Starting on Monday, 18th May, pupils from Year One and Year Six in Bracknell Forest primary schools will be skipping their way to health with Jump Start, an initiative aimed at encouraging children to skip to keep healthy.
Participating schools will hold special lessons with exciting skipping activities and a fun healthy heart quiz. Pupils will also learn about their hearts and how to take care of them.
Regardless of whether a school participates in the skipping themed activities, each Year One and Year Six pupil will receive a free skipping rope to take home and keep. They will also receive a leaflet with fun facts about skipping, information on staying healthy and information on where they can get involved with physical activity in the local area.
During Jump Start pupils can score points, either by answering the healthy heart quiz questions correctly, or by the number of skips they do during the activities. The three pupils who have scored the most points in each class will receive a certificate.
Jump Start is a joint initiative which is being supported by Bracknell Forest Council and the Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group.
The national recommendation for 5 – 18 year olds is that all children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day. Vigorous intensity activities, including those that strengthen muscle and bone, should be incorporated at least three days a week.
Dr. Martin Kittel, Director and Self-Care lead for Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group, said “Skipping is a great way to have fun and keep your family fit and healthy. A great many A&E attendances, hospital admissions and even GP appointments are avoidable if people improve how they look after themselves. One of the key areas to remaining fit and healthy is doing the recommended amount of physical activity each week. This doesn’t have to mean running a marathon but can include gardening, housework or washing the car”
Click here for the Jump Start information leaflet.
For more information on Jump Start you can also view the Bracknell Forest Council Self-Care web page (www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/selfcare).
For further information, please email the Adult Social Care, Health and Housing Commissioning Team (ASCHH.CommissioningTeam@bracknell-forest.gov.uk).