, compared to 27% in the most affluent areas. Every child deserves the opportunity to be healthy regardless of their family’s financial background and although there can be restraints due to deprivation, staying active doesn’t have to be costly, in fact, more often than not it’s completely free.


Poor physical activity levels being overlooked as cause of child obesity crisis

There is no questioning that the importance of eating the right foods, cutting out high sugary snacks and reducing screen-time are all paramount to helping combat the rise in children’s health problems. However, we are in the deep midst of a childhood obesity crisis in the UK and the contributing factors are endless, but the importance of encouraging children to partake in more daily physical activity needs to be taken more seriously.



Can technology & physical activity work together?

As parents, we try to encourage our children to be active but I am sure you also will be familiar with the frustration of hearing “just one more level” or “I’m right in the middle of snapchatting with Chloe!”

Clearly, the increasing popularity of screen devices and video games has been working against keeping kids active, hence the childhood obesity crisis that we as a country find ourselves in today. Nowadays many kids would rather spend their time snapchatting, instagraming & YouTubing than going outside to throw a ball or ride a bike.


How to get the most out of your local park

“The nation is in the grip of a cradle to grave inactivity crisis at the moment and 37,000 people will pass away prematurely this year because they haven’t led an active lifestyle. Parks are absolutely fundamental assets that are key to breaking down the barriers to activity that people face.”

This week, ukactive’s Strategic Projects Director, Will Smithard, voiced his concerns over the future of public parks in the UK to a select government committee. This came off the back of a ‘future of public parks inquiry’ that was launched in July this year with councils now under enormous financial pressures and with no legal obligation to fund and maintain public parks.


Choosing the right activities for your kids

When my four children were all engaged in after-school activities we had a rule that they could not participate in more than three activities per week as most teams require at least one practice session and one game a week which would be an almost impossible task to manage. We also had a rule that, if you started an activity, you had to see it through to the end of the term!

We let our children choose their activities, with the exception of swimming lessons, as we feel this is a basic life skill that we wanted our kids to have.



'HASS' to help schools in the fight against childhood obesity...

Fit For Sport, the UK’s leaders in educating and engaging children through physical activity, fully support the government’s recent childhood obesity strategy and we will continue to strive towards inspiring every child to engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each and every day. Click here to read our response to the Childhood Obesity Strategy.

One of the suggestions outlined in the recent strategy is that schools should be encouraging children to participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of activity during the school day. We at Fit For Sport have launched a ground-breaking online platform for schools to use in order to be able to monitor, track and improve children’s activity levels which will undoubtedly be key for schools to ensure that their pupils are participating in 30 minutes of activity a day.


'Active 4 Life'

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.


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