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You are a health officer. You have been invited to advise a group of students on how to keep healthy.
 
Good morning to the principal, teachers and students. I am here today to speak about how to keep healthy. The title of my speech is 'Be Wise, Keep Healthy'. As students it is important for you to look after your health. Your health can affect your performance in school. If you do not ensure that you are healthy you will fall ill often and be absent from school. You will miss lessons and have to work extra hard to catch up on what you have missed. The strain may cause you to fall ill again. And so begins the vicious circle. My advice to you is to be wise and maintain your health at all times. Here are three simple, yet important, ways in which you can do this.

First, make sure you eat well. Your body needs nourishment. You need protein, carbohydrates and vitamins. You should eat at least three meals a day. It is not enough just to eat, though. You must eat a balanced diet at all times. Use the food pyramid as your guide. Avoid junk food as it is full of fat and empty carbohydrates. It is best to eat home-cooked food. It is good for you. It is clean, and much cheaper than the fast foods many of you seem to enjoy. So remember my first point - eat well but make sure you eat healthy food.

Second, you need to exercise. As students, many of you have no time to exercise. You come to school, rush home, have lunch, nap, rush for tuition, do your homework and then you're off to bed. How many of you know the saying 'all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'? if you want to do better in your studies, make time for exercise. It doesn't have to be every day. Three times a week is good enough. And it doesn't have to be exhausting. Just a brisk walk round the block for half an hour should do. It's a good way to blow the cobwebs away and get the oxygen into your system. You'll be surprised how energetic you feel after that. Your concentration will improve and you will not feel so lethargic. So do not neglect regular exercise.

Finally, you need to have a good night's sleep - about eight hours. Many of you may be going to bed very late. As a result, you will not be getting enough sleep. This is why you find it difficult to wake up in the morning. When you are in school you struggle to stay awake when the teacher is teaching. I am sure you enjoy watching late night movies. Or, you may be addicted to computer games. They can be so absorbing that you forget the time. When you finally do go to bed it is well past midnight. My advice is, don't cheat on your sleep. It will affect your health. It will also affect your studies. What is the use of falling asleep while the teacher is teaching? You may as well not come to school. Remember your body needs proper rest.

Before I end my talk let me stress that you should not take your health for granted. You must look after it. The best way to do this is to ensure that you eat good nutritious food, exercise regularly, and have sufficient sleep. These are as important as breathing. They ensure your body is healthy. When your body is healthy you will be able to concentrate on your studies. On the other hand, if you continue to neglect your health with bad eating habits, a lack of exercise and insufficient sleep, you will fall ill and your studies will be affected. The choice is yours. I hope you will, therefore, be wise and keep healthy. Thank you.

     
all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy   working without a break for enjoyment and relaxation makes a person bored and become boring
     
blow the cobwebs away   clear the mind
     
don't cheat on   don't reduce / neglect
     
 
 

 

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