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Youth Health

  1. Brain Health

    • Exercise your brain – Read, write, study, and engage in intellectual debates, solve puzzles, and play games that challenge your mind!

    •  Do not become a television zombie – Watching excessive television, playing incessant videogames or sitting excessively on social media sites!

  2. Health for your Senses

    • Do not strain your eyes, by reading or studying in a dim light. Even functioning on the laptops, tablets, and smart phones, for a longer period can strain your eyes.

    • A health tip to take care of your eyes is by using screen filters on laptops and doing eye exercises. Use polarized sunglasses, while driving or doing outdoor activities.

    • Do not listen to loud music on your earphones for prolonged periods. This causes irreversible hearing damage.

  3. Oral Health

    • • Brush twice a day and floss regularly.

    • Scrutinize your teeth for any cavities or gum problems.

  4. Respiratory Health

    • Smoking is bad for your lungs. Avoid it.

    • Environmental pollution affects your upper respiratory tract adversely! So, go for a green environment filled with fresh air.

  5. Gastrointestinal Health

    • A simple health tip such as washing your hands before you eat, keeps you healthy. The most common mode of transmission of flu and other digestive tract illnesses is dirty hands!

    • While eating out, watch out for junk foods. Avoid eating foods having high fat content and low nutritional value. Be sure that the water you drink from outside is safe!

    • Do not hold your urine- When you feel like going to the toilet, just go! Passing stools everyday is important too. Eat healthy fibre rich foods that help- some examples include bananas, papayas, green vegetables,

  6. If You Don't Snooze, You Lose

    • Teenagers need at least nine hours of sleep each night to function at their best during the day.

    • It sounds easy enough, but with early school start times, late afternoon practices and hours of homework, getting enough sleep can be a challenge.

    • Set a regular bedtime time that allows for nine hours of sleep before getting up for school.

    • Engage in at least an hour of “quiet time” prior to bedtime. The goal is for all electronics to be turned off for the night so that the brain and body to relax. Quiet time may involve listening to soothing music or reading a book.

  7. Watch What You Drink

    • Your body is almost two-thirds water, so staying hydrated is important.

    • Teenagers should aim to drink six to eight glasses of water per day.

    • That number increases for teens who engage in sports or are especially active

    • Other good sources of fluid include 100 percent fruit juice and low-fat milk.

    • Sugary and caffeinated beverages should be limited or eliminated from the diet completely as they provide excess sugar and empty calories.

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