Planning 10: Unit 2 Final Project: Your Personal Healthy Living Plan

Here is the Planning 10 assignment for Unit 2:Your Personal Healthy Living Plan, or in this case it’s mine.

Reflective Response – Healthy Living
Media and Nutrition

The media likes to prey on our insecurities. It uses those insecurities to bend us to its will, making us by their products and follow their instructions. As teenagers we are much more susceptible to these sorts of things, what with our inner turmoil and the pressure of our peers to look a certain way. The media comes along, sees this, and tries to give us things to feed our need to fit in and be “pretty” or “good looking”. Media makes us think that beauty is in a size zero waist or clear skin, in straight hair and a flawless smile. Sometimes we will entirely change our diet because of the media, trying to make ourselves fit into the mold of society. Does that peanut-butter have a lot of calories and cause me to break out? Well then, I’m going to go on eating it because I don’t care. Media and society in general has pushed some people to the very edge, in which they will eat nearly to absolutely nothing at all just so they can look a certain way. It’s not right to deprive your body of nutrients and calories that it desperately needs to keep on going. If you feed and take care of your body it will take care of you. The media prevents some of us from seeing true beauty and the fact that we don’t need to change for others, especially if it damages our eating habits and our life in general.

Reflective Response – Health Information and Media
I am aware of being careful and leaving a good digital footprint that I will not be embarrassed about.

As I’m sure many others have had happen to them, I have had,”Be safe with all of your technology,” drilled into my head since the day I had access to it. I have witnessed what can happen when you don’t leave a good digital footprint; some companies wont hire you, scholarships are revoked, your social life dies. Leaving a good social footprint can mean many different things, for example, when you are writing a post first think about the context in which you are writing, will it offend anyone? If no then you’re probably okay in that respect, next check your spelling. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who is annoyed by this but, h3lo my n^m 1s h8r2#yolo, gets really annoying really quickly. Now that you have looked at those two things, is the actual topic you are posting about appropriate? Is it explicit, being used to harass or harm someone, in general utterly pointless and just making you look like a fool? I suggest not posting this magical post. Thats right, just move your cute little mouse away from that button, there you go, all better. A big reason why you want to watch what you’re putting on the internet is the fact that anyone can get to it, and once it leaks out, theres no chance of you taking any of it back. Post responsibly my friends.

Reflective Response – Healthy Relationships
A healthy relationship topic that interested me the most was…

For this I decided to snoop around, focusing on warning signs on http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/relationships/healthy_relationship.html#. This interested me quite a bit, looking into all of the different warning signs of an unhealthy relationship and comparing them with my own and a few of my close friend’s relationships. I have noticed in the past a few things wrong with some of the relationships in my life. If it was family relationships we found a way to fix it, but if it was a relationship outside of my family I tended to lean towards pulling the plug, because generally a tiger will not change its stripes. Some of the examples I found were already known to me, others weren’t, but all of them fell under three categories: physical, emotional, or verbal abuse. When reading through this article it reminded me of some of the books I’ve read or movies I’ve watched, which of course lead to me thinking about how media slips these scenarios into our every day lives (hopefully not literally) without us really noticing. You can go and search up movies, books or songs about any of these forms of abuse and I can guarantee you that there will be more than five.This topic really got my attention and got my brain working on how this sort of thing is portrayed by society and how it can effect out lives.

Reflective Response – Anti-Bullying
Bullying is/is not a serious problem at your school.

When I take a minute to think about it I haven’t seen any bullying cases during my short time at Gleneagle. Though I have seen some friendly teasing or joking, there have been no bullying incidents that I have heard of or witnessed this year. From personal experience our school has a great group of students attending it, with everybody being decent to each other at minimum. I have had help from complete strangers when I needed it and the school in general has seemed very accepting to new students, be it grade nines or transfers. In short I will say no, bullying is not a serious problem at our school.

Reflective Response – Choosing Carefully
Root causes for teens to participate in the use of drugs and alcohol.

From what I have learned with this unit and in the past is that peer pressure plays a key role in kids participating in the use of drugs and alcohol. Another draw to it is the euphoria that can sometimes coincide with using drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately thats not the only thing that can happen when you use drugs or alcohol. You may become depressed, irritable, or even have a severe reaction that could end with you hospitalized or dead. There have been many teens that have fallen victim to drug and alcohol use and abuse, and many friends and families who have had to mourn the losses.

Reflective Response – What are STI’s
The most effective way to avoid STI’s.

Now, a really simple answer to this would be don’t have sexual intercourse, don’t kiss, don’d exchange any sort of bodily fluid, no hugging, in fact, why don’t you just go and seal yourself in a titanium box and rot away in your own personal exile. Instead I’m going to actually give a valid way to avoid STI’s (although the example above would work just fine…). Now being a teen, and teens being in second place for the easiest to contract STI’s award, we have to be a little more careful than the toddler who always seems to be playing alone at the park every time you walk home. From what I have looked into with this assignment, the most effective way to avoid STI’s is simply avoiding all sexual contact.

Overall I think this assignment taught me just how careful you have to be with your health. It didn’t just cover the basics and what I already knew but it delved a little deeper with some of the external links to websites and videos. I also liked the fact that for the paragraphs above we had an option of what we would like to write about. Now, if you continue on down you will find the three mini projects.

My Three Mini Projects

Plan/Idea/Goal #1 – Animoto for Clean Digital Footprint

A Clean Digital Footprint: My Goals

Plan/Idea/Goal #2 – Wordle (Wordsalad) for Choosing Carefully

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Plan/Idea/Goal #3 – Prezi for Healthy Living, Media and Nutrition

http://www.prezi.com/v0ej3aqyi9xj/

Following through. -Donya

Something that irks me to no end is when good plans are left to the wayside. There’s so much potential yet the ideas and motivations necessary to keep up with the original plan were not well thought out and eventually forgotten.

I think this is exactly what might have happened to our first attempt at blogging, as a class. We understood what we wanted to do, and setting up the blog was fairly easy, but we lost momentum once we realized there had to be a deeper thought process dedicated to maintaining a class blog.

The more we put it off, the more the wall of “I can’t do it” build up, and that is why there is a 4 month gap in between this post and the last one. The wall of “I can’t do it” is mostly made up of self doubt and anxiety as to where to start. If one makes the mistake of ignoring the wall of “I can’t do it” then, one brick  at a time, the wall will rise and squelch any ray of hope you might have had with its overwhelming negativity.

This would seem like a sad story, were it not for the good news I’m going to share with you! Brace yourselves.

Currently, we are all chipping away at the wall of “I cant do it” and, with our sleeves pushed up  our arms and determined looks on our faces, we are now tackling this project in a totally different way.

This shift in thought began through a better understanding of the purpose of this blog.

This blog will be a cultivation of knowledge, via links, pictures and personal opinions.  It will promote awareness and open mindedness towards the happenings in the world, as well as the important events in the past.  We want to build confidence within everyone as far as their writing skills goes, by showing them that their opinion counts and that we are listening.

This is not going to be something that students feel the need to update because they signed up and are expected to follow through.

Even if, in the beginning, students are starting out feeling somewhat obligated to post, eventually, one hopes that there will be an understanding that sharing information this way, is something everyone should practice. Daily. Which is what we plan on doing.

To aid us on this communication escapade, we have a schedule, reliable editors (English 11 students), and the support of our Socials & English teacher, Mr. J.

I present to you:

The one and only, TALONS class blog

-revamped-

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Our posting schedule will be every Monday, Wednesday,and Friday.  All students from TALONS will post something at some point, whether it be a pressing news story, personal introspection or prompts that are provided.

Prompts include but are not limited to:

Multimedia Mondays! (Videos, pictures that are found or even captured personally can be shared accompanied with the authors thoughts on why they were posted)

Whatever is on your mind Wednesdays! (Students with a personal opinion to share, a first class organization to review, or progress to report)

From the TALONS room Friday! (What is happening currently in the TALONS room, subjects we are studying, noteworthy discussions etc.)

Without further ado, here’s to new beginnings!

-Donya