Welcome to our Teen Center. We know that teens are not "large sized kids", and you need your own space. Because we understand the importance of providing our teens with their own space, both the office and the website have dedicated locations just for teens! Our teen waiting room is decorated with motivational messages, and our website contains links to some of our favorite sites for adolescents.
So take a moment to check out our topics, and stay informed!
Make sure you are protected. Get the latest on teen vaccines at Vaccines for Teens.
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Educate yourself on how to stay a teenager, STDs, and pregnancy prevention at:
Take a look at this fun, interactive site on the dangers of sexting. ThatsNotCool.com.
For a more serious approach, check out this article on sexting at Teen Ink.
If you've ever been the target of harsh words, gossip, or repeated teasing, you know how hurtful it can be. Visit the following sites for the low down on bullying.
Do you wonder why you lose your temper? Are there days you wake up angry? Check out some answers at TeenHealth.org.
Depression affects your feelings, behaviors, and thoughts. Having bad days now and then is normal, but if you find you are down for weeks or months, you need to see your healthcare provider.
If you are in a crisis now, contact help free of charge at 770-422-0202 or 1-800-273-8255 or SuicidePreventionHotline.org.
Body Weight & Body Image
Do you think you are overweight or obese? The first step is to calculate your body mass index. Your BMI compares your weight to your height. If you are overweight, it is important to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss.
- BodiMojo.com - all about building teen confidence
- Weigh2Rock.com - helping teens and parents with healthy weight
- Nexercise.com - a fitness app to make exercise more fun
- Choices for Kids - Healthy Nutritional Information
The effects of body image on self-esteem can be powerful during the teenage years. Body image is based on your thoughts and feelings about the way your body looks. There is a lot of confusing information out there, so come in and see us if you are worried. Read more about body image at NationalEatingDisorders.org.
Most people will have an acne breakout during their teen years. Find out the steps to help manage your acne by reading this article.
Most teens know people who smoke can get lung cancer, but do you know there are a lot of bad things that smoking can do to you now? Check out NoTobacco.org.
Energy Drinks & Protein Drinks
What about protein drinks and energy drinks? We strongly discourage the use of thse drinks. Water is the best drink, espescially during exercise, and it's free! There's more information about energy drinks and protein drinks available at HealthDay.
Do I need a pap smear when I start my period? No, the current recommendation is to begin pap smears at age 21. If you are having problems with your menstrual cycle, let your healthcare provider know. Learn more at TeenHealth.org.
Tip of the Month
Begin with Breakfast - Breakfast will give you the energy you need to perform your best at school and in sports. Here are a few healthy breakfast ideas for the student on the go.
Option A: 1 cup whole gran cereal, 8 oz yogurt, sliced bananas or berries, water
Option B: 2 eggs, 1 slice whole grain toast, 4 oz orange juice
Option C: Banana Nut Smoothie, whole grain toast, water
Option D: Oatmeal or oatmeal cereal bar, low fat milk