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The Dangers of Vaping

Over the past five years, vaping has become extremely popular among teens. The number of teens vaping has increased almost 900% since 2014.1 Sometimes known as juuling, vaping is the use of an electronic smoking device in which a liquid containing flavored nicotine or THC is heated and inhaled by the user. While companies like…

Back to School Stress

Summer is coming to a close, and that means it’s time to get ready to go back to school. For many teens, the start of the school year is a source of stress and anxiety. You may worry that your classes will be hard, you won’t have any friends in your classes or you’ll have…

STI Prevention Tips

STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are diseases that are contracted through sexual contact, whether it be vaginal sex, anal sex, or even skin-to-skin contact.1 The two most common STIs among teens are chlamydia and gonorrhea.2 Symptoms of STIs include pain, swelling, bumps or unusual discharge. STIs can also cause serious health problems, such as infertility and…

Sleep Awareness

On any given school day, most teenagers are awake by 6:30 a.m. and in school by 7:30 a.m. It’s not uncommon to see other students or even yourself drifting to sleep during school. You may also see students bragging about how late they went to sleep the night before. However, lack of sleep is nothing…

Teen Skin Care Tips

For most of us, the appearance of our skin is very important. We tend to see skin as a reflection of our health and beauty, which is why we want it to be as clean as possible. However, teenagers often get frustrated with our skin because it seems impossible to manage.  Fortunately, many common skin…

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…

Sun Safety poster

Sun Safety

After a wickedly chilly winter and being buried in multiple feet of snow, I’m sure we were all desperately craving the summer sun! Well, summer is finally here and if you’re a teen, that means school’s out and you’re ready for some outdoor fun! While we all LOVE the sun, too much exposure poses a…

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Did you know that 50% of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24? This is why there needs to be a greater understanding and a greater sense of comfort about the topic, in order to break the stigma associated with mental health. …

Sun Safety

May is skin cancer awareness month! Skin cancer refers to the abnormal growth of skin cells and is one of the most common cancers in the United States. Skin cancer can almost directly be linked to the duration of time exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. But did you know that skin cancer is on…

Ending the School Year…Stress free!

May is almost here! That means warmer weather, planning Summer trips with friends and family, and the end of the school year! The end of the school year can bring both excitement and stress for students.  Though the approaching summer season means students are understandably ready for the break (trust me…I would be, too!), there…

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