Friday Faves: Get Involved on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, NFL Wide Receiver Opens up about Bullying, and More!

TGIF! The weekend is finally here and the Choices magazine/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web.

MLK CONTEST1. This Monday is the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, and we challenge you and your teens to get up and get involved! Whether teens join a volunteer organization, start a fundraiser, or just help their neighbors or other students in their school, they'll be actively participating in the holiday and helping to change the world! Teens should check out for an opportunity to enter an MLK Jr.-inspired art contest and to find more resources for volunteering.

2. The New York Times featured a groundbreaking article on sleep this week. Their argument? That sleep is our brain's way of cleaning out its trash. Dr. Sigrid Veasey of the University of Pennsylvania says "We’re really starting to realize that when we skip sleep, we may be doing irreparable damage to the brain." Check out the Choices article about the teen sleep crisis to help your teens turn their Zzz's into A's.

3. Who could have imagined Victor Cruz, wide receiver for the New York Giants, was ever bullied? In a recent video, he opened up about the racism he dealt with in his younger years, and gave support to Joey Kemmerling, a teen who has been recently bullied for his sexual orientation.

4. We know smoking cigarettes is a bad habit - but do we really know just how bad? In a report released last week by the Acting Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak, findings revealed that cigarettes are not only more dangerous today than they were in the 1960s, but they can actually lead to even more diseases, like Type 2 diabetes mellitus or rheumatoid arthritis. And as if your teens needed another reason to steer clear smoking, this "fun"quiz from the NYT Well Blog will show them the toll that smoking can take on how you look.

5. Mother of three Dawn Larkin-Wallace decided to take her health into her own hands seven years ago, and discovered a lifelong love of fitness and running that she's now shared with her children. Her passion for instilling positive body image in her children has become a revolution, and she has some pretty great advice for moms trying to lead a healthy, body-positive household.

Did we miss anything big from this week? Share your faves in comments below!