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Wellness Wednesday: social media's negative impact on youth

Social media apps Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on an iPhone

This show originally aired on May 31, 2023.

When you think of a warning from the Surgeon General, you may think of cigarettes or alcohol, but now add social media to that list.

The U.S. Surgeon General warns social media can present a risk to the mental health of children and teenagers.

Vivek Murthy’s advisory says excessive time on social media can have a negative effect on the developing brain.

Experts worry teens are more anxious and have lower self esteem because of social media and texting.

We’ll examine what families can do to lower the risk of adverse effects of social media.

Superfood powders are the trendy way to get your daily vitamins and greens mixed into just one glass of water.

Companies claim these powders are effective at providing an array of benefits, but health experts are unconvinced.

The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate in the industrialized world.

Rates for Black and Native American women are two to three times higher than those for white women.

New research shows that most pregnancy-related deaths occur in the year after the baby is born.

In Ohio, maternal health care is becoming harder to find. Thirteen of the state’s 88 counties have little to no maternity care.


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