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10-minute shake-ups to start the day a healthy way (from Change4Life)

Aimed at young children and their families over the summer holidays, an initiative from Change4Life suggests ideas for 10-minute bursts of exercise or shake-ups to help start their day with physical activity.

Every week over the holiday season, Change4Life will announce new games using Disney Pixar characters and themes from animations such as Cars 3, Moana, Frozen Fever, Zootropolis, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lodge. The games themselves are fun proposals to help children stay healthy and have been designed for both individuals and groups of 2, 3 or more players.

We know that physical activity plays an integral role in the fight against obesity, and children of a healthy weight leading active lives have more confidence, higher self-esteem and do better at school. Obesity in childhood also increases obesity risk in adulthood leading to increased risk of diseases (such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers), and higher mortality. Read more about childhood obesity in Merton and our approach in our Director of Public Health’s Annual Public Health Report 2016/17 – Tackling Childhood Obesity Together www2.merton.gov.uk/annualpublichealthreport.htm

Encouraging families to engage in an active summer is a key element to giving children the best start in life and a step toward reducing health inequalities. Registered schools will have giving children a 10-minute shake-up worksheet, plus a passport and stickers to publicise the enterprise. Schools can register at: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools using the ‘Stay in Touch’ link.

Individuals can go online and view this week’s suggestions from the Change4Life team, please promote to parents/carers through your networks: https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups#zoipOyg2dW5uy5mq.97

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