Active Movement News from Dr Loosemore – An introduction to our Active Movement Programme..

Thank you to all parents that managed to attend the Active Movement Parents Evening with Dr Mike Loosemore and Peter Savage. It was a great opportunity to introduce the 8 week Active Movement Project and also to get your feedback. You will probably already had a chance to read through the newsletter below & the information board in the reception area. We will be giving regular updates over the coming weeks. Your involvement in the programme is crucial to help maintain the momentum between nursery and home. The part of the evaluation process is to conduct focus groups between parents and staff on 10th December 2014. We would love as many of you to get involved as possible and we will provide further details soon.


As someone who has promoted for many years the power of Exercise Medicine and its  effects on well-being and recuperation, I have studied in great detail the dangers of our sedentary lifestyle on our long-term health.


Quite simply, sitting down is killing us. The effects of spending hours in front of a screen are more dangerous than smoking, diabetes and drinking combined! Active Movement was designed to combat this 21st century crisis. Its focus is on the cumulative effects ofsmall steps over a long period, encouraged through communication, local support and simple activity.


So everyone can participate and enjoy the benefits individually or collectively. If you want to know more about Active Movement, email me at

Joining the Active Movement


There has been much press coverage recently about the low fitness and high obesity prevalent in children as they leave primary school. Governments and local authorities are looking at many options that will involve a combination of increased sports and exercise in the school and nutritional advice. The difficulty is that this will exclude many children who are neither sporty nor competitive; will put schools under increased cost and time pressures; and will require quick-fix changes that are impractical and unlikely to succeed. Active Movement is different. It recognises the huge health benefits of making small changes to our lives through the reduction of sedentary behaviour and the increase of low-level activity over time. It is a programme that benefits people of all ages. Most importantly, it is not about fitness regimes or dietary fads. For the first time there is a programme that focusses on changing our behaviour. Active Movement looks to reshape our lives not our bodies.

Stan and Sid come to OSHDN

You will have seen around the nursery lots of references to these two characters. They are the children’s guides to the world of non-sedentary and low activity behaviour.


Their names help children understand their roles (Stan = Stand; Sid = Sit) in creating awareness of the benefits of movement and encouraging their participation. By integrating the characters into everyday language, play areas, nursery rhymes, games, role-playing and stories, children move from simple recognition to belief in the characters and their message The 8-week test programme at the OSHDN is part of an ongoing action research project that will look to integrate Active Movement into nursery life and beyond – so setting a behaviour change that will last children forever.

Nursery nurses

Nursery nurses play a vital role in the concept. They are able to take the Active Movement programme to enhance and innovate wherever they wish during the nursery day. Already they have added great new ideas to the programme’s integration and effect. DSC02524At the same time, Active Movement can benefit the health of the whole team. Active Movement has therefore created a special programme that adds movement and low-level activity to everyone’s daily The programme is tailored to the OSHDN, involves little or no extra time away from the children and combines everyday activity with special tasks and team events.

Mums and dads

You have an important role to play in Active Movement, too. You can encourage your child to avoid sedentary behaviour. You can teach them about the benefits of activity on their minds and bodies. And you can undertake your own programme at home, too. Contact for more information or if you have questions you want answering.

The power of Active Movement


How many stairs do you have in your house? 15 perhaps. Suppose you decided to walk up and down them twice more each day just because you were passing. In one year you would have added 21900 steps! And if one stair uses about 0.7 calories, you would have spent over 15000 calories – or about 5 marathons!

Dr Mike Loosemore