Take care of your body

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.

Eating well

You need to make sure that you eat enough food to give you energy for your daily activities and a range of different types of food to keep (more…)

Being active

Exercise has so many benefits. As well as keeping you fit and your lungs, heart, muscles and bones in good condition (more…)

Keeping hydrated

It is important to drink enough for your body to function normally. You should aim to drink 6–8 glasses (or the equivalent) (more…)

Getting enough sleep

The right amount of good-quality sleep is essential for your health and wellbeing. Your body needs sleep to grow and develop properly, and studies have shown (more…)

Feeling unwell

Generally feeling a bit poorly could be a sign that you need to see your GP or it could be a minor passing ailment. (more…)

GP or A&E?

Many people are unsure which medical services to call on when they’re in need. The NHS is under huge pressure so it is important to pick the right service at the right time. (more…)

Skin care

Keeping your skin healthy is more than just about having a clear complexion. Your skin is your largest organ and it performs several important functions.  (more…)

Dental care

Look after them properly and you should have strong, healthy teeth to keep you going (more…)

Eye care

If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses to help you see clearly, you will probably have found out by now, (more…)

Ear care

Most hearing problems are caused by excess noise. The delicate cells in your ears are (more…)

Hair care

Your hair can change as you go through your teenage years, so you may need to adapt the way you look after it. (more…)

Nail care

Fingernails and toenails are made up of layers of a protein called keratin. They grow from the area at the base of the nail under the cuticle and should be smooth with a uniform colour. (more…)

Foot care

There are 26 bones in each of your feet (one-quarter of the bones in your entire body), 33 joints and over 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons, (more…)

Sexual health

If you are in a sexual relationship, it is vital that you take care of yourself. You need to (more…)