Hello there, and welcome to another round of Ask Dr. Snee. I’m pretty busy right now, training this group of interns. But I figured that since this week’s topic is getting Americans more active, I could use your letters as a training opportunity.
Speaking of, you ever notice how these “exercise more” campaigns always coincide with the Summer Olympics? That’s America’s old Cold War fever setting in again. It’s not the same as when footraces were the world’s most obvious analogy for the arms race, but China’s kind of like that rebound nemesis every superpower needs after a break-up.
So, get set for some great exercising tips (dudes) and a stiff, awkward bed-side manner (ladies). Continue reading Ask Dr. Snee: Actively answering letters
According to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US teens are more likely to lie about having sex, doing drugs and smoking cigarettes than they were in the 1990s.
“About 48 percent of high school students were no longer virgins in 2007, down from 54 percent in 1991.
“Meanwhile, just 15 percent said they’d had four or more sexual partners, down from 19 percent in 1991.
“And 62 percent of sexually active students said they’d used a condom the last time they had sex, up from 46 percent in 1991.
“Some 35 percent of teens had at least one drink of alcohol in the month before they were surveyed in 2007, down from 42 percent in 1991.
“Marijuana used has fallen to 20 percent of students from a peak of 27 percent in 1999 while methamphetamine use is down to four percent of teens surveyed in 2007 from 10 percent in 2001.
“Nearly half as many students admitted to carrying some kind of weapon: 17 percent in 2007 compared with 33 percent in 1991.”
So, at least teens are smarter than their counterparts in the 1990s.