Adolescents represent the well-being of a society and its development potential - and good health helps ensure independence, security, and productivity across the life course (the World Health Organization defines young people as individuals between the ages of 10 and 24 years old. Adolescents comprise the 10-19 year-old age group and youth the 15-24 year old age group). Many NCDs are associated with behaviors that are established in adolescence, including harmful use of alcohol, tobacco use, sedentary lifestyle, and an unhealthy diet, which disproportionately affects poor, vulnerable and less educated sections of our communities.
The good news is that it is much easier to establish positive health behaviors early in life than to change risk behaviors during middle-age. We can improve the quality of lives of adolescents through multisectorial collaboration by scaling-up evidence-based interventions, so that all adolescents live a healthy life.