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Healthy Eating

  • Definition
    Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have plenty of energy. To look and feel your best you need to be as healthy as you can be, this means regular exercise and a balanced diet that includes protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins and minerals.

    A poor diet can make you underweight or overweight and it can lead to health complications such as high blood pressure, constipation, fatigue and concentration problems.
  • Signs
    A healthy balanced diet will consist of:

    Lots of different fruit and vegetables
    Starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta
    Proteins such as meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and beans
    Some milk and dairy foods like butter, cheese and yoghurts
  • Advice
    Fast foods, energy drinks, cakes, crisps and sweets are harmful to your body because they are low in nutrients and they are usually always full of sugar, salt and fat. Stop or at least limit your intake of high sugar and fast foods.

    Tips to help keep your body healthy:
    Drink water instead of energy drinks or fizzy drinks
    Don’t skip any meals
    Have a healthy breakfast every day
    Snack on fresh fruit, nuts, yoghurts

    Eating healthy food and exercising regularly are really important for the healthy growth and development of your body.
  • Where can I get help?
    In school you can talk to the following people:
    A friend
    Your Tutor
    Head of House
    Miss Masterman – Pupil Welfare Officer
    Noreen Reid – Pastoral Mentor (Drop in sessions Tuesday & Wednesday during break and lunchtime)

    In the community
    Talk to your parents or GP

    BEAT – 0345 634 1414
    Samaritans – 116 123

    Healthy Eating for Teens
    Eatwell Guide
    Change For Life