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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…

The Importance of Hand Washing

During the winter months, when everyone is sick and sneezing and coughing, germs are flying everywhere and if you’re immune system is weak, you have a high chance of getting sick as well. Washing your hands kills off many bacteria on your hands and lowers the risk of developing serious bacterial infections or other bacteria…

Teen Reproductive Health: An expert answers your questions

Have you asked yourself any of the following questions? Why is it important for young women to have gynecological or “well woman visits”? When should young women begin having reproductive health visits? What happens during a gynecological visit? What is a pelvic exam and is it needed during the 1st visit? What testing is recommended…

National Healthy Skin Month: Dealing with Acne

Acne can be the worst.  When getting ready for picture day, homecoming, or just any day of school, pimples serve as unwanted and sometimes painful guests.  In honor of November being National Healthy Skin month, here are some quick tips on what is causing your acne and how to stop the blemishes from returning.  …

Tips for a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to come together to spend time with each other, give thanks, watch  sports and eat!  But you can enjoy the holidays and dinner without feeling too guilty. Here are some tips for a happy, healthy Thanksgiving! Tip 1.  Make half your plate vegetables.  For an easy-to-make tasty…

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….