Exercise-Tomotaka shinozaki

I chose this topic because I noticed that passed these years, I haven’t exercise and was just sitting down and playing on my etc. And I think this issue affects me because I don’t exercise and these days there are a lot of electronics and I  might get cancer/heart disease. What I knew about exercise was that exercise maintains your physical health and when you exercise, there will be a happy hormone that will be released and makes your brain relaxed(makes you happy). And this topic connects to my previous learning because in PE we learned about how exercise and normal exercise helps our daily lives. And I think this issue is relevant to me because I use my etc every 30 minutes so now I know that exercise helps me lower heart disease and same as teenagers because for teenagers one in four teenagers are online constantly.

I learned that there are lots of people having a hard time due to this issue like weight discrimination, stress, depression, and having a hard time doing exercise and I think it expanded my learning because before I searched about exercise, I thought it just helps you build up muscle but there was more to it. My opinion about this issue is that I don’t think exercising is the best way to maintain stress because there are lots of other ways. What was unexpected was over 90 percent of women’s who don’t exercise had depression. And the solution for this topic is to at least exercise for 1 hour every day.

The Perfect Body(physical appearance) – Julie

There are currently hundreds of social issues that are deemed relevant to the teenage population. One of these issues is how teenagers perceive themselves and what the perfect body is for them. I chose this topic because it is affecting many teenagers both directly and indirectly. It is an issue that I think many teens should be more aware of as it will help shape their personality in a positive manner. I already know, based from personal observation, that many teenagers value their physical appearance more over their character. Teenagers have been judged and they also judged others. In my wellness class, we learned how social media, one of the things that changes people’s perception of what’s beautiful, impacts teenagers. I already knew that many people resort to plastic surgery to achieve the “perfect” body. However, I had no idea that even teenagers are willing to undergo “body-changing” procedures just to be called “beautiful.” This issue is very important to me and everyone else, as it makes us realize what is really important in life and value the things that we have, including our bodies. This is essential to teenagers because from the ages between 13 and 19, we begin to discover ourselves and build a strong foundation for our character. If we learn how to accept ourselves as we are and not judge others based on their bodies, we will grow in a positive environment that promotes respect and equality. We will strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle instead of  imitating those walking down the runway, posing on magazines and showing up on TV ads.

While I was researching about this issue, I was surprised when I found out that approximately 230,000 teenagers(ages 13 to 19) underwent cosmetic surgery last year (only in the U.S.). I realized what a serious problem it is and how it does not only affect teens in general but also me. As I read more articles and did further research, it made me more aware of the issue and the negative impacts it has on society. Many people think that being pretty gives you an advantage in life. It could be true but not all the time. For instance, if you aim to be a medical doctor, being beautiful is not really a requirement. A career in medicine is based on character, academic performance and technical skills. We need to take action and find a solution. How do we do that?  By changing our mindset. Throwing your barbie dolls aways or merely avoiding social media wouldn’t be enough if your way of thinking is still the same. Change has to come from within. Focus on things that are more valuable in life like family and friends and productive activities. Concentrate on developing your character and always aim to be a better version of yourself. Give more importance to having a healthy lifestyle than being just “pretty.” What matters the most is who you are on the inside. Being a judgmental person makes you ugly. This helped me understand that beauty is nothing if it’s superficial. I realized how confidence and self-esteem is directly related to on people’s perception of beauty and how our mindset affects our mental and social health.


Barbie influences what our “perfect” body is. She promotes that beauty can only be found in skinny people who have a thin waist, long legs, etc. If Barbie was real, she would have severe eating disorder and her body probably wouldn’t work properly as well because her body wouldn’t be able to fit all her intestines, liver, lung, etc.

Autism – Holly

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Why Autism?

I chose autism to be my topic because I know three people with it. However, I haven’t seen them in a while/I am not close to them, so I do not know much about them. Their actions have been different to others’ around me, so naturally, I was curious as to why. Another reason I chose Autism is that I have read a few books on people with Asperger’s, and I wanted to know more. The last reason I wanted to study autism, was because I have always been interested in disabilities and differences, and I know autism is quite common (amongst mental disorders), so I chose to learn about that. Before doing this project, I thought that people with Autism couldn’t express any emotion, but now I know that they can express emotion, but they just have a hard time reading others’ emotions. I also thought that once you have autism, you always have it, but now I know that this isn’t the case and occasionally people do get rid of it. This connects to previous learning because last year we were assigned book clubs and mine was about a girl with autism. I knew a little about the subject beforehand, and so I had a small head-start on this project, but now I know even more about it because of the research I have done. Also, a personal connection I have is how I know people with autism, and teachers have to adapt their lessons to help this person. Also, one of my parents’ friends has two kids who are autistic. Their mother was unable to work for 5-6 years, and the government gave her money to get her kids into therapy every day. The older sibling, with less severe autism, is now fully able to go to school by herself (but still has learning support) and the younger one still has to go to therapy, but the mother is now able to work. This affects teenagers because there are multiple resources that show ways of helping children with autism, but almost none that deal with teenagers and autism. A teens life is considerably harder than a child’s life (because of anxiety/schoolwork/relationships with peers) without autism. Now put it into perspective. You can’t read others’ emotions well, and you show behaviours that other people may find ‘weird’ or ‘disturbing’. On top of that, you also have to deal with schoolwork and everything else that teens have to deal with. You can help these people by just being a little more accepting and understanding of their situation, and not join in those who aren’t as accepting.

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What did I learn?

I learned that there are four types of autism, each one falling on a spectrum. The main thing about this is how everyone with autism is different. When you meet a new autistic person, they will certainly have different autistic tendencies to the last autistic person you met, and that these people will be different. You can’t classify all autistic people together like you can’t classify all humans together. We all have different aspects and traits that stand out. Also, there is no cause towards autism. Some things may affect the baby a little, but all in all, when you have autism there is not really a reason why. Some misconceptions about autism are that autistic people have no feelings, and autistic people can’t read others’ feelings. These aren’t true, and autistic people are capable of feeling everything you are capable of feeling. Autistic people may not understand you are sad via body language or sarcasm/tone of voice, but if you make it clear, they know what to do. There isn’t a solution to autism, but some medicines can help the person to focus more or stop them fidgeting, etc.. However, to help the autistic person feel more comfortable in a specific environment, you can be accepting towards them, and help others feel the same as you.

This picture connects to autism because really, autistic people aren’t that different. (Most of) They can walk, eat, and sleep just like us. Most of the time, on the outside, you cannot distinguish an autistic person from anybody else. They have passions too, and they have feelings too. This picture represents that because autism comes in all shapes and sizes, and overall, the people aren’t that different to us.

Insomnia – Mikela

I chose to do insomnia because I know a few people in my family who have insomnia. Another reason why I chose insomnia is that I know that it has a big effect on teens or at least teens that have insomnia. Finally, I wanted to do this because it is one of the main sleeping disorders and I was always really interested to know what it was. Before doing this project all I knew about insomnia was that it is a sleeping disorder that people can have. I think that it is important to research about this because insomnia can happen when you are a teenager and to know the causes of insomnia could be very useful once I am a teenager. This is also how this topic could eventually affect me. Even if I am a no longer a teenager this could possibly be something that I experience this but throughout adulthood. I could be experiencing different cases of insomnia and to have already understood what insomnia really is will help me.

The main thing that I learned about insomnia is that it is uncontrollable but the best chances of not experiencing insomnia are to have good sleeping habits and a good sleep cycle. One of the main causes of insomnia is because you have irregular sleeping habits, now that I understand how important they are, I will try to maintain good sleeping habits. I used to think that if someone had insomnia it would mean that they would be experiencing it every night but now I know that there are different types of insomnia and it is possible to only experience it for a certain amount of time.

There is more than one solution towards the different stages of insomnia although one of the best long-term solutions is to find the cause of insomnia and try to solve insomnia based on that. Although another solution which would be advised for short-term insomnia is to take sleeping aids so that it would just be fast to fall asleep and to stay asleep, it shouldn’t be used for long-term insomnia. Before doing this project, I had already known the importance of sleeping but now seeing the effects of insomnia make me realize that without sleep it will affect your overall wellness in all 6 areas.

A teenager having trouble falling asleep.

Dyslexia- Kalia


I choses Dyslexia because have a mild case of dyslexia.  This topic affects me because I have a harder time understanding thing than my peers.  Somethings that I have previously known about Dyslexia is that it is a learning disability that makes you process reading, writing and math.  This connects to me because I have dyslexia also because I have learned about left and right side of the brain.  This is important to me because i’ve had this disability without knowing for almost for all my life and I want to know as much as I can about it.  I think that this is important for everyone to know so that people can understand how dyslexic people learn and feel.  I think that this would affect teenagers with dyslexia because there peers and their expectations will rise.

I learned about the history of Dyslexia.  My opinion about Dyslexia is that there should be more awareness about it because you or some close to you could have it without it.  Something that I found interesting is that there are three types of Dyslexia.  This has changed the way I think because if I met someone dyslexic I could relate to them.  Some misunderstanding that could happen to people with dyslexia is that they can be called “dumb” but it it’s not a lack of knowledge but displaying the knowledge.  The problems with dyslexia is that they learn differently than most of the class or they can be rejected from peers or family members.  There is no getting rid of dyslexia but there are thing that can be done to help the person learn just as quick as his/her peers something that can also help is to be very accepting and understanding.  This influence me in social part of wellness because people need to learn how interact with people that learn, look or think differently without discriminating them.


Kushaal – ADHD

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. It is a brain disorder that makes you inattentive and keeps you moving or fidgeting most of the time. Because of the lack of focus, most of the time people with the disorder are distracted and unorganized, and they cannot stay at one task for long amounts of time. I chose this issue because even though it doesn’t effect me, I know a few people that have the disorder, and I was interested to find out more about it. I already knew that it makes people unfocused and fidgety, but I didn’t know some of the other things like the reason it happens. This issue is important because it can prevent people from focusing on things that they have to do. For example, if you are a student with ADHD, you would have trouble with learning because you are off task doing something else.

When I was researching about this issue, I learned a lot of things about the disorder. I learned the cause for it, which is brain cells called neurotransmitters being less active in the attentive part of the brain. I also learned the two types of ADHD, which are the hyperactive part and the inattentive part. Also, relating to the two types, I learned that most children with ADHD have both types, but during preschool children with the disorder normally only have the hyperactive part. I think the issue can be a big problem for some people, but it can also be useful at times, like when doing hands on activities or sports. An interesting fact that I learned about the topic is that most people with ADHD work better with music, or something else in the room that doesn’t keep it dead quiet. There is no solution or cure for this, but people with it can utilize it for tasks that could use the disorder.

Yoga and How it Can Benefit Teens – Mik

My dad practices yoga everyday for 30 minutes. I was always curious why he would spend mornings curling up in strange positions and stretching out his back, legs and arms. Yoga has always been a big part of my family. My aunt is a yoga teacher while my dad and his siblings practice yoga regularly. Yoga is a combination of meditation, stretching, and breathing that started in India thousands of years ago. There are many different types of yoga. I have read that yoga improves flexibility and improves your posture. I also know that yoga relieves stress and helps calm the mind. Can yoga benefit teenagers too? Of course! Teenagers have stressful, busy lives filled with school work, sports, and other activities. Don’t forget social media too. Most also have problems with concentrating and focusing during class. Yoga can help teens mentally, physically and spiritually. If teens devote at least two to three times a week of yoga practice, they will have less anxiety and have a more positive attitude. Another benefit of yoga is that it can help teens focus on a certain task and greatly improve concentration. These benefits connect to the lessons we learned in Wellness class such as fitness and its components. Also, yoga involves flexibility, muscular strength, endurance, balance and coordination. I find yoga very important because it can benefit so many people even though it is very simple. Unlike other sports and physical activities, yoga can be practiced by anyone because of the following reasons: You don’t necessarily have to pay to practice yoga. You can do yoga at home whenever you can find the time and for as long or short as you want. You don’t require many things: just yourself and a yoga mat – and that isn’t even required! Best of all, yoga is open to everyone no matter what age or weight they are.

What did I learn about yoga?

  • The effects of yoga on teens
  • Where yoga started
  • How it greatly improves both the mind and body of those that practice it regularly
  • What yoga is all about
  • What are the goals of yoga

This really expanded my learning because I wanted to talk about a topic that could greatly benefit us – particularly our age group. I also wanted to choose an activity that was accessible for us. I want to practice more yoga myself. In my opinion, I believe that yoga is very important for everyone because it can benefit any part of your life whether it’s your social, mental, emotional, spiritual, or physical aspect of your life. When I was researching about my topic, I was surprised to see all the benefits of yoga and that it can benefit everyone regardless of your age. I now want to practice yoga more often. Along the way, my thinking has changed a lot. Before doing any research, I thought yoga only helped the body but as it turns out helps the mind as well. Yoga, when practiced a lot also helps one’s spiritual development and makes one aware of  nature around us. Most people hesitate to try yoga. They think they need to be flexible, or that the poses are too demanding. This is a misunderstanding. Yoga starts off really simple and the more you practice it, the harder it gets. It can be as simple as sitting cross-legged and closing your eyes. However, yoga isn’t always as easy as it sounds. It requires one to set aside time each day to practice. It requires some level of dedication and commitment. This helped me learn a lot about wellness. After all yoga can benefit all of the six aspects of wellness: mental, social, physical, environmental, emotional, and spiritual. Namaste.

Yoga’s benefits on teens and children.

Ellie – Cleft Palates and Cleft Lips

I chose the topic of cleft palates and cleft lips because my mom works for a charity organization called Mabuhay Deseret, and because of that I meet a lot of kids who have cleft palates or cleft lips so I connected to this issue on a personal level. The kids that have the cleft palates and lips are able to get a surgery done so that it will be gone. Cleft lips and palates can affect your speech development and can also make it hard for you to pronounce words. This issue is important because it could happen to anyone and all people who have it need to be treated as soon as possible for the best recovery. It affects teenagers because, once again, it could happen to anyone and also there are a lot of teenagers that do have it. It effects them socially and emotionally because they could get made fun of and that could really lower there self esteem and make it harder for them to make friends. Also, it effects them physically because it effects their ability to speak and to eat.

When making this presentation, I learned that when you are developing as a child, you’re facial features like your eyes, your lips, and your nose, are all to the side and they come together as you continue developing. Researching about this expanded my learning because I now know more about the kids with cleft lips and palates that I interact with at Mabuhay and anyone with this condition. I feel that this issue is something that is very important and that it is important that people get treatment for this condition. What surprised me the most was how high of a chance that I had of having a cleft palate or lip while I was developing, and how high a chance anyone did, but didn’t have a cleft lip or palate. I can apply the new information I learned to situations where I may be talking to someone with a cleft palate or a cleft lip because I will understand them a bit more so that I can adapt to there situation. A common misconception about this topic is that if you have a cleft palate, you have a cleft lip, which is completely untrue. It is possible for someone to have a cleft lip or palate, and not also have the other. The solution to this issue is to have a surgery as soon as possible. This project has influence my thinking about wellness because now I am most likely going to want to dig deeper into topics we learn and looking at other topics.


This is a photo of a baby with a cleft lip and palate.

Stella – Dissociative Identity Disorder

The topic that I chose is Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) or Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) is a mental disorder where you have multiple identities or personalities. This issue is caused by trauma that happened early in life and the ‘switches’ are triggered by stress or memories. I chose this issue because I thought that it would be really interesting to learn about DID. It was also something that I had never heard of before so I wasn’t aware that it really existed and was a valid disorder. I have seen some examples of DID in the media, one of them being the movie Split. This doesn’t really connect to our previous learning in wellness since we have really only learned about the six areas of health. This issue is important because a lot of people that I know have also never heard of this before and I really think that more people should be aware of DID and it’s symptoms so that when you meet someone with DID you know what it is and how to deal with it. DID affects teenagers in many different ways and there are many different intensities of this disorder. There is are five overall types, and the first two fall under the moderate category. Number one is Normal is when a teenager is reading a book and blocks out the rest of the world, however this is when the person can still tell the difference between what is real and what isn’t. Everything that isn’t considered ‘Normal’ should be of concern to the parents of the individual affected. Number two is Mild. This is when someone has spaced out and is staring at nothing in particular, they are also not aware of their surroundings. This may seem harmless but could really be affecting the person’s learning. These two fall under the category of Moderate. Number three is Depersonalization. Many people refer to this as an ‘out of body’ experience. Depersonalization is the feeling that you are severed from your body. This means that some senses can be blocked out. The fourth one is called Derealization. This is when the individual feels like the world isn’t real. The world may feel foggy or distant. The last one is Severe. Severe dissociation is when the individual completely removes themselves from reality and this is when they ‘switch’.


I learned many things about DID including,

  • How it is caused
  • Symptoms
  • How to handle it
  • How it affects teenagers
  • How it affects all areas of wellness
  • And many other facts and statistics that I wasn’t aware of before


This expanded my learning because I could properly dig into how a mental disorder is caused which I have always found really interesting. I think that there is a possible cure for this and if we really research the effects of the different personalities scientists could probably find one. Something that was really surprising was that there have been cases reported in which one person has up to 100 different personalities. That was really shocking because I thought that one person could only have up to 10 personalities. My thinking has changed a lot about this topic and other mental disorders because you may think that all of these disorders are really simple to understand, but in reality there are so many things that you can learn about them. I will apply that to everything else that I have yet to learn, to not just think that learning what the definition means makes you an immediate expert on the topic. One common misconception is that DID is like schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is when a person has multiple voices in their head that tell them what to do. A person with schizophrenia knows that those are different voices and that those voices are not them. DID is when a person has multiple personalities and do not know that they have them. DID has many problems one of the most problematic is that it still has no cure, however long-term treatment will make the disorder much more manageable. The person receiving the treatment must stay committed otherwise it will not make a difference. This changed my view on wellness as there are many more things to learn about than what we have already been taught. There is much more to wellness than the food groups and how to stay fit.


This is a painting from an artist’s interpretation of what it feels like to have DID.

Angelo – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis



By: Angelo Tabanan


I chose to research about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or more commonly known as ALS because I was reading this book about someone who had a mentor who ended up dying due to ALS, and that gave me the idea of researching about ALS. Before conducting my research i knew that ALS is a progressive disease and it paralyzes you after a few years. I didn’t really have anything to connect with this because I never had to deal with ALS in my life. This disease is irrelevant to me like I said earlier I only found out about this disease because of reading this book (The book is Tuesdays with Morrie if you were wondering). This disease doesn’t really affect teenagers (teens only have around 1% chance at getting ALS) because this disease would usually strike at around 40 to 70 years old.


While researching about this problem I learned that your motor neurons die or degenerate therefore causing you to lose control of that certain muscle. During the process of this disease you usually lose the ability to eat, walk, talk, and at the end you lose the ability to breath. This explained parts of my learning because I wanted to learn about a disease that is impacting people’s lives. I thought that this disease was very interesting because of the fact that this disease is “sporadic” meaning it randomly infects someone for no known reason, but there are other cases where the disease is “familial” meaning that it can be inherited from other family members, luckily this is pretty rare (this happens only around 5 to 10 percent of the time). My thinking about diseases have changed because some of them just randomly happen and for some of the other diseases something needs to happen to get infected. One of the common misconceptions about this issue is that most people think this issue is exclusively only for the elderly. I see why people will think this mostly because ALS strikes on the elderly most of the time, but there are very few cases where people younger than the age of 30 get ALS. Sadly there is no cure for this disease, but there is a drug to slow down the process of the ALS called a riluzole. A riluzole works by blocking the release of a compound called glutamate, which is believed to injure nerve cells and potentially kill them. This helped me learn more about wellness, and that it isn’t only about your mental, physical, social, and emotional wellness is about almost everything.