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Healthy Lifestyles Healthy weight

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Keeping you and your family fit and healthy this summer.

Being physically active on a regular basis helps children’s development in many different ways including the development of children’s co-ordination such as hand and eye co-ordination and by improving balance and posture. Exercise leads to better thinking and problem solving skills, stronger attention skills and an improved ability to learn. Exercise benefits a child’s performance in school, improves relationship building and increases self-confidence and resilience as well as helping to improve sleep.

Seeing and appreciating what their body can do, rather than how it looks, is a great way for a child to build a positive body image and self-esteem. It is important to help your child develop this awareness as early as possible and to play your part in promoting a healthy body image through your own behaviour.

Exercise is an important factor in reducing our risk of physical health risks such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Regular exercise helps children build healthy bones, muscles, heart and lungs as well as helping your child keep a healthy body weight.

The following websites provide further information on the benefits of exercise and how your family can be more active over the summer.