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Young People Need To Wear More Sunscreen When Outdoors

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Originally Published on: 8/25/2014

Making health headlines this week, young people aren't wearing sunscreen enough, and why they need more sleep. Also, why your should love thy neighborhood. Here's the details in today's Health Minute. Fewer young people are putting in sunscreen when they're having fun in the sun. That's the finding from a CDC study that shows the percentage of high school students who reported using sunscreen fell from nearly 68 percent in 2001, to 56 percent in 2011. The researchers say the data shows a need to educate young people on ways to reduce the risk of skin cancer. A new study in the Journal of Pediatrics says teenagers who don't get enough sleep are at a 20 percent higher risk of obesity than those who sleep more than eight hours. Researchers found that these teens got fatigued during the day which can often lead to bad food choices. Researchers looked at height, weight and sleep data from more than 10,000 teenagers and young adults. The CDC recommends 9-to-10 hours of sleep for teenagers. And University of Michigan researchers found that close community ties can reduce heart attack risk for those over 50. The study shows that risk is lowered around 22 percent if you're happy living in your neighborhood. Among their list of positive attributes are friendly neighbors that are around to help if you needed it.

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