Your Daily Life

  • Visit the dentist at least twice a year.
  • Protect your hearing at work, home, and concerts.
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods.
  • Eat breakfast every morning.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Make sure to get enough calcium.
    • Have 3 or more servings of low-fat (1%) or fat-free milk and other low-fat dairy products each day.
  • Aim for 1 hour of vigorous physical activity.
  • Be proud of yourself when you do something well.

Healthy Behavior Choices

  • Support friends who choose not to use drugs, alcohol, tobacco, steroids, or diet pills.
  • If you use drugs or alcohol, you can talk to us about it. We can help you with quitting or cutting down on your use.
  • Make healthy decisions about your sexual behavior.
  • If you are sexually active, always practice safe sex. Always use a condom to prevent STIs.
  • All sexual activity should be something you want. No one should ever force or try to convince you.
  • Find safe activities at school and in the community.

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.
  • Always wear a seat belt in the car.
  • Know the rules for safe driving.
  • Never allow physical harm of yourself or others at home or school.
  • Always deal with conflict using nonviolence.
  • Remember that healthy dating relationships are built on respect and that saying “no” is OK.
  • Fighting and carrying weapons can be dangerous.

Your Feelings

  • Figure out healthy ways to deal with stress.
  • Try your best to solve problems and make decisions on your own.
  • Most people have daily ups and downs. But if you are feeling sad, depressed, nervous, irritable, hopeless, or angry, talk with me or another health professional.
  • We understand sexuality is an important part of your development. If you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you.

School and Friends

  • Take responsibility for being organized enough to succeed in work or school.
  • Find new activities you enjoy.
  • Consider volunteering and helping others in the community on an issue that interests or concerns you.
  • Form healthy friendships and find fun, safe things to do with friends.
  • As you get older, making and keeping friends is important. You may find that you drift away from some of your old friends—that’s normal.
  • Evaluate your friendships and keep those that are healthy.
  • It is still important to stay connected with your family.
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