With recent obesity statistics coming to light, the REPs level 2 qualification (Physical Activity for Children) is of the upmost importance. Data from the NHS, as part of its annual child measurement programme, has revealed that between 2006 and 2012 there were seven children who weighed over 20 stone.
Established in 2006, the National Child Measurement Programme measures the height and weight of children in reception and year six annually. Available under Freedom of Information laws, OpenWorld News discovered the data revealing one boy aged just 11 years old standing at 1.32m (4ft 4in) weighing 147kg (23st 1lb).
As REPs members it crucial to stress the immense health and economic implications of this data and to highlight the need for accessible, practical education and support for overweight children and their families.
As Registered Exercise Professionals and having the expert industry knowledge, we have the ability to combat this issue, but surely prevention at an early age is best way to move forward. This however, can only be done through collaboration with parents, schools and the NHS with REPs at the forefront of a development strategy to keep children active and engaged in a healthy lifestyle.
Greg Small, Operations Manager for REPs said, “Ensuring children are engaged and enthusiastic about learning the correct exercise habits from an early age should be a major responsibility of accredited professionals. It’s imperative that parents have confidence in their children’s physical activity programmes, knowing that professional guidance is ensuring not only a safe and health weight, but also the self-confidence to go through the teenage years as a happy, healthy weight-appropriate adult. We must ensure that the battle for our children’s health and future happiness is in the best possible professional hands and the work of the Register of Exercise Professionals is an important part of achieving that goal.”
Educating children about the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle is the first step to tackling this strong national crisis. As we all know prevention is better than cure.
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