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Jim Liebelt

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Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
Only Half of U.S. Youth Meet Physical Activity Standards

Only about half of U.S. adolescents are physically active five or more days of the week, and fewer than 1 in 3 eat fruits and vegetables daily, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

What's Hot? 7/5/13

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Teen Drivers Nearly Double Car Insurance Premiums

Adding a teenage driver to the family car insurance policy can double annual premiums, according to a new study—a costly fact of life that reflects the higher risk for younger drivers.

Impulsive Adolescents More Likely to Drink Heavily

New research finds that young people who show impulsive tendencies are more prone to drinking heavily at an early age.

Teen Self-Consciousness Linked to Brain, Physiological Responses

A new study reveals that teenage self-consciousness is linked with specific physiological and brain responses that seem to emerge and peak in adolescence.

Record Number of Single Dads Head U.S. Households

Men now lead about a quarter of all single-parent families in the U.S.

What's Hot? 6/28/13

A listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Teen Drinkers, Pot Smokers at Raised Risk of Concussion

Researchers find risk of concussion is 3 to 5 times higher for teen drinkers and pot smokers.

Parents Should Focus on Health, Not Fat, in Food Talks with Kids

A new study finds teens whose parents nagged about weight gain tended to have more unhealthy eating behaviors.

Instagram Surges, Closes Gap on Vine

Instagram has vaulted up the App Store ranking of free iPhone apps since launching a video-recording feature, jumping from No. 22 to No. 8. At the same time, Twitter’s Vine has slipped from No. 3 to No. 7 among free apps, leaving the rival apps nearly neck and neck in the race for downloads.

Alcohol Consumption in the U.S. Starts as Early as Second Grade

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have discovered that by age 8, 37 percent of kids had sipped alcohol.

Speeding: A Deadly Issue for Teen Drivers

While speeding hasn't garnered the national attention of other teen issues like distracted driving, as a factor in fatal teen crashes, it has increased from 30% in 2000 to 33% in 2011.

Sleep Deprived Teens Make Poor Dietary Choices

Well-rested teenagers tend to make more healthful food choices than their sleep-deprived peers, according to a new study.

What's Hot? 6/21/13

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

HPV Infections in Teen Girls Down by 56 Percent Since 2006

According to a new study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HPV (human papillomavirus) infections in female teenagers (ages 14-19) have decreased by 56 percent since 2006 -- the year HPV vaccine began to be administered.

Marriage Rate Dives to New Lows, But More Weddings Predicted

U.S. marriage rates are at historic lows but may soon rebound a bit, demographers predict.

Bullying By Siblings Just As Damaging

Bullying and aggressive behavior by a sibling can be as damaging as bullying by a classmate, neighbor or other peer, finds a new study that links it to increased depression, anxiety and anger among victimized kids and teens.

Eighty-Three Percent of Teens Have Unsupervised Access to Prescription Medications

A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that 83.4 percent of teens had unsupervised access to their prescription medications at home.

What's Hot? 6/14/13

A weekly listing of hot cultural items from the the Internet, music, television and movies.

Teens Prefer Mall Shopping Over Online

While most teens shop online, three out of four prefer shopping in person at malls.

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