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20th July 2017

As children across the country eagerly anticipate that final school bell signaling the official start of summer, NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding parents and guardians that there are numerous cost effective summer solutions right at their fingertips to keep the little ones busy indoors or out.  

First, visit the Change4Life website: (http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/local-change-for-life-activities.aspx ), enter your postcode, select whether it’s an indoor or outdoor activity you’d like and the number of children involved, and a range of local activities will appear to choose from.  

Physical activity is essential for a child's health. It helps them develop strong bones and muscles, maintain a healthy weight and helps promote their independence. Most of all, physical activity can be great fun for all the family.   

It is likely that your local council will be organising sports clubs, theatre groups and various other events as part of a ‘Summer What’s On Guide’, which will be available on council’s websites over the next coming weeks, so keep an eye on their website for swimming offers and other local attraction discounts that they often promote during the holiday period.   

Dr Nicola Smith at NHS Milton Keynes CCG, said: 

“It’s important that children stay active and enjoy the outdoors during their time away from the classroom. There are so many opportunities for children and families to be active in the Milton Keynes area. So, I would urge everyone to make time for outings to the local parks, woods or nature reserves, and encourage family walking, running and playing. Cycling is a great form of exercise and one that can be enjoyed by all ages.   

“Don’t forget, the sun is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm so if your child is outdoors during this time, make sure they are covered in a high factor sun cream containing UVA and UVB protection, (even in overcast conditions) and reapply regularly throughout the day. Use a waterproof lotion if you are visiting an outdoor swimming pool. Try to encourage them to wear a hat and keep hydrated – particularly if they are taking part in sporting activities.”