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 Oldham half of young people achieve this. Concerningly, three in ten do not even achieve 30 minutes of physical activity every day, however, this is below both the National and Greater Manchester (GM) average for less active.
The proportion of children moving (achieving an average of at least 30 minutes physical activity a day) in Oldham has seen a significant increase (+14.6%) since the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey launched in 2017/18. Whilst we have no data from last year to compare to we know that at a national level Covid-19 had a significant impact on activity levels and has particularly affected those from urban areas and areas of high deprivation, both of which are prevalent in Oldham.
The levels of physical activity in Oldham 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.