The Benefits of Healthy Eating and Exercise
On Wednesday 4 March Cordelia Gohil, a nutrition expert, came into school to deliver an assembly. She went through 3 different diets and explained the effects of each on the body and especially the impact of them in the lead up to our exams. She emphasised the points of having enough protein and carbohydrates in your diet, and drinking plenty of water to keep the brain active and healthy. She commented on staying away from processed ready meals, and the importance of eating a variety of vegetables and fruits to make sure you have the key vitamins and minerals needed to keep a fit and healthy body.
This was followed by a talk from a representative from a new gym, Fit4less, who explained the importance of fitness to go along with your healthy diet. They explained how Fit4less was growing into a big business in the health and fitness sector, recently opening up a gym in Hemel town centre. He very kindly offered us a free trial at the gym, to get us involved in sessions and relieve the stress of exams.
Overall, it was a very informative assembly which will be very beneficial in the final weeks leading up to exam time.
Alex Payne, Year 12
Eating for Exams Presentation
Femail Issues Talk
On Wednesday 25 February, Rosie Franklin Smith, our local community nurse, discussed female issues with all sixth form girls. She highlighted the importance of health and precautions when moving onto further education and in later life.
Rosie informed us to register with a GP when moving into a new area (such as attending university or college) as this enables us to access screening services locally. Screenings will occur between the ages of 25-64 and check the general health of the cells in the cervix, known as a smear test. She also went on to tell us about apps for our phones such as pill reminders and period trackers. She gave us information on areas for sexual health advice such as the health clinic hospitals, chemists or your GP. She also gave us information on Chlamydia and having annual checks, or when new relationships start. Rosie also made evident the importance of breast checks and knowing what is normal for you - looking out for changes in the size, shape and outline and to know how and when to report these changes.
As a group, we found it very helpful to have these issues discussed in a confidential setting. Rosie highlighted certain areas of health which we were not fully aware of, especially the law that states sending and exploiting intimate images is illegal. Overall we found we could comfortably discuss the issues that Rosie brought up and it was very informative.
Carys Read, Year 12