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Poison Prevention

Each year, children, teenagers, and adults alike are accidentally poisoned.  Drug-related poisonings account for 70,000 hospital visits, and result in 35,000 deaths a year (Poison Help 2017).  Poisons include, but are not limited to, prescription medicines, painkillers, cleaning substances, cosmetics, and foreign toys or objects.  In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, here is a…

Are these foods really healthy?

Eating healthy can be harder than we think, especially when words such as “low fat,” “high fiber,” “multigrain” and “natural” can fool even the most sophisticated customers into believing what they’re buying is healthful. So let’s take a quick look at some foods that are thought to be healthy, but really may not be as healthy…

Unplug to Recharge

As teens, there are many factors working together to wreak havoc on our sleep schedules. Between early school start times, late bedtimes, and high stress levels, we are at risk for chronic sleep deprivation and the health risks that come along with it, such as: mental health issues higher risk of obesity dependence on sleep…

It’s a Matter of the Heart

Helpful Tips to Stay Heart Healthy Obviously, your heart is a very important part of your body. Without it, blood would not be able to be pumped to all your other vital organs. The happier your heart is, the healthier your body will be! Here are 5 easy ways to keep your ticker beating like usual!…

Teen Dating Violence

Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.  Teens often think some behaviors, such as teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence. Teen dating violence is an issue that is gaining more and more attention. It…

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® January 23-29, 2017

The National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is holding its annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® from January 23-29, 2017. Taking part in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® provides an opportunity to help teens SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drug and alcohol use. Quick facts about…

The “Kissing” Disease

Mono: the dreaded “kissing disease” that can ruin sport seasons, attendance records, and trap you at home for weeks.  Obviously, no one wants to be infected with mono, but the illness is very contagious and more common than you would think.  Did you know that almost everyone is affected by mono by the time they…

How to Make Your Next Fast Food Run Healthier

Find yourself at a fast food restaurant with friends but trying to eat healthy? Well, here are some tips to making your fast food rendezvous with friends healthier: McDonald’s: Order grilled chicken instead of crispy/fried Ask for fruits and walnuts as a side Skip the mayo in a burger, if you want to reduce even more…

Sugar in Disguise

Let’s face it, it may taste sweet, but too much sugar can be unhealthy, causing diabetes or heart disease. Added sugar may be the single most unhealthy ingredient in the modern diet! Most times, these added sugars are hidden within processed foods, so we don’t even realize we are eating it! Oftentimes,  you may think you…

All About the Flu Vaccine

It’s that time of the year again!  Students in class are sniffling and coughing, tissue boxes are nowhere to be seen, and the kid that sits next to you in English is complaining about his sore throat.  October through May is known for the snowy holiday season and the rainy spring, but it is also…