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Keeping fit and staying healthy

Information related to fitness, food and drink, dental health and mental wellbeing.

Last updated:
18 April 2018

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1 Keeping fit and active

You should try to get at least an hour of exercise which leaves you at least a bit out of breath each day. Activities can include things such as walking or cycling to school, swimming or skateboarding.

Twice a week try running, playing tennis or going to the gym. These types of activities will help your bones and muscles become stronger and more flexible .

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 When combined with healthy eating, exercise makes you feel better and gives you more energy to study, work and enjoy yourself. 

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2 Mental wellbeing

It's important to feel good about yourself and the world around you, but also be prepared for when times are a bit tougher when things aren't going so well.

There are five simple steps you can take to improve your wellbeing.

  • Connect - Connect with the people around you - your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours - and spend time developing these relationships.
  • Be active - Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
  • Keep learning - Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and confidence. So, why not start learning to play a musical instrument or figure out how to fix your bike?
  • Give to others - Even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Volunteering can improve your wellbeing and help you grow your social circle.
  • Take notice - Be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you.

More advice on how to improve your wellbeing can be found on the NHS choices website. 

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3 Eat well

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health. Just follow these eight tips to get started.

You can find more information on all these practical tips on the NHS Choices website.

  1. Base your meals on starchy foods.
  2. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
  3. Eat more fish.
  4. Cut down on saturated fat and sugar.
  5. Eat less salt.
  6. Get active and achieve a healthy weight.
  7. Don't dehydrate - drink plenty of water.
  8. Don’t skip breakfast.

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4 Dental health

Having healthy teeth and gums will keep those trips to the dentist to a minimum. 

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle - eating well, not smoking and limiting alcohol intake is good for your whole body, including your teeth, gums and mouth.
  • Have regular check-ups with your dentist. Detecting problems early can mean they're easier to treat.

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5 Immunisation

The national immunisation programme has meant that dangerous diseases such as polio, have disappeared in the UK. However, they could come back - they are still around in many countries throughout the world. That’s why it is so important for you to protect yourself.

How do vaccines work?

Vaccines work by causing the body’s immune system to make antibodies (substances to fight infections and diseases). So, if you come into contact with the infection, the antibodies will recognise it and protect you.

Find more information on the routine vaccinations and why you should have them below.

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