New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - HEALTH -

Start es­tab­lish­ing good habits. Many of your at­ti­tudes to food are shaped at this age. Try to think of it as fuel and not some­thing you turn to when you are up­set, bored or need a re­ward.

Eat lots of veges, whole­grains and pro­tein, at least 80% of the time, and re­strict the foods that aren’t so good for you 20% of the time.

Get an ad­e­quate sup­ply of cal­cium to build strong bones and do weight-bear­ing ex­er­cise, such as walk­ing, run­ning, aer­o­bics or play­ing sports.

Learn ways of deal­ing with stress. Many teenagers are prone to anx­i­ety – if you no­tice symp­toms, such as feel­ing ag­i­tated and jit­tery, prac­tice ways of stay­ing calm, like do­ing re­lax­ation ex­er­cises. Talk to some­one if you find it hard to take an in­ter­est in any­thing or feel sad and flat.

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