Public health 5-19 - healthy lifestyles

Healthy Weight and the role of the Public health 5-19 service

In England 1 in 3 children leaving primary school are overweight or living with obesity with 1 in 5 living with obesity. Obesity is associated with reduced life expectancy, a range of health conditions and can impact on mental health. In Cumbria the data shows that in March 2021  rates for excess weight in Reception were higher than the national average at 26.7% and 34.3% in year 6.

Our public health 5-19 service can provide support to enhance your school's healthy eating provision.  We can also provide 1 to 1 support for parents and carers using the E-School Nurse Service or our Healthy Habits 4 Life programme. Download our HH4L poster (PDF 450K) to display around your school.

Food, nutrition and physical activity are essential parts of a healthy lifestyle, and it is best that these healthy behaviours are introduced and embedded at an early age. The government have outlined a number of strategies schools can support in the report on Childhood Obesity a plan for action

Ways your school can help:

  • Policies outlining your commitment to healthy lifestyles
  • Provision of nutritious and balanced meals for their pupils that meet the School Food Standards
  • Provision of a range of opportunities to be physically active
  • Education about healthy eating and lifestyle choices
  • Supporting families to make healthy choices through packed lunch guidance
  • Become a 'Healthy Schools' school with the government ratings scheme

Contact your Public Health 5-19 team if you would like support in your school.

 Title  Date  Size
8/02/2023 128k
16/11/2017 613k

PH 5-19 Offer to Primary Schools 

Healthy Choices - Assembly on encouraging healthy diet and lifestyle choices. For Key Stages 1 & 2

Packed Lunches - A workshop for parents, carers and children to support healthy packed lunch policies and provide tips and advice for parents and carers.

Trying new foods - A workshop for parents, carers and children, to give children the opportunity to try new foods, with practical tips and strategies for parents and carers to encourage a varied diet.

Healthy Habits 4 Life - A holistic lifestyle programme providing one to one support for families, visit our Healthy Habits 4 Life page to find out more.

PH 5-19 Offer to Secondary Schools

Healthy Choices - An assembly to encourage young people to choose a healthy diet and lifestyle a their independence grows when they enter secondary school. For Year 7 and above.

Food and Mood - An assembly on healthy eating, physical activity and lifestyle choices to support emotional wellbeing. For Year 9 and above

Healthy Lifestyle Resources

Please find below a selection of our resources on healthy lifestyles to support learning in schools or to share with parents and carers

PH 5-19 Packed Lunch Leaflet (PDF 752K) 

PH5-19 Lunch Box Ideas (PDF 652K)

PH5-19 Lunch Box Recipes (PDF 565K)

PH5-19 Lunch Box Jokes  (PDF 39K)

PH5-19 Breakfast parent/carer leaflet (PDF 174K)

PH5-19 Fruit and vegetables parent/carer leaflet (PDF 132K)

PH5-19 Healthy eating parent/carer (PDF 174K)

PH5-19 Exercise parent/carer leaflet (PDF 113K)

PH5-19 Water parent/carer leaflet (PDF 166K)

In addition to our resources we are offering a range of FREE services available to all schools in Cumbria to support the promotion of healthy lifestyles in schools. If you are interested in any of these services please contact us and on of our Public Health 5-19 team will be in touch.

Healthy Eating Resources

PH5-19 Fruit tasting worksheet (PDF79K)

PH5-19 Vegetable tasting worksheet (PDF 81K)

PH5-19 Eatwell Quiz (PDF 620K)

Government Guidelines

National Child Measurement Programme 

Physical activity guidelines: UK Chief Medical Officers' report - GOV.UK

Standards for school food in England - GOV.UK

Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives - GOV.UK

Healthy Eating

Healthy Schools Ratings Scheme

Better Health, Healthier FamiliesThe new home for Change4Life

The Eatwell Guide

The British Nutrition Foundation - Children

The British Nutrition Foundation - Teenagers

Public Health England Campaign resources

Food a Fact of Life  - Provide free resources for teaching young people aged 3-16 years about where food comes from, cooking and healthy eating.

NHS 8 Tips for Healthy Eating

British Dietetic Association (BDA) Food Fact Sheets

The Caroline Walker Trust provide evidence based guidelines and resources to eat well


Physical Activity

Physical activity guidelines: children and young people (5 to 18 years) - GOV.UK (

Better Health, Healthier Families

Public Health England Campaign Resources

Get Active - Better Health : Download the apps for Active 10 and Couch to 5K

10 Minute Shake Up games

Healthier Families - Activities

Recipes and Cooking

Let's Get Cooking at Home | (

BBC Good Food: Healthy eating: What adolescents need

Healthier Families recipes

Jamie Oliver

NHS Food Scanner app

Tastes Better From Scratch

Love Food Hate Waste

Cook Together

Recipe Finder  - British Heart Foundation


National Child Measurement Programme

National Child Measurement Programme

NHS BMI Calculator

NHS Live Well - What can I do if my child is very overweight?



Sugar Smart

RHS Campaign for School Gardening