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are you growing up to be strong and healthy? you are? that is really great. you just go right on eating that low-fat, high-fiber food, drinking lots and lots of water, and getting plenty of fresh air and exercise. and listen to this great idea from the organwise guys.
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hey, kidney brothers, how do you practice water safety? number one -- always swim with a buddy. number two -- if there's thunder or lightning... don't be a fool. exit the pool. [ water splashes ] number three -- always make sure an adult is watching you. both: hi, mom. hello, my beautiful darlings. oh, mom! number four -- never swim in a pool with sea monsters. [ roaring ] [ laughs ] both: very funny, calci! water safety. it's the "h2-only" way to go!
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>> "teen kids news" is about to get started, and here's what we've got for you. >> would you eat a bowl of cookies for breakfast? wait till you find out what could be in your cereal. >> we'll see how flowers, rocks, gold, and even bugs were used to make beautiful books. >> meet the people who make sure no teen gets priced out of the prom. >> coming up, i'll show you the unusual way they celebrate the new year in the land of mozart -- vienna, austria.
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>> and there's lots more ahead, so stay with us. >> welcome to "teen kids news." i'm mwanzaa. >> and i'm livia. here's this week's top story. >> you might think of it as a healthy way to start the day, but you could be eating a bowl full of trouble. tyler has the disturbing truth about some of our favorite cereals. >> i think it's very nutritional. >> yeah, but it depends on what cereal. >> if you think your favorite cereal is healthy, here's a shock. it might be more than half sugar. and that's not sweet. >> it's been linked to obesity, diabetes. and when you eat tons and tons of it, you're obviously more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes or becoming more obese.
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>> that's why 84 popular cereals were tested by the environmental working group. they're a private organization dedicated to protecting the health of the public and the planet. they found that most of the cereals -- in fact, three out of four of them -- failed nutrition guidelines, guidelines that are set by the federal government. these cereals may taste good, but would you want to eat them? >> if the government was saying it's unhealthy, i would assume that it can be harmful to your body, so i wouldn't want to. >> the guidelines are voluntary. they ask that cereal not be more than 26% sugar by weight. but some cereal makers seem to be ignoring that big time. the worst offenders are more than 50% sugar. >> it's kind of surprising what we found -- that a number of cereals have more sugar than a twinkie, and this is a snack dessert that, you know, has a lot of sugar and is heavily processed. >> to figure out how much sugar
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is in a cereal, read the label. the government requires all food makers to list ingredients. keep in mind, that added sugar has many names. so other names of sugar on the ingredient list could be honey, high fructose corn syrup, molasses is an added -- "an added sugar," as well. and these are -- on the ingredient labels, they're listed based on the amount that's in the food. >> that's important to remember. the next most used ingredient is listed second, and so on. >> i did not know ingredients were listed in the order of the amount. >> if some form of sugar heads the list, watch out. your cereal has more sugar than any other ingredient. >> there are some cereals that do meet the guidelines, and that, you know, you could be okay to eat in the morning. >> we all need the healthy boost that breakfast gives us to get us energized for the school day.
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and some sugar is okay, but too big a spoonful of sugar could make the grades go down. >> we'll be back with more "teen kids news" in just a few moments. >> stick with us. >> pope benedict xvi officially stepping down and taking the title "pope emeritus." benedict offering a final blessing and pledging his loyalty to his successor before taking off in a helicopter to his new home at castel gandolfo, his temporary home until a permanent residence is set up in the vatican. more than 100 cardinals from around the world now gathering inside the vatican for their first round of meetings before the conclave, a secret meeting where cardinals elect a new pope. secretary of state john kerry continuing his first official overseas trip, visiting nine gulf states to discuss regional issues, including syria, iran,
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and the israeli-palestinian conflict. during his saudi arabia visit, kerry and gulf officials focusing on iran's controversial nuclear program. >> the first focus is the most urgent focus, which remains the challenge of the nuclear program. that is a threat that extends all throughout the region and, in fact, globally because of the issue of nonproliferation. >> kerry also say the united states will provide $250 million in assistance to egypt after egyptian president mohamed morsi promised political and economic reforms. spacex's dragon, a private earth-to-orbit delivery service, successfully docking with the international space station. the unmanned craft arriving safely a day late after recovering from engine malfunctions, which were fixed remotely. the dragon will remain at the space station for most of march before returning to earth with science samples, empty food containers, and old equipment.
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for "teen kids news," i'm eric shawn, "fox news channel in the classroom." >> long, long before there was this... and even long, long before there was this... there was this. [ men chanting ] more than a thousand years ago, monks labored lovingly to create manuscripts -- the books of the medieval ages. made by hand, they were also works of art. the pages are so brilliantly decorated, they seem to give off light. that's why these are called illuminated manuscripts. that old craft comes to life again at manhattan's morgan library and museum. the morgans were famous bankers, and they were passionate about books. >> so, officially, welcome now to mr. morgan's library.
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i want to take us right away, actually, into mr. morgan's reading room, which is the room with the majority of the books, the majority of his 15,000 books. >> these students are part of an educational program run by the library. >> get close enough that you can see the handwritten text, and that you can see the hand-painted paintings that we were talking about. >> to illuminate manuscripts, the monks used many colors. but the most prized was gold. real gold. called gold leaf, it's even thinner than a leaf from a tree. >> you would have enough gold from that plum-sized nugget of gold to cover the floor of an entire tennis court. cool, right? that's how thin that gold is. >> while these students are getting their first look at illuminated manuscripts, these students are learning how they were made. >> basically, it's my first initial, and we got to design around our first initial. >> what you do is you blow your hot air onto the glue dots,
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and then you take the gold and you press it on. >> and then you get to use real gold and stick it on, and then you just have gold on your paper. it's really cool. >> what else is cool is the glue the monks used in the old days. it was made from fish guts. >> and everyone's gonna get an opportunity to do something, okay? >> the students learned that most colors came from nature. >> they used the flower to make the yellow, just like things like that to make paint... >> and purple, it came from this -- it's cochineal it's a type of bug. >> cochineal is a bug that comes from mexico, and it gave us a sort of a red color, as well. and what we do here is we actually grind it in order to create the pigments that the children are using. >> and the last color -- blue -- it came from this mineral called lapis lazuli. that blue is really nice. >> the lapis lazuli blue stone was so rare and expensive, you had to get it from afghanistan,
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you had to hike up the hindu kush mountains, so it became tied to either the royalty or the most important cathedrals, to show that they were the ones capable and wealthy enough to get this resource. >> you might call this an illuminating experience. these students now have a new appreciation for what it once took to make a book. >> they just like discovering how long an average illuminated manuscript might take -- three to five years to make a single book is sort of a wow factor. >> i used to think that manuscripts were just like pictures of things that were just, like, beautiful. and then now i think that it's really hard to make and it takes a lot of work and that it really reflects on history. >> there's one more very important part of history here at the morgan library. >> and we have, as i call it, "the big bang of writing" in our library. >> that's the famous gutenberg bible. it's the first book printed with moveable type, meaning it was
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made with the help of a machine. that sped up the process of printing and lowered its cost. and that meant the universe of reading would expand to include everyone. >> prom. it's one of the biggest events of school. sadly, there are kids across the country who don't go to prom because their family just can't afford it. but as carina reports, there's an organization that can help. >> there's no argument, prom can be expensive. prom tickets, hair and nails, pre-prom dinner, boutonnieres and flowers, maybe even a limo. [ sloop! ] you're already talking big bucks. and we haven't even mentioned what you're going to wear. [ cash register dings ] that's why this particular shopping experience is very special. all the dresses here have been donated. and they're to be given -- for free -- to students.
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this program is called operation prom, and it was started by a woman who used to work as an event planner. >> and i was planning lots of weddings, meeting brides with their bridesmaids that were going to have these bridesmaids' dresses that they were never gonna wear again. so, it inspired me to give them back to girls who were in need of dresses for their prom. >> there are dresses in every imaginable color, size, and style. and they're in great condition because almost every one of them has been worn only once, if at all. who donates the clothes? >> we get dresses from everywhere, from people just cleaning out their closet to stores that have to get rid of inventory. >> jacqueline is miss westchester teen. she gave operation prom the gown she wore for her beauty pageant. >> i donated my winning dress because i felt amazing in it and i wanted other girls to have that same feeling when they're going to their prom. >> jacqueline is one of the many teen volunteers here today to make finding the right dress easy and fun. >> i'm helping girls pick out
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dresses for their prom. and i'm around that age of where girls are getting ready for prom, so i'm just as excited as they are to find that perfect dress. >> no, this lady's not looking for a dress for herself. one of her students couldn't make it here today, so she's shopping for her with a little help from technology. so how did you find one for her? >> well, i went around, looked at different colors that she requested, and then i took pictures, i sent them to her, and she replied. >> the reactions i see from the students is excitement. they're ready for their night, they're so excited that their dress fits, and it's just so nice to see them happy and that they just can't wait for their night. >> operation prom isn't just about dresses. >> it's not just for girls. we have partnerships with some tuxedo companies that will help us give tuxedos to boys going to proms, as well. >> in addition to the outfits, there's also tons of accessories. how does someone apply for
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clothing, and how do they prove they need the help? >> well, the student does have to fill out an application, and they need to see their guidance counselor or social worker, who will approve them for the program. they do need to be in financial need, and they have to be passing all of their classes. >> started in new york, operation prom is expanding to states across the country. in addition, it's also offering school supplies and scholarships, as well. to find out more, check the link on our website. when cinderella had nothing to wear to the ball, her fairy godmother saved the day. [ twinkle, twinkle! ] here in the real world, it's operation prom to the rescue. i'm carina for "teen kids news." >> to mark our 10th year on tv, each week we take a look back at
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one of the stories we've covered. [ classical music plays ] >> when ballet first began, the performers were all men. eventually, the number of male ballet dancers dwindled because some didn't consider it masculine. our own reporter gianni gave it a twirl to show us ballet is not just for girls. >> okay, let's go, gentlemen. >> this ballet class is for boys only. >> ready? [ piano plays ] stomach in, please. chest up. >> most of these guys started dancing a couple of years ago. so how do you keep your students who are boys coming back to class? >> really, the key to keeping young men coming back to class is training them separately from the young ladies. and one. don't turn those legs out so much, please, and... >> mr. naidu is the head of the dance theater of harlem school. i recently joined one of his
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classes. what did your friends think? were you worried that they might tease you? >> no, because i'm not insecure about myself. i'm very confident in what i do. >> mr. naidu's class shows us why boys' ballet training can be compared to sports. >> men or young boys are more apt to be more competitive. they're a lot more physical, they certainly can't stand still for long periods of time and focus on great detail, so, in training them, we use their natural instincts. we use their competitive edge. get it. come on. get it. >> ballet also can help with flexibility and coordination. that can be used on the football field and the basketball court. >> if you watch a player on the court going up into the air, turning around once, and then dunking the ball, it's called a 360, right? well, most people don't realize that ballet dancers, male dancers, do an equivalent, but it's a 720 -- that's two circles in the air. that's what we call
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a double tour en l'air. >> this class isn't ready for a 720, but other jumps are part of the training. after class, these dancers are exhausted. >> we usually, like, get drinks, eat, because we're losing a lot of energy, but it's actually really fun. >> some people think ballet is easier than sports, but i know from experience it's not. for "teen kids news," i'm gianni. >> this report is brought to you by u by kotex. these middle- and high-school girls are in for a big surprise. >> we're super-excited to introduce a longtime friend and
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partner -- khloé kardashian odom. [ cheers and applause ] [ up-tempo music plays ] >> it's all part of a new movement for girls called "generation know." >> generation know is really -- it's a forum to start a conversation amongst girls. you know, if people are too afraid or shy to talk to their own family or to other people about their bodies or changes or whatever, that generation know is there to do that for them and to have that conversation starter. and i'm asking all of us girls to come together to be the first generation committed to learning more about our health. >> u by kotex created generation know to empower girls to learn about their bodies. >> so thinking about how we talk about our bodies is connected to how we value our bodies. >> workshops like these are being held all across america. >> more than half of girls in
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society get their information from friends, from tv. most of the stuff is just kind of like word of mouth. >> and all too often, that information is misinformation. many of the stories that are passed on from girl to girl just aren't true. they're actually myths. >> so part of this workshop is to actually bust some of these myths and be like, "okay, these are some of the things you all are hearing. are they true? are they false?" >> generation know was informational and very helpful towards knowing stuff that other people might not know and might tell me the wrong things. >> my favorite part was when they were doing the "true or false," because it was interesting to figure out many of those things we did not know. >> i think it was really cool, 'cause we got to meet khloé kardashian, and, plus, it was really fun. >> i would love teen girls to go to generationknow.com, sign up, read the stories that are on
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there, read some of the myths. you could see -- it's really fun to see, really, what is a fact, what is a myth, and even, you know, kind of write their own stories and post them on there. >> i think that generation know is an excellent program for young ladies who want to know more about their bodies when they grow up. >> i think it was good, 'cause it's encouraging girls to, like -- to learn about their body and to be proud of it and what it does. >> when you go to generationknow.com, it's not just helping yourself. we also are donating a dollar for every person who does sign up to girls for a change, up to $500,000. >> girls for a change is a fantastic not-for-profit organization all over the country that helps young girls implement social change within their community. >> i signed up for generation know, and i am wearing my bracelet, just in and i support
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girls for a change. now, who is wearing this beautiful bracelet that i have on? [ girls cheering ] okay, so why don't we all stand up? i want everybody to just hold your bracelets up, and this is basically -- just hold them up in the sky. and this is just about showing woman empowerment, and we are gonna own our bodies and take care of ourselves. >> i know! >> all: i know! >> i know! >> all: i know! >> i know! >> all: i know! >> woman power -- let's do it! [ cheers and applause ] >> for more information, you can visit generationknow.com. i'm lauren for "teen kids news." >> when you think of new year's eve, you probably think of watching the ball drop on tv. nicole shows us how a famous, old city in europe ushers in the new year. [ classical music plays ]
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>> vienna is the capital of austria. nicknamed the "city of music," mozart, beethoven, strauss, and many others composed and performed here. so it's no surprise that when it comes to ringing in the new year, vienna does it with music. lots of music. in fact, new year's eve here is a giant, traveling party called silvesterpfad. that means "the new year's trail." instead of being jammed into a single location like new york's times square, in vienna, the celebration takes place all over town, and it starts early. [ merengue music plays ] if you like the latin beat, there's music from the dominican republic called merengue. the name comes from meringue, a dessert made from whipped egg whites. apparently, people thought the dancers looked like human egg beaters. beats me. [ indistinct talking ] >> these people are learning to
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do the waltz -- vienna's gift to the world. [ crowd shouts ] as day turns into evening, the lights get brighter, and the crowds get bigger. it seems like the entire city is on the move, hearing all kinds of sounds. [ drums play ] african rhythm. >> ♪ i fell for you like a child ♪ >> american country-western. [ rock 'n' roll plays ] there's rock 'n' roll. >> ♪ you were always on my mind ♪ >> even elvis. >> ♪ you were always on my mind ♪ >> but my personal fave was this one. >> are you ready? >> ♪ it's fun to stay at the ymca ♪ >> [ singing operatically ] >> not far away, opera lovers were singing along, too, to "die fledermaus," which means "the bat." written by strauss' son, johann jr., the plot's too complicated to explain right now, but fledermaus is young johann's most famous operetta.
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and the sachertorte is vienna's most famous dessert. served everywhere, but especially here at café sacher. this delicious chocolate cake was invented almost two centuries ago by a 16-year-old apprentice chef. sweet. as midnight approaches, vienna's giant amusement park takes center stage. when the hour strikes, all eyes are on the skies as the new year starts with a bang. [ fireworks crackling ] ringing in the new year, vienna style. for "teen kids news," i'm nicole. >> that's "teen kids news" for now. thanks for tuning in. >> we'll be back next week. see you then. u
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wow! that was really scary! what a terrible nightmare. my heart is beating so fast i can hardly catch my breath. hardy, what's wrong? is something distressing you, my muscular friend? i had this awful nightmare. now if i go back to sleep, i'm afraid i might have it again. so i'm gonna stay up all night. listen to your brain, hardy. things get bigger and scarier if you don't talk about them. why don't you tell me about your dream? but it's pretty scary. hmm. well, i'm all ears. well, this big, giant, slimy glob of fat was trying to get me. in my dream, it was really scary! of course, it seems a little silly now. you see? it helps to talk about it. it sure does. thanks a lot, sir rebrum.

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