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Millions Of Britons Not Doing Enough Exercise
Fewer than one in three children is doing the recommended amount of exercise according to the latest Government Figures.
They show that only a third of boys and a quarter of girls do 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
The survey has been carried out a year after London 2012. Increased participation in grassroots sport was supposed to be a key part of the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Government guidelines suggest adults should do 150 minutes of exercise a week. While the figures show more than half of adults are achieving that, more than a quarter don't even do 30 minutes of exercise a week.
The Department of Health has announced £5m will now be spent encouraging more people to incorporate exercise into their daily lives.
Public Health Minister, Anna Soubry, said: "It's fantastic that more than half of English adults are doing the recommended amount of physical activity, but I am shocked that more than a quarter are not getting even 30 minutes of exercise a week.
"We were all inspired by the Olympics and as part of its legacy we want to encourage everyone - children and adults - to get active and get healthy.
"We want to do everything we can to help people lead longer, healthier lives, which is why for the first time ever, we've given local authorities increased and ring-fenced budgets to tackle public health issues in their local area."
The money will be divided up with £3m being spent establishing school sports clubs in areas with the highest childhood obesity. They will be part of the Change4Life project which aims to inspire children following London 2012.
A million pounds will be spent on initiatives encouraging more walking and a further £1.1m will go towards a project aimed at getting more children out playing in the streets.
Called "Street Play" the idea is the funding will be used to help parents to apply for their street to be closed from time to time so children can play outside safely.
Director of Play England Cath Prisk said: "Active kids become active adults and we know one of the places kids are most active is on the streets outside their own houses when they are able to simply go out there and play, like most adults did.
"Everyone can do something to make their own communities more playful and we are very happy to be given this opportunity to support residents and local voluntary groups across England in making their own streets playful again."
Mum Sarah Phillips who lives in Wilmslow in Cheshire told Sky News she thinks it's a good idea.
"It would be great if they could have a bit more outdoor time without any worries too much of traffic and things like that," she said.
Erik Garner, who runs the nearby Wilmslow Football Academy disagrees, however. His summer soccer school for primary school aged pupils is well attended but the cost does put some parents off.
He says he regularly gets asked if he could accept childcare vouchers and believes clubs like his should be able to accept vouchers or Government subsidy for parents who can't afford it.
He told Sky News: "Spending money on trying to promote kids to play outside in the street is just an utter waste of money. Kids will play in the street anyway, you don't have to shut the street down and pay for it.
"The organisation of it will just be an absolute nightmare - I can only see problems with it.
"They need to spend the money on subsidising existing sports clubs. There are plenty of them out there and some of them are struggling."