Your physical health

Improve your physical health

This section can show you where to go for help with your physical health including, smoking, drugs and alcohol, sun safety, healthy eating and much more.

Be active

When we think about exercise our thoughts usually go to the gym, however that’s not always the case. Instead think about trying some different ideas to get active.    

Regular physical activity is had many benefits it helps builds a strong heart, bones and healthy muscles. Physical activity can help promote our mental wellbeing. When we exercise, we produce a chemical called endorphin which affects the brain and helps improve our mood and reduces stress and anxiety.


Physical health

Your school nurse can support you if you have a health condition such as asthma or an allergy.

There’s also lots of support available nationally:

Change 4 life – Activities – Ideas on 10 minute active activities.

NHS – Low Impact Exercises – Easy exercise ideas, exercise tips, home exercise ideas and fitness guides.

NHS – kickstart Your Health – Public Health drive for a health and wellbeing boost.

World Health Organization – Physical Activity and young People – Information on recommended levels of physical activity 5 to 17 years.

NHS Great Ormond Street Hospital – Exercise – Exercise and activity ideas for children and young people.

Kids Health – Backpack Basics has information about how your school bags can cause backpain.

Healthy eating

Your school nurse can give you advice on healthy eating.

There’s also lots of advice available nationally:

NHS Eatwell Guide – The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.

NHS Change for life – Recipes – For healthy recipes and fun ideas to stay healthy.

Rharian Fields  are local and offer specialist eating disorder treatment in a safe, supportive and intimate therapeutic environment.

Beat is an eating disorder charity, providing training and support into recovery.

Young Minds – Eating Problems has a whole section on eating disorders. It covers what eating problems are, what the symptoms are, what you can do about it and what support is there.

Seed is an eating disorder support service. They offer help and support and have a help line.

Getting active

If you want to get active, there are lots of things going on locally:

Lincs Inspire Cleethorpes Leisure Centre  – Find out about how to access the junior gym at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre.

The Football Association – NEL Area  – Football is a great way to stay active. Join a football team.

Grimsby Netball  – Get active and join a netball team.

Grimsby Town Sports and Education Trust – Health 

Lincs Inspire Sports Development 

Schools Sports Partnerships – Clubs  – Links to local sports clubs.


Your school nurse can give you advice on healthy lifestyles, including sleep.

Tips for sleeping better:

  • If possible don’t have your mobile in your room and turn off your device 30 minutes before you got to bed 
  • Do some light exercise – yoga is very good 
  • Cut out the caffeine 
  • Don’t beige eat before bed 
  • Try a warm bath 
  • Make a to do list of things you need to do the following day 
  • Use a sleep app 

If you need more help then contact the Sleep foundation .

Rise above – Sleep Talk offer tips on sleep through a video. Lets talk about sleep!

Sleep council – Teenagers give useful tips for young people on how to get better sleep.

Sun safety

During warm, sunny weather young people of all ages should: 

  • Cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long trousers or skirts 
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat that covers the face, neck and ears 
  • Wear sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays 
  • Use sunscreen (at least SPF15) and reapply it regularly throughout the day 

NHS – Sun Safety has lots of information on sunscreen and sun safety.

Alcohol, drugs and smoking

Your school nurse can give you advice on healthy lifestyles and support you if you want to stop smoking.

With You offer free, confidential support if you are concerned about your alcohol and drug use or the alcohol and drug use of someone close to you. They offer support in person and online.  

Prevent FASD gives facts about the impact of alcohol in pregnancy, and includes the award winning short film, RISK.

Alcohol change UK – Statistics has lots of facts about alcohol and can give your help and advice.

Drink Aware – Underage Drinking provides official guidance on alcohol for young people.

Talk to Frank if you want honest information about drugs.

Young Minds – Drugs and Alcohol offer drug and alcohol information and show you how it can affect your mental health.

Rise above – Drink, Smoking & Stress has a great video on how smoking and drugs affect your mental health.

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Page last updated: 06 Oct 2023