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Parent Education

Advice from North Shore Pediatrics about Health Choices

Physical Growth and Development
Your Daily Life

  • East with your family often
  • Aim for 1 hour of moderately vigorous physical activity every day.
  • Limit TV and video or computer games to 2 hours a day.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily.
  • Visit the dentist twice a year.
  • Wear a mouth guard when playing sports.
  • Protect your hearing.
  • Take time for breakfast.
  • Drink more water and less soda.
  • Limit foods that are high in fat and sugar.
  • Try to eat healthy goods:
    • 5 fruits and vegetables every day.
    • 3 cups of low-fat milk, yogurt, or cheese daily.

Social and Academic Competence
School and Friends

  • Take responsibility for your schoolwork.
  • Be on time.
  • Aim high.  Expect more of yourself.
  • Read often.
  • Form healthy friendships.
  • Spend time with your family.
  • Help at home.
  • Stay connected with your parents.
  • Consider volunteering and helping others in the community with an issue that interests or concerns you.

Violence and Injury Prevention
Violence and Injuries

  • Do not drink or drive or ride in a vehicle with someone who has been using drugs or alcohol.
  • If you feel unsafe driving or riding with someone, call someone you trust to drive you.
  • Make sure everyone wears a seat belt.
  • Limit the number of friends in the care.
  • Don’t let yourself be distracted when you drive.
  • Protect yourself and others from physical harm.
  • Do not ride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Make sure you know how to get help if you feel unsafe.
  • Never have a gun in the home.
  • If you must keep a gun in your home make sure it is stored unloaded and locked with the ammunition locked separately from the gun.
  • Figure our nonviolent ways to handle anger or fear.
  • Health dating relationships are built on respect, concern and friendship, and that saying "no" is OK.

Risk Reduction
Healthy Behavior Choices

  • Find fun, safe things to do.
  • Talk with your parents about drinking, drug use, tobacco use, driving and sex.
  • Talk with your parents or other caring adults when you need support or help in making healthy decisions.
  • Support friends to choose not to use tobacco, alcohol, drugs, steroids, or diet pills.
  • Talk about sexual pressures with someone you trust.

Emotional Well Being
Feelings and Family

  • When you do something good, feel good about it.
  • Find healthy ways to deal with stress.
  • Spend time with your family.
  • Always talk through problems and never use violence.
  • It's important to have accurate information about sexuality, your physical development and your sexual feelings.  Please let your physician know if you have any questions.

This handout is adapted from documents in the Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit.  Copyright 2010 American Academy of Pediatrics.  The information in this publication should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice or your pediatrician.  This document is distributed in conjunction with the November 2009 issue of Adolescent Health Update, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.


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