FOUR ELEMENTS OF A HEALTHY TWEEN & TEENAGER:
We are all acutely that tweens and teenagers are at a time in their life where they experience more changes than they could ever imagine, with school becoming increasingly harder and immense physical changes taking place. But throughout these changes, good health is still a possibility. The most important things for any teen to do is to be informed about their health, make good healthy decisions, and establish healthy habits.

1. Nutrition and Diet

Safe and proper nutrition is key to being a healthy teen. The first thing all teens seeking to be healthy should know is that eating is extremely important to their health. As a teenager, their body is going through many physical changes – changes that need to be supported by a healthy, balanced diet. Eating healthily doesn’t have to mean giving up their favourite foods. It simply means eating a variety of foods and cutting down on food and drinks high in fat and sugar. These foods should be eaten less often and in smaller amounts.

– Don’t skip breakfast

Skipping meals won’t help them to lose weight and is not good for them, because they can miss out on important nutrients. Having breakfast will help them get some of the vitamins and minerals they need for good health.

– Get your 5 A DAY

Fruit and vegetables are good sources of many of the vitamins and minerals their body needs during their teenage years. Aim to eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and veg a day.

– Healthier snack ideas

Cut down on food and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt, such as sweets, chocolate bars, cakes, biscuits, sugary fizzy drinks and crisps, which are high in calories. Consuming too many calories can lead to weight gain and becoming overweight.

– Stay hydrated

Aim to drink six to eight glasses of fluids a day – water and lower-fat milk are all healthy choices. Even unsweetened fruit juice is sugary, so try to drink no more than one glass (about 200ml) of fruit juice or smoothie each day.

2. Fitness

In staying healthy, it is important to consider the fitness needs of their body. Exercising on a regular basis (but not excessively) ensures their body gets the chemicals it needs, stays physically fit, and will also prevent diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Exercise can also be fun – football, basketball, gymnastics, swimming, running and other sports all count as exercise.

3. Hygiene

Practicing good hygiene is extremely important to a teens health, especially as all these bodily changes take place. During the teen years, sweat, acne and new hair appear. All teens should make sure they take action to take care of hygiene concerns. Brushing teeth, taking regular showers and washing hair can prevent disease and infection, as well as skin problems.

4. Doctors

Going to their doctor may not always be fun, but it is always important. No matter what, teens should make sure they stay up to date with regular doctor’s appointments, including physicals, eye exams, and dental checkups. Also stay up to date with immunizations and other preventative tests. Whenever you have any questions or concerns about problems with your teen’s health, speak to your doctor to make sure their good health is not in jeopardy.

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