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Posted By iamincontrol | June 28, 2016
Injuries are very common during the summer. Extra free time and nice weather leads to beach outings, picnics, hikes, and just more time outdoors in general. Summer activities require specific precautions to prevent injury.
- Bicycles: When riding a bike, scooter, skateboard, or even hover board, a helmet should be worn at all times (elbow and knee pads aren’t a bad idea either).
- Boats: A major concern with boat safety is life jackets. Minors should be wearing life jackets at all times on the boat. An accident can happen at any moment and drowning is a leading cause of death for children during the summer. Swim lessons are also essential to anyone who spends a significant amount of time in the water. Being able to swim properly, as well as, emergency training helps save lives every summer.
- Lawn mowers: Often just thought of as a chore, law mower can be very dangerous and they cause many injuries and deaths each year. Proper footwear and training can prevent accidents and young children and pets should be kept indoors while mowing.
- Fireworks: Although fireworks are illegal to have in Iowa they are still used anyway. Fireworks should be operated by adults. Horseplay causes almost all of firework injury and deaths. Possessing fireworks can lead to trouble with police, and improper use could lead to injury or even death.
- Dehydration: No matter what outdoor activity you have planned make sure to bring plenty of water. Dehydration symptoms include: dry mouth, extreme thirst, sleepiness, thirst, decreased urination, headache, constipation and lightheadedness. If you see anyone experiencing these symptoms, get them water and get them to a doctor.
Lastly, the final major cause of injury for teens during the summer is violence. With school not being in session many teens are spending more time with peers, and possibly bad influences.
For other tips to stay safe this summer visit: http://www.cdc.gov/family/kids/summer/
Posted By iamincontrol | July 24, 2014
The first time I visited a Planned Parenthood center, I was 16 years old. It was very nerve-racking, so I made sure to ask one of my good friends to tag along to support me. It was very easy to make an appointment: I just picked up my phone. Once I arrived at the center, I filled out a few forms, which is normal for first time patients. They were mainly focused on my overall health and any sexual history. We waited for a short period of time, and then I was called back into the room. The nurse came in and asked me some questions regarding my forms that I had filled out and took my blood pressure and weight. I waited for the doctor to come in and perform the examination. The doctor was very nice and explained to me the process of the examination. She completed the exam and then explained to me the many types of birth control available and what option she thought would be the best for me. I chose the birth control pills because I felt that this would be my best option. The doctor explained to me how to take the pills, when to start them, and the benefits and possible side effects from them.
Posted By iamincontrol | May 8, 2014
Are you in control of your life or would you say that your friends are in control of your life? It’s time to start doing what you want to do with your own life. Make the right choices for yourself. When I was in high school, I drank alcohol to fit in with all my friends. My friends always peer pressured me into things I shouldn’t have been doing. One night, things got out of hand.
It was a normal night in my small home town. Everyone knew everyone and every little gossip got out. My friends and I got invited to a party that night, but we knew of a better party that was going on so we decided not to go. We knew the people that were going to the party, and they were going to be playing drinking games. They were going to start right after school.
Posted By iamincontrol | November 28, 2013
In most middle schools or high schools there is a short unit in health class about STIs (or STDs), but why pay any more attention than just to get notes for an upcoming test or quiz? STIs only happen to other people, right?
Every year, 20 million new STIs occur and ½ of all of those are among youth—people just like you. No one is immune to STIs (unless you are remaining abstinent), and you may not always know if you have contracted an STI. Many STIs have no signs or symptoms at all, so people may not even know that they are spreading them.
As an 18 year old going-to-be college freshman I was bombarded with everything that I should have listened to in my high school health class. I had been with my boyfriend for a little over year when I found out I had contracted an STI. He was the only person I had been with so I thought that I was safe, but unfortunately I was not the only person he had been with. Although this was a very discouraging and upsetting time in my life, I took the opportunity as a learning experience and now have worked hard to educate those around me about having a healthy sexual lifestyle.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has multiple resources for learning about STIs, prevention, and testing options. You can also check out IAMincontrol’s post, STIs – Am I Really at Risk? to learn more about what you can do to prevent STIs. Take control of your health and protect yourself from something that can easily be prevented.
Posted By iamincontrol | November 7, 2013
So you may have heard of this site, www.abovetheinfluence.com, but have you actually used it?
Here’s a preview of why we love it…
It’s not just about an adult telling you what to do (or not do). Above the Influence is about other teens sharing their experiences with you and sharing why they choose to remain substance free. Check out their YouTube channel to watch stories from other teens, like this one:
Posted By iamincontrol | October 24, 2013
HIV? I don’t have to worry about that. I’m young, I’m healthy and that is only for people in places like Africa.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus spread through blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), vaginal fluids, and breast milk. People can become infected with HIV by sexual contact, intervenes drug use, or pregnancy/childbirth. HIV is the virus that can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).
One in four new HIV infections occurs in people ages 13-24! Sixty percent of all youth with HIV don’t know they’re infected, so they are unknowingly infecting others. The greatest number of infections occurs among gay and bisexual youth. But, it’s important for us to know that HIV doesn’t just occur in LGBTQ youth. 86% of young females and 6% of young males got HIV through heterosexual sex. African-Americans have high rates of HIV infection at 60%, followed by Hispanics/Latinos and Whites at 20% each. Youth with an existing STD are at greater risk for developing HIV.
So what can you do to protect yourself?