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  • 3 Ways to Increase Positive Emotions 3 Ways to Increase Positive Emotions

    People feel and do their best when they experience at least 3 times as many positive emotions as negative ones. This article offers ideas on how to build these powerful emotions.

  • A Guy's Guide to Body Image A Guy's Guide to Body Image

    Many people think of guys as being carefree when it comes to appearance. But guys spend plenty of time in front of the mirror. And some worry just as much as girls do about their looks.

  • Asking for Help: Getting Past Obstacles Asking for Help: Getting Past Obstacles

    Sometimes our ideas and beliefs stand in the way of asking for help. Here are ideas for teens on how to get past 5 common barriers to getting help.

  • Assertiveness Assertiveness

    Assertiveness is the ability to speak up for yourself in a way that is honest and respectful. But it doesn't come naturally to everyone. Find out if you're too passive, too aggressive, or just assertive enough.

  • Be Your Best Self Be Your Best Self

    What makes people happy? How can you boost your own happiness? This site has information and activities based on the science of positive psychology to help you succeed, make a difference, handle difficult emotions, and build good relationship skills.

  • Body Image and Self-Esteem Body Image and Self-Esteem

    When your body changes, so can your image of yourself. Find out how your body image affects your self-esteem and what you can do.

  • Can Stress Affect My Weight? Can Stress Affect My Weight?

    Find out what the experts have to say!

  • Dealing With Anger Dealing With Anger

    Do you wonder why you fly off the handle so easily sometimes? Do you wish you knew healthier ways to express yourself when you're steamed? Check out this article for help with dealing with anger.

  • Dealing With Feelings When You're Overweight Dealing With Feelings When You're Overweight

    If a person is struggling with extra weight, it can add to the emotional ups and downs of being a teen. Get some tips on coping here.

  • Emotional Eating Emotional Eating

    We've all eaten a whole bag of chips out of boredom or while cramming for a big test. Learn more about emotional eating, and how to manage it, in this article for teens.

  • Going to a Therapist Going to a Therapist

    Getting help with emotions or stress is the same as getting help with a medical problem like asthma or diabetes. This article explains how therapy works and how it can help with problems.

  • How Can I Improve My Self-Esteem? How Can I Improve My Self-Esteem?

    We all have problems with self-esteem at certain times in our lives. Here are some tips that might help.

  • Losing Weight: Brandon's Story (Video) Losing Weight: Brandon's Story (Video)

    Brandon, 17, has lost 70 pounds through better eating and exercise. In this video he talks about what inspired him and how he stayed on track.

  • Making a Change in Your Life Making a Change in Your Life

    This interactive feature guides you in setting a goal and coming up with steps to reach it.

  • Motivation and the Power of Not Giving Up Motivation and the Power of Not Giving Up

    Everyone struggles with staying motivated and reaching their goals. Just look at how many people diet, lose weight, and then gain it back again. But it's still possible to stay motivated if you take the right approach.

  • Rejection and How to Handle It Rejection and How to Handle It

    Rejection hurts. But it's impossible to avoid. Life is about going for things. And when we do, rejection is always a possibility.

  • Shyness Shyness

    Shyness is extremely common, especially among teens. But lots of mild to moderate shyness melts away with practice and familiarity, making social situations easier and easier to handle each time.

  • Stress & Coping Center Stress & Coping Center

    Visit our stress and coping center for advice on how to handle stress, including different stressful situations.

  • Therapy and Weight Management Therapy and Weight Management

    Losing weight can feel like a challenge, no matter how much we want it. It can sometimes seem like our minds are working against us. That's where weight-management counselors can help.

  • What Should I Do About Stretch Marks? What Should I Do About Stretch Marks?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Yoga for Stress Relief Yoga for Stress Relief

    Yoga can help reduce stress because it promotes relaxation, which is the natural opposite of stress. These tips for teens can help you tap into yoga's stress-reducing benefits.

  • Yoga: Meditation and Breathing Yoga: Meditation and Breathing

    Breathing and meditation techniques can have subtle but powerful effects on everything from stress to sports performance. Try these four techniques.

  • Managing Your Weight Managing Your Weight

    Has your doctor told you to lose weight? Get ideas on food, fitness, and staying motivated. We've also got weight management tools and recipes designed just for teens.

  • Bike Safety Bike Safety

    The sun is shining - why not dust off your bike and go for a ride? Before you hit the trail, though, read these tips on the right type of bike and gear you will need.

  • Easy Exercises for Teens Easy Exercises for Teens

    Finding it hard to fit in fitness? Try these easy exercises for teens.

  • Exercise Log Exercise Log

    Keeping an exercise log is a great way to stay motivated and reach exercise goals.

  • Exercise Log Form

    Keeping an exercise log is a great way to stay motivated and reach exercise goals.

  • How Can I Get Motivated to Exercise? How Can I Get Motivated to Exercise?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • How Can I Stay Fit? How Can I Stay Fit?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Is It Possible To Lose Weight Without Exercising? Is It Possible To Lose Weight Without Exercising?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Is It Safe to Lift Weights? Is It Safe to Lift Weights?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Kickboxing Kickboxing

    Are you looking for a total body workout that totally kicks butt? Read this article to find what you need to know before you take the kickboxing challenge.

  • Losing Weight: Brandon's Story (Video) Losing Weight: Brandon's Story (Video)

    Brandon, 17, has lost 70 pounds through better eating and exercise. In this video he talks about what inspired him and how he stayed on track.

  • Pilates Pilates

    Pilates improves your mental and physical well-being, increases flexibility, and strengthens muscles. And with some pilates exercises, all you need is your body and a mat!

  • Safety Tips: Running Safety Tips: Running

    Injuries can be common, and runners should always be aware of their surroundings. To keep things safe while running, follow these tips.

  • Strength Training Strength Training

    Is working out with weights safe for teens? The best way to build muscle tone and definition is to combine aerobic and flexibility exercises with the right kind of strength training.

  • Stretching Stretching

    You may have heard mixed things about stretching before working out. Here are the cold, hard facts on warming up, stretching, and cooling down.

  • Study Break Yoga (Video) Study Break Yoga (Video)

    Yoga is a great way to take a study break because it refocuses and re-energizes both the body and mind. This routine uses poses that work for teens.

  • T'ai Chi T'ai Chi

    T'ai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art form. Like yoga in India, t'ai chi was developed to enhance both physical and emotional well-being.

  • Weight Management: Strength Training Exercises (Video) Weight Management: Strength Training Exercises (Video)

    These videos guide teens through basic strength training exercises. Anyone can do these exercises, and they work well as part of a weight-loss plan.

  • Welcome Home Yoga (Video) Welcome Home Yoga (Video)

    Unwind after a long day at school with this yoga routine for teens.

  • What's A Good Workout for a Busy Schedule? What's A Good Workout for a Busy Schedule?

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Why Exercise Is Wise Why Exercise Is Wise

    Getting the right amount of exercise can rev up your energy levels and even help you to feel better emotionally. Find out why.

  • Yoga Yoga

    Looking for a workout program that's easy to learn, requires little or no equipment, and soothes your soul while toning your body? Read about yoga - and watch our slideshow for some easy poses to try.

  • Acanthosis Nigricans Acanthosis Nigricans

    Acanthosis nigricans, or AN, is a darkening and thickening of the skin that can be a sign of certain other medical conditions. Find out more.

  • Asthma Asthma

    Asthma makes it hard to breathe. Learn all about asthma here.

  • Asthma: Jordan's Story (Video) Asthma: Jordan's Story (Video)

    Jordan has had asthma since age 2. In this video for teens he talks about what he did to get it under control.

  • Blount Disease Blount Disease

    Blount disease is a growth disorder that affects the bones of the lower leg. It causes bowing of the leg below the knee, which gets worse if it's not treated.

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) Body Mass Index (BMI)

    One of the biggest questions guys and girls have as they grow and develop is whether they're the right weight. One place to start is by learning about body mass index, or BMI.

  • Cholesterol Cholesterol

    Cholesterol is a type of fat found in your blood. The body needs some cholesterol, but too much can be a problem. Discover more about cholesterol in this article for teens.

  • Common Sleep Problems Common Sleep Problems

    Sleep problems can keep some teens awake at night even when they want to sleep. If that sounds like you, find out what you can do.

  • Depression Depression

    Depression is very common. For more information about depression and feeling better, check out this article.

  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

    High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is more common in adults, but it can happen at any age. Learn what it is, how to prevent it, and how to treat it.

  • Metabolic Syndrome Metabolic Syndrome

    Metabolic syndrome is a signal that someone could be on the road to serious health problems. Find out more in this article for teens.

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    In polycystic ovary syndrome, the ovaries produce higher than normal amounts of certain hormones, which can interfere with egg development and release. Learn how doctors diagnose and treat PCOS.

  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE) Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)

    A good, stable connection at your hip joint is what lets you walk, run, make that jump shot, and shake it on the dance floor. But in some teens – particularly those who are obese – the hip joint is weakened by slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE).

  • Type 2 Diabetes: What Is It? Type 2 Diabetes: What Is It?

    Teens with type 2 diabetes have to pay close attention to what they eat and do.

  • What's the Right Weight for My Height? What's the Right Weight for My Height?

    One of the biggest questions guys and girls have is whether they're the right weight. Because the body is growing and changing so much during adolescence, it can be tough to answer this question.

  • When Being Overweight Is a Health Problem When Being Overweight Is a Health Problem

    A couple of pounds of extra body fat are not a health risk for most people. But when people are severely overweight, it can cause health problems.

  • A Week of Healthy Breakfasts A Week of Healthy Breakfasts

    Let our guide inspire you to eat breakfast every day! Each meal has about 350 calories, is packed with morning energy, and takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.

  • Avocado, Hummus, and Cheese Pita Pocket Avocado, Hummus, and Cheese Pita Pocket

    This easy vegetarian recipe takes just 5 or 10 minutes to prepare and makes a filling packed lunch.

  • Baked Chicken Fajitas Baked Chicken Fajitas

    This fast, easy dinner recipe is great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Baked Salmon Sticks With Creamy Lemon-Dill Dip Baked Salmon Sticks With Creamy Lemon-Dill Dip

    This fast, easy dinner recipe is great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Bean and Corn Salsa Bean and Corn Salsa

    This low-calorie vegetarian salsa makes a great after-school snack.

  • Berry Good Smoothie Berry Good Smoothie

    This smoothie makes a filling snack for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Berry Smoothie Berry Smoothie

    This recipe is especially for teens on a gluten-free diet, who must avoid foods that contain gluten, a type of protein found in many foods.

  • Blueberry Pancakes Blueberry Pancakes

    Looking for a tasty weekend breakfast? This recipe makes enough pancakes to serve the whole family. It's also a great recipe for babysitters.

  • Chicken and Veggie Soup With Pasta Chicken and Veggie Soup With Pasta

    This hearty soup recipe is great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Chicken Parmesan-Stuffed Zucchini Boats Chicken Parmesan-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

    This dinner recipe is great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Cocoa, Almond, and Oat Clusters Cocoa, Almond, and Oat Clusters

    If you're trying to lose weight, you know you have to limit sweets. But everyone deserves a once-in-a-while treat. These healthy little cookies hit the spot -- as long as you just eat one!

  • Crispy Zucchini Cake Sandwiches Crispy Zucchini Cake Sandwiches

    Here's a savory vegetarian recipe for anyone trying to eat healthy or lose weight.

  • Crock-Pot Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal Crock-Pot Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

    This easy breakfast recipe is great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy. Just put everything in the slow cooker before you go to bed and enjoy a warm, hearty meal in the morning!

  • Crock-Pot Chicken Bolognese Sauce Crock-Pot Chicken Bolognese Sauce

    Put all the ingredients for this recipe into a slow cooker before you leave for school and come home to a tasty dinner! This recipe is great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Crock-Pot Turkey Meatballs and Sauce Crock-Pot Turkey Meatballs and Sauce

    Prepare this recipe before you leave for school and come home to a tasty dinner! This dish is great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Crunchy Baked Fish Crunchy Baked Fish

    This fast, easy dinner recipe is great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Edamame Hummus Edamame Hummus

    This dip makes a tasty after-school snack and gives you the energy you need to get through all that homework! It's great for vegetarians, people trying to lose weight, or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Five-Spice Chicken Salad Wrap Five-Spice Chicken Salad Wrap

    Here's a lunch recipe that's healthy, filling, and great for people trying to lose weight or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Hearty Swiss Cereal Hearty Swiss Cereal

    This easy recipe makes a nice change from oatmeal or cold cereal. It's filling and good for vegetarians and people trying to lose weight -- or anyone trying to eat healthy.

  • Homemade Chicken Soup Homemade Chicken Soup

    Chicken soup can be high in salt, but this "from scratch" recipe allows you to control the amount of salt (and fat) in your soup. Plus, it's easy to make!

  • How to Separate an Egg How to Separate an Egg

    Some recipes call for just the white parts of an egg or an extra yolk. Learn how to separate an egg with this easy, step-by-step slideshow.

  • Kale and White Bean Soup Kale and White Bean Soup

    This tasty soup is high in nutrients and low in calories. It's great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Mango-Peach Smoothie Mango-Peach Smoothie

    This fast, easy recipe makes a filling and tasty snack for people trying to lose weight, vegetarians, or anyone who wants to eat healthy. It's high in calcium and vitamins A and C.

  • Mediterranean Chicken and Couscous Salad Mediterranean Chicken and Couscous Salad

    This fast, easy dinner recipe is great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Mediterranean Pasta Soup Mediterranean Pasta Soup

    This recipe can be made as either a vegetarian or non-vegetarian soup. It's a great option for people trying to lose weight.

  • Mexican Rice Salad Mexican Rice Salad

    This tasty, nutritious, super-fast recipe is great for vegetarians or as a side with grilled or steamed fish. This recipe can be prepared in advance and is good for people trying to lose weight.

  • Mushroom Soup Mushroom Soup

    This easy soup recipe is great for people trying to lose weight, vegetarians — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Pan-Grilled Chicken Over Salad Pan-Grilled Chicken Over Salad

    This recipe makes a well-rounded meal for anyone trying to lose weight.

  • Pasta With Meat Sauce Pasta With Meat Sauce

    We've tweaked this classic recipe to make it healthier. It's a good option for people trying to lose weight if you keep one thing in mind: Don't overdo the portions!

  • Pepper and Tomato Egg-White Frittata Pepper and Tomato Egg-White Frittata

    This breakfast recipe is great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Pork Tenderloin With Maple-Mustard-Sage Marinade Pork Tenderloin With Maple-Mustard-Sage Marinade

    This dinner recipe is great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Quesadillas Quesadillas

    This vegetarian recipe makes a good weekend lunch for the entire family or a party snack to share with a group. It's suitable for teens who are trying to lose weight.

  • Quick Pickles Quick Pickles

    Like pickles? This easy recipe makes a great snack or side.

  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

    This soup recipe is great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy. The recipe can be prepared ahead of time and reheated.

  • Salmon Burgers Salmon Burgers

    This fast, easy dinner recipe is great for people trying to lose weight or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Salmon Salad Salmon Salad

    This easy lunch or dinner recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare. It makes a great packed lunch and is a good option for people trying to lose weight -- or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Spicy Black Bean Cilantro Dip Spicy Black Bean Cilantro Dip

    This dip makes a great after-school snack. The protein and fiber give you energy and help you feel full until dinner. It's a great choice for vegetarians or teens who are trying to lose weight.

  • Strawberry Smoothie Strawberry Smoothie

    This recipe is designed for vegans or teens with lactose intolerance, who need to limit or avoid dairy products.

  • Strawberry-Banana Smoothie Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

    This smoothie makes a satisfying snack for people trying to lose weight, vegetarians, babysitters looking for kid-friendly ideas -- or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Tofu Salad Rolls With Sweet and Tangy Dressing Tofu Salad Rolls With Sweet and Tangy Dressing

    This lunch recipe is great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Tomato-Zucchini Soup Tomato-Zucchini Soup

    This fast and easy soup recipe is hearty enough to stand alone as a full meal. Low in fat and calories, it's great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Tortellini Kabobs Tortellini Kabobs

    Love pasta but know you shouldn't eat too much? This vegetarian recipe lets you enjoy it while still eating healthy.

  • Trail Mix Trail Mix

    This high-calorie recipe is especially for teens with cystic fibrosis (CF), who may need additional calories to meet their nutritional needs.

  • Trail Mix Trail Mix

    Here's a super-fast, homemade trail mix that's lower in fat and calories than store bought versions. It's a great snack for people trying to lose weight -- or anyone who just wants to eat healthy.

  • Tuna and Veggie Salad Wraps Tuna and Veggie Salad Wraps

    This lunch recipe is great for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Turkey Meatloaf Sandwiches Turkey Meatloaf Sandwiches

    This recipe makes a hearty lunch for people trying to lose weight, or anyone who wants to eat healthy. Make the meatloaf for dinner the night before and enjoy the sandwiches as leftovers the next day.

  • Vegetarian Chili Vegetarian Chili

    This recipe makes a satisfying and well-rounded meal for vegetarians or anyone trying to lose weight.

  • Veggie Pasta Salad Veggie Pasta Salad

    This easy dinner recipe takes 10 minutes to make. It's great for vegetarians and for people trying to lose weight — or anyone who wants to eat healthy.

  • Zucchini Muffins Zucchini Muffins

    These muffins are a healthier option for people trying to lose weight. They also make an easy "on the go" breakfast and are a great way to get your veggies!

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) Body Mass Index (BMI)

    One of the biggest questions guys and girls have as they grow and develop is whether they're the right weight. One place to start is by learning about body mass index, or BMI.

  • Exercise Log Exercise Log

    Keeping an exercise log is a great way to stay motivated and reach exercise goals.

  • Exercise Log Form

    Keeping an exercise log is a great way to stay motivated and reach exercise goals.

  • Food Journal

    A food journal can help us track our eating as well as see connections between our feelings and food.

  • Healthy Breakfast Planner

    Use our printable breakfast planning sheet to select healthy foods that satisfy your taste buds and meet your time constraints.

  • Healthy School Lunch Planner

    Use our printable plan to make your favorite lunch line choices healthier.

  • Weight Management: Strength Training Exercises (Video) Weight Management: Strength Training Exercises (Video)

    These videos guide teens through basic strength training exercises. Anyone can do these exercises, and they work well as part of a weight-loss plan.

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