Physical Activity & Healthy Diet

We are working in partnership with many organisations and key school stakeholders to develop a local school food strategy, including redefining our locally commissioned services and information on relevant local initiatives/services.

Part of this strategy includes providing support to schools to deliver whole school approaches to food.  If you’re keen find out a bit more about the process see here

We are also exploring whole school approaches to physical activity using the Creating Active Schools Framework which is being piloted in a number of schools across the district. Further information can be found here Creating Active Schools

Below are links to some of the resources and initiatives that can be used by schools to help children and their families find ways to eat healthier diets and become more physically active. Check out the full programme under the ‘Support Directory’ section.


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Spotlight Programs

Cooking for a Better Start

Provided by HENRY and Better Start Bradford, Cooking for a Better Start is for all parents and carers in the Better Start Bradford catchment area who want to learn how to cook low-cost, healthy meals for their family. Groups of six parents meet every week for six weeks to try out a range of straightforward recipes. Dads, mums, grandparents, aunts and uncles are all welcome – anyone who looks after a child aged under four. There will be a crèche or children can be included and everyone who takes part will take home a free cooking-related gift at the end of each week.


Creating Active Schools

This is an evidence-based behavioural science approach to facilitate organisational change that will enable all primary age pupils to be active at school for at least 30 minutes every day.

It involves ongoing support (both online and face to face) that enables schools to use the Creating Active Schools implementation model in the short, medium and long term. There is an online profile and implementation toolkit supported by in person termly training, networking and CAS Champion support. CAS Champion Support provided to JU:MP and CP5 schools only.



JU:MP is the Bradford Local Delivery Pilot, led by Active Bradford. It is a 4 year pilot programme, funded by Sport England, that aims to help children and families in North Bradford to be more active, testing and learning as we grow.

Dedicated Resources

School Food Plan: A Checklist for Headteachers

School Food Matters have developed a checklist for headteachers:
'We know how busy schools are. The idea of turning round your food service – or merely
nudging it from good to great – may seem daunting. So we want to make it as easy as possible
for you. What follows is a checklist of all the things we have seen working well at schools:
specific actions that improve food culture in schools and increase take-up of school dinners.
This checklist is designed to be printed out and pinned up in your office, in the office of your
business manager and in the school kitchen.'

Government Resources for School Food Standards

Department for Education: Resources to help schools plan and provide healthy food in schools.

School Food Matters

School Food Matters exists to teach children about food and to improve children’s access to healthy, sustainable food during their time at school

Primary School Physical Literacy Framework

Physical Literacy can be described as the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge
and understanding that provides children with the movement foundation for lifelong participation
in physical activity. Enabling them to be physically literate supports their development as competent,
confident and healthy movers

Yorkshire Sport

We are committed to providing opportunities for young people to get involved in sport and physical activity, not only as participants but also as coaches, leaders and volunteers.

In an ever changing landscape, we aim to work with and support a wide range of partners to increase opportunities for children and young people.

We support a number of projects and initiatives focused on increasing the number of young people involved in sport and physical activity.