Well-being objective 2: Help children live healthy lifestyles
Why is this objective important?
Projections suggest an increase in trends for childhood obesity with figures showing males between the ages of 2 – 15 being at greatest risk.
Assessment engagement activity with primary school children showed being physically active to be the second most important factor for positive well-being of children aged 6 – 11, after connections with family and friends.
Living healthy lives allows children to fulfil their potential and meet education aspirations.
Habits established early in life remain with people to allow them to play a full part in the economy and society of Carmarthenshire.
Why should this concern us?
Carmarthenshire has the 12th highest levels of childhood obesity in Wales with 26.6% (492) of 4-5 year olds being overweight or obese, just above the Welsh average of 26.4%. (Child Measurement Programme for Wales 2017/18)
Engagement with primary schools identified a strong link between physical activity and opportunities to play in outside spaces, and to feel safe in that environment.