Published on: January 7, 2020
Healthy living tips from the Warwickshire School Health & Wellbeing Service
This January from the 13th – 20th, the UK is being asked to join in a national New Year’s resolution to help improve our health.
What changes do you think you can make to lead a healthier lifestyle? Perhaps cooking more healthy meals at home; trying new fruits and vegetables; drinking more water, or being more physically active in your day.
On average, obesity affects 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 children aged 10-11 years. Being overweight can cause many health and wellbeing issues, including breathing problems, increased anxiety, joint and bone problems, low self-esteem and heart disease.
Top tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle
For parents/carers and children/young people:
- Try to have 2 portions of fruits and 3 portions of vegetables every day
- Eat meals together at home, ideally sitting round a table
- When you cook, make extra food for the next day – meal prep!
- Have 8 drinks a day – water is best
- Spread exercise throughout the day, i.e. in 10-minute slots
- Swap high sugary foods for healthier alternatives such as hummus/carrots, nuts or fruit
- Eat a variety of wholegrain foods
- Get child/ren involved in food shopping
- Set an example for child/ren for both food and exercise
- Use a reward system which isn’t food related, such as going to the park or socialising with friends
Are you aged 11-19 years old, live or go to school in Warwickshire, and would like advice and support on any concerns? Did you know you can contact a school nurse for free, anonymous advice using our ChatHealth text service? Text us on 07507331525.
Useful healthy living links
For healthy recipes, snack swaps and ways to get active, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life
For physical activity guidelines and ideas, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/physical-activity-guidelines-infographics