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Give it a Go!


Give it a Go Partnership

Subject Keywords: Physical activity, Weight, Walking
Topic: Obesity
Type: Campaign
Region: Northern Ireland

Being active is really important for our health at every age - and it’s also vital to help keep at a healthy weight or, if necessary, to lose weight and keep it off.

Adults should be active every day, totalling at least 150 mins of moderate intensity activity in a week. This can be in bouts of at least 10 mins, eg 30 mins each day on at least 5 days a week.

A good way to achieve these recommendations is to build activity into your normal routine eg:

  • 1. Swap driving the children to school to walking instead;
  • 2. Swap spending your lunch breaks sitting in the office for a walk with a colleague;
  • 3. Swap the car for a bike or swap sitting for moving;
  • 4. Swap watching the children play to joining in;
  • 5. Swap watching the TV for waking the dog. 

Children and young people need for activity than this: 

  • Children under 5 (who cannot walk) should be as active as possible through floor-based and water play. 
  • Children under 5 who can walk should be active for at least 150 mins (3 hours) spread throughout the day.
  • Children and young people aged 5-18 years should be moderately to vigorously active for at least 60 mins up to several hours each day



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Suggested citation:

Give it a Go Partnership. (2014) Give it a Go! [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 20th November 2019].


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