Saturday, December 10, 2011

Blog 5

  • In what ways can a woman balance her personal, occupational, and educational responsibilities?
For a woman to balance all of the things that we have on our plate today: personal, occupational and educational responsibilities, she must first start off well rested and surround themselves with positive people and influences that are going to be supportive at meeting and maintaining her goals and objectives. It is sad to say but there are a lot of negative people in the world, personally I try to avoid them. Let the nay sayers have their own place and let them stay out of mine. I prefer to surround myself with people that are positive and bring good energy with them whenever they come around. Secondly, it is extremely important to be very organized in order to juggle so many different  task and make the most out of what time do you have, multitasking sixteen hours of the day. And most importantly, she should have a husband or boyfriend that is supportive that shares the same or similar goals in life. If we surround ourselves with people with similar mindset we will help energize each other at different times of need. Friends with positive upbeat to study with have a very strong positive impact on the kind of work you turn in and ultimately the grade you will get in the end. The same can be said for the work environment. Today’s work environment, so many people are unhappy in their jobs and continue in the same jobs never doing anything to change the source of their unhappiness. That is truly sad. Someone very close to me said, you better love what you are work is because you will spend more time in there than in your home. As far as the personal life is concerned, that’s were all the multitasking comes in handy. A text message to a friend while you’re at work or school can sometimes lift your spirits and help you pull your spirits up to make it through another day. Most importantly, quality of friends is more important than quantity.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Blog 4

  • Interview someone who is living with a chronic illness. What are their living experiences? What are they doing to try to maintain their health despite the disease? You may provide pseudo names to protect their identity.

The subject in whom I am going to interview is my husband. He is 47 years old, obese, and has hypertension, and is currently on hypertension and heart medication. At this time he is dieting to lose weight and reducing his sodium intake in order to improve his health and possibly be able to come off the medication. Over the past 6 weeks, he has lost almost 30 lbs. and his blood pressure has come down considerably since. At present he is on a 1500 a day-calorie diet that should have him at a healthy weight fairly soon.
            The reason that he is dieting and exercising is to avoid having stroke and a heart attack at an early age. He realizes the potential for these scenarios and not wanting to live that nightmare instead he chose to be proactive and reduce the risk factors that he has control over; most of all his weight and his sodium intake.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Blog 3: What role does the media play in how we feel about our bodies?

                The role of media and Hollywood combined have helped to establish unrealistic images that nearly all women want to look like and every man wants to look at. The average fashion model on the runway has an average height of 5’10” and an average weight of 114 lbs. meaning that the BMI is approximately 15 to 17, which is under the minimum for a healthy woman. As Hollywood and the media have helped perpetuate this through the years, one can simply look at the all popular Barbie doll that every girl in our great nation has probably received at least one of before she reached grade school. Barbie’s perfect proportions helped to perpetuate the image that the Hollywood and the fashion models that cover the newsstands and the TV screens day in and day out. In the last few years there have been enough outcries that Hollywood and the media have realized that they ran the risk of alienating mass numbers of the populations, after all over 60% of our population is either obese or overweight. A size 0 fashion model is approximately 12 dress sizes smaller than the average American female.
                Health educators need to put the facts out front and expose Hollywood and the glamour industry for the blatant lie that they are. Every year, entirely too many girls are hospitalized for bulimic and or anorexic issues. Putting the facts up front at an early enough age, those young ladies can grow up with the information in hand to spot a lie when they see it.
                To a small degree, the media has opened up a little bit, but only because that the voice of the people became so loud and the potential for losing that many customers, literally scare Hollywood and their glamour industry cronies. In the past year or so, a comedy, Mike and Molly, came on to CBS and rather quickly won a fairly large audience over. Mike and Molly both weigh an excess of 300 lbs. and for a first time I can remember there is a fat girl on a popular show during prime time besides Oprah. While changes have been made, it has not really amounted to an awful lot though. One TV show amongst hundreds and thousands of TV shows is a drop in the bucket. Being overweight may not be the healthiest thing for you, but being stereotyped by Hollywood surely is not a good thing either. As the future unfolds, only time will tell if more TV shows or modeling careers go to plus size models and actors, the power is in the hands of the American consumer if they chose to buy or if they chose not to buy will make a huge difference in how producers and investors approach this question.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Blog 2 - "The Talk"

Looking back at my own personal experience with my parents teaching me, I can tell you what I will NOT do. They bought me a book with a lot of medical information that exceeded my ability to understand. It left me confused and with more questions than answers. The way I believe for a parent to approach this has to be tailored to the individuals’ involved. Perhaps a smarter child than I would have understood the medical book that my parents furnished me with. To me this was a bit of an easy way out and to avoid having any real conversation about the matter. I now have a pre-teen, and many of these conversations have taken place. She is intelligent enough to understand and grasp anatomy and biology. Children are growing up so much faster these days and the parents need to be aware and to start preparing these children with little conversations along the way. By taking little steps with the obvious that boys and girls are different and building upon this, it allows a child to digest the new information and ponder it for a while. And then the next step. Ultimately, filling in all of the details, there are many available materials for sex education from a ton of different organizations. Every major religion have some materials available if a parent wishes to approach it from a religious stand point and the government has tons of literature that is available for anyone seeking help in approaching this subject with a child. My child having been raised in a home where both parents are involved in medical related careers, she has been taught the basics of anatomy at a very early age simply because she asked a question. But ultimately, the conversation about sex came up about a walk in the zoo. Two animals were seen mating; there could have been a better opportunity to approach the subject about making babies. The details will continue to be filled in as she grows and is ready for more information. This process needs to be started at a fairly early age and it needs to have honest and real answers, and staying away from old sayings such as the stork that drops off the babies. Children today are learning so much faster due to the spread of information and availability of information. It is important that a parent keep an open line of communication and continues this process as the child grows and develops. Too much information at any one time can overload and confuse a child, and even scare them. Small pieces of knowledge based on facts, one step at a time is the best way to educate. As our classes are taught in school, we must be taught one plus one before we get to STDs and HIVs. It only makes sense to start with the basics and move to the advanced levels of knowledge as it is appropriate.