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Adolescence is a crucial period with marked physical, emotional, and intellectual changes, as well as changes in social roles, relationships and expectations. All of these are important for the development of the individual and provide the foundation for adulthood. Establishing healthy behavior is a vital part of this foundation.

Adolescents Is Ages 10-24

Adolescents are not just teenagers. Adolescents and young adults include age 10-24 years in three developmental stages: early adolescence (10-14 years of age); middle adolescence (15-17 years of age); later adolescence and young adulthood (18-24 years of age).

Improving the health of adolescents and young adults is a priority for Iowa. Lifestyle behaviors developed during adolescence have immediate consequences that often continue into adulthood. These behaviors influence short- and long-term prospects for health, educational attainment, risk of chronic disease, and quality of life. Investment in the health of youth has long-term benefits.

Adolescent Well Visit

Teens experience many changes, from physical and emotional changes to social roles and relationship changes. Creating healthy behaviors early on will play an important role into adulthood. How do you know if something is healthy or not? Talking to your doctor is a great start. Call your doctor and schedule (you and) your teen a well visit!

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