Being physically active and eating a healthy diet are critical for promoting and maintaining physical and mental health, but also for protecting youth against substance use and problems.
For these reasons, substance abuse professionals should not only address substance use risks, but also promote physical activity, healthy nutrition and other health-enhancing behaviors that can protect youth and young adults against alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use.
Below are some free resources to help substance use prevention specialists teach and support regular physical activity and healthy nutrition among young people in their organizations and communities.
Teaching Fitness to Teens
Youth Fitness: Teaching Strategies: http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/youth-fitness-teaching-strategies
Healthy Body Image Lesson: https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/CFS/CFS-737-W.pdf
Youth Activity: https://www.acefitness.org/acefit/activity-snacks/
Teaching Nutrition to Teens
Teens Eat Right: Tools and Tips for Teachers: https://www.scandpg.org/nutrition-info/nutrition-info-for-consumers/teens-eat-right-tools-and-tips-for-teachers/
Healthy Meals Resource System: https://healthymeals.fns.usda.gov/nutrition-education/nutrition-education-resources-middle-and-high-school
6 Great Apps to Teach Kids About Nutrition: http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/nutrition/healthy-eating/6-great-apps-to-teach-kids-about-nutrition
Healthy Schools: Nutrition Facts: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/nutrition/facts.htm
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