Tag Archives: Physical Activity

What Works in Schools and Colleges to Increase Physical Activity

This updated report summarises evidence of what works in schools and colleges to promote levels of activity amongst children and young people.

The evidence suggests an association between being physically active, and academic attainment and attention. Being physically active also helps to promote physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

Children and young people who are physically active are more likely to continue the habit into adult life.

This document is intended for:

  • headteachers
  • college principals
  • staff working in education settings
  • directors of public health
  • wider educational partners

Swim for Free in Westminster

Did you know that under 19s living and studying in Westminster can swim for free in all leisure centres in the borough?

For those who need to learn the difference between a front crawl and the butterfly swimming strokes, then crash courses are available at Moberly, Queen Mother, Seymour and Porchester leisure centres.

To find out more click here.

Enjoy the Summer at Westminster Leisure Centres

Leisure centres across Westminster will be hosting a sports and physical activity holiday programme called Edutain for 8-13 year-olds for £1 per day.

Sessions will take place at the following centres:

Academy Sport, Churchill Gardens Youth Club and St Andrew’s Club:

  • Monday 5 August – Friday 9 August 2019
  • Monday 12 August – Friday 16 August 2019
  • Monday 19 August – Friday 23 August 2019

In addition, Academy Sport will be hosting Edutain+, a multi-sport programme for disabled children aged 11-16 years-old on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 August 2019
  • Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 August 2019

Review on Childhood Obesity Prevention – Updated

Interventions for preventing obesity in children – an updated Cochrane review

More children are becoming overweight and obese worldwide. Being overweight as a child can cause health problems, and children may be affected psychologically and in their social life. Overweight children are likely also to be overweight as adults and continue to experience poor physical and mental health.

The review authors searched many scientific databases to find studies that looked at ways of preventing obesity in children. They included studies aimed at all ages of children. Studies were included only if the methods they were using were aimed at changing children’s diet, or their level of physical activity, or both. Only the studies that contained the best information to answer this question, ‘randomised controlled trials’ or RCTs, were searched for.

To read the results of this review click here

Guidelines on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Sleep for Children under 5

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.

See also To grow up healthy, children need to sit less and play more.

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.

Pregnancy and Postnatal Exercise Videos

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