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Part 1 - sample questions
- In what ways do you try to stay healthy?
- Is it easy to keep fit where you live?
- What do you think is more important, eating healthily or doing exercise?
- What are the health benefits of playing a sport?
- Have you ever had any habits which you consider to be unhealthy?
- Do you think more about your health now than when you were younger?
Part 2 – sample task card
Describe something you do to keep healthy.
You should say:
- what this activity is
- when you do it
- and how often you do it
and explain why you think it’s a good way to look after your health.
Part 3 – sample questions
- What are the most popular ways of keeping healthy in your country?
- Do you think most people worry more about their health as they get older?
- Why do you think some people continue bad habits when they know that they are damaging to their health?
- How can children be encouraged to adopt healthy eating habits?
- Do you think people have become more health conscious in recent years?
- Could governments do more to promote healthier lifestyle options?
Healthy activities / habits
- taking regular exercise
- playing sport(s)
- (going) swimming / cycling / jogging
- going to the gym
- walking to work / the dog
- doing yoga / pilates / tai chi
- eating fresh fruit and vegetables / organic food
- eating regular meals
- having a balanced diet
- drinking lots of water
- binge drinking / drinking alcohol excessively
- taking drugs
- eating too much salt / fat / sugar
- eating too much greasy food / fried food / junk food / fast food
- eating too many ready meals / pre-prepared meals
- being overweight
- a health farm / centre / club
- a health service
- a health risk / hazard
- a health check
- a health problem
- a health visitor
- a health inspector
- health food
- health insurance
- health and safety (rules / regulations / guidelines)
- a healthy lifestyle
- a healthy diet
- a healthy appetite
- a healthy economy
- a healthy bank balance
- a healthy profit
- a healthy attitude
- a healthy respect
Verb + Noun Collocations
- to look after your health
- to take care of our health
- to maintain your health
- to be in good / poor health
- to regain your health
Verb + Adjective Collocations
- to feel healthy
- to look healthy
- to be healthy
- to keep / stay healthy
Useful linkers for adding more detail
- In (actual) fact…
- More to the point…
- To be more precise / exact…
Could governments do more to promote healthier lifestyle options?
Yes, in my opinion the government has a big responsibility to try to persuade people to live more healthily. I think they could provide more education in schools to teach children how to eat more healthily and show them the importance of taking physical exercise. In fact, it’s the parents too that also need to be re-educated on these issues. Another thing, I think there should be more government warnings on TV showing people the dangers of obesity and poor diet, for example. Actually, they do have some that show the health risks of smoking and drinking, which are quite powerful, but not really about healthy eating. Finally, there could be more public facilities to help people keep fit, like swimming pools, gyms and sports centres. More to the point they need to be affordable so that everyone has the opportunity to use them.