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10/6/17: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week

We know you’re busy—that’s why we’re keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed. (And don’t forget to take a peek at our brand-new website and let us know what you think!)


1. For these teens, a "phone fast" put technology in perspective

At an all-girls boarding school in England, students recently set up a phone fast, where they didn't use cell phones or social media for three days, reported BBC News. This comes at the same time as a survey of teens in Britain has declared that about two-thirds of teens wish social media wasn't invented, and 56 percent of teens feel that they are on the edge of a digital addiction. 


2. A new game is helping teens understand finances

Payback, a new free, online game, uses interactive scenarios to help teens understand the importance of budgeting and decision-making when it comes to going off to college. The game leads users through a series of questions, and teaches life skills along the way. More than merely teaching the importance of budgeting, Payback helps teens understand that every decision they make will probably have trade-offs. 


3.  Lack of vegetables may cause heart problems in teens

A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition looked at 766 healthy teens ages 14-18. The findings suggest that lack of vitamin K can lead to an enlargement of the heart, but the findings do not predict a direct link, as more research is needed to determine the risk. Either way, this study suggests the importance of a complete diet, including dark green, leafy vegetables with vitamin K. 


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