Community Education Health Fair this week

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.


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