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How to Beat the Waiting Game And Prepare Your Teen for College
exam multiple times even after submitting their applications. Many colleges these days are “superscoring” the ACT, which means they will take the highest score from each section on multiple exams, not just scores from one exam. This can really boost your teen’s ACT results and give them — and you — some peace of mind. If all the work is done, there’s nothing to do but wait. Keep busy making fun memories with the family with weekend game nights, camping, and movie marathons. You won’t regret spending extra quality time before the next big step in your teen’s life. FACILITATE DECISION-MAKING TO EMPOWER YOUR TEEN. For their whole life, you’ve likely encouraged your child to have ambitions of their own, and you want to see them follow through on those dreams now that they’re entering young adulthood. The year or two before college is a pivotal time in your teen’s life, and it’s important for them to feel confident about their choices, whether daily or long term. You might find they’re still afraid to make decisions, scrutinize consequences carefully, or commit to one course of action. Allowing your child to make more and more of their own decisions, like doing their own laundry or choosing which college to attend, will help them understand the discipline and self-determination an adult needs to function well in the real world. They might not do this perfectly, but don’t be too critical about their scheduling, and congratulate them when they successfully reach a goal or follow through on an important decision. If your teen can set and accomplish daily tasks on their own, they’ll feel more confident about following their ambitions because they’ll have a positive track record to build on. By strategizing to reduce your teen’s anxiety on exam results, creating positive memories with them, and supporting their independence, you can make their transition to young adulthood an exciting adventure for them— and you — to look forward to.
The most challenging time for parents of a teenager can be during their teen’s last year of high school. The pressure of waiting for college application responses, spending the last few months with school friends, studying for finals, and planning their departure into the real world can wear on teens and parents alike.
With so much going on, including lots of waiting and anticipation, here are some tips to help everyone make the most of the transition.
USE ‘COLLEGE ADMISSION LIMBO’ TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. If your teen is studying for college entrance exams, such as the ACT or SAT, then it’s important to note these are standardized tests. This means that the types and mechanics of questions on these exams don’t change. Some students struggle with ACT or SAT questions, especially in the English and reading sections, because multiple answers can seem technically correct. But the test is always looking for the clearest and most concise answer, or the one with the most supporting evidence.
Practicing the exam is the best way to study. Trial and error can teach your teen how to recognize the subtleties. They should also consider taking the
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PRACTICE PAIN REL The Benefits of Meditation
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Meditation has different meanings for different people. Traditionally, the act of focusing one’s mind has been used in religious and spiritual practices around the globe. More recently, it’s become a popular method of relaxation. Now, new research shows that this ancient practice may have yet another benefit: pain management. In 2008, the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey found that over 100 million adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain due to conditions like arthritis and debilitating injuries. Because of this, care providers have become focused on finding ways to help patients manage these persistent aches. The sensation of pain is caused by a complex interaction of biological and cognitive factors, leading scientists to study how mental exercises like meditation can aid in pain relief.
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The findings speak to how crucial sleep — and following a restful routine — is to your health. In addition to this study, scientists have found that lack of sleep can impair your memory, ability to handle stress, alertness, and quality of life. The research around the importance of sleep also makes it all the more crucial that those suffering from sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, get treatment as soon as possible. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine reports that 25 million adults in the U.S. suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, and that figure doesn’t account for those who haven’t yet been diagnosed.
The Importance of Uninterrupted Sleep
If you have any question of how important quality sleep is to your health, let a Greek tragedy paint the picture. It’s not the work of Sophocles or Homer, but of Harvard scientists. For years, people in Greece closed down their shops for a few hours in the afternoon and went home to rest and sleep. In the ‘90s, though, Greek culture began to do away with this ritual. When a group of scientists began to quantify the health impact of this change on sleep quality, they found devastating results: Over the six-year period they looked at, the risk for death from heart attack went up 37% overall, and up 60% for working males.
Often characterized by loud and frequent snoring, obstructive sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening disease that can increase your risk for other serious health problems. If you’re concerned about your sleep patterns, talk to our team at Taylor Dental. Our experienced dentists have the resources and knowledge to ensure you get the treatment you need and the support you deserve.
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EF Anecdotal evidence regarding meditation’s ability to reduce pain has existed for as long as the practice itself. However, modern technology has given researchers the means to accurately measure the effectiveness of this age-old tradition. The Department of Health and Human Services has cited MRI brain scans as proof that meditation can lead to moderate pain reduction. These scans revealed that the same areas of the brain stimulated by painkillers are activated when the mind is in a meditative state. This supports the accounts of those who have reported better functionality after meditative sessions. With the ongoing tragedy of the opioid crisis, there is a dire need for pain management strategies that are noninvasive and not habit-forming, such as physical therapy. Meditation is easily accessible and can be used in conjunction with other pain relief strategies. Whether you sign up for guided meditation sessions, download one of the many mindfulness apps on the market today, or simply make time to sit and clear your mind for 30 minutes, it’s easy to add meditation to your normal routine.
Pesto Chicken With Blistered Tomatoes
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2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided
4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness
Salt and pepper to taste
6 tbsp spinach pesto
1/4 cup whole-wheat panko
2 cups cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp red wine vinegar
Train Your Brain! 3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture. 5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned. 6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomatomixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken. 1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat.
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. OralID screening can be added to any appointment for $22. It is recommended on an annual basis.
precancer that may not be apparent to the naked eye. Fluorescence technology has been used in the medical field for many years, and in the dental field it has successfully screened more than 25 million patients in the past decade.
OralID uses tissue fluorescence to identify abnormal lesions, including cancer and
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Inside This Issue • How to Survive ‘College Admission Limbo’ page 1 • Meditation and Pain Relief
• What’s in a Good Night’s Rest? page 2
• Pesto Chicken With Blistered Tomatoes page 3
• Pensacola Local Events page 4
This spring, Pensacola brings out the best in food, fun, and music for a fun-filled season. Here are a few reasons to get out and enjoy the bounty our area has to offer.
SMOKIN’ IN THE SQUARE March 20–22 Seville Square Park, Pensacola
PENSACOLA FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL April 3–4 Vince Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park, Pensacola Come on down to Community Maritime Park in early April to enjoy the best of the Pensacola food truck scene. The festival will feature live music, an eating competition, family-friendly activities, and many different flavors and varieties of food to choose from. Now in its fifth year, the fun and tasty festival benefits the Pensacola Habitat for Humanity.
PENSACOLA JAZZ FEST April 4–5 Seville Square Park, Pensacola
This annual event, now in its 11th year, is returning for more fun and more good food! With the mission to raise money for annually selected charities, Smokin’ in the Square is a professional barbecue competition that puts on a good time and great food. It’s a fun family event that will leave your taste buds happy! Plus, 100% of the proceeds go to select charities, so you can feel good about giving back. This year, the selected causes are Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, Little Sisters of the Poor, Rally Foundation, and Operation BBQ Relief.
Could there be a better showcase for a live musical event than the historic site of Seville Square? The gazebo stage, with the backdrop of beautiful foliage, puts the Pensacola Jazz Fest in center stage in early April, bringing out the best in local, regional, and national musicians. In its 37th year, the Pensacola Jazz Fest has earned its reputation for being a respected and much-loved annual event. Enjoy live jazz music, as well as food and drinks from local vendors. The event is free and open to the public.
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