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Teen Kids News (Episode 1329)

23 minutes

(Describer) In computer animation, different news scenes in rectangles move fast around a turning globe.

(Describer) In front of a triangle and circle, title: Teen Kids News. A girl sits at a desk with monitors behind her.

Welcome to Teen Kids News. I'm Livia. Let's start with our top story this week.

(Describer) The Teen Kids News logo is on curved screens that form a turning cylinder. Passing around it, title: Top Story.

Yoga is more than just exercise. It's popular for its ability to help people relax and find inner peace. That's why more hospitals are turning to yoga to help their patients, especially their young ones. Eric tells us more.

(Describer) Two kids walk into a large room.

(Eric) Not many things in a hospital brings smiles, but these kids are looking forward to their yoga class.

(Describer) A woman unrolls a yoga mat.

It's being held at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

(Describer) They each stand on a mat.

And now reach up high.

(Describer) Amie Koronczok:

Yoga is a form of exercise that not only exercises your body, but it's also exercising your mind. The patients love it.

(Describer) Doctor Catherine Power-James:

They get to meet with other patients, get to know them, do something that makes them feel normal. Press down on your feet.

(Describer) A girl presses her back against the instructor’s.

(Dr. Catherine) Some talk about, "I get to be physical. I'm in bed all day long and want to do something active." Other kids talk about being social, meeting other kids and being silly with them. Some people talk about being able to calm down and just do something that's not cancer-related and put their worries aside. There's so many different things that kids are getting from this, and it's able to help kids from all different ages.

(Describer) The kids stand on one foot.

(Eric) While the kids today were not attached to medical equipment, that's not always the case.

(Describer) Koronczok:

People ask me, "How do you help kids in a wheelchair or hooked to IVs and still wanting to do yoga?" If a pole's attached to them, you find a modification.

(Describer) They sit down.

You find a way around it. Kids have amazing imaginations and want to be part of something, so they're willing to try things that adults won't do. It's just a matter of modifying and maneuvering over what's the obstacle. That's a great life lesson, learning to conquer your obstacles in life, whatever they may be.

(Describer) Michelle:

I did yoga before I was diagnosed because I was a dancer, and it helped me with my flexibility and stretching.

(Eric) Not all the yoga exercises require learning how to master different poses. The instructor shakes jars filled with sparkles to teach a simple relaxation technique.

(Amie) All the glitter goes everywhere. That's representing what our minds look like when we're stressed, anxious, angry, and then you just teach the kids to sit calmly and watch the sparkles fall down, and as those sparkles fall down, it becomes slower and slower and slower and calmer. That's what happens to your mind.

(Describer) She reads.

"The soft dry sand soothes the back of your legs, your feet, and your toes."

(Describer) Michelle and a little boy listen while lying on their stomachs.

(Amie) It's kind of teaching them to-- when you're confronted with something that's stressful-- to take a step back, breathe, relax, and just become calm about it, and everything will fall into place and settle down.

(Describer) Michelle:

(Michelle) Overall, yoga makes me feel calm and peaceful.

(Describer) Eric:

You could say that yoga is medicine for the mind. For Teen Kids News, I'm Eric.

(Describer) Titles: Teen Kids News. Coming up, Driving Risks.

(Describer) Spinning with the triangle and circle, title: Teen Kids News. A blue rectangle with a white road crossing it appears.

(Nicole) This report is brought to you by...

(Describer) Nicole:

Every year, we tell about contests for creative ways to alert teens to various driving risks, especially distracted driving. These contests are sponsored by the National Road Safety Foundation.

(Describer) The Teen Lane website is shown.

This week, we are reporting on two contests. The first one was Drive Safe: Los Angeles and was shot in a studio in California. Come on in. This is our studio right over here.

(Nicole) These students volunteered to participate in the PSA.

That's short for Public Service Announcement. Part of the prize included working with an award-winning production company to bring their PSA to life. So we'll bring you out, you'll stand on the mark and talk directly to camera. We may want it sped up, slowed down, with more emotion, less emotion. The concept is to point out important things you might miss while driving distracted. I was texting and driving and just didn't see the bus. Student participation, doing the PSA, collaborating with one another and sending out a message, I think that's great. The message is that teens have an impact in our community. By us delivering a message, it will influence them to do right. What you don't see when you text could change your life and the life of others forever.

(Nicole) Did the students think their PSA will have an impact? I think it will because it's really eye-opening, and it shows them all the effects it could have just by a text while driving. It's dangerous, even though you don't think it is to be texting and driving. People do it 'cause they think there's no threat. But there is. There's a big threat.

(Describer) One of the kids stands in front of a green background.

(director) Standing by, and the stop sign. You ready? Go ahead. The stop sign. Good.

(Describer) Offstage...

It was pretty cool. It was different. I really enjoyed seeing how everything works. Being part of this was pretty amazing.

(Nicole) The completed PSA debuted at the L.A. Auto Show.

(Describer) The PSA:

I was texting and driving and didn't see the bus. [tires screech, crash]

(Describer) The girl’s face is shown close-up.

There was a stop sign. [tires screech, crash]

(Describer) Another close-up.

The light was red. [crash]

The boy riding his bike. [thud]

The car in front suddenly stopped. [tires screech]

There was a mom with a stroller. [siren wails]

What you don't see when you text... The stop sign. The red light. The boy. The car. The mom and stroller.

(woman) ...could change your life and other lives forever. The next contest took place in the Chicago area. There was a connection among the three finalists. We'll tell you when Teen Kids News returns. Don't go away.

(Describer) Spinning with the triangle and circle, title: Teen Kids News.

(Describer) Nicole:

We're continuing our report on the Drive Safe PSA contests sponsored by the National Road Safety Foundation. Drive Safe: Chicago was open to students in four Midwestern states-- Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa. But this contest was a bit different. Rather than one winner, the top three PSA ideas were chosen as finalists. As with L.A., these students worked with TV professionals to produce their PSAs. The spots were shown at the Chicago Auto Show, and the public voted for the winner. But before we tell you who took the $2,000 cash prize, let me introduce you to the finalists. There's high school senior Paige Ruesch. When I read about how I could be in a PSA, I thought it was cool.

(Nicole) Senior Abigail Evans. We had to make a storyboard or a 30-second script with actions and audio and things like that for a PSA, which is a public service announcement.

(Nicole) The third student is also a senior, Dustin Payne. Like the other two, he was surprised to be a finalist. I had no idea and was shocked. I was excited to start the PSA.

(Nicole) There's one connection the three share. They're from the same school, Washington Township in Indiana.

(Describer) Teacher Greg Simms:

It was crazy. I thought it was a joke. Not just the same school, but the same class, a class taught by Mr. Simms. When you look at the area that was allowed to participate, that's cool that not only were they from this school, but from the same classroom.

(Describer) Paige:

(Paige) When I heard the top three were from the same class, I was like, "No way!" I could not wait to film. I want to mount the camera on the hood or on the windshield

(Describer) A cameraman talks with her.

to get a wide shot of you driving. My idea is I'm a girl in a car, driving, my phone's going off, and text messages appear on my windshield. At first, it's not so distracting, but as more texts come, it's distracting, and I can't see, then my windshield's full with text messages, and I'm in an accident, That's what happens when you text and drive. It's sad.

(Nicole) After working with the crew, here's how Paige's PSA, called "Shut It Down," turned out.

(Describer) As Paige drives, text bubbles pop up about going to the game and what the score is.

(Describer) Title: Isn’t this distracting? Paige tries to look between and around the bubbles as more pop up on the windshield.

(Describer) They keep popping up in front of her, and she squints.

(Describer) More pop up: “Your hair looked really pretty today.” “Thanks”. Title: If you’re texting, how can you see what’s ahead? She reaches a dead end.


(Describer) On a phone, title: Shut it down or shut down your life. A message from the National Road Safety Foundation.

(Nicole) Next is Dustin's concept, "How Would You Feel?"

(Dustin) My idea was to switch a teen and parent. Rather than a teen getting in a crash and them having the tragedy, I switched their positions, where the teen is in the position of the parent, how they would feel if their parent crashed.

(Describer) Driving a car, a woman gets her phone out of her purse in the passenger seat. She holds it at the wheel and types while she approaches another car at a stop sign.

(Describer) Replying to a text asking when she’ll pick someone up. She types “be there...” as she gets closer to the other car.

[crash] [phone vibrating]

(Describer) A boy puts down a book in a library and answers his buzzing phone.

(girl) What if your mom or dad texted while driving and got hurt or worse? Imagine how you would feel. Is everything all right? I don't know.

(Describer) Nicole:

(Nicole) Abigail's PSA is called "Don't Be Just Another Number."

(Abigail) It starts with me and my friends in the car, and we're talking about where we're going, and we're kind of being a little obnoxious, talking. I'm paying more attention to them than the road. At the end, I text one of my friends, letting her know, like, "Do you want to meet us? You can bring this or whatever." And then my friend yells, "Abby, look out!" And we get into a car accident.

(Describer) The PSA:

Abby, I'm glad you decided to come ice skating. I've never been ice skating before. I'll fall.

(Describer) Title: 3154 people killed very year in vehicles crashes due to distracted driving.

You'll be fine. We won't make fun of you. Who else should I invite? Should we invite Paige?

(Describer) Title: 424,000 injured each year.

Taylor, Tina. Both of them. I need gloves. I'll text Mattie.

(Describer) Title: Ten percent of drivers under 20 in fatal crashes are from distracted driving. Abby texts.

[talking continues]

Abby, watch out! [tires screech]

(Describer) She swerves toward a car coming the other way.


(Describer) Don’t be just another number. Don’t text and drive.

[siren wailing]

(Nicole) The kids say they learned a lot from the experience.

(Describer) Dustin watches playback.

(Describer) Paige:

Yeah, like not to chew gum when I'm getting taped. But yeah, it was fun, I guess. Everything was just awesome, yeah.

(Describer) Abby:

It was cool to see the different cameras and how you prepare for it.

(Describer) Dustin:

I didn't know how hard it was, like all the angles, everything has to be perfect, retakes. It was a learning experience. I had fun. Any advice for students entering this year's Drive Safe contests? Be creative, and think outside the box. All top three finalists were very good ideas, so think outside the box.

(Nicole) More than 5,000 votes were cast, and the winning PSA was... Abigail's "Don't Be Just Another Number." Congratulations. To find out how to enter a Drive Safe PSA contest or the nationwide Drive2Life PSA contest, go to For Teen Kids News, I'm Nicole.

(Describer) A viewer email says, “Even though I am 10, I love to watch this show. It is like the news only not boring.” Signed Zoe.

(Describer) Livia:

There's lots more ahead on Teen Kids News, so don't go away, we'll be right back. For many of us, our first job will be babysitting, and the more you know, the better you'll be at it. Diyu gets some tips from an expert.

(Diyu) The book The Teachable Minute was written by Dr. Connie Hebert. She joins us to talk about being a good babysitter. Welcome. Hi. Thanks for having me. I'm excited to give you some tips on being a fun babysitter and to catch teachable minutes with kids.

(Describer) She’s on a screen beside Diyu.

First of all, what do you mean by "a teachable minute?" The teachable minute is a golden opportunity. It's just comes along, and you grab it. It helps kids to have fun with you and be smarter. We want to help kids grow smart, to learn things about the world, and we do that by catching the teachable minute. Do we need special training to do this? You don't need special training, but you do need to keep three things in mind: S-A-T. ...anytime, anywhere. How can we tell when a teachable minute is coming up? You kind of don't plan it. It's something that comes along. If you're at the microwave, waiting for food to come out, that's a golden opportunity to start playing "Simon says do this, Simon says do this, do this." It's a great game. It teaches kids to follow directions. It teaches kids to listen, and kids really like it. Can you give us other teachable minutes babysitters can use? Sure. Let's just say you're going up the stairs with the kids you're babysitting-- if it's a little one, take their hand-- the stairs are a great opportunity to count. Count by ones, count by twos, count by fives, go backwards on the count. That would be a teachable minute with kids. Another one would be to read a book to kids. When you do, go over the title and the cover, have the kids talk about the pictures. All these are teachable minutes, and you're really helping kids to get some quality time with you, which all kids want with their babysitters. Great information. Thank you so much, Dr. Connie. You're welcome. Thanks for having me. Be a fun babysitter who catches teachable minutes with kids. Speaking of teachable minutes, I'll leave you with one. It's actually a quote from Anne Hathaway. She said... While babysitting might not win us an Academy Award, it can help to make us better role models.

(Describer) Alexandra:

It's getting harder for teens to find jobs in today's economy. That's why many teens are now creating their own businesses. Start by identifying a need for your service or product, then set a price that covers your costs and time. Although word of mouth can be effective, you should consider advertising. That can be putting up notices on local bulletin boards and online, of course. And you need to be organized. That means keeping good financial records, especially if you earn enough to have to pay taxes. Starting a viable business not only helps you make money, you'll gain valuable life experience. It also looks great on a college application.

(Describer) Against the background of a baseball stadium, title: Baseball Facts with Matt. A bat hits a ball.

[crack] [crowd cheering]

One of the most influential players in baseball history was Jackie Robinson. Robinson, on April 15, 1947, became the first African-American ballplayer to appear in a major league baseball game. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and his number 42 has been retired by every single major league baseball team. I'm Matt with Teen Kids News.

(Describer) In a kitchen...

Yogurt and fresh fruit in a popsicle. Sound good? I'll show you how to make it. Stick around. We'll be back.

(Describer) Livia:

On our menu today is another fun recipe from the Culinary Institute of America.

(Describer) Nicole:

Sometimes you want a cool, refreshing snack. How about a berry Creamsicle? They're a great pick-me-up. Here's what you need. First, you need a popsicle mold. This one holds four. Yogurt--any flavor you'd like. I'm using vanilla Greek yogurt. Fresh blueberries and strawberries. First, with permission, you cut up some strawberries. Cut the stem off just like that, and then cut them in slices

(Describer) The slices are thin.

and just throw them right into a bowl. Then we're going to take a fork and mash them up until they're just broken up.

(Describer) She mashes the berry she just sliced with others she did earlier.

Just like that. Perfect. Take your molds and pull all of these out.

(Describer) She takes out the sticks attached to the lids.

And with a spoon, layer in your yogurt right at the bottom.

(Describer) She drops about a spoonful of yogurt into each mold, which is shaped like an upside-down popsicle.

Just like that. Only put a little bit in so you can just layer all the different ingredients in there. Okay. After the first layer, make sure you...

(Describer) She taps the bottom against the counter.

press down like that, so they all flatten out, then add some strawberries... right after that.

(Describer) She adds less than a spoonful of strawberries to each mold.

Perfect. Use any berries you want. You can use raspberries, blackberries, blueberries. Okay, give that a press.

(Describer) She taps the bottom again.

And then I do two blueberries per pop.

(Describer) She drops them in.

Two. Okay, and then we'll start over again with more yogurt.

(Describer) She puts another spoonful in each mold.

Perfect. And then we'll press down again.

(Describer) She gets the bowl of strawberries and adds almost a spoonful to each mold again.

Okay. Some more blueberries.

(Describer) Again, she adds a couple blueberries to each one.

And then we'll finish off with some more yogurt on top.

(Describer) She spoons more in each, getting to the top of the molds.

Okay. Good. We'll give it one last shake.

(Describer) When she does, the yogurt settles, making it more even with the top.

And with a knife, you're going to smooth off the top just so they're all incorporated, and then put your sticks right back in.

(Describer) ...with the lids on top and handles sticking up.

Freeze these overnight or until they're set. Put these in the freezer for about four to five hours until they set or overnight.

(Describer) Later...

Okay, I have a bowl of warm water and my ice pops from the freezer. I'll put them in the warm water so it pulls away from the mold.

(Describer) The water goes halfway up them.

Give them a little twist so they might come out a little easier.

(Describer) She twists the handles, then takes the molds out of the water.


(Describer) By the handle, she pulls a pop out of a mold.

Let's give it a try.

(Describer) She tastes it.

Mmm! That's so delicious, you won't worry about finishing it before it melts. At the Culinary Institute of America, for Teen Kids News, I'm Nicole.

(Describer) She has another taste and smiles. Livia:

That sure looks delicious. For all of us at Teen Kids News, have a great week.

(Describer) Titles: Director: Alan J Weiss. Producers: Tania Wilk, Marilou Yacoub. Writer: Deborah Gobble. Original Theme Music: Michael Karp. Copyright Eyewitness Kids News LLC, 2013, all rights reserved. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Funding to purchase and make this educational program accessible was provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Contact the Department of Education by telephone at 1-800-USA-LEARN, or online at

Accessibility provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

(Livia) Here's a shout-out to PR Newswire for including Teen Kids News on their big screen in Times Square, New York City.

(Describer) Title: Alan Weiss Productions.

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In the top story, Eric reports on how young cancer patients can benefit from yoga when they are in the hospital. Next, is a special two-part, report sponsored by the National Road Safety Foundation. In part one, Nicole reports on the Drive Safe Los Angeles Contest, where a group of teens got to turn their winning idea into an actual public service announcement about distracted driving. In part two, Nicole explains the Drive Safe Chicago Contest. Other segments include babysitting tips, baseball facts, and a recipe for yogurt berry creamsicle. Part of "Teen Kids News" series.

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