The growing incidence of obesity among children can be linked to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and lack of physical activity from a young age. Nurses and health visitors have an important role to play in tackling the current obesity epidemic, by adopting innovative strategies to facilitating children’s physical activity and making activity-promoting changes in the environment, whether this is the home or the school. One such approach – a floor-based game called Connexercize – aims to encourage physical activity among young children. This article highlights the need for such innovative approaches and discusses the process of planning, developing and piloting this particular game.
|Journal||Journal of Health Visiting|
|Early online date||21 Dec 2017|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 21 Dec 2017|
- Obesity epidemic Health visitors School nurses Physical exercise Health-enhancing activities Children’s health needs
McDermott, F., Reid, B., & Laird, E. (2017). Connexercize: Devising a floor‑based game to increase physical activity levels among young children. Journal of Health Visiting, 5(12), 614-619. http://uir.ulster.ac.uk/39535/1/Connexercize%20Devising%20a%20floor%E2%80%91based.pdf