New Book on Teen Pregnancy Offers Tool For Teens and Parents

New Book on Teen Pregnancy Offers Tool For Teens and Parents










Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) October 15, 2007

“I wanted this book to tell teenage readers that they are not alone and that they are not ‘crazy’ in their experiences with peer pressure,” says Kim McLeod, author of Wishing: Diaries of a Teen Pregnancy and Ottawa-based parenting coach. “And I wanted to give parents a tool to help them start a discussion with their kids about sex and sexual health.”

Sometimes shocking, Wishing is a true story, told in McLeod’s own words. Based on the diaries she diligently kept during her teens in the 1980s, this book bluntly describes her feelings and experiences as she navigated peer pressure, drug use, teen relationships, sex and finally, pregnancy. It starkly illustrates how the misuse of drugs and alcohol can cloud the ability to make healthy choices.

While the story takes place in the 1980s, when the rate of teen pregnancy was slightly higher, the problem is still widespread. Statistics Canada reported 33,000 teen pregnancies in 2006. And McLeod herself recently became a grandmother, when her own teenage daughter became a mother.

For McLeod, sharing her experiences is important. She sees it as a way to start a dialogue about sexuality and the issues that face all young people. And it’s a way to help parents reconnect with their kids.

“Parents are considered a major source of information on sex and sexual health by their teenagers (63%) and nearly half (43%) consider their parent to be the most useful and valuable source of information.” This, according to a 2006 report from the Canadian Association of Adolescent Health.

A truly moving story, Wishing offers insight into the psyche of a young woman. It clearly conveys her desire for intimacy, her confusion, misgivings and pain as she searches for love, meaning and for herself.

Wishing is available through online booksellers and through GrandmaK’s web site.

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Psych Central Launches New Sanity Score Web Tool to Help Assess an Individual’s Overall Level of Mental Health

Psych Central Launches New Sanity Score Web Tool to Help Assess an Individual’s Overall Level of Mental Health










HAVERHILL, Mass. (PRWEB) May 2, 2007

Psych Central® today announced the public beta launch of the Sanity Score™ Web tool at http://www.SanityScore.com that can help assess an individual’s overall level of mental health. The system takes responses from 90 questions and then calculates a person’s Sanity Score, a basic overall measure of a person’s mental health. Along with the numerical result, people also get a thorough description of life factors that emerged to support the result plus a graphical representation of how high that person scored along 21 different common mental health attributes.

“Millions of Americans who have a diagnosable mental illness never seek treatment for it, in part, because they are unsure of their level of mental health,” said Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D., founder and publisher of Psych Central. “We’ve refined this proprietary system to provide individuals with useful information about the state of their current mental health status.”

The system is free, easy-to-use, and doesn’t take long to complete. Simply go to http://www.SanityScore.com, log in with a free Psych Central account, and start taking the multiple-choice questionnaire. All-in-all, it only takes about 15 minutes to complete and receive immediate results, which can then be saved for future reference.

“Today’s public beta launch is meant to draw attention to the growing number of people who are seeking reliable and helpful information online,” said Grohol. “Visitor numbers to Psych Central, our flagship mental health Web site, have been growing consistently alongside the trend of people looking for reliable mental health information online. This is a great new tool that provides a new dimension to understanding mental health conditions that otherwise are difficult to quantify,” he said.

The Sanity Score system will become more refined and be updated as more people take the test.

After individuals complete the Sanity Score test and learn more about their mental health condition, they can head over to http://www.psychcentral.com to learn more about any concerns that they system uncovers. For each attribute, Psych Central has a complete offering of editorial news content, reference information, support communities, book reviews, blog posts, and more.

About Psych Central

Psych Central®, located at PsychCentral.com, is a leading mental health portal that features original, peer-reviewed editorial content, news, research briefs, clinical trials, ratings and reviews of medications and treatments, the popular World of Psychology blog, and a thriving online support community. Each month more than 600,000 people visit Psych Central’s independent libraries and communities, contribute to their own blogs, take an interactive screening quiz, and track their progress over time. Founded in 1995, Psych Central is published by John M. Grohol, Psy.D., a pioneer and expert in online mental health. Dr. Grohol’s leadership helped to break down the barriers of stigma often associated with mental health concerns, bringing trusted resources to the Internet. For more news from Psych Central, please visit http://psychcentral.com/about/press_releases/

Neither Psych Central nor Sanity Score are a substitution for provide professional diagnosis or treatment.

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ZING Design Inc. Introduces The FlashPack? Instant Heat Pack – Innovative Heat Therapy Tool Now Being Offered By Sports Therapy Professionals

ZING Design Inc. Introduces The FlashPack™ Instant Heat Pack – Innovative Heat Therapy Tool Now Being Offered By Sports Therapy Professionals











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Calgary, AB (PRWEB) February 4, 2008

ZING Design Inc., the inno-vention company, announced today the availability of the FlashPack™ instant heat therapy pack. The FlashPack™ is a completely safe, non-toxic, reusable, and instant therapeutic heat pack which can be used anytime anywhere.

The FlashPack™ provides immediate soothing heat for stiffness, tension, cramps, muscle aches, and pain. The FlashPack™ comes in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit the contour of the body to provide maximum healing potential and to ensure utmost comfort. The Flashpack™ is now recommended by Physiotherapists, Athletic Therapists, Registered Massage Therapists and Chiropractors as an important new product for heat therapy.

“The FlashPack™ is an appealing form of professional heat therapy which provides a variety of benefits making it a popular choice among my clients at my clinic or at home,” stated Dr. Michael Westaway, spinal consultant for the Calgary Flames Hockey Club. “It can be used hundreds of times to provide instant heat therapy no matter where the need. The FlashPack™ provides a safe constant and comfortable heat with ideal heat duration times.”

“The FlashPack™ self heats within seconds to provide instant relief anytime, anywhere,” stated Lars Gustafsson, owner of The Body Mind Nutrition Center. “The FlashPack™ is portable and ideal for travel making it an ideal solution for our clients as many are outdoors sports enthusiasts.”

“The FlashPack™ is non-toxic and safe making it ideal for our clients and the environment,” stated Kevin Wagner, former Head Trainer for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators. “This is a new direction amid many other professional therapeutic products on the market, and in our opinion a welcome new addition to what we offer.”

“The FlashPack™ brings a new level of convenience and quality to sports therapy products,” stated Justin Rowe, B. Kin, CSCS, MES, vice president of ZING Design Inc. “The FlashPack™ is a medical grade heat therapy product that is non-toxic, reusable and can be used safely in both the clinic and at home.”

For a list of physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractic clinics and retailers offering the FlashPack™ across Canada please visit us online at http://www.TheFlashPack.com.

About Dr. Michael Westaway, BSc, BScPT, FCAMT, DSc.

Dr. Westaway has been a Physiotherapist for 20 years. He is a Fellow with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (1994) and has an acupuncture designation with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada (1993). He was a Master’s student at the University of Calgary investigating the effect neck mobility has on certain arteries in the neck. He completed his doctorate in 2005. Dr. Westaway is the Calgary Flames Hockey Club’s spinal consultant.

Dr. Westaway has won the Silver Quill award from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for research. He is currently involved in three research studies investigating certain areas of cervical spine (neck) dysfunction. He works closely with a neurosurgeon, neurologist and biomechanist and a PhD physiotherapist on these research projects.

About Lars Gustafsson, Founder and Owner of The BodyMind Nutrition Center

The BodyMind Nutrition Center is a nutrition program that has been developed from over 14 years of experience, thousands of hours of coaching, and with thousands of amazing clients. Lars’s unique multifaceted application of nutrition and lifestyle principles enables you to create the changes that will support your goals, activity levels and lifestyle. At the heart of their center is their people: coaches, trainers, facilitators, transformation specialists, life coaches, hypnotherapists, and massage therapists! The BodyMind Nutrition Center is located in the heart of downtown Calgary, Alberta. For more information please visit us on the web at http://www.BodyMindNutrition.com.

About Kevin Wagner BPE (ATC), BSc.PT, CAT(C), Diploma (Sports PT)

Kevin graduated from the University of Alberta with degrees in Physical Education and Physical Therapy, majoring in Athletic Therapy and sports injury management. For the past 17 years Kevin has worked with a wide range of Athletes both at the amateur and professional levels. Kevin has worked as an Assistant Trainer with Edmonton Eskimos, as well as the Head Trainer with the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. In Calgary Kevin continues to work with elite athletes, working as an Athletic Therapist/Sport Physiotherapist with Hockey Canada, Alpine Canada and the Canadian Soccer Association. For more information please visit us on the web at http://www.Kinemedics.com.

About ZING Design Inc.

ZING Design Inc. is a design group which creates and distributes ‘inno-ventions’ across Canada, the USA and Internationally. Just what is an inno-vention? An inno-vention is a fun, useful, unique product that isn’t like anything you have ever seen before. In other words, our products bring a little ZING to your life! For more information please visit us on the web at http://www.TheFlashPack.com.

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