Teenage Health & Wellbeing is important at anewu Sligo. I have worked with children as a Montessori Teacher for over 7 years and I have been a Scout Leader working with older children for over 5 years. I am also a mum to 2 teenage girls, and am fully aware of the challenges that we face as parents when it comes to teenage health & wellbeing.
Statistics show that 1 in 4 children in Ireland are either overweight or obese.
Many chronic diseases, such as Type II diabetes, low bone density and heart conditions along with childhood obesity, are preventable! Empowering children and teenagers with the education and choices that directly affect their health & wellbeing is the key. At anewu Sligo, the ethos is to give them the information and access to their own motivation, rather than merely telling them what to eat or what to do.
Poor nutritional choices and blood sugar imbalances can lead to irritability, poor behaviour, low concentration levels and bad sleeping patterns for both adults and children. In relation to child and teenage health & wellbeing these negative side effects may be construed as bad behaviour and are easily addressed.
At anewu Sligo I use nutritional knowledge, health coaching and wellness techniques to address issues that affect the teenager directly. They are the client at all times. It will be down to accessing exactly what they want for themselves. Many teenagers face poor energy, lack of confidence, bullying issues as well as other health factors which may cause poor overall wellness now and in the future.
Teenage Health & Wellbeing is vital for their long term health
I work with the teenager and the parent(s) within the abilities and constraints that surround the family situation. Weight loss for teenagers is a delicate subject, and must be dealt with in a sensitive and caring manner. As a teenager who had weight issues and suffered from associated bullying, I have some deep empathy with teenagers in the same situation.
Educating teenagers around the connection between how they feel and what they eat really can set them up for healthier habits for their future and empower them in relation to their long term health.