As part of the Facts4Life initiative we have now introduced the Facts4Life 30 day challenge. Children are given a record card on which they have to indicate a health related target that they want to achieve for a 30 day period. This could be eating five portions of fruit and vegetables, turning off TVs and computers an hour before bedtime, running twice round the school field, finding 15 minutes a day for quiet time and reflection, and so on. The children can select the target themselves or it may be a class challenge with all the children working on the same target.

For each of the 30 days children record whether they have achieved the target and an adult (teacher or parent/carer) countersigns to confirm this. The challenge can be completed over 30 consecutive days or as 6 school weeks. At the end of the 30 days the children are awarded a bronze, silver or gold certificate depending on how many days they have achieved the challenge (15-20 days = bronze, 21-25 days = silver and 26-30 days = gold).

The aim is not only to improve children’s health related behaviour but also to help them realise that there are things we can all do to help ‘smooth the path’ in our journey of health, this being one of the key themes of Facts4Life.

To avoid the age old criticism of ‘those who can, do; those who can’t, teach’ I have decided to set my own Facts4Life 30 day challenge so that I can experience what the children are being asked to do. For every day in June 2016 I aim to go out on my bike for a minimum of 20 minutes. I hope to do more on most days but I know that there are days when my time will be limited. I am also away in London for a couple of days so I know I shan’t be able to complete the challenge for every single day but I am still aiming for a gold certificate!

Look out for my blog at the start of July when I will let you know how I got on!

Pete Kirby