Health videos for education from BBC Active Video for Learning

Learning about health is one of the most fundamental aspects of any child’s education. Not only does it equip students with the knowledge they need to pass exams and take the next step into their careers, it also provides a vital understanding of how our bodies work, what we can do to maintain good health, and the science behind current and future medicine, surgery and other treatments.

Health video resources help to make the subject accessible and interesting to all, and there is a wide range of health education videos available to schools from BBC Active Video for Learning. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the many and varied medical education videos on offer.

How the body works

What’s inside our bodies? Why do we breathe? What happens to our food? These questions and more are all asked and answered by some of our health videos for students.

Nina and the Neurons Series 6 – Brilliant Bodies (2011) is a children’s health video series aimed at primary school pupils, which investigates a range of different body parts and functions. It’s an engaging series that addresses questions that naturally interest young people, from what makes people sneeze and burp, to why we need to sleep and eat. There’s a focus on interesting parts of the body, like eyelashes, bellybuttons, blood and brains. These videos are a great way to make lesson learning more exciting for younger children.



At a more advanced level, Inside the Human Body (2011) is a fascinating health video that uses CGI to depict the inner workings of the body, explaining our physiology in a new and revealing way. And particularly pertinent to children and adolescents, The Secret Life of Growing Up (2014) focuses on the biological process that humans go through, to grow from childhood into adulthood.

Looking after our health

Health video resources can teach young people more about living healthily and making choices that are best for their bodies.

These health videos for schools are particularly useful for teaching students about healthy living:

Food is a topic that’s relevant to everyone, but there’s a lot of confusion surrounding healthy eating. Our health education videos can help make things clearer. The Truth About Healthy Eating (2016) debunks some of the pervasive marketing myths commonly used to sell us a ‘healthy’ lifestyle. Britain’s Favourite Foods – Are They Good For You? (2015) investigates some of the most popular foods and the effect they might have on our health.

Exercise is another important way to look after our bodies. The Truth About Exercise (Horizon) (2016) and The Whole Body (2008) are both health education videos that explore the effects of exercise on the body.

Trust Me I’m A Doctor, series 1, 2, 3 and 4 all take an in-depth look at different aspects of our health and well-being, exploring how lifestyle changes can make a difference to our health.

Latest advances in medicine

Medical technology moves fast. Scientists are making many incredible advances in their knowledge and understanding of human health, and with that knowledge, they can begin to develop new treatments. By watching health education videos, students can gain access to first-hand views from international experts and experience the human reality of such medical advances.

There are many fascinating examples of health video resources in our Science, medicine and technology category.

In our World’s most extraordinary people series (2017), the focus is on individuals with rare medical conditions, whose unique ailments have acted as the inspiration and catalyst behind important medical breakthroughs.

Immortality has long been the focus of human fascination, obsession and desire. Could science make it a reality – and if so, is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Do We Have to Die? (The Big Think) (2017) is a health video that explores the issues around illness and death, examining whether medical technologies could one day make death obsolete – and what the ethical issues surrounding such an everlasting existence might be. In a similar vein, The Immortalist (2016) follows the scientists who could make immortality a reality, while How to Stay Young (2017) investigates the ageing process and how to slow it down.

Mental health

Mental health problems are common in all age groups, including school students, so mental education and awareness is important. Our mental health video category includes a range of programmes on different mental health issues.

Into The Mind (2011) is a series presented by Dr Michael Mosley, exploring the tests and techniques scientists have used to gain knowledge of the workings of the mind.

Eating disorders are commonly misunderstood. In Louis Theroux: Talking to anorexia (2017), Louis meets people who are affected by the disease.

Depression is another common condition that many of the population will experience first-hand at some point in their lives. In Living Hell (1999), Professor Lewis Wolpert takes an in-depth look at the condition, its symptoms and treatments.

Autism and ADHD are both conditions that are commonly seen in school children. The Autism Puzzle (2003) examines the condition in more detail, while Living with ADHD (2005) explores what it’s like to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Explore our full range of health video topics

If you are interested in any other health or medical video resources, why not explore our full range of health video topics, listed under Science, Medicine & Technology and Mental Health. You can use the search function to look for particular topics, and refine your search to filter by category or broadcast year.