Posts Tagged ‘summer vacation’

15

Dec

Pregnancy in a hot tub? That’s a thing?!

 

Water and chlorine may not be able to prevent pregnancy, but condoms and birth control can. You can get condoms and birth control at Pennsylvania’s free, teen-friendly Reproductive Health Centers.

8

May

Shining the Light on Safe Sun Myths

 

May is melanoma and skin cancer prevention month and with summer right around the corner, it’s important to know your risks when exposing yourself to the sun. One of the most important parts to staying safe is staying educated about the benefits of safe sun. Do you know the truth about your exposure? Here are a few answers to some safe sun myths you may have.

Myth # 1: MELANOMA AND SKIN CANCER ONLY HAPPENS TO OLDER PEOPLE.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US, with over 3.5 million people diagnosed annually; Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer for young people ages 15-29. Dermatologists are finding more and more cases of melanoma and skin cancer in patients who are in their late teens, showing that the disease is becoming prominent in younger generations.

Myth #2: I WON’T GET MY DAILY DOSE OF VITAMIN D IF I WEAR SUNSCREEN.

UVB rays can still get through sunscreen, providing you with more than enough recommended Vitamin D. If you are still skeptical, try getting your Vitamin D from nutritious foods as well such as fish or eggs.

Myth #3: TANNING WILL MAKE MY SKIN LOOK HEALTHIER AND MORE FIRM.

Although it may be nice to have that summer glow for a while, continuous exposure in the sun could seriously damage the appearance of your skin in the long run. Some side effects of heavy exposure are wrinkles, blotchy or leathery looking skin and age spots. Still want that summer glow without the harmful effects? Try a sunless tanner, bronzer or a spray tan which is offered through many salons.

Myth #4: IF IT IS CLOUDY OUT, I DON’T NEED ANY SUNSCREEN.

To keep your skin safe, it is recommended that you wear a sunscreen with a UPF of at least 15 every day. As much as 80% of sun exposure is incidental, which means it occurs during times that you aren’t tanning, such as going for a walk.

Myth #5: I ONLY NEED TO APPLY SUNSCREEN ONCE A DAY TO KEEP MYSELF SAFE:

While outdoors, it is recommended to reapply sunscreen every two hours. Although waterproof sunscreen is protected from sweat and water, it is necessary to keep applying that as well.

Knowing the truth about safe sun can help you enjoy those sunny outdoor days in a safe and healthy way. Remember these facts and share them with friends to get a healthy glow the right way this year.

27

Mar

Spring Into Action With Some Fun Outdoor Activities

 

This year, March 20 marked the first day of spring! Most can agree that the change of season brings with it an even better change: warmer weather, more sunlight and blue skies. With the weather almost seeming to be at the perfect temperature, spring is a great time to become more active outdoors. Not only will outdoor activity provide you with the exercise necessary for good health, but the nice weather and bright sun will also work as a great mood-booster.

Here are some ideas of fun outdoor activities that will keep your spirits up while staying active:

-Do you live within a safe walking-distance from your school? Instead of hitching a ride home after the school day ends, ask a friend who lives nearby if they want to walk home instead. This will not only provide you with exercise but also some quality time to catch up and talk with your friend.

-Fan of the treadmill? Provide yourself with a change of scenery and go for a run around your neighborhood instead.

-Have a dog that you love? They need exercise too! Use the nice weather to get both of you active and take them for a walk or bring them to a local dog park to play with some friends.

-Join one of your school’s outdoor sports. Most schools offer a variety of spring sports including soccer, baseball and track and field. If joining the team isn’t possible, show your school spirit by attending a game or two and cheering on your team.

-Go to the park. Bring out your inner child and take advantage of all the fun stations that the park has to offer. Challenge a friend to see how high you can swing or who could make it all the way across the monkey bars.

-Go for a hike. There are several local state parks that have safe, closed off hiking trails for visitors to enjoy. While you’re there, check out the other outdoor activities the park has to offer such as kayaking, paddleboats and canoeing.

Getting outdoors is a free and fun way to keep you active and happy. Try some of these ideas or think up your own way to get out and enjoy these beautiful spring days.

17

Jun

Tips For Surviving Summer Vacation!

 

We love summer. Warm weather, sunny afternoons and long evenings spent outside grilling and having fun make summer of our favorite times of year. For teens, there is also summer vacation. Three whole months off from school can be awesome, but it can also be overwhelming. How do you make the most out of the time you have off so that you can relax, have fun, and maybe even learn something new?

It’s important to make sure you have a balance during the summer, so that you’re not bored, but you’re also not getting the chance to relax and spend time with family and friends. Here are a few of our tips on how to make this summer awesome:

  • Sleep in a little. It can be hard for teens to get up early during the school year, so take this chance to get a little more rest. Just don’t sleep the day away! Set your alarm so that you get up at a consistent time.
  • Get a part time job. Working, even just a couple of days a week, can get you out of the house and keep you from being bored. Plus you’ll earn some money. Maybe it’s time to start saving for holiday gifts!
  • Take on a project or two. Do you hate the color of your room? Save u some money to buy paint and give it a fresh coat! Want to eat healthier? Try growing your own veggie garden!
  • Exercise. nothing helps kick boredom like working up a sweat. You’ll feel better and have more energy for everything else you’re doing during the summer. Even riding your bike or taking a walk can help energize you.
  • Plan something fun! Why not plan a fun trip with your family, and another with your friends? Maybe you can all go camping, or have a family picnic. Ask your parents if you can help organize and plan a get together or vacation over the summer.

With a little bit of planning, you can have a summer vacation that’s fun and exciting. Enjoy the time off and try something new! What kind of plans do you have for your summer vacation?