Sex, Drugs, Diet Top Issues For Parents

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National Poll on Children's Health reveals top 10 issues parents want doctors to address with adolescents during routine check-ups.

When parents bring their children in for routine check-ups many are hoping the doctors and nurse practitioners caring for them will do more than just check blood pressure, listen to their heart and provide any necessary vaccinations.

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Parents with adolescent-age children also want health care providers to talk with their kids about issues related to sexuality, diet, drug abuse and tobacco use, according to a report released today by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

The National Poll on Children's Health - which asked parents of 11- to 17-year-old kids to rate 18 health-related topics for health care providers to address during an adolescent's routine check-up - found that diet/nutrition, exercise/sports and the physical changes of puberty were the overall top three issues parents want discussed, followed by drugs, tobacco, sexually transmitted diseases and depression/suicide.

Top 10 topics parents consider very important for doctors to discuss with adolescents, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health:

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