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Active children become healthier teens

Posted on 23 July 2015

A new study in Australia shows the need to get children active at an early age to ensure better health through their teens.

More evidence of the importance of getting children active at an early age has been released following a study in Australia. Experiencing the excitement and social benefits at a young age will help children develop a life-long understanding and commitment to a healthier lifestyle.

The study in Australia proves this very point.  Following over 4,600 children, scientists found those who were active in their childhood had a lower body weight and lower risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes by their mid-teens.

The results demonstrate the importance of exercise for children: “this study shows the fact that inactivity seems to compromise the cardio metabolic system from a very young age” Associate Professor Stamatakis from University of Sydney said.

“We want children to be active, not so much so they don’t get chronic disease as children, but we want them to be active for health in their adult life because that is when chronic disease happens.”

Those who engaged in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day at age 11 had better cardio metabolic health, less body fat and a reduced risk of diabetes at age 15. This supports NHS advice that children should have 60 minutes of exercise a day to be healthy.

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One charity getting children active is Kings Camps. They have long been encouraging children to be active in their leisure time. Their sport and activity camps run across the country throughout the school holidays. With a unique approach, it’s a great way to get your children engaged with a wide variety of activities to give them a long and happy future.

Kindswood Camps (previously called Camp Beaumont) is another company offering active outdoors childcare solutions over the school holidays. They do day camps and week-long camps too.

Pay with Childcare Vouchers to save money. Both camps accept all types of Childcare Vouchers as payment for children up to the age of 15 years old, or 16 years old if they are disabled.