No Decline in Tobacco Use Among U.S. Teens

There has been no decline in overall tobacco use among middle and high school students in the U.S. since 2011. The use of cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and pipe tobacco has declined--while the use of nontraditional products such as e-cigarettes and hookah pipes continues to rise. E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among teens…

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A Quarter of High School Students Use Tobacco

Analysis of the 2013 National Youth Tobacco Survey reveals that almost half of U.S. high school students have tried tobacco and almost 25% currently use it.  More high school boys than girls were current smokers, but was similar in middle school. Electronic cigarettes were tried at least once by 12% of high schoolers, and 3%…

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Warm-ups Help Prevent Sports Injuries

Pre-practice warm-ups paid large dividends in female high school soccer and basketball players. When coaches started practice with a prescribed set of warm-up exercises for 20 minutes before practice, noncontact lower-extremity injuries dropped 67% compared to standard warm-ups. These exercises focused on strength, balance, elasticity and agility. This intervention was very economical, too.PositiveTip: Appropriate warm-up…

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Benefits of Starting School Later in the Morning

In the 1997-98 school year, the Minneapolis School District changed the starting time of its seven high schools to 8:40 AM. and the dismissal time to 3:20 PM. Prior to the change, classes began at 7:15 AM and dismissed at 1:45 PM. Researchers evaluated the student benefits, after this change in hours had been in…

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The Potential Problem of Kids & Gambling

Have you noticed that gambling is now treated like a sport?Take a minute to go to the ESPN web site and search for the term “poker”. You'll find that ESPN Poker, is an entire section devoted to the game. Times sure have changed! Not long ago, very few people would have considered poker (a form…

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