Back to School, Back to Health

They’re back at school, but now what? After months of lockdown, help your child adjust to the new normal!

 

MoreLife have launched a campaign focused on helping children and families with the transition back to school. Back to School, Back to Health looks at improving the health and wellbeing of local families and children after a long pandemic lockdown.

Families and children are encouraged to complete ten weekly challenges, linked to different aspects of a person’s lifestyle to help them to improve emotional and physical wellbeing. The challenges encourage people to eat well, move more, sleep better, give something and connect with family and friends.

Remember our FREE children and families weight management service can also help you to live a healthier lifestyle as a family!

We are also looking for schools to support this campaign – click here to EMAIL or CALL us 

Week 1

Write a sleep diary. The diary will help to pinpoint your kids sleeping habits.

 

We have put together a fun sleep diary booklet, for you to complete throughout the week to help your family get a better night’s sleep!

Week 2

Give some time each day to help someone else.

 

Acts of giving can help to improve the social development of a child and a young person. It can help you to connect with others, which can make you happier and healthier by increasing your self-esteem. It also inspires other people to do the same and give back. Research shows that giving is good for your health; it helps to lower blood pressure and reduce stress.

 

Things that you could do to show acts of giving are:

 

  • Say thank you
  • Make one phone call per day to someone who lives alone
  • Volunteer your time in your local community

Week 1

Write a sleep diary. The diary will help to pinpoint your kids sleeping habits.

 

We have put together a fun sleep diary booklet, for you to complete throughout the week to help your family get a better night’s sleep!

DOWNLOAD THE SLEEP DIARY HERE

Week 2

Give some time each day to help someone else.

 

Acts of giving can help to improve the social development of a child and a young person. It can help you to connect with others, which can make you happier and healthier by increasing your self-esteem. It also inspires other people to do the same and give back. Research shows that giving is good for your health; it helps to lower blood pressure and reduce stress.

 

Things that you could do to show acts of giving are:

 

  • Say thank you
  • Make one phone call per day to someone who lives alone
  • Volunteer your time in your local community

Week 3

Complete a nature walk or play nature bingo.

 

Are you and your children getting the recommended 1 hour of physical activity a day? To boost your motivation, why not explore one of the Bedfordshire Wildlife Trusts Activity Centres?

 

Spending time outside is hugely beneficial to your health in general – download our info sheet on the health benefits of spending time outside HERE.

Week 4

Try one new thing from each food group.

 

A healthy diet is a balanced diet! Why not try something new from each of the food groups that you haven’t tried before? Check out the NHS eat well guide for ideas on fresh foods that you could taste from each of the different groups. There are also some great ideas on healthy recipes and food tips.

Our family’s and young people’s service can also support you with healthy eating. You can find out more by visiting THIS WEB PAGE:

Week 3

Complete a nature walk or play nature bingo.

 

Are you and your children getting the recommended 1 hour of physical activity a day? To boost your motivation, why not explore one of the Bedfordshire Wildlife Trusts Activity Centres?

 

Spending time outside is hugely beneficial to your health in general – download our info sheet on the health benefits of spending time outside HERE.

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Week 4

Try one new thing from each food group.

 

A healthy diet is a balanced diet! Why not try something new from each of the food groups that you haven’t tried before? Check out the NHS eat well guide for ideas on fresh foods that you could taste from each of the different groups. There are also some great ideas on new recipes from different ethnic groups that you could try. These can all be found on our OneLife Suffolk healthy eating webpage!

Our family’s and young people’s service can also support you with healthy eating. You can find out more by visiting THIS WEB PAGE:

CLICK HERE FOR RECIPES

Week 5

Why don’t you and your family write a letter to someone you don’t see very often.

 

You could write to a friend or family member who you don’t see very often, or write a letter to someone you know who lives far away and post it to them!

 

Writing letters is a great way to connect with other people. It will give them something personal to keep and look back on in the future.

Week 6

Try to eat five portions of fruit/veg for at least three days.

 

Are you eating your five fruits and vegetables a day? The change4life website can give you some great tips on how you can incorporate your five a day in your recipes, and why healthy eating is so important!

Week 5

Why don’t you and your family write a letter to someone you don’t see very often.

 

You could write to a friend or family member who you don’t see very often, or write a letter to someone you know who lives far away and post it to them!

 

Writing letters is a great way to connect with other people. It will give them something personal to keep and look back on in the future.

Week 6

Try to eat five portions of fruit/veg for at least three days.

 

Are you eating your five fruits and vegetables a day? The change4life website can give you some great tips on how you can incorporate your five a day in your recipes, and why healthy eating is so important!

NHS CHANGE 4 LIFE

Week 7

Try one new thing which could help you sleep better or longer.

 

Are you and your children getting the recommended 7-12 hours of sleep a night? Some useful tips can be found on the NHS website to help your family get a good night’s sleep!

Week 8

Complete two extra 30-minute walks this week.

 

Just doing this amount of extra walking can benefit all of your family’s health. By helping to improve your mental health, sleep better, and strengthen your muscles!

 

You could all go for a walk around your local area; you might discover a hidden park or area of countryside that you didn’t know existed in your neighbourhood! Or you could all go out for a nice walk in the evening and watch the gorgeous sun setting!

 

The national trust website shows some beautiful places in Central Beds and Milton Keynes where you could go for a walk:

Week 7

Try one new thing which could help you sleep better or longer.

 

Are you and your children getting the recommended 7-12 hours of sleep a night? Some useful tips can be found on the NHS website to help your family get a good night’s sleep!

NHS SLEEP TIPS FOR CHILDREN

Week 8

Complete two extra 30-minute walks this week.

 

Just doing this amount of extra walking can benefit all of your family’s health. By helping to improve your mental health, sleep better, and strengthen your muscles!

 

You could all go for a walk around your local area; you might discover a hidden park or area of countryside that you didn’t know existed in your neighbourhood! Or you could all go out for a nice walk in the evening and watch the gorgeous sun setting!

 

The national trust website shows some beautiful places in Central Beds and Milton Keynes where you could go for a walk:

PLACES TO VISIT IN BEDFORDSHIRE

Week 9

Ask the kids to draw a picture to give to someone.

 

This simple small gesture can help put a smile on someone’s face!

 

Share your pictures on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages!

Week 10

Draw a family tree, ask questions about your family history.

 

A family tree is a great way to help you connect with your family. It can help you learn more about your family history. It can also help you to discover more about how your family members are connected and where they come from.

Week 9

Ask the kids to draw a picture to give to someone.

 

This simple small gesture can help put a smile on someone’s face!

 

Share your pictures on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages!

Week 10

Draw a family tree, ask questions about your family history.

 

A family tree is a great way to help you connect with your family. It can help you learn more about your family history. It can also help you to discover more about how your family members are connected and where they come from.

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MoreLife BedsMK delivers a free, family and young people’s healthy lifestyle service. The service is aimed at families, children and teens who want to become fitter and healthier

The Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, and Milton Keynes wildlife trusts have some great ideas to get you out and about in your area

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to seek out local volunteering opportunities

Could you offer some support to those I the community who need a bit of extra help?

Couch to 5K is a free programme  that takes you from your couch to running a 5K in 9 weeks

Park Run or Great Run Local are fun ways to get active in fun friendly participation events that normally run weekly

For more information and advice about how to look after your health and wellbeing visit: