Health

PART 1
Let’s talk about health and being healthy
What do you do to keep in good health?
Did you have any unhealthy habits when you were a child?
Do you have any unhealthy habits now?
Are there any healthy habits that you would like to develop?

Let’s move on to discuss rest and relaxation
Do you find it easy to relax?
What do you do to relax?
When do you usually have time to relax?
Do you feel you have enough time to relax?

Now let’s talk about walking
How often do you go for a walk?
Did you walk a lot when you were a child?
Are there a lot of good places to go walking where you live?
Would you like to walk more in the future?

PART 2: Model Answer

DESCRIBE A TIME YOU WERE SICK OR INJURED WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD.
You should say:
what illness or injury you had
describe the illness or injury
describe how it made you feel
and explain how you recovered from it

I’d like to talk about a time I got the Chickenpox when I was about 6 years old. This is a dreadful virus that affected about half my class. I remember waking up one day feeling under the weather with a fever, headache, and sore throat. Also, I had a red, itchy skin rash on my abdomen, back and face, which quickly spread all over my body. I wondered what had happened to me and even wondered if I was going to die. My mother is a nurse and I went straight to her to get her diagnosis.

My mother said I had the chicken pox and I had to stay home and not go to school for at least a week. Cool! The idea of not going to school, at first, made me feel over the moon…I thought it was going to be like a holiday. But, in reality, I felt terrible for days, I can remember feeling hot and cold and sweating profusely. I spent almost all day sleeping, and not watching TV like I had imagined I would in the beginning.

Since chicken pox is a virus there is no real treatment. I just had to sweat it out for a few days. Finally, my fever broke and I started to feel like I was back on my feet again. I went back to school and found many of my classmates were still off sick with the chickenpox.

PART 2: Vocabulary
NOUNS
abdomen: stomach
chickenpox: is a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. The rash appears first on the stomach, back and face and then spreads over the entire body causing between 250 and 500 itchy blisters
diagnosis: an opinion of a patient’s health condition or illness
fever: high body temperature
skin rash: a group of red spots on the skin that is caused by an illness or a reaction to something.
virus: the cause of an infectious disease
treatment: a way of curing an illness or medical condition

ADJECTIVES
dreadful: something we fear or hate

VERBS
Broke [fever]: finished. The fever finished.   

ADVERBS
profusely: abundantly, a large amount

IDIOMS
back on my feet: recovered from an illness or injury
over the moon: very happy
under the weather: not feeling well

PART 3: Ideas
Let’s talk about healthy lifestyles…
What are some of the things people can do to be healthier?
– improve diet
– stop harmful habits such as smoking
– start good habits such as exercising

 Do you think people were healthier in the past?
– YES, because they spent more time outdoors and less time on activities of sedentary lifestyles like watching TV and surfing the internet
– NO, because healthcare is better today due to advances in medical knowledge and cures

Why do you think people do unhealthy things such as smoke and drink alcohol?
– because they enjoy doing them
– because peer pressure forces them to do them

 Now let’s talk about healthy food…
What kinds of food are considered healthy in your country?
– Fruit and vegetables because they are rich in vitamins and minerals
– Seafood due to the omega 3 which is good for the brain

What kinds of food are considered unhealthy in your country?
– deep-fried food because it is full of unsaturated fats
– fast food because it has lots of harmful additives that are linked to cancer

What are some ways to reduce the consumption of fast food in your country?
– education so that people know the harmful effects
– a fast food tax would make it more expensive and decrease the demand for it

Common issues:

  1. More healthy or healthier both seem acceptable
    http://forum.thefreedictionary.com/postst25255_Comparative-form.aspx
  2. Walking and working sound similar
    http://rachelsenglish.com/pronounce-work-vs-walk/

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