While it’s impossible to guarantee good health, there are several things you can do to keep as healthy as possible and, as you get older, you’ll start to make your own decisions about your health. It’s important to understand the basics of looking after yourself so you are able to take full advantage of life. You should eat well (and enough); do enough exercise; get enough relaxation and sleep; look after your teeth, ears, eyes and skin; and stay up-to-date with vaccinations.
Some girls have a disability or long-term health condition which affects their daily life. If this is you, you will know already from doctors or nurses how best to manage it, and should of course always follow professional advice on the best food, exercise and medical routines for you. You can find useful additional support on sites like Scope.
If you do become ill, you need to know what to do. Sometimes you can do things to help yourself but sometimes you need to get help from someone else. Doctors are there to help you; always check with your doctor if you have any worries at all about your health. Find out which health service is appropriate here.
If you are in a sexual relationship (or thinking about it) there are very important health aspects to consider and understand, so do make sure you are fully aware.
There are many major health issues that affect girls around the world. If you want to learn more and find out about what you can do to help, read our section Change the World.