Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) January 9, 2005
Finding a trusted family physician is like having an extra parent--someone who can diagnose your childÂs illnesses and can also offer advice on subjects from acne and puberty to emerging teen sexuality and drug usage. The doctor is in. In his new book, GodÂs Design for the Highly Healthy Teen (Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-24032-8, $14.99), Walt Larimore, M.D. addresses the gamut of health issues facing teens and pre-teens today.
Throughout the book, Dr. Larimore candidly answers questions regarding critical teen health issues such as obesity, dieting, ADD/ADHD diagnosis, disciplining teens, STDs, body-piercing, self-injury, sports and steroids, choosing friends, and others. By defining the BibleÂs explanation of health, and guiding parents as they seek to equip their children, Larimore offers candid insights into these and other crucial issues facing teens today.
GodÂs Design for the Highly Healthy Teen includes Dr. LarimoreÂs Â4-WheelÂ assessment tool designed to help parents quickly evaluate where they need to improve in their quest to nurture a healthier teen. Dr. Larimore explains that raising a healthy teen is not dependent on physical well-being alone but requires an assessment of four major areas:
- The Physical WheelÂfor teens to be physically healthy, disease must be prevented whenever possible and treated as needed.
- The Emotional WheelÂbeing emotionally healthy means learning to cope with and actually embrace the full spectrum of human emotions that teens will face daily in their adolescent years.
- The Relational WheelÂrelational, or social, health might be defined as the state maximum well-being in a teenÂs social relationshipsÂthose with siblings, family, friends, schoolmates, etc.
- The Spiritual WheelÂpossibly the most crucial wheel, a teenÂs spiritual health provides meaning, purpose and joyÂthe cornerstone of true health.
Dr. Larimore states that teens will not be highly healthy and will not grow to be highly healthy adults unless they get equal amounts of ÂairÂ in all four wheels.
ÂHighly healthy teens will be those young men and women whose four health wheels are inflated with self-confidence and balanced with parental love and direction,Â he writes. ÂWhen the four wheels are working synchronously, parents will see their teens become as healthy as possibleÂand be satisfied as well.Â
The book provides graph illustrations which can be copied, or downloaded from LarimoreÂs website for parents (http://www.highlyhealthy.net) to use when making observations on a teenagerÂs health, allowing them to quickly evaluate their teen on his ÂFour WheelÂsÂ of assessment.
He then offers a formula for scoring the assessment, and directions in how to move forward to grow your children toward better health.
GodÂs Design for the Highly Healthy Teen is the only guide parents will ever need to navigate the most intimidating stage (both for them, and their teens) of their pre-teen and teenagersÂ lives.
To request a review copy, or interview with Dr. Larimore, contact Shanon Underwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-498-2189.
Walt Larimore, M.D. has been a medical journalist since 1995. He hosted a nationally-syndicated health news feature and has appeared on NBC's Today show, CBS This Morning, CNN Headline News and PBSÂs Family Works. He practiced family medicine for over twenty years, served as a volunteer physician for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and has been named in Distinguished Physicians of America, Best Doctors in America and WhoÂs Who in Healthcare and Medicine. He has written or co-written a dozen books, including Alternative Medicine, 10 Essentials of Highly Healthy People, and The Highly Healthy Child. He and his wife, Barb, have two grown children, and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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