Healthy living starts with healthy behaviors, so it is important to talk with your child about making healthy choices. Here are some key elements to consider to encourage a healthy lifestyle:
Diet: Eat smart by avoiding unhealthy foods; be sure to include vegetables and fruits.
Physical Health: Be active, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep (8 hours/night).
Mental Health: Manage stress by doing some form of stress release every day.
Hygiene: Brush teeth for two minutes twice a day and practice good skin care and proper washing.
Sexual Health: Make sex a choice between two consenting individuals, and always carry a condom.
Hearing – protect ears from noise louder than a lawn mower.
Helmet – wear one when biking, rollerblading, skiing, etc.
Internet Safety – know that a post is saved forever.
Alcohol use: The best advice, don’t drink. If you drink, eat first, and don’t let anyone else pour or top off your drink.
Avoid Toxins: Cigarettes, vapors, huffing, alcohol are all forms of toxins that are harmful.
Driving: Keep your phone and other devices out of your hands, and wear your seat belt.
Interests: Have a passion, and do it as often as you can.