Did you know.....
- Four out of five children in the Republic of Ireland are still not getting enough exercise, posing serious risks to their health and wellbeing.
- Just 19% of primary and 12% of post-primary school children are meeting the current recommendation of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily, instead spending hours sitting at their school desks, sitting at home doing homework, and sitting in front of the TV or computer
What does this mean ?
Some short-term effects of inactivity
Some long – term effects of inactivity
- Physiological and social issues
Our unfit youngsters: the facts
- Girls are less likely than boys to meet the physical activity recommendations
- The number of days per week that primary children reached the required 60 minutes of MVPA increased significantly if they took part in extra-school sport or physical activity, or if they actively commuted to school.
- 34% of preschool children have a TV in their bedroom
- 2.2 hours is the average amount of time pre-school children spend watching TV daily
- In 1981, 50% of children walked to school. In 2014, this was reduced to 25%
- Primary school children spend much less time sitting than post-primary youth.
- Few children (1%) spend less than two hours daily sitting viewing TV, videos or playing on the computer, the maximum screen time advised.
- Active youth who meet the physical activity guidelines (≥ 60 minutes per day) spend significantly less time in sedentary behaviour than those that do not meet the physical activity guidelines.
Children with disabilities
The benefits of getting active can be even greater for children with a disability. It can give them a good opportunity to make new friends, get fitter, stronger and healthier as well as learning a new skill and having fun. After all our sporting success at recent events such as Paralympic Games and the Special Olympics, now is a good time to think about getting your child involved in physical activity. For more information go to www.healthpromotion.ie