Playing the game of golf can improve your quality of life as there are many physical, emotional and social benefits. The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits were created through a collaboration among The First Tee, ANNIKA Foundation and Florida Hospital for Children to promote healthy, active lifestyles for youth.



It is important to understand and make healthy choices about when to eat, how much to
eat, and the types of food and drinks to provide the body with the most useful energy.


A variety of energizing play can help the body stay strong, lean and fit, and be fun in
the process. Sleep and other forms of “re-charging” allow one to engage in play on a
daily basis.


Physical safety includes playing in a safe environment and by the rules, protecting the
body with proper equipment, warm-up and cool-down and wearing sun protection.



In order to make the most of one’s unique gifts—talents, characteristics and abilities—
an individual needs to learn from the past, value the present, create their vision and
future to ultimately “leave a footprint.”


The mind is a powerful tool for health. One’s mind influences his/her emotions and
behaviors and can be utilized for self-improvement, building confidence and
maintaining perspective.


When family members participate in activities together – share meals, communicate
and establish roles and responsibilities – they are more likely to be successful in
achieving their health-related goals.



Maintaining healthy relationships includes surrounding one’s self with friends and
supportive people, while effectively handling challenging situations, including bullying
and navigating the digital age with social media.


Success in school – learning, building relationships and contributing to the school
environment – leads to success in other areas of life.


Like the health of one’s body, it is important to also explore the health of one’s
community and discover how one can give back and care for its environment and safety.