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Healthy schools: Physical activity (HS) booklet A

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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 link between health, Physical Activity and wellbeing is well established. Potential benefits of regular participation in moderate intensity activity include:

  • improved overall health
  • healthy growth and 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.



 editors comments   

Editor's comments- [ Despite some debatable claims of the value of physical activity in schools made by this document [see above for just some], the purpose of this guidance is to offer support to schools working towards achieving National Healthy School Status and demonstrate how Physical Activity can be promoted throughout the school day and beyond. ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : BHF. (2007). Healthy schools: Physical activity (HS) booklet A. London: BHF


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