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5 Signs That Your Teen Might Have an Eating Disorder

Our society is obsessed with fitness and diets so it might be hard for a parent to distinguish the difference of whether their teen wants to be healthy and fit or whether she has an eating disorder.

“Unfortunately diet-culture, the thin ideal standard of beauty, and disordered eating habits are prevalent in our society. However, . . . → Read More: 5 Signs That Your Teen Might Have an Eating Disorder

FDA Wants To Ban Young Teens From Using Indoor Tanning Beds

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to ban young people (anyone under the age of 18) from using indoor tanning equipment in order to reduce incidents of skin cancer that have been widely linked to tanning devices.

The FDA also wants adult tanning bed users to sign consent forms acknowledging that they understand the . . . → Read More: FDA Wants To Ban Young Teens From Using Indoor Tanning Beds

Want Your Kids to Have Healthy Vision?

To ensure that your kids have healthy eyes and excellent vision, make sure that they have an annual eye exam. It’s that simple.

“Children approaching school age should begin having an annual eye exam by a licensed eye care professional just as they have regular physical and dental check-ups. Parents can’t rely on the vision . . . → Read More: Want Your Kids to Have Healthy Vision?

Report Finds Less Misuse of Painkillers by Teenagers

A new federal report finds that while teenage use of marijuana and e-cigarettes is holding steady, abuse of prescription painkillers among teens seems to be decreasing.

“The percentage of 12th graders who said they had used narcotics other than heroin — generally prescription opioids such as Vicodin and OxyContin — decreased . . . → Read More: Report Finds Less Misuse of Painkillers by Teenagers

How Colleges Are Stepping Up Campus Walkability

A number of colleges are trying to encourage their students to walk instead of driving around the campus or the surrounding area.

In collaboration with the civic startup Walk [Your City], colleges are erecting blue signs that allow students to check the distance to on- and off-campus destinations that may be closer than they realize. . . . → Read More: How Colleges Are Stepping Up Campus Walkability