I will be leaving a review for asinnersthoughts final project.
I believe that the main point of this contribution is found in this sentence, “Trying to be healthy should not mean that it has to be expensive either.” From reading this contribution I learned that being healthy doesn’t mean you must spend a lot of money on groceries. I can still have a budget-friendly list of healthy items. It would be good for families, people trying to go on a diet, and even college students to read this contribution because it can bring an idea for those who want to make the first step into being healthy. The strongest part of this contribution is consumers should think about their health and be cautious how they spend their money. It is the strongest contribution because it brings up a good point that consumers should be aware of prices of healthy meals and possibly get a better deal somewhere else. The weakest part of this contribution is when she states that you get hungry after shopping for an hour at the grocery store. It seems like this is irrelevant information. One part I had to read more than once to understand it is the final picture because it is very blurred out and hard to read. I found one typo in the 11th sentence, second paragraph, where she said ‘what’ instead of ‘want.’ One part that made me want to read more on this topic is how budget friendly can I get when it comes to eating healthy. On a 1 to 4 scale where 1 is the lowest possible and a 4 is the highest possible, I rate this contribution a 3 overall because the topic was very good but because of the last picture is quite blurry to read made it drop 1 point.
PHOTOVOICE FINAL PROJECT
(Click on the link above for powerpoint)
The questions I chose to answer are how healthy is it? And why is it so difficult to be healthy/easy to be unhealthy? In my PowerPoint, I inserted a photograph of a healthy food option I made which was chipotle chicken and another photograph of a variety of not-so-healthy foods that I just happened to have scattered in my cabinet. From analyzing each photograph, I noticed a difference in quality and quantity. The first photograph of the healthy food option answers the question of how healthy is it because I am using a protein (the chicken), vegetables (onion and garlic), and fruit (tomato). I also made some white rice for the chicken, which would be carbs, however, in a moderate amount, the rice is still considered healthy. This meal is only really a two-person meal. So, this meal would only last a night-although you would have leftover frozen chicken in the bag, but you would need to purchase the veggies again for more. This would make it difficult to be healthy because you would have to stock up on some items like the veggies and fruit, and even then, you’d have to use them soon because they can easily go bad unless preserved correctly. This also answers the second question why is it so difficult to be healthy/easy to be unhealthy? I noticed that eating healthy can be on the expensive side. It’s easy to be unhealthy because I can get more unhealthy items for the same amount of cash that I used to purchase and make the healthy-food option. The junk-food items that I photographed were not healthy at all. However, purchasing and consuming these unhealthy items makes it easy to be unhealthy because you can get more junk-food items for your buck.
For this project, I listed the items I used to make the healthy meal and the cost of each item. I then totaled the number of items used for this meal and the total cost for a two-person meal. With the junk-food option, I did the same process: I listed down items that I consider junk-food and totaled the number of items purchased and the cost of each item. I then compared the total costs of each food option and concluded that eating healthy is a little bit more expensive than eating junk-food—of course, this all depends on the type of healthy meal and unhealthy foods you want to purchase. This project has helped me learn in consumer health by seeing things differently. It has made me realize that I can get a lot of junk-food cheaper than I could get a healthy meal, but eating all these junk-foods would make you unhealthy. I would need to find a healthier and budget-friendly meal. I also learned that companies that sell junk-food items market their foods for slightly lower prices to lure customers in, and customers like me go for it because it’s cheaper but very unhealthy. Consumers might benefit from completing a project like this because they would be educated and made aware of the theme of quality and quantity of food items, which then could result in healthier food options being made in their futures. My project document provides a photograph of healthy and unhealthy foods along with their costs so that they can compare for themselves and pick which one is truly the better option for a healthy diet as well a budget-friendly cost.
From the Greenwashing slides provided in the course content slides has provided 3 words I think have a variety of meanings. What is it to be ethical? We see in consumer health that being ethical can be buying products that are healthy or may not be wasted and hurting our environment. Plus, we can see in sociology, such as doing ethnography can have ethical as a key term such as either being ethical in collecting data or unethical by being too involved in the study. Social impact can have a bit of a twist as well. In consumer health what kind of social impact do we cause when we buy certain things? We could cause a norm to products helping companies establish themselves, or do we as an individual cause a social impact when we do something that is deviant to our society and be considered as an outsider. Self-identity can be seen as how do we identify ourselves as a consumer? We may buy certain things that represent us as either healthy, budget-friendly, or just random and going for what we’re craving. Self-identity can also show how do we identify ourselves in society? A hard worker, husband, mother, or college student at Central Washington University
- Social Impact
What are some ways you go “green?” How can you share this information with others?
Some ways I go green is I make sure I recycle for as a start. A lot of waste ends up in the sea and ruins animal lives from eating all of our junk. Another way I recycle is making sure I use a canister for water rather than buy a case of plastic water bottles. This would cut down on the plastic being thrown away and can be a huge money saver. I also cut down on plastic by using my own bags for groceries instead of using the plastic bags the stores gives us. I could share this information with family and friends about this information by explaining how much of a waste it is to use plastic water bottles and possibly convert them into using canisters as well. I can also show them where to find their own grocery bags for when they go grocery shopping so that they can use those instead of throwing away the plastic bags they get from the grocery stores.
For my photovoice project, I will be answering two questions: How healthy is it? And Why is it so difficult to be healthy/easy to be unhealthy. I will create a PowerPoint slide that will contain an image of a healthy home-cooked meal. I will list all the ingredients that I need to create the meal as well as the cost of each ingredient. My second image will have unhealthy foods that can be purchased for the same price as the one healthy home-cooked meal.
One point is that it seems that anyone can do a DTC ad. The “distinguished doctor” was not a doctor, but a fraud. He recommends people take an anti-cholesterol drug. So, consumers thought that he was a real doctor. Obviously, since he’s not a doctor, he shouldn’t have recommended any drugs or posed as a doctor.
The second point is that the United States and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world that allow DTC ads. New Zealand’s population is four million while the United States population is over 325 million. So, it could—is—drastically affect the population. Also, it’s disturbing that there are only two countries in the world that allow DTC ads. I’m also wondering why the FDA eased up on companies when it’s purpose to inform the people.
The third point is that these DTC ads serves as a way to give us a direct approach to what you should buy. Instead, it should just inform the consumer about the product and give them a choice comfortably. An acceptable public health solution should be a product that informs the positive and negative effects to the consumer. They should be well informed and can make the decision on their own.
When reading the article “California Hospitals Lose Ground In Quality Of Care, Report Card Shows,” it provides some good information. The immediate thing that I saw that was helpful was the fact that they provided a report card of several hospitals in the state of California. This was to show how well they take care of their patients and to prevent further harm to come to them. What makes me wonder is how do they grade these hospitals. Jan Emerson-Shea, who is the Spokeswoman for the California Hospital Association says, “While these scorecards often serve as a good starting point for patients to ask questions of their health-care provider, they should not be viewed as being a definitive source for determining the quality of care provided by any hospital.” This makes me wonder what the criteria is for grading hospitals. I would advise people to look further into how these hospitals are graded. I would also look an unbiased government or organization website that people can check out for themselves. This will help those decide what is the best care for their loved ones and not worry about making things worse.
When reading the articles listed on the Food Matters page, there was a couple of things that were new to me. First, even if avoiding desserts for the purpose of not consuming as much sugar isn’t really helping. In fact, when reading the article “Hidden in Plain Sight” under the sugar science website, sugar is added to many things that are packaged anyway. Certain products like bread, savory foods, and pasta sauce are an example provided. Also, when it comes to eating healthy, there are added sugars to items like yogurt, energy bars, and even ketchup. Yogurt is quite surprising since it is usually a snack that people eat to avoid other junk food and energy bars are usually for those who want to lose weight and use them to avoid eating other unhealthy snacks. Looking at this information is concerning because when it comes to eating right, I need to know what to get. I need to be able to trust the labels and can pass this knowledge to others if they want to eat healthier as well. The way this concern could affect people’s policy decisions is some could have a craving for sugar more than others. In this case, this would affect their diet and would interfere with trying to eat healthier. I think if I were to share this information with others who are less informed, they would probably be shocked by what I’ve learned. I would hope they can process this knowledge and possibly change their way of eating and continue spreading the news they learned too.
When it comes to the three words for glossary building, I feel allergens was a good fit. Allergens can be a variety of things. Seasonally, fabrics, and foods are just a few examples. When we look at consumer health, these examples are perfect to reference. Many people have allergies and being conscious on what you purchase can prevent a reaction.
Viruses are cell based host and have no antibiotics for them. In consumer health, we need to be able to learn how to prevent ourselves from catching a virus and how to not spread it to help others. Bacteria is a microorganism, which can be received from food that isn’t cooked properly. Another is through eating meals raw. We can still eat certain meals like sourdough bread that must build bacteria to have that tangy taste to it.
When we look at these three words, I believe they are perfect for consumer health. When we look at bankruptcy, it is a scary word, and a term you do not want to use or have applied to your life. Bankruptcy is applied to consumer health because if a person needs to pay for surgeries, medication, or anything else health related, and they have declared bankruptcy, then it would be difficult for them to pay off their bills, or to acquire any medication. Bankruptcy heavily limits people. Intersection is a term that can describes the status of an individual.
An example of intersection would be a poor gay white man. Intersection can be applied to consumer health because a lower-income level person would perhaps have a much difficult time paying off their bills or paying for services that a person of a higher-level income. Another term that may be useful to consumers is predatory lending. Sellers take advantage that people need to pay for medicine, treatment, or anything else health related, but are unable to pay for it. So, sellers loan these people money but the catch is that they must obviously return the money, but the interest rate is extremely high.
- predatory lending