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Teenage Years

Nutrition Guidelines

Some of the nutrition guidelines are:

  • To achieve and maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and choose amounts of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs.
  • Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups every day:
  • Limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt and added sugars
  • Plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruits.
  • Plenty of cereals (including breads, rice, pasta and noodles), preferably wholegrain.
  • Lean meat, fish, poultry and/or alternatives.
  • Milks, yoghurts, cheeses and/or their alternatives, mostly reduced-fat varieties.
  • Plenty of water.

Further information:

Physical Activity Guidelines

  • The National Physical Activity Guidelines for young people aged 13 to 17 years are to accumulate 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity exercises each day.
  • It is important to start slowly and build up the amount and intensity of physical activity. To increase activity, children can visit playgrounds, parks, nature reserves, ovals or beaches and get involved in a variety of different sports and activities.
  • Catch up with friends to walk and talk, instead of sitting down to chat.
  • Swap social media for social activity.
  • Plan specific, limited time periods for watching TV and using electronic media.

Further information:

Programmes Available:

Healthy Living NT is committed to developing programmes for all age groups. Programmes for young people will be made available in coming months and customised programmes may be available upon request. If you are have suggestions or a programme that you need assistance in, feel free to contact us.

For more information, please contact our Health Promotion Manager at or call us at 08 8927 8488.