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  • 0:04 Happy, Healthy Living
  • 0:22 Exercise
  • 1:06 You Are What You Eat
  • 1:34 Hydration
  • 2:27 Avoiding Illness and Disease
  • 3:12 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Staying healthy and well is important for your everyday life. In this lesson, explore ways to stay healthy by exercising and eating right, and discover ways to handle stress and stay well.

Happy, Healthy Living

If someone asked you how you would like your life to go as you grow up, what would you answer? Words like happy, healthy, and successful would probably come to mind. There are many ways that you can live a healthy life. Let's examine some ways to stay well and enjoy a healthy existence.

Exercise

You've probably heard that exercise is good for you. But do you know why? There are some scientific facts behind exercise's good reputation. Exercise has been proven to elevate mood and increase energy. This can carry over into other areas of your life, like relationships and school.

Exercise is a great way to prevent bad things from happening due to poor health. Regular workouts can help people avoid conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. This means you can live longer and healthier. To get the benefits of exercise, try to do some sort of physical activity most days of the week. Pick an activity that you enjoy, like riding a bike or playing a sport.

You Are What You Eat

Have you heard the expression ''you are what you eat''? No, you might not turn into a giant ice cream cone if you eat one, but the ice cream will have some effects on your energy and health. Eating foods with a lot of nutrients, important substances obtained from food to support healthy growth and development, will help your body perform the way that it should. Choose vegetables, proteins, and fruits to provide the vitamins and minerals you need.

Hydration

Not only should you watch what you eat, but it's important to be mindful of what you drink as well. Avoid drinks that have high levels of sugar, like sodas, which can promote diseases like diabetes.

Hands down, the best drink choice is water. When you have a correct amount of water in your system, you are hydrated. Your body needs water in order to function properly. Sometimes this water is lost, like when you sweat after a long jog, so water needs to be replaced. Try to drink six to eight glasses of water each day.

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