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 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.
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