How to Plan a Healthy Diet & Meals for Teenagers

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All people, especially teenagers, need to eat and diet as healthily as possible. Find out how to plan a healthy diet and meals for teenagers with help from an expert in the medical field in this free video clip.

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My name is Dwan Kelsey, and I'm a nurse practitioner with wellLife, a diabetes clinic and educational resource center located in Raleigh, North Carolina, and we will be discussing how to plan a healthy diet for teens. If you have a teenager that is obese, if you have a teenager that has a significant family history of high blood pressure or diabetes, is to have that conversation with that teenager explaining and discussing why you need to change the way that you eat. The other thing is at the same time the teenager is not going to change their habits if the family does not change their habits. So it's not just a teenager problem, it is now a family problem because typically if the teenager is obese, 50 percent of the time there's an adult in the household that is obese too. So when we start to talk about how to make a healthy meal plan for the teenagers, we have to start about talking about how to make a healthy meal plan for the family to start with, and then specifically for teenagers, start with what they're already eating. So whatever they are eating, how can we make that healthier, so if they are eating, I have several patients that actually leave their high schools you know they can leave the high schools to go eat lunch out. Well if they're already going out to eat, then let's see what else is on the menu that we can choose a healthier choice since you're already at this particular location. So I think that it starts is multi factorally, it has to be not only what the teenager is already eating, but also what the family is willing to change to help them out and the teenager. That was basic information. Make sure to consult with your health care provider.

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