1. Healthy Eating
Importance of Healthy Eating
A key part in a happy, healthy lifestyle is having a balanced, healthy diet. Eating healthy is beneficial for your body in many aspects, such as having energy during the day, increased concentration, and having a healthy, fit body. According to the Canada’s Food Guide, in order to have a balanced diet, a person must eat a certain amount of servings from each of the four sections of the food pyramid, which consists of, fruits and vegetables, grain products, dairy products, and meat and alternatives. Another important part of healthy eating is having a big breakfast. Since breakfast is the first meal of the day, it is important to get the right fuel, so you won’t feel hungry throughout the day. Eating a nutritious breakfast instead of skipping it, will increase alertness, improve physical and academic performance, and stop you from overeating. The last tip is to always look for healthier alternatives, such as buying whole wheat instead of white bread, eating a fresh apple for a snack instead of a donut, eating in smaller portions, and avoiding fast food. Following these steps will ultimately lead to happier and healthy lifestyle.
Cyber bullying, is the newest, and most difficult bullying to deal with. First off, with our technological advancements, and new social media sites rising daily, cyber bullying is constantly changing, and can adapt to different sites on the internet. Bullies harass and humiliate their victims through social media sites such as Facebook and Google Plus, by playing cruel jokes, and sending hateful instant messages. Cyber bullying can be hard to punish at times, because since it is online, they can stay or anonymous, and the victim may not know who is bullying them. Cyber bullies may send hateful e-mails, upload pictures of the victim, and make fun of them over the internet. Bullying is a serious problem in schools, and can cause very negative effects to the recipient of the bullying, like serious depression, anxiety, trust issues, loneliness, social isolation, and suicidal thoughts. Cyber bullying is just as serious as other forms of bullying, and should be dealt with immediately. If being bullied, the best method is to talk to someone about it, such as a parent, a teacher, or someone who really cares about you.
3. Healthy Relationships
Steps to a Healthy Relationship
Building relationship with our peers is an important part of our lives, and making sure they are healthy relationships will be beneficial to both parties involved. There are multiple parts to a healthy relationship, and making sure that both sides are fulfilling these parts will lead to strong bond between the two. The first, and most important part, is that both people are willing to give, rather than just taking. Being willing to be selfless is a key part in a healthy relationship. The second step is being willing to change. Unless the stars have aligned, and they were a match made in heaven by fate, there will be obstacles between the two, and being willing to change, rather than blaming something else, is an attitude that will improve the relationship. This also means being able to admit they have made a mistake, and be open about it, instead of being defensive. The third step is good communication, specifically, to be able to listen to what each person is saying. Both sides are trying to imagine being in their partner’s shoes, before drawing conclusions. This also means being open to each other and understanding each other’s situation. Letting the other person know how they are feeling is important to a healthy relationship. The fourth step to a healthy relationship is to be able to support each other, and meet the other partner’s needs. By helping each other, both partners benefit, and get what they need. The fifth and final step is to have integrity. This means doing what you say, keeping promises, being honest, and trusting each other. Being able to trust each other will only make the relationship stronger. Healthy relationships are vital in our lives, and it is important how to know what a healthy relationship looks like, and these steps will create a foundation for a healthy relationship.
4. Drugs and Alcohol
Alcohol in drinks, such as beer, wine, and liqour present a problem for some students. Alcohol can be consumed safely, if it is in moderation. A large problem for students who can’t restrain themselves to one drink is binge drinking. Binge drinking is when someone drinks a lot of alcohol in small timeframe, and can be defined as a man consuming five or more drinks in a row, or four or more for a woman. Many young students may start to binge drink because their curious, they think alcohol will make them happy, or they want to feel older by consuming alcohol. Drinking multiple times in a short time is incredibly dangerous for the body. At first the alcohol may relax someone, but after a while it will cause mood swings, vomiting, impaired judgement, and if it is really bad, alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning affects breathing and the gag reflex, making it life-threatening. No matter what the circumstances, controlling your alcohol intake will be the difference between life and death. Alcohol is a dual-edged blade. It can relax you, but too much can seriously hurt you. Just remember everything is within moderation.
Always be Prepared
STI stands for “sexually transmitted infection”, which are infectious diseases that spread between people through sexual intercourse. STI’s can affect anyone, and are a serious health problem. STI’s can spread through oral and anal sex, despite common belief. Some STI’s can even spread with just skin-to-skin contact on the infected spot or sore. The best way to prevent catching an STI is to be prepared. To decrease the chances of STI’s, don’t have sex at a young age, and don’t have intercourse with many partners.The best tip for prevention, is to wear a condom. Before having sex, making sure to get genital examinations for STI’s are important because it is easiest to treat then. One key step is to not be embarrassed that you might have an STI, and if you have any questions or concerns about sexual health, consult a doctor or clinic right away.
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