According to research published by the Department of Health (click here) Scooby Doo has been ranked as the most active children’s TV programme, ahead of Shaun the Sheep, Lazy Town, Peppa Pig, Bob the Builder and Tom and Jerry.
PCP Research Consultants analysed the top 20 children’s programmes and characters shown on UK TV channels in November and December 2010. Each character was rated on their activity levels and received marks for good behaviours such as walking short journeys and playing sport. Whilst Scooby Doo came out as the most active programme overall, the most active individual character was Sportacus in Lazy Town, followed by Scooby Doo himself.
Based on the research, the Department of Health’s ‘Change4Life’ initiative is teaming up with super hero Sportacus from Lazy Town to inspire children around the country to ditch their junk food and tuck into more ‘Sports Candy’ (i.e. fruit and vegetables!).