How to get children more active

We all know how important it is to keep active, especially for children and young people who are still growing and developing, and the British Heart Foundation is here to help you get your children more active.

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How much physical activity is recommended for children?

To improve health, experts recommend that all children and young people do at least 60 minutes every day.

This may sound like a lot but it’s doesn't have to be done all at once and can be broken down into chunks of time throughout the day. 

Most of the 60 minutes should be activity which gets the heart and lungs working harder than usual, for example active play, brisk walking and sport. Don’t forget to include activities to help strengthen muscles and bones like jumping, climbing, gymnastics and skipping.

Building your child’s confidence and skills is also important. Encouraging them to be active in as many different ways as possible can be a great help – the more activity they do the better they will become.

How we can help

Our schools fundraising campaigns are a great way to get children and young people active.

Jump Rope for Heart and Ultimate Dodgeball have been designed not only to help increase activity but also help children and young people be creative, develop individual and team skills, as well as learn about heart health, all whist raising money for the BHF's life saving research.

Both of these activities are simple, free, and easy to organise. Get involved, and we will provide you with all the lesson plans and teaching resources that you'll need to prepare for either of these events. 

And not only does the event raise money for our fight against heart disease, but your school or youth group gets to keep 20% of the money raised, to go towards new equipment or resources of your choice.

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