Posts Tagged ‘Teen Drinking’
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!
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!
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.
That’s all for now,
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!
How did you invent Girl Talk?
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.
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?
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!
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?
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.
How does drinking alcohol damage the reproductive system?
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.
Take care girls,
Posted January 30, 2008on:
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,
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,
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,