By Tara Cousineau, Ph.D
Here’s a great opportunity for emerging teenage writers, journalists and opinion makers!
If you’re a teen, BodiMojo wants to hear from you. BodiMojo is a new web site where teens like you—ages 13 and up—are considered the experts on their own health, fitness, relationships and wellness. It’s a place for teens to motivate other teens and to learn from each other. BodiMojo is looking for teen contributors to submit fun and interesting articles and video clips, on the theme of healthy lifestyle.
You must be a Bodimojo member to submit. Use the online submission entry form to send us your article. [For videos, email us a clip to firstname.lastname@example.org]. We don’t return submissions. Please keep a copy of your work, along with any references/sources.
Here are the nitty gritty details: You must be at least 13-18 years old to submit any information, articles or videos to this web site. Fillout the online teen submission form in the purple box.
- All submissions must be your own writing and not copied from anyone else. They must be non-fiction (do not make anything up).
- Cite a reference if you are drawing from other sources (avoid Wikipedia and find an original source of data or information, such as the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, books, magazines or journal articles).
- If you conduct an interview or quote a friend, parent, teacher or health professional, please name that source (e.g., parent, teacher, aunt, etc.) even if you change a personal name to maintain their anonymity.
By submitting your article you are acknowledging the following statement: “I certify that my work is completely original.”
Hang on—there’s more: If there is part of the article that reveals personal information about yourself or someone that you interviewed, this will be respected, but you still need to include your name and address. We will identify you as the author of your article only with your first name, initial of your last name, and possibly your hometown. We will not print your last name on any articles.
For people quoted in the article you may change a name or identifying information if necessary (such as school, location, etc.) Please do not list any last names of persons mentioned in your articles; we will not publish those last names.
Your Writing May be Edited
We may edit your writing. We reserve the right to publish our edited version without your prior approval. All submissions will be subjected to an editorial review.
Need some ideas? Check out the article already on BodiMojo written by teens in “What Teens Have to Say.” You may have a personal story, something that inspired you, or ideas for other teens based on your life experience. You may have an opinion about something about health or teens in news. We like to have a helpful and hopeful slant in what we post. Here are some categories that your work can cover:
Food & Nutrition
- Why Teenagers Should Care About the Obesity Epidemic
- It’s Easy to Make Health Foods Taste Good
- Getting Your Family To Eat Better
- What it Means to be Vegetarian (or Vegan)
- Healthy Snacking
- Schools Banning Soda/Vending Machines: A Teen Perspective
- Are “Health Foods” Really Good For You?
- Do Diets Work and Should Teenagers Go on Them?
- What You Need to Know About Weight Gain During Adolescence
- Type II Diabetes Increasing in Teens
- Living with Food Allergies: What My Friends Need to Know
- Make Cooking Fun
Exercise & Fitness
- Get Up and Move: Why it’s Important to Be Active (Even a Little)
- A Paradox? Teen Sports Getting More Competitive but More Teens are Becoming Fat
- Common Sport Injuries and What Experts Say To Do
- When Neighborhoods Are Unsafe to Play In: Ways to Be Physically Active
- Staying Hydrated: The Benefits of Water
- Benefits of Physical Activity
- Why Exercising is a Great Way to De-Stress
- Not an Athlete, Skateboarder or Dancer: Other Ways to be Active
Body Image, Self-Care, and Self-Confidence
- What is Body Image?
- 10 Ways to Feel Good About Yourself
- Body Shape: The Role of Heredity and Healthy Lifestyle
- Body Odor: How to Tell a Friend
- The Ads May Be Slick But Down Deep They Make Me Sick (Learning to Be a Media Critic)
- When New Fashions Don’t Wear Well (How to Choose Clothes That Suit Your Body Type)
- Signs of an Eating Problem
- How Relaxation Training or Mediation Can Reduce Stress
- How to Challenge Negative Thinking About Yourself, Your Body and Your Life
Mood and Behavior
- Food as a Drug: How to Break the Habit
- Why Binges can Backfire
- Curing My Inner Chocoholic
- Breakfast of Champions Starts the Day Right
- Caffeine Drinks: Wha’t the Buzz?
- Depressed? There Are More Things To Do Besides Eat
Last reviewed Nov 24., 2014.