To nurture the skills of resilience is key to providing young people with the ability to cope with stress, adversity, failure and challenges. Resilience is evident when young people have a greater ability to “bounce back” when faced with difficulties and achieve positive outcomes.
Resilience is required to resist the temptation of sugary food and drinks and to pursue healthier alternatives.
Dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are wholly preventable, but when present, can have a wide range of effects, not only causing pain and the need to remove decayed teeth, but affecting the ability to speak, eat, smile and socialise. In 2015-2016 tooth decay was the most common reason for hospital admission for children aged 5 to 9 years-old and the sixth most common procedure in hospital for children aged 4 years and under.
Pupils should have the opportunity to learn at school what constitutes, and how to maintain, a healthy lifestyle, including the benefits of healthy eating and dental health and to recognise opportunities and develop the skills to make their own choices about food, and understand what might influence their choices and the benefits of eating a balanced diet.