46.2% of children in Salford are now achieving an average of 60 minutes of physical activity a day, however, over half of the young people in Salford are not achieving this which is particularly concerning. However, this does place them above the Greater Manchester figure of 45.2% achieving an average of 60 minutes physical activity a day.
These figures are important as in Salford:
37.1% of children finish primary school as either overweight or obese, we know that physical activity has a role to play in these figures and this was highlighted by the Chief Medical Officer with active travel and physical activity being highlighted as approaches to tackle childhood obesity.
39% of children are classified as living in poverty in Salford (after housing costs) according to End Child Poverty, compared to 30% nationally. The Active Lives Survey shows us that those young people from less affluent households are more likely to be less active.