What is the meaning Keeping healthy

What is the meaning Keeping healthy

    What is the meaning Keeping healthy



    What is the meaning Keeping healthy
    What is the meaning Keeping healthy




    What does it mean to keep healthy?

    Keeping healthy means doing things that are good for your body – things like eating nutritious foods, exercising, brushing your teeth and getting enough sleep.
    It’s important to understand how what you eat and what you do affects your body. A balanced diet means that your body is getting all the nutrients it needs. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day helps prevent tooth decay. Exercising for around 30-60 minutes each day means that you’ll stay fit and burn the right amount of calories.

    Top 10 facts

    1. Keeping healthy means caring for your body so you have enough energy to learn, play and grow. 
    2. All foods contain nutrients which your body needs to stay active throughout the day. Some foods have more nutrients than others.
    3. Everyone should have their ‘5 a day’ – this means five portions of fruit and vegetables, to get the right amount of nutrients.
    4. A ‘portion’ means the amount of food that fits in your hand. When you eat more than what your body needs to keep healthy and energised during the day, you can put on too much weight.
    5. In addition to your 5 a day, you also need portions of other food group like carbohydrates, water, fibre, minerals and fats.
    6. It’s important that you get the right amount of each food group, which is called a balanced diet. Your diet is another word for the food that you eat – too much one food group and too little of another food group can can mean that your body isn’t healthy.
    7. It's important not to eat too much sugar and salt: sugary foods are bad for your teeth and can be fattening, and salty foods can lead to heart disease.
    8. Keep your mouth happy by brushing and flossing to have healthy teeth and gums.
    9. Adults can keep healthy by avoiding things like alcohol and nicotine from cigarettes. Both of these can cause dangerous diseases.
    10. It’s important to have 30-60 minutes of exercise every day. This can be little things like running around your back garden, playing games with your friends or even doing chores at home!

    Did you know?

    All foods have nutrients in them. When you eat something, your body takes in the nutrients that it needs, and gets rid of what it doesn’t need.
    Remember ‘5 a day’ – everyone should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. Are you getting your 5 a day? Here are some things that count as portions of fruit and veg:
    • an apple
    • a banana
    • sultanas
    • baked beans
    • carrots
    • fruit juice
    • fruit smoothie
    • veg in pasta sauce (such as onions and peppers)
    Fruit and vegetables contain important nutrients for your body. You can get the most variety of nutrients if you choose fruit and veg that are different colours – like a rainbow! For instance, you can eat red tomatoes, orange oranges, yellow bananas, green grapes and blue blueberries. How many other rainbow combinations can you think of?
    It’s important to drink plenty of water during the day. Your body is mostly made up of water!
    The foods you eat don’t just affect the inside of your body, they affect your teeth too. Whenever you eat something – especially if it has sugar in it – some of it is left on your teeth. Plaque (a kind of bacteria) breaks down the sugars, which makes the enamel on your teeth soft. The enamel is what’s protecting your teeth, so once that’s gone you can get little holes called cavities that need to be filled by the dentist.
    You can keep your teeth healthy and prevent cavities by brushing them at least twice a day – front, back, top and even your tongue! Count all the way up to 120 as you brush to make sure that you’re brushing for long enough.
    Keeping healthy isn’t just about eating the right foods – it’s about getting exercise too. This doesn’t have to mean becoming an Olympic athlete – it just means playing a game of tag outside with your mates, or walking up stairs instead of taking the lift, or trying out for sports at school. You should get 30-60 minutes of exercise every day.

    Can you spot these healthy images in the gallery below?

    • Different kinds of traffic light nutrition labels
    • A "Mediterranean" diet is rich in vegetables and healthy fats like olive oil
    • Water is the best drink!
    • Fish is good protein
    • Wholemeal bread is better for us than white bread
    • "Rainbow" fruit bowls!
    • Sugary sweets should be an occasional treat
    • Nuts are a healthy snack
    • Types of pasta
    • Pizza
    • Colourful vegetables
    • A good night's sleep is important for your health
    • Swimming and cycling are great exercise
    • Fast food shouldn't be eaten regularly
    • Brushing teeth