Week 24 -- "Health and wellness for life" -- Grade 12

Week 24 -- "Health and wellness for life" -- Grade 12

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Health and wellness for life.

Brief Summary: Your teen finally made it to their senior year. They are certainly in the homestretch before making their own decisions and entering adulthood.  One of the most important life skills that your child can adopt is making a commitment now is to a healthy future by establishing healthy nutrition and fitness habits. As a parent, you have made a lot of choices for them or have provided them an avenue to make good choices but now they are close to being on their own and you can help them make this transition to the next stage in their lives.  

Shared vocabulary: None

Key Takeaways:

  • Bodies needs energy to function, and what they put into it provides that energy. How many calories needed depends on a number of factors, including your sex, body type, weight, genes, and how active you are.  
  • Some teens try to lose weight by eating very little or by cutting out entire food groups, such as carbs. This is not a healthy way to eat because carbohydrates give the energy they need to keep going throughout your day.  Responsible eating is the best approach.
  • Another part of the healthy equation is exercise. Sixty minutes of physical activity should be part of your teens daily life every day. Regular physical activity helps them manage their weight, have stronger muscles and bones, and be more flexible. 
  • Encourage your teen to partake in activities they enjoy.  These activities can be done alone or with friends. What’s important is that they keep moving, every day. 
  • Exercise and good healthy habits are about balancing mind, body and spirit.
  • Be a role model and help your teen find things they enjoy as this is a great way to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Continue the Conversation:

  • Why is exercise and a balance diet a good proactive approach to being healthy?  What are the alternatives?
  • Why do most diets not work?  Why is losing weight through what they eat and exercise a better approach to weight loss?
  • What are some examples of free activities to stay active?
  • How does budgeting your money have an impact on what you do and what you eat?  
  • What are some challenges that you might face in college when if comes to exercise and diet?

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