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Your Daily Life

  • Visit the dentist at least twice a year.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day.

  • Wear your mouth guard when playing sports.

  • Protect your hearing at work, home, and concerts.

  • Try to eat healthy foods.

    • 5 fruits and vegetables a day

    • 3 cups of low-fat milk, yogurt, or cheese

  • Eating breakfast is very important.

  • Drink plenty of water. Choose water instead of soda.

  • Eat with your family often.

  • Aim for 1 hour of vigorous physical activity every day.

  • Try to limit watching TV, playing video games, or playing on the computer to 2 hours a day (outside of homework time) .

  • Be proud of yourself when you do something good.

Healthy Behavior Choices

  • Talk with your parents about your values and expectations for drinking, drug use, tobacco use, driving, and sex.

  • Talk with your parents when you need support or help in making healthy decisions about sex.

  • Find safe activities at school and in the community.

  • Make healthy decisions about sex, tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

  • Follow your family's rules.

Violence and Injuries

  • Do not drink and drive or ride in a vehicle with someone who has been using drugs or alcohol.

    • If you feel unsafe driving or riding with someone, call someone you trust to drive you.

  • Support friends who choose not to use tobacco, alcohol, drugs, steroids, or diet pills.

  • Insist that seat belts be used by everyone.

  • Always be a safe and cautious driver.

    • Limit the number of friends in the car, nighttime driving, and distractions.

  • Never allow physical harm of yourself or others at home or school.

  • Learn how to deal with conflict without using violence.

  • Understand that healthy dating relationships are built on respect and that saying “no” is OK.

  • Fighting and carrying weapons can be dangerous.

Your Feelings

  • Talk with your parents about your hopes and G concerns.

  • Figure out healthy ways to deal with stress.

  • Look for ways you can help out at home.

  • Develop ways to solve problems and make good decisions.

  • It's important for you to have accurate information about sexuality, your physical development, and your sexual feelings. Please ask me if you have any questions.

School and Friends

  • Set high goals for yourself in school, your future, and other activities.

  • Read often.

  • Ask for help when you need it.

  • Find new activities you enjoy.

  • Consider volunteering and helping others in the community with an issue that interests or concerns you.

  • Be a part of positive after-school activities and sports.

  • Form healthy friendships and find fun, safe things to do with friends.

  • Spend time with your family and help at home.

  • Take responsibility for getting your homework done and getting to school or work on time.

© 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics

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