Teen Health from Head to Toe
Exploring Issues and Risks
by Mary O'Reilly
September 2020, 251pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6532-9
$69, £54, 60€, A95
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The health issues teens face are heavily influenced by the biology of their still-developing bodies and the impacts of their lifestyle choices.

This book offers a head-to-toe look at the health concerns most pertinent to teens and young adults as well as what they can do to safeguard their health. It also provides general information on anatomy and function.

Many of the United States’ top health problems—including heart attack, stroke, and complications from type 2 diabetes—are relatively uncommon among teens and young adults. There are, however, a number of health risks that are of particular concern for individuals between the ages of 13 and 25. Many of the behaviors this age group is likely to participate in—from listening to loud music to vaping to constantly using smartphones—can have a profound impact on their health.

This book examines these threats to teen health using a top-to-bottom organization that focuses on particular parts of the body and systems. Each chapter provides background information on the anatomy and function of each part or system before diving into the issues most pertinent to teens. Readers will discover how these threats arise, how they can affect health both now and in the future, and what can be done to prevent, treat, or minimize the impact of these threats. Each chapter also includes a selection of accessible further readings that can be used as a jumping-off point for additional research.


  • Addresses health issues of perennial concern, such as STIs and the dangers of smoking and drinking, as well as emerging hot topics, such as the dangers of too much sitting and the overuse of computer and smartphone screens
  • Features a unique head-to-toe layout that presents information in an organized and accessible way
  • Includes easy-to-understand explanations of the structure and function of each part of the body or system
  • Offers practical advice on how to safeguard the health of each part of the body or system, providing readers with the information they need to make better decisions in their daily lives
Mary O'Reilly, PhD, CIH, CPE, is adjunct professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) Albany School of Public Health, president of ARLS Consultants, Inc., and a founding member of Workplace Health Without Borders and its U.S. branch. She contributed essays to Greenwood's Environmental Health in the 21st Century: From Air Pollution to Zoonotic Diseases (2018) and coauthored several chapters in the forthcoming seventh edition of Patty's Industrial Hygiene. She is the 2016 recipient of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Alice Hamilton Award.
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