Teen Maze is a FREE and fun event where you have the opportunity to join other teens in exploring making the best decisions for your future. Just like in real life, each decision you make in this maze has a consequence. Join us on Saturday, March 17, at CGTC Titans Arena to find out where your decisions take you!
What to expect
Through this interactive maze, you’ll encounter different situations and outcomes that will greatly impact your opportunity to “win” or graduate. Some of these situations include a car crash scene, drunk driving simulation and going to court or jail. You’ll also learn about the consequences and responsibilities involving: dating, safe sex, drug abuse and so much more.
Why should I attend Teen Maze?
At the Teen Maze, you’ll find out what happens when you make good life decisions… and you’ll see how drastically a bad decision can change your life. After this event, you’ll be able to make informed decisions that could increase your chance of graduating and achieving your goals. Teen Maze is hosted by Macon-Bibb County Health Department in partnership with many community organizations.
How can I sign up?
Once you sign up, you’ll need to complete the following forms before you attend Teen Maze:
The average person needs about 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Lack of sleep can affect everything you do during the day, like your ability to focus, your coordination and your general productivity. Read on to find out how you can improve your sleeping habits.
Lack of sleep leads to health problems
Research has shown that if a person continually lacks sleep it can lead to obesity, depression, diabetes, and other health issues. That is why it is so incredibly important to have between 8-11 hours of sleep a night. It is especially important to get a full nights rest to help continue brain development. Having a full nights rest increases academic output and having a healthier body.
Why can’t I sleep well?
There could be a number of reasons why you’re not getting a good night’s rest, but these are some of the most common ones:
- Inconsistent bedtimes – Going to bed at the same time every night helps train your body to get into a routine. Your body will automatically begin to relax and ease into sleep better if you make it a habit to go to bed at the same time each night.
- Technology in bed – Bright screens on your smartphone, tablet or laptop can stress your eyes. Plus, all of the content you’re consuming can keep your mind racing. It’s best to leave technology outside of the bedroom so you can rest easy.
- Late work hours – Getting home late at night doesn’t give your body enough time to relax before bedtime or before the sun rises again. If possible, try and schedule your work and activities to occur during daylight hours.
- Medical conditions – Certain medical conditions can actually prevent you from sleeping, or can cause you to wake up often throughout the night. If you think you may have a medical condition that’s preventing you from getting a good night’s rest, be sure to make an appointment with your healthcare provider!
How to improve your sleep:
Check out these tips to help enhance your sleep:
- Make the bedroom a sleep-only area. No technology allowed!
- Go to bed at the same time everyday
- Get exercise daily
- Turn your bedroom into a dark, relaxing, and comfortable environment
Want to know more about sleeping better?
Exercise doesn’t have to be hard! There are three key ingredients to get and stay motivated for your workout routine:
- Maintain a regular schedule.
- Have friends hold you accountable
- Make exercise fun!
Maintain a regular schedule
Keeping a planned and consistent workout schedule is proven to help you stay on track. If you don’t work out regularly, it’s easier to make excuses for yourself. But be sure to plan your exercise schedule realistically! If you usually spend weekends with friends, then it doesn’t make sense to plan your gym sessions for Friday and Saturday nights. Over time, your consistent workout routine will become part of your everyday life, and it’ll get easier and easier to stay motivated!
Hold yourself–and your friends–accountable
Having your friends hold you accountable simply means asking your friends to hold you to a certain task. This is a great strategy to help you get motivated to workout. Your friends will text you and ask you if you’ve been working out, and will remind you not to lose sight of your goals. Have your friend join you on your workout routine and you can make exercising more fun, and hold each other accountable!
Make exercise fun!
A great way to mix up your workouts is to make it feel more fun. Watch YouTube exercise videos, take part in Zumba classes or play exercise video games. You could even watch TV or listen to music while working out on stationary machines to help pass the time faster. All of these are great examples of how to make your gym session fun, instead of making it feel like a chore.
Want to know more about staying motivated to workout?
Puberty is when your body starts to change and develop to be an adult. Your body is also changing so that you can have babies in the far future. A lot of things are changing, but they are all normal!
What should I expect during puberty?
Some body changes are different for men vs. women, but others are the same.
- Body hair starts growing in your armpits and pubic area. Boys also get facial hair.
- You start smell, so shower and use deodorant!
- You grow taller and wider
- You get pimples
- Your emotions are everywhere
Male body changes
- Voice gets deeper
- Muscles get bigger
- Penis and testicles(balls) get bigger
Female body changes
- Breasts begin developing
- Menstrual cycle begins, meaning you bleed once a month
- A daily vaginal discharge (white mucus) appears
All of this is very new and different. Everyone goes through these changes. If you have questions, visit the Teen Health Center and we can help!
Why is puberty a thing?
Puberty happens to everyone because it is a way of your body to turning into an adult. Puberty also happens to prepare you to have babies. Males create sperm from their testicles. Females develop eggs from their ovaries. When a sperm and an egg meet they create a fertilized egg. The fertilized egg eventually turns into a baby after many months of being in the female’s uterus.
Explore your body
It is important to explore and know your changing body. When you know your body you are able to tell when it is healthy and when it is not. Different tools that you can use to explore are your hands and a mirror. Get comfortable touching your body. When you are comfortable you are able to know what does and doesn’t feel good. A mirror is useful to help see how your body looks especially the pubic area.
Sexting is when you send or receive a text that contains sexually explicit material. Sexually explicit material can include nude photos, videos or explicit language. Anyone under the age of 18 is considered to be a minor (child) and can get in trouble with the law when they sext.
How illegal is sexting?
Sexting is illegal when it is done with anyone under the age of 18. Sexting can have serious consequences such as paying a large fine, going to jail and being labeled as a sex offender. In Georgia, a person can pay as much as $100,000 for being caught sexting. A person can go to jail for 5-20 years! A sex offender is a person who has done sexual things with a child. A common myth is that you can’t get in trouble for sharing your own pictures or videos. But that’s not true! Even if you share your own photos or videos, you can still face all the same punishments since you are a child.
Sexting can lead to unplanned consequences. An illegal outcome is revenge porn. Revenge porn is when someone shares your nude pictures or videos without consent. This is against the law, especially when they are of a child. That person can go to jail for sharing that media. Revenge porn also can create health and relationship problems for the person whose materials were shared.
How to say no to sexting
Just because a person wants to sext does not mean they really like you. Say no to anything illegal or uncomfortable. Communicate to your partner that you do not want to break the law. After saying no, change the subject to something you like. It is important to know that you can show other ways of liking a person instead of only through sexting. Fun ways of showing affection could be giving cards, listening to music together, trying new foods and so much more!
Read more about consequences of teen sexting:
Some people just love drinking water. They say it’s super healthy for you, but … why? What’s so great about water?
Water is Essential to Life
Did you know that over half of your body is made of water? All of the things your body does, every minute of the day, things you don’t even think about… it all needs water to happen. Water keeps your brain thinking, your heart pumping, your lungs breathing, your muscles moving and your eyes blinking. Water makes each tiny cell grow in your body. It acts as your “air conditioner” to cool you off by sweating. It even cushions your brain and helps your body digest food. Without water, your body wouldn’t be able to survive.
How Much Water Do I Need?
You probably know that your body loses water every time you pee and when you’re sweating. But did you know you also lost water from breathing? That means that you’re constantly losing water, every minute of every day. You may have heard that you should drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each day, but you actually might need more or less depending on what you’re doing. For instance, if you’re sitting around all day, you won’t need to drink as much water as you would if you were playing sports.
Want a foolproof way to be sure you’re getting enough water? Just look at your pee! If your pee is dark or vibrant in color, you probably need to drink more water. But if it’s light in color, you’re probably drinking enough.
I Feel … So … Tired…
If you don’t have enough water in your body, you may feel sleepy or sluggish, like you just want to lay around. Drink a glass of water for some energy! Have a headache? Feeling hungry? Well, that could be your body asking for more water. Is your mouth or skin dry? Want to do better on the athletic field? Have a big test coming up? Having trouble pooping? Drinking more water can help you with all of those things!
Make Your Water Exciting
Water is always the best choice, but it can get a little boring after awhile. Try making your water taste better by adding cut up fruit for flavor! You can make caffeine-free tea for a refreshing beverage. Or, drink sparkling or flavored water—but make sure those drinks don’t have too much sugar (real or fake).
You could also try eating your water–snacks like watermelon, oranges, pineapple, celery, spinach and green peppers contain plenty of water. Oranges and peppers are especially great as portable snacks, so next time you’re hungry, peel an orange or crunch on a fresh pepper. Your body will thank you!
Learn more about the benefits of water:
Public health is here to serve YOU! Regardless of age, gender or race they work with people of all ages and backgrounds from babies to grandparents to improve their health and safety.
So what do they do in Public Health?
At some point or another everyone can benefit from public health services. Just a few of the services are listed below:
- Vaccines (flu shots, HPV, hepatitis)
- Birth Control (from condoms to long acting reversible birth control, they have a lot to choose from!)
- Pregnancy tests
- STD testing (new partner? Feeling like something just isn’t right down there?)
- Nutritional counseling (are you eating enough/too much/the right foods, the nutritionist can help you figure it all out)
- Physicals (new school year or sports physical? They’ve got you covered for that too!)
- Car seat checks (they can be sure car seats and installed safely)
- Health education (have questions about your body, sex, social issues?)
Where can I receive these services?
There are two locations for teens to receive totally free and confidential health services in Macon-Bibb County:
Macon Bibb County Health Department
171 Emery Highway
Macon GA 31217
Teen Health Center
2605 Cherokee Avenue
Macon GA 31201
How do I set up an appointment?
Looking for an appointment or want more information? Contact us at the phone numbers above to speak to a nurse or health educator. Have questions but are embarrassed to call? Shoot an anonymous text to (478) 238-4276 and someone will get back to you.
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