Teen Health Center

Nutrition Tips

Teen Health nurses can help you with nutrition and having a healthy lifestyle.

  • A healthy diet makes you feel good, fights illness, and boosts your immunity to resist  infections like the flu or COVID.
  • Good nutrition helps your skin, hair, nails, bone growth, and clear thinking. 
  • Exercise and fitness requires energy from a good diet.
  • Water is the most important nutrient. It’s essential in digestion, carrying waste, regulating body temperature and circulating blood. You need 6 to 8 glasses per day.
  • Don’t skip breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day!
  • Don’t skip meals. You need 3 meals a day with with 2 healthy snacks.
  • Teens need a balanced diet; food from all 5 food groups daily with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • An occasional burger & fries is fine, but if your daily diet consists of nothing but fast foods you may want to rethink your food choices.
  • One soda has tons of sugar in it as well as a lot of empty calories. There is no nutritional value in a soda.
  • More teens are overweight today than any other time in our history.
  • More teens are developing Type 2 diabetes because of overeating and adding extra pounds.
  • Excessive dieting or fasting can harm your health. 

For more information:

Contact your local health department, 877-337-1749
or visit www.kidshealth.org.