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An active start to the new school year

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This week is European Week of Sport, and September 9th is National Fitness Day, the ‘most active day of the year’. This year children’s activity experts Fit For Sport are working with ukactive to bring National Fitness Day into schools to get children involved in the action as part of the EU-funded ALCIS programme. 

Encouraging more children to be active is important: one in three children leave primary school classed as obese and medical guidelines recommend children achieve 60 minutes of physical activity each day, but only 20% do. 

Incorporating physical activity into the school day can reap rewards throughout the school year: a global study released by Nike earlier this year found that regular physical activity not only improves health but also leads to better behaviour, improved attendance and academic performance. 

Fit For Sport work with schools to help encourage all children to be active, taking a ‘whole school’ approach by supporting or delivering inclusive games and using breaks and lunchtime to increase time spent being active. National Fitness Day is just one opportunity to start the new academic year with a renewed focus on being an active school.

Find out more about Fit for Sport here.

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