Lactose Intolerance

By: Chloe Vijandre

What is lactose intolerance?

It’s when people can’t properly digest ‘lactose’ which is a type of natural sugar found in dairy products. Normal people who eat dairy or a food containing ‘lactose’ then a small intestine called ‘lactase’ breaks it down enabling them to digest it properly, however, when you have lactose intolerance it doesn’t digest correctly and it does not make enough lactase in their small intestine. Without lactase, the body can’t properly digest food that has lactose in it.  It isn’t necessarily being allergic to dairy just unable to consume it properly.

What Are Some Effect From Intaking Dairy If You Are Lactose Intolerant?

  • stomach
  • aches
  • cramps
  • diarrhea
  • gassy
  • bloated

These effects can occur any time between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the person.

What Are My Connections And Why Did I Choose It?

My grandma, my aunt and myself all have lactose intolerance. It runs in my family and my families genes. I also chose it because I never really knew much about it, so I wanted to learn more about it and also about myself and how I can learn things to benefit me

Why is this important to teenagers or myself?

This is important because all of us can develop it. What I mean is that you can just suddenly develop lactose intolerance, you don’t have to be a specific age to just get it. Actually 65% of human population are lactose intolerant and how they got it is either at birth or just developed it for me, I developed lactose intolerance at the age of 10, I asked my other relatives that are lactose intolerant and they developed around the age of 10. Also, it affects guys and girls equally. However, some ethnic groups have more people that are lactose intolerant, for example the dairy count in Italian cuisine vs. filipino food. That is because some food cuisines use more dairy than other. So then it is more likely to develop it. Especially asians since 80% of asians are lactose intolerant. It is important to teens also because at this time it is hard to control the proportions or amount of food intake in your body, so it shows teenagers that being balanced with the amount of dairy you are eating matters to your health later on.

How has my thinking changed? How does this affect my thinking about wellness?

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Also I know more serious effects of eating dairy, when you’re lactose intolerant. I also learnt how many people worldwide have lactose intolerance.

I also know now that balance is a huge part of wellness that is  because if you are are not balancing your dairy intake than you could develop lactose intolerance. My thinking has changed also because before I thought that Lactose Intolerance wasn’t that serious or bad but now I know that it can really affect someone’s balance and health due to the side effects that can occur.


Julian- Eczema

I chose this issue because my aunt has it and having her so close as a aunt I wanted to investigate more about this issue. This is important because like my aunt had it I never really understood it. It could happen to me because my skin is very sensitive and I suffer from allergies as well. It really does not affect teenagers it only affects the people who have it.

I learned that babies have excema in deifferent places than adults. 15 million people have eczema in the united states. Eczema has no cure, it has creams but right now there is no way to cure it. This skin condition is not rare and it could happen to any of us, and its good to know about. My thinking has not changed I mostly new about this thanks to my aunts.

How Physical Fitness Can Help You Learning – Indigo

For my Health Buzz I chose the topic to be How Physical Fitness Can Help With Your Learning. I chose this topic because I have been doing a lot of physical activity in school and I was curious to find out how much physical activity can benefit my learning. I also chose it because I love to do any sort of physical activity to keep me fit and healthy. This will expand my learning because I can explain to my family how essential it is to stay physically active and how it is beneficial for our learning. If teenages don’t excerise then they will have a hard time focusing on school work because they will feel stressed which won’t help them achieve what they are trying to accomplish. This information will be usful for teenages so that they can be aware that physical fitness can help them with their learning so that then they can start exercising more.

From researching about this topic, I learnt that physical fitness can help your learning and that there have been studies to prove it. By doing this project, I am now going to start exercising more each day so that my stress levels are always low so that I am able to focus on my school work and be able to finish it.


Viet – Malaria

I chose to do my healthbuzz on malaria because my mom had it when she was a little girl in Vietnam and I wanted to know more about it.  This issue is relevant to me because there is a risk of getting malaria in the Philippines.  Malaria mostly effects children under the age of five but malaria can effect the development of teenagers if they survive the infection as children.

Malaria is caused by Plasmodium, a parasite that is spread when a person is bitten by an infected mosquito.  Malaria can only be spread by female Anopheles mosquitoes.  The parasite multiplies in a person’s liver and then they spread to the red blood cells.  Some symptoms of malaria are fever, headaches, and vomiting.  The symptoms usually appear within 10 to 15 days of the mosquito bite.  Malaria can be cured with the right prescription drugs but if it isn’t treated, it can quickly become life-threatening.  The parasites will begin to disrupt the flow of blood to vital organs.  To lower the risk of malaria, people use mosquito nets that have been sprayed with insecticide and they spray their homes with insecticide.

Before, I thought that malaria was a disease that was only common in Africa and that it only effected very young children.  Now, I know that malaria is a life threatening disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people every year worldwide, yet it is preventable.  I find it frustrating that malaria costs Africa 10 billion to 12 billion USD every year even though only a fraction of that amount of money is needed to control it.  Not enough is being done to stop malaria.

This is a picture of a mosquito net.Malaria Insecticide Mosquito Net


Unit 2 Project: Hurtful Behaviors and Conflict Management

We’ve spent a number of classes discussing the importance of Respect, types of Respect we feel most important to us, ways of showing respect, types of disrespect, cyber bullying, social media, and ways of addressing disrespect.  In the upcoming classes you will be working on a mini-lesson that your group will be using to “teach” the class about Hurtful Behaviors and Conflict Management.

Your goal:  To produce a 2-page comic strip to contribute to the class “Anti-bullying Magazine.”  complete with a clear understanding of a social issue and clear guidelines for how that can be resolved through Conflict and Resolution skills.

Below you will find the Instructions for this performance task and the Rubric on how you will be graded:


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Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 7.57.06 AMTo help you get started, below is the chapter in our textbook that will help you with your assigned topics.  Don’t forget to cite your sources!

The textbook source is: Athreya, Balu H. Holt Decisions for Health: Level Blue. Orlando, FL: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2007. Print.



Start the Ripple!

We’ve spent the past few days discussing what Respect means to us, how we show respect in different cultures, and what forms of disrespect there are.  We’ve also done skits of different situations in which different forms of Respect are shown.  As reminders to ourselves, we are finishing up our RESPECT cut-outs with our own definitions and synonyms of respect.

Watch this video below of middle school students who compiled their own ideas of respect how young people can make a difference!  The message?  Start the Ripple!


Video Reflection:

1.  What was one thing that struck you most about watching this clip?

2. How relevant do you think this topic is to young people today?

3. Were you able to relate to some of the things talk about in the clip? How?

4. What are three ways in which you can start the ripple?  How can you show respect?


Bullying – How should we handle it?

We’ll be going through the following video clips in class and discussing strategies for how to deal with bullying, cyber bullying, and hurtful behaviors.









Prompt Questions

  • Why is it easier to post something mean online than to say it to someone’s face?
  • Think before you post?
  • If you were a parent what 3 guidelines would you give your child re. online chats/ posts
  • What are the legal ramifications of posting something online? Liable/ slander/ deformation of character





Prompt Questions

  •   “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me”  -what is the truth?
  • How do you think this death could have been avoided?
  •  Could the parents have prevented this?
  •  Why do teenagers often not tell teachers/ parents about the bullying? (They’ll make it worse – does this mean we should just leave it and “just deal with it” as a “rite of passage”. Remember speaking up can prevent someone else going through the same scenario. Stop the Cycle of hurtful behaviors!
  •  Why is more “acceptable” to have chat groups posting online that are hurtful instead of saying encouraging things about others?
  •  When would you advise a friend a friend to talk to another adult?


Additional Prompt Questions

  • Does this clip make you feel uncomfortable?
  • Why do we sometimes laugh at this behavior?
  • Why do negative words hurt so much?
  • Why do we glamorize mean/ hurtful behavior on Reality Shows or TV Series e.g. Simon on Idols, Survivor, Gossip Girl etc.?


TEENS ON SOCIAL MEDIA – Ramifications of Today’s Modern Tech

Anderson Cooper’s Being 13 Documentary Preview:

Prompt Questions

  • What are your initial thoughts on the findings of this study?
  • Does lurking significantly factor into your daily routine?
  • How does lurking contribute to the prevalence of cyber-bullying?
  • What are the emotional and mental consequences of living in today’s world of social media?
  • In what ways can young adults better prepare themselves to deal with these situations?
  • What are some guidelines for managing the cyber world?


HERO IN THE HALLWAY – What you can do.



Why did I choose this topic?

I chose this topic because I thought it was interesting and I didn’t fully understand it. I had heard about it before and knew it was associated with seizures. I don’t have any direct connections with it but I thought not many people would know all the facts. This is important to know about because Epilepsy is a serious disorder. In the 2013 population of the US 750,000 children (0-17) had been diagnosed with Epilepsy or another Seizure Disorder. That’s about 1% of children! This affects many teenagers with Epilepsy negatively because you can never predict when the seizures will happen.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a general term for a brain disorder that causes seizures. There are a lot of variations of Epilepsy, and a lot of different seizures. People with Epilepsy can have many different kinds of seizures, some can cause them to fall to the ground and shake uncontrollably while, others can just look like they are staring.

What causes Epilepsy?

Usually the cause is unknown, but some causes are,

  • A dramatic head injury
  • Tumour
  • Genetics
  • Stroke
  • Brain not functioning properly

I believe Epilepsy is not fully understood by many and people do not understand the seriousness.

How can you prevent Epilepsy?

  • Avoid traumatic head injuries
  • Lower your chance of stoke and heart disease (Healthy Diet, Exercise)


Sunburns- Bridget Ritchie

SunburnI chose this topic because when I was a kid I got a lot of sunburns. I never knew how bad they could be, I always thought that it was just redness of the skin when you’ve been in the sun for too long. I’m pretty sure some people still think it’s just that. This important to know what sunburns are and how they are caused because a lot of people in our school get a ton of sunburns. Well sunburns affect so many teenagers world wide and it is so common. Sunburns are more dangerous than you think.

Sunburns are cause by dangerous UV rays from the sun that hit your skin. This damages your skin cells. I know this doesn’t sound that bad, but some of the things that can happen once you get a sunburn are. You can get redness of the skin, peeling skin, itchy skin, blisters, swelling and even skin cancer. This especially affects infants because they have way more fragile skin than adults and teens.

I think that sunburns are really overlooked. They can be very dangerous to ones health. Also your chance of getting skin cancer doubles if you have 5 server sunburns a year. Some ways you can prevent yourself form getting burnt:
1. Wear sunscreen
2. Wear hats
3. Don’t go outside if it is too hot

Social Thinking: Thinking about our Behaviors and those of others

Social Thinking is something we try to develop as we go through adolescence.  What is it?!

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Social Thinking: The ability to consider your own and others thoughts, emotions, intentions to help you respond to information and interact socially (Winner, 2013)


In order to avoid hurtful behaviors, it is important to think about our social thinking and how it affects our social behaviors.

In a social world, we ALWAYS affect each other.

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Think about this…

What are considered good social skills?

How do our behaviors affect others?







Watch this clip and get ready to do a THINK-PAIR-SHARE: