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This month, Sport England released the "Active lives children and young people survey" for the academic year 2017/18. The headline that accompanied the release was that more than 40% of children and young people lead active lives. 

However, data collected from just over 2000 schools indicates that only 17.5% of children and young people in England, meet the Chief Medical Officers recomendation of 60 minutes physical activity per day. Futhermore, that 32.9 percent, which is around 2.3 million children and young people, do less than an average of 30 minutes per day.

Whose responsibility is it, that our children are active 60 minutes a day?

To meet the Chief Medical Officers guidelines of 60 minutes physical activity a day, the government guidelines set out that children should do 30 minutes of activity inside school and 30 minutes outside of school.

The data schows that only 28% of children meet that requirement in school. Active Lives work in some fantastic schools that are passionate about making sure their children are physically active and healthy, and we are sure they would blow these stats out of the water. However, the data clearly shows that most schools aren't ensuring that children meet the guidelines.

We understand its difficult but we have to do more. We would be keen to help any school understand what their actual levels of activity are and would be happy to help schools assess their current situation. So if you are a school reading this, then get in touch, and we'll see if we can help.

As for activity levels outside of schools, this stands at 22% of children and young people taking part in 60 minutes of physical activity a day. This clearly shows that parents have a responsibilty to do more also.

I'll be honest, when I was reading through the headlines of this survey I thought it was shocking that only 17.5% met the guidelines set out by the Cheif Medical Officer. However, when I think about it as a parent, who has two young children with both parents having busy jobs, I recognise it can be difficult.

I need to do better and I think the first step is asking the question "how do I make sure that my child is active for 30 minutes a day outside of school?"

To read Sport Englands latest Active Lives survey click here

 

We would love to hear from parents and schools about there thoughts on childrens activity levels, and what works well for them. So, if you think your kids, or your school, go against the norm, then let us know how.

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" I'll be honest, when I was reading through the headlines of this survey I thought it was shocking that only 17.5% met the guidelines set out by the Cheif Medical Officer. However, when I think about it as a parent, who has two young children with both parents having busy jobs, I recognise it can be difficult. I need to do better and I think the first step is asking the question "how do I make sure that my child is active for 30 minutes a day outside of school?""

Alex Bedford (Director, Active Lives Education)

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