Looking After Your Health and Wellbeing
We have information for you on getting active, eating healthily and improving your health.
Find out what you can do in your local area by searching the 'Things to do' category too.
Being active every day is an easy way to feel great, get fit and meet people. It’s even proven that being more active can help you get better grades at school/college as it will help you concentrate more and reduce stress!!
The best way to know whether you’re being active is to undertake an activity that makes you slightly out of breath, perhaps have a slight sweat and raises your heart rate. You should be aiming for an hour of this type of activity everyday – but you can break this down into much smaller chunks – even 10-minute bursts.
It doesn’t matter if you’re not ‘sporty’, getting active can be easier than you think. Here are some examples:
- Walking/cycling to places instead of getting a lift or public transport
- Meet friends in the park
- Offer to walk the dog (or a neighbours/friends dog)
- Help your parents/neighbour with the gardening or housework (this will also get you brownie points!)
- Offer to hand wash the car (brownie points again)
- Train for and take part in an event such as an organised run/walk
- Join an activity that runs after school/college
- Find an activity you will enjoy at a time and place that is convenient for you. Get a first session free voucher too!
The key is to reduce the amount of time you spend being still (otherwise called being ‘sedentary’). The more sedentary you are the less healthy you’ll be. So try to limit the amount of time you sit down watching TV, playing games, or going online.
Why not encourage your family members (particularly parents and grandparents) to be more active - this could really benefit their health!
For more ideas to be more active visit the NHS website
- Base your meals on Starchy Foods – like bread, potatoes, pasta, cereals
- Eat lots of Fruit and Vegetables …we’ve all heard of having your 5 a day!
- Eat more fish …salmon, sardines, mackerel, haddock, cod, trout, tuna, sea bass…to name a few!
- Cut down on saturated fat and sugar …which includes cakes, biscuits, pies and butter
- Eat less salt
- Get active!
- Drink lots of water
- Don’t skip breakfast
If you are worried about being over weight, it is important not to crash diet. Try making some lifestyle changes such as spending less time in front of the TV, being more active, eating breakfast everyday, eating more fruit and vegetables and opting for healthy snacks. Check out the links on the right hand side for lots of useful information.
What is Mental Health?
Mental health refers to a person’s cognitive, behavioural, and emotional wellbeing - it is all about how you think, feel, and behave.
There is a wide range of common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety to more complex problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Depending on which mental health condition you have, a mental health illness may cause you to feel tired, sad, helpless, angry or agitated all the time. 1 in 4 of us have problems at some time in our lives, such as money worries, stress at work or the death of a loved one, which can affect our mental health.
In a few cases, mental health-related illnesses can cause serious and long-lasting effects. Around a quarter of all GP, visits are for a mental health problem.
If you are experiencing a mental health problem, it can be very distressing and frightening especially when you are first diagnosed. Often, it’s hard to talk about the things that are worrying you at first. But it's better to talk to someone about how your feeling and ask for help when you need it.
If you know something's not right, don't pretend that everything is OK. There are many people who can help, but the NHS is usually the best place to start.
Find your local NHS Mental Health Service - https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/mental-health
The NHS is there for everyone, talk to your GP, they aren't just there for your physical health - they also have experience in helping people with mental health problems and can refer you to specialist services.
If you don't have a GP, register with one - find a GP near you.
Where can I get support?
There are support agencies where you can go for support and for someone to talk to.
Advice and information on smoking, drugs and alcohol and where to get support and who to talk to.
Smoking - All the facts about smoking and shisha, how it can affect your health and where you can go for support if you are looking to stop smoking.
Drugs - What is the risk and where you can go for more information and support?
Alcohol - How drinking can affect you, where to go for more information support for yourself or if you are supporting someone you know.