Posted: Fri, 11 Sep 2020 14:36
One of Active Oxfordshire's 10 ambitions is for every child in the county to have 60 active minutes a day. Active Oxfordshire's Josh Lenthall explains all on the new Active 60 campaign:
You may have seen that Active Oxfordshire launched the new Active 60 campaign this week to help ensure that every school aged child in Oxfordshire can achieve 60 active minutes, every day.
Why 60 active minutes in particular?
Because Chris Whitty says so. When he isn't fighting a health pandemic and giving daily briefings on the television, part of his role as Chief Medical Officer is to set the guidelines for physical activity. If children can meet these guidelines, we know that there is a wealth of evidence that they'll be happier, achieve better educational outcomes, be more active as young citizens in their communities and be at far less risk of ill health.
What do we mean by 'active'?
In this context, 'moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity'. Or in simpler terms, getting out of breath. Whether it's climbing a tree, riding a bike or dancing around the kitchen, if it gets a young person out of breath, it counts! And a survey of 130,000 young people nationally tells us that if they are going to stick at an activity, the most important thing is how fun it is. So, the key ingredients are moving more and having fun! Simple right?
The new five a day!
We want 'Active 60' to become the new 'five a day' but we have work to do to make it as well known, and importantly for EVERY child in Oxfordshire to have the same opportunities to achieve their Active 60.
We know in 2019 that only 52% of our young people achieved this. The effects of Covid-19 on these figures has been shattering, in May 2020, the figures for children reaching their Active 60 was 19% with children from more disadvantaged households facing more barriers to being active than others. To put that into numerical terms...68,000 school aged children in Oxfordshire are currently not meeting guidelines that are scientifically proven to improve their mental and physical health!
In visual terms….68,000 is the new Olympic Stadium in Tokyo filled to capacity
At Active Oxfordshire we don't think anyone is the problem, but we think everyone can be the solution. Everyone wants our children and young people to be happy and healthy and there are many organisations and people who can make this happen.
We want to work alongside partners, schools and communities to make a change. We want to listen to the barriers people face, understand them and then find solutions together.
We can change this, and we must change this to give every child in Oxfordshire an active start in life. Find out more about the campaign here.