Why might teens prefer a McDonald’s McDouble over a head of broccoli? The Dollar Menu, maybe. “I blame the owners and even the government for strategically lowering fast food prices,” says Antonio Banrey, 17, who goes to the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science. Low-income neighborhoods rely on fast food chains more than wealthier areas that have easier access to healthier alternatives, according to better-eating advocates. McDonald’s even tells consumers on its website: “Your stomach is empty – and so is your wallet. Good thing there’s the Dollar Menu.” Teens say that reforms are needed to make healthy eating attainable for all regardless of their location or financial status. “Fast food should cost more,” says Greta Gaffin, 15, who attends Boston Latin Academy. If this were the case, many might switch to a healthier lifestyle that can be costlier than a quick fix. On the flip side, Diaundra Santos, 15, who goes to Another Course to College, says fruits and vegetables should be more affordable. A burger might be around the same price as broccoli -- hardly a full meal. “Fast food eaters wouldn’t have an excuse to not eat or buy healthy foods,” Santos says. That’s the great quandary: whether to blame their eating decisions, or the costs of these foods, for the poor diet of many young people. Any future changes might be aimed at teens, the easily influenced, who surround us all, but, especially, who surround the nearest Burger King and the company’s latest all-in-one-on-a-bun dollar French Fry Burger.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWnNFZqWy2g
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Eva La Paz, 16, from Dorchester, says she prefers to wear heels over sneakers because they make her feel more like a girl. “Heels are more feminine and attractive,” says La Paz, who is five-feet and three inches. “They are stylish and, of course, give you a little height when needed.” Adam Torres, 16, from English High School, says he likes women with a sophisticated look. “Heels make a girl look more like a lady,” he says. Glorelis Sepulveda, 15, from Urban Science Academy, says she likes to mix it up: class and comfort. “Heels are more for special occasions and sneakers are more for an everyday case,” she says. “A girl should just be able to wear whatever makes her feel confident and comfortable.”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC0jURuRU8s
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Heels vs. sneakers on Newbury Street
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Boston Teens in Print is the only citywide youth newspaper written by and for Boston public secondary school students. Launched by WriteBoston and The Boston Globe in 2004 and published five times a year, TiP is a platform for student journalists, essayists, poets, and artists. It is delivered to Boston high schools, libraries, and community centers. But it is not just a newspaper -- it is also, for urban teens, an afterschool program and summer journalism institute, both free. TiP gives a voice to Boston’s youth, a voice that bellows from one end of the city to the other, across the boundaries of neighborhood, class, and ethnicity. For more on TiP, check out a Boston Neighborhood Network interview with TiP coordinator Ric Kahn and TiP senior editor Mussuba Samati.
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The critics cite cases like that of the eight-year-old boy from Louisiana who shot and killed a 90-year-old female relative this summer after he played a violent video game. Everybody needs to realize that these are games -- and not real life. That’s why only people who are mature enough to know that should play these types of games.
So don’t blame the game. In fact, there is a growing pile of research that says playing video games can be good for you. Many adults think that if you don’t take your eyes off the screen you have no life. But in reality, you’re learning a lot -- even though you may not realize it at the time because it’s so much fun. Sports games, for example, can teach you the rules of the games. Dance games can get you up and practicing your moves. Action games can improve your attention span and ability to multitask. They can encourage cooperation and teamwork. They can enhance your hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. They can teach you to think ahead and anticipate another player’s movements. They can support communication among players. They can help you master concepts through critical-thinking skills rather than rote memorization. And they can build bridges between online players from around the world.
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