Monthly Archives: September 2011

Family Dinners Also Feed The Teenager’s Soul

Family Dinners Also Feed The Teenager’s Soul

Compared to teens who have frequent family dinners (five to seven per week), those who have infrequent family dinners (fewer than three per week) are almost four times likelier to use tobacco; more than twice as likely to use alcohol; two-and-a-half times likelier to use marijuana; and almost four times likelier to say they expect to try drugs in the future. Continue reading

What Teens Can Learn from a Recession

What Teens Can Learn from a Recession

Recessions are a fact of life. In fact, history says that teenagers today will most likely experience at least one more major economic recession in their lifetime. But by learning valuable and eye-opening lessons from their circumstances, teens can be better equipped to weather hard times that may come in the future. Continue reading

Social Media: Understanding It and Finding Balance

Social Media: Understanding It and Finding Balance

Children and teens are spending upwards of seven hours a day attached to and engaged in some sort of digital device. Over the last decade, there have been numerous studies to confirm that there are both risks, as well as a few benefits, for parents to be aware of as their teens take part in the current social media revolution. Continue reading

Strengths & Weaknesses Of The New ChooseMyPlate Model

Strengths & Weaknesses Of The New ChooseMyPlate Model

The changes made on the USDA’s new ChooseMyPlate food guide are simple to follow, but may be too vague to make the strides needed for Americans to avoid obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The new guidelines are helpful if the consumer seeks out more information in the Selected Messages. As with most things in life, rewards correspond to the amount of effort we put into things, and our health is no different.
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The Real Dangers of Teen Drug and Alcohol Use

The Real Dangers of Teen Drug and Alcohol Use

Drugs and alcohol affect the mind negatively by distorting perception, blocking all sensations, blurring memory, destroying creativity, and they can become a doorway to mental illness. Educate yourself on the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse in teens. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.
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