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Inspiring Kids to Advocate for Healthier School Lunches

Last week, a photo comparison of school lunches from around the world began making the rounds online. Here’s a great slideshow to show your students. When you look at how we’re stacking up in the states compared to other countries, it’s pretty dismal.

But it doesn’t have to be. It might be a long journey, but getting the kids directly involved can lead to a quicker change.

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YouTube’s #DearMe Campaign Gives Advice to Teens in an Unexpected Way

In honor of International Women’s Day on Sunday, YouTube launched a campaign called “#DearMe” where the site’s stars created videos dedicated to their younger selves and shared advice they wish they’d been given when they were teens.

Participants in the campaign tackle a number of different issues that your teens may be currently facing such as bullying, mental health, and body confidence.

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Laws Aren’t Preventing Teens From Buying E-Cigarettes Online

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, are gaining extreme popularity among teens. If your teenager is under the legal age to buy e-cigarettes in your state, you may think that it’d be difficult for him or her to purchase these products—but that’s not necessarily true. A surprising new study shows that teens can actually easily buy e-cigarettes very quickly at one place: online.

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Teaching Kids to Break Down Gender Stereotypes

Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.

Over the last year or so, there’s been a large amount of attention in the media on gender stereotypes and how they can be limiting for all of us, especially children.

So what exactly are gender stereotypes?

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Want to Help Fight Depression? Plant Sunflowers

Depression is more common in teens than you may think. It’s also heavily stigmatized which can prevent those who suffer from depression to not get the help they need.

The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression, or iFred, aims to change this by shining a positive light on depression and eliminating stigmas associated with the disease through prevention, research and education. On May 2nd, you can join the effort by participating in their Global Day for Hope.

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The Scary Ingredient Hiding In Soda

There are plenty of reasons that teens should opt for a glass of water instead of grabbing a can of cola. From the negative impact on their memory to the excessive amount of sugar, it’s not the healthiest choice. Now more research proves the scary side of soft drinks. According to a study at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the caramel color in soda may contain 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) — a possible carcinogen, which in other words poses a potential cancer risk.

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Think Hookah Is Safer than Cigarettes? Think Again!

There are tons of misconceptions surrounding smoking, but ideas about hookah may top the list. A common myth surrounding the water pipe used to smoke tobacco is that it’s safer than smoking cigarettes. The thought process behind this myth is that the hookah’s water-filled pipe filters out toxic chemicals that are present when smoking cigarettes. A new study shows that just isn’t true.

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