Stay Healthy In Your Teens
Use a seat belt. The number one cause of death for
teenagers is automobile accidents. Never drive drunk or get in the car with a
Don't use drugs or abuse alcohol.
Avoid drastic weight changes.
Do some form of moderate exercise -- as little as
three hours a week will lower your future risk of breast cancer.
If you choose to have sex, limit your number of
partners, always use condoms and add birth control pills (or some other
additional form of protection).
Limit your sun exposure and use ample amounts of a
sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15. There's no such thing as
a healthy tan, and you should never allow yourself to burn.
Get at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day,
either from dairy products or a calcium supplement. Take a multivitamin that
contains at least 400 micrograms of folic acid each day.
Have five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
Even three-quarters of a cup of juice, a small piece of fruit or half a cup of
cooked vegetables counts as a serving.
Cultivate a close relationship with your parents, a
teacher or another adult whom you respect and trust to help you make difficult
decisions in your life.