HEALTH experts have called on parents in Staffordshire and Derbyshire to make their children get more exercise in the hope of avoiding a health epidemic.
Figures from the Millennium Cohort Study which show that half of seven-year-olds do not get the recommended one hour of exercise a day has led to fears the nation’s health services could be stretched in the future due to weight related problems.
Greg Small, operations manager for Skills Active, affiliated with the register of exercise professionals, said: “These shocking results highlight the urgent need to boost physical activity among children.
“Parents in Derbyshire can help by encouraging early childhood fun activities.
“Accredited professionals can also help by instilling the correct exercise habits from an early age.
“By integrating physical activity into daily routines, we can significantly reduce sedentary time among young children.
“This will ensure our children maintain a safe, healthy physical weight, and develop a life-long enjoyment of exercise as part of a daily routine.”