Societal health

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Good health means happier people, with a greater average life expectancy. Society also benefits from positive economic spinoffs. The following resources look at common health issues such as Diabetes and obesity, and includes sites on kids and teen health. SCIS 1698560 

See also Diseases and epidemics

Fight the Obesity Epidemic

Check out this website for facts, issues and news about obesity as a growing epidemic.

Suggested level: secondary

Obesity questions and answers

Ministry of Health website offers statistics and shows how obesity is measured in New Zealand plus what the cost to society is.

Suggested level: secondary

Smoke free schools

Smokefree schools offers the Guide to a smoke free school along with educational resources, activities and findings from smoking related research.

Suggested level: secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the topic related search term (eg. obesity)
Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Smoking Ministry of Health

Information about how smoking affects the health of New Zealanders, a video about giving up smoking and smoke-free laws.

Suggested level: secondary

What is Diabetes?

The Diabetes New Zealand website offers a clear explanation of what diabetes is and the differences between Type 1, Type 2 and diabetes in pregnancy. Includes latest statistics for diabetes in New Zealand, which can be downloaded.

Suggested level: secondary

Kids Health

This Teen page of this website gives great advice to young people about diabetes, smoking, obesity and general health in an easy to follow format and straight forward FAQs. Select the Teens health tab and use the search field.

Suggested level: secondary

Teen Health

A range of issues updated regularly. Use the search field for more specific topics that are common in our society.

Suggested level: secondary


Health and Wellness Resource Centre offers comprehensive information on diseases and conditions and their impact on society. School log-on and password required.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Fiction books
This Way Up, by Lindsay Wood, 2010
Truth about Stacey, by Ann M. Martin, a graphic novel, by Raina Telgemeier, 2006 (graphic novel)
Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson, 2009

The Cost of Obesity. VEA Australia-New Zealand. Youtube. 2.17