1 May 2008

Kick Start Your Family's Fitness and Get in Shape!

01 May 2008

Get football fit with The Children's Society and Manchester United.

Shaping up with The Children's Society and Manchester United

Get your family fit and healthy with 'Shaping Up', the first-ever online guide full of family-friendly healthy living tips and advice from Manchester United and The Children's Society.

Follow tips from Rooney, Ronaldo and Giggs to get your children active and fit while having fun as a family! The guide is available to download ‘Shaping Up’ is designed to help families get exercising while having fun together, eating healthily and building stronger family relationships.

‘Shaping Up’ from Manchester United and The Children’s Society has been produced following the publication of evidence submitted to the charity’s Good Childhood Inquiry, which looked at views on health from experts, parents and children themselves from across the UK. 

A poll commissioned by The Children's Society found that the majority of adults polled felt that computer games and TV prevented children from being more active and thought children needed more education about healthy diets.(1) A number of children submitting evidence recognised that they were often exercising without realising or enjoyed physical activity so much that they did not think of it as something that is necessary.(2)

“I get plenty of exercise without realising it. I walk to school, run around at playtime, play football at dinnertime and walk home at the end of the day.” (10 year-old boy)

Launched today and supported by Ryan Giggs, Shaping Up is the first online guide available to parents to help them get fitter as a family. Ryan Giggs says: “Parents can encourage their children to stay healthy by exercising with them. It’s important to set a good example and do things together as a family, like walking the dog or playing football in the park.”

Penny Nicholls from The Children’s Society says: “We want everyone to make childhood better for ALL children in the UK. Staying fit and improving your health together is a really important part of family life. Whether it is playing football in the park or going for a walk on a Sunday afternoon, playing sport together is invaluable in building strong relationships and keeping fitness fun!”

John Shiels Chief Executive, Manchester United Foundation comments: “Manchester United fully supports The Children's Society’s Good Childhood Inquiry and we are thoroughly pleased to be working with The Children’s Society by helping them to create the ‘Shaping Up’ guide. Football can provide a great opportunity for families to spend time together, whether playing or watching a match, and we hope the guide can show families easy ways to improve their health through sport that can be really fun.”

For more information on ‘Shaping Up’ and The Children’s Society partnership with Manchester United please contact Anil Ranchod on 020 7841 4422.


Notes to editors

  • The Children's Society is a national charity driven by the belief that every child deserves a good childhood. To that end we provide vital help and understanding for those children who face the greatest danger, discrimination or disadvantage; children who are unable to find the support they need anywhere else. For more information visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk
  • The Manchester United Foundation (trading) manages the partnerships between Manchester United and its preferred charity partners.  The Foundation was set up in 2006 to celebrate 50 years of the Club playing in Europe.  The Foundation uses the passion for Manchester United to benefit communities and inspire young people. The Charity Partners are:
    National: The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and The Children’s Society
    North West: Francis House Children’s Hospice; The New Children’s Hospital Appeal; Rainbow House; Christies Hospital
  • download the Guide free

(1) The Reflections on Childhood – health poll was conducted by GfK NOP who carried out a total of 1,176 telephone interviews with a sample of UK adults aged 18 or over. Fieldwork took place from 7 January to 28 January 2008. The data was weighted to ensure it was representative of the UK population. A summary of the findings can be downloaded from www.goodchildhood.org.uk
(2) 742 children and young people responded to The Good Childhood Inquiry’s call for evidence