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Sex Ed. Now Required For NYC City Schools

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Public Middle Schools and High Schools in NYC are now required to have sex education courses. This isn't too unusual as most of the schools already follow a very similar plan, and parents still have the right to opt their kids out of contraceptive method lesson days.

The policy shift, first reported in The New York Times, means that students as young as 11 will be taught everything from the risks of unprotected sex to issues surrounding pregnancy and puberty. High schoolers will receive pointers on the proper way to use a condom, officials said.

"In high schools, an oral description of how to use a condom will be given," a Department of Education official said. "If students want a demonstration, one can be given in the health resource room."

"We must be committed to ensuring that both middle school and high school students are exposed to this valuable information so they can learn to keep themselves safe before, and when, they decide to have sex," Chancellor Dennis Walcott said in an email to colleagues.

We definitely think this is important. Things are happening younger and younger at an alarming rate and the best course of action is knowledge. Talking to your kids is one thing, but to get the proper clinical side to things, it's best to be in a classroom setting.

We're wondering if this is going to upset parents, or if the support will be there and waiting for the new changes.

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How To Avoid Common Running Injuries

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Running isn't exactly a contact sport, but there are still plenty of injury risks associated with the activity.

Check out a few tips below to make sure you steer clear of a bad case of shin splints or annoying knee pain.

Shin splints are small tears where lower leg muscles attach to the shin bone and are caused from overuse. Typically, they occur because the calf muscle becomes stronger than the tibialis anterior (the muscle outside of the shin).

To prevent these painful tears, stretch your calves regularly and take advantage of toe and heel walks to help balance muscles on the lower leg.

Runner's knee is pain in or around the knee often caused by tight hamstrings and calves paired with weak quads.

To prevent this pain in the knee, strengthen quads with wall squats, for example, and stretch the hamstrings regularly, but particularly after running.

ITB Syndrome is characterized by a sharp pain on the outside of the knee and is caused because the iliotibial band (connective tissue to the pelvis) pulls the knee cap out of alignment.

The best prevention is a daily massage with a foam roller on the outside of your leg, but also strengthening stabilizing muscles on the sides of the pelvis helps too.

Plantar Fasciitis is pain in the heel and arch of the foot caused by microscopic tears when the foot muscles are pulled taut.

Stretching paired with strengthening, such as toe scrunches, is the best prevention. To perform a toe scrunch pull your toes back toward your heel about 50 times in less than a minute.

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Risks Of Plastic Surgery

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Plastic surgery is made light of due to the enormous amount of people who undergo it, but that doesn’t change what plastic surgery actually is….. surgery.

And surgeries can go wrong.

If you are considering getting plastic surgery, consider the consequences.

Is it worth the risk?

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Woman Can't Close Her Eyes After Plastic Surgery

Filed under: Oops!Legal MattersKnifestylesFitnessOuchie!

Ouchies!

A New Jersey woman is suing a plastic surgeon because she can't close her eyes after a surgery to correct bumps on her eyelids from a cosmetic procedure performed by another doctor.

However, the doctor maintains she was warned of the risks and she never complained after the 2005 eyelid surgery called a blepharoplasty.

The plaintiff's lawyer played the opinion of another doctor who said she wasn’t a good candidate for this surgery because she had had too many other procedures, about which the woman said:

“He should have been honest with me and told me I was not a candidate and suggested other options for me."

That sounds pretty awful, but on the other hand, we're not sure who to believe.

We've seen Nip/Tuck and we know how some patients throw all risks to the side while striving for perfection!

The woman says she can't close her eyes — even when she sleeps — and has to "really squeeze" her eyes just to blink.

She says she can not perform regular activities like tennis, racquetball, or swimming (to list a few) because of the injury and is suing for an unspecified amount of money.

Check out the news story above to see her blinking problem for yourself!

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Risks Of A High Protein Diet! Exlcusive

Filed under: Exclusives!DietsFoodLisa DeFazio

Did you know that a high protein diet can actually be BAD for you?

In a recent study, 130,000 health professionals found that those on a very high protein diet, specifically animal protein, were at a higher risk for death!

Yikes! Maybe we should scale back on the red meat.

Check out this EXCLUSIVE video from our Fitperez dietician Lisa DeFazio who outlines the risks associated with eating too much protein and gives us the proper amount of protein we should be eating and where we should be getting it from.

For more helpful nutritional information, make sure to visit Lisa D's website.

Don't forget to check back here for more EXCLUSIVE diet and exercise tips every week!

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