This page is designed specifically for teens. There are often things that you may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed talking to your parents or friends about. Many of these topics are covered below. Explore the information below and if your have more questions let your parent/doctor know.
Vaginal bleeding that occurs in girls/women due to hormonal changes over the course of a monthly cycle. Periods are triggered by a process called ovulation. Ovulation occurs once a month when an egg is released from your ovary.
A healthy diet is made up of a variety of foods from the different food groups (dairy, meat, vegetable, fruit, and grain). The amount of food needed depends on your age and activity level. A recommended diet for healthy teens is a follows:
The amount of calories you need to keep your weight steady depends on your age, weight, height, and activity level. The following table gives a general idea on how many calories you should get in a day.
|Activity Level||Calories Needed per Day to Maintain Weight|
|Not active (no exercise)||1,800|
|Somewhat active (exercise some days of week)||2,000|
|Active (exercise most days of week)||2,300|
It is recommended that you should get 60 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. This can include scheduled aerobic activity (running, biking, swimming) or it can include fun physical activities (playing a sport, hiking, working in the yard, etc.).
Changing your daily routines can also help you get some exercise throughout the day. Small changes like taking the stairs, walking can add up and make a difference.
One in three high school girls think they are overweight. This is not true. In reality, only a small portion of teens are overweight.
To determine if you are at healthy weight, a formula is used to calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index). Click here and plug in your height, weight, and age and your BMI will be calculated.
The following table gives definitions of weight based on BMI.
|Normal weight||18.5 – 24.9|
|Obese||30 or greater|
For some very overweight teens who have failed diet and exercise, additional programs through your doctor’s office might be needed. Please visit the sites below to learn more information.
Nutrition Solutions https://www.nutritionsolutionsonline.com/
Obesity Support Group https://www.obesityhelp.com/
Obesity Action Coalition https://www.obesityaction.org/home/index.php
Some links to healthy diets and nutrition are listed below.
BAM! Body and Mind Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/bam/nutrition/index.html
National Agricultural Library www.nutrition.gov
American Dietetic Association www.eatright.org
National Association for Health and Fitness www.physicalfitness.org
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion- Healthy Schools Healthy Youth! www.verbnow.com
Birth control (contraception) are medications or devices that are used to prevent pregnancy. Some types of birth control also help to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Not all types of birth control work to reduce the risk of STIs.
Cherokee County (864) 487-2705
Greenville County (864) 282-4100
Pickens County (864) 898-5965
Spartanburg County (864) 596-2227
Union County (864) 429-1690
Sexually transmitted diseases or infections (STIs) are infections that are transmitted by sexual contact (oral, vaginal, penile, or anal). They are passed through skin to skin contact or passage of bodily fluids.
The facts about STIs
Planned Parenthood Association of America www.plannedparenthood.org
All information by ACOG Committee on Adolescent Health Care. 2009. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 409 12th ST., SW, PO Box 96920, Washington DC 20090.