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Some Schools Ban Chocolate Milk

This was one of the changes I’ve been waiting for. Some school districts decided that the school’s chocolate milk is one of the causes of childhood obesity. I guess that’s a good start, it will save the kids from consuming a literally wagon-full of sugar  in their school career.

So now, sadly, childhood obesity has gone up and parents think chocolate milk is one of the causes. At school, 70% of students choose chocolate milk over white milk(I think it’s because regular milk is low-fat, and it causes a number of kids to pick chocolate milk, another reason why low-fat is bad)Also did you know some schools put high fructose corn syrup in the flavored milk?(terrible! It’s worse than sugar!)  Chocolate milk has 20 grams of sugars, 14 are natural lactose(lactose is the #1 reason I don’t drink milk) That’s why I think we should ban chocolate milk from schools.

Some argue that the ‘low-fat’ label outweighs the harm of sugar. Well drinking low-fat milk if you’re a child is terrible for health! The children will have saturated fat deficiencies, which will cause them to not grow and mentally develop as another child who drinks whole milk, thus mot learn as well. If you want to avoid gaining fat, don’t eat sugar! After all, sugar turns into fat more quickly than dietary fat does, unless you burn it of in less than 1-1 1/2 hours (for fat you have about 3-4 hours to burn it off, which can be done without even moving). And anyway, after age 2 or 3 you should not drink milk at all! It’s not good for you, mainly because of lactose(milk sugar) that humans are not designed to consume. But if you do drink milk, whole white milk is much better that low-fat flavored milk that has chemicals, sugar, and not enough saturated fat. I say reduce obesity by ridding schools of flavored milk!

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Star Testing: Get in Focus

Yup, it’s that time of the year again… the star test(Standardized Testing and Reporting) now its also called csd or cde I think. We take this every year in California for school. Lots of people are thinking aww time to get tested on everything we learned in the whole year, but I just love it, not the test, but the school day. So we go take it first thing in the morning and  then it’s done(only for today, we test for 4 days) and then we have only 3 periods, 10 minutes each. After 1st per. we have a 35 minute lunch(I think it’s pointless because we leave school at 12:55) and after lunch we have about 25 minutes of school left and that’s it. We do absolutely nothing in class! I say we should go home after testing, but I’m guessing that’s illegal or something.

Anyway this time the test was surprisingly easy(I think it’s just my opinion because some others were stumped; ha!… just kidding) I also experienced something so awesome during the test: true focus. I think that’s also why I thought the star test(today I took math and English)was so easy. Another sign I felt of having good focus was that the test felt like it was over in 15 minutes when it was 3 hours long, and I didn’t even get a slight headache, unlike last year. I was able to think logically and not rush my self, in fact I was done early and I even caught 1 mistake, on the only question I had a doubt about, which made me feel awesome. Getting into deep  focus, like I was, in makes star testing a breeze.

Part of the reason I think I got into that state of focus was because I knew the material(paying attention in math really helps!) But the other big part was probably my preparedness. I made sure I slept well and ate a nutritional(HUGE) breakfast. Also, the day before the test I did not study(did that  before) or even think about tomorrow’s star exam. So my brain had a nice rest before the big day. I slept the same amount of time I always do(about 9 hours and 30-45 minutes. I did not dream about the test(I guess that’s not in your control and why would you?) For breakfast I had  a huge piece  of ham with a sprinkle of honey smeared on top, a boiled egg, and a glass of lemon-banana smoothie, and a  few nuts to fill me  up . Just eat until your satisfied, but not too much, and be sure you won’t get hungry (bowl of cereal won’t cut it, and of course during the test we get snacks but who wants those sugary granola bars, I strongly think they should have fruit at least!) And that’s what is the best way of increasing your focus and chance of getting a good score on the star test( or any test!)

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I’m so Excited: Health Speech

On Monday at school I am giving my speech called “Health for Everyone” to the leadership class. Luckily I’m on spring break right now, so I have plenty of time to practice before the big day. My speech is about 25 minutes long, I know, it’s a little to much, but I hope I reach out to every one.

The speech has two sections: diet and exercise, (and by the  way I’m giving this to middle school students, hope they listen) along with an intro and a conclusion. In the diet section I talk about carbs, protein and fats and I clear up the terrible myth that saturated is bad, it’s not, it’s really important for good health. That’s what I’m most proud about telling my peers. I do not focus on exercise too much, (mainly because of lack of time) I  just tell the benefits of exercising and consequences of not exercising. Then I just wrap it all up and that’s it! 🙂

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