God's Design For the Highly Healthy Teen (God's Design For Total Health Series)
This book will be your guide through these difficult years in your teen's life. It's not a "how-to" manual or a ten-step guidebook. Rather, the principles and essentials discussed within the pages are designed to equip your teen to live...
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This book will be your guide through these difficult years in your teen's life. It's not a "how-to" manual or a ten-step guidebook. Rather, the principles and essentials discussed within the pages are designed to equip your teen to live and share God's design for highly healthy life - a balance of physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health.
God's design for the highly healthy life provides a powerful balance of physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health - even for the teen years!
Teens face choices every day that either enhance or threaten their whole health. At school, through the media and friends, teens are hit with influences they have never faced before. Your teen needs your help now more than ever!
How can you coach your teen through the threats of drugs, alcohol, addiction, and sexually transmitted diseases?
What can you do about nutrition, eating disorders, self-image, and the frightening rise of obesity?
How does a parent respond to tattoos, piercings, and internet porn?
Is there a way to navigate the pressures of academics, sports, and over-commitment to find the healthy balance of stimulation and rest?
What physical changes are normal? When is it time to seek medical care? How do you find the best doctor?
How does a parent ease fears and adjustments, respect privacy, and intervene when needed?
Good news. The doctor is in! Dr. Walt Larimore has seen it all - as a family physician, a dad, a medical journalist, and now your doctor on call. He equips you to powerfully protect and enhance your teen's health during these critical (and often scary) teen years.
ASSESS YOUR TEEN'S HEALTH: Use the simple 4 Wheels tool to identify the weakest "spokes' in your teen's health.
FIND THE SPOKE THAT'S BROKE: Zero in first where your teen's health is most out of balance. Discover timeless principles coupled with late-breaking research and answers to your questions.
BENEFIT FROM IMMEDIATE ACTION: Follow practical, achievable advice, resulting in positive changes in your teen's life.
ContentsForeword by Dr. Gary Chapman . . . . 13"The Doctor Will See You Now". . . . 15Getting the Most Out of This Book. . . . 17PART ONE: THE START OF ADOLESCENCE1. What Is a Highly Healthy Teen?. . . . 21- What is health? - What is a highly healthy teen? - What role does spirituality play? - The Bible''s perspectives on health - A teen''s four wheels of health-physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual2. Assessing Your Teen''s Health. . . . 35- The four wheels of health - The physical wheel: exercise, rest, nutrition/substance abuse, and growth/immunizations - The emotional wheel: love/respect, affirmation/appreciation, media/ learning, and boundaries - The relational wheel: relationship with parents, family relationships, connectedness, and performance in school/extracurricular activities - The spiritual wheel: personal relationship with God, prayer, spiritual instruction, and spiritual activity - What the whole picture looks like3. We Have Ignition: Preparing for the Puberty Years . . . . 55- Navigating the explosive growth of the puberty years - Communicating with your teens about what to expect during the physical changes ahead - Staying one step ahead - Suggested ways to get "The Talk" started - The "precocious puberty" trend - The river of hormones now running through their bodies - Learning to speak their "love languages"PART TWO: THE PHYSICAL WHEEL 4. You''re Two-Thirds of the Way There. . . . 75- An important teen health issue-driving at age sixteen - Breaking down your teen''s growth - How boys'' bodies will change in the next few years - Body hair, voice cracking, and even breast development in boys - How girls'' bodies will change in the next few years - Breast development, pubic hair, and acne - Variations in the onset of puberty - Physiological changes - "Short stature" children5. Finding the Right Examination Room. . . . 97- Making the transition from a pediatrician to a family doctor - Remaining your teen''s health care quarterback - The doctor''s role-your teen''s health care coach - Understanding the G-UE- S-T acrostic as it relates to health care - How to find a doctor who respects your worldview and role as parents - Doing background checks and asking around - Getting the most out of your health care plan - The right relationship between a doctor and a teen patient - What happens during boys'' physicals - The importance for your teen boy to learn how to do testicular cancer selfexaminations - What happens during girls'' physicals - Why pelvic exams are not medically necessary during the teen years - What to expect if a pelvic exam is performed - The importance for your teen girl to learn to do breast self-examinations - Why and what immunizations are still needed during the teen years6. The Cut Look and Cutting Looks. . . . 117- Searching for the "cut" look - The steroid shortcut - The truth about supplements like creatine and ephedra - Sources of unbiased testing information regarding nutritional supplements - Couch potato kids - The expansion of obese teens in this country - Determining your teen''s Body Mass Index - The principles of good nutrition - The differences between "good" calories and "bad" calories - Eating principles to live by - Fast food and fast calories - Parents who don''t cook - The importance of eating dinner together - The latest teen trend: gastric bypass surgery - What to look for regarding anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorders - A pyramid for nutritional health7. For Appearance'' Sake. . . . 145- When your teens think they''re ugly - Building self-confidence and self-image - The importance of the way teens look - When teens want to do something crazy to their hair - What to do about the rising popularity of tattoos and "body art" - Piercing eyebrows, navels, and places you don''t want to know about - Fads that are way out there-tongue splitting and toe shortening - Why girls are having breast augmentation - Cosmetic surgery - Clearing up acnePART THREE: THE EMOTIONAL WH
Dr. Walt Larimore has been a medical journalist since 1995. He hosted a nationally syndicated health news feature and has appeared on NBC's The Today Show; CBS Good Morning; CNN Headline News and PBS' Family Works. He practiced family medicine for over twenty years, served as a volunteer physician for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and has been named in Distinguished Physicians of America, Best Doctors in America, and Who's Who in Healthcare and Medicine. He has written or co-written a dozen books, including: Bryson City Tales, Alternative Medicine, 10 Essentials of Highly Healthy People, The Honeymoon Of Your Dreams and His Brain, Her Brain.
Mike Yorkey, with thirty books to his credit, is a long-suffering San Diego Padres fan living in Encinitas, California. He most well known as the editor and author of Every Man Series