How Adults Can Help Adolescents Eat Well
- The CDC Guide to Strategies to Increase the Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides ten action steps and strategies to encourage healthy eating habits in communities and schools.
- How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label: Adults can help adolescents learn how to understand the food they are eating by following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s how-to guide on understanding nutrition labels.
- MyPlate for Teens: Adults can provide adolescents with tip sheets created to guide healthy eating, such as USDA’s 10 Tips for Teen Girls: Eat Smart and Be Active as You Grow and 10 Tips for Teen Guys: Choose the Foods You Need to Grow.
- Nutrition.gov for Teens: Nutrition.gov provides nutritional resources for adolescents and caregivers of adolescents, covering topics such as body image and weight management.
- BMI Percentile Calculator for Child and Teen: With this CDC BMI calculator, adults can understand healthy BMIs for children and adolescents ages 2-19. This resource also provides steps for adults to help encourage children and adolescents to maintain a healthy BMI.
- MyPlate Plan: Adolescents can personalize their nutrition plan based on their age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level.
- Healthy Habits: This 4-H program promotes the health of underserved adolescents (grades 4-12) in more than 30 states by providing information on nutritional deficiencies, healthy food choices, and physical activity.
- Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers: This HHS guide provides tips for teens on how they can maintain good nutritional habits by choosing healthy foods and beverages.
- USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food: To help individuals determine food costs, USDA has developed weekly estimates at thrifty, low-cost, moderate-cost, and liberal cost levels.
- BAM! Dining Decisions App: This app developed by CDC helps adolescents practice healthy food choices in an interactive format.
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 – 2020: Adults can learn more about good nutrition practices across different age groups, including adolescents, through the USDA and HHS’s dietary guidelines.
- Adolescent Health Library: Check out Adolescent Physical Health and Nutrition Resources and Publications in the Adolescent Health Library for even more tools related to adolescent nutrition.
Content last reviewed on July 22, 2019