Physical activity should be encouraged from birth, children under 5 should be active for at least 3 hours throughout the day, the amount of time they are sat still should be minimised.
To lead healthier lives children aged 5-18 should do at least 1 hour of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day and muscle strengthening activities at least 3 times per week.
Why should children be physically active?
Research shows that physical activity has lots of benefits including:
- Better health
- More energy
- Boosts mental wellbeing
- Stronger bones and muscles
- Better balance, strength, suppleness and mobility
- Improved sleep
- Improved body shape
- Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight
- More social opportunities
- A sense of achievement
- More independence in later life
Physical activity doesn’t have to be a chore you can make it fun for all the family.
What can families do?
Here are some of the many ways children can get active in the Rochdale borough:
What can schools and nurseries do?
There are lots of things schools can do to help children get more actives: