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Scottish pupils fight obesity with increased exercise

Students at schools in Edinburgh are tackling the increasing problem of child obesity with added Physical Education (PE) sessions.

The children in Scotland were recently reported as being among the least active worldwide, which has resulted in the nation’s government increasing targets for PE every week.

According to new plans announced by the Government, all children who are in S1-4 will receive at least two periods of PE on a weekly basis, an increase of 13% on last year. Primary schools now have a 95% success rate of offering two hours of PE, slightly more than the 89% achieved in 2013.

As the figures are published, heads of education are pleased that targets are being met and exercise levels increased for the children of Scotland. One education leader, Paul Godzik said:

“There’s been a clear focus on these targets in our schools, and staff have been working really hard to improve our figures.”

Reports indicate that some schools are finding it particularly challenging to achieve the targets due to the age and size of some school buildings. Restricted space has caused problems, while in other schools the timetables have had to be amended slightly to accommodate the new targets.

While the increased exercise regime will help children to stay healthy, their diet also requires focus. Some schools in other parts of the UK are offering dietary help in the form of healthy tuckshop food. Teesside schools are introducing this as part of a new regime, which may also incorporate increased levels of activity.

Posted by Jennifer
June 16, 2014

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