PR Newswire Broadcast Minute for Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pregnancy Rate Drops for U.S. Women Under Age 25

Pregnancy rates for females under age 25, including teenagers, in the United States declined in 2004 compared to 1990, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report says nearly 38 percent of pregnancies in 2004 were to women under age 25, down from nearly 43 percent in 1990. The proportion of pregnancies among teens under age 20 dropped from 15 percent in 1990 to 12 percent in 2004.

Girls in Sports at Record High, Yet Many Girls Fail to Meet Minimal Standards of Physical Activity, University of Minnesota Report Says

A report by the University of Minnesota's Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport shows that girls are participating in sports in record numbers, but their participation in physical activity outside of organized sports is declining, especially as they move from childhood into adolescence.

The report summarizes the most recent research pertaining to the physical, psychological, social and cultural benefits girls derive from participation in sport and physical activity, the barriers that prevent them from reaching their full potential and the kinds of environments in which girls learn how to develop and foster the best parts of themselves both on and off the playing fields.

Student-Built Prototype Vehicle Breaks Mileage Record at 2008 Shell Eco-Marathon(TM) Americas

"Ladies and gentlemen, start your fuel-efficient engines" were the words that kicked off the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas; and that's exactly what more than 300 students from Canada, Mexico, and the United States did April 12th. Mater Dei High School of Evansville, Indiana, set a new mileage record at the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas, a challenge to design, build and test fuel-efficient prototype vehicles that travel the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel.

The team's combustion-engine prototype vehicle achieved an astonishing 28-hundred miles per gallon. Despite wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour and various teams' mechanical issues, competition was steep this year with three teams breaking the 2007 mileage record set by Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

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