Archive | August, 2014

More Than Just A Catchy Song, This Video Spreads Body Positivity

After seeing an article in the New York Times about the recent trend of body-positive music videos, we can’t stop replaying Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” It’s a catchy song with a brightly-colored music video. But the great part is the message of the song: beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Trainor sings, “I ain’t no size 2/ but I can shake it, shake it / Like I’m supposed to do.”

With the main message being “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top,” this is definitely something we can get behind.


Ramen Noodles May Be A Convenient Meal, But At What Cost?

Sure, sticking a package of Ramen noodles in the microwave is an easy solution for dinner. But a new study may make you think twice before consuming those cup-of-noodles so frequently. According to recent research, eating instant noodles two or more times a week is bad for your health.

The study found frequent noodle consumption is associated with cardiometabolic syndrome, which can increase the likelihood of developing heart disease or diabetes. It also increases the chances of having a stroke.


Robin Williams’ Suicide Shines a Light on Depression

On Monday, August 11, 2014, actor Robin Williams was found dead in his Tiburon, California home due to an apparent suicide. Williams had been open about battling addiction and depression for decades, though his death still comes as a shock to many of his adoring fans who have been so moved by his career. Williams is well renowned for his more serious roles (Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting), but he’s considered by many a comedic genius, particularly famous for the roles that many of us grew up with (Genie […]


Are Parents to Blame for Teens’ Distracted Driving Habits?

Before parents scold their teens for talking on the phone while driving, they might want to consider their role in that dangerous action. Yes, no one should even consider using their phones behind the wheel, but surprisingly, parents may be a main reason teens are doing so. A new study suggests parents play a direct role in distracted driving.

With the huge amount of teens who are texting or using their phones while driving, researchers decided to survey drivers ages 15-18 to learn more about why this keeps happening.


This Project Gets Teens to ‘Rethink’ Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is an ever-growing problem. With anonymous apps like Whisper or Yik Yak, it seems like there’s always a new way to hurt others online. But all hope isn’t lost! A 13-year-old girl named Trisha Prabhu created the “Rethink” project as a way to combat cyberbullying. This idea has already earned the Chicago teen a spot as a finalist in Google’s 15 Global Science Fair this September.

Trisha is passionate about preventing her peers from experiencing cyberbullying. That’s why her project encourages teens to think twice about what they’re posting, according to Reuters.


J.K. Rowling Did An Amazing Thing For This Harry Potter Fan

Ever since reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we’ve all been waiting for that letter from Hogwarts to arrive. Unfortunately, it turns out most of us are muggles with no such luck. But one teen’s Harry Potter dreams just came true! According to Buzzfeed, author J.K. Rowling sent a magical package to 15-year-old Cassidy Stay. Cassidy received a Hogwarts acceptance letter, a wand, a book autographed by Rowling, and most importantly, a handwritten letter in purple pen from Dumbledore.


This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Scoliosis Doesn’t Stop Caroline From Dancing

Instead of dwelling on differences, teens should embrace what makes them stand out. This is the main message in this week’s Teen Flaunt essay by Caroline Nycek. The 17-year-old has scoliosis, but has learned to appreciate this trait. Most importantly, she doesn’t let it stop her from dancing.

In her essay, she admits that it wasn’t always easy. She’d worry that others could notice and think she looked “crooked.”


WATCH: Time Management Tips for the Busiest Teens

Take a look at the average teen’s schedule. They’ve got tests to study for, papers to write, friends to see, an instrument to practice, a sport to train for, chores to finish, and plenty of tumblr surfing to do. It’s no wonder teens struggle with time management – they’ve got a lot to manage! But it’s alright – we’ve got them covered in the newest issue of Choices. In “Beat the Clock,” we’ll put teens through Time Management 101. Whether they’ve got too much on their plates or are procrastination […]


Game On! Video Games May Not Be So Bad After All

Believe it or not, there actually are positive effects of playing video games… in moderation, at least. Sure, spending hours in front of the TV is not a good thing. But recent research finds that teens who play less than an hour of video games daily are more socially adjusted than those who don’t.

Oxford University carried out the study, which found that young people who played some video games (but for no more than 3 hours a day), were associated with the highest levels of sociability.


What Happens When You Remove Soda From School Vending Machines?

In the past, we’ve talked about how schools across the country will be banning junk food this year. But what actually happens when you remove snacks and soda from a school setting? A recent study from the University of Illinois at Chicago found that taking soda away from school vending machines can actually have an adverse effect. Even though it’s an action intended to make students healthier, it is not enough of an impactful change, the research found.