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Take up the 10 Minute Shake Up in Hampshire's country parks

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Supporting Change4Life, and its partner Disney's, latest campaign, 10 Minute Shake Up, Hampshire County Council is encouraging families to visit its country parks as a fun way to get kids more active during the summer holiday.

The 10 Minute Shake Up campaign uses popular Disney characters alongside recognisable Change4Life animations to get children doing more 10 minute bursts of exercise, to help them reach the recommended 60 minutes or more of physical activity they need each day.

Many parents want to use the summer holidays to encourage their children to be more physically active but 48% are concerned about the cost. That's why Change4Life and Disney have teamed up to bring families fun, free games and activities that children can do in just 10 minutes. Encouraging children to do a few extra 10 minute bursts of activity every day can make a real difference to children's health.

There are lots of easy ways to get your child active outdoors, and with two national parks and six major country parks, Hampshire is well placed to offer lots of space where families can get out and be active. By searching Hampshire County Council's countryside site finder, you can find a space nearby to visit.

Children need a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each day, which can be achieved in one session or through shorter bursts of 10 minute activity. Only 1 in 5 children aged 5-10 currently meets the recommended target of 60 minutes of daily activity, with almost 40% of children in this age group doing less than 30 minutes per day. For Hampshire, it has been estimated that 77,000 boys and 84,000 girls do not meet the recommended target.

Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Hampshire County Council said: "It can be all too easy to let the kids spend a bit too much time on the sofa, and whilst it's great to relax after a long school year, it's also important to make sure that they stay active during the holiday. I would encourage families to join with this campaign by either searching Change4Life and signing up for their 10 minute Shake Up Pack or picking a sign up leaflet from one of Hampshire's country parks."

The free 10 Minute Shake Up Pack includes a stopwatch (to time activity), Disney inspired activity cards (with fun ideas for games and activities) and a wall chart and stickers (to track progress during the summer). There are also loads of games and activities online at the Change4Life 10 Minute Shake Up Zone to keep children active all holiday.

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