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Health and Healthcare: Sample questions and answers for IELTS speaking exam
- In what ways do you try to stay healthy?
-I try to have a balanced diet as often as I can. I also exercise regularly.
- Is it easy to keep fit where you live?
-To be honest, no, it is not. Fast foods are always tempting. People around me can be bad influence when it comes to being fit especially when choosing healthy foods and doing some exercises.
- What part of your lifestyle would you most like to make healthier?
– Well, I would say, my sleeping habits. I can hardly get enough rest at night. I usually lack sleep.
- Are you careful about what you eat?
-Not really. But, I try though. It’s just that, it’s difficult to choose what to eat.
- How important is a healthy lifestyle for you?
-I think it is very important. It helps us to be more effective and productive with our everyday activities.
- Do you eat much junk food??
-No. I rarely eat junk food. I just eat them when other people who are with me are eating them, and I only eat a small amount.
Describe a time when you were ill. You should say:
- when this was
- what your symptoms were
- how long the illness lasted
and say how it affected your life at the time
I will talk about a terrible experience when I got ill. It happened a few months ago when I had flu coupled with sore throat. A week before it happened, I was so stressed with work. I had stayed late nights in the office to meet several deadlines. I lack sleep and I couldn’t also eat on time.
My body started to feel weak; I started to have slight fever and colds. I knew it was going to be bad because I was having headaches, and severe muscle and body aches. I also started to have dry cough and my throat hurts.
It lasted for about a week. I went to see a doctor so I can get the right prescription. I was advised to have bed rest for a few days.
I was not able to report for work for a week. Luckily, I have already finished all my deadlines before it happened. But, it had still affected my life because I failed to do my daily routine. I also asked my mom to take care of me since I lived alone. When I came back to work, there’s a huge pile of paper work waiting on my desk.
- What is the role of the government in promoting healthcare
I believe that the government plays a major role in promoting healthcare. The government should educate the people about health and guide them about having healthy lifestyles. It must create more programs and activities that would disseminate appropriate and accurate information about health. I also believe that the government should improve the health sector to make it more accessible for the people. .
- What more do you think could be done to promote healthy living in your country?
I think that the government should have more initiatives and implement strict policies when it comes to activities that affect people’s health. For example, the banning of smoking in public places would not just benefit the smokers, but the none-smokers as well. People must also be educated about the advantages of having a healthy lifestyle. I also think that putting up more establishments for people to engage in sports or exercises must be encouraged.
- How can individuals take more responsibility for their own health?
Lifestyle plays a major role in our health. We must care for our own health. There are a lot of things we can do to stay fit and healthy. For example, being conscious about our food intake and exercising regularly must be practiced. Discipline is very important. We must be always try to avoid unhealthy practices and vices.
Key vocabulary: Definitions and examples
range of food that is arranged in good proportions
If you eat a well balanced and healthy diet, and take a reasonable amount of exercise, the occasional junk food meal certainly won’t harm you .
physical activity done to improve health
Obesity and lack of exercise tend to lead to insulin resistance.
to be fit
to be in good physical shape
Allan hasn’t been fit enough for full-time professional football.
food that helps to stay physically strong and resilient
Choosing the right healthy food depends on one’s perceptions.
a settled or regular tendency or practice, related to sleep, especially one that is hard to give up
I suffer from insomnia and at times it is very hard to level out my sleeping habits.
to lack sleep
be deficient in sleep
I usually lack sleep.
to be productive
to be efficient, achieving useful results
What do you need to be productive?
food that is produced without using harmful chemicals
Organic food is much too expensive.
food that does not contain meat
I’m a strict vegetarian right from my birth and I don’t even know the taste of non vegetarian food.
food that has chemicals in it to make it last a long time
The term ‘processed food‘ applies to any food that has been altered from its natural state
food that is full of sugar or fat, and is bad for your health
The less junk food you eat, the less you want.
food such as hamburgers, which is prepared quickly and which you can take away with you to eat
For one month, I ate nothing but fast food
banning of smoking
prohibiting of smoking
The primary reason the government has not already banned smoking is because of the very large tax revenue they receive for the sale of tobacco.
It is not illegal to disseminate information on how to make a bomb.
an act or strategy intended to resolve a difficulty or improve a situationr
There is a new initiative against highly processed food.
to implement policies
to put into effect a plan or principle of action adopted by a government, organization or individual
What are the best implemented Australian government policies of the last 50 years?
the way in which a person or group lives that helps to stay
All you need to do to have a healthy lifestyle is follow 3 simple things.
engage in sports
participate or become involved in sports
If you engage yourself in sports that does not mean that your weight will decrease.
give support, confidence
I do not encourage diets, eating less or limiting the amount of food one eats.
to be conscious
to be aware of something, aware that something is important
Being health conscious is to know what are healthy and unhealthy practices.
controlled or self-controlled behavior
When you are disciplined, healthy and good at something people will come into your life
to avoid vices
keep away from a bad habit
Dieting and avoiding vices are useful to stay healthy.
vigorous session of physical exercise
An intense workout varies from person to person. Intense workout for me would mean pushing myself beyond limits.
to limit sugar intake
to restrict the amount of sugar taken into body
Get lots of exercise, eat a balanced diet, limit sugar intake, don’t smoke day.
to stay active
to remain filled with activity
It is important to stay active to keep from gaining weigh.
to hit the gym
to arrive at a gym
This week I hit the gym twice.
to lose weight
to slim down
If you want to lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise more. You need to burn more calories than you take in.
to hold yourself accountable
to say or decide that you should accept the responsibility for something
Hold yourself accountable: set goals and set deadlines. Keep up with them
something that you do regularly or usually, often without thinking about and that helps you to stay physically strong and resilient
There is 1 thing to help you create healthy habits. Know why you’re changing the habit in the first place.
an instruction written by a medical practitioner that authorizes a patient to be provided a medicine or treatment
I went to see a doctor so I can get the right prescription.
to get sick
At the last minute, I got sick and couldn’t go.
to suddenly push air out of your throat with a short sound, often repeatedly
The man paused and coughed nervously before continuing.
an illness or a medical condition in which you have a very high temperature
If your child has a fever when teething , it ‘s best to contact your physician
a condition marked by pain in the throat – the passage from the back of your mouth to the top of the tubes that go down to your lungsand stomach
A sore throat is a symptom of the common cold
A condition of discharge of mucus (a slimy substance) from the nose, often a symptom of the common cold
Turmeric is an efficient solution for how to get rid of a runny nose and cold as well.
a continuous pain in the head
Computer headaches are common these days. In fact, computers may be one of the main causes of chronic daily headaches in today’s world.
an unpleasant feeling of coldness in the atmosphere, one’s surroundings, or the body
Chill is the feeling of cold and shivering that comes with or without fever. Chills may also occur when exposed to a cold environment.
a viral infection similar to a cold but more serious and with a high temperature and weak, aching muscles
Debbie had really bad flu.
when disease (ilness) is stopped from happening
Disease prevention companies should be spending money on disease prevention research.
an advantage gained from something that helped to stay physically strong and resilient
Coriander is also known as the miracle herb. That is used widely across the world with a lot of health benefits.
the identification of the nature of an illness done before the usual or expected time [fat]
Preventative care, early diagnosis, and general wellness care are relatively inexpensive to provide, and they can help promote healthy behaviors both in general and specific to any health risks that a person might have.
Medical treatment will not cure the disease but will remedy the symptoms.
lifestyle related diseases
A disease associated with the way a person or group of people lives. Lifestyle diseases include atherosclerosis, heart disease, and stroke; obesity
Diabetes is a lifestyle related disease.
a person qualified to treat the diseases and conditions that affect the teeth and gums
Ten out of 23 ( 43 per cent ) children and adolescents had not seen a dentist since their last review .
a shop preparing and dispensing medicinal drugs
Pharmacies will no longer provide the abortifacient morning-after pill to girls under the age of 16.
PART OF SPEECH
Lifestyle plays a major role in our health.
Choosing the right healthy food depends on one’s perceptions
Discipline is very important. We must be always try to avoid unhealthy practices and vices.
it is a lot easier than you think to become more disciplined.
Hold yourself accountable: set goals and set deadlines. Keep up with them.
There is a substantial difference between the meanings of accountability and responsibility.
I also started to have dry cough and my throat hurts.
The man paused and coughed nervously before continuing.
Undeniably, fresh fruit is an important part of our diet.
Only in more recent years have our dietary habits changed.y
Doctors diagnosed a rare and fatal liver disease.
suffer from disease
the risk of disease
the spread of (a) disease
the symptoms of a disease, the treatment for/of a disease
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