In Healthy Living for Teens, young writers show that it’s possible to overcome bad habits and lead healthy lives in a time when substance abuse, junk food, and low self-esteem and self-worth are major social problems.
Inspire teen and preteen readers to take responsibility for and make wiser decisions about their lives with the essays in this book—each written by a teenager. Within these pages, Edwin Mercado, Evelyn Gofman, Antwaun Garcia, and many others describe how they got on the right path toward healthy habits, breaking unhealthy ones like smoking, taking drugs, abusing alcohol, or seeking comfort in foods they know are unhealthy.
Tales of a 17-Year-Old Smoker
How I Quit Fast Food
Clean and Kind of Sober
What Drugs Do to You
Starving for Acceptance
Dear Food Diary
I Desperately Needed Cooking 101
What is Bad Food so Good?
Why Should Teens Care About Nutrition?
My Hood is Bad for My Health
Male on the Scale
The Would-Be Vegetarian
How Exercise Relieves Stress
Poetry Keeps Me Calm
Do for You
Nature is My Salvation
My Life with OCD
Arthritis at Thirteen
Addled on Adderal
Through these essays, teen readers—as well as their parents, teachers, and caregivers—will pick up new tricks to beating bad habits but will also be provided a much-needed glimpse into how the world looks to our younger generations.
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