We’re working with Disney and Public Health England (PHE) to get children between the ages of five and 12 active over the summer holidays.
The number of children meeting the recommended amount of physical activity – that’s 60 minutes a day as recommended by PHE – drops by 40% between the ages of five to 12. And a new study by PHE and Disney reveals that the majority of 5-11 year-olds feel happier, more confident and more sociable when they’re active.
Tackling inactivity is a key part our Towards an Active Nation strategy, and we’re using National Lottery funding to support families and children to get active together
Mike Diaper, director of children and young people
That’s why we’re proud to support the 10 Minute Shake Ups. The programme offers fun, 10-minute activities featuring their favourite Disney characters as inspiration. Each activity can be done anywhere with small or large groups of friends.
Just 23% of boys and 20% of girls meet the recommended level of activity. And one in five children starting primary school or overweight or obese. That rises to more than a third by the time they leave.
40% Number of children getting active drops by 40% between 5-12
“Tackling inactivity is a key part our Towards an Active Nation strategy, and we’re using National Lottery funding to support families and children to get active together,” says Mike Diaper, our director of children and young people.
The study, which looked into children’s wellbeing, also found:
- Nearly all children said they liked being active (93%)
- The main motivations for kids to be more active was having friends to join in (53%) and having more activities they liked to choose from (48%)
- Children’s overall happiness declines with age - 64% of 5 and 6-year-olds said they always feel happy, compared to just 48% of 11-year-olds
- 19% of children said they were less active due to a lack of sports or activities they enjoyed
Olympians back campaign
A number of Team GB athletes are supporting the campaign – including Olympic swimmer Keri-anne Payne. She says: “Physical activity has always been an important part of my life, as I started swimming from a very young age. But being active is not just for Olympians, it’s for everyone. The 10 Minute Shake Ups provide a load of fun activities to get kids moving more. Anyone can try them and they are a great way for kids, their friends and the whole family to get moving throughout the summer.”
Find out more
Visit the 10 Minute Shake Ups website