15 Jun, 2015

Children need three hours’ exercise a day

 i (from the Independent) | Sarah Cassidy, EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT  | 12 June 2015

Physically active children are happy and healthy, says Dr Lala Manners

Children should be encouraged to do at least three hours of ex­er­cise each day, a lead­ing education expert has argued. Increased physical activity – from climbing trees to bouncing on beds has a positive impact on the health and well being of young people, said Dr Lala Manners.

Youngsters should be free to run, jump and climb trees – and help their parents out with household chores so that they can clock up at least three hours of exercise a day. Doing physical activity will make them health­ier and happier and give them back their childhoods, a leading education expert has said.

Abstract: Preschool children should be allowed to bounce on their beds and splash about in the bath for the same length of time, argues Dr Lala Manners, who has more than 20 years’ experience as an early years teacher, educator and researcher.

She says children are getting fatter and more miserable and that too much money, time and effort has been wasted trying to change children’s eating habits rather than educating parents and nursery staff on the benefits of exercise.

Dr Manners has set up a petition calling for more emphasis on exercise for the youngest children. She will present it to Ed Timpson, the minister for children and families, and Sam Gyimah, the early years minister.

Dr Manners has set up a petition calling for more emphasis on exercise for the youngest children. She will present it to Ed Timpson, the minister for children and families, and Sam Gyimah, the early years minister.

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