As much as children might think otherwise, school is more than just lessons, textbooks and homework. Yes, while these are three of the main reasons teachers lose sleep, there are so many more.

Another big task for schools is developing healthy habits for their pupils. But is your school doing enough? This post explores the best ways to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Get it in early

So, why is it that schools need to instil healthy habits in children? Quite simply, the earlier children learn it, the more natural it becomes. Like languages, maths and… anything really – learning healthy habits at an early age is much easier than adopting them later in life. And it’s much more likely they’ll carry these habits into adulthood.

Five a day – and more

Top of the list when it comes to healthy habits is a well-balanced diet. It’s no secret that childhood obesity is on the rise and, being carried into adulthood more and more.

The solution? Teach kids about a balanced diet as soon as possible – and put it into practice. That’s not just five fruit and vegetables a day, but  learning about lean proteins and complex carbohydrates – and how to get these into your diet.

We’re all guilty of pigging out from time to time, but it’s also important to introduce children to eating in moderation. Kids don’t have to have the sweet stuff locked away, they just need to know when and how often they should eat it. Like us, really… It’s also important to know when you’re full. Teaching children about these simple things stops them overeating, as well as steering them clear of the unhealthy boredom snacking habit.

Get moving

While for adults exercise might seem like a chore, children don’t mind it at all. Just look at the way they dash out of the door for their breaks – compared to our slow descent to the desk for a midday nap! All children need is a gentle push in the right direction.

Encourage physical play at playtime with dedicated play areas, as well as sports courts and pitches. These can also be used in PE lessons for more focused physical activity. Once children get a feel for these sports and games, they’re far more likely to play more of them over the weekend and school holidays.

Physical and mental health

Mental and physical health go hand in hand. Poor physical health makes mental health issues more likely – and vice versa. And, at school, outdoor active play can provide a mental health boost for children in two ways.

Firstly, it improves physical health, which reduces the risk of developing mental health issues like depression and anxiety in the long run. Secondly, play is great for kids’ mental health directly because it improves social wellbeing, interaction with one another, and emotional wellbeing when playing alone.

Ready to go?

If you’re ready to get kids moving at your school, Playcubed can help. We provide bespoke play areas, play surfaces and active play facilities for both school and public spaces across London and the South East.

Our fully managed service covers everything from consultation and design to installation, taking all the stress and hassle off your plate. Get in touch and let us know what your school needs today.

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