Healthy Conversations - A Simple Guide for Using the Pack

The resource has been developed to help frontline workers feel confident in their delivery of activities that can start initial conversations with young people about their health and weight. It is important that we build upon the sports and positive activity agenda and help young people to understand the importance of healthy lifestyles and the benefits that can be gained from a healthy attitude to the food and drinks they choose.

The pack activities will help Coaches and Volunteers put together 10-30-minute activity sessions, or simply use them as talking points, using   the following:

  • General Healthy Eating Awareness
  • Good the Bad and Ugly Game -  Exploring and Making Food Choices
  • Sugar Quiz -  this can be used for educating young people on the right drinks they bring to  sessions (changing behaviours) and an introduction to food labelling
  • Food Diary Sheet – Building awareness and implementing potential changes
  • Case Studies – let young people find solutions

For use with young people aged 8-16 in a youth setting, the resource is aimed at both boys and girls as the food we eat affects us all. This is an introduction resource that can be further complemented with a range of health-specific resources available through other local and national organisations including:

Community-based sports and health improvement activities play such an important part in the life of many young people these days and we have a huge role to play in their physical and mental wellbeing. We hope this pack will help start conversations in a fun and informal way, creating opportunities to help young people make lifelong changes in their diet which will have significant effects on their health.


Contents (click to download)

  1. Power Point Presentation
  2. Tutor Notes
  3. Resource Sheets


Getting Started

 1. Familiarise yourself with the pack, its contents and read through the tutor notes

 2. It is not intended that you show the presentation to the group but use it as a prompt / learning resource which can help you design the session you will deliver.

 3. Decide, based on your group and time, what games you are going to deliver. The activities in the pack can be delivered together or in isolation. Each one can be extended to suit your needs. Just remember to do the background reading and gather the appropriate materials to support the session.

 4. Gather materials you may need to run the session including:

- Flip chart paper, blu tac, pens and laminated food cards, put together with a paperclip to keep separate, e.g. meat, fish, eggs, butter, milk etc. for the Good, Bad Ugly Game
- Food labels - see tutor notes for ideas, for food labelling discussions
- Coins / paper money for Millionaire Pound Drop game along with game question cards printed from the PP presentation (slides 10-17). 
- Think about bringing sample drinks, empty containers and additional handouts or visual aids
- Copies of Food Diary Templates

  5. Make sure you prepare the documents for the session in advance, e.g. cut out the pictures, pre-draw the relevant grids on the flip chart or white board, print off Million Pound Drop images from the PowerPoint presentation etc. It is a good idea to laminate the pictures and make sure you add images of foods the young people may eat based on their culture.

 6. There are excellent resources and booklets available from your local health education team, or from web sites such as those listed in the pack, to support the sessions. It is good practice to do some pre-activity research and look for any visual aids that you feel will be good to use in the club to reinforce messages.  

 7. Be prepared for questions you may not be able to answer. You are not expected to be an expert and this pack will not give you all the answers but it will start the conversations to help you understand what young people are thinking. Be confident and let the young people know you will find out answers or challenge them to research things themselves and come back to the group with their findings.

 8. You’re ready to GO. Good Luck.


About the Young People’s Health Partnership

Now more than ever in their work with young people, youth workers are facing the need to tackle many issues including education, employment, drugs, sexuality, safety and health and wellbeing. Key to dealing with many of these issues is a young person’s confidence and their sense of self-worth. It is our responsibility to ensure that they feel good about themselves and see themselves in a positive light.

The Young People’s Health Partnership is a six-strong consortium of organisations working with the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England as strategic partners to raise the profile of the health agenda across the voluntary sector. We work to:

  • Influence and shape the health system to understand young people’s needs for age-appropriate services
  • Equip the voluntary youth sector to work in partnership with the health system
  • Support young people to exercise empowered and active voices in the healthcare system
  • The partnership includes Addaction, Ambition, Association for Young People’s Health, Brook, StreetGames and Youth Access

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