Children and physical activity

Kids running on the beach

Today nearly a third of all our children are obese or overweight.

Increasing participation in physical activity is essential to improve our children’s health and preventing future cardiovascular disease. 

Despite this many children and young people in the UK are not achieving the recommended target of 60 minutes activity each day. Although government guidelines vary across the UK, they're all very similar to this.

We're concerned about inequalities in activity levels – teenage boys tend to be more active than teenage girls. The amount of time that schools dedicate to PE varies across the UK. We think it’s important to offer a range of fun activities to encourage as many children as possible to get involved.

Our calls to Government

  • tackle inequalities and ensure all girls and boys in the UK have access to enjoyable sports and activities 
  • prioritise physical activity in and around the school day 
  • raise awareness of the 60 minutes a day guideline and promote the benefits of regular activity among children, young people, and their parents. 

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