Sunday, January 31, 2016



One of the biggest current health issue that is happening around the world is HIV/AIDS in Africa. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus(HIV) destroys your immune system and weakens the defense system against infection and targets other kinds of cancer. There's roughly about 41.1 million people around the world living with HIV, but the most common country living with HIV is Sub-Saharan Africa at around 28 million in 2014. Sadly, there is no cure for HIV, on the other hand there is a drug called antiretrovira(ARV) which can at least help the virus to be controlled. As the virus advances weakens the immune system it'll start to show symptoms such as, fever, weight lost, and diarrhea. Some actions on having a greater risk on developing HIV is having unprotected sex or anal sex, also using a contaminated needle or other drug equipment, and lastly being in receipt of unsafe injections.

Why is Procrastination a problem?

It's Never Too Late to Stop Procrastinating 

Procrastination is a habit many students go through but aren't aware of the effects procrastination has upon us. Procrastinators delay and make excuses for the things that have to be done in their daily lives. The reason why procrastinators set of an assignment later, is because they are either a perfectionist or they look over their life too much. Not only does procrastination effect your mental health, it also effects your physical health. People who procrastinate tend to eat poorly, sleep less, and do drugs more than people that do their homework promptly. Procrastination is also a stress factor, which we will be learning more about in health class. Students also tend to put things off, like healthy behaviors and exercise. Planning out what you are going to do, invoke a buddy system, set a reward for yourself, and trying to keep time manageable are some ways procrastinators can kick the habit off.

Do you think procrastination is a problem? Do you have any other strategies that can help avoid procrastination?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Why Exercise?

Benefits of Regularly Exercising

Not many people know about the benefits of exercising. Personally, it helps me stay feeling young and energetic. Without exercise, a person may encounter some problems. Like a person's weight reaching an undesirable level or put a person at a higher risk for health conditions and diseases. But other than preventing problems, it can just make you feel better in general. I didn't realize it, but on the emotional side, exercise just relieves stress and puts me into another state of mind. This article will tell you about the benefits of exercising regularly.

Do the things listed in the article apply to and would benefit you?
Do you think it's necessary to exercise regularly?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

How can you prevent stress from becoming overwhelming?

An issue we will talk about in class as well as one of the most prevalent things among high school student's today is stress which we all know is unavoidable; but there are things that you can do to help keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed by it. Stress is a factor of life for so many people whether it is due to school, work, personal issues, or social issues; the list has infinite possibilities. The list of things you can do, aren't extensive or time consuming, they are all probable things everyone can add to their daily routine if you don't have them already. Such things are; eating healthy and nutritious foods, exercising, and having a good balance of activities and work. Stress is unavoidable as many already know, but keeping these things in your daily routine is something we should all try to do to keep ourselves healthy, feeling better, and most importantly to keep stress levels manageable.

Do you think adding or keeping these 5 things in a daily routine are achievable to the majority of people? Are there any other strategies you have that you use to keep your stress levels down that you would recommend to others?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

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?