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Adolescence happens to everyone.  In between childhood and adulthood, every person must experience the state of being a teenager.  This stage can be confusing and frustrating, as teens try to discover who they are and what they want for their futures, while at the same time trying to cope with the changes their bodies are going through and other influential outside challenges.

 



 

One of the most important things to understand as a teenager is how to remain healthy through all of these changes.  The following information and resources will help you learn more about a teenager’s body, their mental health, physical health, teenage substance use, and sexuality.



Source: http://www.guidetohealthcareschools.com/library/teen-health#ixzz131JnZyFv
Adolescence happens to everyone.  In between childhood and adulthood, every person must experience the state of being a teenager.  This stage can be confusing and frustrating, as teens try to discover who they are and what they want for their futures, while at the same time trying to cope with the changes their bodies are going through and other influential outside challenges.

 



 

One of the most important things to understand as a teenager is how to remain healthy through all of these changes.  The following information and resources will help you learn more about a teenager’s body, their mental health, physical health, teenage substance use, and sexuality.



Source: http://www.guidetohealthcareschools.com/library/teen-health#ixzz131JnZyFv

Adolescence happens to everyone. In between childhood and adulthood, every person must experience the state of being a teenager. This stage can be confusing and frustrating, as teens try to discover who they are and what they want for their futures, while at the same time trying to cope with the changes their bodies are going through and other influential outside challenges.
 

One of the most important things to understand as a teenager is how to remain healthy through all of these changes. The following information and resources will help you learn more about a teenager’s body, their mental health, physical health, teenage substance use, and sexuality.

Explore a comprehensive guide to Teen Health: body, mental health, food and fitness, drugs and alcohol, and sexual health. Visit: http://kidshealth.org/teen/ 

Action For Healthy Kids: teaching kids to be healthy!

Action for Healthy Kids addresses childhood undernourishment, obesity and prevention by working with schools to help kids learn to eat right and be active every day. This focus is because of the unique position and influence that schools have on children and their families, in addition to their responsibility to provide nutrition and physical education and their many opportunities to promote healthy eating and active living. http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/

 

School Nurse Online: Health Activities for Kids

Cindy, a girl scout leader shared the following resource: She wanted to show her troopers that their suggestion was up and running to help others. It would also help the girls feel that they contributed positively to the lives of others. We do our absolute best to follow the Girl Scout slogan of "Do a good turn daily."  http://onlinedegrees.bradley.edu/school-nurse-online-health-activities-for-kids/ 

 

 

Healthy Nutrition for Your Mouth, Gums and Teeth!

A healthy diet will help your bones and muscles to grow strong and for all of your body's systems to work together, so you can stay healthy. Plus, a healthy diet is necessary to keep your mouth, gums and teeth in good shape, too. Whatever you eat first passes through your mouth, and usually requires some chewing with your teeth and gums. If you choose to eat unhealthy foods regularly, it will be very difficult to maintain a healthy smile, even with good dental practices like brushing and flossing. Learn about the best foods for your dental health to keep all your pearly whites looking and feeling good.

Visit: http://www.dentalcenter-in.com/healthy-nutrition-mouth-gums-teeth/

Books

  • Secrets of Feeding a Healthy FamilyEllyn Satter seems to direct this book at parents with minimal cooking experience or desire. She explains useful tips for adapting foods for little eaters and how to round out meals with appealing vegetables and desserts. I love this book! A great companion to Child Of Mine: Feeding with Love  and Good Sense, because it provides lots of recipes to help apply the very sensible eating principles from Child Of Mine. This book was written with a very simply and easy approach  to help understand a healthier diet. The style is simple, has some really great ideas and advice. There are recipes also. The book was just on so matter of fact without all the glitz it applies common sense instead which was this a wonderful book.
     

 

Weight Loss Confidential is the first book written from the perspective of young people who succeeded at losing weight and keeping it off — one that’s based on firsthand accounts from teens and their parents about what works and what doesn’t for weight management

Visit Anne's site to discover this book and her many other excellent books: http://annemfletcher.com/books/

Thin For Life, Eating Thin For Life, by Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D., (2003), Houghton Mifflin Company. Includes: Anne shares the integrated weight-loss secrets of 160 masters—who had kept off at least 20 pounds for 3 years. Keys to Success are: Believe That You Can Become Thin For Life, Take The Reins, Do It Your Way, Accept The Food Facts, Nip It In The Bud: Break The Relapse Cycle, Learn The Art Of Positive Self-Talk, Move It To Lose It, Face Life Head-On, Get More Out Of Life And Don’t Go It Alone—getting support for you. Masters share and Anne summarizes the best ideas under each area. It is an suburb book. See Ann's web site for a description of her other WONDERFUL BOOKS http://annemfletcher.com/

Ultimate Weight Solution for Teens: The 7 Keys to Weight Freedom

 
Ultimate Weight Solution for Teens: The 7 Keys to Weight Freedom by Jay McGraw and Phil McGraw (Paperback - Nov 25, 2003)

This book explores: body image, get-with-it-goals, right thinking, healing feelings, setting up a no-fail environment, mastery over food and impulse eating, Jay's portion control plan, intentional exercise, your circle of support, if you have an eating disorder: applying the seven keys.

 

 

Life Strategies for Teens (Workbook)Do you have zero control over your life? What are your frustrations? Do you lead a lazy lifestyle? To help teens take charge of their lives, Jay McGraw has created a companion workbook to his bestselling Life Strategies for Teens. The workbook is based on 10 "Life Laws" (adapted from his father Phillip C. McGraw's tenets), and is designed to help teens "see your life clearly, to understand what the problems are, what you need to fix, change, get rid of, etc." He encourages readers to put their thoughts, ideas, and dreams into writing to help them through the process. (The workbook is meant to be written in.) He demands that his readers ask themselves hard questions about missed opportunities, perceptions, self-sabotage, and personal shortcomings so they can figure out what's not working and fix it. Why? So that they can turn dreams into goals--with specific timelines and strategies. Here you'll find a variety of quizzes, activities, and questions to help teens answer the question "Who am I?" For example, McGraw asks readers to list 10 times they've dropped the ball--and why. Or, conversely, to list their 15 best achievements to date. The workbook also contains questions designed to challenge assumptions, such as "What are things you automatically, reactively feel and believe about members of the opposite sex/teachers/parents?" A hardcore guide to removing obstacles from our lives, Life Strategies for Teens Workbook has all the compassion of a drill sergeant... one who knows what's good for you. (Ages 13 and older) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
 

 

 

 

 

The Mom's Guide to Meal Makeovers: Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time! by Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD and Liz Weiss, MS, RD. This book is a must for moms (and dads!) who have busy schedules taking their children to sports' practices, music lessons, etc. and have only a small window of time to plan and prepare dinner. A simple 5-step Meal Makeover Plan is given which is practical, novel, and easy to follow. In conjunction with the book, the authors have started the Meal Makeover Mom's Club, a free online community that offers parents a discussion board, customized supermarket shopping list, and lots of time on feeding families, and nutrition news. Check it out at: http://www.mealmakeovermoms.com/

American Heart Association Healthier Kids: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/HealthierKids/Healthier-Kids_UCM_304156_SubHomePage.jsp

 

Internet Physical Activity for Kids

Let's Move quote placeholder Raising Healthier Kids, Eat Healthy, Get Active, Take Action Steps!

Feeding Children

How to Get Your Kit to Eat...But Not Too Much. by Ellyn Satter, Bull Publishing Co., (1987)

A Children's Guide to Fruits, Vegetables, Berries and Nutrition: http://www.berries.com/blog/childrens-healthy-nutrition-guide

A great resource for kids that was shared by Mia, a 5th grader. Thanks!
 

Brown Bag Success: Healthy Lunches Your Kids Won't Trade. By Sandra K. Nissenberg, RD and Barbara N. Pearl, RD, Chronimed Publishing, (1997)

On-line Support

Please note: I list many Websites as resources. I have not participated in the development of any of the sites, and cannot endorse any products or supplements they sell or services that they promote or contain.

The Ultimate Guide to Nutrition and a Balanced Diet http://www.dietspotlight.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-nutrition-and-a-balanced-diet/
 

Healing Foods Pyramid: http://www.med.umich.edu/umim/food-pyramid/    Best FREE nutrition and food-group information

Be playful! Celebrate the FUN of life. Observe this 71 year old man playing as he shares amazing life wisdom: http://www.youtube.com/embed/DFhFuuRB6yM
 

Music Therapy, and Using Music in Therapy (especially for children & teens): The Power of Music as a Coping Skill

This site is your source for information on how to help children and adolescents use popular music, something they already listen to and enjoy, as a way to express their feelings.

Matthew J. Bush, MSW, LCSW has developed some very exciting and innovative techniques for use in therapy with children and adolescents.  One does not need to be knowledgeable of music therapy to apply these techniques.  On this site you will find articles about how popular music can be used in therapy, suggestions of popular music with therapeutic messages.

Also featured on this site is Freudian Slip, Matt's therapeutic rock band which features original music which takes a direct look at human emotion.  The songs focus on topics such as depression, abuse, addiction, and so forth.  These songs have been composed by Matt throughout his years as a therapist and represent struggles in his own life as well as those of his clients.  Includes songs written by children in therapy!

Matthew J. Bush, MSW, LSW is an experienced clinical therapist who has successfully applied this music therapy technique to countless children and adolescents in his work.  He has worked and performed for children in public and private schools, residential treatment facilities, and the community.  Matt has also spoken at statewide conferences, educating colleagues on the power of music as a coping skill. http://www.enterthefreudianslip.com/index.htm

Nutrition for Kids                                    

Two positive tools that you can find on the nutritionforkids.com website:
NUTRITION FOR YOUR CHILD: Ten Steps to a Healthy Weight
30 Ways you can Promote a Positive Nutrition Culture

                                   

 

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