As a child, you’re most important job is to have fun!!! The second most important job for you is to grow up into a healthy happy teenager and from there into a healthy and happy adult. When you were a baby, your local health nurse used to weigh you and check how long/tall you were. This was to make sure that you were growing properly.
Then when you started school you had your hearing testing and your eyes tested to make sure that you could hear and see properly. Now that you are older, it’s important to check that you are growing up to be healthy.
Everybody is a different shape and size but nowadays more and more children are not as healthy as they could be.
Reasons for this are:
-Children eating an unhealthy diet (lots of the wrong types of food and drinks)
- Using screens a lot (using TV, computer consoles, laptops, tablets or phones for 2 hours or more each day),
- Not moving around enough (not exercising their hearts and lungs)
- Not sleeping enough
If the amount of energy (from food or drinks) that we take into our body is more than the amount used, our bodies make fat tissue and our weight goes up.
If the amount of energy is lower than the amount used, out bodies use up fat tissue and our weight goes down
If we put on too much weight while we are growing it can cause us problems. Some children will have pains and aches, others will find it hard to breathe when they play games and others may feel unhappy about how they look.
It is very important to develop a healthy lifestyle. By lifestyle, we mean our way of life, the things that we do (behaviours), the way we think ( attitudes and beliefs) and how we feel (emotions).
Three top tips for a health lifestyle are to:
- Eat healthy foods
- Be active (move lots!) and
- Sleep enough