Promoting children’s physical health and well-being in the middle years lays the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Physical health outcomes are not uniquely controlled by genetics. They can also be influenced by external factors such as family relationships, connections with peers, and larger economic and social conditions
Hertzman & Boyce, 2010
. Children who feel healthy are more likely to be engaged in school, feel a connection to their teachers, perform better academically, and are less likely to be bullied or bully others
Forrest et al., 2013
. Being physically active also promotes children’s mental health
Moeijes et al., 2018
. Children benefit from guidance and opportunities that support the development of healthy habits – such as regular physical activity, quality sleep and healthy meals – that they can carry forward into adolescence and adulthood.