Exercising children in Wales inquiry launched

The Welsh Assembly’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee will launch an inquiry into the barriers stopping children and young people becoming more physically active.

People aged 11-16 will talk to committee chairman Dr Dai Lloyd and Ynys Mon AM Rhun ap Iorwerth.

The enquiry will look at:

  • How effective Welsh Government programmes and policies are in promoting physical activity among children and young people, and their value for money
  • What might be stopping children and young people being physically active
  • Whether the Welsh Government has the right information about how active children and young people are
  • Whether policies are making a difference to the physical activity levels of children in the most deprived areas

Dr Lloyd said,

Keeping active brings long-term health benefits, which is why it is so important that children and young people in Wales make it part of their everyday lives and find a sport or activity they really enjoy.

Active children and young people are more likely to stay active and be healthier as they grow up, helping to reduce future pressures on the NHS in Wales. The Welsh Government has previously estimated that each year, the cost of physical inactivity to Wales is £650m.