Teens More Reluctant To Enter Adulthood

*The following is excerpted from an online article, “Are Today’s Teens Putting the Brakes on Adulthood?” posted on HealthDay. Parents may still marvel at how fast their kids grow up, but a new study finds that U.S. teenagers are maturing more slowly than past generations. In some ways, the trend appears positive: High school kids today are less likely to be drinking or having sex, versus their counterparts in the 1980s and 1990s. But they are also less likely to go on dates, have a part-time job or drive — traditional milestones along the path to adulthood. So is that slower development “good” or “bad”? It may depend on how you look at it, the researchers said. According to “life history the

Bad Health = Bad Grades

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on HealthDay. American high school students with poor grades are much more likely to have unhealthy behaviors — including illegal drug use — than teens at the top of the class, federal health officials say. There’s a strong link between teens’ health habits and their academic achievement, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. “As our nation’s children embark on another school year, it’s important to remember that health and academic performance are not mutually exclusive,” said the CDC’s director, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald. Analyzing data from a 2015 federal government survey, the researchers found tha

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