Tuesday, November 16, 2010

An Ounce of Prevention -- by Frances

The expression, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” applies very much to health care. It is much better to prevent a disease or injury than it is to treat it after it occurs. There are many things that we can do to help prevent health problems or injuries from occurring. The ones that I feel are important are practicing food safety, taking medications correctly, and preventing germs.

One important thing that we can do to help prevent health problems is practice food safety. Make sure that you wash your hands and also wash your food, if need be. Then, as you are cooking, make sure you cook your food at the correct temperature. Then make sure your food is stored correctly in the refrigerator.

Another important thing that we can do to help prevent health problems is take medication correctly. Follow the doctor’s orders on your prescription sheet. In taking medication everyday, take it at the same time. Also, take the same quantity everyday. You should also know if you need to take the medication with food or without food.

An additional thing that we can do to help prevent health problems is prevent germs. Clean your hands after sneezing or coughing. Also, you should cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough. You should make sure that you put the tissue you used into the trash can. To get your hands clean, you should wash them with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. You can also clean them with an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

I feel that the things that we can do to help prevent health problems or injuries from occurring are to practice food safety, take medications correctly, and prevent germs. If you do all these things, you should be able to stay healthier.

By Frances

An Ounce of Prevention -- by Derek

The expression, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” applies very much to health care. It is much better to prevent a disease or injury than it is to treat it after it occurs. It is also better to find a disease early, when it is easier to treat. There are many things that we can do to help prevent health problems or injuries from occurring and to find health problems early. The ones that I feel are important are regular check-ups, regular physical activity, and personal safety measures.

One important thing that we can do to help prevent health problems is to see a doctor at least twice a year no matter how you may feel. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes over 21 years ago and almost died from it. When diagnosed, my blood sugar level was almost 900! Unfortunately, I was not seeing a doctor regularly. If I had been, my condition may have been detected earlier and my diabetes controlled by diet and pills instead of insulin injections.

Another important thing that we can do to help prevent health problems is regular physical activity. When I was diagnosed, my doctor explained to me that though I was unaware of my condition, working out was causing my glucose levels to increase more rapidly. Being in good physical condition allowed my body to withstand the physical trauma I was experiencing. Physical activity not only helps to make a person look and feel good, but is also good for you!

An additional thing that we can do to help prevent health problems is practice personal safety. I once worked for a company where I worked with lots of chemicals. OSHA came in to do a safety inspection and found that the employees did not have proper safety gear. One employee developed a severe lung disease as a result of not having the proper safety gear. If that employee had been properly protected, he may have never gotten that disease.

I feel that if we have regular check-ups, are physically active, and practice personal safety measures, we can live long, healthy lives.

By: Derek

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Recovering with Alcoholics Anonymous

By: GED Student

I think the best way to better myself is to quit drinking alcohol. My life was absolutely miserable before I stopped drinking. My drinking got to a point when I can’t live life with alcohol or without it. The life of drinking was the only one I knew. So, how can I possibly think that I can ever live a happy sober life? What do I have to do?

Well, I started out going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. The meetings are places I could go to meet people who have problems with drinking and maybe make new sober friends. I picked up a little booklet called the “Where and When.” It shows over 750 meetings in the St. Louis area that I could go to. If I don’t like a meeting, I can always search for meetings until I find the ones that I do like. I try to go to as many meetings I can. I have been averaging 8 to 9 meetings a week.

I don’t want to approach recovery with the assistance of my alcoholic mind. It’s not user friendly. It’s my alcoholic mind that got me here in the first place. So, people suggested that I get a sponsor. A sponsor is somebody that will help me work the 12 steps of recovery and would give me advice or suggestions to help me make better decisions, therefore learning how to live sober on life’s terms.

The next thing I need to do is stay busy during the day when I’m not at a meeting. I don’t want to give myself any time to think about drinking. I need to be doing something. I go to school in the morning, try to do some online GED assignments in the afternoon, do whatever chores that need to be done around the house, or whatever else I could do to occupy my time.

Right now, my life is slowly getting better. I am feeling a sense of peace and serenity. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it wasn’t for Alcoholics Anonymous. I will always have the ups and downs of life, but I don’t have to drink over the problems that life gives me. I am happy to be alive and sober.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Overweight Kids

by Dolorean

Why I think 33 percent of children in America are overweight is mainly because parents don't eat healthy so that's sometimes causes kids not to eat healthy. Another reason I think a lot of kids are overweight is because most schools don't have a balanced lunch menus, the last reason being some people just don't care.

Form my personal experience, I've noticed that a lot of parents don't eat healthy. I think that's why a lot of kids don't eat healthy. Which is why it causes kids to be overweight. For example I like fried food, and my kids grew to like a lot of fried foods. So I think that's part of the reason a lot of kids are overweight.

33 percent of America's youth are overweight mainly because of school lunch, I think, cause it is not balanced If you ask me school lunches are more about popular food than health food. That causes kids to eat unhealthy. That is why I think one of the reasons for kids being overweight is, they are not eating healthy at school.

I think some people don't care about their weight and health. Because 1/4 of kids are overweight. For instance there are lots of people I know that don't know how to cook. So they just go eat out at fast food restaurants. So that's one reason I think people don't care about their weight.

Kids are overweight in America because parents don't eat healthy. There are also a lot of unbalanced school lunch menus that I think is a big part of obesity in America. Most of all I think people just don't care. That's why I think kids are overweight.

Obesity in America

by Brittany

It is actually very sad how the people of America are not only gaining rapid amounts of weight. But also not choosing to do anything about it in their own benefit.

A whopping 32% of American children are obese, but this doesn't stop at just the youth, it only begins with them. All over America there are factors majorly contributing to these rapidly climbing rates, or weights, per se. For example, fast food chains are making a killing off of these people, who feel as though food is similar to their personal preferenced drug. Sure, fast and easy might be looking good on television, but not the effects you'll see when looking in the mirror after eating it day after day. And think, just how big will you be by the time you're a full grown adult from a kid?

In the following paragraph I will point out some of the obvious influences over our children, which results in some of these devastating statistics. Kids are enrolled in school at a young age, and most every school has worked to improve the meals served to our children. People have fought against the unhealthy and non-nutritious servings offered in public schools. But then you've got the people who reserve the right to allow their children the right to choose lunch for themselves. But at the expense of climbing obesity rates along with health problems it brings? Some people's genetics are more susceptible to becoming overweight. Truly, at any rate, every individual possesses the right to do something about their physical condition.

There still remains the percentage of citizens who believe in eating right and exercising to be the key to staying in good health. Yet there will always be the unmotivated, lazy group of Americans, who will remain just the same if not pound for pound, in their fat stupor. We live in the land of the free, and hese people are free to live how they please. And it it means that they'd learn to adapt to the lifestyle, so be it. It seems like less and less people are concerned by it nevertheless. Ultimately, this is their right as citizens.

In overall conclusion, the people of the United States are specifically one of two ways, or there's always the grey area on the scale. For those of indifference. America enables freedom, ensures your own kind of unique living style. Makes it all possible.

Childhood Obesity

by Helen

Topic: Why do you think 32% of American children are overweight or obese?

I think that 32% of American children are overweight or obese due to a number of factors. The original family as we know it has diminished over the years. The economy has caused numerous changes in the way we govern our schools and daycares. Attention on weight loss and nutrition has become one of the largest money making schemes today.

The original family as we know it has diminished over the years. We have more single parent families now than we've had in a long time. We have more married couples, where both parties work, in the household than ever before. This creates stress on families, where it is so much easier to order out or pop in a pizza. Parents are overworked and have no time to prepare food that is healthy for the children. Their intentions are good but to prepare a good healthy meal is very time consuming and that only adds to a stressful day.

The economy has taken a slide downward where you could at least depend o the schools and daycares to provide a healthy breakfast and lunch. To save money in the school system, they have resulted in pre-packaged food. The schools and daycares now rely on foods that can be microwaved and maybe an apple or banana may happen to make its way on the child's tray.

Attention on weight loss has become one of the ways companies excel today. They have actors and actresses to show how they have lost weight and can still eat what they want. The companies offer success you can't do by yourself. You have to purchase their program which includes food, counseling and sometimes a gym membership. This industry is grossing millions of dollars. To eat healthy is very expensive through these companies. Their advertisement offers hope. All Americans love hope. Actually everyone loves hope.

In closing, we as parents need to step up to the plate. Our children do not need a choice of what they eat. We need to choose for them and this needs to be a healthy choice. Let's not rely on the schools and day care to make the right choices. Let's make their lunches and ensure ourselves that they will eat healthy. Set aside a time to eat at the dinner table. Eating dinner together will mold you to making a balanced dinner. It will come natural to you. Don't get caught up in the weight loss industry. They cannot offer you anything that you can't offer yourself with a little determination and motivation. Involve your children in setting the table. I guess it all comes down to the good old days. Cut off the TV -- play a board game like Twister for fun exercise. Remember it starts at home.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

An Ounce of Prevention

by Lizzy

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure applies to taking care of your health because taking steps to prevent a disease is a lot easier than treating a disease. The steps you can take in prevention are eating healthy, getting regular check ups and being a safe driver.

Eating healthy is very important to your health. Eating fruits and vegetables gives you energy and if you like sugars you can eat fruit and get natural sugars instead of sugar from junk food. You should also limit certain kinds of food because it's not good for you. You should limit junk foods, fatty foods and red meats.

Getting regular checkups are also important to your health. Going to see your doctor is a good way to prevent disease. Your doctor can screen you for certain illnesses such as high blood pressure and cancer. you can also go to your doctor for vaccinations. Follow ups are also important.

Other things you can do may not prevent diseases but it helps prevent death or an accident are to not text and drive as well as not drinking and driving. Texting while you drive is a distraction from the road and in a split second an accident may occur. You could hurt someone else as well as yourself. Drinking and driving can also be dangerous because drinking impairs your judgment and reaction time.

There are many things you can do to take care of yourself. That's why the expression "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" applies to taking care of yourself and the health of others.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

When I Stopped Smoking

by Carla

One day I decided to stop smoking because I was not feeling well. I tried the medication Centax to stop smoking. Medication worked for a period of 2 months. Then something happened in my life and set me back. So I started to smoke again. This time I got sick of smoking so I prayed and asked the lord to help me and he did. I went to sleep one night. The next morning when I woke up the taste for a smoke was gone. I haven't smoked since. I feel so much better about myself. My health has improved. That's what it feels like to not smoke.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

How Can People Improve Their Health Without Drastically Changing Their Lifestyle by Tanya

Trying to improve your health without drastically changing your life style can be challenging. If it's hard just for you, imagine a group of people trying, also. I'm not saying that it's impossible, but it just takes work.
A way to change your health is to relieve or avoid stress. Some ways are eating healthy, exercising, and remembering to take medicine.
Eating healthy means eating less junk food and eating more fruit and vegetables. Not only do they taste good, they help many parts of your body.
After you eat you need to exercise to help improve your health. Exercising can make your bones stronger. It may also calm your nerves. The results are relieving stress. Other kinds of exercise can be dance, yoga, and taking the stairs.
In general you or a group of people can improve your health without drastically altering their life style.

How Can People Improve Their Health Without Drastically Changing Their Lifestyle by Helen

There are ways of improving your health without drastically changing your lifestyle. Simply going back to the lifestyles we had in the early 60's and 70's era would do it. We need to realize that fast food is convenient but not always the right choice. We need to be able to see that we are easily influenced by magazines and television today on health choices.
Speaking of the early 60's and 70's era, growing up as a child in the early 60's and 70's was a lot of fun. We were limited to the sweets that we consumed. We ate well balanced meals. You always ate your vegetables everyday. We had healthy snacks like fruit, raisins, tea cakes made from natural ingredients. We also ate in moderation. We watched television a limited number of hours a day. The most fun part was that we got plenty of exercise. We played outdoors and would get upset when street lights came on because all children had to be back at home. Everyone always got enough rest because there were bedtimes in the 60's and 70's era.
I am in my late 40's and I realize that fast food is exactly what it is, FAST FOOD!!! It is prepared  on a second's notice. It s full of calories and sodium that in the long run are not good for your health. Even though you find it to be convenient after a hard day's work, it can weigh heavy on your bank account as well as your stomach and thighs.
It is good to be able to see and understand how much we are influenced by magazines and the media today. Magazines showcase models that are very thin wearing beautiful clothing. Magazines brainwash society into believing that a little extra weight is not healthy or attractive. The television often has advertising of fast food places which allows our judgment to say "Heah, that White Castle burger sure looks good".
In closing our society could very much change their health for the better without doing it so drastically. Simply get outside for walks and exercise. You don't have to be a kid to play in the park. Enjoy having fun. Buy snacks such as carrots that you have to peel, coconuts that you have to crack to eat. Be committed to eating breakfast everyday because it powers you up for challenges you face on a daily basis. Don't let the television and magazines cloud your judgment. You can be very healthy at 225 pounds or 150 pounds. It depends on what you put into your body. Like they say mind over matter. It really does matter how you think in your mind to make a change for the better.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

An Ounce of Prevention

by Willie

The expression, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,"applies very much to health care. It is much better to prevent a disease or injury than it is to treat it after it occurs. It is also better to find a disease early, when it is easier to treat. There are many things that we can do to help prevent health problems or injuries from occurring and to find health problems early. The ones that I feel are important are watching what you eat, wearing your seat belt, and exercising.

One important thing that we can do to help prevent health problems is watching what you eat, and how late you eat. There are so many ways you can do this. Here are a couple things that you can do. You can watch how many calories that you eat per day. Another can be just simply watching what you eat, meaning deciding if it's healthy or not. Examples are stuff that's not greasy, and things of that nature.

Another important thing that we can do to help prevent health problems is wearing seat belts when driving motored vehicles. Doing this can very well prevent injuries, or even death. Wearing seat belts saves lives every day.

An additional thing that we can do to help prevent health problems is exercise. You want to exercise at least three times a week. A few activities that you can do are running, riding a bike, or lifting weights. All of these activities are very good for preventing health problems.

I feel that the things that we can do to help prevent health problems or injuries from occurring and to find health problems early are watching what you eat, wearing your seat belt, and exercising. There are many other ways to prevent health problems, but I feel that these are very important ones.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Agree or Disagree: You Can Eat Anything You Want As Long As You Exercise

by Tanya

Food I think is very important in moderation. Most things you eat can be good for you.

Now, exercise is great for you, I agree on that. If you eat anything and exercise well, that can be beneficial only if you do it often. When you eat all types of food and don't get physical exercise then, it's not going to help you.

Once in a while you can eat anything and not exercise. But, contantly eating and no exercise to help burn off the food can lead to medical problems to your body.

I believe that you have to do both in good ways, not too much of one and too little of another. You need both exercise for your body, and food to keep you going.

Just not so much of either thing. Balance one over another daily.

Fast Food Restaurants: Guilty

People think that fast food restaurants are responsible for the amount of obesity and other health problems in the United States. I would have to agree because fast food doesn't have healthy foods in it. There are fats, oils, and greases in most of the fast food. The advertising they put out there really can suck you into eating fast food regularly and on a daily basis.

At fast food restaurants they may have some healthy foods as toppings to a hamburger like lettuce and tomato, but they are not a whole serving and don't come with all the nutrients they should. There are plenty of other healthy foods you would not find at fast food restaurants such as apples, oranges, watermelons, pears, peaches, and cantaloupes. Those healthy foods are naturally grown with no fat and are very good for the body. They have nutrients that most foods do not.

The way the fast food is cooked and served after purchase is not healthy for the body at all. There are fats in them that many people already know about. They see it with their own eyes as employees drop a basket of french fries or tater tots into grease. There is so much fat in grease and oils and leftovers from other servings that don't make it out of the frying station. all of this combined can really have an effect on a person and do some serious damage to the body. I believe there are ways that fast food places could improve a lot in serving meals that are significantly better and much safer.

This is where the people become the victims. The advertising sucks you in in the time it takes to have a whole meal ready to be eaten. Some people cannot control what they eat or what their appetite is. This is where fast food restaurants come in to play with their scam to serve you unhealthy food in a very quick amount of time. Sometimes people don't realize it. They're so hungry that all they see is a big burger and fries, and it looks delicious and so good when it really is not healthy for you. The taste could definitely have a person coming back the next day ordering more off the menu.

This is why I believe they are responsible for serving unhealthy food to people. It's their product and their food, and they're cooking it and preparing it for you to eat in an amount of time which is very unhealthy to a person. If they advertise it to make it look like something it's really not, then yes, I believe it's them at fault. They're already hiding enough as it is by the advertisement to make it look healthy and good . That alone should tell people a lot, but some people cannot control it. That is why I believe fast food restaurants are at fault for unhealthy foods that they supply to people in the United States.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Eating and Exercise

by Richard

You can eat whatever you like as long as you exercise. Many people feel that way, but I disagree. You have to worry about health issues, such as heartburn, blood pressure rising, and food diseases. Exercising helps your body, but you have to maintain a healthy diet.

Eating too much and trying to burn the weight off may cause chest pains. Those chest pains are called heartburn. You have to keep a balance to resolve those pains. You can't eat greasy foods because it clogs your chest. Watching what you eat can keep heartburn from happening,

Eating foods with too much sugar and exercising may result in high blood pressure. Exercising doesn't reduce the chance if you're constantly feeding yourself junk. You must watch the level of sugars in the foods you eat. Try to stay away from the foods that contain high sugar levels.

Watching what you eat can keep you away from food diseases. In today's world many types of food carry diseases; diseases that exercising can't cure. You have to read expiration dates also to keep from gaining a food poison. Exercise helps your body, but it doesn't cleanse your food.

You must watch what you eat because exercising is only a step towards being healthy. Although many people disagree; many are unhealthy. A high population has or had heartburn, high blood pressure, or has had a food poison. Those are things exercise can't cure.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Fast Food Restaurants and Obesity

by Kiavash

People have different opinions about whether fast food restaurants could be the reason of obesity and health problems. In my opinion, I can't blame the fast food restaurants for all these problems. I disagree that the fast food restaurants are to blame for the following reasons: we always have choices, food isn't the only reason for obesity, and not having the knowledge of how to stay healthy have nothing to do with fast food restaurants.

We always have all different kinds of choices. When we choose fast food, we are the one who made the decision, not the fast food restaurants. Even though, if fast food is the only choice we have, there is always healthy food too for us to choose. For example, most of the fast food restaurants have a variety of salads, which come with meat like chicken salad.

I think food is not the only reason for health problems and obesity. Exercising on a regular basis and paying attention to the calories and fat of whatever we eat, could decrease the chance of obesity. For instance, we could eat 500 calories in a cheeseburger and burn it in forty-five minutes of exercising.

It is very important to gather all the information you need to know to stay healthy. Exercising without the knowledge of how to eat healthy is not going to work as well as exercising with health knowledge. For example, there is a monthly magazine which has a lot of helpful information about having a healthy lifestyle.

As we can see, fast food restaurants aren't the only reason for health problems and obesity. Not having knowledge about how to have a healthy body, not exercising on a regular basis, and not choosing the right of healthy food could be the cause of obesity and health problems.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Fast Food Restaurants' Responsibility

by Saima

I do agree that fast food restaurants are responsible for the amount of obesity and other health problems in the United States as I have seen many people who most the time have their lunch and dinner at fast food restaurants and are suffering from obesity.

All the food stuff prepared in fast food restaurants is fried and cheese is used in it. This is the main cause of obesity. For instance, burgers and sandwiches, which are liked by most people, have cheese and mayonnaise in them. Fries also cause fatness, and they are mostly served with all food stuff in fast food restaurants. And as we know the United States is a very busy country. Its people don't have time to cook at home. So while working, instead of going home or bringing lunch with them from home, they directly go to fast food restaurants and have their meal over there.

Fast Food and Nutrition

by Aleem

Fast food means meats and fried foods. These are unhealthy food. These restaurants are not responsible. People can watch their foods.

What nutrition in foods is healthy or unhealthy? Carbs, sodium, fiber, vitamin, protein, iron, these are nutrients. Do you know how many calories are in your food? We take vitamins from fruit, fiber from wheat, protein from meat and dairy product. Some fruits and vegetables have iron, for example, apple and spinach.

We should watch our diet. How many carbs does our body need per day? An average of 2000 calories are needed by one normal body every day. I think fast food restaurants are not responsible for our health. We should eat good healthy food and do exercise daily. Then we will stay healthy.

A Defense of Fast Food Restaurants

by Jeremiah

I disagree that fast food restaurants are responsible for obesity and other health related problems. One reason is that the restaurant only serves food. Another reason is health problems come from many different sources, and the last reason is you the person control what you eat.

First of all you can't blame a restaurant for your problem because they only serve the food. If you become obese it's probably due to the fact you already had an unhealthy lifestyle to begin with. Also it depends on how many fatty foods you eat.

Secondly, there is a list of unhealthy things in this world and one can't just be the blame for it. Everyone is different, and their bodies take in nutrients differently. Somebody could be the healthiest person alive, but that doesn't mean they're not up for a stroke.

Finally, you yourself make the decision. There might not even be a difference between home fried chicken or restaurant style chicken and fries. If you know that it's unhealthy to you, why eat it or at least limit the amount you eat.

I feel these are reasonable examples as to why you can't blame a restaurant for serving unhealthy foods or being linked completely to obesity. The restaurant simply sells home made food for people on the go. For every meal that a restaurant serves, you can get the same foods at home. Being unhealthy can be caused by a number of sources or bad genes. You decide what your body intakes and you are the only person responsible for it.


by Anthony

Exercise is very important. Some people don't believe so or they are just too lazy to do so. Exercise is good for your physical appearance and health. Exercise can also help with weight loss.

Exercise can help with your physical appearance. It can build and tone the muscles. For instance, a body builder is in excellent physical shape because of exercise. Not only can exercise get you in shape, it can make you very popular with the women.

Exercise can also help with your physical health. Exercise helps with cardio (breathing), blood flow, and keeps your brain thinking constantly. Exercise can help prevent heart attacks. Exercise keeps your heart rate steady.

Last, exercise can help you with weight loss. If you exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet, you can lose weight. Also, you can keep a healthy metabolism, which helps with weight loss, too. Weight loss can also prevent heart attacks.

In conclusion, exercise is very important to the human body. Exercise helps with a lot of different things: physical health, physical look, and many different other things as well. If you want to stay fit, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Smoking cigarettes is bad in general. Not only is it bad for your lungs, it is bad for your teeth, hair, and skin. Should smoking be banned in public areas? I think it should be banned altogether.

There are millions of smokers in the United States alone. That does not include the smokers in any other country. People will likely never stop smoking. The citizens that are against tobacco use are still going to try and get cigarette smokers to stop. Already, some major cities are beginning to ban smoking in public places such as restaurants and some bars.

I plan to stop smoking because of the damage that it is doing to my respiratory system and because the nicotine is staining my teeth yellow. Smoking is also harmful to the people around it because secondhand smoke is still harmful to anyone that breathes it in. I know that if I have children, I wouldn't want them to breathe that stuff.

Smoking may eventually be restricted to designated, well-ventilated areas where the smoke is only harmful to them. One day it could be banned completely. I think that would lead to a happier and healthier community.

Healthy Foods

by Kiavash

People have different opinions about healthy foods. Different cultures have different methods for preparing food. I think Persian food compared to American food could be a little more healthy; most of Persian food is made of vegetables and herbs, which are fresh not processed, and usually they are boiled not fried.

Vegetables and herbs play a very important role in Persian recipes. The reason could be the geographic position of my country, which is not far from the Equator. That is why there are various types of vegetable and herb. For instance, there is a popular soup called herb soup, which is made of ten different kinds of herbs.

Processed food isn't as popular as fresh foods are. It is very common to cook a meal for a long time. Here in the United States, people are using a lot of processed food which is not healthy but is much easier and faster. For example, in the grocery store, there is more processed food than fresh food.

We don't fry food as much as we boil it and the reason could be the old cultural cooking style. Fried food absorbs oil and then we eat the oil with the food. There is less fat in the food when we boil it. For example different stews are one of Persian's main meals which will be cooked for several hours.

In the end, as we can see, Persian foods are a little healthier than American food. Therefore we have to avoid going to fast food restaurants all the time and buying processed food and find more time to cook healthy food at home instead.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Advocating for Myself

A time when I was an advocate for myself is when I took control  and decided to better my health. I did so by changing the habits I had, what I drank, and exercised more.

The first change I made was to cut back on soda and drink more water. Then eventually, I quit soda completely. Once I got past all the headaches, it was easy to quit.

The second change I made was with my eating habits. I stopped eating for something to do, eating after 9 pm and before bed. I stopped going back for seconds, and stopped eating junk food such as chips, and ice cream. I started to control how much carbs I ate and many other things, including eating more fruits.

Another change I made was to try and exercise more. I have difficulty with it due to an injury, but I make do.

These are just some of the changes I've made in the past few months and they have helped. Even the smallest changes can make big changes.

-- by a GED student

Taking Care of Myself

It's always very important to take care of myself.

They are many ways to take care of myself.

First of all, I need to educate myself academically, and socially, and in the health.

It's very important to be aware of my surrounding.

It's never too late to learn about any things in my life.

Always there is so much to learn in this life. So by learning what is surrounding me, I will be able to take care of my self especially in health. The more I learn, the more I will be able to take care of myself.

-- by a GED student

When were you an advocate for yourself or someone else?

Almost everybody has been an advocate sometime in their life. I have been an advocate for myself, recently, when I stopped smoking. However, it wasn't that easy, but somehow I managed to do it. I strongly made up my mind, gathered some helpful information, and tried my best to be patient.

It is very important to make sure that you really want to quit smoking, otherwise it is not going to happen. For instance, I quit two times before, but, I wasn't successful because I really didn't know exactly why I was doing it and I couldn't make up my mind until recently.

Secondly, it would be really helpful to gather information that explains about the difficulty that your body might experience and this data will make it easier to go through quitting. For example, I found the website that is called "easyquit.com," and I found out that having a lot of snacks around me helps me to keep my mind occupied and not to think about smoking.

Thirdly, stopping smoking is not something that just happens overnight. It takes time, and somehow we have to create this ability to be patient. For instance, for me the hard part was the first two months, but I knew this would come to the end finally.

All these steps helped me to overpower that habit. Making a strong decision, having knowledge about what we are doing, and having patience for the result led me to quit smoking successfully.

-- by a GED student

What Is Health?

Health is a very important part of life. If you have bad health, it can lead to diseases, sickness or even death. When you are in good health, you are more likely to live a better longer life. There are few things I consider about health: my diet, weight and regular doctor visits.

If you have a bad diet, there are many complications that can follow later in life. Heart conditions are caused by many sources. If you eat lots of fatty foods or sweets, you may become obese or even have a stroke because of all the fat around your arteries. Also, you may weaken your body's self defense system, which helps you fight off sickness. One way to prevent this is by eathing healthier foods and/or make an eating chart.

Another factor is weight. It is appropriate for you to be at a weight for your age and height. If your weight is not enough you may develop anorexia. That's a disorder where your body does not have enough nutrients and may eventually shut down. Another factor is being too heavy, where you may have shortness of breath, get asthma or heart disease. You much maintain a healthy lifestyle without damaging your body or just do certain activities without stressing yourself.

The last thing is maintaining regular doctor visits. By doing so you will find out more about your body that you may not know. Your doctor can give you advice on helping you stay healthy. They can also do tests to find out if you have any disease or special conditions that need to be treated. By doing this you will stay on top of your health.

If you do these three things you will insure your overall health to be better. Your diets controls what you are able to do. Your weight will be how easily you can do things. Seeing your doctor will insure your wellness. Once you have all of this down-packed you will be much happier.

-- by a GED student

"Health is wealth"

It's a small idiom that has a very big and nice meaning in our life. Health is a very important part in a human's life. Taking care of life is our first responsibility. First healthy eating grows healthy minds and healthy bodies. We need healthful food. Basic exams of the body are very helpful. It is important for health. Different fruits, vegetables, and meats have very helpful vitamins. After an exam, we know about our health. Some conditions need medicine, and sometimes we take care of ourselves by vitamins and fresh juices. If we can take care of our health we will have a good long life with good health.

-- by a GED student

Thursday, February 4, 2010

An Invitation to Share Your Stories

Dear Parkway ESL and GED students,

This blog is for you. It's a place to share your health stories with other adult students. Maybe health care professionals will read it too. You can help them understand the experiences and feelings of the public.

You can write about any health issue or experience here. Please give your story to your teacher so I can post it. You can write comments on other students' stories, too.

Remember that this blog is public. Think about all the people who could read your story as you are writing it. Don't use your last name, the last names of doctors, or specific clinic or hospital names. You can make up a fake first name if you don't want your classmates or friends to know you wrote a story here. When I post stories, I will take out anything that seems like a privacy concern, and I will take out most swear words. Otherwise I will not change your writing.

Stay healthy!

Debbie Smith
Health Literacy Project Coordinator
Parkway AEL