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Healthy Lifestyles

What can I do?

There are five simple ways for your family to lead a healthy lifestyle and get back on track:

1. Get active each day

  • Regular physical activity is important for the healthy growth, development and well-being of children and young people
  • They should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, including vigorous activities that make them ‘huff and puff’
  • Parents should be good role models and have a positive attitude to being active

2. Choose water as a drink

  • Water is the best way to quench your thirst – and it doesn’t come with the added sugar found in fruit juices, soft drinks and other sweetened drinks
  • Reduced fat milk for children over two is a nutritious drink and a great source of calcium
  • Give kids whole fruit to eat, rather than offering fruit juices that have a lot of sugar

3. Eat more fruit and vegetables

  • Eating fruit and vegetables every day helps children grow and develop, boosts their vitality and can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases
  • Aim to eat two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day.
  • Have fresh fruit available as a convenient snack and try to include fruit and vegies in every meal

4. Switch off the screen and get active

  • Sedentary or ‘still’ time spent watching TV, surfing online or playing computer games is linked to kids becoming overweight or obese
  • Children and young people should spend no more than two hours a day on ‘small screen’ entertainment
  • Plan a range of active indoor and outdoor games or activities for your children, as alternatives to watching TV or playing on the computer

5. Eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives

  • Healthy snacks help children and young people meet their daily nutritional needs.
  • Snacks based on fruit and vegetables, reduced fat dairy products and whole grains are the healthiest choices
  • Avoid snacks that are high in sugar or saturated fats – such as chips, cakes and chocolate – which can cause children to put on excess weight

Well- Being

At Cardinal Road we place the upmost importance on the wellbeing of all of our community including the children, staff, governors, parents and carers.

All staff work together tirelessly to ensure that all children are nurtured and supported and that their mental health and emotional wellbeing have as high a priority as their learning. This is very much supported by our Aim and Values, and schemes such as “Champion a child” and our popular “Scoot to breakfast”.

In addition we have key members of staff such as our Learning Mentor and Family Support Worker, who use their expertise to address any issues or worries that children and their families may be experiencing, offering support, practical advice, a listening ear and sessions such as the Happy Families course.

 

 We are committed to supporting the Well Being of all our staff

The wellbeing of our staff is also a priority and the extremely supportive and positive environment that we create results in a very stable staff who all feel part of our successful team. All staff are valued and understand that they have an important role to play. We work together to look carefully at what staff are required to do to make sure that tasks are meaningful and are having an impact on the pupils.

We offer excellent CPD opportunities for staff to develop their skills and teaching and support staff work in teams where the workload is shared and everyone contributes. Our Wellbeing Weeks are an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of staff, but we also ensure that staff well being has a high profile on a daily basis.

 

We aim to:

  • provide our teachers and staff with a safe, healthy and supportive environment in which to work
  • recognise that the health and wellbeing of our teachers and staff is important, and that it not only benefits the individual, but also students, families and the wider community
  • provide a supportive workplace culture where healthy lifestyle choices are valued and encouraged.

Staff Well Being

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