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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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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The Happiness Project

Happiness-Project-Book-CoverMany people say that the one thing they want in life is to “be happy.” Sometimes when you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, they’ll answer that they want to “be happy” too. So what is happiness exactly? What is this elusive idea? And why do people commit their lives to finding “happiness?” Why is it so important to maintain? Keep reading…

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Art for Teens

ICE teenI recently visited the Institute of Contemporary Art here in Boston. Hidden along the waterfront area, I was able to discover all of the great things the ICA has to offer inside and outside the building. Right now they’re showcasing a collection by Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take. The collection illustrates his career dating back to his work from 1987. I found his work compelling, which got me thinking about what was going on in his mind while creating his art. Hodges work reflects many themes such as time, loss, identity, and love. The other galleries feature 20+ artists and selections from private galleries. What I also discovered during my time exploring the ICA was how teen-involved it is. Keep reading…

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Healthy Summer Smoothies

PCOS BlogSummer is well underway and you may have noticed that smoothies and other blended drinks are a popular trend. Smoothies can be a healthy choice when made with ingredients such as vegetables, fruit, milk, or yogurt. However, sometimes smoothies can be loaded with not-so-healthy ingredients such as syrup or ice cream. These ingredients can add a lot of sugar to the smoothie and may cause your blood sugar to spike and then drop quickly. This can leave you feeling hungry, lethargic, and unsatisfied. Girls with PCOS should try to maintain a consistent blood sugar level by having snacks balanced with protein, fat, fiber, and carbohydrates consistently throughout the day. Keep reading…

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Healthy Hydration for Hot Weather

water bottleNow that the hot summer weather is here (at least for those of us in New England), it’s important to think about drinking plenty of water and other healthy beverages to protect yourself from the heat. It might be hard to believe, but water makes up more than half of our body weight. That means we require a lot of water to keep all of our cells, tissues, and organs healthy! Our bodies naturally lose water every day, especially during the hot summer months. Losing more water during the summer makes it very easy to become dehydrated. Keep reading…

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The Role of a Bystander

iStock_000033293566MediumDid you know that more than 50% of the time, bullying stops within 10 seconds of a bystander stepping in to help? This means that empowering bystanders to take action may be the key to stopping most bullying from happening. Bystanders are considered to be people who observe a situation but don’t get involved. Even though by definition bystanders don’t play much of a role, they still have a very important part when it comes to bullying. Keep reading…

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