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CHICAGO, IL, As schools break for summer, most teens look forward to staying up late, sleeping in, and having their first jobs, while their parents may worry about common summer health risks. In fact, a new survey supported by the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) reveals that one in four parents of young teens are extremely or very concerned about their young teen's health during the summer months. Notably, heat exhaustion is the top health concern for 35 percent of parents and 75 percent will insist that their young teens wear sunscreen to ensure their child has a safe and healthy summer. In addition, almost 30 percent of parents believe it is extremely or very important to take their adolescents to the doctor for a summer health visit and almost two out of three believe it is extremely important for their young teens to get vaccinated against infectious diseases. To help educate parents about how to keep their young teens happy, healthy and active over the summer, the National PTA today launched the campaign "Summer Break What's at Stake?" Parents and caregivers are encouraged to visit www.pta.org to obtain useful information about summer health.

"PTA is dedicated to ensuring that children stay healthy and productive not only in school but also over summer break," said Anna Weselak, president, National PTA. "It's clear from the survey results that parents are aware that certain health and lifestyle risks may pose a threat to their young teens. We encourage parents across the nation to take an active role in preparing their children for the great summer they deserve."

According to the survey, 92 percent of parents plan to maintain open communication with their children to ensure that they have a safe summer. In fact, online safety is a top summer safety concern for parents of young adolescents and 41 percent are extremely or very concerned about proper decision-making in an unsafe situation. In a
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