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Health Tip: Teens, Take Action to Become Healthier
But don't try to accomplish too much at once

By Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- As they age, many teens gain more control over their school activities and social lives.

The Weight-Control Information Network says they should do the same when it comes to their physical and mental health. The network offers these suggestions:

  • Gradually incorporate healthy changes into your routine, rather than trying to change everything about yourself overnight.
  • Keep a journal of your diet and exercise, and identify healthy changes you can make.
  • Figure out which changes are most difficult for you, such as particular snacks that you can't quite resist.
  • Set small, realistic goals to help you change bad habits.
  • Focus on the reasons why you are making these changes -- to be healthier and feel better. Accept that setbacks will happen, but it's important to try again.
  • Find a friend or family member to join you in making healthy changes.

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