If young people who drink six or more energy drinks in a month are more likely to get in a fight or have sex without a condom-is the problem the energy drink or something else? Is it something about those who drink these drinks? Whatever it is, there is too much caffeine in these drinks for anyone to drink too many of them. Why does anyone need energy drinks anyway?
I’ve noticed a few young people slacking when it comes to brushing and flossing. Some folks aren’t even brushing their teeth once a day. Come on folks! You can do better than that. The Partnership for Healthy Mouths Healthy Lives recommends everyone brush for 2 minutes twice a day. Check out this video and 2min2x.org and get more information.
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Sometimes things don’t go as planned. For example, yesterday I had planned to write my post later in the day and my internet went out. How? Someone repairing my neighbor’s phone line cut our phone line and hooked it up to the neighbor’s phone. My neighbor got our phone calls and don’t ask me where our internet access went.
I initially got upset about the situation. Did this help? No. Then I realized that I could not control what was happening, but I could control my reaction. So, that’s what I did. I forced myself to relax and wait for the problem to get fixed and it was soon enough. Try this the next time something doesn’t go your way. See if controlling what you can-yourself-helps.
I met two young people working with Genesys Works. I previously wrote about this organization that provides mentorship and work experience for high school students, Here’s the link to my previous post. http://drj4teenhealth.com/2012/09/27/genesys-works/.
Here’s a great video from the Partnership for a Healthier America-”..if you ain’t drinking wat-aah, you ain’t drinking jack!”
On my way home I saw a little neighbor boy yelling at his mother. She was trying to get him in the house and I think he wanted to stay out and play. Parenting can be tough, but when you become a parent you sign up for these types of tough situations. According to psychologist Dr. Dave Matthews of The Bridge, an organization for homeless youth in Minneapolis, parenting means agreeing to a Parent-Child Contract “..an unwritten, unspoken contract all parents sign up for when their child is born.” Here it is:
I used to think I understood why some young people who were injured, for example with an ankle sprain, didn’t go for physical therapy as was recommended. I thought it was because they were too busy to go to physical therapy, but now I know it was because they didn’t know how much it would help them get better and keep them from getting reinjured. I have found this out from personal experience. Physical therapy is so important for complete healing which is why if you are injured you must make the time for it.
I enjoy watching the show Project Runway and was pleased to find out that one of the hosts, Tim Gunn, has shared what he went through as a gay teen. After a lot of work, Tim Gunn has “made it work” and you can too.
From Marian Wright Edelman’s The Measure of Our Success:
“Lesson 12: Never give up. Never think life is not worth living. I don’t care how hard it gets….Hang in with life. Hang in for what you believe is right even if every other soul is going a different way.”
Be careful, if you watch this video you could find yourself singing the lyrics-they’re so catchy. This is one of a video series from Forward Together Youth, youth advocates in Oakland, California. Enjoy.
I asked a young person today how school was going. He is in middle school and said he didn’t like school this year because it was hard. After we spoke for a while he did agree that if school was easy that might not be best for him—where would be the challenge? Finding school hard is only a problem if you don’t work hard and get the help needed to learn and get good grades.
I hope you have heard of Eric LeGrand, the young man who was paralyzed while playing football for Rutgers a few years ago. He has been an inspiration for many with his upbeat spirit since then and this week had his number retired by Rutgers. He said the following during an interview last year about his book Believe: My Faith and the Tackle that Changed my Life: “I want readers to look at me as a hero and a person that will never give up. When faced with adversity, no matter how old you are, you have to deal with it and make the best of it, no matter what the situation is. Strive to be the best that you can be at what you do.”
It’s easy to buy food, but can you grow food? Absolutely! It only takes effort to have a garden. It doesn’t require a lot of money or space, just effort. Here’s proof-this garden is maybe 12 by 15 feet and in the middle of a big city. It contains tomatoes, celery, peppers, a peach tree, grapes, and many other plants, and the gardener is 82 years old!
A young person I know was advising one of her college classmates not to take an 8 o’clock class. This was probably really good advice because many college students go to bed late and an early morning class would mean they wouldn’t get enough sleep. Sleep is so important to getting good grades and staying healthy in college, that a late morning or afternoon class may be a better choice. Of course, if a student routinely goes to bed on time and gets enough sleep an early morning class might be just the thing.
School has just started and I’ll bet many students have not gotten enough sleep. If they want to do well in school, they need to get enough sleep. Here’s a video I posted last year about sleep. What’s the message?-Go to Bed!
Oh no, the use of e-cigarettes by young people is rising and this may lead to an increase in regular cigarette use by them. Thank goodness it is illegal to sell e-cigarettes to minors in many states, but e-cigarette companies are probably marketing to young people even though they say they are not. These companies even make flavored e-cigarettes which young people like. I was hoping that those trying to quit smoking would be the only ones using e-cigarettes, but they may be a way folks get hooked on smoking. So, stay away from e-cigarettes unless you and your health care provider decide to use them to quit smoking.
I have noticed that many young people don’t take their personal safety as seriously as they should. I think they need to be more careful about where they go, whom they are with, and what they do. The Circle of 6 app can help with safety because you can secretly text a circle of friends if you are in an unsafe situation and need help. Here’s a video with more information about the app.
“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.”
Once again I heard a young person complaining about their school foods. We used to complain about our school lunches when I was in high school because they were so unhealthy, unlike school food today. I was looking at the Minneapolis Public Schools’ (MPS) menus for the new school year and found that they include so many healthy options (http://nutritionservices.mpls.k12.mn.us/uploads/2013_09_sep_k8_11x17_2.pdf). We never had similar food choices. I like the term MPS uses-True Food. I think of True Food as being healthy, good for you, and as minimally processed as possible. This is not something to complain about; it is something to enjoy.
For all of you heading off to college:
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”
I broke my foot and sprained a good part of it and my ankle 5 weeks ago. Today I had follow up with my doctor. My foot and ankle are better, but it’s a slow recovery. I always heard that it can take awhile to recover from a sprain—it’s true. The key is to realize that sprains can be serious, that recovery can take time, and that physical therapy may be needed. I’ll be starting physical therapy soon. Here’s a New York Times article about sprains if you want to learn more http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/after-a-sprain-dont-just-walk-it-off/. Oh, by the way, remember that I got this injury when I slipped down the stairs. I wasn’t paying attention; I was looking at my cell phone. Don’t let this be you.
It can be hard to figure out what to eat before and after exercising—there are so many different opinions. One thing is clear, eating protein like steak after a workout helps you get ready for the next workout and rebuilds damaged muscles. For more information about exercise and nutrition here’s a great New York Time article, http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/26/ask-well-eating-before-exercise/?ref=health&_r=0. So exercise regularly and there may be a steak a day in your future.
Have you ever met someone who is in denial about having sex and needing birth control? I have and it’s really odd. Be honest with yourself. If you are having sex or thinking about having sex-get on birth control and use condoms. Don’t get an STD or get pregnant or make someone pregnant just because you aren’t being honest with yourself. It’s 2013, there are many places to go to get condoms and start on birth control. The site www.bedsider.org has lots of information. Now you have no excuse.
I know a young person who has trouble sleeping. He doesn’t exercise routinely, but if he did it might help him sleep better. A recent study found that exercising regularly for 4 months could help someone with insomnia sleep better. In fact, exercise may help more than sleep medication does. So get moving in order to rest well.
Recently, I’ve met several young people whose parents have mental illness. It can be rough for these young people, but help is available for them. They need to be in counseling to help them cope. Also, the young person’s relationship with their parent would be better if they both work on communicating better. If you have a parent with a mental illness or you are the parent, ask your healthcare provider for a referral to counseling.
My hospital has a program, Taking Steps Together, that teaches young people and their families about health and wellness. A young man and his mother went through the program before and now are volunteering for the program, even teaching cooking classes. If you want to try recipes from this program, they are available on a blog you can find here, http://tstrecipes.blogspot.com.
It was so sad to hear about the suicide of Lee Thompson Young yesterday. He was a successful actor and I have not read whether he had any mental health problems. I do know that there is help if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide—there is a lifeline for you. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is there 24/7 to help, to help find a reason to keep living.
I found a helpful article, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/18/back-to-school-lgbt-kids-_n_3776037.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices, for parents of LGBTQ youth with tips about how to ease your child’s return to school. The quote I liked best from the article is this one, “There is no magic wand to ward off bullies, snide remarks or narcissistic opinions of those who don’t understand homosexuality or the LGBT world. The only way to navigate through it is with love, understanding, and a few good support mechanisms.” Good advice for many situations.