After looking over several resources I found that in financial health and decision-making it is critical to be informed. When we are informed of our choices in their entirety it aids in our ability to make the best choice we see fit in making our final decision. Often times we are bombarded with so much information that is not necessarily so easy to understand especially as a student. It is comforting to know that President Barack Obama’s Presidential Memorandum on Student Aid Bill of Rights puts in place resources and clauses that will better the outcome of students in debt. This not only gives me hope and comfort as a student, but also as a consumer. Now this is only speaking from a student’s experience, but I think there is still a vast amount of work needed to be done by policy makers and consumers in order to solve this loss of communication or understanding in debt. Policy makers need to improve their ability and ways of communicating debt and borrowing policies. In turn consumers also need to be able to understand the language of policy makers in order to improve their ability in making financial health and other life decisions.
Being a mum-to-be I look closely at details when it comes to my unborn child. I look at safety and hazardous precautions as much as I can, given what is provided to me through labels and constant googling of things. In some way this to me confirms that people planning families are vulnerable to those selling them unneeded or unsafe stuff. For example, when I looked for best bottle recommendations or stroller recommendations you get a list of many. You find that some of the products are safe and some provide labels that are just beyond confusing to understand. So where does that leave you as a consumer? You then continue the search for every little thing on that label to ensure it is in fact safe and by the time you exalt all that energy into looking at every little speck on that label you finally just give in because well everyone is doing it. You see parents following the trends of what they see in the media or of others that surround them. You hope that people near and dear to them would give them great reviews of what are good and safe products, but those parents only know just as much if not a bit more than you because they’ve actually used the product. More and more products today are reaching the surface, but aren’t completely necessary; actually a lot are. In fact, I have come across many articles that find many products listed on registries unnecessary. In this society stuck in a media craze families are the most vulnerable audience to speak to because parents will do anything and everything to provide the best for their families. Even if that means getting them 20 different bottle sets, 3 different strollers, 2 types of car seats, 7 different pacifiers, 1 rocker, a bouncer and just about anything else you could imagine. Parents want to know that no matter what their child has it will be the best option in safety, preference and aesthetics. They want to know that they are giving their child the options while providing them what they think is the best in safety.
In the Overview of Nutrition PowerPoint the term eating patterns is used to describe food choices. After closely examining and considering the different aspects that go into eating patterns my understanding of the term is not solely dependent on what one person simply wants to eat. Eating patterns include preference, habit or tradition, social pressure, availability, convenience, economy, emotional needs, values or beliefs, attitudes, nutritional value and outside incentives.
Again in the Overview of Nutrition PowerPoint the term food culture is introduced. I was a bit confused with the term and considered the terms independently. Foods meaning any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth. Then culture meaning the ways we believe, act and think. Together, my interpretation of the term food culture refers to the way we believe, act or think about any nutritious substance that people, animals and plants eat or drink in order to maintain life and growth. Simply put, food culture refers to the way we think, believe or act in regards to food.
In the same powerpoint, Overview of Nutrition, the term portion distortion is used. The term is followed by the question, “How much BIGGER are we eating?” which led me to think about what portion distortion meant. Individually, portion, refers to a helping, fraction or divide. Then distortion refers to misrepresentation or bend. Together, my interpretation of the term portion distortion would then mean the misrepresentation of a helping with regards to food. Basically, in this way our vision of what is an adequate serving or helping size does not accurately reflect what is healthy.
After looking over the different articles I found the article concerning Walmart’s announcement to phase-out hazardous chemicals most intriguing. Since I had found out that I was pregnant I became very cautious and aware of the products I utilized as a consumer. I also plan to be this way when my little guy is born and it is eye-opening to see that products used everyday and of such popular brands have such harmful chemicals in them.
As a consumer I feel that I am not protected as much as I would like to be. This is because labels are just that labels. They hopefully reveal all that is in a product, but they also provide so much information on them that a consumer would be overwhelmed with the amount they’d have to Google before purchasing that item. For myself, I look at labels and for the most part it is a lot of language, so I Google what I don’t know. It would probably be in my best interest to learn or become better familiar with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the Toxic Control Substances Act, and the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition. All of these agencies and acts were introduced in the article provided by USA Today, which can serve as a great introduction to the issue. The knowledge of these agencies and acts combined with knowledge of products or chemicals that are hazardous to us are what can help us be healthier consumers. This issue is a lot to consider when going shopping for day-to-day products, but even simple awareness like looking closer at labels can really help us be better consumers for ourselves and those we care about.
This morning I went to the bathroom again after already going in the middle of the night, which happens every night. I went back to bed and sipped on some water before finally getting the day started. After feeling my little guy kicking up a storm I got out of bed, washed my face, brushed teeth, brushed my hair and needed something to eat. I fixed the bed, grabbed my water and drank it while I looked for something to eat. I finally landed on some Honey Nut Cheerios and I was over my water. I can only hold off for so long.
I was in a rush this morning because I had to leave my apartment for them to pave our parking lot. We were informed they’d start at 7:45am, but they decided to start at 6:45am. I grabbed my water, brushed my teeth and brushed my hair in a hurry. As I packed up my stuff I sipped on my water, grabbed snacks for the road and rushed out the door. I finally was on the road and in need of some food. I ate all my snacks and reached for my water only to find it was empty. I was pretty upset, but once I got to my parents I filled up my bottle and was peachy.
Today I was better prepared to leave on my time because they were still working on our parking lot. I grabbed my water, brushed my teeth and brushed my hair. After fixing the bed I still had time to sit and eat something, so I went for the cereal and a banana. Water didn’t need to hold me over today, but I drank a ton of it since it was leg day.
I woke up much later than normal today. I got out of bed, fixed it and went to the bathroom. I looked at the time and I needed to get to the gym. So I brushed my teeth and hair and looked for something quick to grab on my way out. I rushed out the door with 2 applesauce pouches in hand, but eventually realized I forgot my water bottle. I stopped by Safeway to grab a bottle of water, but I had already eaten my applesauce. It was a pretty busy day of cleaning after the gym and I don’t think I drank enough water because my mind went from one task to another.
Today I woke up quite early. I had to get to church by 8:30 so I was already up and at it. I fixed the bed and headed to the bathroom, brushed my teeth, fixed my hair and glammed up just the slightest. I grabbed my water bottle and checked the time. As I sipped on my water I noticed I had some time to eat something so I grabbed a bowl and poured out some cereal. When I finally left I remembered my water bottle today! I drank lots of water throughout the day cheering on the Seahawks and watching football with my dad.
To be completely frank, I have never heard of a CBO report. After reading the summary and perusing through the actual report I learned a great deal about our current state of health care insurance and possibly the future of our health care. The CBO report bluntly states that while the new law will decrease federal spending by $321 billion dollars it will also increase the number of uninsured by 22 million. It is important to know that by enacting the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 we would be taking away insurance from many individuals. It would nearly eliminate government spending on healthcare and place control of healthcare insurance in the hands of private sectors or markets. Although it will decrease federal spending it will increase individual private out-of-pocket spending for the consumers. Overall, this new legislation would benefit the more fortunate than the less fortunate. This is the basic gist of the report and I would certainly like to know more about specific terms.
For someone reading it like myself who isn’t completely versed in this language or terminology I would like to understand what it all really and truly means. For example, what does it mean to be or not be enrolled in nongroup coverage? Or what does the appropriation of funds for cost-sharing subsidies mean? And what will define the difference between low and high health expenditures? It also mentions waivers to change the structure of subsidies for nongroup coverage or the specifications for essential health benefits (EHBs), what does this look like and what are considered essential health benefits? I would also like to know what the CBO report looks like under the current law. I currently benefit from our current healthcare law and plan on acquiring more knowledge about how I’ll be affected. I definitely could look at the related publications provided at the end of the summary as well as doing some scholarly searching.
In the Birth, Birth Options, and Maternal-Child Consumer Issues PowerPoint the term stakeholders is used in the final slide. I was confused as to who these stakeholders are that need to be educated on this area of consumer health. Synonyms for stakeholders are investors, shareholders, backers, sponsors, participants, patrons and interested parties. By these synonyms I understand now that doctors, patients, expectant or future expectant mothers and fathers are considered the stakeholders in birth, birth options and maternal-child consumer issues.
In the Pharmaceutical Industry and Consumers PowerPoint the term detailing is used ponder how we can take control of this. I was interested in why the word included quotation marks around it and followed the link. After following the link detailing refers to outreach education for health care professionals. This is when trained pharmacists, nurses and physicians otherwise known as clinical educators meet with health care professionals to discuss and introduce appropriate therapeutic choices and patient care practices. These trained professionals are the individuals providing the details to health care providers.
In the Babies and Small Children Consumer Issues Power Point the term brand loyalty is used to describe the risks and who is at risk in early childhood services. I was unsure what brand loyalty meant in this context and then defined each word individually. Synonyms for brand are make, product, kind or simply brand name. Loyalty means faithfulness, so together it means faithfulness to a/the make, product, kind or brand name. In this way we do find our loyalties to certain brands like popular brands Burt’s Bees, Babyganics, Johnson’s & Johnson’s, Medela, Munchkin, Fisher Price, Graco, Baby Einstein and so on. We also find our loyalties to certain early childhood services like KinderCare, Bright Horizons, Montessori schools and so on.
For this week’s post I found the slides regarding birth, birth options, and maternal-child consumer issues most significant to myself. Being a first time mom and moving into our third trimester the reality of giving birth and my options are beginning to cross my mind more often than not. On top of the highlighted concepts in our slides I have also received notifications of what to expect throughout pregnancy from my applications. Concepts like induction, episiotomy, and cesarean section are constant procedures I have to consider now that I’ll be giving birth in 2 months. For myself, I hope to have a very natural birth that does not require me to be induced. This however requires me to maintain my health as much as I can to prevent early labor and a much easier labor. An induction pushes consumers to find alternatives to having their baby in a much more natural way or even in a different setting than that of a hospital. Today there are many more options to having a baby. This includes where you can have your baby and how you can have your baby. Many women today create something called a birth plan, which outlines the way in which they hope to give birth. This birth plan also includes episiotomy and cesarean section if it is applicable. Women cannot determine whether or not they will tear and whether or not they will need to have a c-section. Often time’s episiotomy is not medically necessary, but a cesarean section is. These concepts are very relevant to my life as a consumer and to any mother, father and their unborn child as consumers because choosing how we bring a child into this world is not a simple decision to make.
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.