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FOR EDUCATION HAS
PROMISED TO DOUBLE
FUNDING FOR PE AND
SPORT IN SCHOOLS BY
THE END OF THE YEAR
no support, worse still, within a culture
that demonises it. This is really diﬃcult
for children, as their ability to do much
about all of this is limited and those
responsible have given up.'
With this in mind, the more schools
can do to help reduce obesity levels
in children, the better. In February, the
month after the government's updated
Childhood Obesity Strategy called
on primary schools to provide 30
minutes of physical activity on a
'As their parent,
daily basis, the Department for
you are your
Education promised to double the
amount of funding for PE and sport
in schools by the end of the year.
they want to sit
However, a lot of the issues that lead
to becoming overweight can also be
lead by example
addressed by parents.
and do some fun
With physical activity being so
important, it is vital to encourage
your children to be energetic on a
They'll soon want
regular basis, whatever their age.
to spend more
Swimming and rugby lessons,
time out of the
for example, can inspire a love of
sport in pre-schoolers.
house with you.'
Older kids could make friends
and improve their athletic abilities
if they visit an activity or sports
camp in the holidays, either for a week
or just a day or two, as well as playing for
school teams or in local leagues.
There are many free ways to get all the
family active, from cycling to heading for
the park, where your children can run >
indoors all day,
from south west
health via an
exercise and food programme
devised by his mother, Sue,
and based on the advice of
their family doctor
'George was a really late
developer and didn't walk until
two years of age so he was very
chubby,' says Sue.
'I didn't really worry about his
weight until he started nursery
school and I could see that he
was a lot bigger physically than
the other children.
'I am partly to blame as,
being my ﬁrst child, I didn't
know any better and gave in
to all his demands of extra food
helpings and snacks.
'George also went to a lot
of places in his buggy as my
nanny didn't have a car, so he
hardly got any exercise.
'Although he was very happy
in himself, I was terriﬁed George
would be bullied if he remained
overweight once he started
school, so after discussing my
concerns with my GP, I began
preparing healthy meals.
'I also enrolled George in
swimming classes and football
lessons, which he went to after
nursery, to help him reach a
healthy weight for his age.
'Now he has started school
and has settled in well.'
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