With World Health Day on Wednesday 7th April, it is important to look at how children stay active outside of their school day. As much as we can encourage children to be fit and healthy in school, a lot needs to be done during their time at home for it to have a bigger impact. We have gathered our 5 top tips for helping your families get healthier this World Health Day.
- An important aspect of being healthy is getting outside in nature and breathing in the fresh air. No matter where your school is located, there will be somewhere your families can go for a walk, whether it is a park, the beach or through the woods. You could give your families a nature walk observation checklist they can complete as they go, including things such as trees, flowers, birds and puddles! See ours here.
- Lots of our families need some help when it comes to eating healthily, as convenience often trumps a balanced plate. Set your families a 5 a Day Challenge where they have to eat at least 5 different fruits or vegetables in one day. The British Heart Foundation has created 20 easy ways to get your 5 a day here.
- With one in three people regularly using their car for short journeys that could be completed on foot, why not ask your families to ‘walk not drive’ one day a week. Walking improves cardiovascular health, creates stronger bones and improves balance. There are loads of schemes out there, with ‘Walk to School’ by Living Streets being the best known.
- It’s important to remember that good health also includes good mental health and encouraging your families to talk and spend time together is vital for overall wellbeing. Ask your parents to create a ‘feelings jar’. Simply put different emotion themed words in a jar (e.g. excited, scared, nervous), pull them out one at a time and explain a time when you have felt that way. This would also be an effective activity for PSHE in school.
- The average age a child first gets a mobile phone in the UK is 10 years old, so technology is an integral part of our everyday lives from extremely early on. Whilst technology has many benefits, it also hinders conversation and face to face interaction. Why not encourage your families to have a ‘no technology day’? They could incorporate our other ideas into this day to ensure they stay entertained!
These ideas are just the starting point for improving health and wellbeing for our families outside of schools, so let us know your amazing ideas at @ActiveEduCo!