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Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle

As part of your Healthy Schools London journey, in this section you will find information that support schools in prioritising physical activity and healthy lifestyle.

A healthy diet is central to the health and wellbeing of children and young people. There are a growing number of people affected by chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. A good diet in childhood can help protect against chronic diseases like these in later life.

Children and young people should understand the health benefits of physical activity and be encouraged to be physically active and have the opportunity to participate in a range of physical activities within and outside the school day. The physical environment can encourage the whole school community to be active.

Local Programme to support Daily Mile & Physical Activity and Health & Wellbeing

The two documents highlight the Leisure (pdf, 131kb) and Public Health (pdf, 233kb)teams’ programme of complementary services available to support your school in implementing a Daily Mile (pdf, 2.3mb)(or equivalent, 15 mins jogging/running per day) as well as further enhancing the physical activity, healthy lifestyle & wellbeing provision for all children and young people.  In addition, click here for further information regarding Southwark’s School Meals System Transformation.

Sport & PA directory: 

Local sport and physical activities

Full facility list can be accessed here

The Daily Mile

Healthy weight online training: Tackle childhood obesity in your school

Southwark has one of the highest levels of childhood obesity in the country. Healthy weight, especially in children, is one of the key foundations for health and wellbeing. Over 700 professionals in Southwark have now enrolled on Southwark’s healthy weight training and are supporting families and communities to achieve a healthy weight.

The training is:

  • Completely online and does not need to be completed all at once
  • Completely free
  • CPD accredited

A bespoke 30 minutes training programme has been developed for Southwark’s School Governors:

Local Partner in Action: Impact on Urban Health 

Click the link to learn more about their programmes in Southwark to “reduce the number of children and young people reaching an unhealthy weight”: