Promoting Healthy Lifestyles to Support Wellbeing


'Resilience refers to the positive capacity we have to achieve good outcomes in spite of hardships or serious threats to our development. Finding ways to boost a child’s ability to respond resiliently when life is tough, can help them to do better than you might have thought they would.'

Boingboing - Brighton University


What has lifestyle behaviours got to do with wellbeing?

In addition to developing a sense of belonging and positive relationships there are basic aspects of our physical lives that have a fundamental effect on our wellbeing. Lifestyle behaviours such as; how well we eat, how much sleep we get and how active we are can really impact on our mood, ability to cope and function in everyday life.


In relation to executive functioning and cognitive capacity children and young people's brains are still in development so things like concentration, decision making, problem-solving and many aspects of learning are dependent on and benefit from good levels of basic nutrition, sleep and activity. Evidence now tells us that these lifestyle habits have a direct impact on mood and our ability to cope and be resilient to stress. They also act as protective factors so that if we do begin to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety we are more likely to recover more quickly.



The Somerset Wellbeing Framework will support schools to:


  • Develop policy and practice around promoting physical health and its relationship to emotional wellbeing
  • Provide resources and training to support healthy eating and Food, physical activity and the outdoors and sleep Hygiene
  • Provide training in PSHCE provision that enables children and young people to explore and develop a meaningful understanding of how to look after their physical self and its benefits for learning and life delivered by LIFEbeat