Face Time During Meal Time

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A father and daughter go out to a restaurant for lunch. They sit down in a booth and both quietly slip out their cell phones and start texting and checking e-mail. This continues until the waitress comes to take their order. Another 20 minutes go by as silence envelops the table. It is not until the food comes that an actual face-to-face conversation starts between…

E-Cigarettes and Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

A plume of vapor escaped the teenager’s mouth as he began to inhale again on his e-cigarette. The taste of vanilla flooded his taste buds as he felt more relaxed and clear-headed. He looked over to his friends who were also vaping, smiled, and said, “We have to do this more often”. The use of e-cigarettes by high school students has more than tripled to…

Have Teens Make Room for Sleep

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“I only got four hours of sleep last night because I was cramming for the exam today,” said Matt to one of his teenage friends. “Oh yeah, I just got a couple of hours of sleep as I had to study for two exams today,” replied his friend. This type of exchange is common as sleep is often viewed by adolescents as a luxury and…

Tackling One Habit at a Time

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Starting today, our family is going to start eating healthier,” announced the mother. “There is going to be no more soda, fast food, or microwave meals. In addition, we are all going to start exercising as a family and not just lay around watching TV and playing video games.” There are a few times every year when parents get inspired to change family habits in…