Physical activity is the natural vehicle for physical development to take place. We believe that every child should have access to high quality physical activity opportunities from birth. Strong evidence exists that physical activity is positively associated with the development of fundamental motor skills, all of which influence physical, social and cognitive development.
The UK Chief Medical Officers guidelines state that children of school age who are capable of walking should participate in 180 minutes of active movement across each day.
Research tells us that only 9% of school aged children are active enough. Through lack of physical activity 91% of children aged 2-4 years are missing opportunities to support brain development; support achievement and attainment; develop social and cognitive skills and emotional wellbeing; help prevent obesity; enhance bone health and support muscular development; progress their physical literacy journey and continue an active lifestyle through childhood and beyond.
Being physically active before, during and after pregnancy brings huge benefits to both you and your baby but it can be confusing what you should and shouldn't do and where to start. Visit our Healthy Mums page that brings together information from UK trusted sources such as the NHS to help you feel confident and safe getting active for you and your baby.
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Stuart Kennard (he/him)
Zing Somerset Children and Families Worker
- 01823 653990