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    What Are Vitamin Needs for Teenage Girls and Guys?

    “Look, I found some gummy vitamins in the back of the pantry!” announced my mom excitedly. “Okay… You’re sure they’re still good?” “Of course! Vitamins don’t go bad.” (Spoiler alert: they do, sort of. While they don’t produce toxins, they lose their potency and effectiveness if taken after they expire.) I stared down into the bottle. Even if they were…

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    Say Nothing: A Word on Diet Culture

    _ I work as an intern in an office where I sit in a room with a handful of other interns. They are all females in their twenties, like myself. Pretty much every day, someone will bring in snacks to share with the group. As it neared the end of the day tonight, a box of chocolate covered pretzels made…

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    Skinny or Not, I Think You’re Hot

    Needless to say, as you grow older, your body changes. And with those changes comes a lot of insecurity. My sister and I were always the skinny kids, the ones the aunts and grandmothers would remark about: “Oh, they must eat nothing at all!” “Why look at you, you’re like sticks!” “Are you sure you don’t have worms? That may…

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    First Steps

    Everyone will no doubt go through challenges in their life, and these can be hard to overcome. No matter how hard you try, you may feel like nothing will help or that, even when you try your best, you can’t see any difference. However, the most important parts of overcoming challenges are usually the first steps you make. The initial…

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    The Different Types of Depression

    Something that is not talked about as often as it should be is the different types of depression people have. The only two mental illnesses I seem to hear about are anxiety and depression, but there are others that are very similar and can be confused easily. This is why many people don’t actually realize what they have and just assume…

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    Small Steps to Improve Your Diet

    You don’t need to want to lose weight to eat healthier. Sometimes it just makes you feel good to eat well! But as fate would have it, if you do want to lose weight, this is also very effective. I have listed some easy and simple ways to subtly improve your diet below. 1. Put down the soda Soda, pop, soda…

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    ARFID – How My Daughter Learned to Overcome This Unique Eating Disorder

    The other day my daughter, McKaelen, came home from dinner with friends, and she had leftovers with her. She asked her father and me if we wanted them. “What kind of leftovers did you bring home?” I asked. “Barbecue chicken pita,” she said. To most people a conversation like this would mean nothing — just another day in the life…

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    Overcoming Self-Consciousness

    The latest pink lip shade has your heart doing some excited flips, and you can’t wait to have it. You’ve put together your pennies, and just as you’re proceeding toward the checkout, your thought bubble expands with all the negative thoughts crowding it. You start wondering if your friends will really like it and if they would think the lip color…

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    A Dancer’s Stretching Routine

    As a dancer (and someone who had to take nine painful years of compulsory physical education at school), I cannot overstate the importance of stretching before and after exercising. Not doing so is a one-way ticket to an injury and multiple physio appointments. Warming up and cooling down the muscles you plan on using will lower your chances of pulling…