48.4% of children in Wigan are now achieving an average of 60 minutes of physical activity a day, however, over half of the young people in Wigan are not achieving this which is particularly concerning. However, this does place them above the Greater Manchester figure of 45.2% achieving an average of 60 minutes physical activity a day.
These figures are important as in Wigan:
37.4% 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.
30% of children are classified as living in poverty in Wigan (after housing costs) according to End Child Poverty, this is the national figure. The Active Lives Survey shows us that those young people from less affluent households are more likely to be less active.