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May 1

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Posted By iamincontrol | May 1, 2014

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Oct 2

Thanks for Visiting Us!

Posted By iamincontrol | October 2, 2018

Hey there! Thanks for visiting Unfortunately, we will not be creating any new posts after October 1, 2018. The website will remain up until March 13, 2019, so you can continue to read old blog posts until then. We wanted to leave you with some other resources to use to get accurate information on some of the topics that we’ve written about. Check out the list below:

Teen Line lets you talk to another teen to vent or get help with your problems. You can contact them by phone, over text, through email, or post on their message board.

Stay Teen offers information on relationships, abstinence, sex, sexually transmitted infections, and birth control. They also let people anonymously submit questions and will post answers on a specific topic each month.

Healthy Children offers articles for parents on different topics that are important to teens such as dating, fitness, nutrition, school, driving safety, and substance use.

Medline Plus offers articles on teen health issues that are aimed at both teens and their parents.

TeenHealthFX allows you to ask questions about different health topics and posts the answers to their site so you can browse old questions for topics you’re curious about or ask your own. Some of the topics they cover are emotional health, general health, health and illness, relationships, sexuality and sexual health, sports and nutrition, and alcohol, smoking, and drugs.

Teen Health and Wellness offers articles and self-help tools that cover body basics, developmental disabilities and disorders, diseases, infections and conditions, diversity, drugs and alcohol, eating disorders, family life, friendship and dating, green living, grief, mental and emotional health, nutrition and fitness, safety, sexual health, and life skills.

Teen Mental Health offers information on different mental health disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder as well as general mental health topics such as getting enough sleep. It also offers resources to support someone who is struggling with their mental health.

Science Daily offers research news about health topics that affect teens.

Teen Health on Huffington Post offers news articles related to teen health issues.


Thanks again for checking out our blog! We hope we’ve been a helpful resource to you!

Sep 27

The Wisdom of Having your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Posted By iamincontrol | September 27, 2018

Wisdom teeth are set of molars which usually come in during your mid-teens. An x-ray will be taken of your teeth and an oral doctor will decide whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed. If they need to be removed, the surgery is a takes about 45 minutes and most people can return to school the next day! The doctor will either numb your gums or they will use medications to put you to sleep through the whole procedure. The doctor will give you personalized, detailed instructions before you leave, but here are a few general Do’s and Don’ts for after your procedure:


  • Use an ice pack for the first few days after surgery. Generally 30 minutes on, 30 minutes off. This really helps cut down on the swelling.
  • Eat soft foods like rice, soup, pasta or mashed potatoes!
  • Take any medication your doctor gives you as prescribed.
  • Call your doctor if you develop a fever.


  • Drink through a straw! Drinking through a straw creates suction in your mouth which can cause dry sockets.
  • Don’t eat hard, crunchy, or sticky foods or gum.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking slows the healing process and can cause complications.


To learn more about having your wisdom teeth removed check out

Sep 25

Makeups Long Lasting Effect

Posted By iamincontrol | September 25, 2018

When looking for makeup, you want what’s best for your skin and potentially best for the environment. Some products used in makeup have been known to kill aquatic animals or change their environment. Many times, what’s best for your skin and the environment is the same. Products that are organic and vegan often use more plant-based ingredients. These are less harsh and aren’t as likely to bother your skin. Vegan and cruelty free products don’t test on animals.

You can look for labels on the products to see the ingredients. The problem is that some of the phrases they use can be misleading. Below are some of the common words you might see on a package and what they really mean:

  • “Natural” – may mean only some of the ingredients are natural. Look for “100% natural”.
  • “Organic” – at least 95% of ingredients are non-synthetic products. Must look for the USDA certification label.
  • “Sulfate free” – sulfates are harsh and can bother skin.
  • “Paraben free” – parabens are used as preservatives but they have been linked to cancer.
  • “Vegan” – doesn’t contain animal products and is not tested on animals.
  • “Ecocert” – one of the largest organic certification companies in the world. Regularly conducts inspections and around the world.

You can find more details on these labels here:

These companies work to make products safe for both you and the environment. You can find a list of environmentally friendly products here:

Sep 20

Medical Marijuana in Iowa

Posted By iamincontrol | September 20, 2018

Medical MarijuanaWhat is medical marijuana?

Marijuana is a plant that can treat illnesses and symptoms of diseases. The whole plant or parts of the plant can be used. In June of 2018, the Federal Drug Administration or FDA allowed marijuana as a medicine. The FDA wants more studies done to show that it helps people though.

Marijuana is federally illegal, so how are people able to use it?

Because of the few benefits of marijuana, some states have ignored federal law by following the Tenth Amendment. This amendment lets states keep their freedom, but the federal government can still stop people from having, growing, or selling marijuana.

Where does Iowa stand on medical marijuana?

In Iowa, medical marijuana can be used for nine different health problems. Iowans who have special cards saying they have one of these health problems can get medical marijuana products. These products can’t be smoked or eaten, meaning they will be in the form of creams, oils, or patches.

To read more about how things are going with medical marijuana in Iowa, check out the following article:

Sep 18

Purposely Positive

Posted By iamincontrol | September 18, 2018

In life, we can be hard on ourselves. We often doubt our abilities, feel ashamed of our past, or anxious about our futures. Although these feelings are normal, they don’t need to be constant and troublesome. Instead, there are ways to acknowledge these feelings, but move past them:

  • Recognize that these feelings happen to a lot of people. You are not alone.
  • These feelings do have a place in our lives because they can motivate us to grow as people.
  • Confront your fears or worries and turn those feelings into personal goals.
  • When negative thoughts creep into your mind, flip the script and think about a positive thing instead. This could be something you are working towards or have already achieved.
  • Focus on happy moments of growth. Recognize these accomplishments and celebrate them!
  • Don’t forget to tell yourself every day that you are proud of who you are right now, but positive change can be good.

Check out these tips on ways to increase positive emotions:

Sep 13

What You Say Matters

Posted By iamincontrol | September 13, 2018

Bullied teenage girlLanguage that singles people out makes it difficult to make connections with others. Try putting yourself into another person’s shoes to help you think about how to use welcoming language. Using broader language so can help people feel included. Here are some tips to make your language more inclusive:

  • Use gender-neutral terms like “people” instead of gendered words like “mankind”
  • You can use “they” to refer to someone whose gender you don’t know
  • Avoid saying things that are stereotypical
  • If you’re talking about a group of people, don’t generalize about a whole group. For example, women in one country may have a different experience than women in another based on the culture and politics.
  • When talking about a person who has an illness or disorder, it’s generally better to say “person with ____” instead of “____ person”

Using these tips can help you be more inclusive with your language and make others feel more accepted. Learn what inclusive language means to others in this video:

Sep 11

When “Just One” Cigarette Becomes More Than One

Posted By iamincontrol | September 11, 2018

Hand chained to cigarettesYou probably know that smoking is bad for you, but what is the chance that you’ll get hooked on smoking? A study found that more than 2 out of 3 people who tried a single cigarette became daily smokers for a while. This tells us that even smoking one cigarette each day can have negative health effects. Another study found that people who smoked less than one cigarette each day over their entire lives were 64% more likely to die early than people who never smoked.

A study looked at the differences between men and women who smoked 1 cigarette each day and those who didn’t. It concluded that:

  • Men had a 48% higher risk of heart disease
  • Women had a 57% higher risk of heart disease.

To read more about the health impacts on smoking, check out this link:

Sep 6

Depression Can Impact Anyone

Posted By iamincontrol | September 6, 2018

Depression is a mental health issue. Being sad, hopeless, having low energy and headaches are just a few symptoms that people with depression consistently face. Depression can hit someone at any age. There are also different kinds of depressions that can impact a person’s life:

  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Perinatal Depression
  • Psychotic Depression
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder

I am living with seasonal affective disorder and it is hard. Going from being social and full of energy to barely able to get out of bed. I am not the only one that deals with depression in my family. My mother deals with it year round, but takes medication to help with the symptoms. Depression exists and it can impact anyone at any time. People need to be aware that it is an illness that needs to be taken seriously.

Learn the difference between sadness and depression, plus more, here:

Sep 4

Loving the Person in the Mirror

Posted By iamincontrol | September 4, 2018

Teen girl unhappy with appearanceIn the morning I see my reflection in the mirror and question “what in the world am I looking at?!” It is very common for people to feel this way and you are not alone. Being perfect is what society today wants us to be, but let’s be honest, that is not going to happen. We are all beautiful in our own way.

Finding that beauty within ourselves is the difficult part though. There are a few different ways that you can have confidence when looking into that reflection.

  • Look at yourself and SMILE. The most beautiful attribute any person has is their smile.
  • Own that crazy bedhead or messy bun that you have going on. Everyone wakes up like that. It’s gorgeous!
  • Compliment yourself on the things that you like the most about yourself. Having confidence is key.

Always remember, no matter what your mind tries to convince you at times: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

Check out these tips on how to feel better about yourself:

Aug 30

What is Labor Day?

Posted By iamincontrol | August 30, 2018

Almost 200 years ago, workers were putting in 60 and 70 hours over 7 days a week! Many workers were very unhappy with that and they worked hard to make their work time shorter. If you have ever wondered how standard 9-5 work hours 5 days a week began, now you know! Once the work days and weeks were shortened, people were able to spend their free time on traveling, entertainment, and eating out.

States started the holiday to celebrate this great achievement. In 1894, Congress made it a holiday. It is dedicated to American workers and their efforts since the country began. If you, your family, and friends have the day off, celebrate the many milestones the United States has achieved and what we hope to do in the future.

Check out this link for more info: