Lobby Day

Jill & Carly EDC LobbyDayRecently I had the special opportunity to participate in the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) Lobby Day in Washington, DC. EDC is an advocacy organization for people with eating disorders whose mission is to improve the recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority at the federal and state level. Lobbying is something people can do to try to influence and educate government leaders about policies on certain issues. Keep reading…

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It’s Complicated

PCOS BlogPCOS has been called: “tricky, complex, problematic” and other adjectives that suggest a kind of mysterious condition. But why? I assume this is because even though polycystic ovary syndrome is fairly common (1 in 10 women have it, and it is the most common cause of infertility) it continues to remain a challenging condition to treat. Keep reading…

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Your Text Can Wait

PLS DNT TXT + DRIVEDid you know that teenagers like us spend about 60 minutes a day on our cellphones? Yeah I know that’s a whole lot of texting, checking our Facebook page and other social media we use. But when is it the right time to put our precious device down? When we’re driving! Keep reading…

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Gender Inequality Is Your Issue Too

Emma-WatsonThis weekend, Emma Watson delivered a speech to the United Nations to launch a new campaign called HeForShe which aims to include men and boys in the discussion on gender inequality. She focused on a point that often gets neglected in the feminist rhetoric: how are males affected by gender inequality too? Keep reading…

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Introducing Astrid!

AstridHi! My name is Astrid and I am the newest “peer leader” here at the Center for Young Women’s Health, at Boston Children’s Hospital. I’m a typical teenage girl who loves to read, hang out with my friends, go shopping and most of all just have fun! My friends describe me as a joyful, happy, friendly, and loving. Keep reading…

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PCOS Friendly – Lunch Ideas

PCOS BlogHappy PCOS Awareness Month!

September is PCOS Awareness Month. It also means time for many to go back to school!   I remember when I was younger, going back to school brought on the stress of planning and packing my brown paper bagged lunch. Now I’m aware of many more options that make packing a lunch a lot easier. Keep reading…

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Hello!

face_thumbnailHi everyone! My name is Anna and I’m thrilled to be joining the team here at The Center for Young Women’s Health as the new Media Coordinator. I just graduated from Yale University in May, where I studied Art (focusing in Graphic Design) and took classes in everything from photography to animation to watercolor painting. I also studied public health and psychology, so I’m excited to combine my passion for art with my interest in healthcare. Outside of work I love to sing! I spent the summer traveling around the world with my a cappella group, Whim ‘n Rhythm, and we performed in 11 different countries, all the way from Japan to Ireland. It’s wonderful to be back in my hometown of Boston, and I look forward to working on this blog!

– Anna

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Thinking outside of the box

PCOS BlogRecently I was asked if the “environment” played a role in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The etiology or cause of PCOS has a “multifactorial pattern” meaning, there are many different factors that influence whether or not a young woman will be the “1 in 10” to be diagnosed with this syndrome. Basically, PCOS happens when there is an imbalance of certain hormones (chemical messengers) in the brain and the ovaries, but the exact cause is unknown. We do know however, that the environment has an important role. Keep reading…

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Making the Most Out of Your Senior Year

four-smiling-teensGoing back to school after two months of relaxing can be a difficult task for most people. However this year I am anticipating the start of school due to the fact that I will be entering my fourth and last year of high school. Along with the excitement of finishing high school, comes anticipation for what’s to come throughout the year. In order to make the most out of my senior year, I came up with a few pointers to help guide me, and hopefully others, to a smooth finish to a high school career. Keep reading…

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Suicide is Not the Answer

robin-williams-250pWe were all shocked this week by the suicide of actor Robin Williams who brought so much laughter into the lives of so many. It is public knowledge that Robin Williams suffered for many years from bipolar disorder and substance use problems. It can be scary to everyone; especially teens who have emotional problems, to see a celebrity who seemed to have everything take his own life. On the other hand, Robin Williams was so well-loved that his suicide may be mistakenly glorified by some. Keep reading…

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