Simplifying Science

Take Control

During puberty, it’s a sure thing that you are going to have moments when you feel like your body is totally rebelling against you. Sometimes you just have to ride it out. But a lot of the time, you can take control over the situation by treating your body with respect.

  • Put good stuff in it: Eat healthy food and drink lots of water.
  • Put good stuff on it: Wear helmets, sunscreen, and hats when needed.
  • Put it to bed: Get enough sleep to reboot for the next day.

Growing up healthfully is as much about what you don’t do to your body as it is about you do do. So keep the bad stuff out!


Dealing With Feelings

Feelings come in a ton of different flavors: mad, sad, happy, silly, jealous, frustrated, embarrassed, and confused to name just a few. Our feelings shift constantly throughout the day. That’s totally normal.

But no one likes feelings emotionally out of control. We’re used to... READ MORE

Feelin' The Romance

Your social life will change a lot as you get older. You’ll make new friends and eventually have different kinds of relationships, including more romantic ones. For many girls, this starts with crushes, butterflies in the stomach, or a sudden attraction to a classmate—all romantic feelings. All emotions get stronger during puberty, including...READ MORE

We Are What We Wear...Or Are We?

Clothes are one of the most fun ways to show your style and your personality.

The right clothes feel good. They express who you are. They fit well. They’re comfortable. And the right clothes are right for your age. Do you ever love something your mom says is “inappropriate”? Clothes that are too revealing are a... READ MORE

Calories Don’t Count

Quality over quantity. A golden rule that applies to just about everything. Even – or maybe especially – calories.

Wait, what? Calories don’t count??

Apparently not.  


Charity Spotlight: JK Livin

Last week, I played hooky. At 9am, instead of beginning my work day, I turned off my computer and headed out to support JK Livin, a foundation that creates after school programming to teach students to make positive life choices in areas of wellness, fitness, nutrition, and community service.  I didn’t expect to be so deeply moved by the guest speaker, Alyssa Najera, a student who attends a JK Livin program. After hearing her speak, I asked if I could publish her words in this newsletter. READ MORE

Smoke (or Vapor) and Mirrors

I’ve been on a bit of a vaping tear recently. Can’t help it. With kids in middle school, I refuse to just sit back and watch e-cigarette manufacturers hold our offspring (their desired customers) in their crosshairs. That plus it’s just plain gross to see plumes of vapor filling cars idling next to me or to walk through mango-scented clouds that appear on sidewalks, seemingly out of nowhere. So I have read just about everything I can get my eyeballs on. Here are...READ MORE