This Healthy Eating Trick Isn’t Always Best For Teens

Drink a cold glass of water before each meal. Eat a big, nutritious breakfast. Keep a food journal. Use smaller plates. We’ve all heard the tips and tricks to help you change your eating habits, but do they really work? A new study shows that at least one doesn’t, particularly for overweight teens.

Researchers at the University of Connecticut tested how attentive teen girls were to portion sizes and quizzed them about their perception of the amount of food on different sized plates. There were 162 girls ages 14 to 18 involved in the study. The researchers found that overweight teenage girls were less attentive, on average, to these visual cues of different types than their peers.

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The Surprising Fact About Teens in the Workforce

Is your teen having trouble landing that job interview they’ve been hoping for? Has he or she found it difficult to even find job openings they’d be interested in? If so, they’re not alone.

A recent study shows that the number of jobs held by teens shrank by 33 percent between 2001 and 2014. Even positions you’d expect teens to hold like a hostess at a restaurant or a counter attendant at your local coffee shop saw a decline in teenage workers.

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Exciting Things Happening in Health Education

So, another one’s down in the books. The SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) National Convention is just winding down in Seattle, and as is usually the case after big conferences like this, I’m left with some great ideas to take back to my classroom.

What’s even more exciting about this year, though, is that I’m leaving with a new sense of hope about the future of health education. Health, for a subject that every one of our students will need when they grow up, has traditionally gotten very little love in the American education system.

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Are Parents Doing Enough To Protect Teen Athletes From Overuse Injuries?

Did you know that overuse injuries make up half of all teen sports injuries? That’s a huge amount. Overuse injuries are injuries that occur from a repeated activity over time, such as throwing a baseball And according to a new study, a majority of parents don’t know ways youth baseball pitchers can prevent getting injured. Being familiar with safe pitching practices could be an important step in avoiding these kinds of injuries.

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Naps Are More Powerful Than You May Think

It’s a known fact that most teens usually don’t get the recommended amount of sleep every night. Not only does it affect their performance in school, but a lack of sleep can increase their obesity risk. According to guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation, teens are recommended to get 8-10 hours per night. But let’s be honest, that doesn’t always happen. With screen time sometimes trumping sleep time, it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the night. That’s where naps come in!

Besides making a teen feel well-rested, there are even more scientific benefits of napping. Naps can improve a person’s memory fivefold.

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Do School Drug Policies Increase Teens’ Marijuana Use?

Have you ever wondered if out-of-school suspension actually prevents students from continuing misbehavior? Kids essentially get a day off for violating policies such as illicit drug use on school grounds. It turns out this type of punishment is not the best way to get students to learn their lesson—at least when it comes to drug use. A new study reveals that out-of-school suspension drug policies actually increase the likelihood of students using marijuana in the future.

Researchers from the American Public Health Association set out to investigate how student marijuana use is impacted by the type of drug policy their school implements.

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Texting Isn’t The Only Dangerous Thing Teens Are Doing Behind The Wheel

While we’re familiar with the dangerous habit of texting while driving, this research may surprise you. A new study reveals other risky behaviors teens are doing behind the wheel that need to be addressed.

According to a study at Oregon State University, 27% of teens admit to changing clothes or shoes will operating a vehicle. They also change contact lenses, put on make-up, and do homework.

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5 TED Talks to Use During Health Class

Gone are the days of filler movies or meaningless worksheets. We’ve got a wealth of amazing guest speakers at our fingertips, whether we’re absent or not.

Here are five TED talks that I show almost every year. Usually I’m there when I show them so we can discuss afterwards, but in case of a last minute emergency, these classics would work in a pinch.

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Teens Can Boost Their Grades with Breakfast

It can tough to find enough time on weekdays for a nutritious breakfast. Between staying up late studying for exams and chatting online with friends, some teens can hardly wake up on time for class. Sitting down to a healthy breakfast is just one more thing to do in the morning and it can be easy to brush off. A new study shows why your teens shouldn’t skip it—especially if they want a better shot at doing well on that exam.

Researchers at the University of Iowa found that students who ate free school nutritious breakfasts performed better academically. They also found that students who attend schools that participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s School Breakfast Program have higher achievement scores in math, science, and reading than those in schools who don’t participate, according to a recent press release from the university. The impact was actually cumulative. The longer the school participated in the program, the higher their achievement scores were.

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How Does Marijuana Affect The Teen Brain Long-Term?

From a shorter attention span to lower grades, smoking marijuana can affect the teenage brain in a variety of ways. While those are more immediate side effects, a new study reveals long-term damage of this drug. According to research from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, heavy marijuana use as a teen can potentially lead to long-term memory loss.

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