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Young men often ignore signs of ill-health and fail to make appointments with their doctor or dentist. This approach can be risky and it is better to be strict with yourself and have regular check ups if you want to avoid longer term problems.
  • When was the last time you went to the dentist?
  • When was the last time you had an eye test?
  • Are you good about your personal hygiene? How often do you wash your hair?
  • Do you wear protective gear when you play sport (e.g. a gum shield, shin pads, a box)?
  • Do you ever stop to think about the food you eat? Do you have a balanced diet and eat regularly?
  • Do you get time to talk to your friends or parents about things that worry you, or is there someone else you can talk to?
  • How much alcohol do you drink a week? How often?
  • Do you take drugs? Do you take them regularly? Do you know what the health and legal implications are?
  • Do you do body building or weight training? Have you had some professional advice about how to lift weights and eat properly?
  • Have you checked yourself for testicular cancer?
  • Do you wear sunblock when you are out in hot sun?
  • What do you know about sexually transmitted diseases?
  • What do you know about contraception?
  • What do you know about becoming a father?
Keep a positive view of yourself

For most young men health is not a problem, particularly if you play some sport or get regular exercise and you eat well enough.

But sometimes, if there are difficulties in your life over a long period of time (maybe there are problems at home or there is no work , a relationship has gone wrong, or you are being bullied or harassed) it is more difficult to keep a positive view of yourself and it is easy to let your health go.

It is important to remember things like washing your hair and cleaning your teeth, as well as keeping your clothes clean. Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with all these things if you feel negative about yourself.
Keeping on top of personal hygiene
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day - in the morning and at night.
  • Taking a bath or shower everyday will reduce unpleasant body smells caused by perspiration (sweating). You may decide to use a deodorant as well. Wash your clothes regularly and change your underwear and socks everyday.
  • Wash your hair regularly with a shampoo and conditioner that suits you. Dry scalps that cause dandruff can be easy to deal with. Ask at the chemist for a suitable shampoo. Products are also available if your hair is greasy or dry. If you are black, you hair may be naturally dry so its important to use conditioners to replace the natural oils.
  • Sunburn affects both white and black people. Drink lots of water, helps replenish the skin and keeps bodies healthy both inside and out!

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