Thursday, April 23, 2015

Obesity Rates Skyrocketing

    Every since the mid-1980's, the obesity rates in the United States has had a drastic increase in the amount of overweight people, and not only adults; children are also becoming bigger. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, in 2009–2010, 1/3 of all children aged 6-19 were overweight or obese, and 2/3 of adults 20+ were overweight or obese. 


     In the past, our primary solution to this problem was to "eat less, exercise more" and has seemed to work for us, nowadays that doesn't seem to be working. Many citizens are puzzled as to why this doesn't seem to be working anymore, because they always are buying "healthier" alternatives and exercising more frequently. The answer is not entirely their initiative, some of the problem is actually the food they're putting into their body. Let's look at some of these nutrition labels.


     As you can see, the sugar content in one package of granola bars is 12g of sugar, or 3 teaspoons, Incase you didn't know, the daily amount of sugar a regular human is supposed to eat is around 50 grams of sugar per day. In those two thins, 17% of your daily amount of sugar exists, does that seem like it should take up about 1/5 of your sweets? Yet these thins are supposed to be "healthier" for you; and let's not even mention Coca-Cola, in one can of the stuff, there's 40 grams of sugar, that's 80% of your recommended dose. Long story short, just eat your vegetables.


Friday, January 23, 2015

All About Carrots

   

Carrots: The New Super Root!

       Carrots, as almost everybody knows, are an incredible source of Vitamin A, which helps improve and maintain our eyesight, strengthen our bones, teeth, and even skin. Along with these health benefactors, there are also a ton of things we don't know about these taproots.

  For most of the American population, we see the vegetable known as the carrot as the generic orange spear, sometimes made into a juice for dieters, or even baked into a cake with cream cheese frosting. Yet despite this stereotype, carrots are so much more than that. They can be almost any flavor you can imagine, sweet, sour, savory, spicy, everything you can dream of. Among flavors, carrots also come in a variety of colors, such as purple, orange, red, blue,and basically the whole spectrum.


         Carrots also have many fun purposes other than culinary. As many people know, by consuming a large quantity of carrots, your skin will sometimes turn a very light shade of orange, especially around the palms and soles of the feet. Also, carrots will occasionally look like people, thank you for your time.











Sources: http://www.asignofwisdom.com/images/BD113-4575.jpg
You can visit the page here: Fun Carrot Facts for Kids





Thursday, January 8, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr Holiday

     On the third Monday of January, the United States of America will celebrate a milestone in their culture. This is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., an important figure in the fight for racial equality.

By Kevin 

     In 1968, there started a campaign to gain a national holiday. A holiday to honor the birthday of a great hero in the civil rights movement, a hero which was recently stolen from them. This hero was Martin Luther King, Jr., father, husband, pastor, leader.

     On January 19th, people across the USA will be celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.. This holiday falls under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which puts on the third Monday of January, instead of January 15th which was King's actual birthday. The making MLK day a national holiday was passed in 1983 by president Ronald Reagan, although it wasn't observed in use until 1986. Mr. King is basically the figurehead of civil rights movements and non-violent acts against discrimination. One of his most famous speeches, the "I Have A Dream" speech, told of an interracial future, where there was no segregation, only love and kindness. This was an important moment in our heritage and should and is widely celebrated and cherished. America is proud to have a man like Martin Luther King, Jr.

Always remember to appreciate your leaders, for they may be gone in the blink of an eye. 

R.I.P
 Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jan 15, 1929 - Apr 4, 1968



Upcoming 4 Day Weekend

4-Day Weekend 

Upcoming holiday(Martin Luther King Jr. Day) plus Teacher Work Day gives lucky Laguna Middle School students a four day weekend.


By Kevin 



   The collective voice of the student body at Laguna Middle School draws it's breath, ticking down every day until the day of Thursday, January 15th. This day marks the beginning of a great opportunity, a complete 4 days to complete their last dreams. A second chance. After this ceremonial weekend, the students will be back to counting down for the next Friday. After this we'll all be back to going through the motions. Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Repeat.
 

    Yes, you heard me. The planets have aligned on this glorious occasion to give us another chance at what goals we didn't accomplish during our Winter break. This weekend will give students time to build a tree fort, live with kangaroos, or learn how to smelt iron. Students can do anything they set their mind to. A recent survey (conducted by me) showed that as many as 7 students were excited for the upcoming holiday. Also, a Laguna student by the name of Mr. Smith stated about the upcoming weekend, "It's gonna be awesome."

     Despite these reasons to look forward to this holiday, some of you may be looking like this picture of Adam Duritz and be wondering, "Why does this matter, shouldn't we be more focused on our education and less about recreation?" Well these chums may be right, but who cares!? This is your weekend, not theirs. Let them stew in the chicken broth of their own gloom.