The Government has today launched its plan to tackle childhood obesity including details on a Soft Drinks Industry Levy.
The Government has also included in the plan details on how they intendsto increase the duration and quality of physical activity and sport in schools. It recommends that school children should be receiving 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, in-line with the recommendations of the UK Chief Medical Officers. At least 30 minutes of this should be delivered in school with the remaining 30 minutes supported by parents and carers outside of school time.
To help facilitate this, Government has asked County Sports Partnerships to work with National Governing Bodies and Youth Sport Trust, as well as other national and local providers, to offer high-quality sport programmes to every primary school from September 2017.
The plan also includes:
- A new healthy rating scheme for primary schools to encourage schools to develop and improve their contributions to the improvement of children’s healthy through their diet and physical activity. This rating scheme will be taken in to account during Ofsted inspections and parent will also be involved in the rating process
- In addition to inspections, in 2017 Ofsted will undertake a thematic review of obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in schools
- In early 2017, Government will update the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework to make specific reference to the UK Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines for physical activity
- Public Health England will produce advice to schools for the academic year 2017/18 on how schools can work with the school nurses, health centres, healthy weight teams and other resources to help children develop a healthier lifestyle
- Commitment to continued Government investment in walking and cycling to school and the production of a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy
- Moves to enable health professionals to support families including strengthening guidance on physical activity for midwives and health visitors
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