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Bright Futures Patient Handout: 11-14 Year Visits

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Physical Growth and Development

Your Growing and Changing Body

  • Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day.

  • Visit the dentist twice a year.

  • Wear your mouth guard when playing sports.

  • Eat 3 healthy meals a day.

  • Eating breakfast is very important.

  • Consider choosing water instead of soda.

  • Limit high-fat foods and drinks such as candy, chips, and soft drinks.

  • Try to eat healthy foods.

  • 5 fruits and vegetables a day

  • 3 cups of low-fat milk, yogurt, or cheese

  • Eat with your family often.

  • Aim for 1 hour of moderately vigorous physical activity every day.

  • Try to limit watching TV, playing video games, or playing on the computer to 2 hours a day (outside of homework time) .

  • Be proud of yourself when you do something good.

Risk Reduction

Healthy Behavior Choices

  • Find fun, safe things to do.

  • Talk to your parents about alcohol and drug use.

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

  • Talk about relationships, sex, and values with your parents.

  • Talk about puberty and sexual pressures with someone you trust.

  • Follow your family's rules.

Emotional Well-Being

How You Are Feeling

  • Figure out healthy ways to deal with stress.

  • Spend time with your family.

  • Always talk through problems and never use violence.

  • Look for ways to help out at home.

  • It's important for you to have accurate information about sexuality, your physical development, and your sexual feelings. Please consider asking me if you have any questions.

Social and Academic Competence

School and Friends

  • Try your best to be responsible for your schoolwork.

  • If you need help organizing your time, ask your parents or teachers.

  • Read often.

  • Find activities you are really interested in, such as sports or theater.

  • Find activities that help others.

  • Spend time with your family and help at home.

  • Stay connected with your parents.

Violence and Injury Prevention

Violence and Injuries

  • Always wear your seatbelt.

  • Do not ride ATVs.

  • Wear protective gear including helmets for playing sports, biking, skating, and skateboarding.

  • Make sure you know how to get help if you are feeling unsafe.

  • Never have a gun in the home. If necessary, store it unloaded and locked with the ammunition locked separately from the gun.

  • Figure out nonviolent ways to handle anger or fear. Fighting and carrying weapons can be dangerous. You can talk to me about how to avoid these situations.

  • Healthy dating relationships are built on respect, concern, and doing things both of you like to do.

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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.