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I AM in Iowa Adolescents Making Choices to Control Their Future Teen:Health, Relationship, Body and Sexuality

Tag: holidays

Dec 9

On this Holiday Season: Change Your Relationships with our Body

Posted By iamincontrol | December 9, 2014

It’s finally the holiday season—-YES!! Just give me that Thanksgiving Turkey, Christmas Cookies, and Candy Canes. I eat just as much as the next person. AND then, New Years Eve hits and say good-bye to the last two months of over indulgences. But recently, I’ve been on this new kick that I suggest we all move to. As you think about those news years’ resolutions, I know many will jump to create a resolution about their body or weight. And it is great to have goals.

            But rather than changing our weight, we need to start creating a relationship with our body. Our body has needs just like everything: it wants attention, nutrients, and exercise. We have to create a relationship with our body. One that treats it with respect by identifying what types of attention it needs. One that gives it foods that help it feel good like vegetables and proteins, rather than sugars and fats that make us feel lousy.  One that moves it to feel better. So this is my new years resolution: To listen to my body and treat it with respect.

Listen to what Gina has to say about this:

“As a kid I was always told I was “big boned.” In grade school, I towered over my peers year after year and even now nothing has really changed—except my weight. At any given point in my life I would have never consider myself “thin” or “skinny,” I was never built to be that way. However, in middle school I gained a lot of weight. Clinically, I was considered obese. Emotionally, I wasn’t happy. Even at such a young age, I realized that I needed to lose weight for my health and my well-being.

Over the course of the next year, I lost weight with the support of my mom and helpful weight-loss programs. I lost the weight slowly and began exercising and learning to eat right.  That was about 10 years ago, and my journey hasn’t ended. I’m still tall, and I’m still big boned, but I’m healthy—and I love my body. I’m still not “thin” or “skinny,” but I feed my body right and try my best to be physically active. All bodies are different; some are thin; some are tall; others are wide; and some are short. As humans we aren’t all made to look the same, but our body’s all deserve mutual respect. With all of the messages out there that are telling us how we need to look, it can be hard to focus on how our bodies make us feel. We will all have days when we aren’t feeling 100% confident in our own skin. But, what’s important is that we do our best to be healthy and treat our body’s right, no matter what the size. “

By Gina

Feb 5

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Posted By iamincontrol | February 5, 2014

By Sam

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.” – Maya Angelou

The holiday of love is upon us! Valentine’s Day is a great way to show your friends and family how much you love and appreciate them, and finding the perfect gift can get confusing. From teddy bears, to flowers, to chocolates and candies, the options for Valentine’s Day gifts today are endless. But sometimes that perfect gift is something that cannot be bought in the store and is made from the heart.

Homemade valentines are a great way to get in touch with your creative side and to really show your loved ones (or crush!) how much you care. A special message inside a handcrafted card may be just what your loved one needs to feel appreciated. In fact, many people prefer homemade cards and gifts to store bought cards and gifts. Not only will your gift make your loved one or crush feel extra special, but you will feel more confident about yourself with the time and effort you put into your handcrafted gift. So gather your supplies and warm up your rhyming skills because homemade Valentines are great gifts for the holiday of love.

Here are some other creative and thoughtful gift ideas for Valentine’s Day:

  • Baking – Since sweets and treats are very popular gifts for Valentine’s Day, what better way than to make your own treats to share with friends and family.
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Dec 3

Winter Break Activities

Posted By iamincontrol | December 3, 2013

Mittens & hat
The results are in!  In November we asked you, “What do you plan on doing over your holiday break?” 

You said:

  • Spending time with family (20%)
  • Hanging out with friends (60%)
  • Working extra hours (0%)
  • Playing sports (0%)
  • Relaxing and nothing else (20%)

We think a mix of all those things would be a great way to spend your holiday break.  Plus, we have some more ideas to share with you that you might not have thought of.

  1. Learn a new hobby – Winter break is a great time to learn something new.  You probably have a big chunk of free time, which is rare for teens.  Learn something new like knitting (chunky scarves are definitely in right now), photography, or a sport you don’t normally play.
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Dec 6

What Can You Do?

Posted By iamincontrol | December 6, 2012

Teens volunteering
By Amelia

During the holidays, I notice a lot of opportunities to give back to the community – by serving a meal at a homeless shelter, sponsoring holiday gifts for a family, or donating to an organization that makes people’s lives better. Service and volunteering are great things to do not only during the holidays but throughout the year.

What does it mean to volunteer or complete a service project as a teenager? Service is when youth help people, animals, or the environment by donating their time, ideas, and talents.

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Nov 19

Healthy Holiday Eating

Posted By iamincontrol | November 19, 2012

By Pat

Having too many of these?

We all look forward to the holidays.  Vacation days mean more time with friends and family.  It is also a time when there are lots of desserts and high-calorie foods.  Here are some tips on healthier holiday eating.

There will be time to go to the mall and shop, especially “Black Friday”
Before you go, have a healthy snack to curb your appetite.  If you start shopping early, try eating something healthy in the car or on the way.  This can help to prevent overeating later in the day.  That way you won’t spend money on high calorie unhealthy snacks, which will leave you with more money to buy those special items you have been wanting.  Some ideas for healthy on-the-go snacks are an apple, some grapes, or a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread.

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