During the rest of the summer holiday, families in Sefton are encouraged to eat healthier and increase their children’s activity using the latest Change4life campaigns. The ’10 minute Shake Up’ and ‘Smart Swaps’ are aimed at making sure kids are active and healthy.

The latest campaign ‘10 minute Shake Up’ is a fun and innovative way for children to stay active for at least 60 minutes a day with short 10 minute activities throughout the day. Change4Life has teamed up with Disney to encourage these ‘shake ups’ such as Sebastian’s crab football, Bravo’s target strike and Aladdin’s magic carpet dance.

Change4life ‘10 minute Shake Up’ has 28 exciting activity cards, Disney themed wall charts and stickers with lots of other on line activities to choose from to keep kids entertained and active throughout the summer holidays. Simply visit www.nhs.uk/change4life for more information.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Older People and Health, said: “I often look after my grandchildren, who we keep very active during the summer holidays. Children need at least 60 minutes of activity a day to help them stay healthy and happy.

“The great thing about this latest Change4life campaign is that it shows you the 60 minutes doesn’t have to be all in one go and it doesn’t have to be sport.”

Families are also being asked to look at what they eat and drink through Smart Swaps. By simply swapping a sugary drink to water or to semi skimmed milk if two years old and over, switching to snacks like fruit, carrot sticks or unsalted nuts instead of sweets or biscuits, this can make a huge difference to kids’ and adults’ calorie intake, by cutting almost a bag of sugar a month out of their diet.
Dr Janet Atherton, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “We are encouraging families to do these simple 10 minutes of activity and food swaps because swapping like for like food in our diet could help cut out saturated fat, sugar and ultimately calories without giving up the kinds of foods we like.

“We all eat too much saturated fat and sugar which can increase our calorie intake and increase our risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. So let’s start swapping foods and be more active today.”

For more information on staying active in Sefton visit: www.active-sefton.co.uk

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