Because children rarely have the freedom to roam, explore and climb trees anymore, these skills are in decline

For some students, physical education (PE) has always been a welcome break from the books. For others, PE is that time when they are forced to play te(...)

Children playing at Gurraneasig national school in Kilbrittain, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Eoin Fitzpatrick, a primary school principal, has seen up close the deterioration in children’s physical and motor skills over the past decade or more(...)

If you go out for a run or a walk, stop and do some simple resistance exercises to build muscle strength, says personal trainer Carl Cautley.

The modern obsession with obesity is doing us a disservice in ways we may not even realise. It puts the focus on how much we weigh, our fat levels or (...)

Teacher Joanne McCrudden from Naíonra Preschool Grian na nÓg in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, participating in the Kids Active programme with her class. Photograph: Alan Betson

For a few moments all the small children in the class are astronauts, bending their knees to strap up their moonboots, pressing the buttons under thei(...)