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SCHOOLS in East Sussex will receive extra funding to boost kids’ health

SCHOOLS in East Sussex will receive extra funding to develop an ambitious scheme aimed at improving children’s physical and mental health.

Last year, 183 schools and colleges across the county received a share of £1.8 million from East Sussex County Council to develop and implement school health improvement plans.

Schools were able to access a £10,000 grant to introduce activities such as increasing physical activity and improving healthy eating.

Now, all schools and colleges in the county will be entitled to an additional £7,000 to further develop activities to boost health – thanks to an extra £1.2 million of county council funding.

In East Sussex, more than a fifth of four to five-year-olds and almost a third of 10 to 11-year-olds are overweight or obese, while nearly one in 10 youngsters aged five to 16 is believed to have a mental health disorder.

Cynthia Lyons, East Sussex acting director of public health, said: “The feedback we’ve received from schools on the outcome of the schemes they’ve developed has been extremely positive.

“The benefits include not only improved physical and mental health but children also report they are able to sleep better and perform better in the classroom.”

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