The Independent reports that less than a fifth of children get the recommended level of exercise by the time they leave primary school, data suggests.
Between the age brackets of five-to-seven and 11-to-12, there is a 39 per cent drop in the proportion being moderately active for at least 60 minutes every day. Some 28 per cent are hitting the target when aged five to seven, but this drops to 17 per cent between the ages of 11 and 12 for children across England.
The figures were released by Public Health England (PHE) to launch a new Change4Life campaign with Disney and Sport England. It aims to get youngsters following their favourite Disney character in a 10-minute “shake up” exercise challenge.
The main motivation among children to be more active was having friends to join in (53 per cent) and having more activities they liked to choose from (48 per cent).
But more than a fifth (22 per cent) of all children worried about not being very good at some sports or activities, rising to 29 per cent of 11 year olds.
Eustace de Sousa, from PHE, said: “Children who get enough physical activity are mentally and physically healthier, and have all-round better development into adulthood – getting into the habit of doing short bursts of activity early can deliver lifelong benefits.”
The shake up games can be found here.
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