Are you stuck for things to do in Northern Ireland with your kids over the summer?
We’re putting the fun back into exercise this summer with our NICHS Ready Set Summer packs, sponsored by MACE. They are full of kid’s summer activities for 7 -11 year olds to do at home over the school summer holidays. The packs contain:
- A wall chart of fun activities
- Stickers to mark which activities have been completed
- Stickers to wear
The packs are free and are available from selected Mace stores. Click here to find your nearest store.
Behind the fun, there is a serious message.
To begin with, over three-quarters of children in Northern Ireland don’t get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day. In addition to this, 1 in 4 children here are classified as overweight or obese. Subsequently both of these put our children at increased risk of heart disease and stroke in the future.
We believe prevention is better than a cure and if we teach our children to make healthy choices now, they may avoid developing illnesses when they grow up. Habits started at an early age can last a lifetime. We hope Ready Set Summer will show children that exercise can be fun and something they fit into their everyday lives.