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Hasbro Children’s Hospital study finds texting program good option for teen girls’ health


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Study highlights resource for physicians to provide counseling and preventative services to under-served teens
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Megan Ranney, M.D., M.P.H., an emergency medicine attending physician at Hasbro…
Hasbro Children’s Hospital study finds texting program good option for teen girls’ health

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Disease of Perception: Obesity Changes Everything

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Obesity rates for adults in the U.S. have been rising since the 1960s, but only in June 2013 was obesity actually labeled as a disease.

Since June, doctors and health professionals can now bill insurance companies for an obese patient. This would be appropriate in weight or dietary counseling appointments.

Of course, in essence this is great for those that work with overweight and obese patients.By being able to call obesity a disease patients may be more likely to achieve their health goals!

A recent study published in the journal of Psychological Science directly contradicts the actual motivation behind classifying obesity as a disease. The study discovered that the “obesity is a disease” message seriously affected obese individuals’ perception of being able to change their weight.1  

In a press release, the researchers said that the perception of obesity is powerful. As part of the study, some obese individuals…

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Facebook fasting for discernment…yeah, you read that right!

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My daily schedule consists of waking up, looking at Facebook, listening to Our Daily Bread devotional, showering, eating, getting dressed for work and then going to work.  While I’m at work I’ll check Facebook again, just in case I’ve missed something important in the world.  Facebook is THE premier news source, you know.  After work, I’ll eat, spend time with my husband, and unwind by watching a movie, reading OR looking at Facebook.  Do you notice a pattern here?  I look at Facebook more than I’m reading The Word.

This is a problem not just for my spiritual health, but for my mental health. The more I’m focused on what’s important in the world, I lose focus on what’s important to God.  Everybody is celebrated on Facebook. If we are feeling good about ourselves and are proud of what we do we want the world to know.  Only the good is plastered on Facebook and we rarely hear about anyone’s failures.

My priorities tend to line up with worldly achievements and I forget that God has a specific calling on my life.  I tend to question what it is that I’m supposed to do.  My job doesn’t appear to be making as much of a mark as other people seem to be doing.  Am I supposed to take the GRE and go to grad school in order to do great things? There are so many of my friends that seem to have already reached their full potential. When will my time come, Lord? I immediately blame myself for not being motivated enough, I become envious and covet other people’s success, and I rethink all the things that I could have done differently in order to be where they are.  This lowers my self-esteem and I get caught in this circle of hating myself for not being motivated or “active” enough, convincing myself that I’ll never be cut out for “greatness” because of my lack of motivation, and feeling stuck because I still desire to use my talents to do good things.  This is toxic and is delaying all the progress that I could be making on discerning my  purpose in life.  Therefore, I have decided to take a Lenten fast from Facebook in order to seek God’s face and further discern my purpose in life.

I came across this scripture while reading some faith blogs for inspiration.

“Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load” Galatians 6:4-5 NIV

I also found another translation (The Message) for the same passage, and  the purpose of this fast became even clearer.

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others.  Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” Galatians 6:4-5 The Message

This Lent, I’m purposefully removing myself from Facebook world where everyone does everything right.  I will focus on God’s Word, develop my talents for writing and healing, and discern how I should use my talents.  Writing is a conversation that I have with myself after reading or life experiences incur a scavenger hunt of my soul.  I’m able to discover many things about myself, others, and our relationship with God. I will make a “careful exploration” of who I am and whose I am and “sink” myself into that.  I will do my best not to compare myself with others.  And I will take responsibility “for doing the creative best” I can with my own life.  How satisfying will that be?!

BBC News – The Indian sanitary pad revolutionary (Menstrual Man)

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This article, featured in the Magazine section of BBC News, focuses on Arunachalam Muruganantham, known mainly for his work on producing cheap sanitary pads for poor women in India. Made (relatively) famous by the documentary film Menstrual Man (2013), his story is one of tenacity in the face of ridicule and ostracism, as despite the clear health benefits involved in providing sanitary pads to women, the issue was a taboo topic.

Indeed, his story is remarkable as an example of innovation and invention – while inventors are noted for their ingenuity in terms of the creative solution, and perserverance in the ability to continually try new ideas to achieve the final product, what they had to overcome was often simply the technical difficulty of research and development. Muruganantham, on top of all that, also had to deal with the fact that the very issue was one that, despite being objectively important…

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