Saturday, 7 July 2007

Teens need vitamins too

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A unique study of more than 2,500 U.S. high school seniors in the December 2006 Journal of American Dietetic Association reported that vitamin use was related to some important differences in lifestyle and diet behaviors. Adolescents who took vitamins had a lower rate of smoking, were less likely to be overweight, were more physically active, watched less television, and had a healthier diet.

To find out what supplements might be appropriate for your children, check out choosing vitamins for kids and teens and remember that supplements are not substitutes for healthy dietary patterns. Adolescents should still be encouraged to adopt health patterns, rather than rely on dietary supplements for adequate nutrient intake.

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