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Jun 28

Summer Injury Prevention

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 Grandparents With Children Cycling Through Fall Woodlandamount 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:

Jul 24

Nothing to Be Scared of: My First Planned Parenthood Visit

Posted By iamincontrol | July 24, 2014

Teen at doctor
By Tess

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.

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May 8

Alcohol: Not a Game

Posted By iamincontrol | May 8, 2014

Empty bottles
By Cali

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.

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Feb 4

Social Media Safety

Posted By iamincontrol | February 4, 2014

Social media signs
The results are in!

January’s poll question was:
What is the best social media site?

You guys said:

  • Twitter (37%)
  • Facebook (12%)
  • Instagram (25%)
  • Pinterest (12%)
  • Snapchat (12%)

Regardless of what your favorite site is, we’re all using social media during the day (if we’re being totally honest, it takes up most of our free time). It’s a fun way to keep up with what’s going on with our friends, favorite celebs, or trends.  But we need to make sure we’re using social media safely.

Here are some tips on how to stay safe online, brought to you by the National Cyber Security Alliance.

  • Use your privacy settings wisely: Privacy settings are there for a reason. Do people other than your friends really need to see your posts, pins and tweets? Set it so only people you know can find you and see what you put online.
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Jan 30

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Posted By iamincontrol | January 30, 2014

Did you know that 1 in 3 young people experience dating abuse?  It’s a serious issue that affects lots of people, which is why President Obama has declared February Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

On February 11, you can get involved by wearing ORANGE 4 Love to recognize “Get Respect Day” and to promote the importance of healthy relationships.  Encourage your friends to wear orange with you and spread the message.  Share a pic of you and your friends wearing orange on Instagram or Twitter at #orange4love #teenDVmonth #RespectWeek2014.

Are you in a healthy relationship?  Think about it as you hear what other teens describe as a healthy, loving relationship.

Dating abuse isn’t always being physically hurt by your partner.  Dating abuse can be physical, verbal or emotional, sexual, or digital.  Read these IAMincontrol posts for more info on healthy relationships and teen dating violence, or learn more at

If you are experiencing abuse, there is help.  You can chat with someone at, call 866.331.9474, or text “loveis” to 22522.  Everyone deserves a safe, healthy relationship.

You are in control of raising awareness about teen dating violence.

Jan 2

Hotline Round Up

Posted By iamincontrol | January 2, 2014

You never know when you’re going to need to talk to someone.  Today we’ve put together a list of some numbers you might find helpful when you’re going through something.

Teen Line 1-800-443-8336
You can call the Teen Line 24/7 to ask any questions you have about your health or a problem in your life.  They will answer your questions or connect you with someone who can.  You can also chat online with a counselor 8AM-8PM Monday through Friday.

Your Life Iowa1-855-581-8111
This 24-hour, confidential hotline is available to anyone who wants to find information about how to identify and deal with bullying or the topic of suicide. You can also text 85511 3-11PM everyday or chat online.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
This 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Calls are routed to the nearest crisis center in a national network of more than 150 crisis centers.*

The Trevor Lifeline (for GBLTQ Youth)1-866-488-7386 (1-866-4-U-TREVOR)
Providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.*

National Sexual Assault Hotline1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
Sponsored by the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN). Online Hotline is also available (click the link).*

National Runaway Hotline1-800-786-2929 (RUNAWAY)
24-hour crisis line. It’s anonymous, confidential and free.*

Love is Respect: National Dating Abuse Helpline1-866-331-9474 (TTY 1-866-331-8453)
24-hour help for teens and young adults. Peer advocates are trained to offer support, information and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned parents, teachers, clergy, and others.*

CDC-INFO 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or TTY 1-888-232-6348
Formerly known as the CDC National STD and AIDS Hotline, counselors at this hotline sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now respond to questions about personal health issues, not just HIV and sexually transmitted infections. Available 24 hours a day, in English and Spanish.*

National STD (STI) Hotline1-800-227-8922
The hotline is available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm EST. The American Social Health Association website offers information about sexual health, healthy relationships, STIs, and more. Check out – a site developed for teens and their parents.*

Always reach out to someone when you have a problem or just feel like you need to talk.  You are in control of your life.

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Nov 28

STIs—the awkward talk that needs to happen

Posted By iamincontrol | November 28, 2013

Talk about it!
By Anonymous

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.

Nov 7

Above the Influence

Posted By iamincontrol | November 7, 2013

So you may have heard of this site,, 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:

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Oct 24

HIV? No Way!

Posted By iamincontrol | October 24, 2013

By Bobbie Jo

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?

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Oct 22

Finding Me

Posted By iamincontrol | October 22, 2013

Finding me
By Anonymous

High school was a memorable time for me.  I learned so much about who I was as a person and who I wanted to be.  I learned what I wanted to surround myself with in life, and I have my ex-friends to thank for that.

Ever since kindergarten, about eight of us girls were inseparable…until junior year of high school.  Partying started to get in the way of our solid friendship.  We all stayed in touch until about senior year.  My two best friends from the group decided to start smoking pot.  They even tried other drugs such as cocaine.  I was fortunate enough to have the guts to say no whenever they asked me to try.  They knew I didn’t like it, so eventually, they started to try and hide it from me.  They acted like they didn’t do it at all, but I found out through other people.

When we graduated from high school, we all went our separate ways to different colleges.  Because we weren’t together anymore, they were on their own and one of my girlfriends started trying dangerous drugs.  I personally watched her life go downhill.  This is one of the hardest things I have ever had to witness in my life.  I had to watch my best friend of twelve years throw her amazing life away.  She got arrested and charged with a couple different offenses.  She got herself into a situation where she started dealing just so she could have sex.  The things she did were unimaginable.  I cried myself to sleep thinking and praying for her to get help, but it just never seemed to work.  She even got herself into a romantic situation where she was abused and couldn’t get out of the relationship.  Who knew something that didn’t happen to me, could affect me so much.

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