Fighting against inactivity and obesity
The council’s public health team has extended its current partnership with Active Movement to deliver a new activity programme across all 10 Slough Children’s Centres.
Working closely with the council’s early years team, the programme aims to educate children, staff, parents and their community on the benefits of reducing sedentary behaviour and the lifetime benefits of being more active.
Sedentary behaviour is one of the precursors to obesity and poses a number of risk factors to health, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “More than a third of children in England are overweight or obese by the time they finish primary school and in Slough 41.5% of year six students are overweight or obese.
“Low levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviour also lead to a reduction in academic performance, concentration and behaviour in children, so it is increasingly important to get children active at the earliest age possible.”
Chalvey Grove Children’s Centre has already integrated the Active Movement programme as part of an initial pilot, and reported excellent results.
Data collected for the first year shows an 8% increase in children showing an expected level of progress in physical development compared with previous years, when the data was fairly static.
The number of children showing expected levels of development in managing their feelings and behaviour also rose by 5.2%.
One mum of a two year taking part said: “Active Movement has helped me and my children think about how important it is to be keeping active. This has benefited all of us as we are now walking and exercising more. Instead of my children going to school in the car they now ride their bikes to school.”
This ambitious initiative comes as a direct result of the success of the Slough Wellbeing Board’s #BeRealistic campaign, which encourages small positive changes in lifestyle, to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Councillor Shabnum Sadiq, cabinet member for children and education, added: “It is vital that children of all ages learn about the importance of being, and staying, active. Maintaining a healthy body weight and continuing to engage in recommended levels of physical activity are key to achieving long term good health.”
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