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Health and Wellbeing

Our Health and Well-being topic covers all aspects of health - both physical and mental.  Environmental quality problems like litter, dog fouling, graffiti and flytipping all affect the quality of life of people living in Scotland, with higher levels of depression and illness amongst people who live in areas with poor local environmental quality. The presence of litter in an area has been shown to make people feel less safe, with a greater fear of crime and more health issues.

A clean environment, and access to green spaces are two of the most important things for our well-being in Scotland.  Living in areas where the only accessible outdoor space is damaged and untidy contributes to what the Scottish Government's Good Places, Better Health report refers to as a "cocktail of disadvantage inconsistent with health and wellbeing for adults and children."  

Good health starts in the home, but the second most important influence on a young person’s health is life at school. Therefore, the availability of healthy choices at school is important for individuals and for society as a whole.

Have a look at these resources to get you started on Health and Well-being:

Why Do We Need to Clean Up Anyway?
There is a proven link between environmental quality and our own health and well-being. Have a look at the effect of environmental issues like litter and dog fouling and what you can do about it in your own community.

Find out how litter can affect our health and well-being.

Keep Scotland Beautiful - Scotland's Environmental Quality in Decline
Our 2016 report confirms that after many years of improvements, we are now seeing a deterioration in key indicators across the country.  Poor environmental quality affects people's physical and mental health, educational attainment, and life chances. 

Read more about the link between environmental quality and health.

Place Standard Tool - How Good is Our Place?

The Place Standard Tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place. It allows you to think about both physical elements of a place (buildings, spaces, and transport links) and social aspects (for example whether people feel they have a say in decision making). A useful tool for older pupils to assess their School Grounds.

Get started with the Place Standard Tool.

BBC Terrific Scientific - Exercise Investigation

We all know that exercise is good for our bodies, but could it be really good for our brain too? Dr Chris and Dr Xand have tested how a little bit of physical activity - or lack of! - can affect your thinking skills and how you feel.

To test this for yourself, take part in the Exercise investigation with BBC Terrific Scientific.

World's Largest Lesson - Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

World’s Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action. Download lesson plans, comics and other resources on food to use in your classroom.

Download lesson plans on Goal 3.

BBC Bitesize - Health and Wellbeing

BBC Bitesize is the home of study guides and class clips for a variety of curricular subjects across all levels.

Browse BBC Bitesize for Health and Wellbeing

Ask Us, Hear Us, Include Us - Young Ambassadors for Inclusion

​​A professional learning resource built around the film 'Ask Us, Hear Us, Include Us' which was created by the Young Ambassadors for Inclusion through Education Scotland.  Watch the film and download resources here.

Health and Climate Change

Climate change affects everything we need to live healthy lives: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the places we live. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has outlined the effects of climate change on our health and has produced useful infographics.  

OPAL Air Survey
Good air quality is essential for our health and for the wellbeing of our environment. Study lichens and tar spot fungus to find out about air quality near you and help scientists answer important questions about air quality across the UK.

Download surveys and take part in citizen science activities with OPAL.

Health & Well-being Case Studies

Case Study - Clackmannanshire Schools Support Service

Clackmannanshire’s Schools Support Service re-engages pupils in learning and has a curriculum centred around Health and Wellbeing with a wide range of activities planned through pupil voice sessions at assemblies. Read more.

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