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Posted By iamincontrol | May 1, 2014
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Posted By iamincontrol | June 14, 2016
The internet is a huge part of our culture today. Not only is it entertaining, but it can also be very informative. We have the advantage of getting all sorts of information from a wide variety of sources on the internet including: educational, news, entertainment websites, personal and commercial blogs,
foundation/organizational websites, and many more. There is a wide range of websites dedicated to posting information, but we also share this information in many different ways on the internet. Because so many people and sources are involved, it is very easy for things to lose authenticity. Social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit are places we can go to find information, personal opinions, and stories. While there is an abundance of helpful and accurate information on the web, there is even more unaccredited, made-up information.
So who do we trust? Some “information” we find can be completely false. Some opinions are not based on facts at all and some don’t have any scientific backing. No matter what we are reading, or where we are reading, we should be able to easily verify the information.
- Who wrote this?
- What makes this person knowledgeable?
- Do they have first-hand knowledge? Are they an expert?
- Why did the person write this?
- Is this article from a government organization or an international organization?
- Where did they get their information?
- Are they trying to sell you something?
- How would this person benefit if you believed the information?
Obviously, we can’t do this type of investigation on everything we read. Before believing something as a fact, we should be able to identify how accurate the information that we are reading is. When it comes to something that can affect us in real life, we should not take the first information we find as 100% fact. Before trying a trendy diet, before we believe something a politician said, before we criticize a person, place or thing make sure you know your source.
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Posted By iamincontrol | June 9, 2016
Going to the gynecologist for the first time can be an extremely nerve-wracking experience. However, it is important that you face any fears you may have. Your health IS important and going to the gynecologist is a key step in making sure you stay healthy. It is recommended that you go to a gynecologist yearly beginning when you’re 18 (or earlier if you are or are planning on becoming sexually active). During my first experience, I was so nervous that I put the robe on the wrong way even though there were directions right on the wall. I laugh at the memory now every time I go in for my yearly check-up. Though I was nervous and scared, I also hadn’t come prepared on what exactly to expect.
Here are a few tips about going to the gynecologist any time, but especially your first time.
1) Be absolutely and completely honest with your gynecologist. I know that some topics are private and you may want to keep them that way, but in order to provide the best services to fit your unique situation, the gynecologist needs you to share with him/her about your sexual activity and health. And it’s their job to keep that information private, What you tell them is confidential and they are required to keep that between the two of you.
2) Ask any and all questions you may have – even if you think they may be “stupid.” Truthfully, there are no stupid questions and your gynecologist will be more than happy to answer your questions.
3) Do a little bit of research about gynecologist visits. Knowing what to expect can help ease your fears and calm your nerves. Check out the following website to learn more about what you can expect during your visit: https://www.ubykotex.com/en-us/periods/period-advice/your-first-appointment-with-the-gynecologist. Other information about your sexual health can be found here: http://www.iwannaknow.org/teens/index.html
4) Most importantly, know that you are in control of your health.
Posted By iamincontrol | June 7, 2016
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. While skin cancer is most common in fair-skinned people, it is a misconception that darker-skinned people can’t get cancer. For this reason, it is essential that every person uses sunscreen whether they are being exposed to the sun. Follow these tips to prevent skin cancer this summer:
- Stay in shaded areas as much as possible.
- Cover as much skin with clothing as possible. Use light layers, but don’t overheat yourself in hot weather.
- Avoid sunburns. People who burn are more likely to get skin cancer.
- Broad spectrum sunscreen is best. Use a lower SPF (15) sunscreen for everyday use and a higher SPF (30 or above) for outdoor activity.
- Apply 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours
- Examine your skin
- Get skin exams from your doctor at least once a year.
Posted By iamincontrol | June 2, 2016
Poll results are in and Teens of Iowa think that “vaping” should be banned indoors.
“Vaping” is the new, rapidly growing trend we’re seeing in adults and youth across our country. E-cigs, e-hookah, hookah pens, vapor pipes, or vapes all describe devices that service as “alternative” to smoking traditional tobacco products, such as, cigarettes, cigars or hookah. These electronic devices produce a vapor which is then inhaled versus a burning cigarette that needs to be lit to inhale smoke. They also come in very wide variety of flavors, ranging from fruit to marshmallow or cotton candy, for example. Electronic cigarettes have been marketed as a safe alternative to smoking normal cigarettes and was even initially promoted to be used indoors. With the arrival of these new products, adults and youth jumped on the bandwagon and started to use the products with the mindset that they were safe to use. In reality, there has not been much research on the effects that this vapor can have on the body.
Only a few years ago we were allowing smoking cigarettes indoors, in all public spaces, in front of children and pregnant women smoked. Watching shows like Madmen we can see that there was a time smoking all the time and everywhere was accepted in society. After evidence surfaced about the horrible things smoking cigarettes did to the body we started slowly but surely banning smoking in public, especially indoors. Most colleges have bans on smoking on their property and some have extended that ban to ALL types of tobacco including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes. Public places, schools, and private business owners have started to ban the use indoors in fear that there could be potential harm with secondhand vapor. All forms of vapor inhalation should be taken as seriously as smoking, don’t let the flavors or people’s relaxed attitudes fool you.
Posted By iamincontrol | May 31, 2016
Eating healthy can sometimes be struggle for people. Either they don’t like the way health food tastes, it’s generally unavailable, or they just fill themselves on unhealthy food. I personally have a big sweet tooth so it is hard for me to always eat right! Getting in exercise on a busy schedule can be difficult too. I often come home from school and just want to play video games. It’s important to get in some physical activity every day. I enjoy being in nature so I often take hikes or walks to get in my physical activity.
- Enjoy a smoothie. Many people love having a cool, refreshing smoothie on a warm day. It is a great way to enjoy fruit and veggies if you don’t like them by themselves. You could even make a smoothie your go to reward after a workout.
- Plant a garden or fruit tree. This gets you involved with producing your own fresh veggies and fruit. Gardening can also be a great workout- picking weeds and shoveling dirt can be great arm workout!
- Go out and explore. Google parks and activities in your area to explore! Maybe you can find a new trail to hike or an apple orchard to explore. You’ll get some exercise also experience nature and see places you may not have even known existed.
- Dip it. You can take your favorite fruit and dip it into chocolate or peanut butter. Vegetables go great with hummus or a ranch dip. A dipping sauce adds a tasty addition to your healthy food.
These are just a few ways you can make being healthy more exciting. Have fun with it and enjoy yourself! For more tips on food and fitness visit: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/food-fitness/
Posted By iamincontrol | May 24, 2016
Growing up I’ve always played soccer. I would have practice twice a week, then games almost every weekend during the spring, summer, and fall. Playing a sport that made me really happy was extremely important to me. After high school I had the chance to play in college, this was very exciting for me because it was my dream to play soccer in college. After I started playing for the college team, a lot of conflicts started happening. Soccer no longer was something I enjoyed because there was so much drama and the coach played favorites. The hardest decision of my life was approaching- it was whether I wanted to quit soccer or to keep playing soccer and be unhappy. After taking about a week to decide, I made the hardest decision of my life…. I quit soccer. I knew that I had to find a new hobby because I was feeling empty since I quit my college team and missed feeling connected to a team. I weight lifted with my team while I played soccer and really enjoyed it, so I decided to spend the time that I usually would have been at soccer practice lifting. Since I decided to quit the sport that meant the most to me, I wanted to find another thing that would fill the sport of soccer. Lifting makes me feel just as happy as soccer did. I have made many friends through lifting and found purpose. It is important to always be happy, and try and find new things if you find yourself becoming unhappy. If one hobby or sport doesn’t work out, try something new or something you’ve always wanted to do. You might surprise yourself!
For more information about making decisions visit: http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&np=287&id=2975