46.0% of children in Bolton are now achieving an average of 60 minutes of physical activity a day, however, the fact that over half of children in Bolton are not achieving the recommended levels of physical activity is concerning. However, this figure does put Bolton above the Greater Manchester level of 45.2%.
These figures are important as in Bolton:
35.1% of children finish primary school as either overweight or obese, we know that physical activity has a role to play in these figures and this was highlighted by the Chief Medical Officer with active travel and physical activity being highlighted as approaches to tackle childhood obesity.
37% of children are classified as living in poverty in Bolton (after housing costs) according to End Child Poverty, compared to 30% nationally. The Active Lives Survey shows us that those young people from less affluent households are more likely to be less active.