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FITNESS OF CHILDREN

EDM (Early Day Motion) 25: tabled on 25 May 2010

Tabled in the 2010-12 session.

This motion has been signed by 24 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House registers its concern that a study by the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Essex showed that children who are driven to school have the lowest levels of physical fitness, being less fit than walkers, cyclists and children who took the bus; notes in particular that in the age group 10 to 16 years, research showed that boys who walked to school were 20 per cent. more likely to be fit compared with those using motorised transport and that for girls the figure was 30 per cent.; further notes that boys who cycled to school were found to be 30 per cent. fitter, while female cyclists were seven times more likely to reach the minimum fitness standard than girls who were driven to school; congratulates Dr Gavin Sandercock and Christine Voss for the research involving 6,000 pupils in the East of England; and calls on the Government to encourage schools to promote cycling and walking as a means of raising fitness levels amongst pupils, with particular emphasis on providing safe cycling routes.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.