Archive | September, 2013

Monday Munchies: Kale Chips

It’s Monday and we’re hungry! We gave you a list of the 10 foods teens should eat in our September issue and now we want to show you some tasty ways to prepare them. Start the week off right with a simple, healthy, and delicious recipe that focuses on teen nutrition and that even the most kitchen-newbie can create. This week, Kale Chips! Craving the tasty crunch of a potato chip? Reach for a handful of these homemade kale chips instead- they taste so delicious we almost don’t believe they’re good for […]

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Friday Faves!

Happy Friday! The Choices/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. 1.Find out how your diet impacts your health, the environment, and animals by using this diet impact calculator that grades your diet based on your weekly eating habits—who will bring home the A in your family? 2. This restaurant in Beirut is offering a 10% discount to patrons who ditch their cellphone during their meal and actually socialize with the people around them. Take note, U.S. restaurants (and diners)! 3. Healthy fast food […]

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Coach’s Corner: 5 Secrets To Having A Succesful School Year

We asked Performance Coach Bernstein, PhD (one of the amazing coaches who was a part of our Extreme Goal Make Over story) to share his best tips for staying on track now that school is underway. 1. Keep calm—Teens are famous for inducing angst in their parents. When your teen is all tied up in knots, make sure you breathe deeply and feel the ground under your feet. When you’re calm, you can better handle your tornado teen. 2. Create daily goals—Have your teen create SMART goals for homework assignments, […]

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California Gives Teens an Online “Eraser”

From Facebook to Twitter and everything in-between, teens are constantly sharing their lives online. And unfortunately, over-sharing is all too common. But California legislators are taking notice, and stepping up to protect teens from their online selves. On Monday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that would allow minors to “erase” their online missteps. By 2015, every website and app must allow those under the age of 18 to remove their own data, or at least request that their data be removed. This is undoubtedly a step forward for today’s […]

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Lexi Has Anxiety Disorder

For Lexi, 17, just writing about what makes her unique is a celebration of her incredible progress. That’s because Lexi was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in elementary school, and since then, every baby step she has made has led her to this place where she feels comfortable—and confident—enough to take a chance and share her story: Things were difficult; my anxiety stopped me from taking advantage of so many cool opportunities. When I would learn that I was going to be in a environment that made me uncomfortable, I would start […]

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Stay Up and Study—or Sleep? What Teens Need to Know

For the October issue of Choices, writer Matthew Hutson took a look at the science of studying, turning research-proven ways to learn into very doable strategies that can help teens retain all that info and combat test stress. (The best part: Some of the tactics actually feel a little more fun or less taxing than last-minute cramming.) But while we’re hoping teens will take the hint and spread out their study sessions accordingly, there’s no doubt that there will be a time when this age-old question comes up: “Should I […]

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Monday Munchies: No Cook Breakfast

It’s Monday and we’re hungry! We gave you a list of the 10 foods teens should eat in our September issue and now we want to show you some tasty ways to prepare them. Start the week off right with a simple, healthy, and delicious recipe that focuses on teen nutrition and that even the most kitchen-newbie can create. This week, No Cook Breakfast! Tired of getting up in the morning to cook breakfast? Make it at night! This delicious oatmeal can be made overnight so you can sleep in!  Ingredients: 1/3 […]

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Friday Faves!

It’s that time again! The Choices/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. 1. These crowdsourced school lunch photos (kids can share and vote on which meals they would “eat” or “toss” via social media) show the TRUE state of school lunch in the U.S.A. 2. Armand Fernandez-Pierre is a high school senior and defensive lineman that is shattering stereotypes at his high school in Texas by taking off his football pads at halftime and putting on his cheerleading uniform. He is also involved with […]

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Live From the White House: Michelle Obama Challenges Big Food To Use Their Marketing Power For Good

A guest post from Tara Welty the editor in chief of Instructor and Scholastic Art Magazines. This week First Lady Michelle Obama convened an elite group of executives from food & beverage and media industries as well as thought leaders and advocates working on the issue of childhood obesity. I was in the room. I’ll share the inside scoop. Sam Kass, a White House chef and executive director of Let’s Move, introduced Mrs. Obama, saying, “We are not here to re-litigate controversies,” referencing the food industry’s reluctance last year to […]

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Teens and Alcohol Poisoning—the Death You Don’t See Coming

I asked Elizabeth Larsen, who wrote our cover story this month about Alcohol Poisoning, to do a guest post about her experience working on this piece. Digging into this topic was such an intense experience for both of us—we both have teenagers, and what we discovered has changed how both of us address the subject of drinking in surprising ways. Read about Elizabeth’s experience working on the article,and I plead with you to make sure your teens or students reads the story too. (I’ve noticed that sometimes whenever I try […]

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