Archive | June, 2014

Should Soda Have A Warning Label?

Cigarettes can’t be sold without a cautionary message from the Surgeon General. Alcoholic beverages must be accompanied by a label outlining their health risks. Now soda may be joining this group of products with warnings attached — or at least in the state of California.

With nearly 40 percent of California’s youth obese or overweight, state legislators are taking action. In an effort to curb obesity, the California Senate passed a bill, which would require sugary beverages to carry a warning label about potential health risks, including obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. The bill now heads to the California State Assembly, who must act on it by August.


You’re More Likely To Find A Teen With A Phone In Their Hand Than A Cigarette!

We have good news and bad news. Every year the Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducts a survey about Youth Risk Behavior, and this year’s findings are very interesting. Let’s start with the positives! There’s a major decrease in teen smoking. Only 15.7 percent of teens admitted to smoking cigarettes at least once in the 30 days before the survey, which is an improvement from when the CDC began conducting this annual survey in 1991. Back then, 27.5 percent had smoked. The bad news? They’ve appeared to replace one […]


3 Things Every Teen Needs to Know Before Starting College

Edit note: The following is a guest post by Julie Zeilinger, author of College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year and a member of the Barnard College class of 2015. She is also the founder of the Fbomb, a feminist blog for teens and young adults. From the time I was a high school junior until days before I left for my freshman year, the adults in my life all wistfully parroted similar versions of the same sentiment: “College will be the best four years of your life!” And […]


Use Seasonal Fruits in These Teen-Tested Recipes for Summer

School’s out and summertime is here, meaning most teens are spending even more time raiding the kitchen and fending for themselves during the day. Fortunately, summer is also chock-full of seasonal fruits that pack a healthy punch. Check out our favorite summer fruits below with some of the best teen-tested-and-approved recipes, then hit the farmers market to try them at home!   Tomatoes     You can find tomatoes in grocery stores all year long, but these traditional fruits (biologically speaking) love the heat, and are in peak form for growing and […]


Friday Faves: New Warnings on Tanning Beds, National Donut Day, 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. In an effort to protect teens from the harm of UV rays, the FDA is adding more prominent warnings to tanning beds, according to the Huffington Post. The machines should not be used by anyone under 18 and manufacturers must provide more warnings about the cancer risks accompanying them. It’s estimated that 2.3 million U.S. teens use tanning beds each year, which is why this new federal warning is especially important.


Should You Be Worried About Your Teen and Powdered Alcohol?

Powdered alcohol has made headlines recently after a brand’s controversial April 8th label approval by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. But what’s the real story behind “Palcohol,” and could it really be sold in stores as early as this Fall? The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau did grant Palcohol label approval on April 8th of this year, but rescinded it only 13 days later, citing the original approval as a “mistake.” Even if the label approval does eventually go through, which it might after the […]