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Red Ribbon Week 2014

Every year, October 23 to 31 marks Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s longest-running drug prevention campaign. Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 as a way of commemorating Enrique Camarena, an undercover agent killed by drug traffickers. The red ribbon symbolizes the destruction and violence caused by drugs, and wearing the ribbon signifies your commitment to raising awareness. The theme of Red Ribbon Week 2014 is “Love Yourself. Be Drug Free.” From depression to poor grades to ruined relationships, drug use has been linked to many problems for teens. By refusing to use drugs, you are protecting your physical and mental health and increasing your chance for a successful future.


Ending Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Violence between parents and children, siblings, intimate partners, or roommates occurs in half of all households at least once a year, according to the Department of Justice. Despite this, domestic violence is a hidden problem. Only 40 percent of incidents are reported to police. One in ten teens have been abused by a partner recently, yet few teens believe abuse is a problem among their friends. Most teens have never discussed domestic violence with friends or parents. You can do your part to raise awareness and change the culture that allows this violence to continue. For example, the Because Voices Have Power campaign contributes to anti-violence charities. If you post a message of hope for survivors of abuse using the hashtag #VoicesHavePower on social media, the campaign will donate $3 in your name.


Doctors: Start School Later and Let Teens Sleep!

With the school year in swing, teens are feeling the effects of lack of sleep. Less than a third of high school students get eight or more hours of sleep on school nights, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. In response, doctors at the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommend middle schools and high schools begin classes at 8:30 or later. Currently, only 15 percent of schools do so, according to the magazine New Scientist. Doctors say puberty causes changes in teens’ body clocks, sometimes pushing their natural sleep-wake cycles back by two hours. Lack of sleep is linked to poor test scores, more car accidents, and increased risk of depression and obesity in teens.


Source: Teen Health and Wellness