I chose this issue because I found it related a lot to my life. Heat Stroke heavily affects my family as we are residents of the Philippines, a country with a hot climate. Before, I didn’t have much knowledge about Heat Strokes. The only time I was educated on this topic was 5 years ago when Harry Kim, a 6th grader at ISM, died from it during rugby practice. Now, after researching and gathering information on it, I think I am deeply aware of what it is and its effects. Before this project, I barely drank water – I would rarely even bring a water bottle to school. Now that I know that drinking water is crucial to stay healthy, I drink more. It’s important for me to be aware of this as I am a strong target for Heat Strokes – I’m a young individual living in a hot country who exercises every day. Therefore, I am very exposed to heat.
I’ve learned many things from doing this Health Buzz. I now know all about Heat Stroke, the symptoms, the solutions, and more. The best way to prevent it is to drink enough water. In my opinion, I find Heat Strokes really intriguing because at first heat doesn’t sound so scary, but it is in fact powerful and deadly. Something that really left me in awe is that 37 children have died so far this year from being left in a hot car. Leaving your child in a car might seem safe, but you’re forgetting about the fact that excessive heat is entering. Now that I know more about this issue, I know better than to not bring a water bottle to school. I’ve personally noticed that during PE classes, when the coach gives their students a water break, many don’t use that opportunity to drink their water. They say that they’re not really thirsty and they don’t need it – this is a huge misconception. Always try to drink enough water. Although you may seem fine, your body needs it. Learning about this topic has definitely influenced my thinking about wellness and has reminded me that even simple things like drinking water can affect your health tremendously.