Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Is Coca-Cola Going Too Far?

Link to the Article!

So there's the article. Remember when Michelle Obama got fooled by the major food businesses into false promises to get "healthier"? Well, it seems that Coca-Cola has a tenancy to make everyone think it's a supporter of a people's health. Coke has donated $120 million dollars in grants to the Academy of Pediatrics, which is absurd.

Do you think that companies like the Coca-Cola Company are really trying to get better? Or are they just trying to get people to buy their product? Do you think that people are aware that despite their monetary support, that they don't show this same support in their food products? Tell me what your thoughts are peeps.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

How stress affects your health


In health class, we learned that social, mental, and emotional health are important aspects of health that require acknowledgement and development. Our interactions with others and with our environments can change drastically according to the levels of stress that we may be undergoing. There are two main categories of stress: short-term stress and chronic stress.

Short-term stress doesn't tend to last long, although it can have deadly consequences at times, such as heart attacks. This form of stress is often caused by individual events, from having to play the piano at Carnegie Hall to experiencing a sudden and unexpected earthquake.

Chronic stress, on the other hand, is long-term. It can physically wear and tear at one's body, as well as cause mood swings and negativity. Furthermore, chronic stress has been known to be a factor behind cardiovascular diseases.

To avoid or get rid of stress, one can build strong relationships, identify causes of stress, get psychiatric help, or even do something as simple as learning to reign in anger.

I found this article to be interesting, as it differentiated between the two types of stress. It was detailed, and offered some solutions instead of only identifying the problems. I could definitely relate to the idea of stress negatively impacting personal life.

-Can you recall a time when you experienced stress? If so, which type of stress was it?

-What do you think are the best ways to reduce or eliminate stress?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Can dogs improve human health?


Has your pet ever made your feel better when you were stressed or anxious about something? This article talks about how pets can help improve your health by reducing stress, anxiety and comforting us when we are upset. Dogs are canine companions, and I agree that they help us feel better when times are hard and love us unconditionally. I found this article very fascinating because I learned a lot of new thing about how dogs can help benefit human health by reducing depression, high blood pressure and other health ailments. I also realized that when you have a dog it can keep you healthy by making you get out and exercise. I recommend everyone to have a loving dog that can be there for them.

Do you agree that dogs improve human health?
If you have a dog, do they helped you feel better when you were depressed or anxious about something?
What did you find most interesting about this article?

Sitting Will Kill You


As students, our job requires sitting, sitting, and sitting. This is a problem. It turns out, sitting for extended periods of time has an effect on one's health. According to this article, long periods of inactivity can actually increase risks of diabetes, obesity, heart disease, liver disease, metabolic syndrome, and other conditions, including premature death. Scary right?

Once I finished this article, I realized how bad for you something as innocent as sitting could be.  Inactivity is a dangerous thing, and we all have to be careful to exercise daily. Even just getting up and walking around every hour or so works. Do you ever just sit for hours on end? Should we try to the solve this problem at school? Do you think teachers should give short breaks during long classes, especially block?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Smart Snacking


Everyone snacks, but do you know what snacks are good for you? Since we all snack throughout the day it is important to know what snacks you should go for and which ones to avoid.  This article explores the types of snacks available and the positive or negative affects they can have on your body. It covers what to look for in a healthy snack and gives examples of healthy snacks you can make.

After reading this article I realized that I should be more careful about the snacks I eat.  Do you make active choices to snack healthy?  Do you read the labels on the products you buy?  Do you plan ahead so that you have healthy snacks with you for times when you get hungry between meals?  Do you think there should be a bigger initiative to teach kids what snacks are good and bad for them?

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Longer Lunch Periods Mean Fuller Students

Longer Lunch Periods Mean Fuller Students

How can a longer lunch make you feel more full? This is an article published in the New York Times about how different lunch lengths affect the amount of food consumed by students. It seems relevant because we are currently studying food and nutrients. 

After reading this article, I realized how lucky we are to get a 35 minute lunch period at Hillsdale. Do you think that lengthening the time we have for lunch would have an overall good effect on students? Consider not only the implications of being more full, but also being more focused in class. Are the benefits of having a longer lunch period worth staying for a longer time at school to compensate for the lost time?

Friday, September 18, 2015

How Much Food Should You Eat???????

Do you ever feel like just pigging out on junk food? Well I sure do. Sometimes people eat so much to the point where they don't feel good. You really should know how much you eat and what you eat.  If you tend to eat big portions then you are going to continue to eat big portions. People get so used to the food they eat that they are not getting enough protein and nutrients. Studies show that people who over eat start to become obese. Healthy food equals a healthy heart.

Why do you think America is known as the obese country?  In what ways can we keep our country healthy and strong? Do you think what we eat affects our emotion health? In what ways do you keep yourself healthy?

Culture Shock

Culture Shock

As we learned in health class, sleep can affect your emotions as well as experiencing culture shock. Our emotions can make it difficult for us to adjust to new cultures which is called culture shock. There are so many new changes we have to adapt to after leaving a familiar culture which can result in making our emotions vary such as feeling lonely, sad, anxious, or homesick. I can relate to this article because when I went to Nicaragua by myself, I had a hard time adjusting to the culture at first as I was frustrated with my lack of Spanish skills and I felt left out because of religious differences therefore not being able to connect with my community. As time went on, I was able to adapt and it allowed me to get past the overwhelming feelings and embrace the differences in our cultures.

  • Have you experienced culture shock?
  • If yes to the first question: When and where did it happen? What was different about the other culture that made it shocking to you?
  • If no to the first question: If you haven’t experienced culture shock, what examples can you think of for possible culture shocks?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Smile :)

When we are in a good mood, a broad smile gradually forms on our face. Though it's not natural to smile when we are in a bad mood, it turns out that putting a smile on our face can make us feel actual happiness, joy or amusement. Smiling on purpose changes the brain chemistry. Therefore, if people intentionally smile, they end up feeling the emotion they go with it. But how do you smile when you are down? When a person smiles, it uses all the muscles in the face, including the "laugh lines" around the eyes. Engaging all these muscles will help even a fake smile looks genuinely real.

Do you think a fake smile is the most effective way to life up the mood? Personally, I believe a fake smile is ineffective. Joker has smiled a lot but he doesn't look that happy to me. What do you think?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Alcohol or Marijuana? A Pediatrician Faces the Question

Alcohol or Marijuana? A Pediatrician Faces the Question
Since most people will try marijuana and/or alcohol at some point in their lives it is important to know the facts. This article written by a pediatrician goes over the health effects of both marijuana and alcohol. It presents statistics about death, injury to self, and injury to others as well as long term effects and use. I thought this article was very interesting and I found the authors choice to be accurate and reasonable. Because of the evidence he had and presented the author chose marijuana as being overall safer than alcohol. Do you agree with the author's conclusion? Why or why not? What if anything presented in this article make you think about marijuana or alcohol differently?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Drink up!


As we have learned in health class, many things can affect you mentally, physically, and emotionally. But one thing we haven't talked about is the amount of water you are supposed to drink everyday. Not drinking enough water can lead to many things including headaches, irritability, poor physical performance, poor mental performance, and even more serious issues. In this article, they performed an experiment with 4,000 children, ages 6 to 19. More than half of the kids who participated were dehydrated. So how much water should you drink daily? According to this article kids need 10-14 cups of water every day.  I agree that kids don't drink enough water but 10-14 cups a day of water is way more than I expected.

According to this article are you considered dehydrated?
Do you think dehydration can have other effects on kids that are not listed? Like what?
Why do you think so many kids are considered dehydrated?