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This bulletin covers the two health and well-being measures for children for the National Indicators for September 2013 to August 2014.

  1. The percentage of children who have fewer than two healthy lifestyles behaviours (not smoking, eat five fruit/ vegetables daily, never/rarely drink and meet the physical activity guidelines) taken from the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) survey.
  2. The mean mental well-being score for children taken from the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) (information from the Understanding Society survey).

Main Points

  • In 2013/14 12% of pupils in year group 7 to 11 reported fewer than two healthy lifestyle behaviours. This includes 10% who followed one healthy lifestyle behaviour and 2% who followed none. 
  • The most common number of healthy behaviours was two with 46% of pupils reporting two healthy lifestyle behaviours. 
  • 7% reported all four healthy lifestyle behaviours.
  • The mean SDQ score for Wales was 10.9 in 2013/14. This sits within the ‘average or normal’ total difficulties score. There has been little change since 2009/10.
  • The Wales total difficulties score was not significantly different from the UK average. 


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