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Take Charge of Your Health
ATeenager's Guide to Better Health

In This Article:

Family Matters

The Food Guide Pyramid

So, Where Do I Start?

What Counts as a Serving?

Physical Activity

For a Healthy Diet, Eat Daily

Get Moving

Let's Talk About Health

You Are What You Eat!

Staying Healthy and Happy

Physical Activity

Being active means moving more every day. You can choose activities that are fun and do them on your own or with your friends.

Being more active will make you feel better and give you more energy. It can also help you think and concentrate better, which will help you in school or at work. Activity can help you feel less bored and depressed, and help you handle stress.

So don’t wait—start today. Begin slowly and make small changes in your daily routine, like:

  • spending less time in front of the TV
  • taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • walking to school instead of taking the bus (or if you drive, parking further away on the school parking lot).

What you choose to do is up to you. Just pick something that you like to do and keep it up. Have fun while being active each day to stay healthy and fit. Remember, you don’t have to give up the video games—just make sure that you also fit activity into your day.

Get Moving!

  • Walk—to school, to work, to your friend’s house, to the mall.
  • Ride your bike.
  • Skateboard.
  • Rollerblade.
  • Walk with a friend or family member—make it “quality time”!
  • Play basketball.
  • Join a school sports team or club.
  • Walk the family dog. If you don’t have one, find a neighbor who does.
  • Go dancing.
  • Go for a hike.
  • Go for a swim.
  • Wash the car.
  • Clean the house.
  • Mow the lawn.

(OK, the last three aren't fun, but your parents will appreciate you doing them!)

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National Institutes of Health
NIH Publication No. 01-4328

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