Teens Health Overview
Healthy teens become healthy adults. While parents want to start instilling healthy values in children at early ages, teens provide some of the greater challenges as they face temptations, peer pressure and begin to make autonomous choices outside of your influence and supervision.
How Can Parents Focus on Adolescent Health?
The best thing you can do for your children and teens is set a good example. This includes everything from nutrition and fitness to seeking a doctor’s care, making healthy lifestyle choices, avoiding substance use and abuse and driving safely.
The second most important thing you can do is discuss openly your values, hopes, and fears for your teen with your teen — especially concerning the following issues teens face frequently:
Academia (staying in school and going on to college or to learn a trade)
Smoking and tobacco use
Sexuality, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases
Nutrition and weight
Peer pressure and bullying
Mental health and suicide prevention
Safely operating motor vehicles (safe teen driving)
Good communication with your teen helps to solidify the bond between you and encourages teens to engage in less risky behavior according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
How Teens Can Focus on a Healthy Start
As a teen, you are beginning to make choices of your own. That includes the risks you take each day, the foods you eat, and even whether to engage in sexual activities or illicit drug abuse.
These choices affect you today and have consequences that can last well into your future – even determine if you’ll have one.
Teen Health Resources
It isn’t always easy to make healthy decisions as a teen — or as the parent of a teen. That’s why we’ve put together an extensive list of material and information to help you do just that. These resources are meant to aid you in making make informed and healthy lifestyle, diet and fitness decisions throughout the teen years and beyond.