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How to make healthy choices for a healthy sex life

By Dr Christina Rahm

As Marilyn Monroe once said, “Sex is a part of nature, and I go along with nature.” However, according to Psychology Today, sexual behavior is not necessarily natural; sex within itself is considered a learned behavior. The act alone evolves as a result of whatever sex education a person has acquired. According to Diane Gleim, […]

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The impact of a positive childhood

By Youth Villages

For decades, childcare providers, doctors, nurses, teachers and researchers have used the Adverse Childhood Experience tool to approach trauma in children and its effect on mental and physical health through adulthood. The study, completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente, is a good resource for discussing the ‘bad things’ that can happen […]

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The surprising truth about unwinding with social media

By Dr. Nidhi Gupta

After a demanding day, there’s a familiar ritual that many of us turn to – settling down in bed or on the couch, smartphone in hand, ready to be whisked away to a world of social media, infinite scrolling, and relaxation. Or so we think! It’s a habit that seems to promise relaxation, a chance […]

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Trauma anniversaries and healing as a community in Nashville

By Youth Villages

The Middle Tennessee air is becoming warmer, dogwoods are blooming, and colorful, fresh produce is filling the shelves in the grocery stores. These are typically sights and smells welcome after an icy, cold winter, but a year after the traumatic mass shooting at Covenant School, these senses may serve as an unwelcome reminder of a […]

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Celebrating National Nutrition Month in March

By Dr Christina Rahm

Did you know that March is celebrated as National Nutrition Month®? The observance, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is an annual initiative to teach optimal nutrition. The Academy, which hosts Eatright.org, has more than 110,000 members, and is the largest organization of registered dietitians, nutritionists, and nutrition and dietetics technicians in the […]

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Parents: How to help your kids stay safe online

By Youth Villages

For many of us, it’s hard to recall the days before the existence of the internet, and today, multiple generations will never know a world without constant, immediate and instant updates. As our lives become more and more intertwined with the internet, it is more important than ever to know how to keep ourselves and our […]

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Mentoring with Youth Villages: Improving lives of young people

By Youth Villages

Mentoring young people can be life-changing for both the mentor and mentee. Through Youth Villages’ Chris Crye Mentoring Program, you can be a big positive change in a child’s life and direction. Mentors provide important life skills and lessons, career advice, and fun to young people. Julie Abbott, community development manager with Youth Villages in […]

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How to love your heart this February

By Dr Christina Rahm

  When most think about February, the thought of Valentine’s Day often comes to mind, along with red roses, heart-shaped balloons, candy, and lots of chocolate! Though for many, and especially those who have been diagnosed with cardiac disease and/or endured heart attacks, the nation’s observance of Heart Month by the American Heart Association (AHA), […]

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Pet health and the New Year

By Dr Christina Rahm

As we enter January and the New Year, we reminisce about new beginnings. Those new beginnings often encompass new, or updated, goals which may or may not have been met the previous year. Those goals often include plans for exercise, healthier eating, a decrease in sugar consumption, and for many, less alcohol. We live in […]

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Youth Villages: Achievable goals for the New Year

By Youth Villages

We are in an era where New Year’s resolutions can sound like an unachievable, pointless exercise. Most resolutions are broken by February 1, so what’s the point? The big, lofty goals – lose weight, find a new job, apply to graduate school, pay off student loans – are scary because they are so vague. By […]

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8 Ways to Discuss Your Mental Health with Others

By Stan Popovich

Do you struggle with your mental health and have a difficult time in getting the people you know to be more understanding? In some cases, your friends and family members could give you a hard time regarding your anxieties and fears. As a result, here are eight suggestions on how to deal with the people […]

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Dr. Christina Rahm: My December Reflections

By Dr Christina Rahm

What comes to your mind when you think of December?  For me, it is of course Christmas, family, and friends. I would be remiss not to mention St. Nicholas Day, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and even Boxing Day for my many British friends, as other December highlights. I love that the holiday season is in full force […]

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