There are many things we can do to make the world a better place. One of them is to prevent youths from drug use and substance abuse. It is a parent’s concern as well as society’s problem because it does affect everyone.

According to, in the U.S. 66.2% of teens has had at least one drink of alcohol in their life. It is not surprising because teens are influenced by peer pressures and social expectations. About 40.7% of teens had use marijuana once or more during their life. This statistic could be so high due to the fact that many people perceived marijuana as ’safe’ to use. Also, 22.1% of teens has been offered, sold, or given illegal drugs on school property. Drug and substance use for many people and teens are easy way out of situations like dealing with stress, making a reputation, developing their image, trying to find their place in life, etc.


Most of the time drugs, alcohol, tobacco, etc., are not sought out by teens, but they receive or are introduced to them through a friend or a family member. It is those connections that we can’t stop because it is up to the individuals to accept or decline the offer. It is not about whether what is safer to use and what are the ‘acceptable’ risks. What we want is to prevent any possible harm that come onto the user’s health and others as well.

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There’s a saying that “you are what you eat”. Often time, people don’t realize that part of being healthy is eating healthy and it is in our human nature to want to eat yummy delicious food. Unhealthy food that are fried, loaded with fat, sodium, and have too much sugar can cause you to feel sick inside and out. That is why it isn’t ideal to eat out often or eat junk food on a daily basis because it does affect your health. Also, eating a limited range of foods doesn’t give you proper nutrients, it can contribute to obesity, and body related diseases. So it is up to you to determine how your body can become more healthy or unhealthy. It doesn’t take much, but for you to realize what you’re putting in your body.

Tip 1: Cook your own food. Even if your food isn’t organic, you can wash it multiple times and cook it properly. Also, you know what you’re eating, how much you’re consuming, and what you put in it. So you would know what’s in it compared to eating something that was prepared unseen.

Tip 2: Balance your eating habits. It’s ideal to have at least 3 proper meals a day, but eating snacks in between breakfast, lunch, and dinner can actually benefit you. It’s because you won’t feel the need to eat more when you’re less hungry and your body will crave less. You may consume more calories here and there, but remember these are snacks, not a small meal. So just be careful of what you are snacking on.

Tip 3: Have varieties in your dishes. This means that keep your diet full of different fruits, veggies, carbs, proteins, and such. If you’re stuck on a certain carb like bread or rice, make sure to mix it up and add some color. You’ll enjoy eating something more with colors and textures.

Tip 4: Cut down on eating junk food. We all have some cravings at some point, but we can always try to decrease having them slowly. If you’re eating a donut today, maybe wait another 3 or 4 days to indulge again. It’s all about that balance you want to find and keep up.

Top 5: Drink water most of the time. If not, all the time. We all know pop, juices, mochas, frappes, and those other drinks have high levels of sugar. We can have them once in a while, but the body doesn’t need all that unhealthy sugar. Water can promote better circulation of fluids in the body as well as keep you hydrated throughout the day. Remember that our body does contain 50-60% of water. That’s a lot of water require to make your body function properly.

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According to, “the definition of a proverb is a short saying that is widely used to express an obvious truth”.

So why exactly are proverbs important to know? Well, they influence the way people interact with one another and the way we could perceive different situations. Often, they teach us important values in terms of respect, acceptance, love, responsibility, and more. Proverbs can teach us different aspects of many cultures and give us insights how people used to thought in the past. So here is a collection of proverbs from all kinds of cultures!

1. Korea : “A picture of a rice cake.”

In the Korean culture, rice cakes are loved by many people. If there’s only a picture of rice cakes, they can’t literally eat it. So the meaning behind this proverb is that you shouldn’t develop a desire that you cannot have.

2. China: “Do not do to others what you don’t want done to yourself.”

In Chinese cultures, there is an important emphasize of being a good nature person. That means that you wouldn’t want to do anything that would disrespect, harm, or possibly affect someone in a negative way because you wouldn’t want them to happen to you too. So treat people like how you want to be treated.

3. Vietnamese: “Ghosts have no pity on the sickly. Robbers have no pity for the poor.”

Life is about experiencing ups and down. It won’t be a smooth sail and expect to have good and bad situations because you can’t predict the uncertainly of what life may offer  you.

4. Thai: “As diligent as an ant.”

Thai people can see how little ants are and recognize that they work very hard. That is why even if it is hard work, be determined to carry out your responsibility.

5. Japan: “If you do not enter the tiger’s cave, you will not catch its cub.”

You can’ expect life to give you everything. Sometimes, it is up to you to take the initial step. So if you don’t risk trying, you will not get what you want.

6. Filipino: “A monkey dressed up is still a monkey.”

You can change your outer appearances and what you wear, but you are still who you are. It takes more than that to change yourself.

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Teen_Pregnancy_thoughtsBy Patricia Thao

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Smoking is a very bad habit to teens and adults. Young people who smokes is at least at the age of 15 yrs. old & up. Why young people do smoke is because of stress from problems round them, peered pressured from peers, education, and in different perspective some people thinks it’s “cool.” Most young people who find it hard to quit smoking is because of so much nicotine that they get from regular use of smoking causing addictions. In some use and people who I know that smokes has affected me in ways I don’t want to see myself in the next couple of years. I don’t want close family relatives to pass away from addictions that I could stop them from. So every time when I attend to family gatherings, I’ll target the people who smokes and put some good sense into them. I’m not even kidding. I even convinced my boyfriend to stop smoking and it’s been a year since he had one. It’s bad to all people who smoke and people who are around them. It could give you (second-hand smoke) lung cancer even if you never smoked a cigarette in your life. So that’s why I choose to be tobacco free.

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Summer is quickly approaching and a lot of people want to be outside in the sun. It is a great change after such a long and harsh winter. But like winter, there are some things that you should have for summer. So here’s a list of the top five summer necessities:


1.  Sunscreen is a must. Where ever you go, apply products with sunscreen (even better if waterproof on the face) to your face and body. Minnesota’s summer can be very hot and sunny so it’s best for you to not let your skin get fried (like bacon) in the sun. Getting tan and getting burn is two different thing. Remember to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or less because it doesn’t last forever regardless it being advertised as “sweat-proof”!

2. Wear protecting accessories and clothes such as sunglasses, hats, and cover ups, etc. You don’t want to develop any skin cancer so make sure to cover up if you are going to be outside.

3. Have aloe products (lotion, gel, etc.) and rub them on your skin after a long day in the sun. Aloe is moisturizing and have the vitamins that nurtures, heals, and soothe your skin.


4. Get your mosquito/ticks/bug spray! The return of spring and summer marks the return of bugs and insects. Be prepared for vicious bites and scratchy skin, especially if you’re going camping in the woods.


5. A time for changing your sneakers to sandals. There are variety of sandals out there that fits everyone. So let your feet breath in the summer.

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Tornado is a common natural disaster that occasionally occurs in Minnesota. That is reason why most houses have a basement or there are nearby underground shelters. Sometimes people are not prepared/aware of tornadoes. So here are some tips of what you can do in the presence of a tornado.


  • Always be on the look out for tornado warnings. They are usually loud and the sound can last very short or long depending on how serious the signs are. Tornado sirens usually have one or more sirens to signal across many directions.
  • Avoid being/hiding near glass in terms of windows, furniture, objects, etc. If the tornado is nearby and have a strong force, it could possibly break the glass near your area and could heavily hurt/damage people/things.


  • Find shelter as soon as possible. Hide in the lowest part of your home or an underground shelter so that you can avoid getting hurt by any flying object and avoid getting caught up in the tornado.
  • Avoid driving or being in a vehicle. It’s best not to drive off in vehicle because tornadoes are sometimes unpredictable as they may turn in multiple/different directions. Try to find a ditch or a low ground area where you lay flat and cover your head with your hands.
  • Do not take elevators. It is better to take stairs so that you can ensure your safety.
  • Have a emergency kit with you. Be prepared if you or somebody got hurt.
  • Hold onto your communication devices. Things like your cellphones/walkie-talkie, etc., will help you get in touch with other people after the tornado.

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Happiness is the key.

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If things seem crazy now wait until you meet my mother.

The way to get rid of a problem is to solve it.

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Summer is quickly approaching and along with the great weather, it’s time for people to enjoy outdoor activities. Haven’t thought about what you want to do yet? Well, here are some activities for you that will keep you busy and having fun:


  1. Go swimming! Minnesota is known to have more than 10,000 lakes around the state. A lot of those lakes are available for people and children to swim.
  2. Go to the flea markets/farmer’s market! Here, you will find great quality of produces provided by local farmers and awesome items that aren’t available anywhere else. Spend your time sight-seeing, grubbing on yummy foods, and being part of the community.
  3. Make your own backyard garden! You can grow your own produces and have fun experimenting how to grow them. Of course it doesn’t have to be fruits and vegetables, but flowers/tress/bushes, etc, also.
  4. Go fishing! With so many lakes, they are bound to have thriving fishes. There are variety of fishes that allows children to adults to fish for easier and harder catch.
  5. Go shopping at the downtown Minneapolis Nicollet Mall. Enjoy looking at beautiful designed buildings with the continuous of in-store malls.
  6. Go biking! If you own a bike or can borrow one, it is a great alternative to explore nature if you don’t want to walk. It’s easier and faster so you can go to many places in one day.
  7. Play a sport! Either play it with friends/family or a local team in your area. Minnesota has many great open lands where people can enjoy playing sports such as football, golf, volleyball, frisbee, badminton, and more.
  8. Go camping! There are many camp resorts in Minnesota that people can go to. If you choose not to, you can always camp right outside of your backyard with your friends/family/relatives.
  9. If you’re not into camping, you can always go rent a cabin! It’s basically the same experience minus the coldness you feel sleeping outside.
  10. Ride a ferry! Ride the ferry down the Mississippi River and enjoy the scenery. It’s something fun and interactive as there are many people who join as well.
  11. Go up north and enjoy the view of Lake Superior! Lake Superior is like Minnesota’s ‘ocean’ for its long distance of continuous water that goes beyond normal lakes. There is not any ocean in Minnesota, but Lake Superior is the closet huge body of water that could seem like one.
  12. Go walking! There are a lot of walking trails in Minnesota and they’re usually surrounded by lakes and parks.
  13. Attend the Minnesota State Fair! It has great entertainments and best of all, 450 kinds of food to try! Many things are deep fried, some are unusual finds, others are eh, and there are many great delicious food on sticks.
  14. If you’re not from Minnesota, you need to at least once go shopping at the Mall of America. The mall boost with it’s huge variety of stores, sea life exhibit, many food options, indoor amusement park, and movie theater. The mall is huge in size and you’ll be walking quite much just trying to explore the entire mall.
  15. Want to go on amusement rides? One of the most popular amusement park in Minnesota is called Valley Fair. One roller coaster that people claim to be the tallest and scariest is The Wild Thing. If it’s not your favorite thing to do, there is also a water park at Valley Fair so you’re not stuck with just rides.
  16. Visit one of Minnesota’s iconic piece, the Spoonbridge and Cherry. It’s surrounded by green scenery and placed on a lake. A fun place to see and take quirky pictures.

There’s probably more activities available that you can do. It doesn’t take very much or cost a lot to enjoy summer in Minnesota. So while the weather is still warm and sunny, enjoy the outdoors before winter comes again!

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Today we had gone outside to take pictures of risk factors and positive factors. Meaning things we saw that helps the environment and community and how it portrays itself as. So the first thing I saw as I went outside was trees that looked like they were planted recently. And I think that that’s a positive factor because trees can help lower the pollution amount. As we moved on, we saw the park and pool, the good thing is that the park had sand. The sand will be safe because as everyone should know, Hmong International Academy has a lot of young kids. And by replacing cement with sand, it helps prevent any major accdient that might possibly happen.There was a sign that I saw that had asks everyone to help and clean up after themselves. I think that’s really good because as we went around to the gutters there were bottles and other things that belonged in the garbage. There was also a little road at the back of the park that led towards the playground and pool. I think that in order to gain a little safety, the road should be removed or at the least, there should be a Yield sign.

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