Health Tips

Planting “SSEEDs” for Healthy Adolescents

If you think your child isn’t listening to you, think again. During the adolescent period from age 10 through 26, the College of Medicine’s Dr. Lisa Barkley*, says parents have a tremendous opportunity to plant the “SSEED” for healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

According to Dr. Barkley, parents don’t have to be perfect. However, they should be good role models for the types of healthy lifestyle habits they’re trying to instill in their adolescents.

*Dr. Barkley treats patients at UCF Pegasus Health, and is the Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at the UCF College of Medicine.

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