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Home / Latest News / Why it’s easy to Get Going with your children this summer holiday

Why it’s easy to Get Going with your children this summer holiday

We have seen the Lions roar in Australia and Andy Murray lift the Wimbledon cup this summer already – perfect inspiration for families to get active.

But with many parents juggling busy jobs with childcare, it can be difficult to find the time for fitness.

But a new Change4Life campaign in Wales for the summer is hoping to help families draw on that inspiration and encourage them to get out and about.

The Welsh Government-backed campaign Get Going provides lots of new cost-effective ideas to help families be more energetic over the coming weeks.

With plenty of events and activities taking place in Cardiff and across Wales in the coming weeks, parents and young children will have many opportunities to get out and get involved.

One Cardiff family getting behind the campaign are the Dobbs, from Penylan, who are determined to get the children off the sofa during the holidays.

Mum Kate, a risk manager at a high street bank, and Jonathan, an operations director at Flowtech Precision Mouldings Ltd., juggle their careers with caring for their two children – Isobella, six, and Harri, three.

As busy parents, Kate and Jonathan are hoping to achieve a target of 60 active minutes a day for the children and 150 minutes a week for themselves.

The initiative comes against the background of newly released figures from the Public Health Wales which found that 28% of four and five year olds had an unhealthy body mass index (BMI), with 12.5% falling into the obese category.

“When we’re both at work we’re lucky that the children’s grandparents can look after them a few days a week,” explains mum Kate.

“Get Going will give them some more great ideas for simple, fun games to play in Roath Park which is just on our doorstep.

“When I’m not in work there are many conflicting priorities on my free time, so the more ideas I can get for how to keep the children occupied the better.

“With simple suggestions like these there really isn’t an excuse to be taking the kids outside because if you want to you can always make time.

“I’ll definitely be having a look at what events and activities are happening in my area over the summer holidays and will encourage our neighbours to come along too, because children can get more out of playing together.”

The Welsh Government hopes to inspire both children and adults to change their behaviour and lead a more active life.

Launching the latest initiative, Wales’ Chief Medical Officer Dr Ruth Hussey said: “A large proportion of families in Wales are already active and healthy but a worrying percentage are not very physically active.

“This doesn’t need to be expensive. There are many affordable ways to get involved and feel the benefits so I hope people will take advantage of the opportunities available during the summer.”

Get Going, which is part of the wider Change4Life Wales campaign to improve the health of the nation, invites people to sign up online at and discover low-cost ways of staying active this summer.



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