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•Body Image •Fitness •Nutrition •Skin Care •Smoking •Addictions •Obesity •Emotions

Teenagers Spring Issue 2013

Health Is Wealth

When your wealth is lost, you lose nothing - but when your health is lost, you lose everything.

Mission Statement: Teenagers today are barely interested in science and if faced with a choice of reading a science magazine and any other magazine, they would probably go with that other magazine! Therefore, it is our aim, as scientific experts, to grab those teenager's attention. Health is Wealth is created in order for teenagers to become more scientifically literate and aware of everyday issues they encounter. It helps the youth become more aware of the diseases and side eects of bad habits they may be doing, but also to increase their awareness of the importance of health and maintaining a healthy body image and skin care! Puzzles, quizzes, facts, articles, and statistics are all included!

Board: Dr. Sohayla Helal - fitness, nutrition, emotions, and skin care expert. Dr. Farah Hossam - diseases, insomnia, and body image expert. Dr. Gehad Ismail - alcohol and drug addictions expert. Dr. Marwan Seif - smoking dangers expert.

Why is Being Healthy Important?

Being healthy is a very important criteria in a teenager's life. Most teenagers do not understand how crucial it is to maintain a healthy body and a healthy lifestyle because teachers, leaders, and preachers do not mention it as many time as they should do. Unfortunately, health does not just include just your organs and body, but your sleeping patterns, relationships with others, and emotions. Health is so complicated that it is impossible to inform you about all of it, so we will try to give you as much basic important information as possible. In this section, you will learn about laptop ergonomics, how to deal with stress and anxiety, dangers and signs of anorexia, bulimia, and eating disorders. Also, you will learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy body image through fitness and nutrition, as well as skin care such as how to deal with acne, and the dangers of tanning and sun exposure.

Hopefully, after reading this magazine, you will be more scientifically aware and literate of the importance of health in your life. Sohayla Helal

Manage your time well enough so that you're able to have at least an hour of free time everyday. Being busy all the time builds up so much stress.

Working out releases the chemicals produced in your body by stress that make you feel angry and tense all the time. It also helps the quality of your sleep.

Discussing your troubles and worries with someone releases some stress o of your mind and makes you feel better. Asking for advice and listening to feedback is a great way to reduce the amount of stress you feel.

6 STRESS TIPS: How to deal with it?

Getting few hours of sleep will make you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally dehydrated.

Sohayla Helal

Eat healthy nutritional meals throughout your day and never sip meals, so that your body is satisfied and not hungry. Also, drink at least 8 glasses of water so that you don't get dehydrated.

Breathe in and breathe out. Take your mind o what it stressing you out and enjoy the silence.

Teenagers all over the world use laptops instead of computer desktops, and lets face it, it's much better to have a personal laptop that belongs to you which you can use anywhere anytime without worrying about its weight. However, what most teenagers don't know is that there are many risks of using a laptop, 3 or which will be

Crazy Fact! Apple has sold Macbooks worth nearly $1.05 BILLION dollars. Sohayla Helal

Risks of Using your Laptop 1. Musculoskeletal Injury --> when you spend so much time sitting in one position, i.e legs bent, neck stretched forward, your body becomes strained. This will develop damages to your ligaments, muscles, and/or nerves. 2. Computer Vision Syndrome --> when you spend hours at a time staring at your laptop screen, eye vision problems will arise. When you starts feel headaches, visual unease, and a kind of drowsiness in your eyes, that would mean that you have CVS. Teenagers then ask what causes these symptoms? (a) your laptop's screen is so bright, in particularly while you're sitting in a dark room. (b) when the images on your screen do not have a perfect resolution, i.e. quality of the image is bad, your eye has to focus more on the image, thus weakening your vision. ( c ) when you're writing an essay and the font size is too small, (i.e 12 or lower), or you're writing in a very bright colour, such as yellow or green, reading becomes difficult. 3. Myopia --> this is when some teenagers are able to see near objects very clearly, but distant ones very blurry. This happens when your eyes are exhausted, and therefore it is important to make sure to rest your eyes every once in a while.


Fill in the blank spaces using the following words: blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, puberty, emotionally • Pores in your skin are blocked and then form _____ under the skin, and then form ______ which are open to the air. • Red and inflamed _____ form because of the bacteria and yeast in the skin. • All of the teens reading this experience acne during _____. • Sometimes, it is very difficult to _____ handle acne and the way it makes your face looks.

Next time you see perfectly clear beautiful skin on actresses/actors in TV, remember that make-up and an air-brush can do wonders to give the illusion of perfection!

Sohayla Helal






Across 2) teenagers go to the beach specifically to do this because it gives them a "healthy glow" 3) used by teenagers to protect their skin from sun exposure Down 1) artificial way that some teenagers use to get a tan 4) ultraviolet rays produced by the sun 5) a number that represents the degree of protection the sunscreen provides

Sohayla Helal

Nutrition 5 Reasons to Eat Healthy Food: 1. You will feel and look better hence be happier. 2. Your skin, hair, and weight will probably all improve. 3. If you’re into sports, you will definitely perform better because your body is healthy. 4. If you’re a perfectionist, eating healthy will lead to better grades. 5. It is less likely to feel depressed and/or stressed out if you are eating well.

Sohayla Helal


Sohayla Helal

5 Advantages of Drinking Water in the Morning 1. Drinking water on an empty stomach purifies the colon making it easier to absorb nutrients. 2. Increases the production of new blood and muscle cells. 3. Helps you lose weight. Drinking at least 16 glasses of water can boost your metabolism by 24% in the morning. 4. Your skin will start glowing because water purges toxins from your blood, which help keep your skin clear and glowing. 5. Helps you perform your daily functions, balances your body fluids, and fights infections.

Sohayla Helal

WORKOUT QUIZ 1. How many times should an average person workout per week? a- once b- twice c- 3 times d- 5 times e- everyday 2. Does muscle weigh more than? a- yes b- no 3. Being fit requires MAJOR lifestyle changes. a- true b- false 4. Weight Loss should be the most important workout and fitness goal. a- true b- false 5.The most beneficial food to eat before a workout by 3 hours is: a- gum b- banana c- biscuit d- candy e- rice

Answers: 1(c) 2(b) 3(b) 4(b) 5(b)

Sohayla Helal

HIV = Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV infection has reached epidemic proportions worldwide. People who inject illicit drugs and men who have sex with partners of both genders are more likely to get HIV



1. Caused through sexual contact, Any person who engages in sexual activity. This includes men, gays, bisexual, and women. The more sexual partners a person has, the greater the risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV/AIDS. 2. Can be transmitted to another person though other means, such as contact with blood or body fluids. This can occur through blood transfusions. 3. Can be passed from an infected mother to her baby during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding.

1. Fever 2. Fatigue 3. Headache and sore throat 4. Skin rashes 5. Weight loss 6. Dry cough 7. Nails Change 8. Menstrual irregularities 9. Difficulty concentrating 10.Nausea, vomiting, and

Treatment 1. Today many treatments against HIV are available. But unfortunately, none an cure this disease. In a few years, however, research has made tremendous progress. 2. The goal of HIV treatment is to prevent the spread of viruses by blocking one of the stages of proliferation. 3. Yet, all treatments do not allow killing the virus.

Farah Hossam

AUTISM - WHY SO LONELY? Match the answers in column B (presented by letters A-E) with the questions in column A (presented by numbers 1-5)


1.What is autism? 2.How do parents deal with their autistic children? 3.What kinds of issues can a person with autism face? 4.Are medications useful in treating the behavioral problems of autistic children? 5.What are the possibilities if a family has a first autistic child to give birth to another autistic child?

Farah Hossam

B A) Persons with autism have problems with non-verbal communication: they face a lot in interacting socially, and join activities that include an element of play or often group activities. B) A disorder in the development that appears in early childhood and persists into teenager years. It is the changes in social ability and communication, as well as behavioral problems. People with autism often feel isolated. C)More often families can give birth to another autistic child after the first one because children are sibling so even if they have different functions they are still connected with the same genes of their parents. D)Medicines are used as a complement treatment in treating autism. They are usually used to treat the communication difficulties, redundant behavior, and social issues. E) They keep going normally with their lives. Also, they ask for help in all difficulties they face. They can talk to someone who has experienced having an autistic child so as to gain some tips. Finally, they become overprotective and advocates for their innocent children.


1. The U.S.A contains the largest amount of obese people in the world. 2. Governments and private companies have a role in preventing obesity in the world. 3. Kristie Alley, the famous American comedian/actress was suffering from obesity and lost 100 pounds in order to live. 4. Being obese leads to over-complications such as heart attacks, high blood pressures, and kidney failures. 5. Obesity leads to psychological problems, which eventually lead to suicide. 6. Diabetes and other disease can also cause obesity. 7. There are 2 types of obesity: apple shape and pear shape and illustrated at the bottom. 8. Back in 2008, over 40 million preschool children in the world were overweight. 9. Egyptians are the fattest Africans. 10.Some people eat when depressed and become overweight, while others stop eating

Farah Hossam

Insomnia Put the following words in their correct places: 1-treatment 2-consequences 3-pressure 4-transient insomnia 7-life threatening 8-symptoms 9-contribute 10-birth control • • • • • • • • • •



Insomnia is a _______ word for “no sleep”. Colleges might cause _______ that may leas to insomnia for some students. One of the physiological ________ of insomnia is risk of depression. _________ pills are one of the medications that can lead to insomnia. _________ of insomnia, such as waking up regularly in the night, struggle in sleeping and trouble in returning to sleep. Look for a new habit to help you sleep in one of the ___________ of insomnia. If insomnia lasted only for one night, it is called ___________. Insomnia is having a _________ amount of sleep in the night that you cant wake up in a good condition the next day. Age, behavioral and conditioning factors and medications substance can ________ to insomnia. Insomnia sometimes can be _________.

Farah Hossam

DANGER! Hair Loss Dear TEENS, are you sad because of your hair loss? From now on, there’s NO NEED TO WORRY. Because we’re going to tell you why you’re losing your hair and how to treat it.

Top 7 Causes: • POOR DIET: sometimes when you’re on a diet you usually eat food that doesn’t contain all the factors that your body needs. So, as a result of the lack of vitamins/proteins, you lose your hair. • UNCONSCIOUS HAIR PULLING AND PLUCKING: when girls are usually bored, they try to look for any source of entertainment so; they both pull and pluck their hair without noticing. • ALOPECIA AREATA: is a type of baldness that happens or concentrates in a specific area in the hair. • ANDROGENETIC ALOPECIA: that occurs if one of the parents already has the disease so it’s transmitted to their children. • FEMALE PATTERN HAIR LOSS: usually occurs for girls after puberty. • TRACTION ALOPECIA: it is a behavioral cause, frequently when there’s a tension applied to the hair. • PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS: medication disorders. Some medications can cause hair loss.

Treatments For Girls • Hot olive oil • Meditation • Rich food with iron • Antioxidant • Take vitamins especially A and C

Farah Hossam

For Boys: • Eat right • Stop meditation • Control hormones

ADDICTION . What Is Addiction? - Addiction has been a world-wide issue for many years! The question starts with, what is addiction? Addiction is when an individual has no control over what they are doing. They are addicted. The person is either taking something or using something. The problem with this is that the addiction is usually harmful. . What Are Teenagers Addicted To? - You may think that addiction is always alcohol or drugs-WRONG! Addiction can also be gambling, stealing, or even eating. That’s right, eating can be an addiction! Many teenagers addicted to any of these are unable to stop, which is very harmless for them mentally, physically, and emotionally.

. What Causes Addiction? - The main thing that causes addiction is when the person is dependable on the object that they are addicted to. For example, if a person is addicted to alcohol, they may love it because they depend on it to make them happy. Also, doctors claim that there is a link between the repeatable use of an addiction and how the person experiences pleasure from that addiction. Addictive substances such as nicotine or alcohol cause physical changes in some nerve cells in the brain.

* Nerve Cell= Neuron. Neurons release neurotransmitters, which is a chemical that the nerve

releases that transmits an electric impulse from one nerve cell to another nerve cell, organ, muscle, or other tissue. * Eventually the individual stops feeling pleasure from their addictive substance but they take it to feel “normal”. HABIT OR ADDICTION? Many of us view addictions as “habits”. If a person smokes, he thinks that he can stop any time and call it a habit. Later on it is discovered that they cannot possibly stop because they are addicted: Habit: Something that is done by choice. The person that has a habit is capable to stop the habit. There is no problem with their psychological or physical component. Addiction: There is the psychological/physical component. The person is unable to control stopping their “habit”.

Gehad Ismail

ALCOHOL ADDICTION You Have A Drinking Problem If: -Feel guilty or ashamed about your drinking! - Lie to others or hide your drinking habits! - Have friends or family members worried about your drinking! - Need to drink in order to relax and feel better! - “Black out” or forget what you did while you were drinking! - Regularly drink more than you intended to!

“If your drinking is causing problems in your life, you have a drinking problem!” Alcohol addiction is usually related to genetics, how you were raised, your social environment, and your emotional health. Alcohol addiction is very dangerous and selfdestructive against teenagers. There are many symptoms to alcohol addictions such as neglecting your responsibilities at home, work, or school, using alcohol in situations where it’s physically dangerous, experiencing legal problems on account of your drinking, continuing to drink even though alcohol is causing problems between your relationships, and drinking as a way to relax or to prevent stress. Did You Know It Causes: - Anxiety - Shakiness and Trembling - Sweating - Nausea and Vomiting - Insomnia - Depression - Irritability - Fatigue - Loss of appetite -Extreme Headaches

Teenagers tend to be in denial and think that they do not have an alcohol addiction. They deny it by thinking that they do not drink too much, have control over their drinking, underestimating the consequences of alcohol addiction, thinking that alcohol addiction is exaggerated, and even BLAMES OTHER PEOPLE FOR THEIR DRINKING PROBLEMS. The first step to end an alcohol addiction is for the teenager to actually admit to him/ herself that they have an alcohol addiction! The teenager then should reach out for support. There is rehab, therapy, and even relying on you to stop the addiction. When you want to deeply stop your addiction you cannot imagine the huge impact it would have on stopping alcohol addiction. Gehad Ismail

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction has been really high especially on teenagers. We get it; teenagers love to try new things. They like to know how everything feels like and so that they can even call themselves “experienced”. Though, teenagers do not know the dramatic affect that drug addictions have amongst themselves. Drug addiction does not always have to do with actual drugs; people can even get addiction to prescription drugs or sleeping pills. They tend to get so used to it that it becomes an addiction without them even knowing it. Teenagers that are addicted to drugs tend to feel shameful or hopeless. Some drug addicts become addicted to drugs while others don’t. Factors that increase vulnerability to drug addictions are: · A family history of drug addiction · Abuse, neglect, or other traumatic experiences in childhood · Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety · Early use of drugs · Method of administration—smoking or injecting a drug may increase its addictive potential

Symptoms of Drug Addiction: 1.) Neglecting responsibilities: school or work responsibilities. 2.) Using drugs in dangerous moments: for example, while driving. 3.) Drug use causing problems in your relationships: fights with your partner or family. Also… · You’ve built up drug tolerance · You take drugs to avoid withdrawal symptoms · Loss of control over drug use · Life revolves around drug use · Abandoned activities that were once enjoyed · Continuously using it even though you know it’s hurting you Gehad Ismail

Help! Call: Narconon Rehabilitaion in Cairo: 800-775-8750

Match the Words! ADDICTION

a colorless, oily, water-soluble, highly toxic, liquid alkaloid, C 1 0 H 1 4 N 2 , found in tobacco and valued as an insecticide.


whiskey, gin, vodka, or any other intoxicating liquor containing this liquid.








a sign or indication of something the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habitforming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge the treatment of disease or disorders, as by some remedial, rehabilitating, or curative process a rehabilitated building. disbelief in the existence or reality of a thing. pertaining to the mind or to mental phenomena as the subject matter of psychology.


a person in his or her teens. REHAB


Gehad Ismail

To use wrongly or improperly; misuse

Fun Facts Myths About Alcohol Addiction: 1.)  “I can stop drinking anytime I want to!”- This is an excuse to continue drinking! 2.)   “My drinking is MY problem”- Claiming that the drinking habit is your problem

and you do

not hurt others. 3.)  “I don’t drink every day.”- thinking that it isn’t an addiction just because they

don’t drink

everyday and they say that beer and wine don’t count. 4.)  “I’m not an alcoholic because I have a job and that’s okay!”- thinking that it is

fine just

because they still have a job. 5.)  Drinking is not a “real” addiction.- Teenagers not taking alcohol addiction as a serious matter.

Addiction Fun Facts: - Around 25% of American will suffer from addiction to a substance at some point of their lives. - The leading cause of death in countries is alcohol. - The world's most widely used psychoactive substance is caffeine. - Approximately 15 percent of children under the age of 18 have admitted to experimenting with illegal drugs. - Almost half of all traffic fatalities are alcohol related. - With an addiction rate of 98%, nicotine is the most addictive substance there is.

- Out of more than 2 million US prison inmates, more than 1.5 million meet

requirements for addiction

Gehad Ismail

the medical

13 Steps To Quit Smoking! IF THERE IS A WILL, THEN THERE IS A WAY!! For smokers who are willing to quit smoking, there is a great strategy to follow:

1) Make an honest list about all things you like about smoking 2) Make another list of why quitting will not be easy 3) Set a quit date 4) Write all your reasons of quitting in an index card 5) Stop buying packs of cigarettes; leave home with three or four cigarettes 6) Keep a list of when you smoke, what you’re doing at the time, and how bad the craving is 7) Prepare a list of things to do when a craving hits When the quitting date comes, throw away everything that reminds you of smoking 9) Instead of a cigarette brake at your work, play a simple game on your mobile 10) Think of difficult things you have done in the past when a craving comes 11) Change your routine to minimize cravings 12) If your relapse, just start again 13) Save the money you pay for cigarettes in a large glass jar

Marwan Seif

Consequences of Smoking Smoking has numerous physical and medical consequences. Most of the smokers get ill and die younger than non-smokers. According to the world health organization, half of regular smokers who began smoking at the age of adolescence will die as a result of their tobacco use. On the other hand, some experts expect that 30% of lungs cancer deaths could be prevented if cigarettes were not found. Another researches conducted showed that smoking is the easiest way to affect the body with cancer; however, the number of smokers increase everywhere. The following points will show some other effects one might face if he continues in his habit. - Fingers and nails will become discolored as a result of direct contact to cigarettes. - Smokers will find a problem while breathing after a short period of time. - teeth become yellow colored due to direct contact to the smoke and on the long run it bleeds from the roots. - Tobacco amblyopia is a disease that affects the eye movements which results from smoke. - female smokers over the age 35 who take oral contraceptives are most likely to get affected with heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. - Smoking is the main factor that develops some peripheral vascular diseases such as loss of sensation and poor circulation. - Smoking leads to more severe symptoms for people who are overweight or who have high blood pressure. - mothers who smoke regularly are most likely to born babies who face a high risk in sudden infant death syndrome and being born below the average weight.

Marwan Seif


HEALTHY LUNG VS. SMOKING LUNG The pictures above show the huge difference between the healthy and the smoker' s lungs. At the beginning, all human beings have the same healthy lungs, but when people start smoking, they start losing the healthy pinky color of the lungs and change it slowly to the brown colored lungs. This process doesn’t take a day or a month, but it takes a long period of time to get changed. The problem is not only about the change in color, but also about the negative effect on the body ' s health when lungs get infected. Many campaigns took place recently to help people in getting aware about the negative effects and the consequences of smoking. But there is a question that there is no solution for, when will humanity stop smoking? Marwan Seif

Smoking Word Search Puzzle!



Marwan Seif

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Spring Issue 2013

Health Is Wealth  

Scientific Literacy Magazine Teens Magazine! Sohayla Helal Farah Hossam Gehad Ismail Marwan Seif