Health and Wellbeing
Our Health and Well-being topic covers all aspects of health - both physical and mental. There is a proven link between environmental quality and our own health and well-being. Clean spaces are not only better looking and nicer to live in, they also benefit our social and emotional health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All about Health and Well-being
There is a proven link between environmental quality and our own health and well-being. Poor environmental quality affects people’s physical and mental health, educational attainment, and life chances.
Problems like litter, dog fouling, graffiti and flytipping all affect the quality of life of people living in Scotland, with higher levels of depression, illness and medical interventions amongst people who live in areas that have 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 in areas where there is a higher level of litter.
The problem is not only a visual one – water and air pollution are also an important part of environmental quality, with poor sanitation estimated to cause 280,000 diarrhoeal deaths annually and ambient (outdoor) air pollution causing 3 million premature deaths worldwide in 2012. According to air quality research conducted by Health Protection Scotland (HPS), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Health Scotland, air pollution is often worst in inner city deprived areas, worsening existing inequalities in local environment quality and human health and reducing traffic related air pollution can improve our sense of well-being as well as our physical health and the quality of the environment.
Living in a neighbourhood where people can enjoy being outside in a clean environment, and access to green spaces are some 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."
Promoting healthy living can have a positive effect on a young person’s personal choices and in turn changes the way they behave towards society and their environment. Good health at a young age is a significant contributor to happiness success in later life. 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.
Health and Well-being 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.
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.