For Young People

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If you are a young person aged 10-24, your days are probably never the same and are filled with so many different life events. You may be involved in school and school-related activities, you may volunteer, you may have a job, you are busy keeping up with the lives of your friends, or you may even be in a relationship with someone special. You may also be facing other challenges in your everyday life. But at the same time, you are growing, experiencing life and learning more about who you are and who you aspire to be.

Trying to understand and navigate all of these tasks can be very messy for a young person and it definitely isn't easy. But as you grow and figure out who you are, you are also faced with making important decisions that may impact your health and well-being down the road. A few things may be helpful in trying to sort through this thing we call "life". Most importantly - having a caring and trusted adult in your life. This can be a parent, a relative, a teacher, a neighbor, or any adult that you trust. Young people who feel connected to someone else, their neighborhood or their community are more likely to be engaged in their community and school (i.e. learning) and tend to lead healthier lives.

Things as simple as picking out what to eat for breakfast or dinner to ensuring that you get enough sleep at night will all impact your health for a long time. So why not be proactive in making healthy decisions and developing healthy habits? See the links below for information on a variety of topics. When in doubt, ask the caring adult in your life for help if you have any questions.

Why Do You Need A Check Up?

Good health means...eating right and having a good body/staying in shape. And the scientific definition you hear in school is "the absence of illness." Being healthy with no problems. Yes, but it's more to it than that.

Did you know you should have a medical check up every year? That's right, it not just for kids. Medical check ups, also known as physical exams are designed to help you with your general health and wellness. To do this, the health care provider (doctor/nurse) will ask you questions about:

  1. Family history
  2. Eating habits
  3. Mental stress

And they will give you information to assist you:

  1. With your health needs
  2. With your physical and emotional development
  3. With maintaining a healthy lifestyle including diet, fitness, injury prevention, and illness.

Your health care provider may also recommend laboratory tests and shots (immunizations).

Your health check up offers the opportunity for you and your family member(s)/guardian(s) to discuss issues that are both important to you and to them. Why gamble with your life, you only get to live once, why not maintain the absence of illness!

Contact the State Adolescent Health Coordinator  

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Last updated October 11, 2012