Public Health England (PHE) and Disney UK launched a new Change4Life Train Like A Jedi campaign on Weds 27th June, during National School Sport Week to inspire children to get active.
It is recommended that children do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, yet just 23% of boys and 20% of girls aged 5 to 15 years currently meet this recommendation.
This year marks the fifth year PHE and Disney have worked together to inspire children to move more, with an estimated 300 million minutes of activity inspired to date.
Taking inspiration from the traits of iconic Jedi such as Luke Skywalker and Rey, Train like A Jedi helps children learn and master six key skills – technique, strength, stamina, speed, agility and mastery. The sequence of moves has been specially designed to increase children’s heart rates and benefit health.
Double Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones comments:
“Inspiring kids to get active is something I’m really passionate about, so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to help kids across the country with Change4Life and Star Wars.
“It was great fun to create the Jedi-inspired moves which can be done anytime and anywhere – both at school and home. I hope that through this new programme we can inspire a new generation to move more by showing kids that physical activity can be really fun.”
Mark Hamill, the actor best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker, offered his support to children taking part with some video messages, saying:
“If you want to become a Jedi like Luke Skywalker or Rey, then you need to be fit, healthy and strong.”
One You Hounslow is supporting the Train Like A Jedi campaign. Watch the Train Like A Jedi video and practice along with Jade Jones now!