Please note that the borough level data should be interpreted with caution, Covid-19 had a significant impact on data collection and the caveats for the data can be found below.
The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) recommends that all children and young people achieve 60 minutes of physical activity a day, in Bury just four in ten young people achieve this. Concerningly, four in ten do not even achieve 30 minutes of physical activity every day (less active), this is higher than both the National and Greater Manchester (GM) average.
The proportion of children moving (achieving an average of at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day) in Bury has dropped significantly (-10.9%) since the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey launched in 2017/18. However, the borough has seen no significant change in the last year despite the impacts of Covid-19, this should be interpreted with caution due to the challenges of data collection during the pandemic.
The levels of physical activity in Bury are important because:
Activity levels differ by term, and so where you are not comparing like for like the result will be different due to the profile, not solely through a genuine change – if there is a genuine change this will be hard to unpick. In the case of large changes you might assume the scale is exaggerated but the direction is likely, with smaller changes we would recommend not relying on these. The same applies with school phases.