Health

Walking challenge to help nursery children become more active

Nursery children are taking big strides to be more active by embarking on a Little Feet Walking Challenge.

Little Feet is an initiative developed by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, that helps children aged 2-5 years walk more through a set of fun and engaging activities that also support families in understanding the benefits of active, everyday journeys.

It is supported by the Suffolk County Council led Most Active County partnership which aims to encourage more people to be more active.

According to Living Streets, 9 in 10 children aged 2-4 years old do not meet recommended activity levels with 78% of early years settings surveyed not involved in any walking initiative. The organisation equates this to more cars on the road, leading to more congestion and poorer air quality for children to grow-up in.

If we can encourage children to be active from an early age, we hope it will instil healthy habits that children can take to primary school and, eventually, into adult life and, by doing so, contribute to our ambition of becoming the most active county in England.

Councillor James Reeder, cabinet member for health at Suffolk County Council

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