Nutrients from food keep our bodies alive and feeling their best. Nutrient categories include fatty acids and glycerol (fats), amino acids (proteins), or glucose (carbohydrates). We can find information about the nutrients in the foods on nutrition labels. Based on the recommendation of the National Eating Disorders Association, information about calorie counting, diet, and body size/shape has been purposefully left out of these lessons as it can be inappropriate for this age group.
Self-care and personal hygiene help us keep our bodies clean and feeling their best. Regular hygiene habits include hair/skin/nail care, wearing deodorant, showering or bathing, brushing/flossing teeth, and laundry. Regular exercise also keeps our bodies feeling and functioning their best. Physical activity increases brain function, lung capacity, blood flow, and muscle tissue.
Stress is a natural part of life and can be managed using strategies (e.g deep breathing, mindfulness, or relaxing activities). Sleep and stress greatly impact each other. Establishing consistent sleep routines helps our body function optimally.