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Social media: a complex challenge for youth and parents to protect mental health

By Yesenia Barrios  Using social media– specifically apps like Instagram and Snapchat--requires tricky negotiation for young people to engage socially while avoiding its potentially intense toxic impact.  “Their brains are not fully formed, not fully myelinated—they’re more at risk for the addictive aspect of these devices and these apps, and (teens) have less protective factors,”...

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Is back to school better or worse than pandemic eating, couch surfing at home?

Virtual schooling led to increased obesity in students, but cafeteria food offerings often not healthy By Julianne Hill and Gabriella Fuster As young people returned to the classroom this fall, they faced the dual challenges of undoing unhealthy eating and exercise habits developed during virtual learning and searching for healthy food choices in the cafeteria---issues...

Meet Justin Fernandez: UHMP Student Journalist and Mental Health Advocate

By Aileen Delgado Justin Fernandez says he got two big things out of the UHMP boot camp on community health storytelling for high school journalists: “a good opportunity to better immerse myself in the community’’ and “experience writing and reporting on things that really mattered.” The senior at Coral Reef High School in Miami was...

Meet Krystal Li: UHMP Student Journalist and Workshop Participant

By Aileen Delgado Krystal Li, a senior at Coral Reef High School in Miami, was one of more than 20  students who participated in UHMP’s “Homesick” spring workshop. She says she jumped at the opportunity.  It was “a good opportunity for me,’’ she says, “because I was relatively new to journalism at the time, and...