Many of us have teenagers of our own or know someone who does. As adults, we want what is best for our adolescents - to stay healthy, active, and happy. Being a role model and leading by example is incredibly important. We want our teens to learn our positive behaviors and emulate them. In return, they will most likely engage in constructive actions like the person they look up to. Eating healthy foods, refraining from drugs and alcohol, exercising daily, and leading the best stress- free lifestyle, will encourage them to do the same.
Depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability in adolescents. Suicide is second. Mental health awareness is so incredibly important. April is stress-awareness month. Being in tune with your adolescent, by asking how their day was at school and really listening to their needs can make a huge impact. My client, Kelly Schweitzer, Certified School Psychologist, encourages adolescents to move their bodies. “It is not only important for physical health, but for mental health and cognitive development too. Research shows that regular exercise is linked to overall improvement in mental health, attention and academic performance, and cognitive development,” Kelly states.
We all know exercise can boost confidence and well being. Many adolescents are involved in sports or extracurricular activities. Once they find their passion, it can mentally and physically boost their confidence. As a parent, we know that physical activity can release a positive outlet; one that may help them do well the next day in school, sleep better at night, or just feel better about themselves. Taking a walk or engaging in any activity together as a family will not only bring your family close, but increase positivity in your teen’s life. As they get older, they are capable of doing more things on their own; however, their need for love and support is in high demand.
According to State of Child Obesity, Kentucky had one of the highest prevalence for obesity rates in the nation - 38%- ages 10-17. Let’s get off the couch, put the phone and video games down, and move toward a better physical and mental state of mind and body!
Alison Cardoza, B.S. Exercise Science and Sports Medicine with a minor in Health Promotions from the University of Louisville. ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitour Group Exercise Instructor at Baptist Health Milestone Wellness Center. Former University of Louisville Ladybird and NFL Colts Cheerleader.
sponsored by Baptist Health/Milestone Welless Center