As you grow up, you start to get more control over how you live your life. You get to choose what you eat, where you go and how you behave. You’ll probably have the chance to try new things, and decide whether or not they are for you. Whilst you are making these decisions it is worth bearing in mind that the habits you start now might just affect you when you’re older.
By getting the facts on things like drugs, alcohol and sex you can make informed decisions that are right for you. That way, you’ll be looking after yourself in the long run.
Use the “Keeping Healthy” pages to understand what you can do now to keep yourself healthy. Here are some of ideas to start with:
- Don’t smoke, and avoid exposure to second-hand smoke
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a healthy diet
- Always use your seat belt
- Don't drink and drive. Don't get into a car with a driver who has been drinking alcohol or using drugs
- Talk to an adult you trust if you ever feel really sad or if you're thinking about harming yourself
- Avoid situations that could lead to you being physically injured, such as fights
- If you have sex, use condoms to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases