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Healthy and active children

Benefits of physical activity for children

Children over 5 should be physically active for at least 60 minutes each day. Encourage your child to be active and set them up for a healthy life.

Safe exercise for children

Your child needs to exercise safely, so there are some simple rules to remember. Know how much exercise is right and why warming up is important.

Developing life skills through sports

Sport isn’t just good for children’s bodies. Sport has psychological benefits for children and adolescents, and teaches them important life skills.

A safe sports environment for children

Learn how sporting groups and parents can provide an environment that is safe, supportive and fair for children who play sport.

Hydration tips for children

Children are sometimes at risk of dehydration, especially in hot weather and when exercising. These tips will help keep them safe and healthy.

Healthy eating for children

Encourage healthy eating habits in children by planning meals and shopping for healthy food. Being at a healthy weight helps children enjoy life more.

Children with asthma and exercise

Asthma is not a reason for children to avoid sport. It is usually managed easily and should be included in your child’s asthma action plan.

Dental care for children

Tooth decay is on the rise, so it’s vital to teach your child good oral health habits. Get tips on how to clean your children's teeth well.

Sleep tips for children

Sleep is vital for a child’s growth, learning and development. Find out how much sleep children need, and discover new ways to help them sleep well.

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