Posted: 20 February 2015

How to support your child’s well-being: Be Active

As part of our groundbreaking research into the children's well-being, we have worked with the New Economics Foundation (NEF) to find out what children can do to support their own well-being and how you can help.

What we know

Around 7% of children who exercise most days or every day have low well-being. For those who never or hardly ever do so, this rises to 18% of children.

What you can do

Children need a range of opportunities to be active, both in and outdoors. These can be as straightforward as walking, running, skipping, cycling or swimming, all of which are great at improving strength, balance, fitness and concentration. 

Group sports are  also  good for enhancing self-confidence and  co- operation and  can  help support new friendships outside of school. Our evidence also  shows that they both work well. Local councils and  libraries are  usually the  best places to begin to find out  about what facilities and activities are  available in your area.

I always feel like I’ve achieved something, with different people.’ Ryan on kickboxing, aged 13

Our work with teenagers in Cheshire uses sports to help them to develop trusting relationship with safe adults, often for the  first time. This again backs up what our research has told us about how developIng children’s well- being in one area can also help improve other areas of their lives.

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By Katie Debra - Digital team

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