Healthy Living

In the UK young people only play outside for 4 hours each week.

Visit our Healthy Living Pinterest for lots of great ideas to inspire your topic work.

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 that promote physical and mental health and wellbeing for your schools Green Flag application, here are some of our favourites.

Young Minds

Young minds are there to support and empower young people. Their #HelloYellow campaign encourages people to wear yellow on World Mental Health Day to raise vital funds for their cause.

Learn About Young Minds

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

Highfield and Brookham Schools, Liphook

Young eco-warriors at Highfield and Brookham schools in Liphook realised their 'green dream' by removing meat from their school menu for a day! Meat-Free Monday was the brainchild of Year 7 Eco-Committee members, who wanted to highlight potential environmental and health benefits of vegetarian diets. They decided that, despite their school canteen offering vegetarian options on a daily basis, they wanted their canteen (for the very first time) to offer only vegetarian options! Working with their skilled catering team, they developed a mouth-watering vegetarian menu including: Quorn bolognese in a puttanesca sauce; halloumi fries with chipotle mayo in a sourdough pitta; tortilla chips with a bean chilli; and hummus and falafel flatbreads.
At the end of their service, contented faces, big smiles and clean plates told the Eco-Committee that their action had been a huge success!

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Ganton School, Hull

Over the last few years Ganton has worked hard on a Healthy Living and Biodiversity project. We have found that the key to maximising the potential of an eco-curriculum is to have subject areas that are key drivers. In a specialist school Healthy Living is an obvious choice; in this instance we teamed it with bee and butterfly conservation to fantastic affect. Our project quickly became so much more than Healthy Living. We now have a 'Cycle Safari' social enterprise that is staffed by our students and ran for profit. The project generates money by inviting school groups, mums and toddlers, community groups and other SEN charities to enjoy cycling, conservation and gardening activities. All profits are reinvested in our eco-activities. The project has been a vehicle for raising employability, self-worth and social skills. It has been a HUGE success and transformed our life skills curriculum.

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