promote – [pruh-moht] – verb to help or encourage to exist of flourish; further
Youth are in a critical period of rapid biological and socio-emotional development in which they gain independence, take risks and form behaviors that carry into adulthood. This goal is intended to provide youth with opportunities to develop healthy behaviors surrounding their physical, mental, and behavioral choices. This goal also supports comprehensive and collaborative efforts. While health professionals can serve as a great resource for helping to address the health needs of adolescents, numerous other stakeholders and partners can also support this work.