Health and Safety 18-21 Years

 

Your Daily Life

  • Visit the dentist at least twice a year.
  • Protect your hearing at work, home, and concerts.
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods.
  • Eat breakfast every morning.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Make sure to get enough calcium. Have 5 or more servings of low fat (%1) or fat-free milk and other low-fat dairy products each day.
  • Aim for 1 hour of vigorous physical activity.

Healthy Behavior Choices

  • Support friends who choose not to use drugs, alcohol, tobacco, steroids, or diet pills.
  • If you use drugs or alcohol, you can talk to us about it. We can help you with quitting or cutting down on your use.
  • Make healthy decisions about your sexual behavior.
  • If you are sexually active, always practice safe sex. Always use a condom to prevent STIs.
  • All sexual activity should be something you want. No one should ever force or try to convince you.

Violence and Injury Prevention

  • Do not drink and drive or ride in a vehicle with someone who has been using drugs or alcohol.
  • If you feel unsafe driving or riding with someone, call someone you trust to drive you.
  • Always wear a seat belt in the car.
  • Always deal with conflict using nonviolence.
  • Remember that healthy dating relationships are built on respect and that saying “no” is OK.

Your Feelings

  • Figure out healthy ways to deal with stress
  • Most people have daily ups and downs. But if you are feeling sad, depressed, nervous, irritable, hopeless, or angry, talk with me or another health professional.

Many of these suggestions come from the American Academy of Pediatrics 
Bright Futures Recommendations.

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