Do you hate your body
or think that
overweight? Well, it may
you, but over
81% of ten-year-olds
around the U.S.
have already dieted
because they thought
they were too fat!
they weren’t fat at all;
just right for
their age and height.
Many of today’s fashion
make young girls feel
should be a
size zero, which is something less than 5% of grown women will be!
of the biggest
mistakes that a young
can make is to decide
that going on a diet
answer. As a young
still growing and changing.
take a few years for
those changes to stop
your final shape to emerge.
during this time can
be harmful to organs
your body that are still
You may ask,
“What is a girl to do?”
Here are a few things:
• Exercise! Studies have
make you feelmore positive
about your body.
Participating in a sport
physical activity will make
better about your
self-image and keep
You’ll also have lots of fun!
• Eat healthy! Good nutrition
eating a variety of
foods, but not just
Healthy choices include fruits
and vegetables, low-fat dairy
lean meats, fish
and whole grain breads.
to avoid foods with a lot of
fat, salt or
sugar. They can cause many health
problems if you don’t limit them in your
diet. Eating right isn’t always easy, but it’s
worth the effort to bring out a happier,
• Try new things! Don’t be afraid to go
out on a limb and experiment (safely!)
with projects or sports that you thought
you might want to try but didn’t have the
courage. When you do succeed, great!
You will have found a new outlet for your
talents and energy. Even if you
should still feel proud of your efforts and
the courage it took to try something new.
• Diversify! Make friends with people
of all shapes and sizes and all kinds of
ethnic backgrounds. This takes the
pressure off beingperfect.You learn
to judge others-and yourself-by the
beauty that lies within their hearts and
souls and not by the size of the clothes
that they wear or their hair color or the
color of their skin. We are all girls and
we are all beautiful!
You probably think you get plenty of sleep every night, right?
Studies show that lack of sleep can lead to poor performance at
school and in lots of other activities. In fact, experts warn that
kids who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be injured.
They also tend to be crankier, and that’s not cool! That’s why
forming good sleep habits early is really important! Kids aged
7 to 11 should get at least 9 hours of sleep each night to do
best in school and after-school activities.
So, here’s some tips on how you can sleep healthy and wake
up ready for the new day!
• Get some exercise; this will help you sleep better at night.
• Go to bed at the same time each night.
• Set up a relaxing bedtime routine, like taking a warm bath or
reading a book.
• Don’t eat a big meal or drink soda close to bedtime.
• Don’t watch TV for at least a half-hour before you go to bed.
• At night, keep your bedroom dark (a nightlight