Wouldn’t it be great if in 10 or 20 years’ time Scotland, and particularly Glasgow, was known as the ‘fit man’ rather than ‘sick man’ of Europe? That the focus, resources and cross-agency working that allowed fantastic Games to be delivered could be replicated to produce a generation of fit, active and healthy children across all of Scotland?
Some of the building blocks are already in place; health and wellbeing is a key pillar of the curriculum for excellence and nearly 100% of children aged 5-16yrs receive two hours of PE/week, these now need to have real equity with literacy and numeracy in schools.
There are, however, still a number of issues to be addressed to create a culture of wellbeing around every child. Some of these are: how can parents of 0-3yr olds be supported through consistent messaging from health professionals; how can that messaging be built on in nursery physical activity and play, which then needs to be further developed throughout primary schools. We also need to look at the barriers of price to access local facilities and the cost of transport to get there from the perspective of the child and their parents/carers. These issues are all fixable with collective vision, ambition and resources just like the Games - so let’s bring it on!
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