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Living with Diabetes

Living with Diabetes Sammy has been living with Type 1 diabetes since he was 13 years old. He was diagnosed at the end of his 8th grade year, and although most 8th graders at this time are excited about moving onto high school, Sammy was worried about the new adjustments he’d have to make. Not…

Teen Vaping

The Truth about Vaping Vaping has become more and more popular, yet many of its negative side effects remain unknown to users.  Vaping products, or e-cigarettes, heat a liquid until a vapor is formed, which the user inhales.  The liquid can be a flavored substance or a drug such as nicotine, or THC- the main…

Adolescent Mental Health Symposium from a Teen’s Perspective

On September 27, 2016, my fellow teens and I were brought together with a group of about 70 individuals from a wide range of professions, including pediatricians, school administrators, county executives, and Health Department officials. The purpose of this event was to shine a light on the ever growing problem of mental illness affecting adolescents….

“But…I love him.”

“I know he has a temper…But, I love him.” “It was just this one time. She promised to never do it again…I love her.” “It’s okay. He said he did it because he loves me…And I love him, too.” “It could always be worse…Besides, I love her.”  “I know it was my fault and I…

Healthier Starbucks Drinks

Healthier Starbucks Drinks We totally get it: Starbucks is pretty much amazing from their drinks and treats to cute travel mugs. There are dozens of drink options like coffee, tea, and everything in-between. Depending on what you order and how you order it, your treat can really add up in calories and sugar- which is…

Homecoming Dinner Nutrition Tips

Headed to dinner with your friends before the big night? Here are some tips for picking a meal that will help you feel your best plus give you energy to dance the night away! Choose lean protein. A meal with fish, chicken, or turkey has lots of protein to keep you full. If meat isn’t your…

3 Foods for Better Skin and Hair

If you think your hair or nails may need some extra help, try adding these foods into your daily routine! Nuts: Walnuts, peanuts and almonds have healthy fats essential to skin quality. They are a nutritious snack any time of day. Egg: With lots of biotin, eggs are great protein source to help with hair growth….

How to Deal with School-Related Stress and Anxiety

The return of school marks the start of many things: football season, cooler weather, and stress for students.  School can result in a lot of pressure between the rigorous course work, sports, and after school activities.  Anxiety about upcoming tests and report cards is enough to keep anyone up at night.  With all the things…

Life is Worth Living

Suicide Prevention Week: Life is Worth Living! What’s the Problem? Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects many young people. In fact, it is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24. Each year, approximately 157,000 youth are treated in emergency rooms across the U.S for…

Quick tips for healthy living and healthy habits

Quick tips to help encourage and support healthy living and healthy habits   • Get active: Have fun. Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park. Click here to learn how one teen is making time to be active. • Limit screen time: Time spent on the computer, watching…