As schools in Leicestershire break up for the summer, we are highlighting the wide range of activities available to help families keep their children active and entertained during the holidays. Parents will be pleased to hear there are numerous cost-effective summer solutions at their fingertips to keep their little ones busy indoors and out.
Professor Mayur Lakhani, chair of West Leicestershire CCG, said: “Just like adults, children need exercise on a regular basis and parents play an important role in helping their children to get active. I would urge them to restrict the amount of time children spend in front of screens such as TVs and games consoles as this promotes inactivity.
“Active kids have stronger muscles and bones, are less likely to become overweight and have a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Making physical activity a part of a child’s daily routine is not only fun and healthy, but doesn’t need to cost anything. What’s more, children who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges.”
The Change4Life website (www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/local-change-for-life-activities.aspx) lists a range of local activities to choose from by entering your postcode and number of children and selecting an indoor or outdoor activity you like. It also has some great healthy recipes for lunchboxes and picnics.
There are lots of great tips on keeping active and healthy at www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness, and www.healthforkids.co.uk is another useful website full of games and interesting health facts for children and their parents.
Local councils also organise sports clubs, fun activities and events to keep children occupied during the summer, which are advertised on their websites, in public libraries and in local newspapers.
From country parks and walks to cycling, swimming and other sports, there are endless options for days out in Leicestershire to keep families active this summer.