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Bright Futures Patient Handout: 18-21 Year Visits

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Physical Growth and Development

Your Daily Life

  • Visit the dentist at least twice a year.

  • Protect your hearing at work, home, and concerts.

  • Eat a variety of healthy foods.

  • Eat breakfast every morning.

  • Drink plenty of water.

  • Make sure to get enough calcium.

    • Have 3 or more servings of low-fat (1%) or fat-free milk and other low-fat dairy products each day.

  • Aim for 1 hour of vigorous physical activity.

  • Be proud of yourself when you do something well.

Risk Reduction

Healthy Behavior Choices

  • Support friends who choose not to use drugs, alcohol, tobacco, steroids, or diet pills.

  • If you use drugs or alcohol, you can talk to us about it. We can help you with quitting or cutting down on your use.

  • Make healthy decisions about your sexual behavior.

  • If you are sexually active, always practice safe sex. Always use a condom to prevent STIs.

  • All sexual activity should be something you want. No one should ever force or try to convince you.

  • Find safe activities at school and in the community.

Violence and Injury Prevention

Violence and Injuries

  • Do not drink and drive or ride in a vehicle with someone who has been using drugs or alcohol.

    • If you feel unsafe driving or riding with someone, call someone you trust to drive you.

  • Always wear a seat belt in the car.

  • Know the rules for safe driving.

  • Never allow physical harm of yourself or others at home or school.

  • Always deal with conflict using nonviolence.

  • Remember that healthy dating relationships are built on respect and that saying “no” is OK.

  • Fighting and carrying weapons can be dangerous.

Emotional Well-Being

Your Feelings

  • Figure out healthy ways to deal with stress.

  • Try your best to solve problems and make decisions on your own.

  • Most people have daily ups and downs. But if you are feeling sad, depressed, nervous, irritable, hopeless, or angry, talk with me or another health professional.

  • We understand sexuality is an important part of your development. If you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you.

Social and Academic Competence

School and Friends

  • Take responsibility for being organized enough to succeed in work or school.

  • Find new activities you enjoy.

  • Consider volunteering and helping others in the community on an issue that interests or concerns you.

  • Form healthy friendships and find fun, safe things to do with friends.

  • As you get older, making and keeping friends is important. You may find that you drift away from some of your old friends—that's normal.

  • Evaluate your friendships and keep those that are healthy.

  • It is still important to stay connected with your family.

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  • Remembering Dr. Russell Irons

    To All our Quincy Pediatrics Families, Friends, Patients and Colleagues,
    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Russell Irons, January 3, 1927-July 28, 2019.  Dr. Russell Irons touched the lives of so many people as a beloved physician, father, grandfather, friend, and colleague.  Dr. Irons started Quincy Pediatrics in 1971 and provided exceptional care to his patients for over forty-five years.   Dr. Irons will be remembered for his compassion, sharp intellect, contagious laugh, and love for his family, friends, colleagues, patients, and Becket/Chimney Corners family.   The love and gratitude we all feel for him cannot be expressed in words.   The legacy of Dr. Russell Irons will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.