10,000 Steps Towards Improving Children’s Health

Check out this record-breaking dance video with amazing 9-year-old dancer Lilyana, which aims to get kids up and on their feet!

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If 10,000 dance steps in a music video sounds like a record to you, you’d be right! With the goal of raising awareness around children’s increasingly sedentary lifestyles (read: parked in front of an iPad) Swedish NGO Generation Pep (headed by real-life Swedish Royalty) have teamed up with 9-year-old dance legend Lilyana Ilungam, choerographer Sabrina Lonis and French artists Justice to create this global campaign designed encourage youth-y types to hit that recommended number of steps for the day – you guessed it: 10,000.

“I can relate very easily to the story of this young girl who can’t help moving around and dancing. I’m very unhappy when I can’t dance, especially these days”, said Lilyana Ilunga.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), childhood obesity is one of the most serious global public health challenges of the 21st century, affecting every country in the world. In just 40 years, the number of school-age children and adolescents with obesity has risen more than 10-fold, from 11 million to 124 million (2016 estimates). Besides, an estimated 216 million were classified as overweight but not obese in 2016. The condition also affects younger children, with over 38 million children aged under 5 living with overweight or obesity in 2017.

The awareness campaign consists of several videos and tutorials that will help inspire young children and young people to dance, as well as educate the general public and decision-makers on the issue and what can be done to improve the situation.

So get on that, feet-first!

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