Headlines everywhere reveal startling data about teen mental health. Teen suicide has tripled over the last 17 years. According to researchers, rates of depression and anxiety among American teens soared by over 50% in the decade between 2010 and 2019. Similar trends are seen in youth in other countries. Most headline news reports on this […]

The scientific evidence is clear that consuming ultra-processed foods is very bad for our health. A new study reviewed data from 14 studies which included 9,888,373 participants. The researchers were looking for a correlation between ultra-processed foods and adverse health outcomes. They conclude: Greater exposure to ultra-processed food was associated with a higher risk of […]

What is health literacy, and why is it important? Health literacy is your ability to find, understand, and use health information to make good choices about your health and well-being. It is important because it empowers you to take charge of your health and navigate the healthcare system more effectively. Over one-third of U.S. adults […]

How can close interpersonal family relationships motivate others toward positive, healthy lifestyle changes? Many of us have witnessed family members make poor decisions, sometimes to the point of spiraling out of control. According to the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 72% of U.S. adults report having one or more unhealthy behaviors (Baily, 2019). It […]

A great discussion last weekend on Emotional Resilience on Facebook, here are my follow up thoughts and summation: November 28th, a friend of mine’s 21 year old son committed suicide by hanging himself. Were the signs there? Should someone have known? Did he reach out? Did he let anyone know how badly he was hurting? […]