Health Decisions for Teenagers

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Teenagers always want to be more independent and make their own decisions. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some very important decisions teenagers can make in todays 60 second housecall.

Dr. Hill:

As a teenager, you are going through a tremendous amount of change. You are also becoming more independent and learning to make important life decisions. What is more important than your health and happiness? Here are some suggestions for teenagers to develop healthy habits that will hopefully last a lifetime:

Exercise daily. This doesnt have to be hard or boring. You can take the dog for a walk, throw a Frisbee, rollerblade, wash your car or join a sports team.

Eat right. You are what you eat. Eating fat makes you fat, eating lean makes you lean. Avoid unhealthy fast food, which can be loaded with sodium and fat. Select nutritious fruits and vegetables instead of meat and fries. Exercise and stretch while watching TV rather than eating. Eat more small meals during the day instead of fewer large ones. Dont wait until you are hungry to start eating, you usually eat more.

And, one of the simplest and most effective lifestyle habits, always wear your seatbelt in the car and refrain from texting.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.