Back to School

The Perfect After-School Snack: Homemade Granola Bars

Bake a pan of these snacks and you'll never go back to the boxed stuff. They're super-easy and fun to make with kids.

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  • With the school year fast approaching, everyone's got teachers on their mind. Take a look at some of TV and film's most memorable educators in this back-to-school inspired roundup. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

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    Ms. Norbury, Mean Girls
    Ms. Norbury, Mean GirlsProfessor Dumbledore, Harry PotterThe Economics Teacher, Ferris Bueller’s Day OffWill Schuester, GleeCoach Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights

  • I'll admit it's been a while since I went shopping for back-to-school supplies, but last time I checked, notebooks, backpacks, and as many new outfits as I could finagle from mom and dad were on my list.

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    You know what wasn't on my list? Indoor tanning sessions.

    Beach Bum Tanning is trying to change that. They are currently promoting "student specials" for indoor tanning sessions that the company's CEO, James Oliver, says should be on everybody's back-to-school checklist.

    Related: Is Your Spray Tan Safe? News You Need to Read


    Did Mr. Oliver miss the memo that there's a direct link between indoor tanning and skin cancer? Is he neglecting to read the increasing body of scientific evidence that shows melanoma rates are soaring among young people? A recent study found an eightfold increase of melanoma in women ages 18 to 39 in the last 40 years. How are we letting indoor tanning proponents like Oliver encourage our young pe

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  • Back to School: 5 Things You MUST Do Before School Starts

    Back to School: 5 Things You MUST Do Before School Starts

    OMG. School is about to start! Well, for many of our kids that is. It's time for all of us to say goodbye to summer and hello to structure, schedules and scholastics. But are you and your kids ready? You may think you are but there are five things you must do before the big day.

    Here are 5 things you must before they go back to school.

    Related: 8 days during the school year when kids can use an extra pick-me-up

    1. Got it All?
    You're a parent. Which means you -- by nature -- can be forgetful. One of the most important things … make sure you have everything they need. Sure you may think you got it all, but it's important to double if not triple check. Just for fun, even if you think you have. #2 pencils? Check. 3 inch ring binders? Check. Peter pan collar shirts for their uniform? Check. It's easy to overlook something totally imperative. And the kid, they'll be mad at you for days if you do.

    2. Best Route
    Okay, I may be a bit type A, but before our first day of school (

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  • By Liza Barnes, for SparkPeople

    Exams. Pop quizzes. Homework. School can be a pain in the neck, figuratively. But if school is literally causing problems for your child's neck or back, his or her backpack may be to blame. Believe it or not, overloaded and poorly-positioned backpacks can actually cause serious injury. In a 2004 study published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 64% of 11- to 15-year-olds who used backpacks also complained of pain.

    If you've ever had back or neck pain, you know how uncomfortable it can be. The pain is often caused by pressure on the disks of the vertebrae. These disks are responsible for spacing out the vertebrae, holding them in place, and acting as shock absorbers. As we get older, our disks wear down or degenerate, causing chronic pain, herniated disks, and nerve damage. Putting pressure (like the added weight of a heavy backpack) on these disks wears them down even faster.

    So what's a student to do? The stuff inside that pack is ess

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  • Princeton University

    By Michael Noer, Forbes.com

    College is outrageously expensive. Four years at an elite, private school like the University of Chicago (#4) or Stanford (#3) costs more than a quarter of a million dollars. A degree from a more affordable state school, like the College of William & Mary (#40) or the University of California, Berkeley (#50), still costs around $100,000, even for "in-state" students, who pay less in tuition.

    Is it worth it? For many students, the answer is probably not -unless they are accomplished enough to be accepted by one of the schools ranked near the top of our annual list of America's 650 Top Colleges.

    The rankings, which are compiled exclusively for Forbes by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, focus on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt. They do not attempt to assess a school's reputation, nor are they a measure

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