5 Easy Tips for the Holiday Traveler with PCOS

PCOS BlogIt’s certainly frustrating to have to deal with delayed flights or traffic over the holidays but eating PCOS friendly meals and snacks can also be challenging. Below are 5 ideas to help you stay on track and balance a PCOS healthy diet with exercise while on the road or in the air.

  1. Consider giving your family a heads up about the PCOS friendly foods that you prefer to eat and/or offer to bring a PCOS- friendly meal, snack or appetizer such as a veggie platter to the holiday event.
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Spreading Cheer with Alternative Winter Break Options

Grandmother & Teen LaughingThe time is here. The holidays are upon us, and for many of us that means being surrounded by family, friends, happiness, laughter, and a lot of presents. But for many others, that may not be the case. Winter break is just around the corner and for students across the nation, this time is usually spent hanging out with friends, celebrating the holidays and unwinding before the next semester starts after the new year. What if you could do something really great with your time off? What if what you did in those few weeks could change someone’s life forever? Well it’s possible and many students have done just that by participating in alternative winter break options. There are many possibilities and options out there, and for many of us who are used to doing the same thing every winter break, this may be a great opportunity to give back and assist people and  communities in need. Keep reading…

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Flu Shot Facts

Flu ShotFlu season is here but it’s not too late to get your flu shot. Don’t let common misconceptions about the flu shot stop you from protecting yourself this flu season!

Here are the FACTS about the Flu Shot:

The flu vaccine will NOT give you the flu.
The vaccine is actually an inactive form of the virus and therefore cannot transmit the flu.

You need to get a flu shot every year.
The virus mutates almost every year, so the previous year’s vaccine may not protect you from this year’s flu.

Even if you are healthy now, you still need to get the flu shot.
The flu vaccine will help protect you from certain strains of the flu, and it will also help protect others around you from getting sick. Keep reading…

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Training Doctors to Communicate with Teens

Teenage Girl Visits Doctor's Office Suffering With DepressionOne of the most satisfying parts of my job as a peer leader at the Center for Young Women’s Health (CYWH) is working at the Resident Training sessions. Under the supervision of seasoned adolescent medicine staff doctors here at Bosten Children’s Hospital, the CYWH peer leaders provide residents with an opportunity to practice their communication skills with teens like me, through mock interviews. Keep reading…

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Mindful Eating During the Holidays

Handsome young guy enjoying his mealIn anticipation of buffet style eating or a big sit down meal during the holidays, try your best to follow your normal meal routine including having breakfast. Trying to “save up” calories by not eating in excitement of overindulging causes spikes and drops in blood sugar. Instead, if the main holiday meal is in the early to late afternoon, try the following tips to avoid over-eating: Keep reading…

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Setting Goals

GraduateEveryone has a goal whether it’s a short term goal or a long term goal. It’s something we want to complete in the present or later on in our life. It doesn’t matter if the goal is something small― all that matters is what we do to complete it.  For instance, my goal right now is to stop procrastinating when it comes to doing my homework. My strategy to complete my goal is this― afterschool I set my alarm for 4pm to remind myself that I have to begin my homework. Keep reading…

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When dating violence hits close to home

two girlfriends outdoorI have never personally experienced dating violence and I am thankful for that; however I have a friend that has. I have seen the struggles that she has been through and the pain that she has felt while in an abusive relationship. I have watched her pull away and remove herself from our group of friends while becoming more depressed each day. Yet even though she is surrounded by friends (including me) who care about her, she feels alone and refuses to change her situation. Keep reading…

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Why I Never Started Smoking

Young woman refuses to smoke and breaks cigarette.One thing that I remember from my middle school health class is that tobacco addiction is a drug addiction-that’s why quitting is so hard. That stuck with me, as did all of the other horrible facts that I learned about the dangers of tobacco smoke, like the fact that it can cause cancer (of the lungs, mouth, nose, stomach, etc.) and the fact that it can increase your risk for other diseases (such as coronary heart disease). Keep reading…

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10 Years of Endometriosis : How it has changed my life

Endometriosis Awareness Ribbons10 years ago I went to the doctor, after having weeks of abdominal pain. The doctor could not figure out what was causing my pain, so she asked me to have a Cat Scan. It showed nothing. I went home still in pain and wound up in the Emergency Room the next day. It was the first time I had ever been to the ER. The pain was unbearable. I was admitted to the hospital for five days, and even though I felt better at times, no one could quite figure out what was going on with my body. I was 14 at the time, so was I just going through puberty? Keep reading…

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The Truth About PCOS and Holiday Eating

PCOS BlogThe holiday season is a time of celebration, family, and food. Many teens, especially those with PCOS, may start to worry about holiday eating habits and putting on extra pounds. But please don’t let these worries distract you from enjoying the holidays with your family and friends. The truth is you can enjoy the holidays AND the food! Keep reading…

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