Fields in Trust Chief Executive Helen Griffiths has welcomed calls in the newly published Childhood Obesity Strategy for primary school children to take at least 60 minutes physical activity a day and encouraged the Government to go further and safeguard the school playing fields, parks and playgrounds that will be the foundation stone of getting children more active.
"Creating a more active nation is key to achieving a healthier nation and so it is excellent to see the Government recognising the need for benchmarks in provision of primary school sport in this new strategy.
"A reduction in childhood obesity requires a combination of measures but the goal of getting children more active will only be achieved if they have places to play. School playing fields, parks and open spaces are all crucial to ensuring children can take part in physical activity both in and out of school and remain vulnerable to development. They are the spaces where many of the Team GB medalists out in Rio got their starts in sports and we urge the Government to take steps to secure their future so children will always have a place to get outdoors, get active and pursue their ambitions."
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