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Health Tip: Help Teens Set Healthy Resolutions

Healthy goals for a new year

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(HealthDay News) -- Just like their parents, teens may make resolutions to live healthier lives during the upcoming year.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says teens should consider resolving to:

  • Saving soda for a special treat, and eating at least two servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit daily.
  • Focusing on healthy foods, appropriate portion sizes and regular exercise.
  • Limiting television and video game time to two hours per day at most, opting for non-violent shows and games.
  • Volunteering in the community, and finding ways to help friends who are depressed, bullied or struggling.
  • Finding healthy ways to deal with stress, such as by writing in a journal, talking with a loved one or getting exercise.
  • Carefully considering potential dating partners, and always being respectful and kind.
  • Avoiding alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
  • Wearing a seat belt and never texting while driving.


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