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Schools not the only way to tackle childhood obesity

Ofsted have released their thematic review into what actions schools are taking to reduce childhood obesity after publishing their 'Childhood obesity: a plan of action' back in August 2016.

The report found that schools are great at reinforcing messages, imparting knowledge and developing, focusing on areas such as:

  • planning a challenging and well-sequenced curriculum, including learning about the body in PE and science, and about healthy eating and cooking
  • providing ample opportunity for children to take physical exercise during the school day – with lots of opportunities to ‘get out of breath’
  • teaching particular skills like how to cook or how to dance
  • updating parents on their children’s physical development, such as agility, balance and coordination.

While 'promoting healthy eating and physical activity is deeply embedded in the school curriculum from the early years foundation stage through to Year 6', families, government, industry, and other parts of the public sector all have a role to play in supporting children to make better choices and making healthier food and drink. 

Read Ofsted's full statement and report

Find support from PACEY on nutrition and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.