Five Ways to Improve Youth Health

A young woman eats an apple.
Provide a nutrition curriculum: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Homeless Health Initiative created a how-to guide for proper nutrition and gave it to their homeless clients. Based on the USDA’s nutritional guidelines, the guide includes lessons on how to read a label, control portion size and eat a balanced diet.

All through March, NCFY is focused on well-being, and today we look at some of the best methods for keeping at-risk youth in the best possible physical shape.

For young people who contend daily with homelessness, family violence, parenting, or other stressors, nutrition and fitness may, understandably, seem secondary to surviving or getting through the day. But those challenges are themselves threats to proper eating, exercise and self-care, making the need for healthful routines even more pressing.

Luckily, there are ways to help young people become healthier. If your organization has experience helping at-risk youth to eat well and exercise, let us know on Twitter and Facebook.

These and other ideas for improving youth health can be found in the following NCFY resources:

"Bright Idea: Capitalize on National Nutrition Month"

"Bright Idea: On Free Bikes, Youth Get Where They Need to Go"

"Bright Idea: Healthy Competition Helps Youth Lose Weight, Gain Confidence"

"Q&A: Using Yoga to Overcome Trauma"

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