The Beauty of Silence

appsWhether it’s the iconic Apple ringtone going off, the clicking of fingers on a keyboard, the ping of a Facebook notification, the chatter of someone on their Bluetooth, or the load volume coming from the flat screen TV—we’re surrounded by noises from technology. In this digital age, we’ve learned and have become comfortable with a new meaning of the word “noise”. Keep reading…

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No Body Shame

PCOS BlogWhat began as a series of YouTube videos called “A Fat Girl Dancing” has now exploded into an international movement that has raised awareness about the many misconceptions surrounding weight and the devastating effects of body shame. This sensational campaign was started by a twenty something woman (Whitney Thore) and her co-workers who believed that she could promote the idea of self-love and acceptance. However, this movement isn’t just another story about loving your body; it’s endorsed by a woman who just happens to have PCOS. Similar to many other women diagnosed with PCOS, Whitney’s self-esteem fluctuated with the numbers on the scale. Lack of confidence and self-doubt ultimately threatened her goals and dreams. Keep reading…

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Vegetables!

vegetablesEven though national nutrition month is over, good nutrition and eating right is important all year long. An important part of eating right is making sure you incorporate vegetables into your daily diet. Vegetables contain essential nutrients that we need in order to stay healthy and do all the activities we want to do, so here are some ways to make sure you are getting those essential nutrients while enjoying the taste at the same time! Keep reading…

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Educate Yourself About Autism

em and jamesThese children, teens, and adults are not weird, stupid, slow, or the r word. They may seem different from you or me, but in reality they are just extra special. My brother James lives a normal life filled with love. He loves sports and Disney movies. He could kick your bum in Xbox or Playstation. He loves walking our dog Max, and he’s incredibly artistic. He loves old spice and his clothes to match. He loves to impress his girlfriend and make her feel special. Most importantly, he has one of the biggest hearts I have ever seen. Keep reading…

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Learning to Drive

driverAs the end of my senior year is approaching, there are a few goals I have in mind, and getting my driving license is my top priority. A lot of my classmates at school got their license at the beginning of junior year (last year), but I never felt like I was ready to get it, nor did I have the time. Living in Boston, I’m very fortunate to have access to all different routes of public transportation to get to and from school and work, or to just go around the city. For this reason I never had a major incentive to get my license, but I did envy my older sister because she got her license as soon as she was eligible. Keep reading…

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PCOS: Chat with Us!

PCOS BlogBeing diagnosed with PCOS can be confusing and even overwhelming at times. It can help to talk with trusted friends but sometimes they don’t understand because unlike you, they don’t have to deal with PCOS 24/7.What if there was a place where you could go to get your health and nutrition questions answered by experienced health care providers, plus talk with other young women who have PCOS? There is! Keep reading…

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Target’s Photoshopping Mess

targetPhotoshopping, digital alteration, photo enhancement, and digital manipulation are all tools used in the fashion industry to portray the ideal woman. Many believe that these tools are used to “perfect” an image with the help of technology. As consumers, we don’t necessarily realize how much these images are actually altered to fit some unrealistic, stereotypical view of a woman. It’s not just on the cover of high fashion magazines such as Vogue or Elle; it’s in music videos, on TV, in movies, and on your favorite brands’ website. Digital manipulation is everywhere. Keep reading…

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

spicesHappy Nutrition Month! This year’s theme for national nutrition month is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. There are many ways to spice up your dishes, and that’s exactly what I am going to tell you how to do. Dealing with spices can get overwhelming. If you’ve ever walked down the spice aisle at the grocery store, you know what I am talking about; there are so many to choose from… and some you’ve never heard of! How do you know which spices to pick? Which spice tastes good with which foods? It takes a lot of practice to get the hang of spices and their flavors, so start out slow! Keep reading…

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Go to Sleep!

sleepMany teens don’t get a sufficient amount of sleep due to busy schedules, but scientists are now looking at the role that technology plays with sleep. Sleep plays an extremely important role in overall health and well–being, and the way you feel throughout the day is a often a reflection on how much sleep you got the night before.

Intrigued with understanding the meaning of “sleep hygiene”, I contacted Dr. Susan Gray (an adolescent and young adult medicine provider at Boston Children’s Hospital) and asked her the following questions: Keep reading…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

sadYour mood can change from day to, day but in some cases it can change from season to season. Do you experience feelings of sadness, tiredness, low energy, trouble concentrating, and or changes with your appetite or sleep for 2 weeks or more during the winter months? Some people believe that there’s a certain type of depression that can affect people who live in areas that are far away from the equator. Although it’s not officially recognized as a medical diagnosis, there’s a name for it; it’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD). Keep reading…

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