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Teen Health Care (11 – 21 Years)

As a teenager, you go through many changes. For one thing, your body is on its way to becoming its adult size. Have you noticed that you can’t fit into your old shoes or that your jeans are now 3 inches too short? Along with these changes, you are probably becoming more independent and making more of your own choices. Some of the biggest choices you face are about your health.

Why? Because healthy habits, including eating nutritiously and being physically active, can help you feel good, look good and do your best in school, work or sports. They might also prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke and some cancers when you are older. Now is the time to take charge of your health. Making even small changes for the better will help you look and feel your best!

Screening Tests for Teens (Ages 13-18).

Between the ages of 13 and 18, teens may require only 1 or 2 routine health exams, although more frequent exams may be needed depending on the student’s participation in schools, athletics, and camps. Checkups are an opportunity to prepare for teen health issues, including prevention of accidents, injury, and violence, and minimizing health risks from sexual activity and high-risk behaviors such as smoking, substance abuse, and overexposure to the sun. The health care provider can explain how eating habits and activity choices protect against obesity, diabetes, skin cancer, and even heart disease

The American Academy of Pediatrics includes the following in its recommended preventive services for teens:

  • Blood pressure, height, and weight need to be routinely checked. Vision and hearing tests are needed about every 3 years.
  • Vaccinations are updated as needed.
  • If the health care provider identifies risk factors, screening tests will be ordered. After the teen reaches sexual maturity, additional tests and exams may be appropriate due to menstruation or sexual activity (to screen for anemia and infections, for example).

Lifeboat Medical Associates wants your teenagers to be healthy and happy, that’s why we’ve included these links to some of the best websites for teen health questions. Check them out, you may learn something new.

TeenGrowth [ ]

TeenGrowth is a unique and interactive website specifically tailored toward the health interests and general well-being of the teenage population. TeenGrowth offers a secure environment to search for, request and receive valuable health care information on topics such as alcohol, drugs, emotions, health, family, friends, school, sex and sports.

TeensHealth [ ]

Welcome to TeensHealth! TeensHealth was created for teens looking for honest, accurate information and advice about health, relationships, and growing up. We offer a safe, private place that’s accessible 24 hours a day to get the doctor-approved info you need to understand the changes that you (or your friends) may be going through – and to make educated decisions about your life. There’s a lot of confusing, misleading, and just plain wrong health information on the Web – and our mission is to tell it to you straight.

Sex, Etc [ ]

Sex, Etc. is an award-winning national magazine and website on sexual health that is written by teens, for teens. It is part of the Teen-to-Teen Sexuality Education Project developed by Answer (formerly the Network for Family Life Education), a leading national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education. Answer is part of the Center for Applied Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

4Parents [ ] is part of a national public education campaign to provide parents with the information, tools and skills they need to help their teens make healthy choices, including waiting until marriage to have sex. Nothing is more important for a child, pre-teen, or teen than a caring parent.

If pre-teens and teens are going to make the choices that will help them grow up to be healthy adults, they need parents to talk with them about important topics like sex and relationships. is meant to give parents the information and guidance they need for having these conversations. was written by the Office of Public Health and Science, with expert consultation, and in response to public comment. is sponsored by the Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Population Affairs, and the Public Health Service. “Teen Chat,” and “Parents, Speak Up!” guides are the result of a collaborative effort between the Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Population Affairs, Office of Public Health and Science.