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On Sunday morning, The Today Show hosted our “Reel Girls, Real Life” contest winner, Kylee Darcy and Dr. Kimberly Williams, a Clinical Neuropsychologist, to talk about underage drinking and the creation of the public service announcement “What You Don’t Know” on ALot2Lose.com. Check out the segment here.

Pretty cool, huh? What do you think? Let us know by commenting below!

Hey Girls!

Prom time is rapidly approaching! Dresses, tuxedos, shoes, hair, make-up, potential dates, and flashy cars are all on your mind. Prom is one of the highlights of high school! The pictures of you and your date will sit in your parents’ living room and make their way into family albums that you will one day show to your own children. It is a special night that we all look forward to – it’s the dance of a lifetime!

On prom night, be mindful of your surroundings and make safe and wise decisions. Not everyone is as safe as they should be. Don’t be a victim of bad prom choices – and I don’t mean just choosing the wrong dress or hair style. Drinking on prom night is not a cool decision to make – not to mention it’s illegal! It can put your life in danger as well as others’. Being cool and in the spotlight is a wonderful feeling, but just make sure you’re shining for positive reasons.

Watch The Century Council’s prom e-card now to see some awesomely bad prom choices through the years (and this time I do mean the wrong dresses and hairstyles, among other things!). The Century Council created the e-card to send to parents, but we knew you’d enjoy it too. Make sure you don’t become a victim of horrible prom choices – Don’t drink on prom night (or on any night for that matter!).

Girl Talk wishes you and your friends a fun, exciting, stylin’, awesome, and – most of all – safe prom experience!

Hey everyone,

Visit grltlk.org to check out the behind the scenes photos of Reel Girls, Real Life winner Kylee Darcy and the filming of “What You Don’t Know” with the pros!

Girl Talk PSA Taping

Stay tuned to grltlk.org as Kylee’s winning concept will be distributed as The Century Council’s national commercial which will be released as a public service announcement for prom and graduation season in April 2008.

Girl Talk PSA Taping

Also be sure to check out the photos from the Girl Talk event in Cleveland, Ohio.

Attorney General Marc Dann with student after the event in in Cleveland, OH.

That’s all for now,

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Hey Everybody,

I have received a lot of questions from girls just like you though www.grltlk.org . I am thrilled to be able to help you out by answering your questions about school, friends, parents, guys — whatever is on your mind!! Each month, I look through each and every one of your questions and i’ll answer a few of them here on my blog and more on the Girl Talk website. I hope you’ll continue to check back to read my blog.

Remember, I can’t answer every question submitted because I am only one person and I get so many questions each month. However, I will try to pick questions on topics that come up a lot so that when I answer, I’ll be answering more than one girl’s question.

Now, on to your questions!

Dear Katie,

How did you invent Girl Talk?

-Jessica

Dear Jessica,

Underage drinking remains too common among our nation’s teenage girls. A survey commissioned by The Century Council, a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers, finds that mothers of teenage daughters underestimate and misjudge the seriousness of their daughters’ underage drinking. Additionally, nearly 50% of mothers say it is acceptable for their teenage daughters to drink alcohol under some circumstances. This acceptance shows a misunderstanding on the mother’s part. The Century Council believes Girl Talk can help improve communication between moms and daughters.

Together with U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team Players Association and the Society for Women’s Health Research, The Century Council developed Girl Talk: Choices and Consequences of Underage Drinking, designed to educate teenage girls about the dangers of underage drinking and the specific risks facing teen girls. Grltlk.org is a fun place for all things GIRL and encourages girls to live healthy and active lifestyles by providing them with the resources to do so.

-Katie

Dear Katie,

I was a tomboy but now I’m a girly girl and I don’t know anything about the latest fashion. All my friends say they’ve got it! Can you help me?

-Girly Girl

Dear Girly Girl,

It seems like your friends know all about the latest fashion trends. Why don’t you ask them for some advice? I’m sure they would love to help and it would be an excuse to do something fun together like go shopping at the mall. For a fun alternative, try “shopping” in an older sibling closet- with permission of course- for some fun fashion finds. I’m sure your friends will be flattered by you asking them for advice. It shows them that you love their style and value their advice. Also, be sure to check out the Girl World section on the Girl Talk website for lots of great fashion and beauty advice. I also post fashion and beauty updates on my blog, so be sure to check that out as well!

-Katie

Dear Katie,

My parents won’t allow me to go on Myspace! It’s so unfair because I’m 13 and they STILL treat me like a little kid. My younger brother (who is two years younger) has been able to do way more than I did when I was his age! I want to gain my parents’ trust so that they start treating me like a 13 year old instead of a 7 year old. Could you please help me out?

-Thirteen

Dear Thirteen,

Your parents have your best interests at heart. MySpace is a great social networking site but can also be very dangerous if you are not careful and properly informed. Try talking to your parents about their reasoning so that you can understand where they are coming from when they tell you no. Maybe you can explain to them why you want to be on MySpace and set up some guidelines that you’re both comfortable with. You’re at a stage in life where you’re probably going to want more privileges than your parents are comfortable giving you– that’s just part of being thirteen and growing up. It’s GREAT that you want to gain your parents’ trust and having a mature, open, and honest conversation with them is a major first step in helping them to see that you really are growing up. But here’s the thing: in order to gain your parents’ trust and let them know that you are responsible, you’re going to have to listen to them. Proposing a compromise shows maturity and demonstrates responsibility. In time, they will recognize your maturity and will be more likely to grant you more privileges in the future.

-Katie

Dear Katie,
How does drinking alcohol damage the reproductive system?
Thank you,

Emma

 

Dear Emma,

You’re right in assuming that alcohol damages the reproductive system. Even now, before you’re thinking about having children, your reproductive system can be damaged by alcohol. Here are just some of the reproductive problems that alcohol can cause: menstrual pain, heavy period flow and irregular or absent periods. In addition, alcohol can harm your sexual functioning, prevent or harm pregnancies, and severely harm an unborn baby. For more information on how alcohol damages the body, visit the Girl Talk website and click on “The Facts” tab.

-Katie

Take care girls,

 

Posted on: January 30, 2008

Hi Everyone!

This month’s Lifestyle article on grltlk.org focuses on building a positive body image. The article is from our friends at Go Girl World and is written by Cheryl Haworth, a weightlifting Olympic bronze medalists and seven time national champion. Haworth writes about loving yourself for who you are, finding other outlets such as sports to make you happy, and tips you can use to boost your body image. Growing up overweight, she was able to overcome the name callers by surrounding herself with positive friends who had common interests.

Unfortunately many teens, especially girls, have a tendency to judge themselves based on unrealistic media images of the ideal body. When you add underage drinking into the mix, alcohol can be even more dangerous if you have body image or weight concerns. Alcohol actually has more calories per gram than carbs (also known as sugars and starches), so drinking alcohol can lead to weight gain. Alcohol also makes you hungry and reduces inhibitions; so, people tend to eat more when they drink. And, don’t try to starve yourself to stay thin: Young girls who don’t eat properly or take in enough calories are at increased risk of intoxication, alcohol poisoning, and even death.

For more information about why a healthy body image is important for your self esteem, check out this article on kidshealth.org. And here’s another great article from RevolutionHealth.com about how your body image is better than a diet.

Visit grltlk.org to read this month Lifestyle article and more!

That’s all for now,

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Hey Everybody,

I just received a wonderful thank you note from one of our Girl Talk: Reel Girls, Reel Life finalists, Kerri Kehl. I was really moved by this letter and would like to share it with you. Kerri is truly an amazing girl. She works hard to be a positive role model to younger girls by encouraging them to make the right decisions about alcohol and lead a healthy lifestyle. Her commercial idea entry entitled “Hard Year” for the Reel Girls, Reel Life contest is just one example of a healthy and positive message that she has modeled. I’m not the only one who notices her talent, though – she was interviewed and written up in her local Arizona news for her awesome work! (Click here to check out just some of the coverage she got). Way to go, Kerri!

Check out her note:

Hey Katie and all of the Girl Talk and Century Council members,
This is Kerri Kehl, one of the Girl Talk Real Girls, Real Life contest finalists. I wanted to thank all of you so much for this wonderful experience. I was babysitting when my mom called me and told me that I was a semi-finalist in the contest. I was so excited! And then I found out I was a finalist when I was on a trip in Michigan. While we were there a local Tucson newspaper and various news stations were calling for interviews! It made me feel very important. I love to act and I am trying to start modeling, and I want to be a good role model for younger girls, so that was a great opportunity. And then a couple days ago I got an awesome package from Girl Talk with a check for $500! Thanks so much! I gave $100 to each of the girls that helped produce my commercial (they say thank you too). Overall, I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you. :) The contest was a blast!
Thanks Girl Talk!
Kerri Kehl, age 15 Tucson, AZ

Kerri, the thanks should really be aimed towards you! Thank YOU for being a voice to help fight underage drinking and promote a healthy lifestyle among young women like yourself. Your hard work and dedication makes a real difference. You’re a true superstar – keep it up!

As for me, I’m going away to visit my family for the holidays, so I won’t be posting again until 2008! Have a wonderful New Years, everyone!

That’s all for now,

Hey Everybody,

Remember the holiday e-card I told you all about in the last Happy Holidays post? Well, we’ve received a large demand for it to be posted right here! So, without further ado, I present to you The Century Council’s Season’s Greetings e-card!

For a direct link to the e-card, click here.

Happy holidays, everyone!

That’s all for now,

 

Hey Everybody,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” and you know what that means! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! The Century Council and Girl Talk are thrilled to wish each and every one of you a very warm, safe and happy holiday. Even Kylee Darcy, our Grand Prize Winner of the Reel Girls, Reel Life contest wishes you holiday cheer! Visit www.grltlk.org to view Kylee’s holiday message to you.

Do you know what ruins the holidays? Fruitcake? Cheesy holiday sweaters? Watch the Century Council’s holiday e-card to find out! We sent the card out to our supporters, friends, and family this morning and have already received a huge amount of props for it! People are watching it over and over again, then sending it on to all of their friends, asking us how to post it on their websites, and even asking us to send it in video form to play on TV! To those of you who get the Girl Talk newsletter, check your inboxes because we’ve already sent the card to you! For those of you who don’t receive our newsletter, find out what all of the fuss is about by viewing the holiday e-card at The Century Council’s website by clicking here!

Please have a safe and happy holiday season,

Hey Everyone,

The time has come!! We are so excited to announce that the grand prize winning commercial for Girl Talk’s national Reel Girls, Real Life contest is Kylee Darcy’s “What You Don’t Know!” Kylee’s concept, which aims to highlight the dangerous consequences that her peers might not know about alcohol, was chosen by an esteemed panel judges as well as the “Public’s Vote” winner by more than 20,000 online voters at www.grltlk.org.

The Reel Girls, Real Life contest serves to give young women like you a voice to help fight underage drinking and promote a healthy lifestyle. Kylee Darcy’s winning concept will be produced and distributed as The Century Council’s national commercial which will be released as a public service announcement for prom and graduation season in April 2008. She will receive $5,000 and we will fly her and a parent or guardian to film the commercial with the pros!

Kylee’s efforts to fight underage drinking among teen girls nationwide come at an especially important time as the holiday season is the full swing. The Winter Holidays are a time of great celebration and traditions but it can also be one of the most dangerous times. Sadly, drunk driving and underage drinking are sometimes part of the holiday celebration.

With the fun and excitement associated with the holidays, it is especially important to make the right choice about alcohol. If you are under the age of 21, the only responsible decision is not to drink. Making smart decisions and choosing a healthy lifestyle will ensure that the holidays remain a joyful time.

Visit www.grltlk.org to view our surprise announcement video and be sure to check bac for updates on the “making of the commercial!”

That’s all for now,

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Hi Everyone!

I know the suspense is killing you! Just a reminder, on December 3rd, the grand prize winner for the Reel Girls, Real Life Contest will be revealed!

Girls from ages 15 to 18 entered the Reel Girls, Real Life Contest by submitting a concept video for a commercial designed to persuade teen girls not to drink alcohol. The grand prize winner’s PSA will be produced and aired as the Century Council’s first Girl Talk national commercial. The winner will also receive $5,000 and Century Council will fly her and a parent of guardian to film her commercial with the pros.

The finalist are, Dorene Ahmad from New York with, “Crowd Surfing”, Kylee Darcy from California with, “What You Don’t Know”, Kerri Kehl from Arizona with, “Hard Year”, Kira LaCross from New Hampshire with, “Reason I Don’t Drink”, Ralitza Treneva from Illinois with, “Think Twice Before You Drink”, and Melinda Whitaker from Ohio with, “How Alcohol Affects Self Image”.

Ladies good luck to all of you and keep up the excellent work! I congratulate everyone who entered the contest for their efforts to communicate with their peers about the dangers of underage drinking and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle! It is important to continue to spread the word and act as a positive voice for young women. Visit www.grltlk.org for the grand prize winner announcement on December 3rd and continue to check back to my blog for more updates on the contest and the filming of the winning commercial!

That’s all for now,

 


It’s not fair, but it’s a fact: Alcohol’s harmful effects hit girls harder than guys. Girls who drink can suffer memory problems, brain damage, and even reduced brain size.

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Here’s the thing: Pound for pound, a girl’s body has less water than a guy’s does. Water helps dilute alcohol and the toxins it leaves behind in your body. So, even after your body has processed most of the alcohol you drink, there’s still a higher concentration of alcohol and toxins flowing through your blood stream. That means there are also more toxins reaching your brain and other major organs, including the heart, liver, pancreas, and kidneys.

Visit www.grltlk.org for more information on the choices and consequences of underage drinking.

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Hey Everybody,

I have received a lot of questions from girls just like you though www.grltlk.org . I am thrilled to be able to help you out by answering your questions about school, friends, parents, guys — whatever is on your mind!! Each month, I look through each and every one of your questions and i’ll answer a few of them here on my blog and more on the Girl Talk website. I hope you’ll continue to check back to read my blog.

Remember, I can’t answer every question submitted because I am only one person and I get so many questions each month. However, I will try to pick questions on topics that come up a lot so that when I answer, I’ll be answering more than one girl’s question.

Now, on to your questions!

  • Dear Katie,

I’ve started to have feelings for my best friend that’s a boy. Someone I told says he could possibly like me, but when we talk it’s like he’s bored and I don’t think he’d ever feel the same way. What can I do? I’ve not felt like this about someone for ages. Please help!!!

-Confused

Dear Confused

Feelings for boys can definitely be confusing. If he’s your best friend that’s a boy, I’m sure that he has at least friendly feelings towards you – and that’s the first step! If you really like him then I’d say go for it! Take the first step and ask him out!

-Katie

  • Dear Katie,

My boyfriend wants me to let him do things to me. Should I let him if I don’t want him to? Please help me. What should I do?????

-Unsure

Dear Unsure,

If you don’t want him to do something, you definitely should NOT let him. Do not let him do anything that you are uncomfortable with, not ready for, or unsure about. If he really cares about you then he will understand. Otherwise, he’s not worth it!

-Katie

  • Dear Katie,

I made a comment recently and it really offended my friends. Now they’re not talking to me. Do I apologize or do I let everything settle by itself?

-Lost

Dear Lost,

I would definitely apologize. Tell your friends that you realize you’ve offended them and you’re sorry. Owning up to something you said may be hard, but your friends will appreciate it in the end.

-Katie

  • Dear Katie,

Are periods scary?

-Red

Dear Red,

I know that anticipating something new and significant can sometimes be scary. But getting periods are not scary! In fact, I look at them as something special – they are a sign of womanhood! Don’t be afraid – all women get them and we all support each other. If you’re still worried about them, ask your mom, an older friend, a trusted adult or your school nurse. Also, check out this cool site all about periods: http://www.mypetiteamie.com/index.php?q=Home. In addition to information, you can even get a free period starter kit! Knowledge is truly a powerful thing. And be sure that when it comes you celebrate it instead of worrying!

-Katie

  • Dear Katie,

I am 19 years old and I constantly fight with my mom. I realize it isn’t a healthy relationship at all but I don’t know how to ignore it. How can I make one day around here peaceful? Thanks.

-Whitney

Dear Whitney,

I’m sorry to hear about your fights. It’s great that you realize that it’s not healthy to fight all the time and that you want to do something about it. Ignoring it is definitely not the answer. Try talking to your mom while things are okay and you’re not fighting. And why not make it a fun outing in the process? Ask her to go to out to dinner with you or grab an ice cream. Having a conversation with your mom is important. Tell her that you don’t like fighting with her and want to make an effort to stop it. Chances are your mom is struggling too. She probably feels the same way and wants to make an effort to stop it too! Best of luck.

-Katie

  • Dear Katie,

My best friend thinks that when she grows up she will drink to impress this guy. I told her once that it was a bad idea, but she just told me to get out of her life. What should I do?

-Michelle

Dear Michelle,

You’re doing the right thing by discouraging her. Underage drinking is against the law. Period. The law states you must be 21 to consume alcohol. I hate to be preachy, but it is what it is. Tell her that if the guy is worth it, he should like her for who she is and she shouldn’t even need to impress him! Not to mention, drinking is not a way to impress people. In fact, drinking tends to have the opposite affect.. After all, what is attractive about damaging your health and making stupid decisions by drinking? Nothing.

-Katie

That’s all for this month. Be sure to check out the Ask Katie page on www.grltlk.org for more answers to your questions, and to submit your own for next month!

Take care, girls!

Hey Everybody,

Ready for this week’s idea of the week? I love the holidays and Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorites. I love getting together with family and friends to celebrate with great food! So, for this week’s idea of the week, celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends before the break with a Turkey day potluck! Ask each of your friends to cook a dish and then get together to feast! Or, if you prefer, get all of your friends together to cook in one place. Ask around for recipes or look some up online. The G-Blog by Girls’ Life has a few recipes listed for Halloween, but some are actually just fall themed and would work perfectly for Thanksgiving! Let me know how it goes!

That’s all for now,

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Each week Girl Talk brings you the Idea of the Week filled with fun and creative alternatives to drinking alcohol. It may seem that all your friends are spending their time partying and you’re probably thinking your only option is to join in. But research shows: nearly 75% of girls drink alcohol “to fit in.” That means many girls are making bad (and illegal!) choices because they feel like they need to. Do you want to suffer the negative consequences that come with underage drinking? Here’s my advice: be the cool girl who finds something else to do instead – you’ll probably find that other girls around you will be thankful and relieved to have something fun and safe to do!

Hey Everybody,

Great news! We just received word that our New Mexico event for Girl Talk was a success! Thirty girls from Albuquerque High School attended our event yesterday morning with Attorney General Gary King to discuss the dangerous toll that underage drinking can take not only on their health but also on their grades and reputations. Attorney General King encouraged the girls to have conversations with their moms and peers about the negative effects and dangers of underage drinking. The event was covered in the press by The Tribune, The Journal, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and KUNM (University TV), so if you live in the area, keep an eye out!

The event in New Mexico is just one more way Girl Talk seeks to inform teen girls about the choices and consequences of underage drinking as well as the specific risks facing teenage girls.

Here are some pictures that were taken at the event:

 

For more information about Girl Talk, visit www.grltlk.org.

That’s all for now,

Hey Everybody,

Happy November! How was everyone’s Halloween? Mine was great. I was able to get to the haunted house and the get-together at my community center to drink cider, eat donuts, and visit with neighbors I hadn’t seen in quite some time. I saw lots of really cool costumes! One lady was dressed up as spaghetti – complete with a table top that she carried around and noodles on her head! I also saw a little boy dressed as the Pope! I’d love to hear about the great costumes you

Now for this week’s idea: Have a tye-dyeing party. Tell your friends to bring anything they want – old t-shirts, socks, sheets, or even underwear! If it’s too cold to go outside to tye-dye, the bathtub is a great way to keep the mess controlled. Be sure to ask a parent beforehand though, as it can get messy.

A fun twist on tye-dyeing is to buy some matching white shirts and tye-dye them for each other! If you want to go even further, get all of your friends to wear them to school on the same day – you’ll be sure to make a statement – if not of fashion then of friendship!

As always, send pictures of your finished products and I’ll post them next week!

That’s all for now,

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Each week Girl Talk brings you the Idea of the Week filled with fun and creative alternatives to drinking alcohol. It may seem that all your friends are spending their time partying and you’re probably thinking your only option is to join in. But research shows: nearly 75% of girls drink alcohol “to fit in.” That means many girls are making bad (and illegal!) choices because they feel like they need to. Do you want to suffer the negative consequences that come with underage drinking? Here’s my advice: be the cool girl who finds something else to do instead – you’ll probably find that other girls around you will be thankful and relieved to have something fun and safe to do!


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