About Your Health...
September ACTION: October 4, 2010
DIRECTIONS: In this issue of Action, you read about some myths and facts about your health. Now read the passage below, with more information about fitness and healthy eating. Then click the bubble next to the best answer for each question.
Eating the right foods—in the right amounts—can help you look and feel your best. Read on for help making healthy food choices.
Food energy is measured in calories. Most teens need between 2,000 and 3,000 calories a day. The number of calories you should take in depends on how active you are. The more you exercise, the more calories you'll burn. The more calories you burn, the more food you'll need to stay energized.
Once you know how many calories you should consume, think about what nutrients you need. Protein is an important substance found in meat, fish, and beans, among other foods. Protein-rich foods help keep muscles strong and body fat low. They can also keep your mind alert so you'll do better on tests and in sports. For most people, about one fifth of their diet should be protein-rich food.
Calcium is found in dairy foods like milk, yogurt, and cheese—and in dark-green vegetables. Calcium helps build strong bones. Most of your bone mass is developed before age 18, so eating calcium-rich foods now can make you strong for life.
Carbohydrates are found in starchy foods like pasta, rice, and bread—and in many fruits. They give you energy. For most people, carbohydrates should make up about half of their diet.
Remember to include these nutrients in your diet every day—and enjoy!