Teenagers: How to Stay Healthy
Will the habits I have now really make a difference when I'm older?
What can I do now to keep myself healthy?
- Avoid using any type of tobacco product. Try not to breathe second hand cigarette smoke.
- Get regular exercise.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Always use your seat belt.
- Don't drink and drive. Don't get into a car with a driver who has been drinking alcohol or using drugs.
- Wear protective headgear, such as motorcycle or bike helmets, when participating in sports.
- Never swim alone.
- Talk to your parents or your doctor if you're feeling really sad or if you're thinking about harming yourself.
- Avoid situations where violence or fighting may cause you to be physically injured.
- If you have sex, use condoms to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. (Remember, however, the "safest" sex is no sex.)
- See your doctor regularly.
What might my doctor do?
- Determine your risk for certain health problems.
- Measure your height, weight, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
- Order tests to check your general health or to find certain diseases.
- Provide immunizations ("shots" or "vaccines") to reduce your risk of getting diseases such as mumps, tetanus and hepatitis.