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Top Seven Wellness Tips

Get the answers straight from the experts in these tips for teen wellness.

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"Cover your coughs and sneezes. Either cough into the inside of your elbow or use a tissue to cover it."

--Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician and Author of Baby 411

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"Wash your hands! Yes, your mom was right about that one -- that is one of the simplest things you can do to avoid illness. Always wash your hands before you eat, and after you have used the restroom. Germs live on computer keyboards, door knobs, etc."

--Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician and Author of Baby 411

"The most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick or getting the flu is washing your hands correctly and frequently throughout the day. It is important to wash your hands for example before eating, after using the bathroom, touching items or objects that are shared by others."

--Monica Collins, RN, BSN, MSN
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Kohl's School Nurse Liaison

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"Don't share drinks, water bottles, food, etc. Yes, it's tempting when you are in the school cafeteria or on the soccer field sidelines or basketball court, but make sure your water bottle is labeled so you remember which one is yours."

--Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician and Author of Baby 411

"It is tempting for teens to share food and drinks. These should be for individual use only. And no...turning the straw around in the can or cup does not keep the germs off."

--Walter Gaman, MD
Executive Medicine of Texas
www.emtexas.com

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"Kissing. Yes, this does spread germs. And yes, we all do it. Just make sure the person you are kissing isn't sick!"

--Ari Brown, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician and Author of Baby 411

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"It is important for teenagers to get plenty of sleep. Teens should typically get at least 8.5-9 hours of sleep per night. It is important for teens to stay physically active, keep hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids such as water and avoiding too many sugar loaded or caffeine loaded drinks."

--Monica Collins, RN, BSN, MSN
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Kohl's School Nurse Liaison

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"Teens should get a good start to every morning by eating a healthy breakfast and nutritious meals throughout the day. It is also essential for teens to manage their stress not only by getting a good night sleep and exercising regularly but by not over scheduling themselves.

Keep doing the activities that are the most important to you and cut out those activities that make you feel overwhelmed."

--Monica Collins, RN, BSN, MSN
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Kohl's School Nurse Liaison

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"Teen girls -- do not share make-up. Over the course of my medical career, I have seen a number of infectious diseases that have been spread by sharing lip gloss and mascara."

--Walter Gaman, MD
Executive Medicine of Texas
www.emtexas.com