Adolescent Well-Care visits- 12-21 years of age: July 2012Did You Know
Moving through the teen years can be both wonderful and challenging for parents and teens alike. Many changes take place over the teen years physically, emotionally and socially. Whether they are in high school, preparing for college or working full - time, adolescents are making the transition into adulthood and independence.
Why Are Well-Care Visits Important?
Well care visits give health care providers a great opportunity to help teenagers who are at risk for preventable health problems. Counseling and treatment can help youngsters avoid or recover from problems including addictive behaviors like alcohol, smoking and drug use; eating or mental disorders; sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
The leading causes of adolescent fatal and non-fatal incidents are all avoidable. Well care services are one way for teens to get the help they need beforehand.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents leave the room for a portion of the exam so that adolescents may freely discuss confidential health issues with their provider. It helps to ensure that important health concerns will not be overlooked due to a teen's concern for privacy. This also provides a "bridge" toward becoming an adult and handling health issues independently.
What's the Difference Between a Well-Care Exam and a Sports Physical?
Local high schools require athletes to provide proof of an annual physical exam in order to participate in high school sports. A sports physical is simply an exam that helps determine if it is safe for the athlete to participate in a particular sport. An annual well-care visit gives physicians a chance to perform a thorough physical exam and health assessment. It's also a good chance to address important adolescent issues.
What is BMI?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a tool used to determine approximate body fat. This is done by measuring height and weight. The BMI will then be plotted on a chart specific to an adolescent's age and sex. This chart provides percentile rankings that let doctors compare them to others of the same sex and age. This is important because healthy weight ranges change monthly as adolescents get older. During the well-care visit be sure to ask the doctor if your son or daughter is in a healthy BMI range for their age.
Would you like to WIN?
- If your teen is turning 12-21 years of age in 2012 and completes a well-care visit by December 31, 2012, his/her name will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of our featured prizes. If they have already had a well-care visit this year, their name has already been entered the drawing. Please click on the link provided below for additional prize information.
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Learn the facts
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD). Using the BMI-for-Age Growth Charts, 2012.
- Healthy People 2020. Adolescent Health, 2012.