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Why Physical Health is Important for Youth

According to the National Institute of Health, “adolescence is a unique and transitional time of physical, cognitive, socioemotional, and moral development.” Adolescence is also a time when many young people fall victim to chronic health conditions such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. In fact, nearly one in five young adults in the United States suffers from a chronic health condition. The good news is that New Jersey offers a variety of services for physical health, developmental disorders, mental health, and substance use to help young people maintain their health and wellbeing.

It’s important for young people to get regular checkups with a doctor or other healthcare provider. These checkups can help identify any problems early on, when they’re easier to treat. Early intervention can also prevent more serious health problems from developing later on.

There are many different types of physical healthcare services available for young people in New Jersey. These include:

Primary care: This is the type of care you get from a family doctor, pediatrician, or nurse practitioner. They can provide routine checkups, immunizations, and treatment for minor illnesses and injuries.

Specialty care: This is the type of care you get from a doctor who specializes in a certain area of medicine, like cardiology or orthopedics. If you have a chronic health condition, you may see a specialist for ongoing care.

Behavioral health: This type of care includes services to address mental health, substance use, and other behavioral issues. Behavioral health providers can offer counseling, therapy, and medication management.

For youth already involved with a care management organization, the CMO can assist them with accessing healthcare resources. The CMO uses a Wraparound Approach to plan and manage services to help reach the goals of each child. They can also help connect youth to community resources and support services.

Accessing Physical Healthcare Services

The process of accessing physical healthcare services for NJ youth depends on the type of service that is needed. Generally, youth can receive services through their school, pediatrician, a clinic, or a hospital.

If you are unsure how to access physical healthcare services for your child and are already working with a local CMO, they can help guide you to the appropriate resources.

Benefits of Using Physical Healthcare Services

There are many benefits to using physical healthcare services. Some of these benefits include:

– Improved overall health and well-being

– Decreased risk of injury or illness

– Earlier detection and treatment of health problems

– Increased access to specialist care and support

– Better coordination of care across different healthcare settings


What are the different types of physical healthcare services available for youth in NJ?

There are a variety of physical healthcare services available for youth in NJ. Some of the most common services include:

– General checkups and health screenings
– Eye exams and vision screenings
– Dental exams and teeth cleanings
– Immunizations and vaccinations
– Physical therapy and rehabilitation services
– Sports medicine services
– Speech pathology services

What are some myths about physical healthcare services for youth in NJ?

There are many myths surrounding physical healthcare for youth in New Jersey. One common myth is that physical healthcare is only important for older individuals. However, this is not the case, and it is important for young people to receive quality physical healthcare as well. 

Another myth holds that young people are invulnerable to serious health problems and do not need to receive routine check-ups or screenings. This could not be further from the truth- all individuals, no matter their age, need to receive quality healthcare in order to maintain their health and wellbeing.

As such, it is essential that all youth in New Jersey have access to quality physical healthcare. Sadly, this is not always the case. Oftentimes, youth lack insurance coverage or face other barriers that prevent them from receiving the physical healthcare services they need and deserve. If you are working with a CMO, they can help you navigate the healthcare system and seek adequate care for their children.

How can I support my child’s physical health?

There are many ways to support your child’s physical health. Some simple tips include: 

– Encouraging them to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. 
– Helping them to get enough exercise every day by being active together as a family. 
– Making sure they get plenty of rest and relaxation. 
– Teaching them healthy habits like handwashing and not sharing food or drinks. 
– Taking them for regular checkups with the doctor and dentist. 

These are just a few ideas, but there are many other ways you can support your child’s physical health. Talk to their doctor or school nurse for more information.

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