Health and well-being
In the habit
- The final part of Children in Scotland's Early Years Policy Project (2010-12) argues that the health-related habits children acquire in the first eight years of life have a strong and enduring impact on their long-term development, well-being and health. bit.ly14xJECQ
Right to play
- The Scottish government is holding a public consultation to ensure that children can take up their right to play. It is keen to include the young people's own views in its national play strategy and is asking teachers to encourage individuals or groups to complete the survey. bit.lyXbD0jo
Tuck into this
- Children from primary schools across North Lanarkshire took part in the Junior Dragons' Lair Food and Drink Challenge last month, presenting their ideas for healthy food and drink advertising campaigns to a panel of experts. The campaigns had to target athletes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The competition was developed by the Scottish Food and Drink Federation in partnership with North Lanarkshire learning and leisure services, Motherwell College, Warburtons and Muller Wiseman.
- Twenty-nine young recruits have been on the lookout for antisocial behaviour in the Falkirk Council area. The children - aged 9 to 10, from St Andrew's Primary - took part in the pilot for the new Young Community Safety Team project. Over the past three months, the youngsters have made 45 referrals on problems ranging from dog fouling to graffiti.
- St Albert's Primary in Glasgow is one of the winners of the British Gas Generation Green make-over 2012-13. It will receive #163;135,000 to spend on becoming more energy-efficient. The aim of Generation Green is to teach children about sustainability and inspire them to be curious about future energy challenges; its hope is to create a generation of energy innovators and sustainable energy consumers.