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Webchat: Healthy Lifestyles 14.08.2017

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 14th August 2017.

Want advice and information on how to keep healthy and look after your body? Join us online on Monday 14th August 4.30-5pm to chat to a School Nurse, seek advice and get top tips on how to stay healthy.

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sarahtebbett / 14 Aug 16:27

Join us in 5 minutes for today's chat on healthy lifestyles. Ask any questions that you have about keeping yourself healthy as you grow.

sarahtebbett / 14 Aug 16:32

Welcome to today's webchat on healthy lifestyles. What do you think is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Do you have tips for other young people on how to keep yourself healthy?

sarahtebbett / 14 Aug 16:35

According to the NHS Choices website to maintain a basic level of health, children and young people aged 5 to 18 need to do:
at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day – this should range from moderate activity, such as cycling and playground activities, to vigorous activity, such as running and tennis
on three days a week, these activities should involve exercises for strong muscles, such as push-ups, and exercises for strong bones, such as jumping and running

Do you manage to get this much exercise into your week?

sarahtebbett / 14 Aug 16:41

Eating healthily doesn't have to mean giving up your favourite foods. It simply means eating a variety of foods and cutting down on food and drinks high in fat and sugar, such as sugary fizzy drinks, crisps, cakes and chocolate. These foods should be eaten less often and in smaller amounts.
If you're watching your weight, a healthy, balanced diet is the way to go. Dieting, skipping breakfast or starving yourself don't work.

sarahtebbett / 14 Aug 16:43

Aim to drink six to eight glasses of fluids a day – water and lower-fat milk are all healthy choices.
Even unsweetened fruit juice is sugary. Your combined total of drinks from fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies should not be more than 150ml a day – which is a small glass.

During the summer you may need to drink more fluids than this due to the hotter weather

sarahtebbett / 14 Aug 16:49

Good sleep habits are also important for a healthy lifestyle. Do you struggle to sleep? There are things that you can do to improve your sleep.
Try to have a regular bedtime routine so that your body knows it is time to sleep.
Try to avoid caffeine prior to going to bed
Try to avoid using screens like computers, tablets and phones for at least an hour before you are going to try and sleep
Make sure that your room is not too hot or cold and you are comfortable in bed

sarahtebbett / 14 Aug 16:54

The younger you start smoking, the more damage there will be to your body as an adult.
The NHS Choices websites states that someone who starts smoking at 15 is three times more likely to die from cancer than someone who starts smoking in their mid-20s.

The healthiest thing is not to start smoking at all. If you have started smoking and would like to stop smoking your School Nurse can help you to find support to stop smoking.

sarahtebbett / 14 Aug 16:56

Your School Nurse is available through School to offer you advice and support regarding healthy lifestyles. There is also lots of information available at and on the Health for Teens website.

This chat is now closed!

Should you need anymore information on this topic, have a look at:

Health for Teens: Healthy Lifestyles section or:

Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your school nurse or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

You can text your school nurse through the ChatHealth messaging service which runs Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.  If you go to school in Leicester City please text 07520 615386, if you go to school in Leicestershire County or Rutland then please text 07520 615387.

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