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Healthy High 5 Award for secondary schools

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The Healthy High 5 Award for secondary and senior schools is slightly different than the award for primary schools. One of stars has been replaced and two of the other stars have been changed to make it more relevant for senior school pupils. These goals will also link in with Life Lab a service provided at Southampton General Hospital to help educate young people about lifelong health.

Physical activity

This star is about increasing the amount of physical activity children do during their school day and encouraging healthy habits outside of school.

The Daily Mile - Pupils walk, skip jog or run a mile around the playing field, outdoor playground or school hall, doing this to music can really help with participation and engagement. You don’t have to sign up to the website, you can track within your school if you prefer, just work out how many times round the field, playground or area is a mile and off you go! This can happen at any time during the school day, during break or lunch times, before or after assembly or linking in with tutor time or lessons (in addition to P.E).

Since March 2020 there has also been a host of new online workouts and resources which will get children and young people up and moving.

Government guidance states children should do 60 minutes of physical activity every day. 30 minutes of this should happen in the school day. Participating in physical activities at school reduces childhood inactivity and obesity. When physical activity forms part of the day children often eat better, sleep better and it can help encourage their family members to be active together. It can also help improve children’s focus, their readiness to learn and build stronger relationships, children often helping and encouraging their peers.

Physical activity also improves perception of exercise, and promotes the idea of self-care. In addition to building their self-esteem and confidence, children spend more time outside, in almost all weathers, helping them become better engaged with the outdoors and aware of nature.

The Daily Mile:

  • A  reflective break from lessons
  • Run, walk, skip or move at their own pace
  • Free, non-competitive, fully inclusive and fun!
  • A social occasion and can facilitate communication with other children and teachers

The Golden Mile:

  • Safe, simple and free initiative accessible to all age groups regardless of ability
  • Pupils walk, skip or jog around a Golden Mile track within the safety of the school grounds and then use the downloadable resources to upload and track their achievements
  • Hampshire Schools and Bassett Green Primary School students recently showed off their Golden Mile skills

Achieving the Physical activity star

The Daily Mile, The Golden Mile or alternative exercise should be in addition to PE classes and be undertaken three times per week for 10 minutes to meet the full standards of the Healthy High 5 Award. Alternative physical activity can be offered to help keep the children interested and engaged throughout the day.

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Southampton City Council has linked in with schools to encourage parents and carers to walk with their child to school or if they are age appropriate to walk. If driven to school parking the car slightly away from the school so they can and walk the rest of the journey if they are able will help increase their activity levels. Even five or 10 extra physically active minutes on the way to school or after school can help keep children healthy, improve concentration and reduce levels of local air pollution.

Mindfulness Minute

Being ‘mindful’ means being calmly aware of your body and mind by focusing on the moment. Mindfulness means to focus on ‘now’. Developing concentration, increasing focus attentions and listening skills and relaxation are parts of mindfulness. Mindfulness is not associated with religion.

Purpose and Benefits

Improving concentration and listening skills, refocusing the mind and encouraging relaxation to help support emotional health. See the Young Minds website, which also has details specifically about coronavirus advice and mental health support.

Achieving the Mindfulness minute star

Schools can achieve the Mindfulness minute star by introducing mindfulness to pupils on a very basic level, such as by encouraging them to use senses like touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. This could be done as a whole school before or after assembly or used as a class based approach to help refocus the class after or before an activity. It could also be useful after break or lunch period.

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Water BEATS Fizzy and Energy Drinks

Hydration is particularly important for children and young people, as they have higher water requirements in relation to their body weight than adults.

Children don’t always recognise the early stages of thirst, which can make them particularly vulnerable to becoming dehydrated, especially during times that can drive up their body fluid losses, for example when they are playing sport or during warm weather.

Dehydration, even if only mild, can cause tiredness, headaches, lethargy, lack of concentration, reduce mental performance and dry skin. Keeping hydrated can also help prevent constipation; visit the ERIC website for more information. Research suggests adequately hydrated children may have better performance in school.

If you are concerned that your child is not drinking enough or excessively thirsty, please seek advice from your School Nurse or General Practitioner (G.P.).

Children should aim to hydrate with plain, natural drinks that are unsweetened and free from additives. Drinking water, as opposed to other drinks, can also help prevent tooth decay.

Health concerns have recently emerged with regards to energy and high sugar fizzy drinks. The Childhood Obesity: a plan for action chapter 2 highlights the unsuitability of energy drinks for children and young people with very high caffeine and sugar content contributing to childhood obesity and dental problems. In addition to contributing to obesity levels in children, consuming high levels of caffeine can lead to palpitations, high blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, in severe cases, convulsions. It also reduces insulin sensitivity, which can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and negatively affect children and young people’s neurological and cardiovascular system.

In most situations, water is a healthier choice than energy or fizzy drinks. Drinking water can also help prevent tooth decay.

Achieving the star

Schools should help provide children with access to drinking water throughout the day, during lunch times and break times. Designated staff members should record the frequency with which water is provided children and young people and send this data to the Healthy High Five award lead on a termly basis. A school nurse may also visit ‘ad hoc’ and spot check.

Schools should encourage drinking water and staff members should role model drinking water as a way to keep physically healthy and promote good dental care. Schools should also educate students as to how fizzy and energy drinks affect the body and the health benefits of drinking water. This element fits in well with the Young Health Champions scheme. More about the Life Lab scheme and how pupils can take part and help education their peers.

Vending machines containing energy drinks and fizzy drinks are not permitted on school premises.

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Group Age Amount of fluid from drinks and food
Amount of fluid from drinks only
Boys and girls 4 to 8 years 1.6 1.1-1.3
Girls 9 to 13 years 1.9 1.3-1.5
Boys 9 to 13 years 2.1 1.5-1.7

Shorter queues for healthier lunch options

This star encourages schools to provide students quicker access to healthier foods in the canteen and to make more affordable healthy options available for students in the canteen.

Children and young people are more likely to make healthier food choices if they are more accessible. They are also more likely to purchase healthier options if they are affordable and not more expensive than less healthy choices.

Achieving the healthier lunch options star

Schools can earn this star by ensuring healthier food options are more visible and accessible within the school canteen and education within the school programme the positive impact healthier choices can make on health. Consider meeting with your chefs, cooks and catering supplier all together. How can the menu reflect a greater variety of healthy foods, swapping healthier foods for some of the less healthy options? Are the healthier foods displayed and more clearly and promoted within the menu? Talk with your catering suppliers to see what healthy foods can be offered at a price in line with the rest of the menu to encourage better uptake from pupils. To earn this star schools must demonstrate improvement and maintain these improvements.

Love Your Lungs

Two thirds of adult smokers start before age 18 and people who start smoking younger are more likely to become highly addicted smokers. This star encourages pupils to think about how to keep their bodies healthy, in particular their lungs. Schools can promote awareness of how smoking affects our health and the health benefits that exercise and keeping physically active have on our lungs.

If you start smoking when you're in your teens, get ready for stained teeth, wrinkly skin and a one-in-two change of dying early.

  • You'll be healthier and less out of breath because smoking decreases your lung capacity
  • You'll save yourself a lot of money. Use this tool to work out how much money you will save by stopping smoking
  • You'll look better. Chemicals in cigarettes restrict blood flow to your skin. Smokers have more wrinkled and saggy faces by the time they're in their mid-20s 
  • Quitting helps save the planet. Deforestation due to tobacco production accounts for nearly 5% of overall deforestation in the developing world
  • Someone who starts smoking at 15 is three times more likely to die from cancer than someone who starts smoking in their mid-20s.
  • The younger you start smoking, the more damage there will be to your body as an adult. 
  • Not smoking will make you instantly more attractive. Most people prefer kissing non-smokers.

Smoking can harm your fertility and, if you're female, increases your chances of complications during pregnancy and labour. Smokers' babies are also more at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Achieving the Love your lungs star

The easiest way to gain this star is for the school to engage with the Life Lab programme. However this star can also be linked to the curriculum and particularly sits well with biology and P.E. subjects. Peers presenting findings to each other and linking in with the Life Lab programme can help peer-to-peer support and education, which is known to be very powerful. Encouraging simple changes such as walking to school in the morning, trying to increase the number of steps taken in a day and accessing sport within school can all help keep pupils healthy. Pupils should be exposed a form of smoking cessation information once a term.

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Recognising achievement

A digital logo is awarded to the school when they are ‘working towards’ the award and when the school has ‘achieved the award’ which can be placed on the website and on school documentation. The school will be awarded a certificate to display when the award has been achieved after each term. A celebration event (date to be confirmed) will take place to acknowledge the achievements of schools that are working towards the award and that have achieved the award. Names of the schools ‘working towards’ the award and ‘achieving’ the award will feature on this website to help inform and involve parents, staff members and school governors.

Information about the award for parents and school staff will continue to be available on the Southampton Information Directory (SID) website. Information regarding the Healthy High 5 Award will be updated in line with best practice and new and emerging guidance as available.

Contact us

If your school would like to sign up to the award please email and award documentation will be sent to you.

If you require additional information or further support for pupils with additional/specific needs, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss how the award can be adapted to support the needs of your pupils and gain any additional support you may need.

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