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Feed your growing body by making better food choices today as a teen as you continue to grow into your twenties.  Growing up means you are in charge of the foods you eat and the time you spend being physically active everyday. 

  • Encourage your friends to practice healthier habits. Share what you do to work through challenges.  Keep your computer and TV time to less than 2 hours a day (unless it's school work!)
  • Like green apples more than red apples? Ask your family food shopper to buy quick-to-eat foods for the fridge like mini-carrots, apples, oranges, low-fat cheese slices, or yogurt.  
  • Water is a better option that may other drink choices.  Keep a water bottle in your backpack and at your desk to satisfy your thirst.  Skip soda, fruit drinks, and energy and sport drinks.  They are sugar sweetened and have few nutrients. 
  • At lunchtime, eat the lunch you packed. If you have lunch money, spend it on healthy options. Avoid sodas, chips, and candy from the vending machines.
  • Stay active after school by joining a sports team or dance group. Walk the dog or jump into a neighborhood pick-up game of basketball, soccer, or softball.
  • Each night, pack a healthy lunch and snacks for the next day.


Do you get enough physical activity? Find out with TeenBeat  

Cool recipes, and nutrition questions and answers, BAM! Body and Mind

Wondering how you can fit physical activity into your busy life? Take a look at how one teen does.



Kathleen McAllister
Capital Region SNAP-Ed Program Leader
(518) 765-3522

Last updated April 20, 2021