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DANCE! IT’S GOOD FOR YOU!

Dancing is fun and it’s a great way to get a workout in! I dislike going to the gym, but blasting some music and dancing in my room, now that’s a good time! Dancing can also be a social activity, it gets you interacting with other people and moving around! Group fitness is another way to work out, have fun and meet other people. Dancing is great because anyone can do it, you don’t need a lot of equipment and it’s enjoyable!

You can dance with your kids, your partner, your friends, or just alone and still have a great time!

It’s hard to be active, especially when it’s cold outside. So just stay in, put on some Bruno Mars and bust a move!

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GARLIC-JUST PUT IT IN EVERYTHING.

Garlic has so many proven health benefits! Want to be healthier? Then incorporate garlic in to your meals when ever you can. I ate garlic with everything growing up, and while it doesn’t smell so great, I never get sick, nor those anyone in my family so I’m sure eating garlic all the time has something to do with it!

Here are some of the health benefits:

  1. Garlic is highly nutritious.

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2.Garlic can combat sickness, including the common cold.

3. The Active compounds in Garlic Can Reduce Blood Pressure.

4. Garlic Improves Cholesterol levels, which may lower the risk of heart disease.

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20071015/why-garlic-is-good-for-youhttps://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/news/20071015/why-garlic-is-good-for-you

5. Garlic contains antioxidants that may prevent alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

6. Garlic may help you live longer.

Those are just some ways garlic can improve or add to your health. Enough reasons to eat garlic.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH

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Social media addiction is a serious problem. Social Media addiction is linked to some serious mental health risks.

There was a study done at MIT by two professors that made giving up one’s smartphone for a day of requirement of the students in their courses. The results showed that the students felt anxiety, that they didn’t know what to do with the extra time even when just on the bus or eating breakfast.

http://news.mit.edu/topic/social-media

A study done by MIT in the U.S., found that young people that gave up their phones, found that they performed worse on mental tasks and felt psychological symptoms. It was stated that they felt a sense of loss.

https://events.technologyreview.com/

Social media is okay with moderation just like anything else in life, but just like any other addiction, social media can become one as well.

 

 

 

WOMEN NEED TO SUPPORT EACHOTHER

 

On December 1st there was a article on CNN titled “Women enable men like Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose.” I was disappointed before I even read the article. I believe it is a dangerous narrative. The article implies that some of the accusers enable these men and that some of these women have benefited from the harasser’s success, by getting promotions, recognition, and raises.

It’s wrong to imply even in the slightest way that harassed women are enablers. Most of those Women are in a male dominated system and there is a deeply embedded sexism structure here in the US. It’s already hard enough for women to even try to report abuse, because of the chances of prosecution being low.

Coming out to accuse someone in power is not anything easy. It takes a lot of courage and needs to be handled correctly. Yes, some of these women did not come out and accuse their harassers until years later, and the only question there is what is wrong with our system that doesn’t allow for a women to report the harassment right away. I was even more surprised with this article because it was written by a women.

With all these sexual harassment cases coming out, as a women that is disgusted by all these stories, we need to never accuse the victims in any way and realize it is not the womens fault.

CNN article:  http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/30/opinions/women-complicit-harassment-lauer-roxanne-jones-opinion/index.html

 

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DACA

DACA is a program only present in the United States and was created by President Obama in 2012 to temporarily protect children who were brought here when they were younger from deportation and grant them the opportunity to work and study legally in the U.S. for two years. Over 800,000 Dreamers are in this program and continue to renew it every two years. Recently, Donald Trump has put DACA on hold giving Congress the job to create a better system for Dreamers, putting it nicely. This blog will focus on the impact Dreamers have in this country, as well as immigrants as a whole and the significance DACA has in America and American politics.DACA-1024x683.jpg

For my first source, I will be extracting information and immigration facts on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) a report from the educational site of Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings on August 14th, 2013 about a year after DACA’s establishment. The article talks about DACA itself and begins with explaining what DACA is and who it is for as well as the process of how one can qualify for the program and apply. The report goes into detail of the DACA applications and how the statistics present depend on demographics, geographic distribution, age, and the year of arrival of applicants. The report uses information from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as well as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for applications filed on August 15, 2012, and June 30, 2013, for the statistics used. Brookings FOIA shows that DACA recipients were born in 192 different countries. 25 countries with 1,000 applicants together accounted for 96% of all applications.

For my second source, I will be using a recent article shedding light on Donald Trump putting an expiration date on DACA. The article begins with including excerpts of Trump’s speech as he declared his news of action on DACA implying that kids shouldn’t be punished for their parent’s actions as if their parents are at fault in which they are one hundred percent not. Donald also included looking forward to work with both Democrats and Republicans on the issue while placing hard-working citizens first, as if he hasn’t passed any effective legislation he suddenly will now. The article then began to talk about the effects of this announcement on DACA and how the future is uncertain for Dreamers regarding their protection from deportation, their ability to work and study legally and how extended their stay in this country will be. Trump recently said he will give news on DACA in December of 2017.

It’s important to note that Dreamers come from all over the world and that everyone was once an immigrant themselves, their ancestors and immigrants helped build this country. Their contributions are great, and they can’t go on unnoticed.

https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/DACA_singer_svajlenka_FINAL.pdf

https://www.npr.org/2017/09/05/546423550/trump-signals-end-to-daca-calls-on-congress-to-act

Food Shortage

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Food shortage is an issue that been on the rise for many years and will continue to be an issue in the many years to come unless we can find a solution quick to combat it. According to the United Nations University, there is not enough food being produced to feed everyone on this planet. The people who are most affected by this are people in under or developing countries or people who aren’t able to afford it in 1st world countries. The United Nations claims in their food research that the world needs to produce at least 50% more food to be able to feed about 9 billion people but climate change might cut that back 25%. At first, food was becoming inaccessible because of prices, but once climate change cause extreme weather patterns food shortages began to grow and weren’t able to be fixed. There are many UN organizations that are working to combat this issue such as World Food Programme, World Bank, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and International Fund for Agricultural Development.

According to the Independent, food and water shortages are closely related. As they both suffer from climate change and pollution, it is difficult for food to grow from unclean or no water. The common places where these securities are being felt are the large swathes of Africa, parts of Australia, the US, South America, southern Europe and the Middle East and Asia will be apparently be hit the hardest. The only solutions available to to begin taking climate change seriously and create a plan where we aren’t trying to just work around the problem but fix it completely.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-world-faces-food-shortages-and-mass-migration-caused-by-global-warming-a6784911.html

http://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/food/

http://archive.unu.edu/unupress/unupbooks/uu22we/uu22we09.htm

Water Scarcity

Water scarcity is a current problem and one that is manifesting and growing into a bigger one. According to the World Wildlife Organization, 3% of the world’s water is freshwater, and that although 70% of water covers the earth, the world still struggles to find freshwater or any water at all. About 1.1 billion people around the world lack access to water and 2.7 billion people find water to be scarce once a month. Not to mention, 2.4 billion people suffer from the unsanitized water where they are exposed to diseases. The inability to take care of the earth is causing for water to be scarce. This includes pollution or the drying up of rivers and lakes, more water being used than necessary for agriculture, and climate change affecting patterns in weather and water in the world. It’s predicted that by 2050, two-thirds of the world will face water shortages.

water-scarcity.jpgThe Water Project Organization also sheds focus on water scarcity as well. Water scarcity hinders growth for women and girls who spend all day gathering water, this hinders education for those who are ill, this hinders economic development as well. They gather donations so that clean water improves education, health, hunger, and poverty. They believe that clean water will keep girls and students from finding water that keeps them from going to class and they will stay in school to their teenage years. Clean water allows for people to be healthy, have clean hands and eventually go back to work when they fall out of being ill, or prevent themselves from being ill. Clean water can combat hunger by helping crops grow and gardens in schools to feed students. Clean water can end poverty in communities and allow them to thrive.

Water scarcity is both an environmental problem as well as human rights issue. Without taking care of the earth it will be difficult to provide much of the earth’s population with clean healthy and safe water.

https://thewaterproject.org/water-scarcity/

https://www.worldwildlife.org/threats/water-scarcity

MSG

MSG continues to be a controversial topic among people today as a claim that the flavor enhancer is bad for you. Although there have been many claims to it being bad for you, there have been no scientific or medical backing to this claim. According to the Mayo Clinic, MSG’s abbreviation is Monosodium glutamate and as said above is a flavor enhancer often found in Chinese food, processed meats, and canned vegetables. The site states that the FDA (The Food and Drug Association) has labeled MSG as a generally safe food ingredient. Apparently, people tend to feel symptoms such as sweating, headaches, nausea, and weakness, but the food ingredient has not been closely related to these symptoms.

There is an article in the Independent where they speak on MSG and make the claim that MSG isn’t bad for you, and therefore a great food ingredient and seasoning. They speak on the history that arose from the stigma that MSG was bad for you in the 1960’s where people claimed to get sick and blame it on Chinese restaurants calling it “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” when they claimed to get sick after eating there. The article mentions that perhaps if you eat large quantities of MSG, perhaps you may feel a little sick, but eating it in small quantities should be fine. The article also mentions that there haven’t been direct ties to MSG being bad for you and the symptoms and therefore isn’t as harmful as many people think. The Yale Scientific Organization also a piece on whether MSG is bad for you or not. According to them and the FDA, the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, MSG can be considered a safe food ingredient.

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https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/monosodium-glutamate/faq-20058196

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/msg-additive-good-for-you-food-science-sodium-salt-glutamic-acid-chinese-bad-health-steve-witherly-a7567406.html

http://www.yalescientific.org/2011/04/is-msg-bad-for-you/

 

Pit Bulls

IMG_1978.jpgThere are common misconceptions about pit bulls all over the world. Although everywhere they are given a bad rep, there are others who work hard to defend these misinterpreted dogs. For my first source, Manchester Animal Shelter talks on the common Misconceptions of Pit Bulls. There are 6 misconceptions in the article ranging from Pit

Bulls have a locking jaw, all Pitbulls with cropped ears were made for fighting, or it is in a Pit Bull’s blood to fight. They attempt to show that there are misconceptions that are straight up myths, such as them having a locking jaw, which is wrong because they had the least amount of pressure compared to a German Shepard or a Rottweiler. Also, it is not true that because a pitbull grew up as a fighting dog that they will have a temperament issue, they are given a temperament test and if they pass they can go home to a family. But whether or not they were raised to be fighting pit bulls does not determine their temper, only a temperament test can.

According to the Villalobos Rescue Center the history of the American Pit Bull, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Pit mixes can be directly correlated to some of their behavior today. They talk about the basic breed overview and touch on the fact that Pit Bull is not a breed. They also want to touch on the fact that knowing a pit bulls characteristics, temperament and knowing how to train them will make you a good dog owner. I think that this article touched on some interesting and very important details such that there is a long line of bad people breeding these sweet dogs to fight one another and have a bad reputation, but with smart, careful and loving owners they can give a dog a great life.

The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area reiterates what the last two sources have said on pit bulls. The organization gives more insight on misconceptions made about them and how they just need to be understood to be treated correctly. I think an important note this article spoke on was the misconception pit bulls aren’t good with children, when in fact they are fairly good with them.

As a proud pitbull owner, I can agree on many of these points, pit bulls are a great dog to have at home. With patience, care and training as well as understanding, Pits can be the best dog and friend a dog owner can have. I think it is crucial to educate ourselves on the things we do not understand and let our opinions and fears not speak for clear facts. Pit Bulls are loving dogs and just deserve the chance to live as much as any other dog. The actions of terrible people cannot be blamed on this dogs.

 

The Manchester Animal Shelter Organization:

http://www.manchesteranimalshelter.org/pit-bulls/myths-misconceptions-pit-bulls/

The Villalobos Rescue Center:

http://www.vrcpitbull.com/pit-bull-facts/

The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area:

http://www.humanesocietyhbg.org/Media/pdfs/Pit_Bull_Myths.pdf