Health

Adolescent psychologist breaks down causes of teen stress

Psychologist Bruce Kohlhase, 55, knows what it’s like to be a teen under stress. When he was a teenager, his father, grandparent and classmate died. His mother had a stroke and his cousin committed suicide – all within a few years.

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At three north Minneapolis schools, the kids know the answers

To the members of the service-learning program Lead Peace, a tree means something different from a mere plant.

Dr. Michele Van Vranken, a physician at TAMS

Keeping it confidential: Many teens lack access to contraceptive services and mental health care

Kristin Makin, 25, wanted to get medical care without her parents finding out when she was a sexually active minor. She needed access to birth control in a confidential and teen-friendly setting.

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Salud spoken here: Lake Street clinic serves Latino teens and parents

After Sarai Hernandez-Ramirez had her son Brian two years ago, her mother expected her to quit school and stay home to care for him. But staff who run the Aqui para Ti program at Hennepin East Lake Clinic want Sarai back in school.

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VIDEO: From video games to real life: Guns have deadly consequences.

It is not uncommon for teens to use guns in video games or see shootings on TV or the movies. However, those images can blur the line between fantasy and a horrible reality.

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Stealth attack: Minnesota’s most common STI often has no symptoms

Curing chlamydia takes just one dose of an antibiotic, but it’s hard to cure Minnesota’s most common sexually transmitted infection when more than three of four victims don’t know they have it.

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VIDEO: Distracted driving is a major source of teen accidents

The news is constantly filled with stories of shootings, drug overdoses and other tragedies involving teens.

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Peer to peer: When teens have questions about sex, they often ask each other. One Minneapolis clinic trains teens to give the right answers.

On your mark. Get set. Ready? Go!

Two teens tear off the plastic wrappers containing the latex condoms. They quickly pull the wet, slippery material over two wooden sticks that resemble penises.

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VIDEO: More food, less exercise cause Type 2 diabetes to rise among teens

Type 2 diabetes is a growing health concern in Minnesota and the nation. More and more, teens struggle with this form of diabetes.

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Mixed message: Minnesota teens smoke and drink less, but are fatter and more likely to be hurt by guns

The concept of health goes a lot deeper than how many fruits and vegetables a person eats each day.

Teen health stories - June journalism camp

ThreeSixty's Intermediate Journalism Camp investigates teen health

In June 2010, 13 teens from all corners of the Twin Cities arrived at the University of St. Thomas and spent two weeks living, learning and doing great journalism.

Seven students produced articles while six others produced videos. All their work addresses the topic of teens and health.

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Football player loses 135 lbs., tackles U.S. obesity trend

At a young age John Busch, 21, wanted to play fullback like his older brother Tom, but he was always put on the offensive line because he was overweight.

Busch, a senior at the University of St. Thomas, weighed about 200 pounds in 6th grade. He can’t remember a time when his eating habits were healthy.

Live from camp: An interesting interview experience

A week and two days through ThreeSixty Journalism, it’s been a tense but mostly fun experience. My group members are Franny (my partner) and Charlie (my mentor).

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Live from camp: Exercising more, exploring town and reporting my story

Today, I woke up to a cheery version of “Magic” by Selena Gomez. It was enchanting and gave me a lively boost not unlike my Mango-A-Go-Go smoothie I got this morning. Belinda and I actually woke up at 6:00 a.m. for a stimulating hour-and-a-half trek to the glorious Jamba Juice.

After yesterday’s seminar conducted by Cara McNulty, the Statewide Health Improvement Program manager, we were convinced to take on the challenge of thirty minutes of exercise per day.

Winning essays of Your Turn: Are you too plugged in to be happy?

A recent study found on average 15- to 18-year-old Americans consume about 8 hours of media for fun per day. The study also found, the more media teens use, the less happy they seem to be. Twin Cities teens write about the impact constant access to entertainment has on their lives.

Honorable Mention -- Media gives opportunities

Media has changed the way the world works. It’s easier for many people to get the news and for some teens it’s easier to get their homework done.

Honorable Mention -- I Was Technology

In the winter, my schedule was a snowstorm full of technology. My life was wrapped in technology because I didn’t want to go out in the cold.

Third Place -- The impact of recreational media

Recreational media is a big part of my life. There is nothing like knowing about new things. It could be about sports, celebrities or sometimes politics.

Second Place -- Are you too plugged in?

Am I plugged in? Of course, I am. Technology plays a big role in my life. Every aspect of my life has some kind of technology connected to it.

When I am at home, I watch TV.

First place winner -- Recreational Media: Vice or Virtue?

In my life, recreational media serves as both a distraction and a tool that keeps me connected with the fast pace of the world today.

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