Super Active Schools!

Hounslow Council is committed to encouraging active and healthy lifestyles for residents of all ages.

Published: Thursday, 12th January 2017

Hounslow Council is committed to encouraging active and healthy lifestyles for residents of all ages.

Regular good habits of exercising and being active is vital in children and young people, so that those good habits once gained, will stay with them into adult life.

In Hounslow, only 12 per cent of primary school pupils meet the CMO’s guidelines for physical activity [60 minutes seven days a week]. At the 4 to 5 years age group in the borough, one in five children are overweight or obese.

Figures show that these numbers continue to rise through primary school years to 39 per cent of 10-11 year olds being overweight or obese, a level which is significantly higher than that of England as a whole.

Children who receive an hour of physical activity each day may perform up to 40 per cent better on tests as research has shown that aerobically fit children have higher academic scores. This is also recognised by Ofsted who report that higher attaining schools have greater levels of participation in physical activity and sports programmes than lower performing schools.

The increasing rates of inactivity and obesity are why Hounslow Council, in partnership with Brentford Football Club and Sport Impact, created the Super Active Schools [SAS] programme and which will be launched at the SAS conference on Monday 16 January.

The conference, held at the Holiday Inn, Commerce Road, Brentford, TW8 8GA, has the theme of “confident, motivated children” where the importance of just a small amount of exercise and physical activity added into the daily lives of children and young people, will make a difference and also helps to cut the rising rates of obesity and assist Hounslow residents, children and young people to live longer and healthier lives.

Speakers at the conference include Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of Youth Sports and Head of Women’s Football at the FA [Football Association], Dr Imran Choudhury, Director of Public Health, Hounslow Council, and Elaine Wyllie a primary school headteacher and 2015 Pride of Britain winner, who devised the Daily Mile scheme – which encourages schools to enable their pupils to run or walk a mile a day.

Amongst the topics of discussion will be targeted projects to support inactive children to be more active, child healthy weight programmes and school running initiatives.

The council is looking to support the SAS project across the borough’s schools over the next school year, to increase fun, play-based physical activities and ensure that children of primary school age have the opportunity to take part in daily exercise as well as their scheduled physical education lessons.

Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, Hounslow Council, said: “We are working together in partnership to find solutions so that children are getting sufficient physical activity both at and outside school.

“We then want to make sure that these commitments become part of the daily culture of school life and continue throughout children’s lives as they grow into adults.

“This will make the positive impact on the future wellbeing and health of our children for generations to come.”

For further details: visit the Sport Impact website

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