Oxfordshire families urged to 'just keep moving' this summer


The county's public health department is supporting Change4Life in its campaign to get children achieving 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

School’s out for summer and that can only mean one thing – it’s time to start planning lots of ways to keep the family active during the holidays.

In recognition of this being a big job, Oxfordshire County Council is promoting the Change4Life 10 Minute Shake Up with Disney campaign to help families ‘Just Keep Moving.’

With loads of great ideas for making physical activity fun, the campaign will utilise social media to get ideas and messages straight to your newsfeed and also see the council’s public health department getting outdoors to encourage a summer of activity, inspired by this year’s Disney Pixar film, Finding Dory.

Kicking off at Eynsham Playday on Friday (22 July), the team will be joining forces with local leisure centres to demonstrate the 10 Minute Shake Ups and promoting Finding Dory-inspired family swim sessions at local pools across the county, all approved by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).

Further free events will be held at Banbury PlayDay on Wednesday 27 July and Dalton Barracks PlayDay on Friday 29 July. The team will also be attending a special play scheme at Rose Hill Primary School, on Monday 8 August.

The importance of healthy eating will also be a feature of the sessions and families will be able to take the ever-popular sugar challenge and get involved with a new top-trumps game based on the eat well plate.

Cabinet Member for Public Health, Councillor Hilary Hibbert-Biles, said: “Too much inactive time is bad for a child’s physical, social and mental wellbeing. Being active helps children to build social skills, boost self-confidence, improve bone and heart health and maintain a healthy weight. Every 10 minute burst of exercise can make a real difference in helping children to reach the 60 minutes they need each day.”

Make this a non-stop summer of fun activity; follow @HealthyOxon on Twitter and Facebook, and search Change4Life online now for Disney and Finding Dory inspired 10 Minute Shake Ups. Oh, and don’t forget to book your swim session at www.disney.co.uk/justkeepmoving