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Let’s talk relationships with eating and exercise

Audience: Years 8 – 10 (14 – 16 year olds)

Session Length: 1hr

Group Size: 200

This presentation is designed to help young people understand what a healthy relationship with their bodies, eating and exercise feels like.  It explores the various influences on our understanding of health and fitness, including the diet industry and harms associated with fad diets.  It explores healthier more productive ways to support health and wellbeing, including listening to our bodies and adopting behaviours that can be maintained long term.  The topic is brought to life through real-life experiences shared by our trained facilitators.



Key themes

In this session, young people will explore:

  • Health as a multifaceted concept that cannot be determined simply by the way a person looks
  • What makes a relationship positive and healthy and how can this be applied to self and body
  • How attitudes and beliefs about health, food and exercise are influenced by a wide range of factors
  • Debunking commonly held beliefs
  • The importance of tuning into and trusting our own bodies and feelings
  • Strategies for developing positive relationships with food, exercise and our bodies
  • The importance of reaching out for help for ourselves and others


Risk factors addresses

  • Body dissatisfaction
  • Internalisation of appearance ideals
  • Restrictive dieting


Protective factors supported

  • Emotional well-being
  • Problem solving and coping skills
  • Critical processing of media images
  • Healthy relationships with food and exercise


Curriculum links

 HPE Personal, Social & Community Health

Year 8 Communicating & interacting for health & wellbeing

Evaluate health information and communicate their own and others’ health concerns (ACPPS076).

Year 9-10 Contributing to healthy and active communities Critique behaviours and contextual factors that influence health and wellbeing of diverse communities (ACPPS098).
General Capabilities – CCT, PSC, EU