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This Is How Many Insects You Can Consume A Year When You Drink Coffee

June 20th, 2017
Bugs are everywhere. There’s no refuting that fact. That’s why the FDA has to make allowances for a certain amount of insects or insect fragments in our food. They’re labeled as unavoidable defects in food and found in lots of ingredients, such as peanut butter, chocolate and even fruits and vegetables. This includes coffee, folks. COFFEE. The FDA keeps a cap on the amount of insects allowed in our food, but over time this number adds up. (Math can be a scary thing sometimes.) If you look at the quantity...
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Teens Are Getting As Little Exercise As 60-Year-Olds

June 19th, 2017
Looks like teenagers being lazy is more than just a stereotype. A new study conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore looked at more than 12,500 people’s exercise habits by having them wear fitness trackers for a week. When they separated that data by age, they found something alarming about teenagers. “Activity levels at the end of adolescence were alarmingly low, and by age 19, they were comparable to 60-year-olds,” says the study’s senior author, Vadim...
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Adolescence Is a Gift, but Extended Adolescence Is a Trap

June 14th, 2017
Nebraska senator Ben Sasse wants parents and youth leaders to get serious about shepherding kids into responsible adulthood. Matt Reynolds, CT’s associate editor for books, spoke with Sasse about how parents (and youth leaders) can equip their children to escape the protective cocoon of extended adolescence. Read more. 
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After Manchester Fear Grips Pop's Youth

May 23rd, 2017
  Fans of Justin Bieber pleaded on Tuesday for his upcoming British tour dates to be canceled, underscoring the potential repercussions to music acts with a young fan base from the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.   Canadian heartthrob Bieber, 23, is due to play an open air concert at London's Hyde Park in July. But fans flooded social media saying his appearance should be axed for the safety both of fans and the singer himself.   "Cancel Justin's concert in the UK, please! We want him to be...
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Popular Dating Apps Impacting STDs

April 13th, 2017
Young people have more STDs than ever before, says CDC
 STDs are on the rise, especially among young people and dating apps like Tinder and Grindr could be part of the reason. Over 1.5 million people dated last week thanks to dating app Tinder, according to company stats. It’s hard to say how many of them took it farther than first base, but public health officials say one thing is certain: dating apps are quickly becoming the primary way partners connect. The rise of online dating has correlated with another more disturbing trend: STD rates are also very much on the...
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Teen Sleep Loss Linked To Social Media

January 26th, 2017
Sleep loss in teenagers is correlated with frequent social media use, according to a new study by researchers in the UK, titled "Sleepless in school? The social dimensions of young people's bedtime rest and routines" published in the Journal of Youth Studies. Researchers at the Wales Institute for Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods surveyed over 900 students, ages 12-15 years old, about their social media usage and sleep patterns, including when they go to bed, when they wake up, and how often they check social...
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Billboard Mag Does Exclusive Premiere of Tobymac

January 26th, 2017
We need love to break through if we are going to come together." TobyMac explores the power of love and compassion in the face of adversity in his new video for "Love Broke Thru" with a timely approach to eternal subject matter. The Eric Welch-directed video tackles the subject of protest over police violence around the country and is premiering exclusively with Billboard. It shows a young man grappling with his anger amidst his grandfather's calls for peace. "When we started working on the concept for this video we...
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Disenfranchised Youth - Barna Research

January 3rd, 2017
In our research on younger generations, particularly Millennials, we continue to see a theme of disconnection that is worth paying attention to. Young adults are waiting longer to get married, delaying children, switching jobs more often (and, with that, often where they live). They are often less trusting of government, of church and even of colleges and universities than their older counterparts. In other words, there are very few institutions—either social or economic—binding Millennials. ... read more
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MTV crisis as Millennial viewers vanish

December 1st, 2016
MTV president Chris McCarthy is cleaning house just a month into the job. The third leader of the youth-targeting network in the past two years has led Viacom sibling VH1 to its biggest ratings growth in 15 years in 2016 and hopes to bring MTV back into the daily conversation. That means eliminating several unscripted series that don't resonate with his brand vision, including Prison High, Air Sex, Almost Impossible Game Show, Acting Out, Down to Earth and Stupid Man, Smart Phone, with more potentially joining them on the scrap heap as...
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Inventor of Big Mac dies at age 98

December 1st, 2016
Big Mac inventor passes away aged 98 nearly 50 years after creating McDonald’s iconic 540 calorie burger – which he ate every week ... read more
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The Best Story of the Day That the Mainstream Media Will Ignore

September 29th, 2016
When you dropped your kids off at school today -- you probably saw a bunch of students gathered around the flag pole. Those kids were part of See You at the Pole - a national prayer gathering. ... read more
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Making Modern Toughness

September 6th, 2016
  When I ask veteran college teachers and administrators to describe how college students have changed over the years, I often get an answer like this: "Today's students are more accomplished than past generations, but they are also more emotionally fragile." That rings true to me. Today's students are amazing, but they bathe one another in oceans of affirmation and praise, as if buttressing one another against some insecurity. Whatever one thinks of the campus protests, the desire for trigger warnings and safe spaces does...
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Top 10 Findings on Teens and the Bible

August 31st, 2016
Teens across the country are gearing up to head back to school after a summer of sports camps, vacations and beach trips. Churches will soon be kicking off their youth programs, and as youth pastors and leaders prepare for teens to return, they will be thinking creatively about ways to get their young flock to dig more deeply into "the Word." read more ...
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Teens Who Say No To Social Media

August 25th, 2016
When 14-year-old Brian O'Neill of Washington, D.C., wanted to find out what his friends had been up to over summer vacation, he did something radical: He asked them. Unlike most kids his age, Brian isn't on social media. He doesn't scroll through his friends' Instagram shots or post his own, nor does he use Facebook or Snapchat. "I don't need social media to stay in touch," he says. Such abstention from social media places him in a small minority in his peer group. According to a 2015 report by the Pew Research Center, 92% of...
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Social media culture damaging youth's mental health

August 15th, 2016
Cultural pressures on young people have created a mental health powder keg that could destroy a generation's hope. Social media has created an obsession with image and wealth while celebrities such as reality TV star Kim Kardashian West create a template few can live up to.  Yet Government support for young people is "creaking at the seams and not fit for purpose". Mr Todd says: "We have lost sight of what is important and need to find space to value each other."  read more ...
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Michael Phelps’ Life Transformed

August 10th, 2016
After hitting rock bottom, The Purpose-Driven Life turned Michael Phelps' life around. This fifteen-minute video tells the whole story.
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Olympic News – Brazilian Churches Reaching & Discipling Unchurched Kids

August 10th, 2016
For the 10 years leading up to the Rio Olympics, "Legacy" is the primary goal of a Brazil sport ministry. The objective of the training of thousands of churches in 369 cities/towns is to have ongoing long term evangelism and discipleship ministry through sport and play. What exists in the churches a decade from now is their key outcome.   Ubabalo is the formal name for the teenage life-skill program created for the churches in South Africa who wanted “Legacy" outcomes when they hosted the 2010 World Cup of Soccer....
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Pokemon Go Pushes Nintendo Shares up 25%

July 14th, 2016
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Good - and bad - news about today's teens

July 7th, 2016
The results are in from the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). There is a lot to celebrate — but there are also some trends that parents, and everyone who spends time with or works with teens, should know about. ... read more
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What social media 'likes' to do to teens' brains.

July 7th, 2016
The findings of a study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles has many people comparing "likes" on social media to sex, but don't dismiss teens as being thirsty for social media attention so quickly. ... read more
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