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New Year, New Activity!

We're starting 2018 by helping parents throughout the UK find out what new activities are available their children this year!

Maybe, as a parent, your New Year's resolution is to lose weight?  Give up smoking? Drink less? Be more mindful? Let's not forget our little ones, this year's resolution could be to get your kids active.

The World Health Organization (WHO) regards childhood obesity as one of the most serious global public health challenges for the 21st century. As we're all more than aware, obese children and adolescents are at an increased risk of developing various health problems and are also more likely to become obese adults.

There's a few facts and figures that Public Health England have gathered.  You may be surprised to know that:

  • data shows a substantial decrease in physical activity between ages 4–10 and 11 to 15 years, with very low levels for girls

  • Among 2-4 year olds, the proportions of boys and girls meeting physical activity recommendations were similar (9% and 10% respectively); children in this age group had high proportions with low activity levels

The Children's Activities Association, the not-for-profit organisation of children's activity providers and experts, tells us "as every parent knows time is precious and life with kids is an everyday juggling act of school, homework, class commitments and family time – we want to encourage and foster their drive to do extra-curricular activities – but not overwhelm and exhaust them........Look out for trial classes – many organisers offer a free trial and this is a good sign that a class leader is so confident that you will enjoy what they have to offer and the experience that you’ll be signing up!"

So with that in mind we'd like to invite parents to come and join us this January, and follow #NewYearNewActivity on social media as we focus on a new activity each day.  If you can't wait to see what we're covering please pop over to our Children's Activity Info page now. Don't forget to sign up to our newsletter to get updates too!

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