Healthy Living

Improving mental and physical well-being.

Curriculum Examples

  • Maths – create a Venn diagram showing healthy and unhealthy foods.
  • Science – describe the physical and mental importance of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Design and Technology – learn to cook balanced meals, possibly with food grown in the schools grounds.

Visit our Healthy Living Pinterest for lots of great ideas

Mindfulness Minutes

Thanks to a generous donation Eco-Schools have been able to create Mindfulness Minutes: a national call to action aimed at promoting mental well-being in schools across England.

Mindfulness Minutes Seven Step Guide

Many of us live our lives rushing through the school day, blink and it’s the end of term. Life is happening, but we may not notice due to everything else that is going on in our school environment.

This week long project aims to get pupils and school staff thinking about, and actively promoting, positive mental health and well-being.

Other Actions

We accept any actions linked to physical and mental health for your school’s Green Flag application, here are some of our favourite projects and resources.

Farmer Time

Find out where your food comes from with fortnightly video calls between farmers and classrooms. Through discussion and questioning your class can learn about the journey from farm to fork and the challenges farmers face in the ever-changing agricultural industry.

Learn more about Farmer Time here

The RHS Big Soup Share

The Big Soup Share is an annual event (although resources are available all year round), the premise is nice and simple: harvest your school grown produce, turn it into delicious and healthy soup that you can share with everyone.

Find out more about the Big Soup Share here

Meat Free Monday

Meat Free Monday is a simple, effective and fun way to become more responsible global citizens, coming together as a school community to help the planet and promote healthy food. The Schools programme includes ideas for teachers, tips for students, information for parents and advice for caterers.

Read more about Meat Free Monday here

Healthy Living Topic Winner, Eco-Schools Award Ceremony

Cradle Hill improved mental health in their school by introducing Mindfulness with Eco-Schools Mindfulness Minutes campaign.

Read Cradle Hill’s Mindfulness Minutes story here


School Examples

Penshurst Primary School, Hessle

Pupils at Penshurst Primary School have participated in the Eco-Schools Project Mindfulness Minutes... You can find out more about the project by clicking Eco-Projects in the menu bar above.
All pupils participated ranging from nursery to year 6 and they completed a variety of simple and free activities. These included: cloud-watching; yoga; gardening; body-scanning; and mindfully walking to name a few!
The project has helped pupils and staff learn more about the importance of mindfulness, which has now become a natural part of the school day at Penshurst!

School Website

Laurance Haines, Watford

Laurance Haines Eco-Committee and School Nutrition Action Group have been reducing food waste and encouraging healthy eating by running a 'tuck shop' to redistribute the fruit and vegetable snacks that Key Stage One and Early Years children don't consume to Key Stage Two children each afternoon. This counts towards the Healthy Living and Waste Eco-Schools topics!

School Website

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