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Why Physical Activity

Why Good Nutrition?

Alcohol use...Make an informed decision!

Do you think you are suffering from depression? 

What to do if you or someone you know is contemplating suicide.

Meth use…Know the facts! 


Why Physical Activity?
Regular physical activity reduces the risk for many diseases. Regular physical activity also helps control weight, and strengthens muscles, bones, and joints.  Find your balance between food and physical activity.  Choose activities that you enjoy that work for you and your lifestyle.  For good health, aim for 30 minutes a day of physical activity. It can be as simple as taking 3 or 4 10-minute walks a day.

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Why Good Nutrition?
Good nutrition lowers people’s risk for many long-term diseases, including heart disease, stroke, several types of cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis.  Staying healthy means eating a well-balanced diet! This means including a variety of foods from each food group. Healthy eating does not have to mean giving up foods you like best, just learn to balance the food choices you make. You can enjoy snacks and meals while still keeping yourself in good health.  Make smart choices from every food group and get the most nutrition out of your calories.

For tips and resources to help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you and your family visit: www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.

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Alcohol use...Make an informed decision!
When you drink alcohol, it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Once in your bloodstream it affects your central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord), which controls virtually all your body functions. This is why you can become impaired easily, affecting your decision-making. Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of having an unplanned pregnancy, violence, suicide, car accidents, or injury. Drinking too much alcohol can also lead to long-term effects like high blood pressure, stroke, and some types of cancer.
Source: National Institute of Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, NIH. 

The legal drinking age in the U.S. is 21 years old.  Drinking alcohol is a personal decision that you may have to make some day.  If you choose to drink alcohol, you should also know how alcohol is affecting your body and how to avoid overdrinking to prevent the many negative effects of drinking alcohol such as addiction, accidents, impairment and death.

Make an informed decision! Don’t drink alcohol to fit in or because others tell you to do it.

Party guide - Throw a rockin’ party without alcohol


Do you think you are suffering from depression?
Though the term 'depression' can describe a normal human emotion, it also can refer to a mental health illness.  Depressive feelings vary in strength and how they affect someone.  It becomes an illness when the feelings of depression don’t go away and get in the way of your ability to function.

  1. Depressed adolescents tend to be withdrawn, have limited interests, and suffer from low self-esteem. Previous research has shown such youth are at risk of being rejected by some of their peers. Rejected youth, in turn, tend to cluster together with other rejected youth and form networks of peers that are more likely to be involved in unacceptable or criminal behavior.

  2. It’s not always easy to get help for depression. For example, Hispanics/Latinos are less likely to get help than most other racial/ethnic groups.  Some reasons for this may include language and cultural barriers, lack of health insurance or lack of money to pay for services. When they do seek help, Hispanics/Latinos are more likely to go to a general health care provider or clergy member than a mental health professional.

To know if you have depression, take this online depression assessment.

For information on stress and ways to handle it: www.apa.org/topics/stress/index.aspx

Stress: Know the Signs


What to do if you or someone you know is contemplating suicide
If you, or someone you know is thinking about suicide please seek help; you are not alone!

The majority of young Latinas completing, attempting, or considering suicide, do not receive mental health services during the time before the suicide or suicidal behaviors. There is help for you regardless of age, race, ethnicity or social status.

Teen Lifeline
(602) 248-TEEN (8336) or 1-800-248-TEEN

Other Resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK

EMPACT
(480) 784-1500 or 1-866-205-5229


Meth use…Know the facts!
This powerful addictive drug works in the brain and gives users a sense of energy that can make them push their bodies faster and further than they are meant to go. Even small amounts of meth can cause a person to be more awake and active, but it also makes people lose their appetite and become irritable and aggressive. Meth also causes a person's blood pressure to increase and heart to beat faster.

What are the effects of meth use?

Because meth can be made from lethal ingredients like battery acid, drain cleaner, lantern fuel, and antifreeze, there is a greater chance of having a heart attack, stroke, or serious brain damage with this drug than with other drugs. Long-term meth use can result in deadly kidney and lung disorders, brain damage, liver damage, long-term depression, paranoia, and other physical and mental disorders.

Sources:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. April 23, 2003. The NCADI Reporter.
Crystal Darkness Campaign

Major Methamphetamine Websites and Resources:

Note: Funding for this project was made possible (in part) by the Child and Adolescent Infrastructure Grant number 5 HS5 SM56540-05 from SAMHSA. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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