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- 16 January 2015 00:00
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"Inspire a generation” was the aim of the 2012 Olympic legacy and the commitment from the Government was to use the Olympics as a way of increasing the physical activity levels of Children and tackle the worsening obesity crisis.
Today, recent surveys show that there is a significant decline in PE lessons and consequently reducing the time children are spending doing high quality physical activity to significantly less than 2 hours per week in school.
The Youth Sport Trust National PE, School Sport and Physical Activity Survey Report also show a decrease in the number of school-community sport club links by over half since 2010.
Baroness Campbell, Chairman of Youth Sport
Trust states "With one in three children leaving primary school obese or
overweight, and less than one in five meeting the minimum recommended
guidelines for physical activity, it is a bleak and worrying picture.”
With only 21 per cent of boys and 16 per cent of girls meeting recommended guidelines for one hour's moderate exercise per day and research stating that British children born today are on course to be 35 per cent less active by 2035 are statistics that are causing many doubts over the Government's commitment to tackling the obesity crisis.
However, the Dept of Education’s survey highlights how physical activity has increased in primary schools to an average of 122 minutes per week, an increased average of 13 minutes since 2013.
With the general election due in May, suggestions of a joined-up and cross-departmental approach to physical activity could be the solution whilst emphasising the endless benefits of physical activity not only on health and well being, but also the proven advantages physical activity has on academic results.
Will the incoming Government make a greater commitment to increasing the physical activity levels and reducing the obesity levels of children across the country?