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General Health: Live Well

It’s important to keep yourself happy and healthy, so you grow into a healthy adult. Substances like alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and even large quantities of sugar will take their toll on your health and age your skin and teeth. Visit the Talk to Frank website for more information about alcohol and drugs.

Having a good level of general health will help you be fit, strong, avoid disease and can improve your emotional health.

Of course you can have treats, but it is important to keep an eye on what you eat and drink while getting regular exercise.

Here are some simple tips to help you stay healthy:

Food:

Vegetables – eat vegetables every day and try to make your plate as colourful as possible! Veggies are amazing and you can do so much with them. They can be steamed with butter, or mix them together to create sauces or stews. Here are some ideas to make vegetables taste amazing.

Whole grains – Whole grains are in brown bread, brown rice and brown pasta, they contain lots of fibre that keeps you full for longer. White breads, pasta and rice have been refined, meaning that the grains are no longer in their natural form, most of the fibre has been removed and more sugar has been added. Learn more about refined and wholegrain food.

Fats – Fats have a bad reputation but they aren’t as bad as they sound when you eat the right ones i.e. not processed or saturated fats like fried foods, pastries and cakes. ‘Good’ fats are natural foods like eggs, avocado, turkey, cheese, nuts and seeds. Learn more about the different types of fats.

Protein – Protein mainly comes in the form of meat and fish especially lean meats such as chicken and turkey. They have fewer calories than red meat such as beef. It’s also found in eggs and cheese. If you are a vegetarian or vegan then you can find your protein in soya, beans and pulses and nuts. Find out where you can find the best sources of protein.

Good sugar and bad sugar? – Not all sugar is bad, again it depends if they are ‘refined’, meaning not natural. Natural sugars are fruits such as apples, bananas, dates, strawberries and pears. Refined sugar is in cakes and sweets. Learn more about refined and processed sugar. You can make lots of tasty deserts using natural sugars which are much healthier.

Sleep and Exercise:

Sleep – It is important to get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. The reason is that sleep has an impact on your waking day. For example, people who don’t get enough sleep will eat far more as their body cries for energy. So, a lack of sleep can make you put on weight. Lack of sleep will also affect your memory and mood.

You can track how much you sleep using these sleep tracking apps

Exercise! – You can join a gym or take part in a sport like football, hockey or running. What is most important is that you MOVE! This can be as simple as walking instead of taking the bus, cleaning your room or helping your family by washing the car or mowing the lawn. Aim for 60 minutes a day – or more!

There are fun things to do that don’t even feel like exercise like swimming, roller blading or ice-skating which you can do with friends. Here are some ideas that can help you get you on the move.

Other resources:

My Life, My Health

My Life, My Health is packed with resource to help young deaf people access GP services independently.

NHS Live Well

NHS Live Well have lots of tips and resources to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle

SignHealth

SignHealth is a charity dedicated to making sure Deaf people get the same access to healthcare and health information as hearing people. They also provide practical help and support

UK Deaf Sports

UK Deaf Sports provides leading opportunities for more deaf people to participate in sport throughout their lives & more deaf athletes to perform on the world stage

5 A Day

Learn more about getting your 5 A Day. Forming a part of a healthy, balanced diet – getting it is easier than you think.

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youngmember@ndcs.org.uk

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