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Participation In Organized High School Activities Lowers Risk Of Smoking

Researchers from the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania reported today that students who participate in high school sports or individual physical activity are less likely to smoke than their classmates. The new study indicates that the protective effect of participation extends at least three years beyond graduation. The Penn team discovered, however, that girls do not derive the same level of protection from school sports as do boys.

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Survey Reveals Importance Of Setting Limits Among Current Parents Of Teens

Whatever limits parents set, teenagers are certain to push against them and in many cases to transgress them. Yet a recently completed survey titled "Parenting Teenagers: The Agony and the Ecstasy" reveals that current parents of teenagers, parents who recently had teenagers and 20-somethings looking back on their teen years all agree that teenagers need boundaries and accountability in orderto feel safe and to develop into mature, responsible adults.

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Protecting Futures Program To Help African Girls Stay In School

Girls living in sub-Saharan Africa can miss up to four days of school each month because they lack the basic necessity of sanitary protection and other resources to manage their periods. To help give girls in this part of the world a better chance at an education and to raise awareness of this issue, P&G brands Always and Tampax are joining forces with HERO, an awareness building and fundraising initiative of the United Nations Association to launch the Protecting Futures program.

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Effort Seeks To Reduce Teenage Hispanic Birth Rate

Although teenage pregnancy rates across the nation generally are on the decline, "they remain stubbornly high"among blacks and Hispanics, Newsweek reports.

According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy,51% of Hispanics become pregnant at least once before age 20 --20percentage points higher than the national average. While black teenagers have a higher pregnancy rate (58%), that rate declined by about 29% during the 1990s. At the same time, the rate for Hispanic teens declined by only about 19%, Newsweek reports.

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Tips, Tools To Keep Youth Healthy, Drug Free

Today's teens have numerous methods to trick their parents and keep their social behavior secret from their home life. Everyday items such as cell phones, cameras and after-school gatherings and social functions can help teens shield their drug or alcohol use from parents and caregivers. And according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, many parents have a difficult time talking with kids about drugs and alcohol or having ongoing conversations on the subject.

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US Schools Making Progress In Decreasing Availability Of Junk Food, Promoting Physical Activity

The nation's schools have made considerable improvements in their policies and programs to promote the health and safety of students, particularly in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and tobacco use.

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