The Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines count children doing an average of 60+ minutes of activity a day across the week as ‘Active’. Those who do an average of between 30 and 59 minutes a day are counted as ‘Fairly active’ and children doing less than 30 minutes a day on average across the week are counted as ‘Less active’.
The 2020-21 Results showed that:
- 45% of children and young people in Sussex lead active lives, the same proportion as nationally. This equates to 88,900 active children and young people in Sussex.
- 25% of children and young people in Sussex (49,400) are fairly active.
- 31% of children and young people in Sussex (61,600) are less active, a slightly lower rate than the national average.
1,783 children and young people responded to the survey in Sussex in 2020-21. This was a much lower response rate than previous years due to the impact of Covid-19. Around 80 schools are randomly selected each term to complete the survey. Schools which complete the survey receive a bespoke report with a breakdown of activity levels in their school, £100 of sports equipment, and are eligible to receive a Healthy Schools Rating.