Research released today by Sport England shows that there are now 45.2% of children & young people active for at least 60 minutes a day in Greater Manchester, which equates to 176,700 young people. This is a significant increase of 5.3% from the survey 12 months ago.
The trend is positive and more young people are moving more, however, we are still below the national average of 46.8%. This means that 214,700 children are not meeting the recommended guidelines of 60 minutes a day.
When the number of adults moving in Greater Manchester is added to this it totals;
Greater Manchester is working together, through Greater Manchester Moving, to support and enable our young people to move more by ensuring we work on all the influences which impact how much they move during their average day, this includes;
Sara Tomkins, CEO at GreaterSport said;
“It is pleasing to see 23,100 more young people are moving more and therefore experiencing the physical, mental and social benefits that comes from activity.
But to see that over half of young people (55%) are not meeting the guidelines means we have more to do to enable every child in Greater Manchester the opportunity to be active and find something they enjoy doing, which will have a knock on effect on their overall health and wellbeing.”
Government guidelines recommend that children and young people should get 30 minutes of their daily physical activity in the school day and 30 minutes outside of school. In Greater Manchester, figures show that there has been a rise in children moving more outside of school over the last year, with 56.6% (up by 7.3%) doing an average of 30 minutes or more a day outside of school, compared to 38.9% at school.
The full Active Lives Children and Young People report is available here.
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