In 1948 The World Health Organisation (WHO) defined health and wellbeing as: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
In 1986, WHO added to that definition, stating: “Health is a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources as well as physical capacities.”
In essence, maintaining our physical, mental and emotional health is essential to living a full life.
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It is important, now more than ever, that children and young people build their knowledge and understand issues surrounding physical, mental and emotional health. Encouraging healthy lifestyle choices and supporting open discussions – particularly about mental health – promotes resilience and motivates students to improve and maintain their own wellbeing. A positive outcome of this is that, in general, healthy students are better able to learn.
We cover a broad range of topics including Adolescent Health, Food and Diet, Sport, Stress, Body image and Eating Disorders. We also look at factors such as genetics, geography, environment, education, economics and relationships – all of which can have a positive or negative impact on health.
Our resources can be used by teachers for classroom-based assignments, or by students for independent study at home, or by parents who wish to support their child’s learning.