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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Tips on How to Talk to Your Parents

iStock_000019390060MediumAlthough it can be difficult to talk to your parent(s) or guardian(s), they love and care about you and have your best interests in mind… but how exactly do you begin a conversation with them? Keep reading…

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Fact or Fiction: The Truth about Oral Contraceptive Pills

PCOS BlogOral contraceptive pills have been prescribed for many years, but they still get a bad rap. I don’t necessarily feel obligated to defend the “Pill”, but I do feel compelled to clear up popular misconceptions that still seem to plague the most common treatment for PCOS. Keep reading…

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Boston 2024

Boston Olympics 2024Have you ever watched the Olympics on TV and thought, “I wonder what it would be like to watch the Olympics live”? Well, if you’re living in the US in 2024, you might be able to have that experience without paying thousands of dollars in travel expenses. This year, Boston has made the United States Olympic Committee’s short list of potential host cities for the 2024 Summer Olympics, along with Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Keep reading…

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Reflections from a High School Senior, Class of 2014

selfieI recently graduated from Boston Latin Academy and I must say, it feels great to be a BLA Alumni. Every graduation ceremony consists of the valedictorian speech, headmaster’s speech, and my favorite (especially this year): our 2014 Class President’s speech. He started off with mentioning that the Oxford Dictionary added the word “Selfie” to the newest addition of the dictionary, and the definition is as follows:

Selfie
Syllabification: sel•fie
Pronunciation: /ˈselfē / (also selfy)
noun (plural selfies)
• informal Keep reading…

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Talking to a Social Worker Can Help

sadHave you ever thought it might be helpful to talk to a professional about a personal issue? Someone who isn’t your friend or a family member? Maybe you’ve thought about this when you were feeling upset, angry, or stressed out. It might surprise you to know that it’s not uncommon for teens to decide to talk with someone when they’re feeling down. Keep reading…

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Marijuana: Does Legal = Safe?

marijuana-leafWith some parts of the United States beginning to make marijuana legal, a lot of teens may be wondering, “if the drug is legal, it must be safe, right?”

It’s important to keep in mind that a lot of things that are legal can still be harmful. You probably know that smoking cigarettes causes lung cancer, or that drinking and driving kills many young people; and yet, cigarettes and alcohol are both legal for adults in the United States. Even though ad campaigns that we’ve all seen warn us all about the harms of cigarettes and alcohol, word isn’t out yet on marijuana in the same way. In fact, most people don’t realize that regular marijuana use can cause permanent changes to your health. Keep reading…

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Reflecting on High School

Jessica MarThe last six years of my academic life were hard. They really were. I attended Boston Latin School in Boston, MA. BLS is one of the three prestigious exam schools in the Boston area and sixth graders from different elementary schools in the Boston Public School system have to take a test to get in. The top 500 students are selected to attend BLS, the top 700 are invited to attend Boston Latin Academy, and the last 1100 or so students are able to go to the John D. O’Bryant School. I was very excited when I was accepted because my sister was attending BLS at the time and she seemed to enjoy it a lot. She was successful in her high school studies and I wanted to achieve that same level of accomplishment. Keep reading…

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