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Theme - Healthy - Inside & Out

Theme - Healthy - Inside & Out

What is ‘healthy living’? Our minds and bodies are linked in complex ways. In order to be healthy, we have to consider both.  You are like a car. Without both working parts AND a skilled and alert driver, the car won’t go anywhere – no matter how well the parts are working!


How do we do this? 


Some ideas

Food: balanced diets involving different food groups, sensible portion sizes, five pieces of fruit and veg a day, eating healthy snacks

What is The Eatwell Guide - British Nutrition 

Why does eating from a variety of food groups make us feel good in our bodies and minds? How many of the food groups can you name?

How the food you eat affects your brain - Mia Nacamulli

Why is eating different food important for our mood? Our brain makes up 2% of our weight – how much of our energy resources does it need? How does the kind of energy we get affect how we feel and behave?

“One cannot think well, love well and sleep well if one has not dined well.” Virginia Woolf   

“Laughter is brightest in the place where the food is.” Irish Proverb Think about food and how it can bring about a sense of community and belonging – who do we share our food/meals with and why?

Being active: regular exercise, practising a sport 

How playing sports benefits your body ... and your brain - Leah Lagos and Jaspal Ricky Singh     

What are the benefits of being active for the body? Why does being active make us feel good?    Why is being active with other people good for our minds?

Sleep: getting enough sleep, going to bed at a consistent time every night, not staying up late online 

How to Sleep Better – Wellcast

What are five ways to sleep better? What’s your bedtime routine? How do we set our ‘internal clocks’ and why is it important?

How Is Your Phone Changing You? – AsapSCIENCE     

Why is it unhealthy to stare at bright screens before bed?   What health problems have been linked to a lack of deep sleep? The video suggests the 2-3 hours before bed should be technology free – what do you think? How can we continue to use technology while limiting the impact on our health?

Both of these clips link closely to the nest point on Technology  

Technology: restricting how much time you spend on screens – phones, tablets, gaming, going outside and getting fresh air instead of staying in, not letting technology disrupt your sleep pattern 

Alcohol, cigarettes, drugs: avoiding addictive and/or unhealthy substances

Stress/study-life balance: taking regular breaks, spending time with friends, looking after yourself


St Mary's High School, Newry

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