Fitness and nutrition are the cornerstones of teen health. The habits your child develops to promote health might last a lifetime.
If your child is physically active, encourage him or her to keep it up. If your child isn’t interested in organized sports, suggest other alternatives. You can also promote teen health by encouraging your child to eat healthy foods. Offer various healthy foods at home, talk about portion control, and encourage your child to make good choices when he or she eats with friends. After all, what happens away from home has a direct impact on tween and teen health.
Share any concerns you might have about teen health with your child’s doctor.
Top 11 healthy habits to discuss with your teen.
Avoid using any type of tobacco or vapor product. Try not to breathe second hand smoke.
Always wear a seat belt and insist that others in the car do the same.
When swimming in a pool or in the ocean always bring a friend.
Have regular physicals and check ups.
Eat a healthy diet. Stay away from process foods. Lots of veggies and fruits.
No drugs, no alcohol and don’t take prescription drugs lightly.
Get regular exercise. Keep moving throughout the day and find activities they love.
Don’t get into a car with a driver who has been drinking alcohol or using drugs.
Talk to your parents, doctor, teacher or the Wellness & Prevention Center if you’re feeling sad or thinking about harming yourself.
Avoid situations where violence or substance use may cause injury.
Wear protective headgear, such as motorcycle or bike helmets, when participating in sports.