Today nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese and younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer. Reducing obesity levels will save lives as obesity doubles the risk of dying prematurely. Obese adults are seven times more likely to become a type 2 diabetic than adults of a healthy weight which may cause blindness or limb amputation. And not only are obese people more likely to get physical health conditions like heart disease, they are also more likely to be living with conditions like depression.
To read more see: Childhood Obesity - A plan for action
Growing evidence supports physically active lessons while learning in class, researchers say
The Shine Trust, which funds projects that help disadvantaged children and teenagers to recognise and then realise their academic potential, has announced that the Let Teachers SHINE competition will re-open for applications at the end of February 2016.
Further information: http://www.shinetrust.org.uk/what-we-fund/let-teachers-shine/
The London Mathematical Society has announced that Mathematics Teachers in the UK can apply for grants of up to £400 to attend specific one or two day conferences/events organised by professional mathematical organisations.
Further information: http://www.lms.ac.uk/grants/teacher-cpd-grants
National School Sports Week is where thousands of schools within the UK make a pledge to get more young people involved in physical activity, school sport and celebrate school achievement.
Read more: http://blog.mathsoftheday.org.uk
Motivated children retain information better, look forward to maths lessons and grow in confidence. This has resulted in some remarkable and outstanding progress at schools using Maths of the Day on a regular basis.
Children are arriving at school unable to speak properly because parents are not playing and talking to them enough, Labour's Tristram Hunt has said.
Mr Hunt was speaking to journalists after addressing the National Association of Head Teachers' annual conference.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-32551951
The importance of exercise and activity is a significant feature in making us happy; when we are happy we're more acceptable to learn ............ to read more http://ukedchat.com/2014/02/18/the-importance-of-activity-for-learning/
Sports medicine specialists say governments across the UK have squandered the chance to create an Olympic legacy of fitness.
Their conference in London is calling for mandatory "physical literacy" tests in schools, alongside reading and maths.
They say this could help children with health problems and identify future sports stars.
Unions and the Youth Sport Trust say tests would be counter-productive.
To read more: www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15774788
Schools should "redefine" physical activity, focusing on low-level effort rather than strenuous exercise, says a leading sports medicine consultant.
Dr Mike Loosemore argues cramming "heavy exercise" into a crowded school curriculum does not work.
He says getting children to stand up and move around more could have an extraordinary impact on their health.
Public Health England says activity must become the default choice rather than an effort.
There is growing concern over the public health impact of inactivity, particularly for the well-being of children.
Read more: www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30294607