Archive | April, 2014

Summer Job Market For Teens May Stay Stagnant—But It’s Never Too Early To Apply!

Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. Sure, spending the break at the beach is relaxing and fun, but sometimes some structure can be equally enjoyable.

Jobs teach teens responsibility, while also helping them save up cash. Whether they put it toward college or splurge on something they’ve had an eye on, it’s all the more rewarding when bought with their hard-earned money.

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Friday Faves: Teen Takes on McDonalds, Preventing Texting While Driving, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves!

1. Unhappy with what she received in her McDonald’s Happy Meal, Antonia Ayres-Brown decided to do something about it. The high school junior from New Haven, CT wrote to the company’s CEO about the fact that Happy Meal toys are called “girls’ toys” and “boys’ toys.” Instead of asking customers which toy they preferred based on what it was, the toy received was based on kids’ gender. Read about how Antonia voicing her opinion paid off in her article for Slate.

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Say Goodbye to Sugary Snacks! New USDA Regulations to Ban Junk Food in Schools

Starting this summer, school vending machines are getting a makeover. Gone will be the days of chips, cookies, and candy stocking the machine’s shelves. Instead, they’ll be filled with fruit, dairy products, whole-grain foods, lean-protein products or vegetable items that are less than 200 calories.

Why the change? The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new Smart Snacks in Schools regulations—beginning on July 1—ban junk food from being sold in school cafeterias, vending machines, and fundraisers during school hours.

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Happy Earth Day! How Is Your Teen Celebrating?

Today is Earth Day! Over one billion people across the world will be participating in efforts to save the planet today. From picking up pieces of litter to organizing major campaigns, teens in over 190 countries are getting involved and making a change. If your teens aren’t already environmentally-conscious, encourage your them to keep their planet green all year round, starting today! Attend an Earth Day festival. Many cities and town across the country hold Earth Day celebrations and fests, filled with live music, recyclable freebies, crafts, and more! Find […]

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The Latest Stats on Food Poisoning—And How to Prevent It

Encouraging teens to try cooking for themselves is a great way to create healthy eating habits. However, before they put on their aprons and head into the kitchen, it’s important to discuss food safety.

Last week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest report on food poisoning. Read on for this year’s stats and the best tips for keeping your kitchen safe!

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Friday Faves: Pop Songs Impact Teens’ Drinking Habits, the Golden Rules of Social Media, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves!

1. This week, the College Board released blueprints of what the new SAT rolling out in 2016 will look like. So what’s in store for college-bound test takers? The two original sections, math and evidenced-based reading, will remain, and the essay portion will become optional.

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Want Teens to Drink Less Soda? Try Using Peer Pressure

When we hear a story about “peer pressure,” we often think of otherwise respectful and honest teens getting wrapped up in all sorts of trouble. But what if teens could use peer pressure as a positive? A recent study in Ohio did just that, finding that the soda-drinking habits of teens changed drastically when encouraged by their peers.

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Study Finds Teens Have Same Stress Habits As Adults

When it comes to stress, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. According to a recent study from the American Psychological Association, teens are just as stressed out as adults, and are mirroring their coping behaviors.

The study focuses on the question: “Are teens adopting adults’ stress habits?” The findings show that teens learn how to handle stress from their parents. If an adult doesn’t deal well with stress, neither will their teen.

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Friday Faves: High School Students Design Prosthetic Hand, Teen Girl Stands Up to Surfing Magazine, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves!

1. Standing up for what she believes in, a 13-year-old female surfer wrote to a popular surfing mag to criticize the lack of women within their magazine pages. The Australian teen believes that girl surfers deserve just as much exposure as the guys, which we totally agree with! She wrote, “I would subscribe to your magazine if only I felt that women were valued as athletes instead of dolls.”

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Friday Faves: Teen Science Fair Project Could Save the Government Millions, 12-Year-Old Girl Becomes Youngest Yoga Instructor, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web. Check out our Friday Faves!

1. A Long Island teenager accomplished the incredible feat of getting accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. Kwasi Enin, 17, is the son of immigrant nurses from Ghana. He aspires to be a physician. Curious what his application essay was about? Business Insider published Kwasi’s essay about the impact music has had on his life.

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