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What is health?

 
Health and being well is a big part of people’s lives, so it is understandable that a lot of people think about their health at different times in their lives. You might also hear a lot about staying healthy from adults, in school, on telly or in magazines which can make you think more about health and what that means for you.
 

     
 
Being healthy includes both your physical health and mental health.
 
     
Being healthy includes both your physical health and mental health. When we talk about physical health we mean things like what we eat, how we exercise, how much sleep we get and what’s going on with our bodies.  When we talk about mental health we mean all the things that make our mind, thoughts, and feelings healthy. How we feel physically can affect how we feel mentally and our mental health can influence out physical health too.

As our health is such an important part of life, it is understandable if you are concerned sometimes about your health too. Many people can have difficulties with their health at some stage throughout their lives. If you feel unwell, either physically or mentally, you have the right to get help and support. This could include talking to a doctor (GP) or another trusted adult about your health worries. A doctor can then either offer treatment or else they can refer the person to another health specialist who can provide extra support for different types of health concerns.

     
 
People talk a lot about eating
a balanced diet and how
this can impact on your 
physical and mental health.
 
     
People talk a lot about eating a balanced diet and how this can impact on your physical and mental health. It can be difficult to know what that means. Everyone needs many types of food and drinks to help them feel and look healthy. Not eating enough food, or eating too much of the wrong foods might affect how your body works and how you feel about yourself.

If you are concerned about your eating habits you always have the right to get support and advice from a trusted adult such as a teacher or doctor about eating well for your body.