Bradford – New figures show that almost 4,500 families across the Bradford district took part in this summers’ Change4Life 10 Minute Shake-up campaign – the second highest figure in Yorkshire.
It encouraged children to get active for at least ten minutes, six times a day, to help meet the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity children need.
The figure shows almost 2,000 more households took part by playing games in the district than last year.
Sign-ups were highest in Eccleshill with many families in Bradford Moor, Tong and Bowling and Barkerend also getting their children moving more.
Before the campaign, just 21% of boys and 14% of girls across Yorkshire and the Humber met their recommended 60 minutes of activity each day.
Cllr Ralph Berry, portfolio holder for health and social care, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many Bradford families across the district keen to improve their children’s health.”
“Many families will have more than one child so the number of children who could benefit for this initiative could be closer to twice that number. We need parents to continue to encourage their children to keep active and have fun.”
Shahidur Rahman, Health Improvement Lead for Bradford Council, said: “Being active isn’t about competitive sport, it’s about doing any activity that can make you out of breath and should be fun.”
“So often we’re talking about what we shouldn’t be doing with our children – eating too much sugar or drinking fizzy drinks – and this campaign is about what children can do for themselves to keep healthy”
“It’s important that children continue to get 60 minutes of activity a day and parents can also benefit from joining in their playtime if they can.”