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Divorce Party anyone?

It’s the newest trend that seems to be taking over Las Vegas. Joe Siquig is the man behind this new trend. And yes, as you may have guessed he is now happily divorced. Claiming to never have had his own bachelor party before he got married he decided to have an out of the norm party for his divorce and the idea was a hit. He consolidated with party planner San Zand, CEO of Vegas Atmosphere. The party would be held at Venetian’s TAO Beach.

Demand is on the rise, but where else but Vegas?  You can do it all now in this wonderful city. Have a bachelor/ette party, get married, then divorced, and then hit up some divorce parties. Doesn’t it sound so enchanting?  According to USA TODAY, There were 2.1 million marriages in 2011, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 6.8 marriages per 1,000 people. There were almost half as many divorces: 3.6 per 1,000 people. “Divorce parties are gaining in popularity because, unfortunately, there are a lot more divorces these days,” says Warren Berkowitz, product development manager for the New York-based Forum Novelties, which has seen an increase in demand for divorce-related party favors. The concept may sound strange at first but after reading the facts above the ides does not seem so farfetched.

                As a young woman these facts and ideas are alarming to me. I’m glad the one man found pleasure in his divorce…after a while, but what happened to the sacredness of marriage? I’m afraid that this idea plays on the pleasure of divorce.

Cell phones in air.

 

Cell phones on airplanes, No way! This may sound strange but one thing I enjoy about traveling is the experience, and your music, or puzzle book, or new book you decided to read for your flight. I enjoy the fact that no one can reach me up in the air. The idea of having a little free time from my cell phone is something I enjoy. But all of that may change, the FCC wants to lift the ban on cell phone usage in the air. Once the airplane reaches 10,000 ft cell phones will be allowed. 

I first saw this story on my CNN news feed and thought that it was absolutely outrageous. The FCC had the idea to allow cell phone calls and service on planes in 2004 because of the popularity of smartphones. What I can’t seem to get around is that planes are not very big. Especially when you don’t sit in first class. I can’t imagine someone next to me blabbing away for an hour, at least when Im in public I usually have the option to excuse myself from the area. According to the CNN report a survey in which, “1,600 adults by an advisory group, the FAA found that 61% of people supported a ban on making calls while in the air.”

“I’m definitely against it,” said Spud Hilton, travel editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. “People would be carrying on loud, full-voiced conversations right next to someone who doesn’t want to hear it.”

Apparently, Im not the only one who thinks that its not okay to allow cell phone usage on an airplane. I could just be a little sensitive to the idea. But the concept of allowing cell phones on planes just sounds like friction between passengers. Between the hustle and bustle of people trying to get their luggage on board, the crying baby to the right and the man snoring to your left the last thing an individual needs is a chatty patty siting in front of them. 

The Idea has not been passed but is definitely being thought about. According to CNN, “After reviewing safety issues, the FAA and airlines finally gave in this month and relaxed restrictions.” 

How would you feel about cell phones being allowed while traveling? 

To read more check out this link—>  Speaking out against cell service on planes 

No P.E. today!

No P.E. Today!

It’s fall and time for students and children to go back to school. Parents are rushing to Target, Wal-Mart and Office-Depot for school supplies, new back packs and when I went to school even a brand new pair of Nike’s for Mr. Gusty’s gym class. Today though many students don’t need gym shoes or even have a P.E. teacher at their school. Schools are being under budgeted and the first thing many schools nixed was the physical education. Which is incredibly ridiculous. According to the Center Of Disease Controls obesity in children “has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.” These facts are alarming; schools need to be implementing some type of movement activity into their children’s school routine. Eight hours of basically sitting and a lunch that is usually high in complex carbs is not conducive to a growing child. I recognize that schools are under budgeted but there are plenty of ways to implement moving into a child’s school curriculum, even if it’s just a half hour. Michelle Obama was one of the first individuals to take action on child hood obesity. She created a campaign called let’s move. In a particular section of this movement, Michelle has included schools in which the movement helps schools and teachers understand how important it is to have physical activities for children. According to Letsmove.gov, “Let’s Move! Active Schools is a comprehensive program that empowers school champions – P.E. teachers, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents – to create active environments that enable all students to get moving and reach their full potential.”  Children should not be missing out on physical activities, even if its just recess. Adolescents need physical activity to keep their minds focused and potentially impact their behavior if their antsy and energetic it provides an outlet to be free and just move. Taking away P.E., recesses, and physical activity from our nations education system will certainly not help the alarming childhood obesity rates that are continue to rise.

I do wonder, I’m not a parent, but what would you do or think about P.E. being eliminated from your child’s school?

http://www.letsmove.gov/active-schools

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm

Are Parents to blame for their children being obese?

http://the2x2project.org/parents-childhood-obesity/

While parents aren’t to blame fully for their children being obese, they certainly can contribute to certain actions that can create better attitudes towards food, eating habits, and physical activity. This article I found was blaming our environment for children being obese. Which I don’t totally disagree with. The high cost of food and lack of time can really impact nutritional needs of children. But, with all do respect to parents I think unlike the article that says it has nothing really to do with the parents, I would have to disagree on some extent. My parents made wise decisions about meals and snacks in our home, and they were by no means super wealthy average middle class family. They taught me to cook meals from home and not waste my money eating out unless it was absolutely necessary. Also my family when I was a child could not afford to eat out a lot, which forced us to eat in. I think parents hold the option to make eating decisions and habits within the house hold which can repeat in the child life as he or she gets older. Not always the case but I believe can affect the way the child thinks or feels about food and when and when not to eat. Image

Also, WIC now has way more produce options than they did in the past. Which can provide for celery and peanut butter for a great snack and topped with raisins. I know this because I had to create a week meal plan and snacks on a WIC budget. If a parent finds the resources and wants to know about nutrition for their child they CAN find assistance. 

I just feel like the article doesn’t take in consideration the role a parent can play in a child’s nutrition. While parents are not to blame for the whole child hood obesity problem. Parents definitely do play a role in it. Parents provide the power of saying, “hey lets take a fifteen min walk before you play your video game.” or “Lets have grapes today instead.”  I understand its easier said than done sometimes, but even swapping out unhealthy choices for healthier options every now and again can make a difference. 

Organic Food Wont Make You Healthier

ORGThe other day I was walking through the infamous Whole Foods grocery store and overheard a middle aged man tell his daughter, “This is organic food honey all this food is healthier for our bodies.” And at that moment I thought no it’s not! That apple does not have more vitamins or less than the one I just bought at Cub Foods yesterday. I understand that organic produce is grown with out the use of pesticides, fertilizers and chemicals, and meat with out the growth hormones and antibiotics. But solely eating organic food doesn’t make you a healthier than people who don’t eat organic all the time. The evidence is not sound and its a commonly mis judged topic that people believe eating organic will make them healthier.  Behind The Headlines <– Check out this cite for more information.

Federal law claims that, any product with “organic” found anywhere on the items packaging or display advertisements, materials has to contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients. And there are many different labels USDA, 100% organic, and made with organic all with slightly different meanings. Washington post does a decent job in explaining the differences weather slight or pronounced there are dissimilarities in the names Washington Post (Down below) 

  • 100 Percent Organic” products must show an ingredient list, the name and address of the handler (bottler, distributor, importer, manufacturer, packer, processor) of the finished product, and the name and seal of the organic certifier. These products should contain no chemicals, additives, synthetics, pesticides or genetically engineered substances.
  • “USDA Organic” products must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients. The five percent non-organic ingredients could include additives or synthetics if they are on an approved list. The label must contain a list that identifies the organic, as well as the non-organic, ingredients in the product, and the name of the organic certifier.
  • “Made With Organic” products must contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients. The label must contain a list that identifies the organic, as well as the non-organic, ingredients in the product, along with the name of the organic certifier

Don’t get me wrong eating organic does have its benefits. Here is a chart from Helpguide.org  which explains some fruits and vegetable that higher and lower pesticide ratings. This is great because if you want to make your dollar stretch you can by searching for foods that are lower in pesticides, and be able to buy organic while making your dollar last a little further. Being able to pick and choose can be beneficial when trying to save money.

Fruits and vegetables where the organic label matters the most
According to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that analyzes the results of government pesticide testing in the U.S., the following 12 fruits and vegetables have the highest pesticide levels on average. Because of their high pesticide levels when conventionally grown, it is best to buy these organic:
  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Grapes (imported)
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Strawberries
Non-organic fruits and vegetables with low pesticide levels
These conventionally grown fruits and vegetables were found to have the lowest levels of pesticides. Most of these have thicker skin or peel, which naturally protects them better from pests, and which also means their production does not require the use of as many pesticides.
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Corn (sweet)
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Onion
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Peas (sweet)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
I love buying organic when I can afford it but don’t believe that organic foods will make you healthier. Know the difference between labels when you are looking for organic foods. Personally, understanding the differences helps me choose weather or not I’m willing to spend the extra money, or when it is and isn’t worth it. Just know that  buying organic isn’t as black and white as it may seem. Lastly, I’ll leave you with this CBS Report that goes into some research about the cost of eating organic and some of the research that was done to determine weather eating organically is really detrimental to an individuals health. Organic is a good thing but to maintain a healthy life style, more has to go into it than just eating organically.

E-Cigarettes A New Gadget For Smoking

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E-Cigarettes have become more prevalent in middle schools and high schools across the country, according to a recent article in the New York Times. While many do believe E-Cigarettes are far less dangerous than traditional cigarettes this study is worrisome nonetheless as the effects of these E-Cigarettes on ones health are not yet fully understood. Additionally, since there haven’t been numerous amounts of research done on E-Cigarettes some fear that the producer’s promotional message that it’s a healthier option than traditional cigarettes is creating a gateway for younger kids to experiment in tobacco use. “One of the biggest concerns among health officials is the potential for e-cigarettes to become a path to smoking among young people who otherwise would not have experimented.”

According, to the Tobacco Facts and Figures at BeTobaccofree.gov, “Each day, more than 3,600 people under 18 smoke their first cigarette, and more than 900 begin smoking on a daily basis.” Assuming that this fact is based on the conventional cigarette, I can only wonder what the number of people would increase to if the Food and Drug administration started doing research on E-cigarettes what the outcome would be. Based on this article the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate E-Cigarettes but plans to do so in the future.

Tobacco use and its health concerns isn’t a new story for many of the public. It’s the idea now that E-cigarettes have been produced and are trying to promote that it’s a healthier option to smoking when in actuality the research is extremely unclear and the health issues may be the same as the plain old cigarette.  “Researchers say their health effects are not yet clear, though most acknowledge that they are less harmful than traditional cigarettes.”

Teens, adults and kids love new gadgets, we all do! So why not have a gadget for the cigarette? Battery powered, convenient, a new “healthy way of smoking” vaporized nicotine doesn’t sound so bad now does it?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/health/e-cigarette-use-doubles-among-students-survey-shows.html?ref=health&_r=0

http://www.bloomberg.com/image/io.PtAy4j8Kg.jpg (photo)