Children spend, on average, a quarter of their waking lives in schools.  In consequence, schools can have a positive influence over their knowledge, experience and behaviour, supporting them to eat well, be physically active and have a positive, lifelong attitude towards heath.

In terms of physical activity, children and young people aged 5 to 18 should:

  • aim for an average of at least 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous intensity physical activity a day across the week
  • take part in a variety of types and intensities of physical activity across the week to develop movement skills, muscles and bones
  • reduce the time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity which is spread activity throughout the day

Below are some guidance documents and resources that school staff and parents may find useful:

Healthy eating

Healthy Eating guidance documents and planning tools

Healthy Eating resources to use with children

Physical Activity

Physical Activity guidance documents and planning tools

Physical Activity resources to use with children

Resources for parents to support their children to eat well and move more