Health Choices

Be the “Good” Kid

This is the tenth post in a series by former FLVS student Makaila, a model, author, and student advocate.

Blog_Peer_PressureHigh school welcomes territories that were once uncharted.

What’s crazy about the media today is that they push the likeness of drugs and drinking on shows geared for young kids, like us. It can be difficult to see things on television or on your favorite show and not wonder what they are. And if we’re going to be honest, sometimes it affects us.

We see some of our favorite celebrities drinking at a party or smoking something they shouldn’t, and we start to think it’s normal…that it is normal to drink and party the way the television portrays people of our age doing.

The line becomes blurred and people start to do things they normally wouldn’t, all because they want to fit in and be “cool.” It’s an interesting way to think about it.

The people you surround yourself with are sure to affect you in one aspect or another and only build upon these existing ideas. Peer pressure surely influences this beast. Continue reading


6 Ways to Handle School-Related Stress

FLVS_Blog_SchoolStressStressed out about upcoming exams? Thinking ahead to AP or EOC (End-of-Course) exams? Graduating this year and still finishing scholarship essays or college applications?

Don’t stress! These tips from two 11th grade students at FLVS can help. Here’s what Tamar and Jade have to say to help you stay on track:

As students adjust to spring school schedules, the second semester often brings a higher level of stress. It can be very difficult to get used to having new subjects, new teachers, and going back to a structured routine.

Unfortunately, many students buckle under the pressure. If you are one of those students, don’t let stress become overwhelming!

Here are six quick ways to handle school-related stress. Continue reading


Reasons to Love Physical Education at FLVS

hope cover“In 2012 more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity are the result of ‘caloric imbalance’ – too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed – and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors.” – Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Are you shocked to hear that information? Our kids are eating too much and not moving enough and it is causing our country to become very obese. I believe that technology has been a major factor in the decline of young people getting up and moving. Technology, however, can also be used to counter this trend. In the P.E. course offered by FLVS, the students get educated on how to live a healthy lifestyle using their electronic device and then are expected to go out, get moving, and develop healthy habits. Continue reading