(BPT) - Parents of teenagers face a delicate balancing act between taking care of their teens and allowing them freedom to make their own decisions. Teens themselves seem to understand the importance of good health; in a survey by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) two out of three surveyed teens said they worry a lot or a great deal about staying healthy. However, when it comes to handling health issues, parents need to remain in the driver’s seat.
"Parents need to know that it's going to be okay," says internationally recognized author and parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba, Ed.D. "Even though the teen years are a difficult time, we can't let the kids take the lead, especially with their health. Now more than ever parents must be vigilant and involved. There are actually some simple ways to help guide them – and not try to control them."
While teens face many health-related issues, experts recommend that parents focus on three key teen health issues and consider some simple approaches to instill good habits solutions:
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