Campaign to help West Sussex children keep active this summer

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Children are being urged to take part in a campaign to help them keep active this summer.

The ‘10 Minute Shake Up’, from Change 4 Life and Disney, aims to inspire children aged five to 11 to reach the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day with ten minute bursts of exercise.

It is being backed by West Sussex County Council and anyone can sign up online or at their local library.

Children can take part in a number of different games and activities and play as part of four Disney teams Big Hero 6, Frozen, Monsters, and Toy Story.

Christine Field (Con, Lindfield and High Weald), WSCC’s cabinet member for community wellbeing, said: “Evidence has shown there is a strong link between physically active children and improved self-esteem, confidence, attention span and even academic achievements. It is really important that we help encourage good habits for life.

“Exercise is really important for children. This is a fantastic, fun initiative to encourage children and families to get active. With the summer holidays coming up, I hope people across the county will sign up and get active together.”

According to the county council more than a third of children in the UK are overweight, yet 79 per cent of parents with an overweight child do not recognise that they are, and of those that do 41 per cent do not realise it is a help risk.

This is the second year that Change4Life has teamed up with Disney, with last year’s campaign resulting in children across the country being active for an extra 104 million minutes.

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