Physical Activity, Healthy Lifestyle and Weight

In this section you will find information that support schools in prioritising physical activity, healthy lifestyle and weight.

A healthy diet is central to the health and wellbeing of children and young people. There are a growing number of people affected by chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. A good diet in childhood can help protect against chronic diseases like these in later life.

Children and young people should understand the health benefits of physical activity and be encouraged to be physically active and have the opportunity to participate in a range of physical activities within and outside the school day. The physical environment can encourage the whole school community to be active.

Local Programme to support Daily Mile & Physical Activity and Health & Wellbeing

The two documents highlight the Leisure (pdf, 243kb) and Public Health (pdf, 354kb)teams’ programme of complementary services available to support your school in implementing a Daily Mile (pdf, 2.3mb)(or equivalent, 15 mins jogging/running per day) as well as further enhancing the physical activity, health & wellbeing and weight management provision for all children and young people.

Sport & PA directory:

Full facility list:

The Daily Mile:

Healthy Weight Online Training - Tackle Childhood Obesity in Your School for all public facing professionals in Southwark. 

Southwark Council, in collaboration with the College of Contemporary Health (CHH), has launched an  

  • absolutely free (!)
  • fully online 
  • CPD accredited

Tackling obesity is a key priority for Southwark Council as recent figures show that 43.0% of children in year 6 are classified as obese or overweight.

For non-health professionals like teachers and governors, the course content includes: causes of unhealthy weight, what the latest data tells us and local referral pathways. You will also practise brief intervention techniques when engaging in a sensitive conversation with children and parents.  

Sign up here

For more information contact

Local Partner in Action: Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity (GSTC)

Click the link to learn more about GSTC’s programmes in Southwark to “reduce the number of children and young people reaching an unhealthy weight”: