POLLSee all polls and results
Tags#mentalhealth abuse addiction alcohol body image boyfriend bullying college contest contraceptives cooking cyber bullying dating depression domestic violence drugs exercise family fitness friends future girlfriend grief healthy holidays hygiene leadership LGBTQ love money nutrition parents peer pressure relationships safety school self-esteem sex sports STIs stress suicide teen pregnancy tobacco volunteering
Posted By iamincontrol | November 21, 2013
I would like to think that up till 7th grade that I led a “normal” life. I had a mother, father, and brother, and we made our way of life work. We didn’t always get along or see eye to eye, but we were a family. Experiencing the death of my father has forever changed me as a person. If you have experienced the loss of a parent, pet, sibling, best friend, acquaintance, grandparent, or anyone/anything that meant something to you, it’s easy for you to understand that getting “over it” is impossible.
I remember the day to the very last detail. It was a beautiful summer day and my mother, brother, and I had just finished supper. The phone started to ring, so I ran to answer it. The person on the other line asked for Amy (my mom). I was a snoopy little kid, so I stayed on the line. Then I heard the words, “Steve has just been in an accident and was transported by helicopter, and we’re unable to disclose his condition right now.” My heart felt like it had moved all the way down to my stomach and been torn to shreds. The drive to Waterloo felt like it took an eternity, and nothing was said the whole way down.
When we got to the hospital, I realized just how bad my father’s condition was. It was then that I started to let the reality of letting my father go sink in.
Posted By iamincontrol | August 29, 2013
While growing up, your parents tell you to make smart decisions and remind you to do your best to avoid peer pressure. Unfortunately, most of us take this opinion with a grain of salt. I feel that our life is directly correlated with the advice our parents give us growing up and how we react to it. Sadly, not as many parents were as thorough as my own when it came to advice and guidance, especially when it came to safe sex.
In 2011, I graduated with 124 other classmates from a high school in western Iowa. When commencement rolled around and we were officially “free” from school, I knew of two female classmates who were soon-to-be parents. Today, exactly 26 months later, I know of 16 female classmates who are parents. There are also 11 known fathers in my graduating class and at least two other “men” denying a potential child. These numbers make a grand total of almost 30 of my 124 classmates as parents.
My friend Sarah found out in October 2011 that she was going to be a mom. Being in college and paying for tuition by herself, Sarah was nothing short of devastated. She was constantly worrying about what people would think, what people would say, and most importantly – who would leave her. After she realized she was going to have a baby, most of Sarah’s closest friends abandoned her, telling her she really screwed up their social life with this baby.
Posted By iamincontrol | August 12, 2013
Have you ever had a broken bone or the flu? Odds are you’ve had to go to the doctor once or twice in your life. Your parents might have taken care of it for you, or you may have handed the receptionist a card and went on your way.
But what if you didn’t have that magic little card and had to pay for the entire visit? Depending on how long you were there and what you needed done, a regular doctor visit could cost anywhere from $100-$500. Medical care for a broken arm could be as much as $3,000—that’s a down payment on a new car, or a new computer and an iPad! If I had to guess, you don’t have that kind of money lying around. And if you do, I’m fairly certain you don’t want to spend it on medical care.
If you don’t know whether or not you have health insurance, now is the time to find out. Take control of your health and talk to your parents about it—they will appreciate you being responsible for yourself, and you might save your family some money. If you don’t have health insurance, talk to them about hawk-i and Medicaid—both are excellent programs for affordable healthcare coverage, and your family might qualify even if both of your parents work. Go to www.hawk-i.org for more information.
And now, the moment you have all been waiting for…the HIT Week 2013 Video Contest winner!
Congratulations to Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s Teen Outreach Program! Check out their video below:
Congratulations to the runner-up from Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc.’s Teen Outreach Program! See their video below:
Posted By iamincontrol | August 6, 2013
A cool breeze whips my face and is the only relief I’ve had all day from the blazing hot sun and the scorching blacktop of the road. I roll up to a shady grove of trees where a little girl is selling lemonade and an old engine click-clacks and stirs up a fresh batch of home-made ice cream. I gingerly set my bike against a tree and lay down in the soft grass. Ahh, this is the life! This is RAGBRAI.
Since I was a little girl, my family has ridden our bikes across the state on RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. Riding my bike, especially on RAGBRAI, has taught me many things about safety, about myself, and about life.
Posted By iamincontrol | July 2, 2013
How often do you get an annual checkup?
- Annually. (100%)
- I can’t remember the last time I had a checkup. (0%)
- I only go to the doctor when I’m sick. (0%)
- Never. (0%)
All of you said you get a checkup every year, which is AWESOME. However, a survey this April revealed that 60% of teens feel like they don’t need an annual checkup. IAMincontrol wants to emphasize the importance of an annual checkup. It may seem silly – you feel perfectly healthy! But there are things you may not always feel that can be going wrong.
Here are some of the things you should talk to your doctor about at your next checkup:
- Are your height, weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure normal?
- Are there any upcoming vaccinations you need?
- If your family has a history of a certain chronic health problems (like diabetes or high blood pressure), what can you do to prevent these?
- What advice do they have on how to avoid smoking or taking drugs? They see the results of these risky behaviors every day and might make you think twice about picking up those habits.