Leicestershire healthy schools

Physical Activity

Physical Activity

Physical Activity

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Physical Activity can contribute to the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of all children, young people and staff within the school and its community.

The links between health, physical activity and wellbeing is well established. Potential benefits of regular participation in moderate intensity activity include:

Improved overall health

Healthy growth & development

Improved muscular strength, endurance and flexibility

Maintenance of energy balance in order to encourage a healthy weight

Reduced risk of developing adult diseases and conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure

A sense of wellbeing

Enhanced self esteem

Reduction in anxiety and stress

Opportunities for social interaction

Improved social and moral development

Improved cognitive functioning and academic achievement in school

 

 

Physical Activity recommendations for children & young people:

To improve health, it is recommended that all children and young people should participate in a minimum of one hour of at least moderate intensity physical activity every day

In addition, at least twice a week, all children and young people should take part in activities that help to develop muscular strength, flexibility and bone health.

The one hour message is about accumulating 60 minutes of activity per day. The 60 minutes can be made up of 2 X 30 minute blocks, 4 X 15 minutes or 6 x 10 minutes

Any type of physical activity is beneficial and just encouraging children and young people to reduce the amount of time they spend sitting or being inactive is a good starting point.

The greatest benefits come from engaging in a broad range of physical activity including:

PE lessons

Sports

Dance

Outdoor activities

Exercise and training sessions

Walking & jogging

Cycling

Skateboarding

Active play

Roller blading

It is important that children and young people recognise that everyday activities such as walking and cycling to school, active play and recreation are included in the recommendation, as they can make a significant contribution to the overall amount of activity an individual does.

The Government published new Physical Activity Guidelines in July 2011 in a guidance document 'Start Active, Stay Active'. The report emphasizes the importance of Physical Activity for all ages and includes updated guidance for children and young people and a new guidance for early years.
 

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Resources

Resources

In this section you will find example school policies, useful templates and copies of key national guidance.

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Training and Events

Training courses cover topics including PSHE Education, policy development and promoting healthy lifestyles.

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Self validation

In autumn 2006 the process of self validation was introduced to minimise bureaucracy.

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