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Local authority leaders have urged the Government to expand its sports funding in order to help tackle the child obesity problem.

According to the national health body Public Health England, almost a quarter of reception children in England are overweight or obese, leading to potential health problems in later life.

One way to help improve the health of children – and the long-term sustainability of the health and care sector – is outdoor play and exercise.

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed the average amount of leisure time children spent in parks, countryside, seaside, beach or coastal locations was 16 minutes per day.

They showed children aged eight to 15 years in the UK spent just over an hour of their leisure time on average per day taking part in an outdoor activity, sports-related activity or travelling on foot or by bicycle.

For more information on this article, please see; https://www.localgov.co.uk/Council-chiefs-urge-Government-to-expand-sports-funding/44642