Bedsider.org now has a guy’s guide to birth control. Here’s a funny video introduction.
Bedsider.org now has a guy’s guide to birth control. Here’s a funny video introduction.
I know some young men who don’t know how to put on a condom. Here’s a video from Planned Parenthood that can help.
The University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill has a seizure disorder and has commented on how lack of sleep and an unhealthy eating contributed to poor control of his seizures. He advised his college players to not follow his lead—he told them to get their sleep and eat right. This is great advice and, in my experience, too often not followed by college students. I bet that any college student’s grades will improve if they work on eating healthy and getting 8 hours of sleep every night. What do you think?
Here’s a video that explains asthma and how to be active with asthma.
We were witness to another traumatic event today, bombings at the Boston Marathon. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has resources to help children and youth deal with this and similar events. Here’s the site, http://www.nctsn.org/.
I had to pick up a condolence card today for a young person I know. Her brother, who was in his 20’s, was murdered recently. An appropriate condolence card would read like this, “My deepest condolences for another young life needlessly ended. I pray for your family and wish that this never happens to another young person or their family. But, sadly it will and much too soon.”
Have you ever heard of the website everyone is gay? It’s an advice website by Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid (that’s them above) for everyone, but has an emphasis on LGBTQ youth. Russo and Owens-Reid also travel around the country promoting equality. Here’s more about everyone is gay:
I didn’t know that people need to taste a new food between 14-21 times before they start to like that food. I’m not a picky eater, but this is helpful to know if you are a picky eater, or know some one who is. It really is about “training your taste buds” like Dr. John Anderson, a pediatrician who works with me wrote recently. Here’s more advice from him for picky eaters, http://myhealthnewsletter.com/hcmc/healthematters/July2014/article1.html.
I was talking today with a young person about the Hamlet soliloquy that begins “To be or not to be” today. I then remembered that great video last year of this soliloquy that was made of snippets from performances students submitted via Instagram. Here’s the link http://bit.ly/1e7lH6B.
“Why not do an experiment, go to bed early and see how you feel?” This is the question I asked a young person I know. He didn’t answer-he just shrugged and walked away. Why not try getting a little extra sleep when you can? You never know-you may actually like it.
The best advice I can give a new college student is to make sure that they get enough sleep. I have found that many college students give up on sleep even though they need sleep to do their best in school. I’m happy to report that a young person I know who is beginning college in the fall won’t become sleep deprived. She said that she needs 8 to 10 hours of sleep now and doesn’t plan to change her sleep habits when she gets to college.
“ I have always admired the ability to bite off more than one can chew and then chew it. ”
— William DeMille
A young person I know told me recently that he feels tired in the morning if he gets up at a decent hour, and he feels guilty if he sleeps in late. I asked him why he didn’t try going to bed earlier so that he would get up early enough and not be tired. He said that wouldn’t work. Of course, why would this work? It makes too much sense.
Have you heard about vamping? I think there are different definitions, but the one I’m referring to is where someone stays up late, texting or being online and not getting enough sleep. There is an article about vamping on the New York Times website, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/fashion/vamping-teenagers-are-up-all-night-texting.html?src=dayp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-above-moth-fixed-region®ion=c-column-above-moth-fixed-region&WT.nav=c-column-above-moth-fixed-region&_r=0. Sleep is so important for everyone, especially young people, that sometimes I advise parents to lock up cell phones and turn off the internet at night just to try to get their teen to get some sleep. This may be a harsh solution, but it is what some young teens need until they know how to regulate their media use.
“..the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat… the human drama of athletic competition…”
Why do people play sports when defeat is possible? Because the opportunity to compete and the possibility of success is so alluring. Anyway, no matter what your ability, you too can push yourself to improve athletically. Get up, get out, get active, get strong!
A young period told me about a new commercial that, even though it’s a commercial, explores well why it’s okay to be told you do something like a girl.
I hadn’t heard about jookin, a type of dance, until today, but I’m now really impressed. I’m impressed by the artistry and I’m impressed by the artist Lil Buck. Here’s a video from the New York Times about him. I like how he describes using his gift for good.
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Iron Kids is a strength training app for iPhones and iPads from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Iron Kids is a safe way for young people to build strength, balance and fitness. The app contains a workout program and instructional videos. The app is only $3.99, so it’s an inexpensive way to become an Iron Kid.
It’s soccer’s World Cup and one well-known soccer player appeared to lose his mind. He bit another player! What was that about I wonder? To me it appears that this player got angry about something and doesn’t know how to control his anger. Have you heard the saying, “Between every action and reaction is a space, you must control that space.” That soccer player doesn’t know how to manage that space, so that he controls his reaction. If you have this problem, if you’re easy to anger, your probably need the help of a counselor so that you can control the space and your reaction.
Today is the birthday of James Weldon Johnson. He lived from 1871 to 1938 and was an author, teacher, lawyer, diplomat, civil rights activist, and songwriter. In fact, he wrote the famous song, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” I found that this quote from him still applies today, not only for African American young people, but all young people. “You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, There’s a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that’s just begun.”
I am always so impressed by strong, independent people. I found this type of person on the GLSEN website. The young person featured in the video speaks so eloquently about their experience and the stigma they face.
That’s 2 days in a row that I meet young people who have belly pain when they eat Hot Cheetos. Have they stopped eating Hot Cheetos? No!. Why haven’t they stopped? Well, Hot Cheetos like most junk food is made so that we have a hard time not eating it once we get started. But you must stop because these foods, or whatever they are, are so unhealthy and can even make you sick.
Here’s a close-up of a Hot Cheeto. Yuck!
Many people know that tomorrow the World Cup for soccer begins, but have you heard of blind soccer? I hadn’t until I found this video from the New York Times. Enjoy the World Cup and use that and blind soccer as inspiration for you to get out and play also.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer which means that it’s Lyme disease time. Here’s more information about Lyme disease and how to protect yourself.
Recently a young person told me that she had decided not to have sex until she was older. I told her that I was happy that she had taken the time to think about it and made a decision. This is what I hope for all young people-that they decide whether and when they plan to have sex. I think that if they are thoughtful they will be less likely to have sex to early, have sex without using condoms, or risk getting pregnant.
Someone told me about this young man in Folsom California who despite having a difficult upbringing has done so well in high school that he is going to Princeton on a full scholarship. Learn more about him here http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/04/6455551/folsom-student-finds-path-through.html#mi_rss=Our%20Region.
I had the pleasure of hearing James West speak this weekend. He, along with Gerhard Sessler, developed the type of microphone that is the most widely used now-almost 2 billion are made annually. West has also been a mentor to many minority scientists and an inspiration to all. This weekend West spoke about everyone’s responsibility to help others. He advised, “do not be afraid to ask for what you know can make life better for everyone.”
Yesterday I posted a quote from Yoda because I saw Star Wars movie characters in a parade yesterday. Here’s another Star Wars quote with the life lesson that caring and compassion offers the greatest chance of happiness and success.
“Fear is the path to the Dark SIde. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”
Yoda, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”
Roots for the Home Team partners with youth garden programs in Minneapolis and St. Paul to develop and sell salads at some Minnesota Twins’ games. Here’s their salad lineup, when they’ll be selling salads, for the 2014 season.
There was a great opinion piece in the New York Times by two high school journalists who have depression. Initially, they wanted to interview other students with depression for their school newspaper, but the school authorities wouldn’t let them do this. Despite this limitation, these young women have shown real bravery. I applaud them.
Most of you have probably heard of Madam C. J. Walker the first female self-made millionaire in the U.S. After a difficult early life she worked hard to become a successful entrepreneur. She said, “I got my start by giving myself a start.” At one time or another we probably all needed to give ourselves a start.
Recently, I heard someone give a great reason for why we should try to achieve something new, try to stretch ourselves to accomplish something. He said that even if you have only a 50% chance of success, so a 50% chance of failure, there is probably a 100% chance that you’ll learn something. Those sound like good odds to me.
I read about the STOP, BREATHE & THINK app for iPhones and iPads that can help you mediate and remain calm. You can even track your progress as you work to remain calm and mindful.
Orthorexia is unhealthy obsession with healthy eating so that food choices become so restrictive that one’s health suffers. I found the following questions on the National Eating Disorders site that can help someone figure out if they have orthorexia. The more you answer “yes” to, the more likely it is that you have orthorexia. But, if there is an chance you have orthorexia, you should talk with your healthcare provider and get help.
I heard this hockey phrase that applies to life I think. It goes like this, “You have to do the hard work in the corners before you can put the puck in the net. ” If you’re not a hockey fan you may not know that this means that success requires hard work. It’s Stanley Cup playoff time now, watch one of those games and see what I mean.
A while ago I read an article about the different ways young people use to cope when their parent has cancer. The article was written by the coauthor of “My Parent has Cancer and it Really Sucks.” Apparently, teens may have a harder time dealing with having a parent with cancer than younger children, so I suggest that young people get help at such a tough time. They can ask their healthcare provider for help, or perhaps a counselor at school. Either way, as a parent with cancer is getting the help they need, a teen needs to make sure they take care of themselves.
There are some really interesting programs for youth and Full Cycle in Minneapolis is one of them. Full Cycle is a nonprofit bicycle shop that offers paid internships to homeless youth. The young people not only learn about bike repair, they also learn business skills. Additionally, Full Cycle has a Free Bike Program where youth build or repair a bike for themselves. Here’s more about Full Cycle from their 2013 annual report.
In my state chlamydia rates have risen. One reason for this is that sexually active teens are not getting tested for chlamydia because they don’t want their parents to find out. Well, in many states teens can get care for sexually transmitted infections without parental permission. This means that the care has to be confidential. So, there really isn’t any reason a teen shouldn’t get tested.
A recent study found that people are more likely to remember a lecture if they take note by hand versus on a laptop. Apparently, when you type notes you are just transcribing them, but when you write out notes you are more likely to think about what you are hearing.
I really believe that we can stop rape because of the work of many groups to fight against sexual assault and violence of any sort. Men Can Stop Rape has been around since 1997 and their motto is “Creating Cultures Free from Violence.” Here’s a poster from Men Can Stop Rape that explains how to step in to protect someone.