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A Healthy Active Summer – Key For All Families

During the long summer holidays children can often be guilty of slumping into a routine of staying up later than usual and getting a little lazy if they are not engaging in fun daily activities. Therefore, it’s key for parents to understand that although school holidays are important for children to have a little rest time, it’s equally vital to keep them healthy and active on a daily basis.

Fit For Sport secure Finalists place for ukactive Flame Awards 2017 ‘Supplier of the Year’ and ‘Shaping Young Lives’

Fit For Sport secure Finalists place for ukactive Flame Awards 2017 ‘Supplier of the Year’ and ‘Shaping Young Lives’

The UK’s leading experts in educating and engaging children and young people through physical activity, Fit For Sport, have been shortlisted for the prestigious ukactive Flame Awards in the categories of ‘Supplier of the Year’ and ‘Shaping Young Lives’.

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?

  • Written by Dean Horridge on Wednesday 2 November 2016 in the category Active lives.

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

  • Written by Oisin Fahim on Wednesday 26 October 2016 in the category Active Families.

“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

  • Written by Dean Horridge on Thursday 13 October 2016 in the category Active lives.

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.

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