Forming healthy habits in teens Forming healthy habits in teens

Forming healthy habits in teens

Little giants 6 March, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

As children grow and begin adolescence, they experience significant changes to their diets and lifestyles that can affect them for the rest of their lives.

Turning these changes into healthy habits is key to making sure they grow and develop as best as possible during this important stage of life. This is also the time when people form most of their eating and exercise habits for the rest of a person’s life.

Once children reach age 10, they begin to take a greater responsibility in choosing the foods they eat as well as choosing how much time they spend exercising. Choose My Plate, a nutrition program in the U.S., offers the following recommendations:

  • Lead a nutritious diet that helps the bones stay strong and healthy by choosing foods that are high in calcium and vitamin D. Also, engage in physical activities such as running, going to the gym or roller skating at least three times a week.
  • Try to limit the time you spend in front of a computer, television or other type of digital screen to less than 2 hours a day. Physical activity helps make you feel better, both physically and mentally. “Dancing, playing active games, walking to school with friends, swimming, and biking for at least 1 hour a day are only a few fun ways to be active,” states Choose My Plate.
  • Include foods from the five nutritional groups in your diet such as foods with the iron, vegetables that vary in colors and whole grain products.

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