As the mom of teenagers I know it’s hard to convince them to be proactive in staying healthy. I can make my little ones march up to the sink and wash their hands, and they have yearly pediatric checkups and stay up to date with their shots. But when your kids hit the teen years you have less control and influence over their health. Mom Central notified me of a great new website and I want to pass the word on.
I Don’t Want To Miss…is a campaign aimed at teenagers to help them be proactive with their health so they won’t miss out on important and fun events. It’s got pages for teens, parents and teachers with lots of helpful info on keeping healthy. They are making it interesting for teens by association with American Idol. Right now they are sponsoring a PSA contest with a former American Idol contestant as a judge. Contestants create a video to submit that details how they are avoiding colds and flu and what events in their lives they don’t want to miss due to illness. I know my sons love any opportunity to make videos lol!
I learned from the site that the CDC has expanded their flu recommendations to include teens. I think this is great! I have had the flu, and I don’t think until you have actually had it do you ever realize how debilitating it really is! I would hate for any of my kiddos to experience it and I’m glad that now the guidelines have been updated…this means more doctors and insurance carriers will hop on board and spread the word as well. Prevention is key, and knowledge is power!
So I encourage you to check out the site and have your kiddos look into the contest as well. We need all the help we can get to make keeping healthy more fun!