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Children can learn about health via a school sports programme

Researchers assessed a ‘health education through football’ programme for children aged 10 to 12 in Denmark, looking at the effects on health knowledge and enjoyment levels.

Pandemic impact: what about the kids?

Young people are emerging as the pandemic’s collateral damage. Their mental health and education are under strain, and their struggles include anxiety, isolation and poverty. Journalist Jo Waters asks what can be done to support them.

England and Wales: online bullying experienced by one in five children... and rising

Before Covid-19 struck, around one in five children aged 10 to 15 years old (19%) experienced at least one type of online bullying behaviour (in the year ending March 2020). That’s equivalent to 764,000 children.

Young people with mental health issues struggle to cope back at school

Many young people with mental health problems are struggling to manage back at school, reveals research by charity YoungMinds.

More than words

Nurturing language development in children should start from an early age, experts agree. But how can you support today’s parents to promote effective communication from the outset? Journalist Helen Bird reports.

Scotland: classroom obesity - a growing problem

The obesity inequality gap among Scottish school pupils is continuing to grow, with almost a quarter of children now starting school at risk of being overweight or obese.

BMI and university degree predict adolescent obesity

The BMI of mother and child and the mother’s education are the three simple predictors of a child being overweight or obese by the time they are a teenager.

England: Parental involvement unlocks children’s academic attainment

Parental engagement has a positive effect on a child’s academic attainment, regardless of age or socioeconomic status, according to a new report.

October news in numbers

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here.

USA: School readiness impaired in pre-schoolers with ADHD symptoms

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms are less likely to be school-ready than symptomless children the same age, a study says.

Denmark: Babies born to poorly educated women are more likely to die within the first year

A study shows that women with less than nine years of education, or no education, have an increased risk of their child dying during the first year, with premature birth and low fetal weight explaining 55% to 60% of cases.

My child, my choice. A healthy motto?

Most parents believe they know what’s best for their children, but on education, parents and schools can come into conflict. What’s the best way forward, and how might you help? Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

Closing the word gap

Wendy Nicholson MBE explains how Public Health England and the Department for Education are working to equip socially disadvantaged children with the speech, language and communication needs they require to fulfil their true potential.

USA: not reading to children creates ‘million word gap’

A US study has suggested young children whose parents read them five books a day enter nursery having heard about 1.4 million more words than their peers who were never read to.

India: free lunch boosts children’s test scores

Primary school children given free school lunches have significantly better learning outcomes.

Wales: lesson plans to teach young people healthy messages

Encouraging young people to take responsibility for their health is now easier with the launch of an online resource containing lesson plans and practical information for those who deliver key public health messages.

England: 370 schools to take part in new mental health trials

Hundreds of children are taking part in one of the largest trials in the world to boost the evidence about what works to support mental health and wellbeing.

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