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Having Trouble with a Teacher?

Are you having trouble with a teacher? Whether it is at school or on the job, we all have people who we struggle to get along with. That’s normal. In fact, no matter what your goals are, learning to keep your cool in a conflict is a good life skill.

Identify the Problem
It is hard to solve a problem, if you don’t know what it is. Think about why you feel the way you do. What exactly has your teacher said or done? Share your feelings with a friend or a parent. It is important to stay positive and remind yourself that there are some things you can’t change.

Do Your Part
You have a relationship with your teacher, whether it is good or bad. That means you have a role in how the situation turns out. Are you doing your part to create a positive relationship?
Here are some things you can do that may help:

  • Show up for class on time, with all assignments completed
  • Show an interest in the subject
  • Treat your teacher with courtesy and respect at all times

At some point, you may need to talk to your teacher about your concerns. To get ready, you may want to practice what you will say in front of a mirror. Ask the teacher to schedule a time for you to talk. When you speak, be polite and be specific. If you have talked to the teacher and things have not improved, it may be time to get help from a parent or guardian. If a teacher has done or said anything that makes you feel scared or uncomfortable, report it to a parent, guidance counselor or school principal right away.

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5 Super Foods for Healthy Teeth!

Believe it or not, what you eat and drink affects your smile as much as brushing and flossing. Foods with lots of sugar and starch give germs the chance to make decay-causing acid. By choosing foods and drinks that naturally fight germs you can help protect your teeth.
Here are 5 super food and drink choices.

1. Green tea
Green tea contains plant ingredients that stop plaque from sticking to your teeth. This helps lower your chance of tooth decay and gum disease.

2. Milk and yogurt
Unsweetened yogurt and milk are good for your teeth. They are low in acid and sugar which means less tooth decay. Milk is a good source of calcium which keeps your teeth healthy. Calcium is the main part of your teeth and bones.

3. Fruits
Apples, strawberries, and citrus fruits contain a lot of vitamin C. If you don’t get enough vitamin C, your gums may become weak and tender. This makes it easier for germs to attack them and cause gum disease.

4. Vegetables
Pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes and broccoli are full of vitamin A. This vitamin helps form tooth enamel. Crunchy vegetables, such as celery, also cleanse and stimulate your gums, making them healthy.

5. Water
Water cleanses the mouth. This lets the saliva put minerals back into weak teeth. It also keeps gums moist and helps wash away food that causes bad breath. Drink lots of tap water from the faucet because it contains fluoride which strengthens teeth.

So remember these five super foods to help you protect your teeth and gums. Choosing healthy foods and drinks, along

Just Between You and Your Doctor

You’re not a kid anymore…

And that’s a good reason to see a doctor for a wellness checkup once a year.]
Teenagers go through many changes. You may have questions only a doctor can answer.
By going for a yearly TENNderCARE wellness checkup, you can help stay healthy. Your doctor can check for problems before they become more serious. It is also a great time to talk with your doctor about whatever is on your mind. You can even ask to speak with the doctor in private.
It’s normal to feel nervous. Just remember, your doctor is a professional whom you can trust. He or she is there to help, not judge or punish. Chances are your doctor has seen or heard it before. Your doctor can help answer questions about things like:

  • Changes in your body
  • Weight concerns
  • Emotions and feelings
  • Sexual issues such as birth control or pregnancy
  • Use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs

The more you know about your body, the more you can be in control of your own health. For help making an appointment with your doctor call BlueCare or TennCareSelect customer services. It’s a free call. BlueCare members call 1-800-468-9698. TennCareSelect members call 1-800-263-5479. 


The Right Way to Start Your Day

Did you know that kids who eat breakfast do better in school? They are also more active and tend to make better food choices throughout the day.

If your car is low on fuel, it won’t get very far. The same is true for your body. Breakfast helps give your body the energy boost it needs to get you through the day. Any breakfast is better than no breakfast. Here are some ideas to help you make this important meal a part of your morning routine, even when you’re in a hurry:

  • Plan ahead
  • Have quick choices on hand
  • Include protein and fiber for staying power
  • Stay away from sugary cereals or donuts

Use the chart below to help you make healthy choices for breakfast. For the biggest boost, choose one item from two or more food groups.





1 apple or orange

1 cup skim or
1% milk

1 whole-grain
waffle or pancake

1 egg or ½
cup egg substitute

1 cup of berries
 or melon

6-8 ounces
low-fat yogurt

¾ cup of whole-grain
cereal with 3 grams
of fiber or more

2 tablespoons
peanut butter

1 small banana or
15 grapes

½ cup low-fat
cottage cheese

½ cup oatmeal

1 ounce lean ham
or turkey

½ cup of canned peaches
or pears

1 slice of low-fat

1 slice of whole-grain

1/4 cup of nuts


Say No to Smoking In 2010

Do you know an adult who smokes? If so, chances are he or she started as a teenager. And now, despite all the health risks, that person is still lighting up. Why?

Smoking is an addiction. Cigars and cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug. Once you start, it is very hard to stop. 

On top of that, smoking is expensive. Today, a pack of cigarettes costs around $4.50. Think about how long you would have to work to earn the money to support your habit.

This year, make yourself a promise to say no to smoking. If you are struggling with peer pressure or have already started smoking, you can get help. Talk to your doctor or call the Tennessee Tobacco Quitline toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Tennessee Department of Health

Mike the Myth Slayer

Myth: If you exercise, you can eat whatever you want.

Fact: Just because you exercise regularly doesn't mean you should load up on junk food. Stick to a healthy diet rich in all the essential nutrients and vitamins (and save the treats for special occasions). This will give you more energy and will help you keep a healthy weight.

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