38.6% of children in Bury are now achieving an average of 60 minutes of physical activity a day, however, over six in ten young people in Bury are not achieving this which is particularly concerning. This places Bury significantly below the Greater Manchester average of 42.5% achieving an average of 60 minutes a day.
These figures are important as in Bury:
34.9% 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.
32% of children are classified as living in poverty in Bury (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.