Somerset Survey Results
The release of the active live children data highlights that more needs to be done in Somerset, both in and out of school, to ensure our children remain happy and healthy.
The data shows that activity levels of children in Somerset are on the whole reflective of the national picture with 44.3% of children in the County leading active lives, doing an average of 60 or more minutes of physical activity a day. However, just over 32.3% are less active which means they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
Jane Knowles, CEO at Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) who administer the survey in the County said:
"Physical activity is one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle, providing so many physical and mental health outcomes for our young people now and into their adulthood. These figures show a need in Somerset by organisations, family and friends to provide and/or encourage physical activity and sport opportunities appropriate to our young people as well as promoting positive messaging about getting and staying active. The results show that some sectors of our communities are less likely to be active at all ages such as girls or children with special educational needs to name two and how participation changes over a childhood from 5 to 16 years. The data is rich and will get richer, deeper and more robust in future years and will inform SASPs strategic investment into PE and school sport as well as community provision in the future."