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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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