Positive Health

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Middle age might seem a long way away now. But it’s a fact that what we do now, and the habits we form, can affect our long term health.

Being healthy is all about having a healthy lifestyle.


Healthy Lifestyle

Some of the elements that can make up a healthy lifestyle include:

  • Healthy eating and being a healthy weight.
  • Exercise.
  • Reducing contact with strong sunlight, cigarette smoke and other pollutants.
  • Coping with stress.
  • Sexual health.
  • Sensible drinking. 

There are several areas of health that you need to think carefully about as you mature into adulthood. You have probably already discussed many of these in PHSE lessons at school. If not, you soon will.

Eating healthily and being a healthy weight is an important part of being healthy overall. However, it’s only one of the things you can do to ensure you keep healthy. Each of the other areas is just as important a part of adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Where To Get More Advice

Although this website can’t advise you about all these areas there are many good websites that can help. Many of these sites are either dedicated to teenagers or have their own teenage section:

For information on sexual health and activity.

For healthy eating recipes and activity ideas.

For general health advice and support.

NHS Choices
For advice on healthy eating.

For advice on heart health.

For advice on drinking and alcohol.

Resources for schools and teachers

The Department of Education's Healthy Schools toolkit is designed to help schools to ‘plan, do and review’ health and wellbeing improvements for their children and young people and to identify and select activities and interventions effectively. This approach will ensure schools put in place the most appropriate services and meet the needs of children and young people.

Health and Medical Games is a collection of on-line games for health and nutrition education. This page has some worthwhile resources, but the site also has links to conventional games most of which have to be purchased.

The BDA cannot be held responsible for material on external websites. Please report inappropriate content and bad links.


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