Throughout January we will be looking at different ways to build healthy habits into the daily routine. We'll be covering a range of topics like building exercise into your week, nutrition and a healthy diet, being active as a family, mental health and much more. Keep an eye on this page for more or follow us on Twitter @NCSEMEngland using #HealthyHabits for the latest.

Being more active

Increasing your physical activity

Ideas for incorporating more physical activity into your day.

Reducing sedentary behaviour

Simple ideas for reducing the time you spend sitting.

Be determined yet kind to yourself this New Year

Starting slowly and having realistic expectations of what you can achieve are two key pieces of advice for getting more active this January.

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Understanding people’s motivations for taking part in parkrun

Why is parkrun so successful and what factors make people engage with them?

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Spinal cord injury exercise guidelines

Scientific guidelines to inform people with spinal cord injury how much exercise is necessary for important fitness and health benefits.

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Mental wellbeing

Resolve to improve your mental wellbeing this new year

Focusing on the positive health and wellbeing benefits of resolutions to be more active

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Sleepful - Effective treatment for insomnia

Sleepful is a therapeutic programme designed to help people with insomnia benefit from the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) to help improve sleep quality.

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Getting your sleep sorted

Your diet and exercise could be negatively affected if you don’t look after your sleep - tips for getting a good night's sleep.

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Exercising in nature has psychological and emotional benefits

Exercising outside in green environments could have more benefits than simply going to the gym does.

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Workplace team sports

Playing team sports at work could not only keep you healthy but improve your productivity as well.

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Table tennis in the workplace

NCSEM research has found that playing table tennis in the workplace is positively associated with employee wellbeing.

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Intervention reduces sitting time in NHS office workers

Researchers from Loughborough University, the University of Leicester and Leicester Diabetes Centre have developed an intervention aimed at reducing office workers’ sitting time at work.

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Ditch the detox and make sustainable changes to your diet this new year

Dietitians from Leicester’s Hospitals advise why it is important not to become obsessed with ‘detox’ or ‘fad’ diets this new year.

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Healthy food swaps

Changing your eating habits and becoming more physically active will help you lose weight and reduce your health risks. Little changes to your diet can make a big difference.

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Older adults

Seated resistance band workout

A number of scientific studies have shown that resistance or strength training is beneficial in slowing the cognitive and physical decline of people suffering with dementia.

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Children and young people

Physical activity guidelines for children aged 5-16

Professor Mark Batt
Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

How parents can help children with disabilities to be active

Dr Janine Coates
Lecturer in Qualitative Research Methods, Loughborough University



Active travel

The daily journey to and from school can be a great way to integrate physical activity into everyday life.

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Active lessons

Watch our videos below to find out more about programmes getting children more active in the classroom.

Kids Marathon


Movement for learning

Early years




"Getting off to an active start is really important and that starts from birth."


Natalie Matthewman
Early Years Project Officer, Loughborough University

The importance of physical activity in the under fives