Teddies called “Mini Archie” are allocated to a pupil over the weekend and asked to show Archie how to be more active. As part of Active Cheshire’s Active Kids Pledge Plus, these services are designed to help tackle child obesity.

In Cheshire & Warrington, 1 in 4 children are starting school already overweight or obese. Physical inactivity in young people has reached devastating highs as children are not playing outside like they used to. The importance of play and exercise has reached a new level of importance to help improve the health of children.

Sometimes, teachers are faced with children starting school, physically unable to hold a pen. Children need physical activity to help them develop the strength and dexterity needed to hold pencils, amongst other physical tasks.

Currently, 67 schools across Cheshire and Warrington have taken the Active Kids Pledge, each added onto Active Cheshire’s role of honour. All of these schools have received a personalized plan from a physical activity advisor, free of charge, concentrating on individual school ambitions.

Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire “We want children to move more and sit less in schools. Getting children active whilst learning has multiple benefits for their mental and physical wellbeing. We want every school in Cheshire and Warrington to take our Active Kids pledge so teachers can receive professional hands on help from our physical activity advisors.  Many studies have proven even the small amounts of physical activity, makes a difference.”

Most of what Active Cheshire does is around changing the way people think about physical activity. They target schools & businesses to help those who are inactive to move more. There are many ways of getting active, which doesn’t have to be sports, such as; gardening, walking, cycling and even hoovering your home.

By encouraging behavioural change, changing attitudes, mindsets, and habits. The Charity are constantly learning to adapt to the meet the needs and challenges of an increasingly inactive society.

Find out more about the work Active Cheshire do on www.activecheshire.org/