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Games4Life for schools launches in May, aiming to inspire children and their families to get their active minutes everyday. Active minutes are the ones that really get our hearts pumping, helping us to feel good and strengthening our hearts and bones too.
The Games4Life packs have lots of fantastic ideas for primary teachers and schoolchildren to harness the energy and excitement of summer 2012.
If you’d like a Games4Life pack for your primary school, register as a local supporter and we be in touch about how you can order one.
If you’re already a local supporter, keep an eye out for the Change4Life newsletter which will have details on how to order your pack.
There are a limited number of packs available so don’t miss your chance to order yours!
Hertfordshire at a Glance
The health of people in Hertfordshire is generally better than the England average. Deprivation is lower than average, however 32,415 children live in poverty. Life expectancy for both men and women is higher than the England average.
Priorities in Hertfordshire include physical activity and obesity, particularly among younger people, helping the growing older population to maintain their health and continuing to reduce levels of smoking.
10 June 2011
The Hertfordshire Physical Activity Alliance, is chaired by Robin Trevelyan of the PCT and members cover the broad range of partners involved in physical activity across all ages and sectors. The group has contributed to a county plan which is at draft stage and on hold awaiting further announcements about the re-structuring of public health.
Minutes of Meetings
This group brings together current work happening across the county for children and young people in the area of physical activity. From this any gaps in delivery can be identified and the group will be able to look at ways of combating these gaps.
Anyone across Hertfordshire who has a remit of physical activity. (Focusing on Physical Activity in general to begin with) (Agendas will be made available before meetings to determine if other colleagues need to be invited to attend).
Minutes of Meetings
Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: Strategy to Reduce Child Obesity Levels in Hertfordshire: 2009-2011
Childhood obesity is an escalating public health problem and the prevalence has rapidly increased in recent years. In Hertfordshire, 1 in 4 children are currently either overweight or obese. Unlike most adults, children cannot choose the environment in which they live or the food they eat. They also have a limited ability to understand the long-term consequences of their behaviour. Therefore, children require special attention when fighting the obesity epidemic. Due to the complexity of this problem, we need a national and local commitment to change our environment, both physical and social. A multi-agency approach is key to tackling obesity.
Measuring Height & Weight in Children in Year 6 - 2010-11
The Department for Education and the Department of Health have a shared programme of work to improve children’s health and wellbeing. Promoting healthy weight in children is an important part of this programme. As part of this programme, the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) requires all children in Reception and Year 6 to be weighed and measured. More...
A Statistical Picture Interim Report: July 2007
This report draws on data findings from the following Surveys commissioned within Hertfordshire County Councils Children, Schools and Families department:
This report looks at the following areas:
Healthy Schools Physical Activity
Take 10 is a resource to help increase daily physical activity for all pupils in Primary schools. It is a collection of activities that get children active for short 10 minute periods.
Take 10 has been produced by Devon Education Services following a 2 year research project called “Fit to Succeed”. This project looked at the relationship between physical activity and academic performance. Physical Activity has been shown to aid effective learning through improving and developing key traits such as concentration, memory, motivation, enthusiasm as well as increasing self esteem and confidence.
The resource covers 6 themes:
The resource is made up of 3 activity card booklets covering the different key stages (Foundation and Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2), 3 DVD’s (Aerobics, Action Rhymes and Skipping) and an Action Rhymes CD.
To purchase the Take 10 resource (£64.71 ex. VAT), follow the link below to Devon Education Service on-line shop:
Jo Howlett, Physical Activity Adviser, is available to offer guidance and support with implementing this resource in school. Jo has delivered practical training in staff meetings which lasts an hour and a half, detailing all aspects of the resource. Jo has also developed some ideas and adaptations to some of the activities including:
NOW AVAILABLE: Take 10 en français
This resource takes original activities from the Take 10 resource and adds Key and Extended Language in French. It includes an Action Rhymes DVD and CD with some traditional French songs as well as ones that have been translated. It also includes a pronunciation CD. To purchase this resource (£29.00 ex. VAT) visit Devon Education Service on-line shop:
If you would like any help, guidance or support on either resource please contact: