OK, OK, so this blog is almost two months late. Apologies – it’s just that the summer intervened at the wrong time!

Anyway, I am pleased to tell you that I cycled for 26 out of the 30 days in June and thus earned my Facts4Life 30 Day Challenge gold certificate! Well done me!

I won’t say it was easy but I suppose if it was easy it wouldn’t have been a challenge. It wasn’t the cycling that was hard work (except for the days it rained) but finding the time each day to fit in a bike ride, even if it was only for twenty minutes.

The good news is that having the carrot of the challenge did keep me focussed and determined in a way I hadn’t expected. I missed a few days in London and so I knew I had to do the final few days of June in order to make it up to the  26 days needed to achieve the gold certificate. And even though I was tired and busy, the thought of not settling just for the silver certificate made me put in the final effort and achieve the full challenge.

We can see schools using the 30 day challenge in a range of ways to get their children taking on a range of health related behaviours – from being more physically active to doing a mindfulness activity each day. Teachers we’ve talked to have been enthusiastic about the challenge and thought of a range of ways they could use it in their schools. It’s designed to be flexible so that schools can tailor it to their needs and circumstances. They can also use it part of the county GHLL healthy schools award.

So what are you waiting for? Contact us now about introducing the Facts4life initiative in your school so that your pupils can also rise to the challenge.

Pete Kirby September 2016