one semester ayear , and the curriculum is mostly sex and driver ’ s ed ,” Zelnhefer says . “ There isn ’ t much about nutrition or how to deal with stress . Even middle school home ec classes don ’ t talk a lot about nutrition , or eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia .”
Simmers agrees that teen health is often “ overlooked ” or minimized , particularly anxiety and depression .
“ Parents often think teens do this for attention . They don ’ t think it ’ s an illness ,” he says .
Simmers says the challenge is to take ponderous articles posted by authorities such as the National Institutes of �ealth or the Mayo Clinic and translate them .
“ We want to reach out to ayounger audience with information that is accurate but accessible ,” Simmers says .
Guevarra put out feelers via Instagram that drew in additional staff members such as Chicago high school sophomore �aris �elly , editor in chief of the magazine .
“ We double-check and cross-check everything ,” �aris says . “ It ’ s more about the vocabulary . The info-graphics also make it more palatable .”
Guevarra hopes to recruit more medical students and professionals to assure accuracy . She ’ s also added two Spotify podcasts and Zoom webinars on expectations for students interested in medical school studies here and abroad .
Closer to home , Guevarra says the non-profit is now working directly with community groups such as Wyckoff Stigma-Free , FLOW Forward , Franklin Lakes �EAC� , and Bergen County Councils .
It won ’ t surprise anyone to learn that Guevarra sees her future in healthcare .
“ I want to major in nursing for my undergraduate degree ,” she says .” Ialso want to do aminor�double major in business� healthcare management .”
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