If your child is a healthy weight, there are many things you can do to help them stay healthy as they grow. Children who stay a healthy weight tend to be fitter, healthier, better able to learn and more self-confident. They’re also less likely to have health problems later in life.
Regular exercise such as walking, cycling or participating in sports has significant health benefits. Exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and depression, as well as helping to control weight.
Children need a healthy balanced diet to enable them to grow and develop; a child who is given healthy foods and who has regular physical activity will benefit from a lifetime of stronger mind and body.
A child who has received poor nutrition and a lack of exercise is at greater risk of obesity, mental and emotional health problems and a failure to thrive academically with poorer educational and social outcomes in later life.
Small changes in diet and lifestyle can create big benefits as a child grows ensuring they live longer, healthier lives and are more likely to achieve their full potential.
If your child attends a state maintained school, free school or academy, they will be routinely seen as part of the ‘National Child Measurement Programme’ in Reception Year and Year 6, with parental consent. You will be advised of the results. If your child falls outside of the healthy weight range at that time, you will be advised of this by letter and offered further support to help you to address this.
If you’re concerned at any other time about your child’s weight and healthy lifestyle, please contact your local School Nursing service for advice and support.