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Urgent action needed to get Hampshire children more exercise
12:48pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in Winchester
URGENT action needs to be taken to prevent future generations suffering from weight-related health problems.
Half of all UK seven-year-olds are not getting the recommended hour of physical activity each day, according to a study by The Millennium Cohort.
Now the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) is calling for urgent action across Hampshire to stop a future epidemic of weight issues.
Greg Small, operations manager for SkillsActive Registers, said: “These shocking results highlight the urgent need to boost physical activity among children.
“Parents in Hampshire can help by encouraging early childhood fun activities, thus establishing a life-long pattern of fitness and health.”
The study found that just over half of seven-year-old children in the UK achieve the recommended levels of daily physical exercise, proving significantly lower in girls (38 per cent) than in boys (63 per cent) across 6,497 participants.
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