“Keep your kids active suring school holidays,” urge MK health bosses

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Health experts in Milton Keynes are urging parents to make sure their children stay active and enjoy the outdoors during the long school holidays.

They are encouraging them to visit local parks and get their offspring running, playing or cycling.

Dr Nicola Smith, GP Chair at NHS Milton Keynes CCG, said: “Physical activity is essential for a child’s health. It helps them develop strong bones and muscles, maintain a healthy weight and helps promote their independence. Most of all, physical activity can be great fun for all the family.”

She said many parents can grow anxious at the prospect of entertaining and funding six weeks’ worth of fun-filled family time.

“But health leaders from NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group together with Milton Keynes Council, can reassured mums and dads that there are lots of cost effective summer solutions right at their fingertips to keep the kids busy indoors or out.”

Dr Smith is advising parents to visit the Change4Life website on http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/local-change-for-life-activities.aspx and enter their postcode to discover what activities are on offer in and around MK.

She said: “It’s important that children stay active and enjoy the outdoors – making the most of their time away from the classroom. There are so many opportunities for children and families to be active in the Milton Keynes area, so I would urge everyone to make time for outings to our local parks, and get kids walking, running and playing. Cycling is a great form of exercise and one that can be enjoyed by all ages.”

She added: “Don’t forget, the sun is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm so if your child is outdoors during this time, make sure they are covered in a high factor sun cream containing UVA and UVB protection, (even in overcast conditions) and reapply regularly throughout the day. Use a waterproof lotion if you are visiting an outdoor swimming pool. Try to encourage children to wear a hat and keep hydrated – particularly if they are taking part in sporting activities.”

Meanwhile the popular MK Play Day, run by the MK Play Partnership, will return to Campbell Park on Wednesday 3rd August. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Pictured are active youngsters from Green Park Primary school enjoying a fitness initiative earlier this year.