World Health Day with ClickView

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Rupert Denton

April 7 marks World Health Day, an international day established by the World Health Organisation to help raise awareness about health issues of global importance. The theme for World Health Day in 2016 is Beat Diabetes and is aimed at halting the rise of diabetes globally. Worldwide, 350 million people have diabetes and this number is set to more than double in the next 20 years, this is despite the fact that 90% of diabetes cases are type-2 which is a preventable form of the disease. As diabetes is set to become the seventh largest killer of people worldwide by 2030, it is pivotal that this issue is tackled head on.

Below are seven videos available on the ClickView Exchange that will help raise awareness about both our physical and mental health, including videos around the Beat Diabetes theme of this year’s World Health Day. The videos will provide useful resources to incorporate into lessons across a variety of subjects and will spark important discussions, raise awareness and increase understanding about health and healthcare in the UK and abroad.

If you’re already a ClickView customer you can access these titles in addition to over 10 000 more through the ClickView Exchange, copy them to your personal workspace and push them in to your school’s ClickView library. Otherwise, you can request a free trial.


The Diabetes Epidemic

Keeping with the theme of this year’s World Health Day is this episode of Tonight which examines the UK’s diabetes crisis. The Tonight team set out over two days to give people across the UK free diabetes health checks and, in the process, make some startling findings. The episode also introduces the audience to people who have suffered the loss of loved ones to diabetes and examines strategies for preventing the disease. This programme provides an excellent local level look at a problem of global proportions. Watch it here.

The Truth about Sugar

One of the biggest causes of type-2 diabetes is a high-sugar diet and, with the average UK citizen consuming the equivalent of 15 teaspoons of sugar per day, it is crucial that the effects of sugar on our lives is thoroughly examined. In this documentary we join journalist, Fiona Phillips to take a look at the recent headlines about sugar, and investigates the effects that sugar has on our bodies by having four volunteers to cut back to 6 teaspoons of sugar a day. This is an engaging and informative programme that will be accessible for pupils learning about how diet can impact our health. Watch it here.

Britain’s Mental Health Crisis

Mental health is a crucial, yet still little understood aspect of our health. In the UK it is estimated that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year, it is important then to examine mental health as a part of World Health Day. This programme looks at the topic from a public health perspective, uncovering the implications of recent cuts to mental health services in the UK. The documentary reveals the extent to which these services are in demand, and how they are crucial in tackling escalating suicide rates and mental illnesses experienced by a diverse range of people. This programme is important in highlighting the necessity of mental health services as part of the front line efforts in maintaining a safe and healthy society. Watch it here.

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Same but Different

An inspiring collection of eight short stories about primary school children with a range of disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. From ten-year old Archie who has cerebral palsy, to seven-year old Alexandra who has Down’s syndrome each story is told from the perspective of the child, which instantly makes it accessible for a younger audience, and is a great way to spark conversations within the classroom. This is an excellent resource for teaching pupils about inclusion and understanding for others despite disabilities or other health conditions. Watch it here.

Horizon: The Truth about Exercise

Just how much exercise do we need? In this programme Dr. Michael Mosley challenges some long-held assumptions about exercise and living a healthy life. Featuring expert interviews, the programme covers young athletes’ attitudes towards exercise, how sedentary lifestyle affects our health, and the role that diet and metabolism play in maintaining a healthy body weight. This engaging programme provides a broad and authoritative look at a core component of our health: exercise. Watch it here.

Operation Ouch!

In this engaging episode of Operation Ouch, Dr Chris and Dr Xand take you on a journey through the human body’s digestive system and bone structure. The audience will follow the journey of a pill sized camera to show how food travels through us and discover how strong human bones really are. This is an excellent resource for young pupils looking at the way in which our bodies function and will form an ideal foundation for discussing health and health problems more broadly. Watch it here.


Antibiotic Apocalypse

Have your students ever taken an antibiotic – and do they know why they were prescribed it? Sometimes we forget that antibiotics are needed only for bacterial infections and they do not cure infections caused by viruses, like colds or flu. In fact, the consequences of overusing antibiotics are potentially disastrous. This programme sheds light on some of these dangers including the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria, the advent of which has already begun. This is an excellent and unsettling documentary that problematizes assumptions about medicine and highlights the possibility that our misuse of antibiotics, one of the great innovations in modern medicine, may be our ultimate undoing. Watch it here.

To learn more about World Health Day and diabetes visit the World Health Organisation’s website here.


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