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Cambridgeshire kids urged to shake up summer holidays

By Ben Comber

A multi-ethnic group of elementary age children are listening to their teacher read a storybook in class.
A multi-ethnic group of elementary age children are listening to their teacher read a storybook in class.

Just one in five Cambridgeshire children meets the daily recommended level of activity

Cambridgeshire children are being urged to shake up their summer holidays and take part in a Disney inspired activity programme.

New figures show just 26 per cent of boys and 17 per cent of girls in the East of England currently meet the daily national recommended level of activity of 60 minutes. And one in five children in the region start primary school overweight or obese, rising to almost a third by the time they leave.

Cambridgeshire County Council is supporting Change4Life’s national 10 Minute Shake Ups programme with Disney, Sport England and schools which has launched in the county to help get children active.

Val Thomas, consultant in public health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “This is a great way to encourage children to be more active over the summer holidays. It is recommended that children do 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day for healthy development and to maintain a healthy weight.

“Every 10 minute burst of exercise can make a real difference in helping children achieve this. The programme also aims to inspire longer term activity among children and promote healthy habits all year round.”

A new survey from Public Health England and Disney which looked at the effects of physical activity on children’s emotional wellbeing, found being active made the majority of 5-11 year olds in Cambridgeshire feel happier (86 per cent), more confident (82 per cent) and more sociable (82 per cent), according to their parents.

Last year, the 10 Minute Shake Ups programme helped over a million children get more active. When children return to school in September, more activities will be released on the Change4Life schools website to encourage them to carry on being active both in and outside the classroom.

For more information and to take part in this summer’s programme, visit www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up.


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