Monday, May 10, 2010

Two Pennsylvania High School Girls Receive $50,000 in Scholarships

Oh those high school days.....I thought my accomplishments were enough to brag about. Two Pennsylvania girls won $50,000 in scholarships from the Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) national competition, the nation's leading public health research competition for high school students.

Shoshanna Goldwin of Allentown, PA: “Energy Epidemic: Teen Perception and Consumption of Energy Drinks.”

Gazelle Zerafati of Villanova, PA: “Epidemiology of Migraine in Teenage Girls, A Student Population Based Study.”

Read more here:

The public health workforce is diminishing even as the population increases. By 2020, the United States will face a shortfall of more than 250,000 public health workers, according to the Association of Schools of Public Health. The YES Competition was established in 2003 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the College Board to inspire talented high school students to apply epidemiological methods to the investigation of health problems and, ultimately, encourage the brightest young minds to enter the field of public health.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

"Dead Peasant" Insurance?

With the release of Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" came this idea of corporate entities purchasing life insurance on their employees without their knowledge (did you catch that? WITHOUT their knowledge) and then cashing out when that individual dies--whether or not they are still an employee of said company.

WOW. Huge fail.

Here's a list of companies said to have engaged in what's called "Dead Peasant" insurance......

Be well!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dating Violence-Is your teen at risk?

Hey parents,

As a parent of a teen myself this is a topic I'm not thrilled to think about, but it's SO important to make sure your son/daughter is well-equipped with the skills to recognize dating violence and END IT. Remember-this isn't a one-sided issue; girls can be physically, emotionally, and sexually abusive to boys as well.

Talk with your kids--Watch the above video from the CDC-Break the Silence; this is a great video from the CDC on how to prepare your kids.

Have you talked to your teen about this? What did you say? How did you bring it up?

Happy parenting!
Faith :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"The Choking Game"

"The Choking Game" report by the CDC, January 15, 2010

Ask your 8th grader if they've ever heard of it.... Then ask them if they've ever tried it. Over 30% of Oregon 8th graders knew someone who had "played" this game.

When I was in 8th grade it was trying cigarettes, or having a sip of beer, now it's strangulation games to experience euphoria. Research indicates that children in rural areas are more likely to engage in this activity than urban youth, and that substance use may play a role.

As if we didn't have enough to think about as parents, having recently dealt with my own daughter and Facebook and cell phone house rules. Ugh, so much to consider. Will this new data prompt you to talk to your kids about these dangerous games?