Child Health: Healthy and Active Living

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

What guidance the Government issue to schools to encourage healthy and active living among children and young people.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The school food standards define how schools should provide healthy food and drink throughout the school day. Guidance is available for primary schools on how to use the £320 million PE and sport premium. We are also making health education compulsory, which will focus on healthy active living and mental wellbeing.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is crucial that we set achievable targets? In that regard, will he praise the golden kilometre initiative from the Mayor of Barnet to get children and young people running or walking for at least a kilometre a day?

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

I congratulate the mayor on the golden kilometre challenge, which is a very welcome initiative. I believe that every primary school should adopt either the golden kilometre challenge or the non-metric and slightly longer daily mile. Regular exercise is clearly linked to long-term health, which is why the new health curriculum guidance emphasises its importance.