Learn How to be More Than Just a Bystander With This Bullying Prevention Game!

As we’ve mentioned in past posts, October is National Bullying Prevention Month. There are plenty of ways to get involved and take a stand against bullying (including this month’s #ChoicesChallenge). Another strategy? Participate in DoSomething.org’s The Bully Text campaign! It’s an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure game that teens can play on their phones and learn how to be more than just bystanders.


WATCH: This Video Will Change How You See Health

Getting healthy isn’t about running marathons, lifting monster trucks, or eating nothing but kale—it’s about making small changes that lead you to a better lifestyle. Tricks as simple as carrying a water bottle and walking more often can transform how you feel about your health—and changing your perspective of exercise can completely change the way you work out.

These small steps are some of the ways that 15-year-old Eric worked toward changing his own health for the better.


What’s Happening in Today’s Health Class?

I remember my high school health class. Vaguely. I remember the textbooks, the worksheets, the videos — oh, the videos — and the awkward. I remember the awkward. I remember sitting there thinking how long until lunch? And I do I even feel like eating anymore after looking at all these pictures of gonorrhea?

I remember wanting it to end, because I just couldn’t see the point.

In other words, health was not my favorite subject. But it should have been. I needed it to be.


Celebrate Body Positivity With Fat Talk Free Week!

Back in September, Choices featured a story about body bullying — or the trend of judging, criticizing, and nitpicking other people (and ourselves) based on appearance. Along with that article, we featured a list of movements that spread body positivity. On that list was an annual campaign called Fat Talk Free Week, which is organized by Delta Delta Delta, a women’s fraternity. Now that week is finally here (Oct. 20-24) and we think it’s worth celebrating!


Can This Method Help Teens Drink Less Soda?

It’s a story we’ve heard (and told) plenty of times before: Teens should drink less soda. But how can you get that message across without seeming redundant or getting tuned out? Researchers from Johns Hopkins University may have discovered a solution. When teens were told how much exercise they would need to do in order to burn off the calories in a sugary beverage, they were more likely to opt for a healthier option or smaller size.


DoSomething.org’s New Campaign Spotlights Girls & STEM

Studies show that as they get older, girls are losing interest in science and math. According to statistics, 66% of girls are interested in these subjects in fourth grade, but by eighth grade, they are only half as interested as boys. That’s why our friends at DoSomething.org are teaming up with 3M to shine a spotlight on girls and STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math).

Starting today, they are launching their Science Sleuth campaign, which not only helps young people learn about careers in the STEM field, but also supports STEM programs in your area.


This Video About Technology Is A Must-See!

In our September issue, Choices magazine raised this question: Are smartphones making us stupid? Two teens debated the topic — one said we rely too much on our phones, while the other pointed out the value of being only a click away from a wealth of information. Regardless of which side you’re on, this video may make you rethink the amount of time you spend behind a screen. “Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?” is a spoken word video by Prince EA (real name Richard Williams) from St. Louis, Missouri.


This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Laura is Helping Raise Her Younger Brother

Laura Peña calls herself her mom’s understudy. Nope, they’re not in a play together—instead, the title refers to her role as a second mother to her younger brother. In this week’s Teen Flaunt, the 17-year-old writes about what she’s learned from her sibling, who she also refers to as “the biggest blessing in her life so far.” She explains: I had expected to spend my life as an only child, but when life gifts you with a sibling at fourteen, you just have to accept it with open arms. I’d […]


Positive Peer Pressure — All the Cool Kids are Doing It

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so your #ChoicesChallenge is to Stop the Hate.

So how do we do that? Well, all of those anti-bullying messages — you know, the “No Bully Zone” posters — haven’t really been resonating with kids, because most don’t classify themselves as bullies. In fact, the majority of bullying behaviors are actually coming from normal kids who are just having a tough time.

If we want to encourage positive behavior, it’s not about getting rid of the bullies; it’s about changing the climate of the school.


Malala, Mo’ne Davis, & Jenner Sisters Among TIME’s List of the 25 Most Influential Teens in 2014

On Tuesday, TIME debuted its list of this year’s 25 Most Influential Teens. From activist (and recent Nobel Peace Prize winner) Malala Yousafzai to all-star athlete Mo’ne Davis, it’s an inspiring group of young adults.

Mo’ne, 13, made headlines this year when she pitched a no-hitter in the Little League World Series and landed a cover of Sports Illustrated. But she’s not the only athlete on the list. There’s Lydia Ko, a 17-year-old golfer, who ranks third among all women worldwide.