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Glossary Building #5

Glossary Building # 5

 

Because dietary guidelines, sugar, GMO foods and organics are a few of the things consumers may want to know more about in order to make  environmentally informed food purchasing choices we need to understand what is in the foods and products that we purchase. Many of the products in the U.S. are not organic and may contain harmful pesticides, herbicides and may be genetically modified. In order to understand these terms I have chosen to define these terms so that consumers can have a better understanding.

GMO: genetically modified organism: a plant or animal whose genes have been scientifically changed.

 

Pesticide:

Chemical compounds that are used to kill pests, including insects, rodents, fungi and unwanted plants. Pesticides are used in public health to kill vectors of disease, such as mosquitoes, and in agriculture to kill pests that damage crops. By their nature, pesticides are potentially toxic to other organisms, including humans, and need to be used safely and supposed properly.

Herbicides:

A substance that is toxic to plants and is used to destroy unwanted vegetation.

Green Challenge

 

After considering and consciously choosing everything I purchased and every way I spend my time for the past 48 hours, I came to the conclusion that I do want something different. Even though I feel like I have limited myself to only purchase items that I consider to be needed for a couple of years now, I still buy many things that would be consider a want rather than a need. So, what I would do different when it comes to goods and services that I purchase, it would be to really make sure that what I am purchasing is necessary and to always choose the product or service that has the least impact on the planet or on someone else.

Also, I have noticed that I have been eating food from fast food restaurants very often, and something different I would do to change that is to pack my lunch at home so that I am limiting the things that I buy so that I only buy what I truly need. Moreover,  I would want to use my time more wisely and limit the time I spend using the internet for entertaining purposes. And to spend the majority of my time using the internet to gather information that I can benefit from. What keeps me from making this change I believe is the lack of information about the impact every product we buy has on the planet or on someone else as well as the determination to make this change.

Making this change in my life would result in a healthier diet, and a more productive time management that would probably reduce stress. I believe this change would help me to live happier,  be healthier, save money, and reduce the adverse impact my consumer choices have on the planet or other people. Therefore,I would definitely would want this change in my life.

Green Challenge

 

After considering and consciously choosing everything I purchased and every way I spend my time for the past 48 hours, I came to the conclusion that I do want something different. Even though I feel like I have limited myself to only purchase items that I consider to be needed for a couple of years now, I still buy many things that would be consider a want rather than a need. So, what I would do different when it comes to goods and services that I purchase, it would be to really make sure that what I am purchasing is necessary and to always choose the product or service that has the least impact on the planet or on someone else.

Also, I have noticed that I have been eating food from fast food restaurants very often, and something different I would do to change that is to pack my lunch at home so that I am limiting the things that I buy so that I only buy what I truly need. Moreover,  I would want to use my time more wisely and limit the time I spend using the internet for entertaining purposes. And to spend the majority of my time using the internet to gather information that I can benefit from. What keeps me from making this change I believe is the lack of information about the impact every product we buy has on the planet or on someone else as well as the determination to make this change.

Making this change in my life would result in a healthier diet, and a more productive time management that would probably reduce stress. I believe this change would help me to live happier,  be healthier, save money, and reduce the adverse impact my consumer choices have on the planet or other people. Therefore,I would definitely would want this change in my life.

Greenwashing Post Prompt 1

Greenwashing Prompt  

Prompt one

Discuss three things you learned after exploring the greenwashing course slides.

Where can you find more information about being “green”?

 

After exploring the greenwashing course slides I learned that green means that there are products and services that claim to  be ethical, sustainable, responsible and green environmental friendly. And, that sustainable consumers try to satisfy their own needs without loosing sight of the needs of others in a long term. As a result this idea of sustainability has spread to mean conscious or concerned.

Also, I found interesting that the majority of us can’t opt out of consuming because we cant buy absolutely nothing and that we cant make absolutely everything we need.

Another thing I learned from the greenwashing course slides is that every product and most services we purchase have at least some impact on the planet or on someone else even those that claim to be green. Therefore, the best option we have is to learn how we can lessen our impacts and to be more conscious about what is truly needed versus what we want as buying less would be considered a greener option.

 

https://www.greenchoices.org is a website where we can find more information about making green choices.

 

Glossary Building 4

Glossary Building #4

There are people who are very concerned about conserving out planet, and therefore they chose to opt to purchase products that don’t have a major impact on the planet or someone else. And many companies offer products or services that are considered green. Therefore, I believe it is important to have a better understanding about what or who green is.

 

  • Green:

A major thrust in selling to us is through “ethical*, sustainable, green, environmentally friendly, responsible” product/service claims

  • Sustainability:

“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”

  • Theory of planned behavior:

Constructs and attitudes, subject norms, perceived behavioral control and intention.

Glossary Building 3

Glossary building #3

 

As a consumer I believe I would like to have access to  information about the safety, effectiveness and security of the products that I consume. So, after looking at the pharmaceutical slides I came across different terms which I believe are important to know for consumer in order to make wise choices when purchasing different products.

  • FDA:

The food and Drug administration protects public health by assuring safety,     effectiveness and security of a wide range of products including prescription drugs. Also, it oversees the approval and marketing of prescription drugs.

 

  • DTC Ads: Direct to consumer advertising, is a new area of prescription drug promotion. Direct-to-consumer advertising has been legal in the USA since 1985. These DTC Ads must have a brief summary in print, list of side effects on TV ads. TV ads can include only most important risks, as long as  information on how to get more information.

 

  • Product Claim: Name a drug, condition, discuss benefits and risks.

https://consuminghealthmatters.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/209pharmasp20171.pptx

Glossary Building 2

Glossary Building #2

Because most students that attend universities choose to obtain loans I believe it is important to know the different types of loans offered to the students. Moreover, having  a plan to  start paying off their school loans is just as important. Therefore this glossary building can be beneficial for the students.

  • Grace Period:

The grace period is a set a period of time after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment before you must begin repayment on your loan. The grace period gives you time to get financially settled and to select your repayment plan.

 

  • Perkins Loan:

Federal Perkins loan program, often called Perkins loans, are low-interest federal student loans for undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need.

 

  • Income Driven Replacement Plan:

Income based repayment and revised pay as you earn, which cap your monthly payments at a reasonable percentage of your income each year, and forgive any debt remaining after no more than 25 years (depending on the plan) of affordable payments. Forgiveness may be available after just 10 years of these public and non profit sectors.

 

  • Delinquency:

Your loan becomes delinquent the first day after you miss a payment. Even if you miss just one monthly payment and then start making payments again, your loan account will remain delinquent until your repay the past due amounts or make other arrangements.

 

https://ticas.org/content/posd/top-10-student-loan-tips-recent-graduates

Glossary Building One

Glossary Building #1

I believe that everyone should be able to have the necessary information to make the healthiest choices therefore it is extremely important that we know what consumer health is and how we can have a better understanding of consumer health. I chose some words that would probably help to have a better understanding of the things that influence our everyday choices, life and health.

  • Market:

A powerful concept that influences our lives, health, and choices everyday. This concept influences much more than our individual life outcomes, it tells us how to think as a nation, as a society of individuals making decisions.

  • Market Justice:

Market justice suggests that fairness in the world is not really possible or maybe not even ideal. People that trade money for products and services, money they originally got by trading their time, labor and sometimes skills for it. In this view  fair outcomes are based on what a person or group earns by choosing healthy behaviors.

  • Social Justice:

Social Justice suggests that  societies have a responsibility to help ensure fair outcomes for all. In this view outcomes are actively fair based in policies or processes that allow for or provide equitable benefits and risks or  harm to all.

 

 

The “market” as part of the consumer health context. (n.d.). Retrieved April 04, 2018, from https://consuminghealthmatters.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/week2readingforhed209pdf1.pdf

 

 

Pharmaceutical Prompt One

The Three “talking points” That would show why we should think about this practice and perhaps want a change are”:

 

  • Do DTC ads provide information that is truthful, balanced and accurately described? Because if DTC ads are inaccurate and misleading and consumers may think the advertised prescriptions are completely safe. Therefore, it is important to know that consumers are aware and receive a clear message in the DTC ads about the benefits and side effects of the prescription medications that is being advertised.

 

  • How does DTC influence the consumers? According to Ken Johnson, senior vice president of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and industry trade group. Direct- to- consumer advertising informs patients potentially suffering from disease and raises their awareness of treatment options. However, some critics have their doubts, According to Dr Dee Mangin, associate professor at Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, New Zealand, states that the truth of direct-to-consumer advertising is used to drive choice rather than inform it,” pointing out that the ‘driving’ is typically in the direction of expensive brand-name drugs.

 

  • DTC’s may influence the patients to ask for a certain Branded medication even when a generic equivalent exists. Resulting in higher costs for the consumer or tax payer.

 

I believe an acceptable public health solution for these consumer concerns are to reinforce The Federal food, drug and cosmetic act law. I believe the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) should evaluate the DTC ads and make sure that all the information in these advertisements is truthful, accurately described, that includes both the benefits and risks of the medication and that the people in the advertisements giving their testimony are not actors. After a thorough evaluation the CDER then can approve the DTC ads before being aired or published.

https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm143562.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/PrescriptionDrugAdvertising/ucm071964.htm

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/fact-sheets/2013/11/11/persuading-the-prescribers-pharmaceutical-industry-marketing-and-its-influence-on-physicians-and-patients

http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/87/8/09-040809/en/