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Physical activity guidelines for children (under 5 years)

How much physical activity do children under 5 years old need to do to keep healthy? Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers. For this age group, activity of any intensity should be encouraged, including light…

Bullying: the facts

Many children and young people experience bullying at school and outside of school - but they don't have to put up with it. Almost 45,000 children talked to ChildLine about bullying in 2013. NSPCC figures suggest nearly half of children and young people (46%) have…

Beat school exam stress

Tests and exams, including GCSEs, can be a challenging part of school life for both children and parents. But there are ways to ease the stress. 1. Watch out for exam stress Look out for signs of exam stress. Stressed children may be irritable, not sleep…

Healthy sleep tips for children

Good sleep is important for your child's physical and mental wellbeing. A relaxing bedtime routine is one important way to help your child get a good night's sleep. Relaxation tips to help sleep Doing the same relaxing things in the same order and at the…

Cycling for beginners

Cycling is a truly invigorating and liberating experience, enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life. Whether you're cycling to work, to school, to the shops or just for fun, the humble bicycle is an easy way to get more active. This…

Physical activity guidelines for children and young people

How much physical activity should children and young people aged 5 to 18 do to keep healthy? To stay healthy or to improve health, young people need to do 3 types of physical activity each week: aerobic exercise exercises to strengthen their bones exercises to…

Health benefits of rock climbing

Find out about rock climbing's unique physical and mental challenge, how to get started and the life skills it provides. Rock climbing was originally used by experienced climbers to practise skills needed for scaling difficult sections of a mountain. These days it takes the following forms: bouldering:…

Dance for fitness

From hip-hop to the foxtrot, dance fever is sweeping the nation, fuelled by popular TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Britain's Got Talent. Whether you like to jump or jive, tap or tango, shake your hips or your booty, dancing is one of…

Exercise and study

It's important to find time to exercise, particularly during exams when all you seem to do is sit at your desk and work all day (and often into the night). Why should students exercise? Not only is exercise good for your overall health and fitness, but…

Safe swimming in the UK

How to avoid getting sick and other health risks from swimming in the sea, streams, rivers and lakes. Sewage in the sea Swimming in sewage-contaminated sea water can cause diarrhoea and vomiting, as well as infections of the ear, nose and throat. Many beaches in Britain have…