Toddlers step up to daily walking challenge

The new scheme will see children receiving their very own ‘Daily Toddle Passport’ which will track how well they are doing at being active.

Children’s centres across the borough of Rochdale are taking steps to improve children’s health with the start of a new toddling activity.

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Rochdale Borough Council’s new activity scheme ‘The Daily Toddle’, which encourages children to do 10-15 minutes of toddling outside in the fresh air every day, launched this week with four family fun days at children’s centres in each of the townships.

More than 150 children attended the events to take part in the first toddles as well as other fun physical activities like Balanceability, Yogini’s and soft play provided by Link4Life.

They also tried out some healthy snacks and met special guest Rochelle the Healthy Hero.

Centres have signed up to the new scheme to help children under 5 meet the 180 minutes of physical activity they need to do every day to stay healthy, by fitting a quick toddle into their day, alongside other active play.

Mum Kathryn Kenny and her 1-year-old daughter Francesca Kenny with Councillor Donna Martin (assistant to cabinet member for children’s services) and Rochelle the Healthy Hero

The new scheme will see children receiving their very own ‘Daily Toddle Passport’ which will track how well they are doing at being active.

Every time a child takes part in a toddle or walks to and from the centre their passport will be stamped, with five stamps earning the child a Healthy Heroes sticker.

The aim is to complete the passport by collecting all six Healthy Hero stickers; Milly the Dog, Woody, Tom, Penny, Rochelle and Dale.

On completing the passport the child will receive a ‘You’re a Healthy Hero’ certificate to say well done.

Councillor Mohammed Zaman (deputy mayor of Rochdale) having fun at the Rochdale Daily Toddle launch

The passport also includes lots of helpful hints about nutrition, fun physical activities and healthy rewards for families along the way.

Councillor Sara Rowbotham, the council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “The Daily Toddle is a free and fun activity that every child, regardless of ability or personal circumstance, can get involved in.

A toddle every day can not only improve a child’s physical health by helping them to improve balance, strengthen bones and maintain a healthy weight but it can also have a great impact on their social, emotional and mental wellbeing.

I urge all families to take a step towards a healthier future and get involved in a daily toddle at your local children’s centre.”

The Daily Toddle scheme is part of the council’s wider Healthy Heroes childhood obesity campaign, which aims to reduce obesity rates in the borough by encouraging healthy eating and physical activity within families.

Councillor Kieran Heakin (cabinet member for children’s services) and Littleborough’s Healthy Heroes at the Littleborough Daily Toddle launch

The scheme has already seen primary schools across the borough taking up the Daily Mile activity and GULP sugar reduction challenge.

It is hoped that the Daily Toddle scheme will also be rolled out to other early years settings and nurseries.

Families wanting to get involved in the Daily Toddle should contact their local children’s centre for more information.

A list of centres and their contact details can be found at www.rochdale.gov.uk/childrenscentres

Further information and advice on how to improve your children’s health can be found on the council’s website at www.rochdale.gov.uk/healthyheroes

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