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,