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About TAG

Adolescence is an important time for promoting health and preventing disease; one that is sometimes overlooked. Most of the nation’s 42 million adolescents are generally healthy. In recent years, the United States has seen declines in teen births, smoking, and substance use, as well as higher academic achievement for younger adolescents. However, all adolescents can benefit from guidance on how to improve their health and development during these years—and for some, serious challenges remain. Learn more about Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) in the sections below and get your networks to join the call-to-action with the TAG Toolkit.

What is TAG?

TAG calls on organizations and individuals working with adolescents to prioritize activities that improve health. Learn how the effort began.

Risks & Protective Factors

See how experimentation and risk-taking can affect adolescent health negatively and positively.

Five Essentials for Healthy Adolescents

Learn the essential components to adolescent health and the framework for TAG.

TAG Registered Trademark

Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Learn about using the trademark.

Follow and Promote TAG

Here are five ways YOU can get involved with TAG and help improve adolescent health and healthy development:

  1. Subscribe to OAH’s monthly e-newsletter
  2. Follow @TeenHealthGov and #TAG42mil on Twitter
  3. Promote TAG to your networks
  4. Take action to improve adolescent health
  5. Share your successful strategies


Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on February 26, 2019