Young people to benefit from online Health and Wellbeing Resource
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Young people in Gwent will benefit from a new online Health and Wellbeing Resource.
The resource is aimed at youth workers and others who deliver key public health messages to young people and it offers practical information and lesson plans focused around the following topic areas:
- Food and fitness
- Emotional wellbeing
- Sexual health
Designed originally for youth work settings but now equally accessible to others, including teachers and other school staff, this resource supports practitioners to discuss health and wellbeing with the young people that they work with on a daily basis. This resource provides staff with the information and support to discuss these topics with young people and to enable them to make the best decisions for their health.
The toolkit has been produced by Aneurin Bevan Gwent Public Health Team in conjunction with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the Youth Service and is aimed at anyone who works with young people.
Paul O’Neill, Senior Youth Work Manager in Caerphilly County Borough Council, said:
“This comprehensive online resource will present youth workers with easily accessible support in delivering health-related activities to children and young people.
“Youth workers are excited at the prospect of this updated and online resource which will provide them with relevant information about the topic areas and also with ideas for delivering different types of activities.”
The behaviours we adopt as young people often shape our behaviour as adults. Health risk behaviours such as poor nutrition, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are responsible for contributing to the growing number of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes in Wales.
Mererid Bowley, Consultant in Public Health said:
“This resource will provide easily accessible information for those who deliver health education to children and young people across Gwent.”
“It offers those who deliver health education the opportunity to encourage young people to take responsibility for their health and to reduce risky behaviours.”
The resource is available online at www.publichealthwales.org/young-people-health-wellbeing
Source: Public Health Wales