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Posted By iamincontrol | May 1, 2014
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Posted By iamincontrol | April 25, 2017
Whether it’s cramps or PMS, periods can be hard to get used to. But don’t worry! Lots of women have the same troubles with their period. Learning more about your body can help you embrace your period, and do the right things to cope with it.
Many women experience cramps during the first few days of their period. This happens when chemicals in your body force your uterus to contract. Exercise releases “happy hormones” called endorphins, which can help with cramps. But if that doesn’t work, ibuprofen can help.
PMS stands for premenstrual symptoms, and they happen to a lot of women. Doctors still don’t know what the cause is, but they think it has to do with changing hormones. There is a wide range of symptoms, and they include:
- Being very tired
- Sore breasts
Some ways to cope with PMS are to avoid caffeine, get enough sleep, exercise, and eat a balanced diet. If these symptoms are severe you should make an appointment with your doctor.
For more information about your period visit: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/menstrual-problems.html?ref=search#
Posted By iamincontrol | April 18, 2017
Many people know that hunger is an important issue both in other countries, and here in the United States. However, not everyone knows that food insecurity and food deserts are just as important to talk about. Food insecurity includes both the lack of access to enough food and the lack of access to enough nutritious food. So, a person who can only afford to eat unhealthy fast food or snacks from a convenience store most of the time are experiencing food insecurity. Even though they are able to eat enough calories to live, they do not have access to healthy, nutritious food because of its cost or because of the lack of grocery stores nearby to purchase it from.
Locations without supermarkets nearby, making it difficult to get fresh fruits and vegetables, are called food deserts. Usually, these places will have a lot of convenience stores that sell unhealthy food. People who live in these areas will not have access to fresh produce to purchase unless they have cars or public transportation that can take them to a grocery store. This forces them to shop at the convenience stores to be able to eat. The United States Department of Agriculture defines food deserts as a community with at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the people within a community live more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store.
If you are interested in volunteering for an organization or project near you designed at curving food insecurity visit: Volunteermatch.org/
To learn more about food insecurity in our state, check out this video about Johnson County https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taDcIOR0uek
For further explanation on what a food desert is visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAu8Noo8CxA
Posted By iamincontrol | April 11, 2017
There are a lot of pressures to drink while underage, but one thing that teens don’t often consider are the results of driving while under the influence. Even one drink can cause cognitive and physical impairments, meaning that you are not safe to be behind the wheel of a vehicle even if you don’t feel affected. There are different state and local laws depending on where you live, but if you are under 21 years of age and your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .02% or above while driving you, can be charged with an OWI in the state of Iowa. An OWI stands for “Operating While Intoxicated”. Here is a chart to show the penalties of an OWI:
Aside from these repercussions the judge could assign community service, require a drinking drivers course, or substance abuse treatment. These repercussions do not include the possibility of having a car accident and harming yourself or others. The best way to avoid receiving these charges or worse is to not drink and drive. Although peer pressure can be difficult, saying “no” can make the difference between making it home safely or not.
To learn more about the consequences of drinking or driving visit: http://dui.drivinglaws.org/iowa.php.
Posted By iamincontrol | March 30, 2017
Açaí bowls, green juices, kale, blueberries, and chia seeds. What do all these foods have in common? They have all been referred to recently as superfoods, but what is a superfood? While not an official term, superfoods generally are thought to be foods with a high amount of nutrients and that are especially beneficial for one’s health and wellbeing. This term has been commonly used by food companies and in the media, but should not be taken as a replacement for dietary advice from a trained professional.
Most foods identified as superfoods are healthy, but it is important to not get caught up in the media hype. While incorporating these foods into your diet may be beneficial, eating a variety of foods across all the food groups is the best way to meet the dietary guidelines set by the USDA. It is also important to consider that a single food is unlikely to prevent or cure a condition or disease, but there is evidence behind some foods role addressing specific conditions, such as fish oil and cardiovascular conditions, and improving health.
While eating superfoods is likely to be healthy, it is important to consider the entire diet. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, be sure to be consuming a varied diet including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. And don’t forget to exercise!
To view an interactive graph that shows the evidence behind health claims linked to certain foods visit: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/snake-oil-superfoods/
Posted By iamincontrol | March 28, 2017
Do you like it when people take credit for an awesome thing that you did? Most people don’t! It’s frustrating to know that you worked really hard on a project, a paper, or even a good joke, and someone else takes your ideas. The same thing applies when you are writing an essay by using books written by other people.
There are a lot of different ways to cite people’s work. The most commonly used citation style is MLA style.
There are two ways to cite an author:
- When you take an entire quote or a phrase from an author’s book or article.
- When you are paraphrasing an author’s sentence with your own words.
Always put a direct quote in quotation marks and put the page number. Here is what an in-text citation looks like in MLA format:
“We undertake research when we wish to explore an idea, probe an issue, solve a problem, or make an argument that compels us to turn to outside help. We then seek out, investigate, and use materials beyond our personal resources.” (Gibaldi, 3).
Here is an example of paraphrasing that same sentence in MLA format:
We do research so we can learn more about a topic, so that it begins to shape the way we think about an idea (Gibaldi, 4).
Now that you cited an author’s work in your essay, you need to include the full citation in your works cited. The works cited is found at the end of the paper. It is basically a reference list so that anyone reading your essay can find it easily.
In MLA style, each work is listed alphabetically by the author’s last name. You must list:
- The author’s last name and first name
- The title of the work
- The year the work was published
- The publisher
Here is the format for citing a book in MLA:
Lastname, Firstname. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of
Publication. Medium of Publication. Smith, John. The Joy of Citing. Toronto: John’s Publishing Company, 2012.
For more information about the content of this blog visit: https://ideaexchange.org/teens/citations
For all the details about MLA citations for books, journal articles, websites, and more visit: http://www.easybib.com/guides/citation-guides/mla-format/how-to-cite-a-parenthetical-citations-mla/