The Bodycare ‐ Getting Kids Active scheme

Steve Palframan (Steve Palframan is the Director of Leisure Services for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK)

Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Publication date: 1 August 1997


Describes the Bodycare ‐ Getting Kids Active scheme developed by St Edmundsbury Borough Council in response to the findings of a local children’s fitness survey, and which is now in its third year of operation. The scheme visits every primary and middle school in the borough and delivers a programme on healthy lifestyles. The programme is designed to appeal to all children ‐ not just sports lovers. It covers all aspects of health and fitness, from healthy eating to exercise. The scheme was designed to integrate into the Health‐Related Fitness module of the National Curriculum. Key attractions of the scheme are the use of heart rate monitors that enable cross‐curricular studies and the collection of “FitTick” stickers for sessions of physical activity. With a view to establishing the scheme in other parts of the UK, it is now available as an off‐the‐shelf package to other leisure providers.



Palframan, S. (1997), "The Bodycare ‐ Getting Kids Active scheme", Health Education, Vol. 97 No. 4, pp. 139-145.

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