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Photovoice Part 2

Photovoice project

For my Photovoice project, I decided to go to a couple popular restaurant chains that advertise to be “healthy.” The restaurants I went to were Subway, Chipotle, and Panera Bread. These are places I go to eat pretty often because it’s affordable, good food, and they claim to be healthy. I have always been curious about whether or not these restaurants are actually healthier than most places, so I am glad that this class has me more aware and cautious about product claims and advertising and seeing if they are true. For my project, I looked at the calories, sodium, and sugar of the meals I ordered from these restaurants.

My recommended caloric intake from a calculator based from my age, weight, height, and activity level – 1786/day. It is also recommended that people consume no more than 2300 mg of sodium a day, and sugar 6 g a day.

How healthy is it?

Prior into starting this project, I was expecting Chipotle to be the “healthiest” for me. This is because they claim to use ingredients without any added flavors or preservatives, make their food in the kitchen. They also claim that their products come from small farms that don’t add any hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides to their plants and animals. However, Chipotle had the highest amount of calories at 615, and highest amount of sodium at 1645 mg. Panera Bread and Subway had close calories at 570-590, but Subway had more sodium at 1580 mg. As for Sugar, Panera Bread had the highest at 17 grams, Chipotle at 10 grams, and Subway at 6 grams. All 3 restaurants are a little “all over the place” on how healthy it is, but I would claim Chipotle to be the least healthiest out of all 3 because of its high sodium content. I was surprised at the amount of calories for Panera Bread because it was a salad and a sandwich, I was expecting the calorie amount to be high. Overall, I’d consider Panera Bread to be the “healthiest” out of these restaurants because it had less sodium and calories.

What choices do I have?

Eating at any restaurant, you have a huge selection to choose from. On most menus now, they show the amount of calories there are in each item. So using, “I had no other choice,” really isn’t an excuse now after deciding to eat something that wasn’t nutritious. There is also always the choice of cooking your own food at home, that way you choose where you buy ingredients from (organic, local) how you cook them, and what you add (seasonings, side dishes). Also when you cook your own food, you aren’t adding all the extra seasonings that most restaurants do.

Why is it so difficult to be healthy/easy to be unhealthy?

As a college student on a very tight budget, I think one of the main reasons it’s difficult to be healthy and easy to be unhealthy is because most unhealthy foods are very inexpensive. While grocery shopping, it’s easy to notice that the unhealthy, processed foods are cheaper than organic, locally owned foods.

I really enjoyed doing this project! It has made me more aware of what I’m eating and putting into my body. The reason I go out to eat most of the time is because I get pretty busy to the point that I don’t have a lot of patience or time to make myself something to eat. One of my hobbies is going out and trying new different foods, but after this project I now want to stick to trying healthier, organic foods that don’t have so much sodium in them. After taking a picture of the foods I ordered from restaurants I enjoyed going to, I even realized that they aren’t that appealing or look good at all.  Although it is difficult to be healthy/easy to be unhealthy, buying healthier foods is like an investment and beneficial because then you wouldn’t be consuming so much unhealthy food that could affect your body a lot.

Taking this class also made me aware of so many issues I never thought much about such as the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare, and the importance of sustainability. The readings I’ve done for this class made me see a whole different side of public health. If someone were to complete a project like this, I think it would benefit them by making them realize that what you see really isn’t what you get. Restaurants like these have advertisements everywhere claiming to be fresh, healthy, and delicious, so of course we believe them. Someone might start reading more into nutritional facts and seeing the amount of fat, calories, sodium, or cholesterol their food has. My project provides information and proof that restaurant chains who claim to be healthy are not. It also shows that it truly is easy to be unhealthy because unhealthy food is affordable and easy to get because it’s cooked for you.



Peer Review Post

For my peer review post, I reviewed bmooreee’s post, “Illness and Mortality #1.”

From reading this contribution, I learned that the WA State Social Services on Elderly Care provided information about services that are available for the elderly, and how they can be paid for.

It would be good for an adult looking for information for an older family member to read this contribution, because it provides helpful information on whether or not the website is useful or not.

The strongest (or most credible) part of this contribution is where the website was criticized. I think many people who read through the website would be wondering the same thing, as to why they didn’t provide any more information about where the services were available.

The weakest part (or something that someone might question) about this contribution is I think it would have been helpful to state which pages this information was found on about services offered, costs, etc. I also suggest that this paragraph could have been broken down into 2-3 paragraphs because it is pretty long and has different topics.

I found a couple typos, spelling, grammar, &/or punctuation errors. “If I were to be looking for services for my loved on…”, “on” was misspelled for “one”. I also saw that the word “county” wasn’t capitalized for “King County”, and “Pierce County”, when they should have been because they are proper nouns.

One part that made me want to read more on this topic is the PACE Program because it could be offered in other locations.

On a 1 to 4 scale where 1 is the lowest possible and 4 is the highest possible, I rate this contribution a 3 overall, because very beneficial and important information was provided, but the paragraph could have been broken up so it would be easier to follow.

Glossary Post 5

Nowadays, we see promotions everywhere about going green, saving the earth, to recycle, and purchase organic foods. We have solar powered buildings and electric cars. Green is the movement to purchase and use sustainable, environmentally friendly, and reusable products and services. I thought this was important to know because I feel like a lot of people and kids think that going green is just recycling more. Another word that relates to green is sustainability. It is the capability to be maintained at a certain level that meets the needs of the present without affecting the needs of the future. Examples of sustainability is solar energy because they don’t use any gases, and reducing water usage. LOHAS is also a new term to me, which stands for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability. LOHAS is a trend that pretty much mean you are going green, and living green. People who are LOHAS buy and use organic products, use hybrid or electric cars, have energy efficient appliances, and practice alternative medicine.

  • Green: sustainable, environmentally friendly, responsible products and services
  • Sustainability: meeting the needs of the present without affecting the needs of future generations
  • LOHAS: trend/movement of going green

Glossary Post 4

While reading through the FDA’s website about prescription drug advertising, I came across a lot of new things that I didn’t know about before on drug advertisements. The FDA stands for the Food and Drug Administration, who is responsible for ensuring the safety of drugs, medical products and devices, cosmetics, tobacco, and food. The FDA also helps public health by spending money for innovations to make medical products safer, more effective and affordable. The FDA label is something I see everywhere, but I wasn’t sure what they did. Another word that was new to me was direct-to-consumer advertising, which are ads published in magazines, newspapers, or commercials that is targeted towards the general audience. These advertisements are different than ones that are in pamphlets and brochures that are given to you at the doctor’s office. This was new to me, because I never gave into thought the types of prescription drug promotion and advertising. With every type of drug ad we see, whether in a TV commercial, or in a magazine, they always show the benefits and risks of taking the drug. There’s a law called fair balance that requires ads to also show the drugs most important risks when they show the benefits.

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA): responsible for the safety of human and veterinary drugs, products, medical device, food, and cosmetics
  • Direct-to-consumer advertising: a new area of prescription drug promotion in magazines, commercials, or newspapers targeted towards the general audience
  • Fair balance: law that requires ads to show not only benefits of the drug, but also the most important risks

Greenwashing Post

What does it mean to go green, and what are the benefits of it?

Going green is buying and using environmentally friendly and sustainable products and services. For example, using reusable products such as water bottles, glasses and plates, reduces the amount of garbage you fill up and counts as “going green.” Another example is buying organic, local foods because they weren’t made with any chemicals that are harmful for the environment. One of the benefits of going green is that it can help you save money. Using reusable products helps because you don’t have to continuously buy the item that you throw away after using it. Another benefit is that you’re contributing to the earth’s health by reducing your wastes and buying foods that don’t have any chemicals or pesticides in them.

Pharmaceutical Industry Prompt 2

One of the links that I found relevant an interesting on the FDA website about Prescription Drug Advertising is on the “Basics of Drug Ads.” Drug ads are so common nowadays in commercials on TV and radio, magazines, and websites. This page was informative on the different types of drug ads such as Reminder Advertisements, Help-Seeking, and Product Claim Promotional. I found this helpful and consumer friendly because now that I think about the different drug advertisements I’ve seen, I know now what the specific goal of the ads are. This page also went over the difference between prescription drugs, and over-the-counter drugs which is important to know because prescription drugs are ones where medical professionals control how much and what they give the patient because it can be dangerous for a patient to just take the drug however they want to.

Consumers might still be at risk because billions of dollars are spent in the pharmaceutical industry, but some drugs are not proven to be that effective. For example, there is a debate on whether or not antidepressants work. I see new commercials for antidepressants often and that controversy on if they are effective or not come to mind.

PhotoVoice Part 1

For my project, I’ll be answering the questions –

  • How healthy is it?
  • What choice’s do I have?
  • Why is it so difficult to be healthy/easy to be unhealthy?

I plan on creating a Powerpoint and taking photos of foods that are advertised as healthy. Restaurants that claim to be “healthier” such as Chipotle, Panera Bread and Subway. I’ll be recording the calories, sodium, and sugar in the meals I get as well a taking photos of the food. Doing this will show if restaurants that claim to be healthier are true or not.

Illness and Mortality Prompt 1


After looking through the Washington state’s website on aging and long term services, what I immediately found helpful was the “Getting Started” page. They have information on what type of care is needed, such as physical, transportation, house care, or with staying social and active in the community. I found this important and useful because I didn’t think about what type of care an adult would need. This website also showed information for in-home services for those who want to stay in their own home. It also has information long-term care housing for adults who might need supervised nursing care, or want to be in a community with other adults to stay social and active. Something I am curious to know is the costs of the different types of services. I would talk to providers to get to know what they offer, and also visit different facilities that offer the type of care my loved one needed to see if they would be happy there.

Glossary Post 3

The fiduciary rule is a new term to me, which means that financial advisers are to put their clients best interests first for their retirement savings and aren’t allowed any compensation or payments that would create a conflict of interest. I did not think that this was an issue in the industry because I assumed that financial advisers would always put the clients best interests first and there didn’t need to be a rule like this.

The student aid bill of rights is a bill that ensures that students are able to pay their monthly payments, can have affordable and quality education, rights to a affordable repayment plan, and the right to have quality customer service from their lenders. The student aid bill of rights is important to students because college can be pretty expensive nowadays. Those who want to go to college are often held back because of its costs, so they are forced to have loans that can take several years to pay off. This bill made it so that payments are 10% of the student borrowers income.

Debt collectors are the people who collects debt a deceased person owes to others. According to the Federal Trade Commission, family members are not required to pay their deceased relative’s debt. Debt collectors can only talk about the debts with the deceased one’s spouse, guardian, executor or administrator. You can protect yourself from a debt collector by sending files and a letter stating for the collector to not contact you again.

Food Prompt 2

After reading, “Why ‘Everything in Moderation’ Doesn’t Work”, it wasn’t very surprising to me the way people perceive eating in moderation actually isn’t good for them. I’m pretty guilty that I used to think like this, I made myself think that eating a bowl of fruit or salad could “cancel” out the gummy worms I ate that day. But I recently changed that mindset after realizing it was not helping with my weight and I was still consuming the sugar, fats, and calories that junk food has. Something else I learned was that even if you eat healthy, having a treat regularly creates an imbalance. I admit that I do at times eat what feels like “moderation,” but I am trying to work on that by cancelling out sugary, fatty, high-caloric foods. Since I am trying to be more physically active by doing weight training and cardio more often, I noticed that what I eat can impact my energy level while working out that day. Eating unhealthy foods made me tired more easily than when I ate something nutritious before working out. I appreciated that the article brought up, “We need to stop self-judging our morals based on our food choices…If you eat a healthful food, you are getting more healthful – you are neither a good nor bad person.” I believe the whole point of this article is to teach people that eating in moderation isn’t what they think it is. That by having some ice cream every day after eating healthy foods can affect you, and people need to start understanding that. However, we shouldn’t beat ourselves up if we have a treat once in a while.