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StepITS Challenge

Information for Parents and Guardians

In the Stepits challenge the children each had 15 minutes of Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA)

Guidelines from the UK Government’s Chief Medical Officer are that every child should have 60 minutes of MVPA per day, of which 30 minutes should be in school. From the latest survey, only 17.5% of children achieve this every day.

In the 15 minutes of the StepITS challenge, each child burns off around 40 calories, the equivalent to around 2 teaspoons of sugar.

Physical Activity is about much more than just burning off energy though, Physical Activity improves your brain’s performance, has mental health benefits, such as greater self-confidence, and strengthens your hearts, bones and lungs

Physical activity releases endorphins (the “happy chemical”) into our body, improving your child’s self esteem and effects vital brain functions e.g. sleep, memory, concentration and learning.

Fun facts for Children

In the StepITS challenge today, you and your class took 15,000 steps

This is equivalent to 9 km – more than the height of Mount Everest – or nearly 23 laps of a running track, 16 laps of the Colosseum in Rome or 10 times round the great pyramid in Egypt.

The fastest land animal – the cheetah can run at over 100 km per hour so would run 9km in less than 6 minutes at top speed, but a cheetah can only maintain this speed for 500m without getting tired and stopping. A wolf can run long distances at 50 km per hour so a single wolf would take about 12 minutes.

Family Activities

See if you and your family can find out how long it would take a shark, an eagle and an elephant to move 9km and which is the fastest overall.

A shark would take _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ minutes to swim 9km

An eagle would take _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ minutes to fly 9km

An elephant would take _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ minutes to walk 9km

The fastest animal is _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _