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10 Tips for a Healthy and Safe Prom

Your prom may be one of the highlights of high school. Whether you're going solo or with a date or group, trying new or different activities, or staying out late, being responsible is key for a healthy and safe prom night. Smart decisions may also help lower stress while planning and enjoying the big night.

Girl in Dress and Sneakers Follow these tips to ensure everyone has a great time!

  • Get in shape slowly and wisely. Eat healthy and be active.
  • Protect yourself from the harmful effects of UV rays. Avoid indoor and outdoor tanning, and use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
  • Test all cosmetics and hair dyes before using them. Follow the directions and read any cautions and warnings on labels carefully.
  • Be stylish and safe by wearing comfortable shoes and attire to prevent injury.
  • Watch your budget. Have fun without spending a lot of money and causing unneeded stress.
  • Say no to alcohol, smoking, drugs, and sex.
  • Don't drink and drive, and don't get in a car with anyone who has been drinking.
  • Wear a seat belt every time, no matter how short the trip.
  • Make sure parents or guardians know where you are at all times in case of an emergency. Call a parent, guardian, or someone you trust in case plans change or you need help.
  • Many teens do not report teen dating violence because they are afraid to tell friends and family. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples. Tell a family member or call 911 if you or someone you know is being abused.

Going to the prom is an exciting event in your life! Keep it fun, healthy, and safe by following these tips.

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