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Health (23 found)
Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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Detailed instructions how to properly use a male condom.
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The author feels intense pressure, so she begins taking pills that help her study. The drugs change her into someone she doesn't recognize. (full text)
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J.G. introduces the issue on well-being, and how self-awareness leads you to take better care of your body, mind, and soul. (full text)
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Jessica interviews Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of The Hunger Fix, about how certain foods can help your mood and thinking. (full text)
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The author gains weight and is bullied. She briefly tries throwing up her food, until she has a health scare and takes off the weight slowly with exercise and healthy diet. (full text)
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Yaselin is diagnosed with celiac disease. She educates herself -- and us -- about what people allergic to gluten can eat. (full text)
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A therapist describes the pros and cons of anti-depressant medication. (full text)
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Two HIV-positive youth describe what it’s like to live with the virus. (full text)
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Carmen loves fast food—until she reads Chew On This, a book about the dark side of the industry. (full text)
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Antwaun becomes dependent on drinking and smoking weed to deal with painful emotions, but gradually finds ways to deal with life without being high. (full text)
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The writer lives in a poor neighborhood where junk food predominates. (full text)
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Confined to a wheelchair by a genetic disease, Tania faces many challenges but emerges stronger in spirit. (full text)
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When Antwaun balloons up to 291 pounds, he knows it’s time to change his ways. (full text)
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Jennifer interviews a social worker for tips on how to deal with stress. Her advice includes healthy eating, avoiding drama, and talking it out. (full text)
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Edwin smokes his first cigarette at 12 and becomes addicted. Now he can’t go a day without smoking. (full text)
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Niya accepts a friend’s offer to try yoga for relaxation. She is skeptical at first but finds that yoga does relieve her stress and anxiety. (full text)
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Priscilla remembers her father as an "awesome guy." They went to ball games, made model airplanes, and cooked together. That's why she misses him so much. He couldn't kick the cigarette habit and died of lung cancer when she was 9. (full text)
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Four relatives who live with Trenee are smokers, and she's sick and tired of smelling like an ashtray whenever she leaves the house. Her father continually warns Trenee never to smoke, but he's got nothing to worry about. (full text)
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The writer starts throwing up her food to lose weight, but stops when a friend is hospitalized for bulimia. (full text)
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Hande moves to Queens from Istanbul, Turkey and while struggling to learn English and fit in, she gets scoliosis, a serious back condition requiring surgery. Find out how she made “good out of bad.” (full text)
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The writer's family consistently taunts her about her shape and eating habits. She summons the confidence to stand up to their negative talk. (full text)
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After Perla is hit by a car and forced to spend a year in a wheelchair for a broken leg, she experiences life from the viewpoint of a disabled person. (full text)
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To prevent unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, New York City distributes free condoms, including in many high schools. This article debunks the urban legend that the condoms are less reliable than those bought in stores. (full text)

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