Children's Mental Health & Psychological Wellbeing - Healthy Living

We all know that eating well and physical activity keeps our children healthy, but did you know that healthy living is also important for cognitive development and psychological wellbeing? Ensuring a healthy lifestyle is not only important for your pupils’ growth and development in their formative years, but also ingrains these behaviours for the future.

Our Healthy Living book includes a number of straightforward questionnaires which you can use to address a range of behaviours associated with “healthy living” including sleeping, eating, physical activity, leisure activities and risk-taking.


Measure Topic Type Administration Potential Age Range

The Attitudes Toward Risk Scale

Risk-taking behaviour with two subscales: ‘disregard for social approval’ (psychological risk) and ‘disregard for danger’ (physical risk) 34-item 
self-report questionnaire
Group or Individual 12-18years

The Children’s Eating Behaviour Questionnaire

Eating behaviours (enjoyment, overeating, undereating, fussiness, slowness, satiety)

observer-report questionnaire

Individual 5-11years

The Children’s Leisure Activity Study Survey

Participation in leisure activities

self- and parent-report questionnaire

Group or Individual 5-12 years

The Physical Activity Questionnaire for Older Children/Adolescents

Levels of habitual physical activity

10/9 -item 
self-report questionnaire

Group or Individual  8-14/15-18 years 
The Behavioural Regulation in Exercise Questionnaire-2 Motivation and attitudes to exercise 19-item 
self-report questionnaire
Group or Individual  

11-18 years

The Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire

Sleeping patterns and disorders

33 item
parent-report questionnaire



Healthy Living is part of the Measures of Children’s Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing series. Other titles include Belonging, Distress, Enjoyment, Resilience, Responsiveness and Social Behaviour.