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Aim: To help young people better understand the health choices they make, and to make living a healthy balanced lifestyle enjoyable. Introduction: Having a balanced and healthy diet is very important for young people. In todays society however, young people are often bombarded with contrasting messages and poor role models through the media in terms of what actually is or isn’t a healthy lifestyle to lead — this can obviously lead to confusion. Peer pressure can also be a significant factor. Taken from the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Recreation, Health and Lifestyle M2


Activity 1
• 5 separate pieces of card — each having one of the following words on Fatty and sugary foods, carbohydrates, proteins, dairy products, fruit and vegetables’
• 4-6 different packet foods
• 4-6 different foods to taste

Activity 2 & 3
• Paper
• Pens


Activity 1 - Healthy Eating

Aim: To have a better understanding of healthy foods.

• As a group, discuss the meaning of a healthy diet.

• List various foods and get young people to indicate (by placing next to the correct card label) whether they are fatty and sugary, carbohydrates, proteins, dairy or fruit and vegetables. A definition of the main food groups are listed below:

These are your main body’s source of energy, and include bread, cereals, potatoes, pasta, rice and noodles.

Fruit and Vegetables
These are brimming with fibre, plus a whole range of vitamins and minerals, and because they are low in calories, they make an important and healthy addition to any diet,

Plays an essential role in building and repairing your body, and includes foods such as meat, fish, eggs, beans and nuts.

Milk and Dairy
Products such as milk, cheese and yogurt are a source of calcium. Calcium is a mineral that strengthens your bones and teeth, and ensures everything runs smoothly with your muscles and nerves. It’s especially important for growth. Calcium can continue to add to the strength of your bones until you reach the age of 30 to 35, when peak bone mass is reached.

Fats and Sugars
The foods in this group are best eaten sparingly because, although an energy source, they contain few nutrients. Don’t be fooled into thinking they’re entirely bad’ though. Fat is an important contributor to good health. Typical foods in this group include chocolate, biscuits, butter and fatty’ meats.

• Look at 4-6 different packet foods to see what the different ingredients are (i.e. salt, fat, E numbers) etc.

• Taste 4-6 different foods (and different from above) and discuss whether healthy or not healthy prior to looking at ingredients list.

Tips / Advice:
Don’t be too preachy, unhealthy foods eaten occasionally are okay in moderation.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
• Be aware of any allergies some people may have to particular ingredients i.e. nuts.
• If cutting foods up with young people for tasting, be aware of cuts that could be caused from knives.

Activity 2 - Food Within BB

Aim: To have an understanding of how the way we run BB can have a positive effect on our healthy eating.

• Get young people to list all foods sold in BR Tuck shop / canteen. Which of these are healthy? What sort of products could the shop stock instead?
• Get the young people to carry out a quick survey to see what they would like stocking in tuck shop! canteen.
• Get the young people to plan a menu for a camp or forthcoming residential that is balanced and healthy. They may need to consider offering two menus for each meal to cater for vegetarians, people with allergies, etc.

Tips / Advice:
• Emphasise that when cooking at camp, sometimes the facilities are a little prohibitive — so make sure that this is taken into account.
• May want to get parents answering tuck shop questionnaire as changing the products sold can have an impact on the whole of your SB group. You may well get parental support!

Activity 3 - Own Lifestyle

Aim: To evaluate members own lifestyle.

• Discuss how much exercise each person does in a week. Do they walk to school or at the weekend? Discuss how long they sit in front of the television / computer or play computer games each day.

• Read the following scenario to the group. Working in pairs or small groups, discuss what advice would they give to the young person.
'Ian does not enjoy doing sports. He doesn’t think he is as good as his friends at things like football, and feels embarrassed with what he looks like when doing such activities, His friends are still asking him to come and play, but he keeps making excuses not to.

• Still working in pairs or small groups:
— List some of the types of exercise that young people can do e.g. football, swimming, walking / jogging, gymnastics, netball / basketball. Which activities appeal the most?
— List the positives that people get out of doing exercise. Some reasons could include.
- It’s an opportunity to meet up with friends or make new ones.
- Better general fitness, and stronger bones and muscles.
- It stops you putting on weight.
- You’ll feel a sense of achievement.

Tips / Advice:
Some young people in the group may be sensitive to issues regarding their physical appearance and / or lifestyle habits. This topic should be approached in a manner where people are not judged.

For full details see the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Recreation, Health and Lifestyle M2


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