Common Teen Health Problems and Preventions

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“As teens your body is growing and changing so it is very important to maintain good health. The key elements to staying healthy would be to eat a variety of healthy foods and to never skip breakfast,” stated Mrs. DeHaven, the head nurse of the  Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. According to Mrs. DeHaven, a great resource for teens and their health is http://kidshealth.org/teen/ where there are tips on how to stay fit and in good condition.

“Do not share food or water with your friends. It can spread sickness easily, can transfer several diseases (such as strep throat, the common cold, and mononucleosis), and is very unsanitary,” stated Dr. Hoang, a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente. The Huffington Post added, “There’s almost certain to be saliva involved in any sharing of drinks, salivary transfer of germs/viruses/etc. is going to happen.” Fortunately you do not need to share food or drinks with your friends to be extremely close to them, so doing so is ill advised.

Mrs. DeHaven also included some simple ways to avert from acquiring a cold or getting sick. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list several everyday preventive actions. These include staying home when you are sick, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and clean and disinfect surfaces or objects that you touch often. Getting a yearly flu vaccine is encouraged.”

“Teens should have daily exercise and maintain a healthy weight,” stated Mrs. DeHaven. Staying active and participating in physical events such as sports and school activities is a key element to staying a healthy weight. It is important to join sports teams and clubs because if you are relying on physical education (P.E.) in school to help you maintain fit, when summer comes it is hard to push yourself to exercise and stay active when there is no one to motivate you. It is much easier to gain back the weight that you lost than to balance it evenly or even lose some weight. Also, when it is time to go back to school and start regular routine exercise again, it is very hard to keep up with the people that have remained physically active over the summer.  According to www.choosemyplate.gov, participating in physical activity can help you live longer and makes you feel better about yourself.

According to Mrs. DeHaven, “You should avoid high sugar and high fat foods and have a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water.” There are many websites that contain information on healthy snacks and meals that are not only good for you and your body, but many of the recipes taste good as well. Some healthy recipe websites are: www.womenshealthmag.com, www.foodnetwork.com, www.cookinglight.com, and there are many others.

Mrs. DeHaven also mentioned some tips on how to keep healthy mental peace of mind as well; mental health is just as important as physical well-being, too. “The teen years require a balance of maintaining good grades, but not stressing over grades.  Keeping good communication with your parents is important. Another key element to stay healthy would be to get about 9 hours of sleep and try to go to bed about the same time each night. Enjoy your friendships and be a good friend to others. There is much talk these days about bullying and there is no place for this in your life. If you or someone you know is being bullied, speak up to a trusted adult.”