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Pre-teens, Teens and Vaccinations
Any visit to the doctor - from an annual health check-up to a  physical for sports, camp or college - can be a good time for pre-teens and teens to get their recommended vaccinations. There are four vaccinations recommended for pre-teens and teens - these vaccines help protect your children, their friends and their family members. While your kids should get a flu vaccine every year, Tdap, Meningococcal and HPV vaccines should be given when kids are 11-12 years old. Ask your child's doctor or nurse about the immunizations your pre-teen or teen need to protect them against serious diseases. 
 Your child and physical activity
  • Children and teens should have at least ONE HOUR of physical activity every day
  • Reduce sedentary time
  • Limit and monitor the amount of screen time each day
  • Exercise as a family 

 Help your child develop healthy eating habits:

  • Be sure they don't skip breakfast
  • Eliminate ALL soft drinks and encourage more water
  • Provide plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains
  • Choose lean meats, poultry, fish or beans
  • Serve reasonably-sized portions - over the years portion have increased tremendously
  • Include low-fat or non-fat milk
  • Limit sugar and saturated fat
  • Quit the "clean-plate" club - you could be causing them to overeat 

Children imitate adults - Be a role model for them! 


Did you know that approximately 17% or 12.5 million children and adolescents aged 2-19 are obese?

Obese children are more likely to have:

  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes
  • Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea and asthma
  • Joint problems and musculoskeletal discomfort
  • Fatty liver disease, gallstones, and gastro-esophageal reflux

Obese children and adolescents have a greater risk of social and psychological problems, such as discrimination and poor self-esteem, which can continue into adulthood.

If children are overweight, obesity in adulthood is likely to be more severe.

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Healthy Tip of the Day

Healthy Tip of the DayPhysical activity not only burns energy (calories), but may also help lower the risk of breast cancer.  Exercise lowers estrogen levels, fights obesity, lowers insulin levels, and boosts the function of the immune system that attack tumors.

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