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Are your kids getting enough exercise?

Published: 11 July 2019

10 minute shake ups are all it takes

In Surrey, nearly half of children* are active for less than 30 minutes every day. Children need 60 minutes of exercise every day to help them stay healthy. This may sound like a lot but by breaking activities up into 10 minute bursts you can make sure they get all the exercise they need.

Which is where this year's Change4Life 10 Minute Shake Up can help. The 10 Minute Shake Up games are fun Disney-themed activities and challenges, perfect for the whole family to take part in. Take the online quiz which will match what activities and sports suit you best so you and the family can easily get active over the summer. The activities can help children develop key physical activity skills including; being strong like Mr Incredible, agile like Simba or having strong stamina like Elsa. Visit the Healthy Surrey Are your kids ready to shake up this summer? web page for more information.

Health benefits

Being active has more benefits than you might think. It's not just good for your body, it's good for mental wellbeing too. Here are just some of the positives:

  • Improved strength and fitness
  • Boosts happiness and improves self-esteem
  • Helps develop social skills
  • Taking part in a team sport builds trust and reduces isolation

Support in Surrey

Children living in Surrey, aged 5 – 19 years who are overweight (91st centile and above) could get support from Alive N Kicking, a child weight management service. The service offers families advice on how to cook more healthily, as well as giving them access to physical activity services to help them make long-term permanent changes.

If you're concerned about your child's weight you can check their Body Mass Index on the NHS website. Visit the Healthy Surrey Children's Healthy Weight web page to find out more about getting support.

*Estimated from the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey.

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