Uganda Challenge

Information for Parents and Guardians

In the Uganda challenge, the children had to collectively move the same distance as the length of Lake Albert in Uganda, 160km or 100 miles in one day at school to celebrate Uganda Day

Lake Albert – source NASA. Congo is on the left of the image, Uganda on the right

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 by Public Health England, only 17.5% of children achieve this every day.

To have met the challenge of 160km to walk the length of Lake Albert, each child will have averaged 7,600 steps which is the equivalent to more than the 30 mins of recommended activity at school, something they should feel very proud about and will help the children to maintain a healthy weight.

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 affects vital brain functions e.g. sleep, memory, concentration and learning.

Fun facts for Children

In the StepITS challenge today, you and your class moved 160km or 100 miles

This is equivalent to 400 laps of a running track or nearly 300 laps of the Colosseum in Rome.

The fastest land animal – the cheetah can run at over 100 km per hour so would run 160km in just over 90 minutes, 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 but even a wolf would take about over 3 hours to run as far as your class has travelled.

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 160km and which is the fastest overall.

A shark would take _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ minutes to swim 160km

A swallow when it’s migrating would take _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ minutes to fly 160km

A migrating gazelle would take _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ minutes to walk 160km

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