Monthly Archive: March 2015

Bad Hair Days Can Mean Bad Health

bhdcmHave you ever noticed that when your hair looks good, you feel better? When you like how your hair looks, you have more confidence, you feel happier, and your whole outlook improves. If healthy hair can do all that, why ever again have a bad hair day?

The Long and the Short of Hair

The main component of hair is a tough protein called keratin, which is produced by cells at the root of a hair. Each hair fiber is made up of three layers. The outer layer, the part you see, is called the cuticle. The cuticle is a …

Smoking Still An Issue For Teens

ssaifWhat kills more people each year than AIDS, illegal drugs, car accidents, alcohol, homicides, suicides, and fires combined? With an annual death toll of more than 400,000, cigarette smoking is the number-one preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.

Of the 3,000 teens a day who become new smokers, 1,000 will die from a tobacco-related disease. Now new laws seek to stamp out teen smoking.

Hook ‘Em While They’re Young

Eighty-two percent of all adults who have ever smoked started before age 18. In 1994, almost 19 percent of eighth graders already were smoking. By 12th grade, …

Teens Need To Get Smart With Fitness

tntfnessMy name is Brian. The story I’m about to tell you is true. I’ve changed some of the names so I wouldn’t embarrass my friends, but it all happened just like this…

I was a pretty scrawny kid, but I thought I’d get bigger as a teenager. Well, I didn’t. In 10th grade, I was 5’9″ and weighed 125 lbs. The guys called me Bird Legs, which I didn’t mind so much, but the girls called me Mr. No Shoulders. Boy, did that hurt. I was too skinny to play football and not tall enough to play basketball, so I …

When You’re Stressin’

wysgIs life really more stressful for American teens today than it was for their parents and grandparents? Most experts say yes, it is. Compared to teenagers of 20 or 30 years ago, today’s teens are more likely to: be poor (14 million U.S. children and teens–about one in four–live in a household where income is below poverty level) … live with only one parent … be homeless or in foster care … face pressure to participate in sex, drinking, drugs, criminal activity, etc…feel “in danger” on the streets or at school…know somebody who has died violently.

We’re not saying all …