Soda Taxes Covering Health Care Costs

Emily
Usinger

English 150 HD

10/28/10

Soda Taxes Covering Health Care Costs

What if there was a way that led to healthier eating and expanded health-insurance coverage at the same time? President Obama and administration have about a $1.2 trillion plan. This federal proposal will place an excise tax on soda, certain fruit drinks, sports drinks, and ready-to-drink teas. The taxes will help pay for a fraction of the cost to expand health insurance. Most people can agree that this appears to be a win-win situation.

Now a day, Americans’ overall physical health and having decent health care coverage plans go hand in had. The government is constantly pressuring food companies to make healthier products to improve the people’s well being. A sin tax will be placed on soda due to the fact that by consuming sugar-sweetened drinks can lead to obesity, diabetes, and other ailments. According to the article, “ Soda Tax Weighed to Pay for Health Care” by Janet Adamy, the office estimated that adding a tax of three cents per 12-once serving to sweetened drinks would generate $24 billion over the next four years. The tax would not only generate revenue, but would lower soda consumption. This will reduce health problems and save medical costs. Mr. Jacobson is quoted in the article saying, “Soda is clearly one of the most harmful products in the food supply, and it’s something government should discourage the consumption of”. The tax should hopefully discontinue the sales of soda in school districts, teaching children how to have a healthy lifestyle. Soda taxes contribute to numerous benefits.

The sin taxes placed onto unhealthy foods seem to have a promising future. Although the manufacturers of the products disagree, the health of the average person will benefit. A soda tax is just one main idea the lawmakers have come up with to help finance health-care plans. These taxes clearly have more positive effects than negative.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124208505896608647.html

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Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Emily Usinger

English 150 HD

10/21/10

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Wouldn’t it be amazing if people could become healthier from consuming a candy? The rise of obesity in America has discouraged people from consuming chocolates and other types of sweets. Recent studies and articles have been appearing on the Internet and newspapers stating that the more dark chocolate one consumes, the healthier they can become.

There are many features that support why dark chocolate is a healthy sweet. The article “Health Benefits of Chocolate” by Mark Stibich, suggests that because chocolate comes from plants and trees, it can have the same health benefits found in dark vegetables. Flavonoids act as antioxidants in the chocolate, allowing dark chocolate to have up to eight times the number of antioxidants found in strawberries. Even though antioxidants help with the immune system, chocolate is proven to be very valuable for the human heart.  Blood pressure can be lowered immensely by just consuming a small piece daily. Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol by up to ten percent. Dark chocolate also stimulates endorpin production and also contains serotonin. These benefits give the consumer a feeling of pleasure and acts as an anti-depressant. Dark chocolate is the one candy someone should never be concerned about overeating.

Although some people might not enjoy the bitter taste of dark chocolate, the long-term features will certainly reward them. When trying to lose weight or consume a healthy diet many people are scared away from chocolates and sweets. Through eating certain chocolates people can receive lower blood pressure and cholesterol. The darker the chocolate, the healthier it is.

http://longevity.about.com/od/lifelongnutrition/p/chocolate.htm

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World Food Prize

Emily Usinger

English 150 HD

10/12/10

World Food Prize

 

I attended the World Food Prize lecture on October 11, 2010 in the Memorial Union. The two recipients David Beckmann and Jo Luck both gave speeches of their organizations and travels. Although Beckmann and Luck work for different organizations they share the same goals. Their efforts are to mobilize and empower everyday citizens to end hunger in communities around the world.

David Beckmann was the first to be presented at the seminar. He is a Lutheran pastor, who helped founded Bread for the World. Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice that urges decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. The organization is mostly through churches and brings people Jesus and justice.  Beckmann believes it is necessary to change the laws, politics, and systems in order to stop world hunger. Bread for the World also claims to currently have triple the amount of US assistance than ever before. Although Bread for the World assists people in other countries, it also focuses on people in America. Beckmann is proactive in helping his neighbors and recognizing the hunger that goes on in his own country.

Jo Luck, the second recipient, has worked with the organization Heifer International for twenty-one years. Luck has traveled to over a dozen of developing countries around the world. She feels that gender equality should be created in these countries so that men and women will both be viewed as leaders. The two genders will receive the respect they deserve and make the country better off. A question that was directed towards Luck after her speech was what struggles occurred while she was in Africa. Luck responded by telling the audience that through her travels she had been robbed, sleeping on the dirt floors of huts, in malaria infested areas, and almost on a hijacked airplane. Although these events may have discouraged people from continuing their work, it never stopped Luck. She believes on passing the gift onto others in need. Luck states that life is a marathon, not a sprint.

After attending the World Food Prize, I understand why Beckmann and Luck are receiving this huge honor. Both of the recipients continue to spread the word to end hunger and poverty no matter the struggles that they endure. I found Luck and Beckmann to be very inspiring. They are two people that chose to dedicate their lives to helping others. Beckmann and Luck’s achievements deserve to be awarded.

 

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Thefoodsite.net

http://thefoodsite.net/2010/10/easy-and-simple-one-dish-meals-for-lazy-sundays/

This blog describes how to give simple one-dish meals more nutritional value. In this particular blog, the example is porridge. Usually porridge is consumed alone with no other side dishes. This is a problem for young children and elders who need to get more nutrition. The blog demonstrates how to creatively add vegetables and other protein sources such as chicken to the average porridge.

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Waging a Living Free Write

Emily Usinger

English 150 HD

10/4/10

Waging a Living Free Write

The documentary and interview, “Waging a Living”, opened my eyes into the life of families suffering in the lower classes. The documentary followed three single mothers and one man to show the similarities and contrasts each person possesses in their everyday lives. I experienced several different emotions, including heartbreak and joy after viewing this film.

This documentary made me realize how fortunate it is to be in the middle or upper class. The lower income families had to struggle with making ends meet. Once they got a raise or higher position the government would start to give them less help. This aspect I found very depressing, it was almost as if they would never be able to get out of their poverty. It seemed as if the government was pushing them down. Some could argue that the effort made to get out of poverty could have the possibility of burring people deeper into it.  The mothers also had to go through this struggle for the most part alone. It was shocking to see one person working, who makes minimum wage, also has to support three or more children. I found it extremely overwhelming to view these people’s hardships.

The documentary portrays another side of life. Although in life many people go through several struggles, it is as if the lower class is constantly in a battle.  It is depressing to see this people give up hope and their dreams of how an American life should be. At the end of the film every family was able to gain closure and a fewer more benefits to make their lives more livable. Even though the ending is uplifting, that is not the case for every family suffering in the lower class.

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Dove Self-Esteem Free Write

Emily Usinger

English 150 HD

9/23/10

Dove Self-Esteem Free Write

I have always known that girls struggled with their self-image and body weight. I, myself, being a girl, have had first hand experiences with these issues. The first video, “Beauty Pressure”, demonstrated how adds and models start influencing girls at an earlier age. After watching this video I was completely shocked to see how young the girl in the video was. I normally thought that girls usually weren’t affected by beauty and body composition until middle school and puberty. I found it quiet disturbing that at such an earlier age girls are shown what they should look like when they become women. The next video, “a Dove Flim-Girls Self-Esteem”, interviewed girls who were of pre-teen to early adult ages. This video demonstrated that women still in their early twenties feel the same way they did about their weight when they were thirteen. The last video, “Dove Evolution”, showed how companies alter the photographs of their models. I feel that having alterations done isn’t fair. It gives girls false ideas and makes them strive for something that is in a sense unreachable.

I support the Dove’s self-esteem program to help young girls realize what natural beauty really is. These videos brought back memories and struggles from my past. When I was a freshman in high school, my younger sister battled anorexia in the seventh grade. It was painful to watch someone at a young age dealing with this type of disease. Also, I was at a vulnerable age as well so it made me consider possible changes I could make to my body after watching hers transform. Through family, friends, and a little treatment, my sister was able to overcome most of her issues and hasn’t had a major problem since. I agree with the videos that the industry is a major influence on young girls, like my sister, and stills continues to influence women of all ages.

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A Modest Proposal Pre-Write

Emily Usinger

English 150 HD

8/26/10

A Modest Proposal Pre-write

Throughout the reading “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift, Swift suggests his opinions on child nutrition and his view on abortion. Swift states that if children are breast-fed for the first year and the mothers can obtain two shillings; abortions as well as diseases will decrease for children. The main suggestion in the proposal is to sell lower-class children to the Irish society, because otherwise they are destined to have a life of crime and unemployment. This proposal would help boost the Irish economy and give poor families a new source of income.

Swift’s overall tone can be classified as satirical. He uses satire of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries in his writing. He uses a great deal of sarcasm and irony when it comes to describing his proposal. Swift’s proposal becomes anything but modest. It can be assumed that most people were horrified at the thought of selling children for meat.

Swift’s proposal also relates to the ideas of food science and human nutrition. He recommends that the children be breast-fed for nutrition as well as for a healthy immune system. The child should also be given wholesome to food and be allowed to breast-fed plentifully so they will be pump and fat for a good table.

I was left with a shocked reaction after reading this article. I received a strange impression of Swift after learning of his proposal. Although his ideas were in the right place to help the lower income families, his way of suggesting it seemed to be cruel and inhumane. I believe many people were shocked at the idea of selling their children for food purposes.

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