Let Your Kids Be Individuals!

lykbiCharlie plays bagpipes. Julie finds fencing to her fancy. George reads everything he can find about motorcycle engines. Although these teens don’t fit the stereotype of the typical American teenager, they are perfectly normal high school students whose interests place them a little outside the mainstream. That’s not to say these students are weird. They may have simply developed a stronger streak of individuality than some of their classmates. On the other hand, they may find themselves outside traditional teenage roles because they are slower to develop socially than their peers. Just as children learn basic skills such as…
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Don’t Let Your Kids’ Schedule Bring You Down

Three years on the soccer team, one as captain. Band for two years and chess club for four. If you think you’re the only kid on activity overload, think again. More and more teens are juggling homework with after-school activities, volunteer work, and jobs, and are exhausted from the effort. Kids can make you crazy!Kids can make you crazy! Ask Lindsey Jones. Jones is an 18-year-old senior at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, N.J. Her busy lifestyle “takes away from my sleep,” she told Current Health. “If I could change my schedule, I’d probably do a little less.” Thanks to a steady stream…
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Depression, Anxiety And Your Mental Health

atyYou and your best friend have a fight, and you feel so miserable that you stay in your room listening to music all day. Is that normal, or are you depressed? You hear a song on the car radio, and the beat stays with you all day. You can’t stop humming it through social studies class, lunch, and swim practice. Is that normal, or do you have an obsession? There’s a lot of confusion about what are normal emotions, feelings, and thoughts, and what are not. Psychological terms are often used casually in conversation. Many of us have a…
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Health Foods: Sometimes, The Additives Are Unhealthy

hfIn the outside, it looked like any other food store. Stacks of newspapers cluttered the pathway to the front entrance. Women juggled brown bags and crying kids as they searched for their car keys. The shopping cart I grabbed even had that one rebellious wheel that insisted on sticking. As I hauled my cart toward the entrance, I looked for the usual poster-like window signs that announce weekly food specials. But all I saw was a small, inconspicuous sign that read, “Organic Food Forum.” Once inside, I quickly dumped my stubborn cart for a more manageable basket. Then I…
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Test Yourself: Are You A Good Samaritan?

gsYou’re driving a friend, who lives on a farm in the country, home one rainy afternoon. Suddenly you see a car far ahead of you skid wildly in a curve and crash into a tree. As you approach the accident, you see the driver slumped over the steering wheel. Your reaction? A. Drive by. Assume the next car to pass by will know what to do. B. Drive by, but stop at the nearest phone to call for an ambulance and the police. C. Stop at the accident and give first aid. D. Stop at the accident; one of…
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Athletic Shoes And Science: Good Partners

asasThere is a science to launching a rocket, a science to building a computer, and even a science to planting a garden. But the next time you are in a shoe shop or sporting goods store looking for sneakers, you may find that it helps to know a bit about the science of athletic shoes — and your feet. It’s no joke. Today, selecting the right athletic shoes for the right activity means knowing about how your foot reacts to specific activities. This requires understanding something about the mechanics and physiology of your feet. Like other sciences, the technology…
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Looking At Health On A Global Level

buhA newborn baby lies limp on a blanket, closes his tiny fingers into a fist, and cries. His cry is weak because he is hungry and sick. The baby was born in a developing nation of Africa where the average yearly income is less than $500. His father struggles to farm land that is not fertile, and his mother walks miles each day to find firewood and clean water. Sanitation is lacking in the baby’s village, so food and water are contaminated with sewage. Many people are sick. There is no medical care, because the village has no doctor…
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Are Amino Acids A Scam?

aaaasFlip through most muscle magazines and you’ll see the ads: “Builds muscle and burns fat.” “No side effects.” “A natural steroid.” “Quick results.” These claims suggest that athletes, dieters, and anyone else who thinks they need a nutritional boost can benefit from taking something called amino acid supplements. Not only are these “miracle pills” promoted in bodybuilding magazines, you can also see them marketed in health food stores, health clubs, and through private distributors. The theory? Amino acids, especially arginine and ornithine, trigger the release of growth hormone. This hormone, as its name implies, stimulates muscle growth and decreases…
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Getting Better At Decision Making

gbadWhat would you like to eat for lunch? Will you spend all your birthday money on a new outfit or save it for car insurance? Which colleges should you apply to? Life is full of decisions. Some are small and seemingly unimportant. Others may have significant consequences. Whether you’re choosing between a cheeseburger with fries and a tossed salad with low-cal dressing or whethter you’re weighing career options, you’ll rely in varying degrees on logic, emotions, and “sixth-sense” intuition. Suppose you were trying to decide between two job offers. You’d think about the facts: the pay rate, the hours,…
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Listen To Your Dreams… Seriously!

ltydsYou’re rushing through the empty hallway, late for play tryouts. You stumble around for what seems like an eternity looking for the tryout room, but you can’t find it. You’ve forgotten all the lines you’ve been practicing. Or you’re sitting in a classroom, waiting for a history exam to begin, and you realize that you haven’t studied for the test. You panic. you begin to sweat. Your heart beats faster. You’re not going to pass this test! Sound like a nightmare? It’s one of th most common. One study on dreams and nightmares revealed that almost one-thired of the…
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