Over half the youth in Niagara do not get enough physical activity. The habits we develop now are hard to change in the future.
We need to change the way our friends think about physical activity and their physical health – the habits we develop now are hard to change when we grow up.
It's recommended that we get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day
A quick test to know the difference between moderate and vigorous physical activity:
You don't have to do 60 minutes of physical activity all at once. Try to break it up during the day and use every day activities that are 10 minutes or longer to help reach your target.
Being more physically active during the day will sharpen your mind as well as tone your body.
Studies show that being active improves your:
Eat when you're hungry, stop when you're full.
Youth who eat healthy balanced meals notice:
Try balancing your meal by making half your plate vegetables and fruit, one quarter grain products and one quarter meat and alternatives.
Be sure to include milk and alternatives as well, such as a glass of milk to drink.
Go for orange vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and winter squash. Be sure to include at least one dark green vegetable like broccoli, romaine lettuce or spinach each day.
Enjoy vegetables steamed, baked or stir-fried instead of deep fried.
Self-esteem is how you value yourself and how worthwhile you feel.
You have the Power to Affect your Self-esteem
Don't compare your abilities, appearance or preferences to others. Everyone is different and unique, so don't be afraid to be yourself.
Body image is how you think and feel about your body and appearance.