During Teen Health Week, we encourage teens to make healthy choices and take charge of their health. Teens need to make sure they are aware of the dangers of alcohol, drugs, and other substances. They need to know about sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, and other risk factors. They also need information about mental health and how to get help.
Teens are also at risk for unintended pregnancy. This is a common problem among teens. Getting a regular health screening can identify problems early and strengthen community health.
Teens are also at risk of sexually transmitted infections. This is a serious problem, especially in socially disadvantaged communities. They need age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education.
Adolescence is a time of rapid physical, emotional, and cognitive growth. Teenagers have many challenges. Some of these are physical, such as obesity. Others are psychological, such as relationship problems. They need to know how to communicate with others and make good choices.
Many teens become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Addiction can be fatal. Teens should not drive after drinking. Alcohol can also cause damage to a developing brain.
Teens can get help from a local clinic. They can also get information from a school-based health center. This can help reduce their risk of chronic illness. They can also receive referrals to youth-friendly health providers in the community.
The Teen Health & Wellness Web site has a new sleek look and contains new content on gender identity, bullying, and opioid abuse. It also encourages teens to make healthy choices and uses the power of media literacy.
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