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Bullied Teens Reduce Suicide Risk through Exercise

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Approximately 30 percent of bullied teens say that they have felt sad for the past year; 22 percent of these teens say that they have considered suicide.
Air Date: 12/2/15
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Joey Thurman, Certified Personal Trainer
Joey ThurmanJoey Thurman is a health, fitness, nutrition expert and the creator of The Lifestyle Renovation, a website dedicated to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals.

Joey was named the best trainer in Chicago by the Chicago Sun Times in 2015 and NEWBEAUTY.com's top three favorite celebrity trainers. He has appeared on CBS, WGN, FOX, ABC and WCIU, sharing his insights as a celebrity fitness trainer, published author and nutrition expert. Joey’s work has been featured in publications such as U.S. News and World Report, NPR, People Magazine, Livestrong.com, BodyBuilding.com, Inspiyr, TimeOut Chicago, RedEye, American Global Traveler, CaliDiet, Chicago Sun Times, and Brazen Women.

Joey is a fashion model represented by Chosen Model Management where he works with brands including Neiman Marcus, Abercrombie, Jockey, Kohl's, and Carson Pirie Scott. He has also appeared on the covers of Healthy for Men and TimeOut Chicago. Joey is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), a Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS), a Certified Corporate Nutrition Professional (CCNP) and a FITchef.
Bullied Teens Reduce Suicide Risk through Exercise
Approximately 30 percent of bullied teens say that they have felt sad for the past year.

And, 22 percent of these teens say that they have considered suicide.

The good news is that this study also found that getting active four times a week can reduce these suicidal thoughts and actions by 23 percent.

According to special guest and Certified Personal Trainer, Joey Thurman, "These teens might think that they don't have the ability to be active.

They are ashamed to fail so they don't even want to try. The less they exercise, the more weight they gain, and the less athletic and powerful they feel."

Fortunately, there are ways to make bullied teens feel more confident about exercise.

"You have to start small," Thurman says. "These teens probably aren't going to want to exercise in public or places where they could get made fun of.

But, they might like the idea of trying a hip hop dance DVD in the privacy of their basement, or taking a hike along a nature path. Or, a bullied teen might flourish in a self defense class or in a more alternative exercise class like a tap dance class.

The idea is to help them understand that they have the right to be active... as well as the responsibility."

Listen in as Thurman joins Naturally Savvy hosts, Andrea Donsky and Lisa Davis, to share more about the connection between bullied teens, suicide and exercise.
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