Healthy Living for Adolescents


What should I know about my child's development during adolescence? Your child will have a growth spurt during adolescence. This growth spurt and other changes during adolescence may cause him to change his eating habits. His appetite will increase so he will eat more than usual. As he becomes more independent, he will make more of his own food choices. Your child should follow a healthy meal plan that provides enough calories and nutrients for growth and good health. He should also get regular physical activity.

What are some guidelines for helping my child make healthy food choices?

What are some healthy foods I can provide to my child?

What are some foods that my child should limit?

How much physical activity does my child need each day? Your child should get 1 hour or more of physical activity each day. Examples of physical activities include sports, running, walking, swimming, and riding bikes. The hour of physical activity does not need to be done all at once. It can be done in shorter blocks of time. Your child can fit in more physical activity by limiting the amount of time he spends watching television or on the computer.


You have the right to help plan your child's care. Discuss treatment options with your child's caregivers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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