Monday, February 29, 2016

10 Day Sugar-Free Challenge

Launching in May 2014, along with the release of Fed Up in theaters, over 65,000 people joined Katie, Laurie and the Fed Up team on a 10-day Challenge to go Completely Sugar Free! To kick of this semester on the right foot, I am challenging you to GO SUGAR FREE FOR 10 DAYS by launching the 10-Day Sugar Free Fed Up Challenge! 

Starting Wednesday March 2nd, 2016 Hillsdale High School is invited to participate in the 10-day sugar free challenge!
Start by cutting sodas and other sweetened beverages and foods that have ADDED sugars. EAT real, fresh, whole foods and lay off all products that contain added sugar including honey, molasses, agave, etc., and all liquid sugars, such as sodas, bottled teas, fruit juices, and sports drinks. Also, be aware of foods that may have hidden sugars, like yogurts, canned foods, spaghetti sauce, and ketchup. Watch for hidden names of sugar too. This includes all artificial sugars and sugar substitutes. No exceptions, so don’t ask!

What’s wrong with eating processed sugar?

Artificial sweeteners slow your metabolism and make you crave and eat more food. They trick your body into gaining weight and effect your insulin and leptin signaling. Sugar also overloads and damages your liver. It can cause metabolic dysfunction and increases your uric acid levels. High uric acid levels are a risk factor for heart and kidney disease. 

Why am I participating in this?

Over the many years that I have been living a healthy lifestyle, I have noticed the detrimental effects of sugar on my health- inflammation, weight gain, sleep issues, and overall lethargy. When I cut sugar out of my diet years ago, I noticed so many benefits and wanted to share that with my students. –Mrs. Trisko

Sign our pledge sheet on the main office window!

Share your commitment with others and help keep them motivated and empowered during this 10-day challenge. It can be shocking and tough, but rewarding at the same time. By working together as a community, we will be stronger than attempting this on our own.

Share your progress on our Health class blog Trisko Blog 10-day Sugar Free!

How is it going for you? What has been a challenge? What has been easy? Which foods did you discover that had sugar? What changes have you made or felt?

Bring your own sugar-free lunch and join others in room 247 on Fridays for support, ideas and discussions about eating healthy!

Other sources on the effects of sugar:

The film’s official website:

Journalism Relating to Health, Sugar and Obesity:

Politics and “Big Food”:

Websites for Healthy Recipes:

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Getting Enough Sleep?

     The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reported that 35% of adults in America don't get enough sleep, which increases their risk of contracting illneses such as: diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.   Based off a study done in 2014, they reported that about 1 in 3 people in the United States.  In order to make sure that you get enough sleep, and don't put yourself in danger, the CDC listed several habits that may improve your ammount of sleep.  Some examples of what might help include: avoiding tobacco, removing all large electronics from the bedroom, and keeping your bedroom dark in order to relax.  Personally, I know that I am going to try some of these examples, because I really don't really feel like contracting heart disease or having a stroke.

How about all of you?  Do you feel like you could pull off taking electronics out of your room if it meant avoiding life-threatening diseases ?
And even if you did, do you get enough sleep as a student?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Is it possible to grow a 3-D printed ear?

Bioengineers from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have recently come up with a way to 3-D print organs. They created the structure of a human ear and placed it into the backs of mice and rats. The transplanted tissue had blood vessels and nerves running through it and it even was able to grow. The tissue is made of a mixture of human, rat or rabbit cells and gelatin. This could later lead to 3-D printed hearts in the future! I think this is awesome! It is a more comfortable way transplant organs because the donor wouldn't have to die or choose to live with out a kidney for example.

Would you feel more comfortable with a donor organ from a human or a 3-D printed one?
Would you feel confident that a man made organ would work properly?
How do you feel about 3-D printing body parts?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What is Balanced Diet

 The basic food categories are fruit, vegetables, meat and grain. They provide basic nutrition for people, such as, vitamin, sugar, energy,  protein, carbohydrates, fats and so on. A balanced diet contain many proper nutrition that people need. Calories is the most important factor in our body because it supplies energy for people. We should keep calories in the range of the normal level because less than or more than the normal level will cause many health problems. If you receive less calories, you cannot maintain your weight and you will be malnutrition. If you receive an excess of calories, it will cause obesity. Daily calories intake can depend on people's age and their health level. Therefore, we need to plan on our health eating habit and balance the nutrients what we need everyday. Balanced diet is very important in our life because we need proper nutrition to work effectively. It helps our physical strength and prevent disease from out coming. We need to know about the health and the food we normally eat.

I found this article very useful because it gave more information about diet and listed some health food as a reference. After I read this article, I planed on my daily health diet. I thought it is very interesting to do that because I can search the function of the food while I plan my new diet. This article also fitted the topic of my health class in this week. My health teacher talks about the nutrition of some basic food we usually eat every day and lets me know which cooking method is unhealthy for people. They both embody how to cook a balanced diet and why a balanced diet is so important today. 

Do you find something new in this article?
What is your balanced diet after you read this article?

Can Playing Video Games Be Good for Your Health??

In this article by The Week, writer Danny Gallagher believe that video game does help with our health. He said that he also used to be a gamer back when Nintendo 64 was everyone favorite console, and every time his parent will kick him out of the game because they were concerned about how it might affect your long-term health. He also know that Plenty of studies have shown that games that don't require a lot of physical movement can have an adverse effect on children as they grow older, but me and Danny think that games do have a benefit to human health and body (not done).

Therese some video game that actually help some disable kid. chronic illnesses is a well known illnesses that happen in the US, The University of Utah released a study last year that examined the effects of regular gaming on children diagnosed with illnesses like autism, depression, and Parkinson's disease. Kid who participate in playing those games showed signs of improvement in "resilience, empowerment, and a 'fighting spirit.'"

For older kid and adult who play video games, video game can also reduce stress and depression. In the 2009's Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine included a study that found that gamer who suffered from mental health issues such as stress and depression were able to vent their frustration and aggression by playing video games. video game can also be a pain relief. Psychologists at the University of Washington developed a game that helps hospital patients suffering from immense physical pain by using an age-old mental trick: distraction. The virtual reality game "Snow World" put patients in an arctic wonderland in which they throw an endless arsenal of snowballs at a series of targets, such as penguins and snowmen. wounded patient after playing the game 'SNOW WORLD" required less pain medicine.

For me theirs one last one that I  think are truly help for everyone's health. I think that Video games can improve your vision and decision-making skills. Now days there are some games require fast reactions and split-second decisions Cognitive neuroscientists at the University of Rochester in New York found these games give players' brains plenty of practice for making decisions in the real world. We all know that sitting right in front of a screen for way too long isn't a good thing, But one developmental psychologist found it could actually be beneficial to your vision. Dr. Daphen Maurer of the Visual Development Lab of Ontario's McMaster University made a discovery that People suffering from cataracts can improve their vision by playing first-person shooter games, she also said that those games are so fast that player need such heavy attention in to the game making player a better eye site and look at more detail on an object

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Hidden Truth Behind E-Cigarettes


Many people believe that smoking electronic cigarettes is a safer alternative than smoking regular cigarettes but that may not be the whole truth. In health we learn about how smoking affects your body and the deadly consequences that follow. In a 2014 study they discovered that the, "amount of nicotine in e-liquid refills often is substantially different from the amount listed on the package." This alone could cause nicotine poisoning and a higher risk of addiction. People don't know what harmful chemicals are in e-cigs and a study done in 2014 stated that the "aerosol from e-cigarettes with a higher voltage level contains more formaldehyde, another carcinogen with the potential to cause cancer". These are cancer causing carcinogens that people are starting to put into there body without knowing the risks of what there doing. The liquid that is put into e-cigs also has a potential to be deadly, not to the user but there kids. The CDC has noticed an increase nationwide of the amount of calls to poison control centers for kids ingesting the e-liquid. Which is deadly especially if consumed by a child. Another risk is that the batteries can become overheated and explode. There has been many cases where they exploded sending the user to the hospital.

I personally don't believe that ecigs are much different than regular cigarettes except for the different flavorings and styles they have. I feel like they should be regulated more than they are right now. They are still just as harmful and deadly as cigarettes so my questions to you are:

Do you believe electronic cigarettes are safer?
Are you seeing an increase of teens starting to use them? 
How do you feel about them?

Truth behind Fast Foods
Chicken nuggets from McDonalds, a Dorrito Locos taco from Taco Bell, or maybe beans from Wendys?  Which one are you craving for your lunch? As of 2012 their are 263,944 fast food restaurants in America with a combined revenue of 100 billion. According to a poll 8 out of 10 Americans eat fast food monthly, half saying they eat it weekly. With all the advertising that fast food restaurants do, its not surprising that Americans keep walking through fast food doors. But before you do consume their foods you should evaluate what your eating. Thats of course if your fine with eating fly eggs, silicone dioxide, and other substances that are put into your meat.

I found this article very interesting because fast food is honestly a monthly thing for me. I don't like to eat it but its something easy to do when your in a rush or need a snack. After reading this article I have learned the substances and chemicals put into these foods to mock a sanwhich or a side. I am glad I have found this article because it has made me want to cut back and stop eating some of these fast food products, but not only that but to spread awareness.
Why do people still eat these products if they know whats in these foods?
Why do you think the FDA is okay with letting these restaurants put certain chemicals in their food?

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Artificial Sweeteners and weight gain

In this article, Roni Caryn Rabin, writes about the relationship between artificial sweeteners and weight gain. She references two studies; one follows 6,814 people for at least 5 years, ages 45-94; which found that the people who drink a diet soda that contained an artificial sweetener at least once a day gained a 67% increased rate of developing type 2 diabetes compared to the people that didn't.
They also had a 36% increased risk of metabolic syndrome which could lead to diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The second study she referenced followed a large group of people from San Antonio for 10 years and found that people who in a week drank more than 21 servings of diet drinks had their chances doubled of becoming overweight or obese.

I found this study to be very interesting and informative. I know many people that drink diet sodas and I am sure that they are unaware of the health risks that it poses. I find it ironic that these "diet" sodas are supposed to decrease the amount of unhealthy substances you take compared to regular soda but it does just the opposite. I am glad I found this article and am able to spread awareness about how bad artificial sweeteners are.
What do you guys think are a good solution to help discourage people from drinking these sodas?
I think that if you put a higher tax on these unhealthy substances that would discourage people from buying them. What do you guys think?

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About the Zika Virus Outbreak

 Aedes Aegypti Mosquito

The Article

As we have learned in our Health class, viruses usually have control over a large portion of the world. Originally breaking out in Brazil, the Zika virus has spread to Africa, South Africa, and is found in Central and South America. This virus is transmitted from being bit by an Aedis Aegypti Mosquito, and carriers can transfer it to others through sexual contact. Currently the CDC has issued travel alerts for 24 countries where the Zika virus is common.

The known symptoms include fever, rash, and joint pain. However, the scariest symptom that is causing distress is the association of the virus with microcephaly birth defect cases which results in malformed heads of the baby, causing serious developmental delays and possibly even death. Because of this, pregnant women are being heavily advised to avoid traveling to affected countries. Currently, there is no vaccine or medication that can cure this virus.

There has been talk of the affect that this virus will have on the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, including Hope Solo's concern of Olympic athletes contracting this virus. It seems to me that this virus is extremely dangerous, as it could lead to the ruined life of a child. Rio has already spent millions of dollars preparing for this Olympics, but I would definitely be concerned with the huge amount of people visiting at the same time. However, the World Health Organization ensures that Zika will recede in time for the Olympics.

Would you travel to Brazil as an athlete knowing the prevalence of the virus? And how to you think the Zika virus will affect the Games?

Thoughts on this point of view?

Friday, February 19, 2016

Life Skills Training and Drug Misuse

Here is the link to the article.

In health class, we learned that drugs can negatively impact the teenager's brain, particularly when parts of the brain, such as the Pre-Frontal Cortex are undeveloped. As such, this article is significant because it helps prevent drug use in adolescents to prevent brain damage during this very important part of development.

Personally, I believe that such a program can benefit many teens, especially when it is presented before a teen is exposed to drugs. Life skills training could be effective in many other areas, and I believe this would be a good use of school resources to help prevent problems down the road. My parents provided me with a lot of support so that I would avoid drugs, but in some cases where the family is unwilling to talk about these sensitive issues, this is a good solution.

Do you think this program outweighs the cost and would you attend it? Furthermore, do you think there could be any other benefits of life skills training?

For more information, the full research paper is here.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Chipotle Believes E. Coli breakout came from Australian Beef

Link to article

The Chipotle E. coli outbreak was a scary event that landed 21 customers in the hospital, in addition to scarring the company's reputation and profits. If hearing of this major health outbreak made you wonder of the source of this dangerous disease, then you are not alone. However, the investigations of the origins of the E. coli breakout that were conducted by both Chipotle and the Center for Disease Control contain lots of contradictions as well as ambiguity.

Chipotle maintains that the bacteria originated from contaminated Australian beef and spread through other ingredients through improper food handling. However, Chipotle allegedly came to this conclusion through default, after dismissing other potential causes such as red onions or cilantro. Additionally, Chipotle spokesperson Chris Arnold stated that "no cause was determined." The Center for Disease Control was unable to definitively prove any causation of the E. coli outbreak, but believes that it likely stemmed from contaminated produce, as that has been the cause for similar outbreaks in the past. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service additionally dismisses the probability that beef caused this outbreak.

Given the large lack of definiteness and doubt carried in Chipotle's investigation of the E. coli breakout, how do you feel? Do you believe that Chipotle should have carried a more thorough investigation to trace the origins of E. coli? Are you still wary that, if we are not 100% certain of what caused the disease, Chipotle customers could still prey victim to the dangerous virus? Or do you trust Chipotle and are more than willing to eat there?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Growing up on a farm provides protection against asthma and allergies

Article Link Here

      If you've ever dealt with dust or pollen allergies, you know what it feels like taking the effort to go outside on a breezy summer day. If you forget your allergy medicine, you're most likely screwed, sneezing every minute with your head congestion causing extreme discomfort and inability to fully enjoy the outdoors. Well have no fear! There might be a cure for your allergies in future years because of the research currently being conducted.
      Researchers in Belgium have been studying children who live on farms to see if they could find out why they aren't as susceptible to dust allergies as children who aren't raised on farms. Turns out, that there is a protein in respiratory tracts (in which mucous is produced) that protects reactions to house mite dust and farm dust. This protein is called the A20 protein.
     This discovery reminds me of what we talked about in our health class, how environment effects your health. Kids who grew up on farms had activated proteins that allow them not to act as severely to allergies as those of us who live in more urban areas.
     What these researchers are doing has opened up the possibility of developing asthma and allergy vaccines and therapies.
      My questions for you readers:
How successful do you think vaccines would be with the research that they have now?
For those of you with allergies, how many of you wouldn't think twice about trying an allergy vaccine? I certainly would take the chance.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Smoking Among Teenagers

How does smoking effect young teenagers?

Holding the number-three spot, down from number one in 2007, is smoking, with 32 percent of U.S. adults rating it as a major problem for teenagers today. It is estimated that at least 4.5 million U.S. adolescents between the ages of 12-17, smoke cigarettes. Each day in the United States, more than 3,800 youth aged 18 years or younger smoke their first cigarette, and an additional 2,100 youth and young adults become daily cigarette smokers. Cigarette smoking during childhood and adolescence produces several health problems, including an increase in respiratory illnesses, decreased physical fitness, and potential retardation in lung growth and lung function. Prevention is critical when it comes to teen smoking. From 2011 to 2014, current cigarette smoking declined among middle and high school students. Nearly 3 of every 100 middle school students reported in 2014 that they smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days—a decrease from 4.3% in 2011. About 9 of every 100 high school students reported in 2014 that they smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days—a decrease from 15.8% in 2011. I think that smoking has become popular among teenagers because of the increase in smoking products, such as electronic cigarettes, hookahs, and smokeless tobacco. I also think that there has been an increase due to how addictive smoking becomes. Once teens start smoking, it becomes hard for them to stop and they can influence others to try it too. I think that smoking will continue to be popular among teenagers unless there becomes a decrease in smoking products. 

Why do you think smoking has become increasingly popular among teenagers?
What can be done to decreasing smoking?
Why do you think people start smoking?
Do you think teen smoking is due to peer pressure?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

No link between vaccines and autism?

There's a reason Andrew Jeremy Wakefield is retired

Is it truly safe for our children to be injected with life-threatening diseases?

Article summarizing the issue and presenting findings in layman's terms.
Initial study rebutting initial claims of a link between vaccination and autism.

The Journal of Pediatrics has found no link between vaccinations and autism in its latest study. The study was carried out using data gathered between 1994-1999, alleviating any concerns that data collection could have been biased in some way. The study was conducted by the Center for Disease Control and utilized the histories of 1008 children who received vaccinations during the time period, 256 of whom had been diagnosed with autism, along with 752 who had not. Researchers used a metric of antigens present in the subject's body; a component of vaccines which emulate antibodies in order to "teach" an immune system to fight viruses.
The controversy began with the study conducted by a Dr. Andrew Jeremy Wakefield, a British former surgeon and medical researcher. Wakefield's study found that in addition to autism, there was a link between the MMR vaccine and bowel disease (no pun intended!). Earlier studies that failed to reproduce Wakefield's results cast a shadow on these controversial findings, and this latest CDC has cemented for many that there is, in fact, no link.
Still, others were thoroughly convinced by the initial study. Medical Journal Pediatrics found that between the years of 2006 and 2009, the number of parents who decided to forgo vaccinations for their children quadrupled. Already this affects of this shift of thought are becoming evident - the 2012 outbreak of whooping cough was the worst in the U.S. in 50 years. The 2014 Ebola outbreak was the largest in history, and took many lives in the United States. A rubeola, aka measles outbreak began in Disneyland California of last year, prompting Mexico to tighten its border with Southern California. Humorously, Rubeola is defined as "A viral infection that's serious for small children but is easily preventable by a vaccine."

So what do you think?
Do you plan on vaccinating your children?
Is protection from rare diseases really worth autism or other developmental disabilities?
Should the medical community have the authority to decide for everyone, or is it up to the parents?
Do their personal freedoms outweigh the risk posed to everyone else?

Sunday, February 7, 2016


He's asleep and he's walking

Question to ask you readers, how many of you sleep walk or know someone who sleepwalks? Answer that question, but do not blame yourself if you do sleep walk blame your parents. "The study found the prevalence of sleepwalking was: 22.5 percent of children without a parental history of sleepwalking developed sleepwalking; 47.4 percent of children with one parent who was a sleepwalker developed sleepwalking; and 61.5 percent of children developed sleepwalking when both parents were sleepwalkers." Younger children are less likely to sleepwalk, preschoolers are the one to sleepwalk the least. But as time moves on to 10 years the chance of sleepwalking increases. A major factor that increases the chance of sleepwalking is sleep terrors, sleep terrors are be afraid while sleeping. Screaming and intense fear, sleep walking and sleep terrors are closely related. Children who experience sleep terrors when young will most likely sleep walk in their later years. Do not blame yourself if you do sleep walk, blame your parents and those sleep terrors. 

Is there a cure for sleepwalking and/ or sleep terrors? Is sleepwalking dangerous? Should parents put up safety nets for their children if their sleep walking leads them too far? Do you think sleep walkers end up in weird places? How different do you think sleep terrors are from nightmares? Do you believe a cure for sleep walking will require therapy? 

teen stress

Stress is an issue that teens and adults have. We have all have had atleast one point in our lives where we experienced the anxiety and issues stress has brought us all, whether to be from friends, family, or even our own self conscious issues. Nobody knows how to get rid of the effects or causes of stress without fully experiencing the issue once or learning it from another. This article provides a definition of stress, responses to stress, and how to optimize it. Reading this article will give you a better understanding of how to harness you own stress. Now answer,

what are three ways you can avoid being overwhelmed with stress?


Depression and Social Media

Social media is great and helpful however using it too often can make you feel depressed. Time is priceless and that is one thing that you can’t take back for sure. Are you sure that social media is worth your time? It is helpful however over using it is not good for you because you miss a lot of opportunities like activities that can benefit you in good ways. In fact, you lose a lot of face to face interactions which is necessary for people, especially teenagers. People who are already depressed can feel even more depressed. It is also a source for unhealthy relationships and you can become a victim of your thoughts. People with negative thoughts, emotions, and feelings can affect you and make you feel as depressed as they are. Spending lots of time on social media is not productive even though I know that it is really addictive.

Do you feel depressed after spending a lot of time on social media? Can you test it on yourself to see the difference? Did you ever think about about deleting all of your social media because you felt depressed? Do you think you can balance the effects of social media?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Dangers of Teenage Driving

As many can probably infer, new drivers are more prone to accidents on the road than experienced ones. But did you know that car accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths in the United States? I found it very shocking that above incurable diseases, homicide, or other accidents, most teenagers are dying from something they have complete control over. According to the article, this may be due to inexperience and immaturity, since many of the crashes have been traced back to speeding, tailgating, and lack of seat belt usage. Although drivers education classes are successful in reducing a good amount of these incidents, new drivers have not yet had enough experience to know what to do in every situation they come across. After all, only 6 hours of driver's training are required to take a driver's test in California, which can earn you your license for the rest of your life. Is this really enough? Especially nowadays, when distractions such as texting and talking on cell phones serve as constant temptations, driving is extremely dangerous. Cases in the past prove that sometimes all it takes is a simple message of "hey" to take your eyes off the road and land you, and often times others, in a hospital. Possibly even more dangerous, as if that wasn't enough, is underage drinking. This equates for about a quarter of the collisions involving teenagers, and, worse, almost a quarter of teenagers have admitted to getting in a car with an actively drinking teen. As we observed during class in the "Always, Sometimes, Never" activity, not many people felt comfortable putting their lives in danger by getting in a car with an intoxicated individual. However, there were those who didn't seem to mind the risks, or who just may not have been aware of the jeopardy they could put their lives in by riding with someone who had been drinking. Either way, more measures definitely need to be taken to ensure the safety of licensed minors in the U.S., and prevent future accidents from happening.

What ways could help reduce the amount of teen-related accidents? Do you think that there should be more requirements for obtaining a driver's license? If so, what?

Here's Why Meditation Actually Works

Harvard MRI Study Shows That Meditation Literally Rebuilds Your Brain

Do you think meditation is a waste of time? I know I did. However, a new study out of Harvard finds that 27 minutes of meditation a day can lead to massive growth in your brain's grey matter. What is grey matter, you ask? It's brain tissue made up of unmyelinated axons. Basically, it's the part of your brain that makes you smart. Harvard's eight-week study found that meditation grew and rebuilt the brain tissue of patients who took part in active meditation. This not only boosted cognitive abilities, it increased self-awareness, compassion, and introspection. Furthermore, the study found that meditation even reduced anxiety and stress, something we've studied in Health class. Basically, it's awesome. Give it a gander.

Personally, I never gave meditation much thought. However, this study showed that mindful introspection (self-reflection) has tangible effects. I think it's important to take the time to slow down and reflect on your life. Not just for yourself, but for the people around you. Because, let's face it. No one likes it when you're cranky. Except me. I love you. But that's because I meditate.

Before you go off to read this fascinating article, I have some questions for you to keep in mind. Why do you think this study found such positive effects on the brain? Why is meditation different from other relaxing activities? Do you think you would be a more positive and relaxed person if you meditated?

Read the article and let me know what you think below.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep is such a a enormous key in living a healthy and happy life. When it comes to sleep deprivation your brain can not function, which effects your emotional state in a big way. When this happens it has your body at a point where you are at higher risk of illness. The obvious signs of  sleepiness, yawning , and irritability. Sleep Deprivation also is a huge risk to your immune system because your immune system helps fight off a lot of infections, bacteria and viruses. When you have sleep deprivation it effects the immune system by not letting it have a chance to let it build up and have everything working in the correct way. In the Digestive System, sleep deprivation increases the production of stress hormones which is likely to have more people stressed out.

When it comes to Sleep Deprivation it's such a common thing for people to have because a lot of humans tend to not go to sleep on the right time or just like to stay up on there phones texting and playing games. But for some people they really can not sleep and it really is a issue that can lead to bugger health issues.