Category Archives: Topic Week

Risky Business


This week in class I learned about risk communication.

What is risk?

It varies among everyone.

Generally, risk is

  • the possibility of suffering loss or harm
  • involves uncertain danger

Risk communication plays a major role in health.

There are numerous health risks and issues, which is why health is such an important topic that needs to be made aware.

From anorexia to obesity, and all the health risks in-between, health needs to be discussed and valued as important.

No-l-ita is a campaign in Italy that successfully demonstrates the serious issue of anorexia.

 Ad campaigns are also focused on the issue of obesity and it’s health risks.

With foods continuously changing in whether they’re healthy or not, it’s hard to know what to eat.

The media should cover health more and continue to share the facts on food.  If we continued to share information and learn what’s really healthy and what’s not, we could have a stronger stance against health risks.  Health risks wouldn’t be such a gamble and wouldn’t be as big of a risk if health was made more aware to people.

We tend to ignore health news if it’s not stable and constant with its argument.  We find it difficult to stay healthy if we aren’t confident in our knowledge of what’s healthy.

We need to value health and keep it relevant in the news.  The more we learn about health, the more we can keep a hold on it.

Health risks are serious and directly influence our lives.  Let’s take it seriously.  We can’t ignore such an important and relevant part of our lives.

Continue to share your knowledge on health.  If we do our part, maybe the media will do theirs.






Science Sells?


Not Quite.

This week in class we learned about science and health communication.

The Science Writer’s Lament: The Missing Section in Your Daily Paper, by Chris Mooney, is an effective article that discusses science and health in the media, or lack thereof.

Science has noticeably continued to disappear throughout the years. It is rarely relevant in the news or media.

In the article Mooney states: “Russell that between 1989 and 2005, the number of U.S. newspapers featuring a weekly science section declined precipitously, from 95 to 34.”

What’s even more shocking is “no one called to complain”

Mooney raises a good point, if people don’t care or give science the attention it deserves, why should the media think twice about not covering it?

He does give ways that could help science in the media.  By writing to editors and letting them know readers value science in the media, it might help science where it has disappeared remain.  This isn’t directed towards professionals in the science field.  The media wants to gain the interests of the everyday reader.

“Colleagues at the Science Debate 2008 coalition has impressed upon the presidential campaigns: that the health, wealth, and safety of the nation depend upon science and technology, and consequently the American people deserve to know about it. ”

Health and Science are important topics that are frequently ignored.

But why?

We don’t tend to think about what it entirely consists of.

Take my blog, for instance.

If people don’t speak up about their concern for health and healthy living the media won’t cover it.

We need to voice our opinion and let the media know we value health and health topics.  The more the news is made aware of the popularity of being health conscious, the more news that will be published on health.

The media covers topics that interests people.  If we don’t make health an interest it won’t be viewed as important.

Hopefully my blog, as well as others, can help motivate more people to share in the issue of being health conscious and can help to create more awareness and solutions.

We have more power than we give ourselves credit for.  Let’s use it to benefit from it.

Just some notes to nibble on.



Munch Into Some Politics!


Health is becoming a major issue politics continues to address.

The importance of health has continued to raise awareness in the past few years and continues to impact the government’s take on the issue.

Obesity is one of the topics commonly addressed.  It’s effect on children is what has been the primary focus to create change.  The government has developed solutions for schools to help children live healthier lives, and start their awareness at a young age.

“Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Today, almost one in every three children in our nation is obese or overweight.”

School lunches, as well as vending machines, have changed their food selections.  Children are now given healthier options instead of the greasy and sugary alternatives.

The Obama Administration has created “Let’s Move.”

The goals of this initiative are:

  • Creating a healthy start for children
  • Empowering parents and caregivers
  • Providing healthy food in schools
  • Improving access to healthy, affordable foods
  • Increasing physical activity
Nearly 500 communities across America have signed up for Let’s Move Cities and Towns. Through this program, local leaders are bringing Let’s Move! to their community and making commitments to significant changes in support of their communities’ health.
Health continues to make its way into politics.
Politics will continue to address issues that the public makes them aware of.
In politics, issues addressed our ones the society values and holds a strong viewpoint on.  In order to keep the importance of health made aware to others, we must voice our interest.
The more people are made aware and care about the issue, the more politics will show their interest in the subject.  Politics can help make a change.
However, there are always different viewpoints.
Some people think politics shouldn’t be allowed to change the way we eat.  That it’s personal and that our diet should be left to us.
Yes, they shouldn’t control what we eat.  We should be given the option to eat what we desire.
Changes in schools is a great way to prevent obesity.  The younger one is made aware of and taught about health, the better the chances of them staying healthy.  Schools don’t need to necessarily take unhealthy options away, so long as they provide healthy options and inform children on the importance of health.  Being active is a positive encouragement that politics has addressed when providing healthier solutions.
Politics should continue to raise awareness on health.  Health concerns should be made to the public, as well as solutions to health issues.
I hope this blog will continue to make the issues we deal with when it comes to eating and our health relevant and made aware to others.  The more people care about health, the healthier alternatives and food options will be shared.

Bloggers.. What’s Your Impact On Public Opinion?


Greetings fellow bloggers!

In class, I have recently learned about public opinion.

Journalism continues to change from the research
reporting it was once known for.

With newspapers
making their own stories
, can we do the same?

Today social media plays a huge role in our world. It
holds more power than most of us are aware of.

Can we use social media to persuade others into our

Can we sway public opinion?

If more people blogged and followed healthy sites,
people would become more health conscious.

The demand for being healthy would create more food
choices. More people would focus on making healthy food people actually enjoy.
More recipes and cooking shows would value this opinion.

With the advances in technology, who holds the power?

Do we have the same access to power “the
experts” do? And if so, does that gives us credibility?

How do we decided who’s credible and who’s not, and
when do journalists return back to reporting actual news v. made up stories?

Who should control the news?

Our thoughts and ideas should have an influence on the
media because we are the public.

We should hold some of the power, but are we credible

Be aware of what’s really out there.  Be honest in your blogs.

You never know who is reading it and how it can influence someone’s opinion.

I will continue in the search to help all you hungry health conscious grumblers!