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Recognize that Your Body is Your Own

Ever feel like you wish you were thinner? Had less pimples? Wore “cooler” clothes? Then congrats, you’re among pretty much everyone else. That might seem comforting, but it’s frustrating too. As a teenager whose body is growing, developing, and changing, insecurity might be at an all time high. Maybe you feel like everyone is looking at you, or judging you. …

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6 Scary Things that Happen To Your Body When You Skip Meals

Listen, there is not a girl in this world who hasn’t run out the door without breakfast or chosen to spend lunch-hour finishing last night’s homework instead of eating a lame cafeteria meal. And you know what? That’s probably NBD, because life is hectic. And sometimes, you’re legit not hungry. But when your decision to bypass breakfast or ditch out …

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10 Things to Consider Before Your Senior Year

By Riley Griffin, 17 Having reached the final chapter of my high school existence, I’ve spent the end of summer reflecting on my last three years and predicting the months to come. As application deadlines loom in the distance, I’ve compiled countless of “could have beens” and “should have dones” into a pile of regrets. Here’s to moving past the past and …

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8 Money Tips For Teenagers

If you’re a teenager, you are in a very powerful position. Starting good money habits now will put you ahead for the rest of your life. Here are 8 money tips for teenagers. I was not good with money when I was a teenager. I spent it on stuff like clothes and eating at the mall. If I knew as …

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Body Confidence: Learn it & Love it

Ever feel like you wish you were thinner? Had less pimples? Wore “cooler” clothes? Then congrats, you’re among pretty much everyone else. That might seem comforting, but it’s frustrating too. As a teenager whose body is growing, developing, and changing, insecurity might be at an all time high. Maybe you feel like everyone is looking at you, or judging you. …

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10 Things Teens Don’t Want to Hear

Don’t get me wrong, I love my parents. They’re great. But sometimes all parents need a little help in the communication department, you know? There are some things you just shouldn’t say to your teen. After talking to a few friends, I was able to make a list of the things said to us on a daily basis. Hopefully, this …

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What You Need to Know about HPV Vaccine Safety

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is kind of sneaky. It’s the most common sexually transmitted infections — one in four people have it — but it often doesn’t have any symptoms and can go away on its own. That said, certain forms of HPV can also lead to cancer. That’s why doctors recommend all patients between ages 11 and 26 get the HPV vaccine, which can prevent the cancer-causing strains of …

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Teens, Your Brain Needs Real Food

Teens, do you want to be in a happier mood, do better in school, have more energy for fun activities and make friends who share common interests in music and sports? Well, that’s a no-brainer. And speaking of the brain, feeding it the right foods is exactly what can help you achieve this state of teenage bliss. Teens are faced with myriad physical …

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Body Image and Self-Esteem

Does any of this sound familiar? “I’m too tall.” “I’m too short.” “I’m too skinny.” “If only I were shorter/taller/had curly hair/straight hair/a smaller nose/longer legs, I’d be happy.” Are you putting yourself down? If so, you’re not alone. As a teen, you’re going through lots of changes in your body. And, as your body changes, so does your image …

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Teen Smokers May Be Hard-Wired For Cigarette Addiction

(Reuters Health) – Teen smokers might crave nicotine in part because their brains respond differently than adults to seeing people light up, a small study suggests. To see if young minds might be hard-wired to desire cigarettes, researchers did magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of teens and adults – including smokers and nonsmokers – who watched videos of adolescents and …

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