Health and Wellbeing
Health and Wellbeing Newsletter
At Co-op Academy Bebington we care about the Health and Wellbeing of our students.
Physical activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing. Even a short burst of 10 minutes brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety. This has never been more important than during a national lockdown; physical activity is a genuine antidote to the concerns many of us are feeling right now.
The evidence is clear that young people who move more every day have improved physical health, increased brain function and cognition and are less likely to suffer from issues such as type 2 diabetes, dementia and poor mobility. Physical activity delivers immediate mental health and social benefits, while having a long-term positive impact on our physical health.
The Chief Medical Officer recommends children and young people aged between 5-18 years old should aim for an average of at least 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a day across the week. Latest data from Sport England shows only 44.9% of children and young people meet these guidelines. Children and young people should:
- take part in a variety of physical activity types across the week to develop movement skills, muscles and bones.
- reduce the time spent sitting and break up a long period of not moving with some activity.
- undertake physical activity that makes you breathe faster and feel warmer.
Here are some ways our students can increase their daily physical activity that you may not be aware of:
- Join the Co-op Academy Bebington Strava Club and track a walk, run or bike ride. To join, download the Strava app and go to ‘Join Club’.
- Meet a friend to walk, run or cycle together.
- Complete a Couch to 5K (BBC Sport, Nike Run and Couch to 5K app).
- Be a Sports Leader and encourage someone in your household to join in physical activity together, or lead a younger sibling though a Cosmic Yoga session. www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
- Complete a fitness challenge set by the PE department on Google Classroom e.g. Stair Climb Everest, 50K challenge, Netflex amongst others.
- Get involved in a ‘Girls Active’ session with Ms Reynolds – this can be found on Google Classroom.
- Enjoy a mood and energy boosting HITT workout with Joe Wicks @thebodycoach – ‘Wake Up With Joe’.
- Participate in a PE lesson from Oak National Academy https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-3/subjects/physical-education
- Youth Sport Trust are offering a 30 minute ‘After School Club’ every Tuesday and Thursday at 5pm for all children and young people to do some sport, develop skills and have fun. https://www.youthsporttrust.org/AfterSchoolSportClub
- The LFC Foundation will be delivering a wide range of virtual programmes next week, aiming to support young people and their families during the half-term period. https://foundation.liverpoolfc.com/book-a-session
- Hype Merseyside are delivering daily football sessions every weekday online from their Facebook page. Monday – Friday 10.00am – 10.30am and 12.30pm – 1.00pm.
- Compete against yourself in a 60 second Youth Sport Trust physical activity challenge. Just go to www.youthsporttrust.org/60-second-physical-activity-challenges
- Access free physical activity classes via the Peloton App.
Mr D Ridd
Head of Physical Education