As adults we understand that treating our body well and living a healthy lifestyle has positive impacts on our physical health, however, mental health is massively affected by the lifestyle we choose to live. A healthy diet and plenty of exercise will ensure we stay fit, but it is continuously proven that the impacts of a healthy body can significantly lower the risk of developing mental health issues or even prevent developing a mental health condition in the first place.
The mental health foundation states that ‘10% of children and young people (aged 6-15 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem’. If we can teach children the benefits of a healthy lifestyle from an early age, and that eating well and exercise can be fun and exciting, and easy to achieve, then we can play our part in changing this statistic.
Where better to educate our children about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how to achieve it, than the library! Use your environment to encourage both children and adults to eat well and exercise and help them to understand why choosing a proactive path to health and wellbeing is so important! Make it easy for them to understand the reasons behind the theory and create a dedicated ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ zone in your library to promote healthy living, using your library space to motivate and encourage our children to live and eat well.
There are a plethora of health books out there, from diet and healthy recipe books to exercise books and general healthy living reads, including mindfulness and the science and psychology behind a strong and well-maintained body. The use of simple posters and displays will not only help get the message across easily but will help users discover what they are looking for quickly. Why not categorise by age and subject i.e. healthy diet recipes would go in the KS3+ and the healthy eating books are displayed separately to the exercise/yoga books and the medical books.
Oliver’s Fruit Salad
Charlie and Lola: I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato
The Children’s Book of Healthy Eating (Star Rewards) (Star Rewards – Life Skills for Kids)
Kids’ Fun & Healthy Cookbook
Chew on this: Everything You Don’t Want to Know about Fast Food
Charles Wilson & Eric Schlosser
The Fantastic Body: What Makes You Tick & How You Get Sick
Dr Howard Bennet
How to Build a Healthy Brain
Brain Changer: How diet can save your mental health – cutting edge
Professor Felice Jacka
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