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Active Lives study: children’s activity levels are on the rise in England
05 Dec 2019 . BY Tom Walker....
In total, 3.3 million children are now meeting the new recommended Chief Medical Officer Guidelines – an increase of 279,600 when compared with 2018
Photo: Shutterstock
Almost half of children and young people (46.8 per cent) in England are doing the recommended average of 60 or more minutes of physical activity a day.

The figure, from the second annual Active Lives Children and Young People Survey, shows there has been a rise of 3.6 per cent in the number of active children over the last year.

In total, 3.3 million children are now meeting the new recommended Chief Medical Officer Guidelines – an increase of 279,600 when compared with 2018.

Crucially, the figures show that there has been a rise in children getting active outside of school, with 57 per cent now doing an average of 30 minutes or more a day outside of school (up 4.6 per cent in the last year) , compared to 40 per cent beig active at school.

Activities that have seen a particular increase in popularity outside of school include active play, team sports and walking.

At the other end of the scale, 2.1 million children and young people (29.0 per cent) are doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

This means that the number of inactive children is slowly decreasing – by 3.9 per cent over the last year.

Another 1.7 million (24.2 per cent) children are ‘fairly active’ taking part in average of 30-59 minutes a day.

There is a persistent inequality factor in activity levels, with children from the most affluent families more active (54 per cent) compared to the least affluent families (42 per cent) – while boys remain more active than girls at every age from five up.

Commenting on the figures, Jack Shakespeare, director of children, young people, families and research at ukactive, said the figures show that increasing exercise opportunities outside of school is working.

“The report shows that out-of-school provision is helping children to be more active," he said.

“ukactive’s members are clearly playing a lead role in delivering out-of-school provision and we remain committed to working side by side with Sport England to make this available to all, regardless of gender, race or affluence."

Shakespeare added, however, that the persistent gaps in activity levels that remain between genders – and affluence – need to be addressed.

“While it is positive to learn that activity levels are increasing for some children and young people, it is clear that stark inequalities remain entrenched for many children across the UK.

“It is unacceptable that physical activity levels are lower among girls, children from poorer backgrounds, and those who are black, Asian or from a minority ethnic group.

“As we approach the general election, the next government must make physical activity opportunities for all children and young people an urgent priority, not just for the physical health of the next generation but for their mental and social health too.

“Our research shows that during the summer holidays children’s fitness levels fall by around 74 per cent, and by even more in areas of high deprivation. However, 39 per cent of community sports facilities remain locked behind school gates.

“The government has a duty to protect the most vulnerable in society and we are calling on all parties to invest in our schools as community hubs model so that providers can host activities and nutritious lunches over the holidays, which can be a particularly tough time for families.”

To read the full report, click here.
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Active Lives study: children’s activity levels are on the rise in England
05 Dec 2019 . BY Tom Walker....
In total, 3.3 million children are now meeting the new recommended Chief Medical Officer Guidelines – an increase of 279,600 when compared with 2018
Photo: Shutterstock
Almost half of children and young people (46.8 per cent) in England are doing the recommended average of 60 or more minutes of physical activity a day.

The figure, from the second annual Active Lives Children and Young People Survey, shows there has been a rise of 3.6 per cent in the number of active children over the last year.

In total, 3.3 million children are now meeting the new recommended Chief Medical Officer Guidelines – an increase of 279,600 when compared with 2018.

Crucially, the figures show that there has been a rise in children getting active outside of school, with 57 per cent now doing an average of 30 minutes or more a day outside of school (up 4.6 per cent in the last year) , compared to 40 per cent beig active at school.

Activities that have seen a particular increase in popularity outside of school include active play, team sports and walking.

At the other end of the scale, 2.1 million children and young people (29.0 per cent) are doing less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

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Another 1.7 million (24.2 per cent) children are ‘fairly active’ taking part in average of 30-59 minutes a day.

There is a persistent inequality factor in activity levels, with children from the most affluent families more active (54 per cent) compared to the least affluent families (42 per cent) – while boys remain more active than girls at every age from five up.

Commenting on the figures, Jack Shakespeare, director of children, young people, families and research at ukactive, said the figures show that increasing exercise opportunities outside of school is working.

“The report shows that out-of-school provision is helping children to be more active," he said.

“ukactive’s members are clearly playing a lead role in delivering out-of-school provision and we remain committed to working side by side with Sport England to make this available to all, regardless of gender, race or affluence."

Shakespeare added, however, that the persistent gaps in activity levels that remain between genders – and affluence – need to be addressed.

“While it is positive to learn that activity levels are increasing for some children and young people, it is clear that stark inequalities remain entrenched for many children across the UK.

“It is unacceptable that physical activity levels are lower among girls, children from poorer backgrounds, and those who are black, Asian or from a minority ethnic group.

“As we approach the general election, the next government must make physical activity opportunities for all children and young people an urgent priority, not just for the physical health of the next generation but for their mental and social health too.

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