For teens, it can feel like everything is changing. Their bodies, their minds, and even their social circles change fast in middle and high school.

One of the best ways parents and caregivers can support teens is to help build a solid base of healthy habits. The resources below help you do just that.



A balanced diet is the foundation of good teen health. That means three wholesome meals a day, and nutritious snacks in between. To get there, fill your kitchen with washed fruits and vegetables, cheese sticks, or single-serving packs of yogurt and nuts. Having healthy options within easy reach guides teens toward a healthier life.

Check out the list below for more teen nutrition resources:


Healthy Eating (from

Healthy Eating

Healthy Attitudes Toward Food and Exercise

Weight Management


Drinking Water

Most teens don’t drink enough water. Without enough water, their brains and their bodies aren’t working as well as they could. They might also have low energy, or trouble maintaining a healthy weight. Just like nutrition (above), drinking enough water is key to overall health.

Learn more about adequate hydration and making healthy beverage choices.

Hydrate Right

Water, Hydration, and Health


Physical Activity

There are lots of benefits to physical activity. For teens (as well as adults), physical activity brings stress relief, disease prevention, energy boosts and better sleep. It can also be serious fun for teens who find an activity they like.

The resources below with help you find ways to get your teen involved in sports or exercise.

Tools for Getting and Staying Active

How Much Physical Activity do Children Need?

Physical Activity for Children and Teens

Fitness: Getting and Staying Active



Teens need more sleep (about nine hours per night) than adults. Getting those hours helps with performance in school and sports, and makes a big impact on physical and emotional health.

If your teen isn’t sleeping enough, the resources below can help you encourage them get the shuteye they need.

Teenagers and Sleep: How Much is Enough?

Sleep and Teens

Teenage Sleep Patterns

Sleep: Helping Your Children–and Yourself–Sleep Well


Stress Management

Stress is a fact of life for teens. And while they may seem overly emotional at times, teens can learn to manage stress in healthy ways. Here are some resources to help you help them.

If your child is struggling, you may want to speak with a behavioral health professional. You may also want to speak with your child’s primary care physician (though you don’t need a referral from him or her to see a behavioral health professional). For helping finding a qualified, in-network behavioral health professional, use MVP’s Find a Doctor tool.

How to Help Children and Teens Manage Their Stress

Stress Management: Helping Your Child With Stress


Other Teen Wellness Resources

Below are additional resources on various topics that may impact your teen, from annual check-ups, to development, to safe driving.

Adolescent Development

Body Image and Young Women

Depression in Children and Teens

Helping Your Teen Become a Safe Driver

The Importance of Annual Well-Child Visits

Intervention Strategies for Concerned Parents

Teen Health

Teen Relationship Abuse

Teen Smokers: Reasons to Quit

Tips for Parents of Teens