I think my teen has an eating disorder…what should I do?
Have you noticed a change in your teen’s behavior at the dinner table? Are they cutting their food into small pieces, avoiding certain types of foods, or just eating less overall? Perhaps they are no longer gaining weight even though they are still growing, or they are losing weight. You also think you’ve heard them […]
Flu Vaccination Week
The first week of December is flu vaccination week! Have you gotten your flu shot yet? If not, here’s your reminder… If you are able, get your flu shot! Check out this article from the American Lung Association about preventing the flu. The flu shot is covered by most health insurance plans. It also causes […]
Keeping Your Teen Safe on the Internet
When teens use technology, it can be scary for parents not to know what they’re looking at, who they’re talking to, or what they’re learning. Luckily, there are ways to guide your teen in the right direction. Many gadgets, websites, and apps have parental controls and privacy settings that can make them safer or more […]
Key Internet Terms to Define
Social media channels Snapchat: A social media app that sends a photo or video (called a “snap”) to someone that lasts only up to 10 seconds before it “disappears.” During that time, the recipient can take a screenshot, and the sender is notified that it was taken. Participants can also create “stories” that last for […]
In a world where teens are able to stay in contact 24/7, cyberbullying can be a real danger. Because teens can contact each other so easily and in so many ways, it can be nearly impossible for those being bullied to escape. While teens 20 years ago might have been able to get a break […]
Why do we eat so much processed food?
Eating a diet that does not have enough healthy vegetables and fruits causes a lot of health problems. And, while unhealthy foods are often cheap to buy, they can be expensive to our health over the long run. Why do Americans eat so many processed foods? Government subsidies are given to farmers to grow corn and […]
Myths of hypertension: Learn about sodium
While adding a lot of table salt to your food is bad for you and can raise your blood pressure, the real bad actor is the sodium in the packaged food you buy and in meals from restaurants. Most people understand that junk food such as potato chips are high in sodium, but what people don’t realize […]
What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?
You may have learned about BMI in health class, heard your health care provider talk about BMI, or gotten a BMI report card from your school. BMI, short for body mass index, is getting a lot of attention lately because some schools in the United States are measuring students BMI and sending home BMI report cards. […]
Top Tips for Getting Yourself to Drink More Water
Most people know that water is the healthiest beverage. Sometimes it can be hard to motivate yourself to drink enough water. Explore our top five tips for getting yourself to drink more water: Add fruit to your water. Adding slices of oranges, cucumbers, or berries is a great way to add flavor to your water in a […]
For Parents: Helping your Children Prepare for College
Parents, knowing how to help your children prepare for college can be difficult and confusing. Luckily, the CollegeBoard has created action plans for parents of high school students to aid their children in the difficult tasks of choosing a college, exploring majors and careers, paying for college, etc. Action Plans for parents of 9th […]