Physical Literacy is the ability to master all/most of the fundamental movement skills, otherwise known as FMS. Why is this important? Years of research has identified that the more physically literate we are the more likely we are to live active lives. It is so important that the Chief Medical Officer has named improvement in physical literacy as a key combatant towards physical inactivity.
Children in the UK are on average 2 years behind on the development of their fundamental movement skills, likewise UK children are not engaging in sufficient physical activity for health benefit (60 minutes per day).
FMS needs careful consideration because:
FMS according to the David Stodden model shows that mastering FMS will directly relate to how physically active you are and your risk of obesity. The importance of mastering all FMS by the age of 8 is of such importance, it has now added into the National Curriculum. We have simplified David Stodden PhD’s model at the bottom of this infographic.
Active cities and design/planning active spaces is not a new concept and there are over 500 findings that support the benefits of cities designed to move. The Government has also published a National Design Guide to promote and facilitate the planning practice guidance for beautiful, enduring and successful places.
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