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Be Active To Be Healthy

Regular physical activity is an important part of being healthy. The less active you are, the more you are at risk of being overweight. This topic explains the health benefits of being active as well as the amount and types of physical activity recommended.

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Information Sheet

Whatever our age, there is good scientific evidence that being physically active can help us lead healthier lives. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions, including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions. This information sheet provides guidance on the amount and type of activity we need to be healthy.

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Information Sheet

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Information Sheet

Whatever our age, there is good scientific evidence that being physically active can help us lead healthier lives. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions, including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions. This information sheet provides guidance on the amount and type of activity we need to be healthy.

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Information Sheet

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Get the facts behind the food headlines

Discover the facts behind the headlines by watching this video developed by the British Nutrition Foundation. You can find out about energy and carbohydrate.

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Staying active in cold weather

It’s tempting to batten down the hatches and curl up by the fire when the weather gets cold. But too many lazy days will eventually take a toll on your mood and your health, so do try to fit in some regular physical activity over the coming months. This video gives you ideas for staying active in cold weather.

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Breaking a sweat

Do you know that there are different types of physical activity? And that the amount of physical activity we need to be healthy? This worksheets tests your knowledge of different types of activity.

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Be Active Survey

This activity combines maths with group discussion as the group discovers how active people are and discuss how they can become more active themselves.

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Getting Physical Online Activity Diary

This diary can be filled in online. Bring the game up on screen. Each person chooses a day and fills in the diary, based on the choices they are given. Having completed the diary, the information is analysed and they are given their results.

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How Fit Are You?

Do you think you’re doing enough physical activity? This simple assessment will help you understand what the recommended levels are and will assess how close you are to meeting them.

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Getting Active Group Discussion

This group discussion uses two case studies based on the everyday life of Claire, a 17 year old girl, and John, a 16 year old boy. The group discusses how Claire and John could be more physically active throughout their day.

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