Need another good reason to go out and kick a ball around with the kids? Or to send them outside to run around and burn off the ice-creams? Well, here's another one...
A study, recently published in the BMJ Open Journal, assessed the activity levels of over 7000 children between May 2008 and August 2009. They found that nearly half of all seven-year-olds remain inactive for between six and seven hours every day - far too little to remain healthy. The figures also revealed a staggering difference between boys and girls, with only 4 in 10 girls achieving the recommended hour or more per day of activity, compared with over 6 in 10 boys.
These figures are worrying - nearly a third of all children in the UK, aged between 2 and 15, are overweight and nearly 20% are believed to obese. These overweight children are likely to continue to be overweight into adulthood, with a predicted 50% of the UK population obese by 2030, and 3 in 4 adults predicted to be suffering from weight-related illnesses e.g. diabetes and heart disease, within the next two decades. Obviously, exercise levels alone are not only responsible for maintaining a healthy weight - diet also plays a huge part.
However, it is worrying that the kids of today aren't running about and playing - surely that is what childhood is all about?! So, set a good example and head out there, drag the kids off the sofa and away from their smart-phones and playstations. Take the dog for a walk, head to the beach, throw a frisbee - anything! It's good for the heart, and even better, good for the soul. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face as well as a spring in your step.
NB For those without children - head out there anyway - we're all just big kids after all.
One of the definitive highlights of this summer was the wedding of my receptionist, Ceri, to her lovely long-term boyfriend, Steve. The sun shone, the family gathered and the bride looked absolutely stunning and the groom scrubbed up pretty well too!
The day, held at the gorgeous Gwesty Carreg Bran in Llanfairpwll, had undergone a lot of planning and preparation - much of it whilst Steve was deployed to Afghanistan last year. Steve's absence gave Ceri the space and excuse to focus all her energies into making the day an absolutely fantastic one (and to make the heart grow fonder!). Thanks to Skype and facebook she managed to involve Steve as much as possible - no doubt a welcome distraction from the dust and tedium of an observation post in Helmand.
The only downside is that we'll all miss Ceri in reception as she spent the few days of her honeymoon packing up a van and driving south with her new husband and two baby kittens to set up home in Wiltshire. She assures me that she is keeping herself busy, fitting into the role of 'military wife' and trying to stop the baby cats from completely destroying the military quarter. However, she is keen to pursue a career in Law and has already circulated her CV to local legal firms and solicitors. She promises me that she'll keep in touch - and will doubtless be back up here in sunny Anglesey every now and then, catching up with friends and family. Hopefully she'll stop by clinic to say hello!
Eich Ceiropractydd yng Nghlinig Ceiropracteg Llangefnii