Students in Professor Eric Edwards “Sociology of Health” class have been working most of the semester on a community education project to educate the campus on various things relating to public health. Starting on December 3 through December 10, tables will be set up in the YellowJacket Union and the Marcovich Wellness Center to give the students the opportunity to share their research and knowledge with the campus.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday, December 3: Topic- The Food Industry YellowJacket Union 11 a.m-1 p.m.
One of the biggest issues in our country that’s been getting a lot of attention lately is the rising rates of obesity. Our society tends to put the blame on the individuals. Kids should be out exercising more, watching less TV, eating less junk food, while parents should be cooking healthier meals and being better role models. However, instead of putting individual people at fault we should look at the bigger structural forces. Capitalism plays a bigger part in our lives than most of us ever realize. The food industry is a perfect example of this; they have a say in the way animals are raised on the farm, what’s added to our food, and even the amount of advertisement that is used to get people to buy that food. It’s time we look at fixing these structural problems to find a solution, instead of quick fixes being placed on the citizens of our society.
Tuesday, December 4 : Topic- Health Industry Yellow Jacket Union 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Wednesday December 5: Topic- Global Stuff Yellow Jacket Union 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Friday, December 6: Topic- Breastfeeding YellowJacket Union 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
We will be addressing issues with capitalism and corporations affecting breastfeeding in the United States and how they promote artificial feeding over breastfeeding. The workforce almost makes it necessary to have to stop breastfeeding for working mothers, and it has been proven that breastfed infants are less likely to get sick and hospitalized. We will also be discussing the benefits of breastfeeding for both baby and mother, and the different marketing schemes used in the artificial-feeding industry.
Monday, December 10: Topic: Diet Pills & Supplements Marcovich Wellness Center 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
We will be addressing the diet pill and athletic supplements industry. We will be looking at the dangers of both and really focus on letting people know what they are really doing to their bodies by taking these. The industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and continues to grow each year. Diet pills might seem like a quick fix for weight loss and supplements might seem like a quick way to bulk up, but most people ignore the fact that these are not healthy for them. We will take a look at the capitalism dominating the industries and how advertising plays a giant role in keeping them on the market.
Take some time to stop by these booths throughout the week to gain knowledge on things that could impact your life in the future. The community education project is hoping to reach as many people as possible.