Good sleep can lower effects of stress in kids


Eight to nine hours of good quality sleep every night, combined with other healthy lifestyle behaviours, can reduce the negative consequences of stress in kids, suggests new research.

Getting a good night’s sleep might buffer the impact of stress on kids’ Cortisol level, which is a hormone produced in the adrenal gland to regulate the body’s cardiovascular, metabolic and immune systems.

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Teen overcomes anorexia through yoga

"My biggest advice for others is to seek and pursue what makes you feel most confident in yourself," Degener said. "If you're passionate about the things you do, you will be able to be true to yourself and love yourself for who you are."

When people ask 16-year-old Maris Degener why she was hospitalized for three weeks at the age of 13, she sometimes tells them it was a “heart thing” or because of dehydration. The truth carries a deeper mental and physical pain: It was anorexia.

“I associate it with not knowing who I was or what I wanted to do,” Degener said. “I wasn’t the artsy kid or the sporty kid. I was just there and it spiraled into looking for perfection and control. The irony is that it almost took away my chance to live.”

Excerpt from Ashley Strickland’s article on CNN- Read more

Teen writes novels to deflect pain of multiple surgeries

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Just 19, Emilee King has already experienced a lifetime of joy and pain, happiness and sorrow.

Next month, she is throwing a celebration of life that will double as a book launch and a signing party.

The event — set for Sept. 3 at Pioneer Bookstore in Provo — acknowledges that King has mastered her mind over her body and has done so by completing her second novel, “Surviving Through the Night.”

Excerpt from Genelle Pugmire’s article in Herald Click here to  read more.

E. Flatbush teen joins Youth Council

Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane D. Williams (D–Brooklyn), deputy leader and chairman of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, has appointed Brooklyn teen Errianna Brown to the inaugural class of The New York City Youth Council from District 45.

Run in partnership with the Coro New York Leadership Center, a civic leadership training organization, the New York City Youth Council is a leadership training program comprising 49 members, one from each district with a sitting lawmaker.

Excerpt from Nelson King’s article in Caribbean Life- Read more

The Steps One Homeless Teen Took To Get A Full Ride To Yale

<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption">Andazola Marquez at Yale during her freshman year.</span>

Viviana Andazola Marquez ranks getting into Yale as the single proudest moment of her life. Her frank personal statement about growing up homeless was published by The New York Times as part of a collection of college essays about money. Being selected was as much a symbol for her as it was an accomplishment.

“It was affirmation that my life was under my control. I knew that things would never be the same and that I could make anything I wanted of myself,” Andazola Marquez told The Huffington Post over the phone last week.

Excerpt from Sasha Bronner’s article in the Huffington Post– read more

Male teen artists gain empathy for young women through TRUE Skool project

Domonique Whitehurst reads his original poem about lessons Tracy Rolkosky is learning from the challenges of poverty for “My Sister’s Story.” (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

The brightly painted performance and gallery space at TRUE Skool vibrated with energy and anticipation at a recent gathering showcasing the teen participants’ summer work at the youth arts program.

“I had a chance to hear a few of you practice last week and was so moved by the thoughtfulness and effort that you put into honoring your sister’s stories,” Katie Mullen, youth mentor and board vice president, told the young male performers.

Excerpt from Andrea Waxman’s article in the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service- Read more.

Small Amounts of Teen Exercise Reduce Cancer and Heart Deaths Mid-Life

Teen gymnast (Source: Wikimedia)

Teen girls who exercise as little as an hour a week for three months may reduce, to a surprising degree, risk of death from many diseases in adulthood, according to a Vanderbilt University study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

Excerpt for Cynthia Fox’s article in Bioscience Read more