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Jan 2016

Human Papillomavirus: Understanding the Virus

  Understanding human papillomavirus, or HPV, allows parents to make informed and educated decisions about their child’s future reproductive health. HPV …

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Jan 2016

A Moment with Marcy: A Cervical Cancer Survivor’s Thoughtful Reflection

               Marcy Zirbel Have you ever met someone who lights up a room merely by …

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Jan 2016

Let’s Talk: Cervical Health

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month.  So, let’s talk cervix….     The cervix is part of the female reproductive system. …

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Dec 2015

Embracing Your Awesomeness this Holiday Season

  This is the time of year in which we sit back, relax, and reflect upon the past year and contemplate the …

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Dec 2015

Gathering Momentum: Changing the Lives of Adolescent Mothers and their Children

  A person never knows whom may cross their daily path. In life, randomness and chance often bring interesting encounters. Such …

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Nov 2015

World Vasectomy Day 2015

  When talking about contraception, the focus is typically on the female partner within a heterosexual relationship. Likely this is because women …

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Nov 2015

Eliminating the Barrier Method – When Talking to Kids About Sex

My recent Kids In The House post reflects on the latest research identifying which parent more frequently talks to kids about …

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Oct 2015

National Health Education Week

    Health Education is the cornerstone in which to prevent illness and maintain well-being.This week, the Society of Public Health Education …

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Oct 2015

Campaign to Change Direction: Mental Health and Adolescence

  Your son used to bound down the stairs each evening and eagerly plant himself between you and your spouse. Chatting about …

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Oct 2015

Kids In The House: Sex Ed…for Newborns?!

The letter from your child’s grade school nurse peeks out of the beckoning backpack. THAT letter. The one that notifies unassuming parents that “The …

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Sep 2015

National Pink Out Day!

  Planned Parenthood offers reproductive health care services to women AND men. It is an invaluable reproductive health resource for all. …

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Sep 2015

THRIVE: A Resource for Parents of Adolescents

  Just wanted to pass on some information about this really cool app I recently learned about.   The app, THRIVE, is …

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Sep 2015

Challenges vs. Disasters: Ten Ways to Help Your Child Prepare For the College Years

“They (college students) see every difficulty as a disaster, not a challenge. They’ve been made fragile by being overprotected, and this fragility …

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Sep 2015

Educating Parents about Adolescent Sexuality Health: Celebrating Two Years of TeenWorldConfidential

  Today TWC is celebrating our second year of educating parents about sex. Yes, sex. Teenage sex, no less. How is …

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Aug 2015

If a Situation Does Not Feel or Look Safe, Avoid It

  Saturday morning workday nourishment. I wish. It is early Saturday morning. I usually head out for a long run. Today, however, …

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Aug 2015

Are There Kids In Your House?

Do you have Kids in the House?? Lucky Me!  I am now blogging for this fantastic site called kidsinthehouse. Lucky You! …

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Aug 2015

John Oliver Nails It!

  I avoid writing blogs that focus primarily on someone else’s work. It goes against my values as an educator and …

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Aug 2015

You ‘Herd’ it Here: Immunizations for College Students are Crucial

Ah, summer…….   June and July we have the scent of freshly-mown grass. Long, delicious, velvety evenings with the sound of …

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Jun 2015

It has finally happened: Marriage Equality!

It has been a long time coming. From Stonewall to the Supreme Court. As Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “…marriage embodies a love that …

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Jun 2015

Legacy: What Ann Taught Me.

Legacy. When we consider legacy, our thoughts often meander to “The Greats”: The legacy of spectacular athletes, the legacy of effective …

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Jun 2015

Summertime! Conversations with your College Student: Sex, Rules, and Independence

Ahhh…Summer time…….   Bright-eyed parents eagerly anticipate the homecoming of their college-aged children. Visions of evenings filled with mature conversation while …

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May 2015

It’s Mother’s Day!

“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” ~Oprah Winfrey       It is Mother’s Day. A day when …

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Apr 2015

VoiceAmerica discusses Sex Rules

Let me ask you something….   Why is it important to address sexuality issues adolescents face today? What are important topics to …

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Apr 2015

If Fun is the Goal, Is Drinking the Objective?

Photo: Dollar Photo Club “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”   The marketing experts behind a …

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Apr 2015

Public Health: Infectious Disease Specialists Working Overtime for You!

  The Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE), Research America, and American Public Health Association (APHA), along with other public health organizations are recognizing and …

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Apr 2015

National Public Health Week

It is National Public Health Week   What is Public Health?   Public health  is essential in assuring the well-being of …

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Apr 2015

Car Accidents and Healthy Relationships: Ten Realizations that Evolve from Being Un-dead

Last week was a most unfortunate week for me. However, not being one to shy away from unexpected opportunities to write, …

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Mar 2015

Arts Connect International

      Want to know more about comprehensive sexuality education? Follow this link to ArtsConnectInternational.org to learn more about this topic and …

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Mar 2015

I only run when being chased – by my dreams!

“Sometimes on the way to a dream you get lost and find another one.” …….Author unknown.     As many of you …

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Mar 2015

What will you tell your daughter today? Twelve Talking Tips

  Today,  March 10,  is the tenth anniversary of the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, or for our tech …

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Mar 2015

International Women’s Day: Celebrating all women

Celebrating women and their accomplishments today. International Women’s Day (#womensday) is a day of celebration of women across the globe, with …

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Feb 2015

Perspective: It’s All In Your Head

Ping! Off went my text message alert. Group message to my group of friends from Katie. “What color is this dress?” …

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Feb 2015

Healthy Relationships: Start the Conversation

February is Teen Dating Violence month. However, this is an issue that should spark conversation on a regular basis. Take a look …

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Feb 2015

Adolescents: Navigating the Health World

Several months ago I had an opportunity to participate in a health fair at the local high school. Our health community gathered together …

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Jan 2015

Book Review: The Birth of the Pill

Book Review The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution by Jonathan Eig   Despite …

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Jan 2015

Birds and Bees Aren’t the Only Ones Who Do It

I was fortunate to enjoy a visit with my daughter in the quirky, vibrant, exuberant, and lovely cities of Berkeley and San …

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Dec 2014

Sexual Health Topics of 2014: Inspiring Conversation and Change

For bloggers, ringing in the New Year with a list seems to the be the hip and cool thing to do. …

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Dec 2014

Navigating Newness: Sexuality

Photo Courtesy Jennifer Cook If you have ever been “forced” to learn something new, such as the basics of social media or …

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Dec 2014

11 ways to avoid being a sexy sneezer

This morning as I was laying in bed, thinking about blogging, work, projects, plans, shopping…you know…all that stuff that keeps us up …

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Dec 2014

Adolescent Sexuality Health…What are YOU thinking?

As we enter into the busy holiday season, I wish to thank you for your continued support and readership of TeenWorldConfidential. …

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Dec 2014

World AIDS Day 2014

In appreciation of World AIDS Day, I urge readers to become educated about HIV/AIDS. Becoming educated about HIV/AIDS will increase understanding …

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Nov 2014

Contraception: Ladies’ Choice?

What do these birth control methods have in common?? All are forms of “girl” contraception. Some use hormones, some act as …

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Nov 2014

“Mom, we’re pregnant” Moving forward when your world is rocked.

“Mom, we’re pregnant” Moving forward when your world is rocked. I was fortunate enough to sit next to a very interesting …

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Oct 2014

Arm-ing our young women with protection

A couple of weeks ago, amidst the disturbing reports of violence in the Middle East and the eye-opening spread of Ebola, …

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Oct 2014

National Coming Out Day

(Photo Courtesy of Whisper and Huff Post – see link below) My hope as an educator and ally is if you know …

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Oct 2014

Let’s change the channel.

Bullying….something we hope our children don’t experience – or instigate. Even if they do not experience bullying directly, 56% of students …

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Sep 2014

Sorry Mom

So, my youngest daughter is studying abroad in Australia. What a great experience, right? For spring break, she asked if we would …

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Sep 2014

Let’s Talk: Sexually Assaulted Males.

Society tends to place a greater eye on female victimization when it comes to rape and sexual assault. I get that. …

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Sep 2014

The Global Impact of Making a Friend: Breaking Barriers to Help Bring Peace

Photos Courtesy: Jennifer Cook In light of the devastating and heart-wrenching recent attacks in Paris, reposting this piece is timely. Sadly, brutal …

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Sep 2014

It’s a Human Issue

We know it happens. It happens all the time. Women. Children. Men. Wealthy. Poor. Highly-educated. Illiterate. Religious. Atheist. Gay. Straight. Black. …