Health & Fitness Our children are facing a wealth of 21st century 'evils' and they should be at the heart of all decision-making
Meghan Markle’s mum, Doria Ragland, ran a 5K for Suicide Prevention in Los Angeles
The charity event raised $464,081 for mental health. This weekend, while Meghan Markle was in Africa on her royal tour, her mother, Doria Ragland, turned out to support a cause she and her daughter both care deeply about: mental health. On Sunday, September 29, Ragland attended the 21st Annual Alive and Running 5K for Suicide Prevention in Los Angeles. She finished the race in 39:50.
Children First is a campaign to encourageto put children at the heart of all decision-making. In January, The Children’s First campaign launched with a new website - and a reception at the House of Commons
It had key guest speakers in attendance including, TheCommissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE, and CEO of the Royal Society for Public Health, Shirley Cramer and Peter Andre supporting our campaign.
It was a chance for our partners and supporters to join together to. We want to champion the importance of our children, improve their physical and mental health, push equality and inclusiveness and inspire the potential of the next generations. And I believe that campaigning for a Cabinet Minister will help us to achieve this.
Children become less active in each year of primary school, study suggests
Children did an hour less physical activity per week aged 11 compared with when they were six.Children lost on average more than an hour of exercise per week between the ages of six and 11, with a greater fall at the weekends, the research found.
Understanding that our future generation is worth fighting for and giving them a voice in politics is paramount to Children First, the Water Babies vision. Globally, in 1990, 32 million children between 0-5 years were obese. By 2014, this figure had risen to 41 million. The predicted figure for 2025 is 75 million. That is a truly shocking figure which is completely unacceptable. And we need to act drastically to change this.
Most of the factors that lead to obesity, can be identified before a child is even born (Photo: Shutterstock)
Despite increased awareness of rising mental health issues, the dominance of social media and the obesity crisis, there is still no dedicated person with authority to represent children in our Government. Children aged 0-5 do not have a voice in Parliament; they simply do not exist. We have a Cabinet Minister for Loneliness, but not one for children. This is something which we’re campaigning to change with our petition on the Children First website -.
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In June, we held a dinner at the House of Lords where we formed the Children First Alliance. This Alliance is made up of a combination of leaders within the health, education and social industries, and will be the driving force behind the campaign alongside Water Babies, and work on pushing our fight forward.
This was also where the creation of the ‘Health of Children and Young People (Wellbeing and Potential’) Bill of Rights was born. A key member of our Children First Alliance is Baroness D’Souza, former leader of the House of Lords, who has been appointed honorary President of the Children First Alliance.
Her dedication and commitment to Children First is paramount, and we’re ecstatic that she’s supporting our cause.
The campaign is now beginning to capture the imagination of a wide and diverse cross section of organisations across the UK who believe passionately about the principles of harnessing the strength of business to accelerate a cultural, political and societal shift that enhances and elevates the childhood experience throughout the UK.
As we continue to build momentum with our campaign, with our petition nearly reaching 5,000 signatures, and over 160 diverse organisations have already signed up to back the campaign, we are eager to strengthen our political support as well as continuing to strengthen the campaign with our partners and spread wider public engagement with our petition.
Our children are facing a wealth of 21st century “evils” and we hope Children First and our petition will ultimately lead to the appointment of a new Cabinet Minister for Children and Young People, to give children an authoritative voice to help devise solutions to issues such as physical inactivity and rising mental health issues, together.
Steve Franks, CEO of Water Babies and Lead Spokesperson of The Children First Alliance
Heart disease differs for men and women, study finds.
Men and women have different risk factors for conditions including heart disease and strokes, a study has found. British research into nearly half a million people has highlighted the risks of lifestyle and health choices. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes conditions such as strokes, angina, heart attacks and heart failure, and the NHS says it is the "single biggest condition where lives can be saved by the NHS over the next 10 years". CVD affects over seven million people in the UK annually, causes one in four premature deaths, and is a significant cause of disability and death.
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