Ex-’Well player supports active parents campaign

sent in - Take Life On,  Parents urged to increase children's physical activity.To launch the Scottish Government's new campaign pupils from Ruchill Primary school show that they can kick the couch for a better healthy life style.Pic of,  Ruchill Primary school pupils jump of the giant couch with Stewart Anderson (11) and former international footballer Andy Walker in the foreground. Picture by Chris James  17/1/11
sent in - Take Life On, Parents urged to increase children's physical activity.To launch the Scottish Government's new campaign pupils from Ruchill Primary school show that they can kick the couch for a better healthy life style.Pic of, Ruchill Primary school pupils jump of the giant couch with Stewart Anderson (11) and former international footballer Andy Walker in the foreground. Picture by Chris James 17/1/11

FORMER Motherwell striker Andy Walker is backing a new campaign aimed at informing parents of the health benefits of children participating in 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

The ‘Take Life On’ initiative will feature TV and radio adverts and a dedicated website highlighting the importance of the ’60 minutes’ message and simple steps on how parents can work with their children to achieve this.

Andy said:“Children are meant to be on the move, not sitting down. Just 60 minutes activity a day can have a direct impact on your child’s health.

“I loved playing football as a child, we would put down jumpers for goalposts and we’d play for hours after school and at weekends. I’d much rather kids were out playing football than just watching it on TV or playing it on a games console.

“Even if your kids don’t like a kickabout, playing tig in the garden, musical bumps in or hide and seek in the house, all help keep your children active and reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancers.

“Shaping your children’s health is one of the best things you can do for their future.”