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Children’s activity levels higher than a year ago

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Children’s activity levels are on the rise across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, according to the second annual Active Lives Children and Young People Survey.

The proportion of children and young people reporting they are active in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has increased by 3.9% over the past 12 months.

That takes the total number of active C&YP – those doing an average of 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per day – up to 53,000 across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the highest level of activity recorded by the survey. This included a significant increase in the proportion of people active in Huntingdonshire from 39% to 50%, an increase of 2,400 kids.

In the same period, there has been a reduction of 6.5% in the proportion reporting they are less active. The number of less active people – those doing fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity per day – is down to 29,800 in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, a decrease of 6,700 compared to a year ago. And those in Huntingdonshire and Peterborough both showed a significant decrease (by 13.4% and 15.5%, respectively) compared to 12 months ago. Fantastic news about children and young people across our county.

The national survey also shows that active children are happier, more resilient and more trusting of others. Further it shows a positive association between being active and higher levels of mental wellbeing, individual development and community development.

You can read the national report here.

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