Healthy lifestyle

Healthy lifestyle

This section includes the following areas of the Resilience Framework:

Healthy diet Exercise and fresh air Enough sleep

Healthy diet


The following video 'Healthy Eating: An introduction for children aged 5 – 11' is a useful introduction about the importance of having a balanced diet:

Catalyst has produced a helpful set of ideas and resources for children of all ages, which can be downloaded here. This guide provides information about recipes for young people to enable participation during meal preparation. There are also messages which can be conveyed to children and young people about the importance of healthy eating in general. 

Tameside NHS Trust have put together a 5 day meal planner, providing one child with 5 lunches and snacks with leftovers for £15. The planner includes recipes for 5 different lunches which are simple enough for children in KS2 and above to try with minimal adult support. Download the planner here.

The Change4Life Smart Recipes app contains over 160 healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, puddings and snacks. Each recipe contains an overview of the nutritional information, an ingredients list and cooking instructions. The ingredients can easily be added to the in-app shopping list, and the list can be sorted into aisles to help make finding the ingredients easier. There is also a section on the app containing tips and advice for healthy eating.

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Exercise and fresh air


Every child in Manchester lives within a short walk of a green space. To find the nearest park or green space, go to the neighbourhood information on the Manchester Council website, put in your school postcode, and filter on the link for ‘parks and open spaces’. You will see a map with all parks marked. Beneath the map are the names of the parks/open spaces, exact location and other information such as opening times. 

The Field Studies Council have designed a number of activities to help children feel connected to the world around them. Children can create a sound map in a park or garden, collect items with an outdoor scavenger hunt or make a weather diary

The RSPB app allows you to filter for a number of different projects, graded from easy and variable depending on how much time you have.

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Enough sleep


Catalyst have collated sleep hyenine tips recommended by researchers for children, teenagers and adults. They can be downloaded here

This resource, The Goodnight Guide for Children, explains the technicalities for a good night’s sleep in accessible language with great illustrations.

The Sleep Council has a section on their website dedicated to advice and support for good sleep hygiene. 

The Tide app contains several different features to aid sleep, a lot of which can be accessed for free. Users can choose from a selection of relaxing sleep-aid soundscapes which can be played indefinitely or for set amounts of time. Guided mindfulness and meditation activities and mini exercises such as body scans and guided breathing are available, as are short articles on topics such as “four ways to have a good sleep”. The app also allows you to track your sleep time and quality, helping you identify whether any changes need to be made to improve your sleep routine and hygiene.

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