The Mirror is reporting warnings that nine out of 10 pre-school children are not getting enough exercise.
Only 9% of two to four-year-olds meet official guidelines of having at least three hours of physical activity a day, according to a report out today.
Worried experts at the British Heart Foundation are now calling on the Government to come up with policies which make exercise for under-fives part of everyday life at home, in nurseries and in the community.
They also want health workers to track youngsters’ physical activity levels during early years. Recommended activities include walking, running, climbing, riding a bike, skipping or playing.
Elaine McNish, director of the charity’s National Centre for Physical Activity and Health, said: “This manifesto outlines how we can create an environment for children that encourages them and stimulates them to be active.
“This manifesto is a call to policy makers to ensure that early years settings are supported to create active environments. We know active children are more likely to become active adults so it’s vitally important to get it right at the beginning to give children opportunities to play from a young age and develop a lifelong love of being active.”
Statistics show one in 10 children was obese when starting primary school in England in 2014-15…
Lisa Young, behaviour change project manager at the British Heart Foundation, said: “As a nation we need help to recognise the importance of physical activity for early years and the contribution this makes to general health and heart health.”
I can’t find this research on the BHF website, but taking their message as given, what in practice can be done to get pre-school children more active?
Until someone invests a device that only unlocks screen time on their favourite devices in direct proportion to the amount of physical activity they do, is there any hope of changing things?
Please share your best ideas in the comments or via Twitter…
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