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Health and wellbeing

Exercise and activity

Children and young people who are physically active have better general health, stronger bones and muscles, and higher levels of self-esteem.

According to the NHS, to maintain a basic level of health, children and young people aged 5 to 18 should do:

  • At least 60 minutes of physical activity every day – this should range from moderate activity, such as cycling and playground activities, to vigorous activity, such as running and tennis.
  • On three days a week, these activities should involve exercises for strong muscles and bones, such as swinging on playground equipment, hopping and skipping, and sports such as gymnastics or tennis.

Children and young people should also reduce the time they spend sitting for extended periods of time, including watching TV, playing computer games and travelling by car when they could walk or cycle.

Getting help

NHS Choices

Lots of information about physical activity guidelines for children and young people. Includes age specific guidance and links to workout videos.


If you’re looking for practical ways to help a child or young person be more active, search Pinpoint for details of sports clubs and classes across Devon.

Change4life - Train Like a Jedi

The Train Like A Jedi programme is a great way of encouraging younger children to improve their health and fitness in a fun way.

If you are concerned that a child is being abused, or to request support, you can:

Call 0345 155 1071

Complete the request for support online form

If it’s an emergency call 999