Health Campaign Says Young Children Should Have Three Hours Activity Per Day


‘Every movement counts’ is the motto of a new Department of Health campaign to encourage children aged under five to be physically active for at least three hours a day. Alarming statistics show only one in 10 children aged two to four is active for the minimum recommended amount of time. The UK’s chief medical…

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50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾


In homes across the country, children rely on electronic gadgets to get them through the potential boredom of the long summer holidays. But the National Trust is urging kids to put down their gadgets and pick up a much more versatile tool – a stick. The humble stick is one of the key implements in…

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England’s Largest Outdoor Learning Project Reveals Children More Motivated To Learn When Outside


The Natural Connections Demonstration project has published new evidence on the benefits of outdoor learning to pupils, teachers and schools. Children from 125 schools across the South West of England are happier, healthier and more motivated to learn thanks to a new project commissioned by Natural England that has turned the outdoors into a classroom…

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Get Children Playing Outdoors To Improve Academic Success


Campaigns to promote physical activity and reduce obesity among children should focus more on active outdoor play, according to a study led at the University of Strathclyde. The Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card 2016 has found that children’s physical activity levels are continuing to fall short of recommended levels. By contrast, they are still…

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A Dose Of Nature – Just What The Doctor Ordered!


People who visit parks for 30 minutes or more each week are much less likely to have high blood pressure or poor mental health than those who don’t, according to new research by Australian and UK environmental scientists. A study led by The University of Queensland (UQ) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental…

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Exercising Four Hours After Learning May Boost Memory


Intensive physical exercise four hours after learning is the key to remembering information learnt, say Dutch researchers. Exercise is known to release proteins that can boost the part of the brain related to memory, and this study suggests the timing of it is crucial. The study, in Current Biology, tested 72 people on their memory…

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