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Understanding your body

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With schoolwork, family responsibilities, and finding time for friends, dealing with a changing body can be so stressful. It can feel like there’s so much you can’t control, but there are things you can take charge of. You can take lots of steps to take care of your body inside and out — for now and the future of that body that’s going to be with you for a long time!

The more you know about how your body works, the more you can take good care of it. And the more you know, the more you can see any changes you might need to discuss with your doctor. Check out a cool tool that shows you what’s going on inside when you eat lunch, take a breath, and even have a thought.

Okay. So you may know to wash your hands to avoid germs and to drink water when you work out. But do you know about these other ways to keep your body safe and healthy? This list of tips will help keep you at the top of your game:

  1. Give your body the fuel it needs with solid nutrition. And make sure you take care of your growing bones.
  2. Keep junk like drugs, alcohol, and tobacco out of your body.
  3. Boost your energy, strength, and mood by staying fit.
  4. Learn about being at a healthy weight, and check out your body mass index, too.
  5. Keep your body in one safe piece. Car accidents are the number one killer of teens, so buckle up, and never mix drinking and driving. And don’t text from behind the wheel. When you exercise or play sports, make sure you strap on the right helmet and other protective gear, too.
  6. Make sure you visit your doctor regularly and check that all your vaccinations (PDF 196KB) are up-to-date.
  7. Don’t let your backpack drag you down! Get tips on how to use it right.
  8. Listen to some sound advice! Check out what experts say about protecting your hearing from earbuds and other risks.         
  9. Don’t pinch your toes. Learn about how high heels and tight shoes can really cramp your style.
  10. When stress strikes, find healthy ways to cope.

If you want to know more about dealing with your growing body, remember that your parents or guardians, teachers, doctor, or other trusted adults can help. You may feel a little embarrassed, but don’t let that stop you from getting the information — and support — you need.

Your body can do amazing things, so respect it and treat it well!

 

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Content last reviewed October 13, 2010
Page last updated October 31, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.

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