Tag Archives: health

Jungle People Have No Heart Problems

B2 – Upper intermediate

Heart disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.

Jungle people with almost no heart problems

Discussion:

1. Do you have a lifestyle that is kind to your heart?

2. Is there anyone in your family suffering from heart disease?

3. What activities are really bad for your heart?

4. What can you do to look after your heart?

The Benefits of Good Posture

C1 – Advanced

Having good posture is imperative to have good health. Along with eating right and getting enough sleep, correct posture will help you be more physically fit.

Watch the video below to know how our posture affects our health.

Discuss:

1. What do you think about your posture? Is it good or bad?
2. According to the video, what does good posture look like?
3. What are the causes of poor posture? What are it effects?
4. How can one achieve a good posture?

What Would Happen if you Didn’t Sleep?

C1 – Advanced

It may seem obvious that sleep is beneficial. Even without fully grasping what sleep does for us, we know that going without sleep for too long makes us feel terrible, and that getting a good night’s sleep can make us feel ready to take on the world.

Scientists have gone to great lengths to fully understand sleep’s benefits. In studies of humans and other animals, they have discovered that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions.

Watch the video carefully then be ready to answer some discussion questions:

Discuss:

1. In the video, what are the effects of Sleep Deprivation?
2. What does sleep do to our body that makes it very important?
3. How many hours of sleep do you generally need per night? Do you manage to sleep as much as you need? If not, why not?
4. Do you use, or have you ever used, any special methods that help you get to sleep? (e.g. sleeping pills, herbal remedies,counting sheep,meditation )

10 Ways To Reduce Stress By Decluttering Your Life

58aded01280000b58f99a986

B2 – Upper intermediate

It may seem like there’s nothing you can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding.

Stress management is all about taking charge. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control.

10 Ways To Reduce Stress By Decluttering Your Life

Discuss:

1. What are you most stressed about these days?
2. Do you think stress can sometimes be good?
3. Which of the ways mentioned in the article do you find most useful?
4. What are some decluttering practices that you do?

Dying to be Thin: Eating Disorders

B2 – Upper intermediate

Do you feel fat? Interestingly enough, fat is not a feeling. For some people, the thought of feeling full, bloated or bigger than they should be conjures up a wide range of emotions.

For people suffering from eating disorders, feeling fat goes beyond the sensation of feeling full after a meal. They also suffer from depression, from feeling unloved and ignored or unappreciated.

Click the link below to learn more about eating disorders.

Column: Dying to be thin – what you should know about eating disorders

Discuss:

1. What are the signs and symptoms of eating disorders?
2. What are your thoughts on the eating disorders mentioned in the article? Is this something that people in your country struggle with?
3. The influence of the media is greater than ever. They promote bodies that are thin and idealistically well proportioned. Do you agree or disagree with this? Why or why not?
4. What should the government do to help reduce the number of people suffering from this
condition?

Chemicals in Fast Food Packaging

flourine in fast food restaurants

B2 – Upper intermediate

“Health is wealth.” is a common English expression. But how can we maintain good health in the midst of  our busy lives? Apparently, we can. All we need to do is to be aware of what we are eating. Find out from this link about a new study of packaging in fast food restaurants.

Report finds chemicals in one-third of fast food packaging

Discussion:

1. Summarize what was written in the article.
2. Take a look at the pictures and make comments.
3. What are the side effects of fluorine in our body?
4. What should we do to avoid exposure from fluorine in fast food restaurants?
5. What are the long term effects of taking care of your health?

Childhood Obesity

B1 – Intermediate

The number of children suffering from obesity is increasing. It is considered a major health concern, especially in developed countries. But what causes childhood obesity? Read the article below to know more. Be ready to express your thoughts.

Childhood Obesity

Discuss:

1. How do you know if your child is overweight or obese?
2. Would you say that some children in your country are suffering from obesity or becoming overweight?
3. What causes a child to become overweight or obese?
4. How can you prevent your child from becoming overweight or obese?
5. What should the government do in order to prevent children from having serious weight issues?

Swiss Army to Accept Overweight Recruits

_93776560_72638dd1-7d9b-4195-9c72-ebe7c876fd34

B2 – Upper Intermediate

The Swiss Members of Parliament is hoping to increase the number of military service recruits in their country.

Find out more how they are going to do it through this BBC article:

Calls for Swiss army to accept overweight recruits

Discuss:

1. What are your thoughts on this proposal?
2. How would you feel about mandatory military service in your country?
3. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of doing military service?

Reasons to Shower Less

03-shower-less-often-towel-drying

B2 – Upper intermediate

We all take a bath or a shower to feel fresh before going to work, after a rigorous work-out or simply to feel clean before going to bed. Do you enjoy your bath time? How often do you take a shower? They say that taking a shower might not be so good for you, so let’s find out.

7 Reasons You Can Probably Get Away With Showering Less

Discuss:
1. Name the reasons mentioned in the article about showering less. Do you agree or disagree with them?
2. Do you prefer taking a shower or having a bath?
3. Do you prefer a quick shower in the morning or a warm bath in the evening?

Express your thoughts:
• A few germs are good for you. People wash and clean too much.
• Expensive shampoos and shower gels are a waste of money. A bar of soap is just as effective.
• The advertising industry is to blame for all the money we waste on cleaning products that we don’t need.

Speaking Activity: Are You a Health Nut?

B2 – Upper intermediate

“Health is wealth.” “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” These are just some famous sayings we have about health. It is no secret that people want have a full life – a healthy life. How do you take care of yours?

Click the link below and answer the different questions related to health. This activity will help practice your sentence construction.

Are You a Health Nut?