Sunday, November 16, 2014

Too much protein in middle age as bad as smoking?

Jack Vejvoda Period 6

Since day one we've been told that eating protein is really good for our diet. It's been force fed to us that meats and dairy will help keep us strong, healthy, and active for a long time but this article puts the importance of protein in an everyday diet on the line. In this article it talks about how a high protein diet will lead to a middle aged adult being four times more likely to die of cancer than their low protein diet counterparts. Many people start a high protein diet in order to lose weight but it's been found that this high protein diet is equal to smoking a whooping twenty cigarettes a day. This article really surprised me because I never thought that eating something that's supposed to be good for you could ever be so detrimental to one's body. It makes me think about what other facts about health that we've been told that aren't true. I'm not so sure that eating a lot of protein is as bad as smoking twenty cigarettes a day, unless you're only eating red meat, but I also feel like too much of a good thing is never a good thing. Do you believe what this article is saying? What alternatives should middle aged people do in order to lose weight rather than starting a high protein diet? Do you think that the importance of protein goes down as someone gets older? The link for the article is below.

Bad Mood?

Why am I in a 
bad mood?
Sharona Mataele
Period 6
Have you ever just been in a bad mood and have no idea why? This article explains causes of bad moods. Some like most of us know such as, pressure from parents/family and puberty. What some of us may not know is that bad moods aren't always just bad moods. Sometimes a bad mood can be something greater. Some people just think they are in a bad mood but bad moods are temporary. People mistaken depression for being in a bad mood all the time. Sometimes bad moods are symptons of depression. It is important to realize the differenece because depression is something that is common among teens today that can be very dangerous (suicide, etc.). You can try and et rid of bad moods by exercising, getting more sleep, etc. Do you think you might mistaken depression for bad moods? What do you do to get yourself or others out of bad moods?

Other Birth Control Options for Teens

Many people become sexually active in high school, when it's important to protect against unwanted pregnancy. For this reason, I think teens need to be knowledgeable regarding what kinds of birth control are out there. Many teens are only aware of birth control pills and condoms as forms of birth control, but there are many other methods that teens may actually prefer. For instance, teens are likely to want birth control for a long period of time, and they are more likely to forget to take a pill at the same time every day. Therefore, an IUD that lasts 12 years, and can be removed when a woman decides she wants to become pregnant, is more reliable and convenient for a teen to use than a daily pill. This article details some of the most convenient and reliable forms of birth control for teens.

Were you aware of these forms of birth control before reading this article? What are your feelings about these alternative forms of birth control?

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Is Red Wine good for your heart?

According to this article, the Red Wine, in moderation, has been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein. Other doctors says that red wine is still alcohol, but the other doctors agree that something in Red Wine appears to help your heart.

Resveratrol - the key ingredient of a red wine that helps prevent damage to the blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL/ bad cholesterol) and prevents blood clots.

* This article proves that Red Wine is good for your heart because of the ingredient put into it, the question is, is Red Wine still consider as alcohol that we should not drink or not? I believe that Red Wine is not an alcohol because it's made out of grapes *


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Keeping Safe from Drugs

                    say No to drugs


     Since we are currently learning about drugs and alcohol, I thought this article was appropriate to write about. This article talks about some good distractions that teens can do to avoid drugs. As you may know, teens usually do drugs when they are bored and have nothing else to do. There are a couple distractions that can keep your mind off of drugs. Being creative, choosing the right friends, discovering a hidden talent, and being happy with who you are will really help teens to reduce the drugs that they take. Overall, this article really gave me a good idea of what teens can really do to get their mind off of drugs and more on keeping themselves happy and healthy.

Why do you think that there is such a high percentage of teens who do drugs?
Do you think there are other factors that can lead to drug use?


Monday, October 27, 2014

Can Children Get Too Much Excercise?


I chose this article because while learning about physical health in class, we talked about how teenagers should get at least 15 minutes of exercise everyday to help stay healthy. However, we did not discuss the effects of too much exercise. I play on multiple sports teams at a time so I was curious to find out how much exercise is really too much. This article recommends no more than five days a week of a sport with two months off every year. This is far less than the amount of time that I play sports every week which puts me at risk of overuse injuries. However, sports are important to me so I will continue to play too much despite what this article says. Do you agree that there should be a limit to how much a person should exercise? Or that it is fine as long as they take some time to rest every once in a while?

Recognizing and Helping with Alcohol/Drug Problem

Many of us may know of someone who is at any stage of drug using. Because many people who chose to experiment drugs often think they are in control of the amount of drugs/alcohol that they are consuming, it is usually very difficult for these people to understand that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol unless someone tells them about it.

As friends and families, we should be on the lookout for the warning signs of the drug/alcohol abuse problem, such as constantly relying on drugs to have fun, relieve stress or relax(not only to get "high"), having blackouts, dropping grades, losing interests in activities that they used to love, and lying to get the money for more drugs. If you know someone who has drug abuse problem and are looking for help, there are websites and contact info for information on drug and recovery included in this article at the end.

Now that you know how to recognize someone's alcohol/drug abuse problem, what are things that you can do to help them? Also besides the do's what are some don't's regarding coping with this problem?

Thursday, October 23, 2014




 What is Yoga?

 Yoga is not only an exercise it is also a lifestyle practice that helps train mind, body, breathing, and connecting with your spirituality. There are many different types of physical yoga, like ashtonga yoga, biktam, gentle, koundalini, tyengar, restorative, and vinyasa. all these types of yoga help improve flexibility, strength, balance, and stamina. In addition, many people who practice yoga say that it reduces anxiety and stress, improves mental clarity, and even helps them sleep better. there is all different types of yoga for all different people, some yoga moves slowly, some moves fast pase, while other types of yoga are in extreme heat. All the different types of yoga are here to help you relieve stress and help gain a better understanding of how your body works.
 What my question is, is do you believe that yoga can be used to relieve stress or is it more about flexibility and exercise? 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dyslexia: A Gift or a Curse?

I was surprised to learn about what dyslexia does to your brain. People with dyslexia have trouble spelling, reading, memorizing and following directions, but they have normal intelligence. This is not a disease you can catch; it is something you are born with. The good news is that many people with dyslexia are also very creative and talented. Some famous people with this condition are Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Will Smith and Orlando Bloom. They somehow overcame their troubles with dyslexia, but students today can get a lot of help from the school system. Students can have access to specially trained tutors and reading specialists, or can get extra time on tests and books on tape to help with reading assignments. I think this article shows that people with dyslexia shouldn’t feel limited in what they can do.  They can accomplish as much as anyone else, with the right help.

How would you feel if you had dyslexia? Would you help someone who had dyslexia?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Legalization of Marijuana

NY Times: Repeal Prohibition, Again

The prohibition on alcohol in 1920 lasted 13 years which caused many social and economic problems among people is now being repeated with a current 40 year ban of marijuana. There have been many arrests and charges against people with possession of marijuana, where are there are almost three times the amounts of arrest for marijuana possession than there is for cocaine, heroine and other drugs combined. There's been honest debate about the effects of marijuana and that it is not as harmful as tobacco and alcohol where %75 of states have made some sort of legalization of the drug. Overall, this article was primarily opinionated in legalizing rather than giving a counter argument and defending both sides. However, i found it to be very factual and display very basic yet strong evidence that supports the legalization of the drug.

I want to know what you guys think on a seemingly age old question: Do you feel there should be a legalization of marijuana in all 50 states and if so to what extent? If no, why not? 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Drugged Driving

Among teenagers, vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death. When teens inexperience of driving is combined with any illicit substance, the outcome can be fatal. Many teens believe driving under the influence is no big deal, when in reality, even the smallest amounts of any drug can have an insurmountable effect on driving ability. Besides alcohol, THC is the substance most common in vehicular accidents. Many studies prove that when THC was found in the blood of fatally injured drivers, they were often always at fault for the accident. And case of drugged driving is dangerous to the driver, any passengers, as well as anyone else who happens to be on the road.

Do you think driving under the influence is as bad as the article makes it out to be? Would you get in the car with someone under the influence?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


As we learned in class, stress is a normal part of people's lives but continuous stress can lead to physical and mental harm. The three main types of stress are based upon routine, negative changes, and traumatic stress. Common symptoms of stress can include anger and irritability, depressed mood, or a common cold. Overall, this atricle was more of an eye opener to what stress is and the symptoms of low and high stress. After our discussion in class and information brought up in this article, what do you think causes teenagers the most stress and why? What could you do to lower your stress levels?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Why exercise is wise
Experts believe that teenagers should get at least 60 minutes of exercise a day. Not only does exercise benefit parts of your body, but it also benefits your mind as well. When you exercise, the body produce endorphin, a chemical that can help a person to feel more peaceful and happy about themselves. Exercise also improves self esteem and mild depression because when you exercise it gives people a real sense of accomplishment when they achieve a certain goal. Exercise also lowers the risk of getting certain diseases like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Exercise is a great way to maintain good health for your body and mind as it keeps you looking young and healthy.

Do you believe that it is necessary to get 60 minutes of exercise a day or do you believe there are other alternatives that have the same benefits that improve your body as exercise?

secondhand smoke

Smoking doesn't only effect you, it also effects those around the person smoking. Second hand smoke is when smoke is inhaled involuntarily from tobacco being smoked by others. Sadly it is just as bad. It can cause respiratory infections, asthma, heart disease, and even cancer. Even if you have never smoked and you are constantly around people who do, you are at risk. It is never good to breath tobacco smoke. What do you think we can do to eliminate the factor of second hand smoke? Do you think more non-smoking areas will help this problem?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

5 Facts About Goal Setting

In class we learned about the different types of goals we set and how to achieve them. There are long-term and short-term goals and many ways in going about achieving them. The most important fact though, is to set realistic goals for yourself and to not let distractions take you off course. I agree with this article because I think that these steps are necessary to achieving those goals.

Do you believe these steps are necessary to achieving your goals? Any other steps you take towards those goals? 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Are electronic cigarettes better for you than normal cigarettes?

This article is about how e-cigs are still bad for you, but not as bad as actual cigarettes are for you. It is a good alternative to smoking cigarettes,

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Magic mushrooms to combat addiction and depression?
Addiction and depression are two things with which I am not familiar. I have no experience with either and, until reading this article, I had never considered them to hold any relationship with each other whatsoever. The idea that psychedelic mushrooms could be used to treat an array of mental ailments sounded preposterous. I wasn't convinced that a Schedule I drug like mushrooms could be beneficial for those suffering from mental health conditions like depression and addiction. Millions upon millions of Americans suffer from these maladies, and I had trouble believing that such a drug could actually be of assistance to those affected. Further reading about psilocybin and recently conducted studies has opened up my mind to the possibility of the use of such a drug to help treat a range of mental illness.

What do you think? Could magic mushrooms really be utilized as medicine? Should such illegal drugs even be considered for medical use? Where are the boundaries?

The Pros and Cons of Milk and Dairy
For reliable dietary advice, most nutritionists agree, look to the food pyramid. But when it comes to advice about milk and dairy, the question is: Which pyramid?
The official food pyramid comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It incorporates the recommendations of top ranking nutrition scientists from around the country.  But other groups, disagreeing with some aspects of the USDA’s recommendations, have constructed alternative pyramids. One of the most influential is the food pyramid created by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.  And one of the big differences between its advice and the USDA’s relates to milk and dairy products.
In 2005, the USDA’s dietary guidelines increased the recommended servings of milk from two to three cups a day. The latest guidelines, released in 2010, repeat that advice. They specifically urge Americans to get more fat-free or low-fat milk and related dairy products.
According to Harvard’s food pyramid, on the other hand, milk isn’t an essential part of a healthy diet -- and may pose risks
Indeed, countries in which almost no milk is consumed, such as many Asian countries, have low rates of fractures, he points out.
It’s true, he acknowledged, that milk is a good source of potassium. But the levels used for the USDA recommendations are much higher than they need to be to prevent hypertension, according to Willett.  “We’re much better off advising people to consume less salt,” he says.
As beverages go, milk is relatively high in calories. One cup of 2% milk has 138 calories, for instance. Drinking three cups a day adds 366 calories to the diet -- a lot for anyone watching their weight.
But Willett’s chief worry is that drinking too much milk may pose dangers. “By now there’s quite a body of data showing a higher risk of fatal prostate cancer associated with milk,” he tells WebMD. “And though the evidence is somewhat mixed, we’ve still seen a slightly higher risk of ovarian cancer associated with drinking three or more servings of milk.”

What do you think? Is milk good for you? Do you think the food pyramid is correct? 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Risk of Alcohol to teens
 Alcohol is a big ideal with high school and college students. Teens tend to follow one another's actions and sometimes there not the best decisions. Teen drinking is a big deal because the teen brain isn't fully developed. Small amounts of alcohol can help people feel more relaxed and less stressed. Teens now a days are loaded with stress from school and activities. However sense the teens brains are not fully developed they can not make an educated decision when to stop. When teens drink to much their lives and others become at risk. Drunk driving and alcohol poisoning are huge risks of drinking. I believe that teens should be taught how risky and dangerous drinking is. Do u guys think there should be more funding on teaching teens the danger of alcohol?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Differences between sadness and Depression

Many people think that depression and sadness are the same thing. But there wrong, I always thought they were similar emotion . By reading this article i learn that depression can last a long time and effect your life in a big way. It can always change you're mood and drain you're energy out. You will have trouble in joying the good parts in life. Depression can keep you from concentrating at school you can get distracted easily. And have less motivation everyday that goes by day by day. People with depression have a lot of trouble staying happy. Sometimes it gets to that point that it gets worse that you start to think negative and have to start taking pills and see a therapist twice a week. Sadness in the other hand is less scary and something that happens once in a while. people mostly get sad when they lose a family member or got a bad grade on a test they studied really hard for but eventually get over it. And move on. depression and sadness are two different kind of emotions that you need to look out for because you never know when someone needs your help the most and you don't realize whats going on.

How do you know your depressed or sad?.. 
How do you it's the right time to let it out?
Why do you think people get depression out of know where?
Do you think being sad can lead to depression?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coping With Colds

Coping With Colds

One part of health we've been discussing is physical health, and since I've been dealing with a cold for the past week, I chose to post this article. I wasn't too surprised by the fact that the common cold is the leading cause of school absences, but I was shocked at the lack of remedies. There are over-the-counter cold medicines you can take, and you can eat chicken soup if it makes you feel better, but you really have to let the sickness run its course. At this point in time, I would think scientists would have developed a cure for something so common by now. Since there is no true cure, what do you think we should do to prevent the spreading of colds? How do you think this will affect our futures, as individuals and as a community?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

How Just a simple 5 Minute Run Can Prevent Heart disease!

This article really interested me in many ways. At first I really just thought that it was going to be a simple running article but the statistics that were shown in the article really had an impact on my idea for health! Kids these days are exposed to a lot of junk food, things that can really harm your body and especially your heart. A good way to really maintain a healthy diet for me and stay fit has been to run as much as I can to stay healthy. This article truly shows how much just a simple 5 minute run can help your life in the long run!

Do you agree with this article in how this short of run can have THAT big of an Impact on your life?? Let me know and i will share my opinion as well! Let me know any ideas that you have about this!

How just a simple 5 Minute Run can prevent heart disease!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Do Abstinence Only Programs REALLY Work?

In my opinion, abstinence should be taught as an option to teens who are confused about sex; however, studies back up the fact that teaching only abstinence leads to more teen pregnancies. I believe abstinence should be taught, but other options such as birth controls and pregnancy preventions should be mentioned as well.

Do you believe abstinence only education is a valid option? Are there any benefits to abstinence only education?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Golden Gate Bridge and The Suicide Net

One of the more sensitive topics we learn about in health is depression and suicide. 1 in 12 teens have attempted suicide in their lifetime. The Golden Gate Bridge, a popular tourist attraction and the pride of San Francisco, is also an extremely popular spot for those who no longer wish to live. In an effort to combat the rising number of suicides committed on the bridge, a bill was passed allowing a massive, steel net to be built 20 feet below the bridge in an effort to deter/save possible suicides. I, personally, do not think this is the way to prevent suicides. A person who is strongly suicidal will find a way to attempt. I think there are better ways that we could spend this money that can still be put towards suicide prevention. Do you feel this is an effective way to prevent suicides? Why or why not? Do you think there is a better way to prevent suicides among teens and adults? What might you propose?

Monday, September 8, 2014

 This was recently discovered and still amazes me. Since this next unit is about sleep and I had just heard about this i figured it would make sense to post it here. I used to think sleep wasn't that important, just something adults wanted more of and teenagers could care less about. This article really opened my eyes to the importance of sleep. I had no idea the brain would open up and rinse out toxins while you're asleep, i just thought it shuts down.

knowing this about the brain and what it does, will you make sure you get enough sleep?  Or will you continue to get not enough sleep?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

 Healthier Happy Meal

Two kids are working with the top chef at McDonald’s to make Happy Meals more nutritious
NOVEMBER 09, 2012
Kid Reporter Alice Gottesman posed with Sarah Ralston and Elanya Saley at McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Fast food is known for being convenient. But when it comes to nutrition, it is not considered to be the best choice. McDonald’s says they want to change that. In July 2011, the company announced a plan to provide customers with healthier options. One change since then has been the addition of apple slices to Happy Meals.
Now, the fast-food chain is enlisting kids’ help to make changes to their kid’s meals, which they call Happy Meals. Sarah Ralston, 11, and Elanya Saley, 9, won a contest to become honorary Happy Meal chefs. Their job is to help the company’s executive chef, Dan Coudreaut, create a healthy new Happy Meal option. “I want to make sure that [kids] are being active and healthy,” Sarah told TFK.
Kids Pitch In
Kid Reporter Alice Gottesman interviews McDonald's executive chef Dan Coudreaut.
Kid Reporter Alice Gottesman interviews McDonald's executive chef Dan Coudreaut.
At the company’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, the two girls started by experimenting with pocket food—a term used for food items that have a filling. They made turnovers stuffed with broccoli and cheese, empanadas packed with chicken and vegetables and ravioli made with meat and spinach.
Sarah and Elanya started with pocket foods because it is easy to put vegetables in pocket food. If you can grow all the vegetables in one place and put them in the foods in one place, it’s possible to then ship everything out to the thousands of McDonald’s locations, Coudreaut explained.
According to Coudreaut, making changes to the Happy Meal can be challenging. Even adding apple slices required a great deal of planning. “With 14,000 restaurants, that is a really hard thing to do,” said Coudreaut.
Still, Coudreaut hopes to make many more changes, with the goal of making the meals more nutritious. “We aren’t stopping at apples,” he said.
i used to love happy meals when i was small. my question about this article is should Mcdonalds change the happy meal to a more healthier meal or just leave it the way it is ????????????? 

Too much protein in middle age 'as bad as smoking'

Too much protein in middle age 'as bad as smoking'

One of the components of health that we discussed is physical health, and a big part of physical health includes eating the right foods. Growing up, many people believe they are eating the right foods for themselves until something bad happens or people tell them otherwise. Personally, my dad always told me to eat more protein, and therefore I believed that protein was the ultimate food quality that I needed to find in every meal. Reading this article really shocked me because around 80% of my diet consisted of protein-based foods. I still think I will continue to eat like I have mostly because I feel healthy, but it also has my mind thinking of other things that I normally do that can contribute to me having a longer, healthier life.

Now knowing that my diet is a lie, I'm curious as to see what else can either benefit or detriment my life. What other choices can teens make in their diet to lead healthier lives? What does it really mean to "eat healthy"?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

In Our Digital World are Teens Losing the Ability to Recognize Emotions?

In Our Digital World are Teens Losing the Ability to Recognize Emotions?

One of the components of emotional health is the ability to recognize one's own emotions and the emotions of others. Without the ability to recognize other's emotions correctly it could lead to misunderstandings, arguments, and cause difficulties in relationships. I have lived without my cell phone and computer for a week this summer and could tell a big difference in my ability to focus, concentrate on what other's were talking about, and overall more present in what was going on around me.

If teens are saturated with digital media and less face-to-face communication, what does this mean for them when they become adults? What could this mean for the future? Should digital media be limited to a few hours per day for teenagers?

Move Over M & Ms

Move Over M & Ms

As we've been learning in Health class, food products loaded with sugar are detrimental to our health. Eating lots of sugar can lead to obesity, diabetes, emotional issues, among others. I agree with the city of Chicago in their idea of replacing sugary foods in vending machines with more healthy options. It would be wonderful if I could go to vending machine on campus and purchase a bag of nuts, instead of a bag of Hot Cheetos. However, I wonder if this might be infringing on people's freedom of choice?

Should people be allowed to have the choice to eat healthy or not healthy, or should cities impose good health upon them?