By Laine Giovanniello
Hydration is important to people of all ages. Dehydration happens when your body has lost too much water without replacing it, preventing your body to perform its natural functions. Dehydration can even sometimes be life-threatening.
Many people forget to stay hydrated even when they are not playing a sport or exercising. Studies say that you should always have water with you and drink even when you’re not thirsty. When you sweat your body loses water, so it’s extremely important to have even more water than usual when you exercise.
Here is a hydration plan that I try my best to follow everyday:
1. Drink 50% of your body weight a day in ounces (or 40 ounces, whatever is greater).
2. DO NOT drink just water, as this will dilute essential vitamins needed to perform at top condition. Drink a combination of spring water, milk, juice, green tea, Gatorade, & PowerAde. (If you’re an athlete, you should have a sports drink for the potassium and sodium)
3. Make a commitment to no soda or iced tea.
4. Add 8 ounces for every 30 minutes of exercise.
5. To be affective you must keep track of your ounce intake and space it out throughout the day. DO NOT drink 2-3 times daily and consume large amount of liquid.
6. It is fine to exceed the number of ounces per day.
By Paige Ross
A teenager sits in a classroom waiting to be called up in front of tons of their classmates for a presentation. Their stomach is turning, and bad thoughts are going through their head. These feelings are all caused by anxiety. Teens that struggle with anxiety feel stress about school and their social lives. But, it is important to know what anxiety is before learning how it affects teens.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a mental disorder that people of all ages can have. This disorder can come out of nowhere and make a person feel stressed or scared. There are six types of anxiety that can have different effects on a person. However, two of the six typically affect teens. One type of anxiety that typically affects teens is, social anxiety disorder. This type of anxiety can make someone avoid certain social situations because of an excessive fear. Another type of anxiety that usually effects teens is, generalized anxiety. Generalized anxiety causes someone to worry about events in an everyday life. Anxiety can affect teens because it can change the way they act and think, one example of this is, how teens may stress about school.
Stress About School
One way that anxiety effects teens is, causing stress about school. Teens may be worrying about or dreading a quiz or a test because they feel that they are going to fail, or they are not prepared. More commonly, they may have nervous feelings. These types of feelings and stress can be caused by generalized anxiety. " Anxiety is a feeling of worry or fear in response to stress," says Maddie Spalding, author of 12 Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety. For example, some of this stress can come from having to present in front of a class or group of people. Again, this could make a teen have nervous feelings. Also, teenagers have a lot to handle such as, school, jobs, homework, and big expectations from adults. Generalized anxiety accompanied by being scared, nervous or being stressed about school, is one way how anxiety can affect teens. Not only can anxiety affect teens through stress about school, but it can also affect how they react in social situations.
Another way anxiety can impact teens is by changing how they react in social situations. This type of anxiety is called, social anxiety disorder. For some people, they don’t like to go in public because of a fear that someone will judge them on the way they look. Also, negative posts or comments on social media can cause this type of anxiety. Too add on, bullying or trying to fit in with a group can cause social anxiety disorder. This type of anxiety is common for teens, and others, to experience. "Social anxiety disorder affects an estimated ten million Americans and is the third most common psychiatric illness after depression and alcoholism," says the American Psychiatric Association. Social anxiety disorder can change the way someone reacts and thinks in a situation. But, this can be helpful sometimes because it can make a teen avoid or sense a dangerous or bad situation. However, this anxiety becomes a problem when it reacts to no danger. To conclude, anxiety can have negative, yet some positive effects on teens.
By Lauren Michener
Do you need a way to satisfy your hunger and in a healthy and delicious way? Well look no further! These snacks will make your mouth water and satisfy your cravings.
Parmesan Zucchini Crisps
-2 sliced zucchinis
-Salt and Pepper
-1 and ½ cups of grated parmesan cheese
-Ranch (for dipping)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a metal baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, then set aside.
2. Arrange zucchini slices on the baking sheet, season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place about a teaspoon of parmesan cheese on each slice.
3. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown.
4. Let them cool down and serve with ranch dressing.
Turkey and Veggie Wraps
-1 slice of turkey (medium thickness)
-1 wedge of Laughing Cow cheese
-3 strips of bell peppers
-1-2 strips of cucumber
1. Spread the wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese onto 1 slice of turkey.
2. Add the strips of pepper and cucumber to the slice.
3. Roll up like a tortilla.
Frozen Blueberry Yogurt Bites
-1 pint of blueberries
-1 cup of nonfat Greek yogurt
-1 tablespoon of sugar (or sugar substitute)
1. Line a metal baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a mixing bowl, stir sugar and yogurt together.
3. Gently fold blueberries into mixture, then scoop with fork and tap off excess yogurt.
4. Place blueberries on a baking sheet and do not have them touch.
5. Put the baking sheet in the freezer and wait until they are completely frozen (about an hour).
By Ruby Kitzmiller
1. It. Was. Awesome.
2. You get to hang out with baby goats.
3. You can do yoga outside at a nice, peaceful farm.
4. It's a fun way to connect with nature.
5. Goat selfies.
6. Yoga is a great way to relax and good exercise.
7. Baby goats are cute and sweet and very cuddly.
8. You get to pet and feed the goats.
9. Goats are funny and like to head-butt.
Just like wrestlers, they always want a rematch!
10. You'll find yourself laughing a lot!
Submitted by our members as well as teens across the world.