Over half of parents in London worry that their exercise levels are setting a bad example to their children

Over half of parents in London worry that their exercise levels are setting a bad example to their children

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  • More than half of parents living in London (with children under 18) think that their levels of physical activity are setting a bad example to their children
  • Four in five parents think it would be valuable for their children to spend more time outdoors
  • A fifth of parents say they’re not spending enough quality time as a family

A Parkinson’s UK survey has revealed that more than half (53%) of parents living in London worry that their levels of physical activity are setting a bad example to their children.

The poll of London parents with children under 18 also showed that four in five (80%) think their children could benefit from spending more time outdoors, with a fifth of parents (19%) saying they’re not spending enough quality time as a family.

The findings mark charity Parkinson’s UK’s launch of its annual Walk for Parkinson’s fundraising events, which are taking place at different locations across the country this year, including three walks being held in London.

Parkinson’s UK is calling on families to get active, spend some quality time together outdoors, and help end Parkinson’s for good by signing up to a walk near them.

Simona Southgate, Regional Fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK in London, said:

“If you’re feeling a bit guilty after a winter in front of the TV and you’re looking for something healthy and active to do with the family, then a Walk for Parkinson’s event is a great place to start. There are three walks taking place in London this year, so please sign up to one and be part of the final push for a cure for Parkinson’s.”

Walk for Parkinson’s events in London include Kensington Gardens on Saturday 13 April, Greenwich Park on Saturday 20 July, and Richmond Park on Sunday 13 October.

One in 37 of us will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in our lifetime – a serious neurological condition affecting people of all ages that has over 40 symptoms including tremor, loss of mobility and dementia.

Over the past four years Walk for Parkinson’s fundraisers have raised over £1.5 million for Parkinson’s UK’s pioneering research to find a cure – and the charity believes that scientists could now be on the verge of a major breakthrough.

Dave Clark, Sky Sports Presenter and Parkinson’s UK’s Champion of Walking, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011 aged 44. He said:

“Parkinson’s has a huge impact on my life. On my worst days it’s hard to walk, talk or write my own name, and it’s tough knowing that things will get even harder for me and my family as it progresses.

But by taking part in a Walk for Parkinson’s event, as well as improving your own health, you’ll be making a huge difference by funding Parkinson’s UK’s pioneering research that could stop, slow down, or even reverse Parkinson’s.”

Parkinson’s UK is the leading charity driving better care, treatments and quality of life for those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through pioneering research, information, support and campaigning.

To sign up to a walk near you, please click here.

 

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