Being physically healthy involves getting adequate

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Being physically healthy involves getting adequate sleep and rest, eating nutritious meals, drinking enough water, and being List three of your favorite activities or hobbies. Then briefly describe the positive effect each has on your health. VOCABULARY heredity environment peers culture media Participating in fun activities with family members enhances your health. HS_HEALTH_U01_C01_L2 12/6/03 8:00 AM Page 10
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physically active on a regular basis. It also includes practicing good hygiene and getting regular medical and dental checkups and treat- ments when you need them. Good physical health also involves paying attention to what you put into your body. It means avoid- ing harmful substances, such as tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Mental/Emotional Health Your feelings about yourself, how well you meet the demands of daily life, and your ability to process information are all impor- tant parts of your mental/emotional health. People with good mental/ emotional health enjoy challenges, like learning new things, and see mistakes as opportunities to grow and change. They also accept responsibility for their actions and stand up for their beliefs and values. People with good mental/emotional health are in touch with their feelings and can express them in appropriate ways. They can usually deal with the frustrations of life without being overwhelmed by them. They avoid dwelling on negative thoughts. Instead, they con- sider their situation and then use positive thoughts and actions to move forward. Social Health Your social health involves the way you get along with others. It includes your ability to make and keep friends and to work and play in cooperative ways, seeking and lending support when neces- sary. It involves communi- cating well and showing respect and care for yourself and others. The health triangle is made up of three elements— physical, mental/emotional, and social health. How might something affecting the physical side of your health triangle—an injury, for example—affect the other two sides? 11 Lesson 2 Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle HS_HEALTH_U01_C01_L2 12/6/03 8:00 AM Page 11
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12 Chapter 1 Living a Healthy Life Keeping a Balance Each side of your health triangle is equally important to your health. You might think of the three areas of health as the legs of a tripod on which a cam- era is mounted. If one leg is shorter than the other two, the tripod will tilt or fall. It’s much the same with your health. An unbalanced health triangle is likely to cause you problems at some point. When you work to keep your physical, mental/emotional, and social health in balance, you are much more likely to function at your highest level. Influences on Your Health magine that the story of your health were made into a movie.
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