When it comes to the nation’s 42 million adolescents, there are many opportunities for adults to contribute to adolescents’ health and healthy development. The second decade is the time of life when bodies, minds, and emotions are changing and growing more rapidly than at any time other than infancy, and when guidance and interventions can really make a difference. During this natural transition to adulthood, adolescents begin to make more of their own health choices, from what they eat to how they spend their time — choices that can have implications for their short- and long-term health.
And although adolescents no longer need constant supervision, they do still need and even want support, guidance, and information from adults they can trust.
Individuals and organizations that care about young people are urged to join this effort and identify ways to promote the health and healthy development of adolescents.
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