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Understanding teen depression: How you can help

By Renée Morrison If you’re like most people involved in the lives of high schoolers, you’re no stranger to teen mood swings. For adolescents, the boost in hormones during puberty—added to the stress of getting good grades and fitting in socially—can cause drastic...

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Science-backed ways to help students test better

By Maria Yagoda and staff reporters For students, going to class is the easy part. Retaining the information they learn, especially around test time, can be more challenging. Now we know that many students are going at it wrong. Reviewing course notes is the most...

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A little less screen will make students’ lives much better

By Jon Krop Since the days of kids in cowboy hats parked in front of black-and-white TVs, young people have experienced the addictive qualities of technology. In the smartphone era, the challenges are greater than ever. Digital devices and social media offer an...

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Food hacks: Take the effort out of healthy eating

By Chelsey Taylor, Lucy Berrington, and Heather Boerner Here’s the key to developing any new habit: Make it easier to do the desired behavior and more difficult to do the undesired behavior. When your student’s desired behavior is eating healthfully, sharing these...

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How to get students excited about sleep? Teach them yoga

Sleep is vital for concentration, immune function, and mental, emotional, and physical health. But research shows that high school students aren’t getting enough of it. In fact, only about 30 percent of teens get the recommended 8-10 hours of sleep per night,...

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A social norms approach to preventing alcohol use among teens

Alcohol use has been declining among teens during the past decade, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s 2015 Monitoring the Future survey. This is fantastic news, but it doesn’t mean that we should shy away from continued public health efforts to...

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