Path to improve health
You can break down the concept of health into different categories.
These could include physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral health.There are things any person can do to stay healthy in these areas.
Physical health – Taking care of your body
- Exercise regularly. Teens should be physically active at least 60 minutes of every day.
- Eat a healthy diet. Healthy eating is an important part of your growth and development. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, a variety of protein foods, and low-fat dairy products.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Children and teenagers with obesity are more likely to have obesityas an adult. They are also at higher risk for other chronic illnesses, depression, and bullying.
- Get enough sleep. Most teens need between 9 and 9 ½ hours of sleep every night. Many average only 7 hours. Sleep has a strong effect on your ability to concentrate and do well at school.
- Keep up with vaccinations. Get a flu shot every year. If you haven’t gotten the HPV vaccine, ask your parents and doctor about it. It can prevent you from getting HPV and some kinds of cancer, including cervical cancer.
- Brush and floss your teeth. Make it a habit now, and prevent tooth and gum problems in adulthood.
Mental health – Taking care of your mind
- Learn ways to manage stress. You can’t avoid stress, so you need to learn how to manage it. This will help you stay calm and be able to function in stressful situations.
- Study and do your best in school. There is a strong link between health and academic success.
- Try to maintain a good relationship with your parents. Remember that they want what is best for you. Try to see where they are coming from when they set rules.
- Develop a good balance between school, work, and social life.
- Don’t try to take on too much. Limit your activities to the most important ones and give those 100%. Overextending yourself can lead to stress, frustration, or exhaustion.