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Children don't exercise enough

7th February 2008

A study carried out for the Scout Association has found that nine out of 10 children fail to take the minimum amount of exercise recommended to avoid long-term health problems.

Research for the youth organisation found that about eight million children spend less than the five hours a week of moderate physical activity, set by the Department of Health as a benchmark for maintaining a level of fitness.

Head of the Scout movement Peter Duncan said: “This report should come with a national health warning. Young people who spend more time outdoors are healthier that those who do not.?

 

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