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New campaign helps us to stay active this summer

To help families stay active this summer, Change4Life is launching their Get Going this summer campaign to motivate children and parents to take part in more sport and activities during the school holidays.

The new campaign gives families the tools and information they need – including top tips, new ideas, recipes and games – to make the most of the warm long days of summer and stay physically active, while spending more time together as a family.

The Get Going this summer campaign comes at a time when children are at home during the school holidays, and likely to spend more time sitting on the sofa watching television or playing on the computer.

According to Change4Life, children aged 5 to 16 need to do at least sixty minutes a day of physical activity that gets their hearts beating faster than usual, and adults need at least 150 minutes a week. The campaign encourages family fitness as a way to get everyone moving more and have fun at the same time.

Personalised online activity planners

To inspire families to stay active, Change4Life is giving away a free personalised online activity planner tailored to children’s age and gender. There is also a free online planner to all adults who complete a questionnaire. In addition, families can create their own activity schedule by planning and choosing from a range of sports and hobbies before printing it out for the whole family to use.Sign up to your online activity planner.

Event finder

As part of Get Going lots of local authorities are running their own Change4Life events and some leisure centres are offering free taster activities to encourage people to give something new a try. Go to the event finder, key in your postcode and find out what’s happening this summer near you.Find an event in your area.

Hobbies and sports

There’s also information packed full of great ideas and advice on how to get the best out of your favourite hobby or sport, whether it’s cycling, swimming or cycling. The tool will help you find out where to do your chosen sport in your local area, find other people to do it with or teach you how to get more out of your favourite hobby with video tips or games to incorporate into your favourite past time.Find your favourite hobby or sport.

Fun generator

In addition, to keeping kids on the move and away from the TV, there’s a fun generator tool to create new and exciting ideas for games – whether outdoors or indoors. The tool can be used to find a game or activity involving any number of children based on what they enjoy doing.Find a game.

Get active with Lazy Town

For the under fives, Change4Life have teamed up with children’s TV show LazyTown, and its superhero Sportacus, to encourage kids aged two to five to become more active and eat healthier food. Downloadable activity packs are available to help children develop healthier eating habits from a young age and spend more time playing games and running around.Download an activity pack.

Eat healthier this summer

Eating healthy food and snacks is the perfect complement to an active lifestyle. Change4Life has lots of nutritious, quick recipes on offer, ideal for picnics or when you’re out and about.Find a reciipe

Further information

Go to theChange4Lifesite to sign up and receive your free online family activity planner, along with tools, tips, games and advice on making the most of getting out and about this summer.

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