Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Teens

How will your life look different in 2014?

Livefree~While "now" is always the best time to make healthy changes to your lifestyle, the new year provides a regular opportunity to evaluate your current habits and start working toward a healthier tomorrow. The earlier you settle into the right habits, the easier it will be, and the more effective they will be as you age. Teens, this is the year to start taking your health seriously! Consider these resolutions to get on the right track.
Start meeting your nutritional needs.
Healthy eating habits aren't just for those trying to lose weight or lower their cholesterol – when you are skipping fruits and veggies in exchange for greasy fast food selections, you'll feel sluggish, your immune system will suffer, and you'll set yourself up for an unhealthy future.
Be nice to your lungs.
If you've started smoking, now is the time to quit. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to break the addiction. Don't smoke? Remember that secondhand smoke can be just as dangerous. Don't breathe in your friends' bad habits!
Protect your brain.
There's a reason why the legal age for alcohol is 21. If you're a teen, your brain is still developing, and alcohol can leave lasting damages. Recreational drug use poses an even greater risk. Find other ways to enjoy your weekends.
Give your body the time it needs to recharge.
If you're sacrificing sleep for extra study time or time in front of the computer or television, you aren't doing yourself any favors. Sleep deprivation can lead to a compromised memory, a weakened immune system, or a vulnerability to depression and anxiety. Make it a priority to get eight or nine hours of sleep each night.
If your New Year's resolutions include an end to underage drinking or recreational drug use, LiveFree! can provide the support you need. Learn more about our commitment to preventing and treating substance abuse in our community.

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