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Category: Health & Wellness

Posted March 20, 2014, 11 a.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Driven to Distraction

Beyond the popular refrain, “Don’t drink and drive,” parents should include many more appeals to their sons and daughters as they grab the car keys and head out the door—“don’t dial and drive,” “don’t text and drive,” “don’t reach for the phone and drive,” and “don’t eat and drive.” Dialing, texting, and eating put young drivers at risk. According to an article published in the January 2014 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, a novice driver who calls a number on a cell phone while driving increases the risk of an accident by more than 800 percent. Reaching ...

Posted March 19, 2014, 2 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Teens Need More Sleep

I was just speaking to a twenty-something graphic designer about setting up a meeting and was taken aback when he replied, “I am not a morning person. Could we meet after 10:30 am?” He readily admitted that he while he has been out of college and graduate school for a few years, he is still on the “work until the wee hours of the night and sleep in late” schedule. No 9:00 to 5:00 corporate schedule for this young business owner. Our conversation segued into how backwards it seems for high school to start before elementary school when younger kids ...

Posted March 17, 2014, 3:41 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
More Sleep Benefits Teens

Most teenagers equate their high school years with constant exhaustion. This correlation makes sense—teenagers’ intense homework and extracurricular schedule, combined with an 8 a.m. (or earlier) school start time hardly ever results in eight hours of sleep. What if teens could actually be rested when they go to school in the morning? Pushing Back High School Start Times In the last two years, schools in California, Oklahoma, Georgia, and New York have pushed back the start time of high school. More cities and towns are following suit, just as new evidence is coming out, citing the benefits of a later ...

Posted March 16, 2014, 11 a.m. by Vicki Ritterband | View Comments
Medical Marijuana and Teens

Like many parents, Lisa Bonaquist talks with her two teenagers about marijuana. When her 16-year-old argues that compared to alcohol, it’s relatively safe, the Saratoga, New York, mother has a simple retort: “It’s illegal and if you get caught, there are consequences.” At least for now. Legalized Marijuana New York may someday follow in the footsteps of 20 states and the District of Columbia, where marijuana is not quite as illegal as it once was. In these places, physicians may now authorize patients to use medical marijuana for certain purposes, like relieving nausea caused by che- motherapy or treating chronic ...

Posted March 15, 2014, 11 a.m. by Evan Berkowitz | View Comments
What It Means to Be 18

FEBRUARY 18, 2014, NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. This afternoon, as I sit in the relatively dingy waiting room of Pennsylvania Station in New York, I am officially of the age of majority. It was on the clattering 2 Train under Brooklyn that the transformation truly took place at 10:28 this morning, but train stations themselves are more romantic and more applicable to metaphor. So, what does this mean? I can vote, I must register for selective service, and the "children" price at most museums no longer applies to me (as we found out the hard way at The Cloisters yesterday). ...

Posted March 14, 2014, 11 a.m. by Sladen West | View Comments
6 Driving Lessons from a Stuntman

With the many special effects that filmmakers are now able to use in their movies, it sometimes feels as though we have seen it all when it comes to amazing stunts. However, there are some things that you really can’t fake. And when it comes to driving stunts, more often than not, it is something that cannot be faked. As a result, stunt men and women are required to do some amazing and incredible stunts in cars. Here is a collection of some of the coolest driving stunts around. Usually these are the kind of things that would be labeled ...

Posted March 13, 2014, 11 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Teens and Tattoos

Dani Silverstein was a freshman in high school when she first thought about getting a tattoo. Silverstein says, “I am extremely interested in art. I always found amazement in certain designs and pictures. Tattoos are art, and I am all for having art on my body.” Once seen as somewhat alternative, tattoos have become a more mainstream form of self-expression. Celebrities from David Beckham to Justin Bieber have tattoos all over their bodies. Jodie Michalak, Beauty and Cosmetology Editor for About.com, says, “The popularity and acceptance of body art has certainly influenced the younger generation to hop onboard.” A 2013 ...

Posted March 12, 2014, 11 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
Young Wrestler Shows Great Sportsmanship

Several weeks ago, I wrote about two incidents of bad sportsmanship making headlines in teen/young adult sports. But last week, a high school wrestler from Minnesota displayed incredible sportsmanship and character. His actions show how sports can bring out the best in teens and teach valuable life lessons. Stewart's Sportsmanship Malik Stewart, a high school sophomore, did not win the state title last week. The old saying, “It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game” was illustrated at the 120-pound state title championship in Minnesota. In a valiant effort, Stewart lost the match to sophomore ...

Posted March 10, 2014, 4:48 p.m. by Customer Service | View Comments
"Ban Bossy" Campaign Empowers Girls to Lead

Could the severe underrepresentation of women in executive positions, leadership roles, and politics be explained by childhood name-calling? According to Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, the word “bossy,” is negatively affecting young girls and maiming women in leadership roles. "Ban Bossy" Sandberg launched the “Ban Bossy” campaign today to prevent name-calling in schools, as this stigmatized word affects girls throughout their adult lives. By middle school, she explains, “More boys than girls want to lead…[Girls] don’t want to be called bossy, and they don’t want to be disliked.” Sandberg correlates the negative connotation of being called “bossy” with the feeling ...

Posted March 8, 2014, 11 a.m. by Debra Bradley Ruder | View Comments
Teen Depression

George was in middle school when something inside him changed. He was bored in school and had few friends. Sleeping was a challenge. He wished he’d never been born because then he wouldn’t feel so awful. Finally, he spoke up to his parents, and together they realized he might be suffering from depression. They got professional help, and after several months of medication and talk therapy, George began to feel like himself again. “Kids with depression think nobody else goes through it,” says George, now in college. “You feel like nobody knows you. Having [professionals] who understood what I was ...

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