Help from Dr. P – and a great end to our first week!

Hi everyone –

Let me just say “Woo hoo!” because I’ve had some great chats with several of you and I see that folks are really getting started.

Again, reading my “Guide” WILL help you. I promise. Otherwise, once you’ve accepted the invitation and logged in, just click on the pencil “Write” icon at the top right of your screen, choose Consuming Health Matters at the LEFT, and start your post!

If you’re mostly concerned about getting started with readings and assignments, no worries! Note that (as explained in the syllabus) there are two deadlines, discussed below.

One deadline is “Perfect World” on Fridays, every week at 10pm. The second is “Last Chance” on Sundays at 11:59pm. Please try to have your Intro post up for THIS week’s Last Chance deadline, if not today’s Perfect World deadline, ok? Once you get the hang of things, you’ll be posting like a pro. And remember – choose “Intros” as your category, and be sure to add your username as a tag.

You can have the course blog open in one window, and be writing your post in another window. See what I mean? Visit the front page of the blog, here, and then open it again if you want to and then click the pencil/”Write” icon.

This “1-2-3” list should help you get started and feel relieved. Keep reading…

  1. Visit the intro post instructions here: 1 Getting Started in PUBH 209 work
  2. Then go out and read the first content page, A Page to Start with: Thinking and Discourse Matters, here. (Be sure to click the clickable items in it so that you are ACTUALLY reading this important piece of introductory course content and understanding my “basics” of consumer health!)
  3. Next go view the Overview slides here: 4 Course Slides
  4. Now you’re getting ready to write your first “real” post, the Thinking and Discourse post, which you will find here. Remember, you are responsible for ONE prompt each week. The Thinking and Discourse prompt is due NEXT Friday (PW deadline) or NEXT Sunday (LC deadline). PLEASE NOTE: You’ll find three Thinking and Discourse prompts, meaning you have options. It also means that, if you want to, you can start on Extra Credit/Extra Learning (explained in the syllabus) this very week!

Ok, get started. We’ll talk soon, especially if you’re still SO lost that you can’t log in and start writing. –Dr. P




Intro Post

Hi! My name is Jasmine and I am a fifth year student at Central Washington University. I am double majoring in Public health with a specialization in population health, as well as Dance performance. In April of 2017, i has the opportunity to travel to Eugene Oregon to attend the American College Dance Association Conference. At this conference i was asked to represent CWU by having my own original dance choreography adjudicated.  This conference brought several universities together to share new thoughts and ideas, as well as create new connections within the dance community. It was an amazing experience! My goal is to enter into the public health field. All aspects of public health truly interest and inspire me. Although i do not have a specific area of interest within public health, i hope that in my last few courses in the major i can be inspired and figure what i want to do.

Fun fact about me! This December i am gearing up travel to Cambodia and Thailand to volunteer with their communities, learn the culture and work on two elephant sanctuaries. There we will be apart of elephant conservation, as well as take part in fighting against local logging industries.  I am very anxious to get going on this trip, and even more excited to learn and work with a new community unlike my own.

My personal consumer science changes as i become older. I am currently a full time student and work part time. What i buy often depends on what i can afford. when budgeting it is difficult to be conscious of everything you purchase. Consumer health is important when considering availability and accessibility. at the end of this class i hope to become more knowledgeable on what consumer health really means and how i can make a difference at all times (Big or small).

There are several personal values i like to think i withhold, so it is difficult to pair down to just two. Compassion and empathy are just two that come to mind. These are two values that can go hand and hand. These are values that encourage patients, understanding, respect and support for one another. Communities are built by unique individuals and families with unique needs. It is important to build connections with one another to help ensure a supportive and inclusive community for all people of all backgrounds.

Two rights i believe people deserve as individuals is the right to their health and freedom to individual thought.  All should have the right to take care of their bodies, their families health and their well-being. Everyone should have the right to express their individuality and creativity, while being able to contribute individual ideas to their community. Individuality is what makes the world interesting.

Two rights i think people should have are the right to health care and the right to seek shelter or safety in places other than their homes. As a community it is important to take care of one another. As a country and as people we should want to see one another healthy, happy and safe. communities must protect each other and others who seek help. i believe a community will only be as strong as its weakest link. My view is that all should be willing to fight for one another to ensure we up hold strong values and basic rights.





Getting To Know Me

Hi guys!

My name is Kelsey and I am a senior at CWU. I have attended here all four years of my undergrad and I am majoring in Nutrition. I will finish this winter and hopefully find work over on the west side of the mountains. In high school I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, I just knew the right thing to do was to get an education. After coming here, I fell in love with nutrition. I now plan to work for the National School Lunch Program in the near future and hope to regulate and change some poor decisions that have been made regarding school lunches.

As a consumer, I am not doing my best. Like many other college students, I have a significantly small bank account. I wish it was probably for me to purchase locally grown fresh produce weekly or to grow my own. However, I unfortunately have no garden space to work with in my tiny home that I am renting and opt to buy the cheaper frozen fruits and vegetables that last me much longer than fresh ones. I also have to say that I consume a lot of frozen and farmed meats. I know, as a nutrition major you all probably think I am crazy. But, I’m telling you guys I do the best that I can with the funds I have.

As a learner, it is extremely important to me that I get every ounce out of my knowledge that I can. I am very excited to take this class because I know that I really do need to work on my consumer health. I would really like to gain the knowledge I need to be the best consumer I can be and to improve the health and sustainability of the world I live in.

When It comes to values, I find it extremely hard to pick just a few of the most important ones to me. Narrowing it down is challenging although, I know for certain that two of the most important ones to me are, devotion and forgiveness. When it comes to devotion I think it is important to consistently stay devoted to the things that are important to you. For example, school is extremely important to me. Some days are good and some days are bad but my devotion to my school work never changes or decreases because I know the outcomes is great. This can also go along with friends and relationships as well. When people are important to us, our devotion to them I’m extremely important regardless of the good and the bad. Which brings me into forgiveness. I think that is a part of devotion. On our bad days we may need someone to forgive us, and on their bad days we may need to forgive them. It ties back into treat others how you would like to be treated.

When it comes to our rights there are a few that I think of right away. That is the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. Both of these are extremely prominent in the United States and we see them daily. Two rights I wish we did have are the right to healthcare, so many people would benefit from this. I also think it would be beneficial to have the right to free public transportation. A large number of people would benefit from this is numerous ways.

Hi, my name is Erica Lianne.

This is my last quarter at CWU and when it’s all said and done I’ll be an IDS Major with a Sociology Minor. I got married this year and am due to give birth to my little guy in December. It has been a very exciting year for me and I cannot wait for December to finally roll around!

My personal consumer health right now is at the top of my priorities. I am constantly looking for healthier choices, exercising as much as I can and putting very limited beauty products on my hair or skin. From this class I hope to better understand what my role as a consumer is to my health. I hope to discover ways to better my life physically, emotionally and intellectually.

I am first a daughter, now a wife and soon a mother. Family is a value that I hold very dear to my heart. For me my family has always been a constant in life and that is a comfort of mine. No matter what could possibly happen, I know that in my life and in my heart that I will always have my family. Secondly, I value others, like all of you. We cannot learn simply from ourselves, but from others as well. I believe that if we choose not to interact with others we are only cheating ourselves from the lessons or knowledge that can be shared.

A right I am certain we all have is the freedom of speech. If we did not have this right we would not be able to share our ideas with another here. Our thoughts would be silenced and the world would be at a stand still. Another right I think we are all entitled to is the right to identify as we wish. Who’s right is it to decide how we identify ourselves? We define ourselves and make our lives as we see fit.

Although I believe we have a right to define ourselves and make our lives as we see fit in reality there are some things that aren’t a right to everyone. One right I feel everyone should have in order to live life is health insurance regardless of their income, race, ethnicity, gender or other categories. We all need to realize that in order for us to all be able to live our lives we have to maintain our individual health. In order to do this we all need to be able to access healthcare. Another right I feel everyone should have is the right to an education regardless of their citizenship or immigration status. Education is our key to a better life and by revoking that right from some individuals we are taking that opportunity away from them. We are changing the course of their life rather than them changing the course of their life.

About Me!

Hello everyone!

My name is Morgan and this is my second year here at Central. So that makes me a sophomore. I am still undeclared but know for sure that I want to at least minor, if not major, in Public Health.  Doing something in the medical field in some way, shape or form is just my ultimate goal. That is because I love to help people and others around me.

My whole life I haven’t always been the healthiest person, especially when I was a little kid. But that’s probably how most of us were because when your a little kid all you really focus on is candy, candy and candy. Or at least that is how I was. LOL! But then when I was old enough to realize how bad candy can be for you when that’s all you really focus on, I was able to widen my choices about food and what was good for me. To this day, I still think candy is wonderful and sweet and all but defiantly not something you should have everyday. Now a days I eat a lot of vegetables and healthier foods. Including things like chicken and broccoli. Broccoli is probably my favorite though. But I will still mess up like we all do and eat some not so healthy things, but mostly I eat healthier rather than fatty foods.

When it comes to cosmetics and products, I do not do that well. I usually will just find the most cheap makeup there is. Or whatever is on sale. And I usually try not to spend over 20 dollars on one thing of makeup. I think the most I have spent on foundation is 16 dollars, but I would not go much higher than that. For certain products like shampoo, conditioner, soap, laundry detergent, etc., I will get whatever is cheapest. That is mostly because I do not have just a bunch of money to spend on the most organic, non-toxic, or whatever it says on the label on how it is good for you. Since I am a college student and live in an apartment I try to spend the least amount of money on things like that. Then I try to spend most of money on foods that will make me feel good.

Now onto two values that I hold as an individual is trust and ambition. Everyone has the saying like oh I trust you or do you trust me? But trust to me is something very important. All my life people have been very trusting of me and that is something I cherish. Whenever someone asks me for help or when someone needs something from me I never go around and tell other people about what they needed help on or what they needed. The other is ambition, which is something I also very much so believe in. Ambition is something I have grown up with especially in Cheerleading. I was a cheerleader for 6 years and whenever we would go to a competition I would always have a fire inside of me to do the best I could do and finish by walking off feeling like that was the best possible performance from myself. And most of the time that worked in my favor, by winning and getting first place.

Two rights that we have as individuals that are important to me is freedom of speech and the right to vote. Freedom of speech is something that I feel everyone should take more advantage of. If you feel like you need to say something, then go ahead and say it. No one should ever feel scared to say something if they feel as though they are going to be judged afterwards. The right to vote is something also very important to me because when you reach the age that you are able to vote, you are able to participate something that will go down in history, literally. Being able to vote is being able to show how you feel and what you feel like is right. And whatever your decision is-is your own.

Two rights that I believe we SHOULD have is the right to have affordable health care just like most other peoples’ and then the freedom to be who you want to be. When we get sick, it is not our fault. It is just something that we were made with, and everyone get’s sick at least once in their lifetime. But most people when they get sick cannot afford to have a good medical diagnosis, because it is too expensive. So by making healthcare actually affordable. That saves people from dieing and getting more sick, when they can just ran across the street to the urgent care and get checked out. The freedom to be who you want to be is also something that is very important. If you want to express yourself in a certain way, then go ahead and express yourself how you feel. You certainly should not be judged for that if you just like to dress differently than somebody else.


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My name is Brenda and I just transferred to Central to hopefully finish my social science (IDS) degree. One of the things that I hope to accomplish with my major is having the ability to help others. Before I started college, I wanted to pursue a degree in the medical field for the same reasons, but then I realized that I wouldn’t be 100% committed to all the intense science courses. Anyway, I hope to help victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse by working with my local New Hope agency.

As far as my consumer health status goes.. it is something that I am constantly trying to work on. I am not trying to pressure myself into following a certain method, so I am trying to improve my overall lifestyle in small changes. As far as buying groceries, my family and I try to incorporate fresh produce and local, when possible. We grow our own veggies, so we know how fresh and free of chemicals they are. Of course this is not always possible, so we often try to buy the “healthiest” options of what we’re looking for.

My goals for now are to make sure that I am giving, or at least doing my best to give 100% at my full-time job and full-time school course load. I am also hoping to have time to volunteer at New Hope as much as I can, so that I can continue to learn about my career path.

Family and patience are two things I truly value, and that I am always working on. I want to focus on the bigger picture as opposed to stressing out or losing my patience on the little things. Family is everything to me and they are part of the reason why I continue my education.

Two rights that I can think of are freedom of speech and freedom of religion. We are able to express our opinions as well as religious choices. Two rights that I believe we should have are the ability to give everyone a higher education and healthcare. I know there are people out there that would love to go to college, but can’t because they cannot afford it despite having full-time jobs.

Meghan’s Introduction

Hello, my name is Meghan. I am a senior at Central majoring in Public Health with a specialization in Population Health. I am also double minoring in Spanish and Latino and Latin American Studies. I work at the Wellness Center on campus and I love my job! I am hoping to graduate this summer and I plan to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree. If I get into my top school, I will be pursuing a Public Health and Tropical Medicine Master’s degree. Fingers crossed!

My personal consumer health constantly changes depending on what I can afford to buy and where I decide to shop that week. I am currently trying to add more fresh foods into my weekly purchases and remove most processed foods. But to me consumer health status does not just involve food but also what we purchase that impacts our personal environments. Purchasing air fresheners that have scents which relax you or buying a wall hanging that helps affirm your confidence when you see it. Throughout this class, I hope to learn more about how to be a healthier consumer in terms of knowing what I’m buying as well as be able to help others become healthier consumers.

Two values that I believe are very important are empathy and cultural awareness. I have always been a very empathetic person and that has helped me become a good public health student as well as public health “professional”, there isn’t really a one word term for student employee in a public health office. In my opinion, empathy and cultural awareness go hand in hand. I am very political and passionate about changing inequities especially in regards to marginalized communities. Without these values, we as a society will crumble. If we allow our ideologies to block out true human emotion and fact, we are no longer a functioning society. Allowing inequities to continue because you think that a group of people deserve them is not fact, it is ideology and we cannot grow and flourish as a society if we allow ourselves to believe this.

I have been struggling to write this section about rights because I believe that so many of our rights have become subjective and none of our rights are guaranteed. I looked at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from the United Nations and easily argued in my head that not all people are guaranteed these rights in developed and developing countries. One right is that no one can be held as slaves but we have thousands of women and children being sold into sex work with too few governments doing anything to change that. We as humans are given the right to security of person but women walking around college campuses fear being assaulted and then being blamed for someone else taking away their right to security. We as humans are guaranteed the right to freedom of religion yet we have mosques being bombed in our country, which was FOUNDED on the idea of freedom of religion. We have one of the largest ethnic cleansings in the world happening to Muslims in Myanmar with governments denying its existence. We as humans are guaranteed the right to not be arbitrarily arrested and detained yet we have government agencies tracking down undocumented immigrants and detaining them in below standard jail facilities, allowing them to die while they wait for trial. We as humans are guaranteed the right to be recognized as people in the eyes of the government yet we have transgender children being tormented by adults for using the bathroom that matches who they ARE. I’m sorry but these rights are not guaranteed for everyone, therefore they are guaranteed for no one.

Intro Post

Hello there! I am Anthony Ditore and this is my first year here at Central Washington University (and first time writing a blog) and I am currently on my 3rd year of the college experience. Being a transfer student has definitely given me a different feel for everything school related. I am oblivious at this moment as to how much of a different feel. I’ll figure it out.

Personally, I wouldn’t consider myself to be the quote-on-quote ‘healthiest’ person. My purchases reflect this statement. But I am learning what choices are the best for me. Or at least what I think are best for me. So I am as healthy as I need to be.

However, my purchases mainly consist of things that I want and not things I ‘should’ be getting for myself. I can explain this by saying my most recent trip to the grocery store. I had gone originally to get just milk, but when I was there I realized I could get some cereal as well. I decided on a cereal and grabbed two boxes because there was a sale price. Now I already have cereal in my apartment, but in my mind I wanted this specific kind, so I bought some.

To me this is not the best form of consumption and falling prey to this is something I do every time I go shopping. It isn’t a bad thing that I bought it, I just already had cereal and could have saved my money for some other food that I were to run out of later.

I would like to reflect on my past experiences and understand which purchases and what opportunities were worthwhile. I want to understand how I can change my impulses as to make my purchase and overall consumer health better.

I am a family man, and have always been. Family first. Values can be spread easily through ones family since a lot of us are around them all the time. My family has taught me certain values that I hold today.

Through the words of my family and throughout my life. I have believed that the more you give, the greater the return. Now many of you might not agree with me on this. But even if you don’t obtain some kind of material award, the feeling (to me at least) is enough sometimes.

I have not been with my family as much as I would like to. But because of this I feel like I am my own person. And as such, have realized values that I hold for myself. I believe that everyone should receive a certain equal level of trust to those they don’t know. People shouldn’t judge, unless the other person has either managed to lose another’s respect or gain another’s respect. Never judge a book by it’s cover.

The values that I hold in my life, I feel, can really relate to some rights that we have as people. They are not necessarily similar, but definitely go hand in hand. This is a world of choices. And no other right is more fit to a human than the right to govern one’s own actions. With how society is today, I feel like this is more or less repressed from what it could be as a whole. But everyone still governs there own actions, no one is constantly telling people what to do (that doesn’t mean people aren’t telling people how to act).

The other right I feel is relatable to my values is that I believe we all have a right to an opinion. And within these opinions is not how other people feel, but how you feel. When you feel strongly about your opinion, you show off this right. Your opinion may not be the most popular opinion, but in all cases just involving a single human. The opinion you have is kind of the only one that matters.

There are some rights that I believe we as humans should be able to exercise, but I don’t think that we are cut out for them. For instance, we should have the right to make our own ‘healthy decisions.’ The problem is a lot of people can be in the unknown about certain things. Meaning that they can harm themselves without even knowing. I feel like we should be able to have this right, but to me it is okay if someone else can tell me to not dress my wound with what I ‘think’ will help. I think that we should have this right but don’t because sometimes things can be out of your hands.

We all have things that we want and things that we don’t. We all pick and choose, make pros and cons lists. Another right that I believe we should have but don’t is that we should always be able to get the best. Society feels different about this in my eyes. Competitiveness drives the market, and some people just get better things than others. This is a right that we all have, in that we all are entitled to the best. However, we do not all receive the absolute best for ourselves all the time and therefore the right is not there.



A bit about Me.

Hello, my name is Blessyng Moore. I am a psych major with a minor in public health. I am hoping to be finished with my degree summer or fall 2018. We’ll see how that goes considering I am 7 months pregnant with my first baby 🙂 I hear it’s difficult being a new mom, but I am going to give it my best! At the end of my educational journey (and it’s been a loooong one, and keeps getting longer) I hope to be a physicians assistant, working anywhere, helping many. To be completely honest, I don’t know much about consumer health. I think I find myself overthinking it more than I should. So what is my “personal consumer health status”? To me that means, what do I know about the products around me. Meaning food, clothes, advice from doctors or people advertising about the next best health kick. Based on that, I guess my status is average? Maybe a bit above average, because if I don’t know or understand something, I google it. Google is my best friend and I have tons of questions, therefore I google a lot. I read reviews about everything before I buy, I ask my doctor a tons of questions (especially being pregnant), I just want to know before I commit. Even if it is just a $5 commit or trial. I’m not sure if that what consumer health is, so I am really looking forward to learning more about the topic and I wonder if at the end of the quarter I’ll look back and find my own definition of consumer health silly.

Two values I hold: honesty and giving it your best effort. My biggest peeve in the world is being lied to. To me it’s a betrayal, and invasion of trust. As if I was not good enough to hear the truth, even if that truth may be painful or great. Giving it your best effort is another one because if you try, you can succeed. Never rob yourself of the opportunity to be better, and the one way you 100% will always do that is if you don’t try. Even if you have to try again and again, trying always gives you the opportunity to succeed.

Two rights I’m SURE we have: freedom of speech and the right to bear arms. We can talk, say, shout, and write whatever it is that we want. Isn’t that great? We aren’t punished for having an opinion and putting it out there. Can it be used against us? Absolutely! And that is someone’s right to do so, because they can talk freely too. Another right, I am sure we have is the right to bear arms. Even though it comes with many regulations and hoops to jump through, at the end of the day if I want to open carry, concealed carry, have a gun in my home, anything, I can. It’s very important to me that I protect myself and my family.

Two rights we SHOULD have, but not sure we do: I believe we should have the right to choose/be and the right to continue your education. As a grown adult, I have the right to decide for myself, in the realm that I am not physically harming another. No one else needs to tell me what I can and cannot do with my time, money, space, person, anything. Just as much as I don’t have the right to tell people what they can and cannot do. But in reality, do we have that right? I mean we constantly have to explain ourselves for driving a car, owning a car I bought with MY earned money, buying a house, building on that house, etc etc. So many questions to what I am choosing to do with myself. If I’m not harming you, why do you need to know? The right to continue your education. We can, no one is stopping you from doing so, other than that pretty penny that no one seems to actually have. Money is the deciding factor and if you don’t have enough of it, moving on after high school is extremely difficult. No one should be robbed of a better education because they don’t have the money. Everyone deserves the chance to make something more of themselves than just a high school diploma.

DarlaD Intro

I am completing my senior year with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology.  I also have a degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling, which I believe is an important background to have in the mental health clinical counseling.

I think all living beings have a right to healthcare, which includes dental care and has been proven to be an important part in our medical health. I value respect and honesty in others and expect the same from my self towards others.

Two things that I strongly believe we have a right to, are the transparency in the food water and air quality we consume and the right to respect and stand up for our countries flag, constitution and holding our public service officers/politicians accountable for our safety and well-being and standing up for our own beliefs.

Savanah’s Introduction Post

My name is Savanah and I am a transfer student this year to CWU. I am planning to finish my degree within the Interdisciplinary studies (IDS) major to help me pursue my dream of creating a non-profit that focuses on helping prevent teenage suicide. This has been my goal since I was younger and I am happy to be on the path to creating it. I have been working full time and going to school full time the last few years – so I am naturally a busy person.

My consumer health status is probably a little above average I believe. I am a vegetarian so I am constantly shopping, looking, researching meat alternatives or vegetarian meals (I love to cook so this is not an issue). I try to stick to a healthier diet, especially since I am  eating vegetables and fruit a lot of the time, but when I first started being vegetarian I ate a lot of food with high carb content or starch which is not healthy all the time. I do get cravings for things like french fries sometimes (and sometimes I will treat myself to them) but I know to be more cautious about how much I treat myself to. With that being said, my learning goals are to learn what out there in the food industry is beneficial for our health and the environment because I believe that those things go hand in hand. I want to also learn if my life style has an impact on the environment.

The values that I hold close to me are honesty and authenticity. I believe that honesty is important with any relationship and it allows for relationships of any kind to thrive. Without honesty, there is chaos and conflict and those traits can easily be avoided. I also value authenticity because I think that people should always be there real self in any given situation. Authenticity creates a foundation of trust between individuals and that is  a great way for every relationship to start.

I think that rights vary based on who you ask but here are two that I feel we as people have. The first right is the freedom of speech. We are able to voice whatever is on our mind anywhere on any platform. There are sometimes consequences that come with this freedom but it is a freedom that that not every gender or race is able to express in other countries. The second right is the right to vote regardless of what gender we identify as. We are able to show where we stand, against or for, with social, environmental, political, etc. issues.

I think the rights we should have is a very long list but here are two that I can talk about. I believe that healthcare is a basic human right and should be available to anybody who needs it. The US does not have universal health care which is in contrast to most of its  allies. Due to our nation lacking in the ability to provide services, care, and basic needs to every individual, people are losing family members and friends because they had to say “no” to if they had insurance or not. The other right I believe we should have is the right to express. I know that most people will argue that it groups into the freedom of speech and they would be correct. However, my thoughts mean the right to express who we are. There are people who hide their gender, sexuality, etc. from the world because they are taught that they are not human if they do not identify as one thing or the other. We should have the right the express our races freely, our genders freely our sexualities freely.