“Why is it important?”
Healthy eating, getting enough to drink, moving your body are all very important pillars for good health – not only for how you look, but also for how you feel.
On this page we cover
- How to get more active
- Top Tip – Movement and Mind connection
- Five Ways to Wellbeing
- How to get the nutrition I need
- Food and Feelings
“How can I get more active?“
Exercising helps keep your bones and muscles fit and strong, aids digestion and boosts your emotional wellbeing.
To keep fit and healthy, try to aim for an average of 60 minutes of physical activity a day across the week. You can do things like walking to school or work, walking the dog, running, cycling, swimming, dancing or playing a sport.
- These activities should make you breathe faster and feel warmer.
- You can spread the physical activity throughout the day.
- Try to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting during the day.
Need more ideas to help you get active?
Check out the following:
- Find useful tips on the NHS Live Well website
- Get inspiration from the BBC website
- Try the Active Suffolk activity finder – Active Suffolk Website
Movement and Mind connection
Did you know that the more we move the more happier we feel! Increasing how much you move each day can improve your emotional wellbeing and mental health. Find out more on our Movement and mind page. Are you looking for more opportunities to move? Search on our clubs and activities page.
You could also:
Five Ways to Wellbeing
Have you heard of the Five Ways to wellbeing? Connect with others Keep active Give back or say thank you Keep learning Take notice of your surroundings Try and keep a balance of these 5 things to keep healthy. Find out more in our Whats 'Up challenge
“How can I get the nutrition and energy my body needs?“
Try to eat a healthy balanced diet eating a variety of foods and colours of the rainbow.
- Energy from carbohydrates (like potatoes, rice, pasta, bread)
- Building blocks from proteins (like meat, white fish, beans and pulses)
- Energy from good fats (like oily fish, nuts, seeds and olive oil)
- Vitamins and minerals (fruits and veg for example)
- Fibre (from wholegrain foods like pasta, brown bread, nuts, fruit and veg)
For help and tips with healthy eating and dieting, check out the NHS Live Well pages.
Would you like to try cooking? Check out BBC Good Food | Recipes and cooking tips
Who can I speak to about healthy eating advice?
- Try speaking to a school nurse for support and advice – they offer weekly confidential ‘drop-ins’ in secondary schools. Send a text to 07507 333356, ask in school to find out more or for more information see our ChatHealth page.
Food and feelings:
What we eat influences how we feel and our emotional wellbeing.
All kinds of issues may be linked to what we eat – confidence and self-esteem, migraines, skin health, stress, and tiredness. To find out more, visit the Nutritionist Resource website
How we feel also influences what we eat.
For example we may reach for the chocolates and high energy snacks if we are feeling low or stressed, because short term it helps us feel a little better. This is emotional eating – it’s not a wise long term strategy.
It’s good to practice a healthy relationship with food – How To Have A Healthy Relationship With Food | The Mix.
Page updated on September 7th, 2023 at 04:01pm