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Nutrition. A critical step, and the one we start with in our health corps programs (healthcorps.net), is learning about resting metabolic rate (RMR), which is the number of calories that your body burns when you are sitting around doing nothing. Since RMR varies from person to person, it's important for each of us to discover our own daily caloric needs so that we can balance eating and exercise accordingly. Eating should be enjoyable, but it should also serve to keep students looking fit and feeling great. By learning about the importance of the various macronutrient groups (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) and the value of information in nutrition labels, we are better educated to make informed choices about eating so fad diets begin to lose their appeal as long term options. We have a cheat sheet to help you read a nutrition label and eat out smartly on oprah.com. Share this information with your friends and use it to audit your refrigerator at home and give your parents a hard time so you all live better.
Mental Resilience There is an interdependent relationship between mental and physical health. No matter how great you look on the outside, if you are emotionally unhappy, you won't be happy with what you see or how you feel. That's why you have to take time during the day to center yourself and relax, whether through meditation or breathing exercises, or by finding an activity that gives you purpose and makes you feel part of a community. Once you do start feeling and seeing the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle, this success should boost your confidence and make you feel even more committed to staying on track.
Succeeding at the rewarding task of getting healthy is a wonderful way to start feeling empowered to set other long-term goals, such as promoting awareness of health and health issues among your friends. It will also help make all of us mentally tougher to deal with the challenges of life as our generation inherits the planet.