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Rates of obesity are climbing. The percentage of children who are overweight has doubled in the last 20 years. The percentage of adolescents who are obese has tripled in the last 20 years. One tool to track the calories you take in a day to see if you are eating more than your are burning is calorie counter….check it out at

Substance Abuse
Prescription Drug Abuse Rising Among Youth
Illegal drug use is declining among youth, while the abuse of prescription drugs, especially pain relievers, is increasing. Many abuse prescription drugs thinking that they are safe, when in fact they can cause addiction and severe side effects.
Check out this site…..

Emotional Health
High Risk Factors For Teen Depression
• The following situations indicate that you may be at risk:
traumatic events or changes in your life (an abusive parent, divorce, death of a loved one, or breaking up with a longtime girlfriend or boyfriend, for example)
• difficult coping with your anger
• problems in school
• lifestyle changes such as weight loss, weight gain, or difficulty sleeping
• a desire to drink alcohol or use drugs
• an interest in violence or a growing fear of violence.
Go to
http://www.about-depression.com/articles/teen-depression/index.php for more information

Relationships are hard no matter what age you are.  Often we learn about relationships from what we see or experience.  Below are two sites that discuss relationships, what to do and when it crosses over into abuse.


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