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  Eating well and keeping fit
Updated 21 April 2004, 16.48

Statistics show that the number of children who are heavily overweight has increased.

There are concerns that overweight children who are bullied suffer anxiety and stress and this could lead to eating disorders.

This activity asks young people to look at their diet and levels of exercise, devise a healthy menu and an activity chart.

Learning aims

  • How to be physically active and eat a balanced diet

  • Explore current activity levels and food

  • Devise a menu/activity chart in light of what has been learned
Read the Press Pack report and story:

Points for discussion:

  • What does it mean to have a good diet?
  • How can you maintain a healthy weight?
  • Why is exercise important?
  • What determines the amount you should eat?

Main activity
Students work out the total amount of time they spent being physically active and write down what they have eaten the previous day.

They can try to assess whether they have carried out an hour of moderate intensity activity the previous day and whether they have eaten the right amount from each food group.

They can use the information from LifeBytes or the British Nutrition Foundation to devise a two-day activity chart and healthy eating menu for a girl or boy of their age.

If the internet is available to the class they could look at the healthy eating and physical activity sections of the LifeBytes website.

They can use it find out about physical activity and healthy eating and see how much they know by trying the quizzes in each section.

Extension activity
Discussion about what can be done to support someone who is being bullied over their weight.

Students can look at the mental health section of the LifeBytes website or Don't Suffer in Silence from the DfES.

Recap the main teaching points.

Students share menus and activity charts with other members of the class.

Teachers' Background

  • Food provides the energy which is used up in keeping the body functioning properly.

  • Each person needs a different amount of energy (calories) and therefore each individual differs in the amount of food they should eat. However much people need, the proportions of food from the five groups remain the same.

  • There are a number of factors that affect the amount of energy a person needs such as gender, age, body size and levels of physical activity.

  • A healthy, balanced diet can reduce the risk of illness in childhood and in the longer term can prevent illnesses such as heart disease, obesity, stroke and some cancers.

  • Research shows that young people should be aiming for at least one hour of moderate intensity physical activity a day. Moderate intensity physical activity makes you feel warm and slightly out of breath. Brisk walking, cycling or dancing are all examples of moderate intensity activities.

For all links and resources click at top right.

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Web Links
Wired for Health
LifeBytes (for students)
British Nutrition Foundation
DfES Bullying
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