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Lifestyle Choices

Your child’s annual checkup with the health care provider can be an opportunity
to discuss important lifestyle choices, including the following:

Diet and Exercise

Help set a healthy eating pattern! Incorporate foods like fruits and veggies, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy products and lean
proteins. Encourage water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.

Work it out! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that teens participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. This should consist mostly of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic activity (dancing, running, etc.) and some strengthening exercises.

Get Beauty Sleep

A teen's healthy sleep patterns are different from those of younger children and adults. Not only do adolescents sleep at different times, they also may need more sleep–9 to 10 hours in fact! An adequate amount of sleep is critical to your teen's learning during these years.

Don’t Stress Me Out!

Effectively coping with stress is an important aspect of emotional
well-being, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Time management skills, problem-solving skills, and refusal skills
all have been identified as helpful, and social support networks,
exercise, journaling, or meditation can help teens manage stress.
Remember that you and your teen may be able to consult with
A-team members, such as a guidance counselor, coach, physician,
or even a social worker or psychologist.

No Smoking/Drinking Zone

You won't be able to control your teen's choices at every moment
of the day, but you can try to ensure that he or she is educated about
how to resist peer pressure to use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Clearly discuss rules and expectations for acceptable behavior with
your teen.

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