The new guidelines on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age were developed by a WHO panel of experts. They assessed the effects on young children of inadequate sleep, and time spent sitting watching screens or restrained in chairs and prams. They also reviewed evidence around the benefits of increased activity levels.
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The important interactions between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and adequate sleep time, and their impact on physical and mental health and wellbeing, were recognized by the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, which called for clear guidance on physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep in young children.
Applying the recommendations in these guidelines during the first five years of life will contribute to children’s motor and cognitive development and lifelong health.
These films from Best Beginnings, cover what kind of exercise is safe in pregnancy and why it’s so important to keep active. This information as well as exercise suggestion videos are available in the Baby Buddy app, verified by experts including representatives from Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Royal College of Psychiatrists as well as other key health organisations in the UK.
Click here to view the films
Sir Mo Farah will once again join thousands of families at this year’s Vitality Westminster Mile. Taking place on Sunday 26 May 2019 on the Mall, families across Westminster are invited to enjoy a fun day out as they run, skip or walk their way to the finish line.
Westminster residents can sign up before 17 May 2019 at a discounted rate of £7 per adult, children aged 12-17 can sign up for £5 and under 11s can participate for free.
Alongside having the chance to run with Sir Mo Farah, every finisher will take home a medal and goody bag.
Click here to sign up today.
London Marathon Events, organisers of the world’s greatest marathon, is working with The Daily Mile Foundation, the Mayor of London and Healthy Schools London to encourage primary schools across London to take part in The Daily Mile. More than 500 schools in the capital are already signed up.
To encourage more schools to get involved, all primary schools in London will receive further details about The Daily Mile. Every London primary school that registers for The Daily Mile and takes part for the first half of the 2019 summer term will have the chance to win a visit from Sir Mo Farah.
Why do The Daily Mile?
Regular physical activity makes a huge difference to children’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, as well as helping children make better progress in the classroom. Some of the many proven benefits of participation in The Daily Mile include:
- Increased fitness and energy levels, which help combat obesity
- Better focus and concentration in class
- Reductions in stress and anxiety – children who exercise are happier
What is The Daily Mile?
The Daily Mile is easy to implement:
- Every child takes part in a run or jog for 15 minutes, at their own pace, during the school day
- It takes 15 minutes from classroom door to classroom door – there’s no kit needed, no resources, no track needed and no changing
- The Daily Mile is social and fun. It’s not a race and everyone can take part – they don’t have to run for a mile, just for 15 minutes. Teachers and school staff can join in too
Sign up here to join The Daily Mile
Win a visit from Sir Mo Farah: Download the form
Sustrans Big Pedal 2019, which runs from Monday 25 March to Friday 5 April, will see pupils, parents and teachers across the UK leave their cars at home and bike, walk and scoot for their journeys to and from school.
On each day, schools compete to see who can get as many of their pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking or scooting to school. Your school’s best five days will determine your final position, but you can log journeys on all ten days if you wish.
For schools unable to take part in the main event there is a one-day challenge, which can include cycling, walking and scooting activities in the school day as well as on the journey to school.
There are daily prizes to be won including bike stunt shows and scooters from lead sponsor, Micro Scooters.
The challenge is free to enter and schools can sign up to the Big Pedal 2019 by visiting: www.bigpedal.org.uk
School Games Organiser
Tel No: 020 8449 2984
An association that has been created to build upon the success of the previous School Sport Partnerships. The BPSS is a “not for profit” organisation that has been established as a mechanism to retain the outcomes achieved by the School Sport Partnerships, including the organisation of events, competitions, festivals and leadership opportunities with a generic outcome of increasing participation at all levels. The BPSS is a subscription based membership organisation, lead by the Strategic Manager to:
“enable all children and young people in Barnet schools to become confident, physically competent and emotionally resilient learners who can independently and successfully make sustainable healthy lifestyle choices and pursue personalised sporting and physically active pathways (including those for the gifted and talented) through the opportunities offered in their local and wider community.”
Target Group: Primary School / Secondary School
Cost implication for the school: Yes