In Healthy Living for Teens, young writers show that it’s possible to overcome bad habits and lead healthy lives in a time when substance abuse, junk food, and low self-esteem and self-worth are major social problems.
Inspire teen and preteen readers to take responsibility for and make wiser decisions about their lives with the essays in this book—each written by a teenager. Within these pages, Edwin Mercado, Evelyn Gofman, Antwaun Garcia, and many others describe how they got on the right path toward healthy habits, breaking unhealthy ones like smoking, taking drugs, abusing alcohol, or seeking comfort in foods they know are unhealthy.
Tales of a 17-Year-Old Smoker
How I Quit Fast Food
Clean and Kind of Sober
What Drugs Do to You
Starving for Acceptance
Dear Food Diary
I Desperately Needed Cooking 101
What is Bad Food so Good?
Why Should Teens Care About Nutrition?
My Hood is Bad for My Health
Male on the Scale
The Would-Be Vegetarian
How Exercise Relieves Stress
Poetry Keeps Me Calm
Do for You
Nature is My Salvation
My Life with OCD
Arthritis at Thirteen
Addled on Adderal
Through these essays, teen readers—as well as their parents, teachers, and caregivers—will pick up new tricks to beating bad habits but will also be provided a much-needed glimpse into how the world looks to our younger generations.
About the Author
YCteen publishes true stories by teens, giving readers insight into the issues that matter most in young people's lives. They are headquartered in New York, New York.
Al Desetta has been an editor of Youth Communication’s two teen magazines, Foster Care Youth United (now known as Represent) and New Youth Connections. He was also an instructor in Youth Communication’s juvenile prison writing program. In 1991, he became the organization’s first director of teacher development, working with high school teachers to help them produce better writers and student publications. Prior to working at Youth Communication, Desetta directed environmental education projects in New York City public high schools and worked as a reporter.
Winner of the Golden Lamp Award
“What a unique, important and completely compelling publication. . . . More than other educational magazines I’ve seen, this one oozes REALNESS.” —Association of American Publishers, on YCteen
"Youth Communication’s editorial model focuses on developing stories that allow readers to see themselves in the narrative and encourages them to take steps toward personal change." —Teaching Tolerance Magazine