How do the people of communities get to know the people around them? Recently, at Ethel L. Baker Elementary School, many volunteers, young and old, gathered to bond together through planting trees and helping out their own communities.
One motto of science is that it important to never stop questioning. Science itself has been put on trial as a document from the JAMA Internal Medicine shows that a Harvard researcher in the sixties was bribed to downplay the health risk of sugar. This could be one of the major reasons why the modern diet philosophy has been that fat is way worse than sugar even though both have very similar effects on the human health.
With such a revelation, this might shed light on how important it is to have truthful independent scientific communities with little to no bias. This problem can be seen especially in America. Many Americans turn to science for news and facts to base the decisions of their life on. But when lobbyists such as those in the sugar industry mess with this delicate balance by swaying researchers to downplay an effect of a certain product or screw with the scientific method, things can get messy for the consumer.
Recently, the World Health Organization recommended that an average adult consume only twenty-five grams of sugar daily. However, an average American consumed about three pounds of sugar each week. With two-thirds of American being obese or overweight, there are many scientific studies to support that sugar is strongly linked to obesity. How then, is sugar consumption increasing every year?
The discovery of the Harvard researcher taking a bride has made many people question the integrity of science. Articles have been published to show how messing with the connections between science and people by lobbyists groups can affect everyone, even for generations afterward.
“I don’t think they [lobbyist] should mess with the scientists, science needs to be trustable,” says one junior at JFK High School in Sacramento. It can be difficult to find a direction in the modern world with all the media rhetoric coming from all sides. But one thing can be said for certain, honest science is an integral part of a healthful society.
Eating healthy is something that many Americans have struggled with. At the Farm to Fork Festival in the heart of California, everyone is welcomed with open arms. There are opportunities to eat healthier at every step and this festival shows people how to do it.
Why should you care about empty parking lots or large grass field? They could be a hotspot for crime since there are no security there. Instead of being vacant it could be repurpose to a housing area or buiness infrastructure.
Why are black and Hispanic young adults receiving about 50 percent of the mental health treatment resources that their white counterparts have? A recent study from the International Journal of Health Services completed research across all fifty states to reveal many facts about minority mental health problems.
For example, young adult Latinos and blacks are making fifty-eight and forty-seven percent less visits respectively to any mental health specialist when compared to white young adults. This is despite the fact that mental health problems between the black, latinos, and white communities are almost statistically equal. So why the discrepancy? One out of many explanations which researchers tout as a reason for the difference involves the stigma surrounding mental illness.
“Because of the stigma surrounding mental illness, many cultures don’t want to admit they have mental health issues or that it’s in their family, for fear of being ostracized by their community,” says David Bain, Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Sacramento. “Typically, they keep the issue a secret and do their best to deal with the situation alone without help or information from outside the family unit.”
Hispanic parents have reported fewer mental health problems regarding their children, but the study reveals that families are underusing mental health treatment options. There are many reasons why they would abstain from mental health treatments, but as previously stated, Hispanic youths suffer as much mental health problem as white youths but are being disproportionately affected by it.
Another fact to consider is that very often white students receive counseling and therapy for behavioral issues while black students get excessive punishment instead such as suspension. The reason for this could range from institutional racism to cultural differences or the social economic status of the school. However, the facts remain, black students are suffering from the same mental health problems as whites but do not get the same luxury of treatment.
For more information about how you can deal with mental health illness, you can visit NAMI Sacramento. For the study, click here.
The government gets its power from the people. When the people feel like there should be a change in the system, whether it’s removing a law or passing a bill, they make their voice heard. At the #freeourdreams conference in the University of California, Davis, youth are learning on how to advocate for their communities and make their voices be heard.
National Night Out was on August 4th. It is a national event that promotes a healthy relationship between communities and their local law enforcement. In this video, the North Natomas community speaks about how events like National Night Out can effectively help communities come together to bring a safer environment for everyone to live in.
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