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Healthy Living

Just for You - Youth

For a list of resources about your health and the surrounding environment, food safety and consumer product safety, consult the Consumer Information page.

You may think you've heard it all before -- smoking causes cancer, smoking makes your fingers turn yellow.

There are a few facts you might not have heard before -- who benefits from the sale of tobacco products, why movie stars' smoking is even better than TV advertising and that even young smokers can suffer from respiratory effects.

It's all there on our Web site, You and Me, Smokefree. Other features include an interactive Quit4Life guide designed for youth wanting to quit and a Real Cost Tool so you can see how much money you'll save by not smoking.

What are drugs? Why do people use them? How do they affect your life? Even if you don't drink or use drugs, you probably know someone who does. We have information to help peers and youth groups deal with alcohol and other drug-related issues.

How you feel about yourself is very important!

Good nutrition is all about making healthy food choices and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating can help you make healthy nutrition decisions.

Check out Physical Activity Guide for quizzes and animated videos.

Being active can also help you feel really good about yourself. Canada's Physical Activity Guide for Youth can help you make choices about physical activity.

If you need help now, call the Kid's Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

Parents and You

Having trouble relating to your parents? Get your parents to relate to you. Point them to Parenting teens or check out The Parent-Teen Relationship.

Violence and Abuse

See What you need to know about STIs and information on Condoms.

More health and safety information can be found in our It's Your Health section. Topics include:

For guidelines and resources, information on sexually transmitted infections (STI) and a list of helpline numbers, consult the Sexual Health and Sexually Transmitted Infections Web site of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Health Canada shares a joint initiative with Environment Canada called the UV Index Sun Awareness Program. This program is aimed at elementary and high school teachers to teach their students how to use the UV index as a tool to better protect themselves from the harmful UV rays from the sun. Consult our UV Index Sun Awareness Program section to learn more about the program, consult our resources and register your school.

Injuries are a leading cause of death for people under age 20 and motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury death.

If you need help now, call the Kid's Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868


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