WASTE AUDIT for your community Assignment: Waste Memo: 8 points in total
WASTE AUDIT for your community
Assignment: Waste Memo: 8 points in total
THE STATE OF WASTE in your environment.
American University is commitment to send zero waste to landfill. Properly recycling, disposing landfill, and separating compostable items in the correct bins will contribute towards AU’s goals. Recycling and evaluating single-use plastics is increasingly important. Cities and major restaurants around America are banning plastic straws and either turning towards recyclable lids, paper straws or straws made from PLA compostable plastic manufactured from fermented plant starch or other sustainable material. Cities are also implementing a plastic bag tax in order to encourage consumers to bring their own bags and reduce plastic.
In this lab, you will investigate how the AU community (students, staff and faculty) are sorting their trash. You will collect data and calculate the rate of sorting success.
GRAPHING THE DATA (8 points in total)
For this lab you will need to organize your data, produce graphs (4 in total; 2 points each) in excel. Working with the data you should think about what kind of graph best represents them. You should build tables that summarize your data and then build up the graphs from there. In Canvas, you will find posted a PDF with potential ideas for graphing your data (Appendix from the book).[supanova_question]
Student 2 Excellent Student Professor Wilson ENGL 1020-D01 25 November 2018 Parents
25 November 2018
Parents Should Stand Up Against Child Obesity
Frederick, Carl B., et al. “Increasing Socioeconomic Disparities in Adolescent Obesity.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 111, no. 4, 2014, pp. 1338–1342. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/23769046. Accessed 4 Nov. 2018.
This article provides information on how socioeconomic difference affects adolescent obesity. Recent research shows that obesity rates have begun to plateau. Certain groups of teenagers are consuming less calories and exercising more. However, we should suspect that these findings are not equal across youth with different class backgrounds. Socioeconomic background plays a role in youth’s food consumption and physical activity. Generally, there are less healthy food alternatives in poor neighborhoods. According to an estimate by the US Department of Agriculture, 9.7% of the US population live in low-income areas that are more than one mile from a supermarket. This leaves convenient stores, liquor stores, gas stations, or fast food options as an easier or quicker alternative. Neighborhoods also influence youth’s physical activity. Low-income neighborhoods have fewer playgrounds, sidewalks, and recreational facilities. The authors provide results from a study examining socioeconomic disparities in the prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged twelve through seventeen years old, using data from two nationally federal health surveys. The authors found that even though “the overall obesity prevalence has plateaued, the trend looks very different across different subgroups.” Obesity among adolescents has decreased in well-educated families but has continued to increase in less-educated families. Children are consuming less calories overall, but this fell more among children from “wealthy, educated homes.” The authors state that more vigorous government support and targeted programs are needed to fight this epidemic. We also need to prepare for the future consequences. If a boy is overweight as a teenager, he will have an eighty percent likelihood of remaining obese as an adult (ninety-two percent for girls). Intervention programs to promote healthy lifestyles will not only help fight obesity, but will help prevent other chronic diseases, reduce future health costs, and pave the way for a healthier nation.
This article provides a great amount of statistics that can be useful to my argument. It also stresses the importance of the influence of socioeconomic status on a youth’s likelihood of becoming obese. Socioeconomic background greatly influences the food consumption and the physical activity of our nation’s youth. The authors also state that there should be more government support, and targeted programs to help individuals create and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Gostin, Lawrence O. “Big Food’ Is Making America Sick.” The Milbank Quarterly, vol. 94, no. 3, 2016, pp. 480–484. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/24869187. Accessed 10 Nov. 2018.
In this article, Lawrence O. Gostin discusses some huge problems within the food industry that is “literally making people sick.” Agribusiness, manufacturers, restaurants, and marketers are producing and aggressively marketing foods that are loaded with sugar, salt, saturated fat, and calories. The industry confuses customers, targeting young people and minorities by obscuring nutritional information. The industry is also “relentless in litigating against any law that is likely to be effective in curbing unhealthy eating.” America is in the midst of an obesity epidemic, with the Centers for Disease control and Prevention reporting the highest obesity rate of 37.7% for 2013-2014. African Americans and Hispanics face the highest obesity rates, and individuals that are educated beyond high school are much less likely to be obese. Low-income communities often lack access to affordable fruits and vegetables, and resources such as nutritional literacy. As a result, the risk for chronic disease greatly increases. Gostin states that “Promoting healthier lifestyle for all-rich and poor-could cut deaths from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease in half.” Unlike the tobacco industry, the food industry has largely escaped public notice and censure for its insidious influence. Committees associated with the food industry donate a fortune to politicians with nearly thirty-four million dollars spent on federal political lobbying in 2015 and nearly six million dollars in direct contributions to House and Senate members that are responsible for food regulation in 2013-2014. The food industry spends millions of dollars to campaign against raising taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. The food industry funds scientist t conduct research discounting the scientific evidence of harms from sugar, salt, and saturated fats. If policymakers enact effective regulations, the industry seeks to block implementation in the courts. The Industry often uses the First Amendment, freedom of speech, to challenge labeling or warning junk food. Public health advocates have tried to fight the industry with legal theories ranging from inadequate disclosure of health risks, misleading advertisements, targeting of children, and serving foods that are dangerous beyond consumer expectations and understanding. However, the industry’s lobbying has “completely stalled food litigation.” The food industry has been relatively free to formulate, sell, and market foods that are unhealthy. The lobbying and campaign financing have successfully kept regulations and taxation out of the food industry.
This article can be useful to my argument because it focuses on how the food industry uses lobbying to keep regulations and taxation away from their products. The food industry is contributing heavily to our nation’s obesity epidemic targeting the youth, less educated individuals, and minorities. This article can be used as evidence that there is a need for reformulation and stricter regulations within the food industry.
Gostin, Lawrence O. “Why Healthy Behavior Is the Hard Choice.” The Milbank Quarterly, vol. 93, no. 2, 2015, pp. 242–246. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/24369848. Accessed 4 Nov. 2018.
In this article, Lawrence O. Gostin addresses the issue of why eating unhealthily is so much easier than eating healthy. Gostin begins the article by reinforcing the idea that nutritious patterns and physical activity improve our health and well-being. In our society, we are mostly aware of the benefits of physical activity, but there might only be a few parks, playgrounds, or fields to go to. Inner-city neighborhoods can be dangerous, and parents may not want to send their children out to play. Since food manufacturers aggressively market unhealthy hyper-processed foods, we are pushed toward unhealthy eating. Fast food chains market to children by providing a toy in their meals. Gostin notes that even the most informed consumers face a confusing game or tricky advertising when it comes to food. Low fat foods often contain high amounts of sugar and salt, and low sugar foods often are filled with high amounts of saturated fats and calories. The tobacco industry has shown us that a “suite of measures, working in combination over time, has the best chance of success.” The author then gives four suggestions on what can be done to help our society make better choices when it comes to food, and to increase the availability of healthy alternatives. One suggestion is to raise taxes on unhealthy products. The increased tax on the tobacco industry translated into the greatest reduction in smoking. Another suggestion is to implement product reformulation. If companies greatly reduced the unhealthy ingredients, consumers tastes would adjust as well. In addition, adding disclosures or warnings to unhealthy products can help consumers make a better-informed decision. The United Kingdom developed a voluntary traffic light system including green, yellow, or red markings on products for major nutritional groups. The last suggestion is to increase the availability of healthy food. It is much easier to find a fast food restaurant than it is to find a supermarket. The government could “use zoning and licensing laws to limit fast food-outlets, while incentivizing vendors and stores to sell healthy products.” The food industry lobbies hard to block these reform strategies, which is very similar to the tobacco industry. Choosing what to eat is a personal choice, but our society has made it hard for those choices to be healthy ones.
This article does not emphasize on childhood obesity, which my argument does, but it does address how eating healthy is a hard choice. Generally, if parents eat unhealthy, their children will be doing the same. There are some changes that could be done within the United States food industry that could greatly help decrease obesity overall. This article is useful because not only is it hard for children to stay healthy, it is just as hard for parents to implement healthy alternatives to create a better lifestyle for their children.
Leeman, Jennifer, et al. “Policy, Systems, and Environmental Approaches to Obesity Prevention: Translating and Disseminating Evidence from Practice.” Public Health Reports, vol. 130, no. 6, 2015, pp. 616–622. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/43776228. Accessed 10 Nov. 2018.
This article describes the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Center for Training and Research Translation’s (Center TRT’s) approach to reviewing, translating, and disseminating practitioner-developed interventions. The goal was to provide more practical guidance on how to implement policies, systems, and environments (PSEs) intervention strategies in real-world practice. The Center TRT had distributed thirty practice-based PSE interventions by August 2014. These interventions consisted of fifteen that promoted healthy eating, seven that promoted physical activity, five that promoted both physical activity and healthy eating, and three that promoted breastfeeding. To help reduce obesity, public health practitioners work to increase access to healthier foods, promote breastfeeding, and develop the infrastructure needed to support physical activity. Evidence of the effectiveness of PSE interventions is growing, but limited guidance is available on how to implement them in practice. Since 2004, Center TRT has been capturing evidence from practice-based interventions and disseminating it to practitioners working in obesity prevention. Center TRT disseminates two types of interventions which are research-tested interventions and practice-based interventions. Research interventions have been tested and found to be effective in at least one study and published in peer-reviewed literature. Practice-based interventions meet accepted standards for evaluations but do not meet the more rigorous standards applied to research studies. Expert reviewers applied Centers TRT’s review criteria to “assess each intervention and make a recommendation for dissemination based on evidence in support of its effectiveness and potential for public heath impact.” Since they were developed by practitioners, practice-based interventions were found to have greater practice relevance and feasibility than interventions developed by researchers. Practitioners have reported they need more guidance on how to plan, implement, and evaluate an intervention in real-world practice. Further research would help assess Center TRT’s impact on the effectiveness of interventions that practitioners are now implementing. The Center TRT’s template that is available online can help developers create an effective plan to monitor and help fight obesity.
This article in useful to me because it expresses the different kinds of intervention programs that are used to inform and fight obesity. The study done by Center TRT gives practitioners more information on how to implement the intervention in real-world practice. The article also explains why practice-based interventions are generally more feasible and relevant than researched interventions which can help develop my argument for implementing more programs.
McBride, Brent A., and Dipti A. Dev. “Preschool: Preventing Childhood Obesity: Strategies to Help Preschoolers Develop Healthy Eating Habits.” YC Young Children, vol. 69, no. 5, 2014, pp. 36–43. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/ycyoungchildren.69.5.36.
Accessed 3 Nov. 2018.
In this article, Brent A. McBride expresses some strategies to help preschoolers develop healthy eating habits. More than twenty-seven percent of children ages two through five years old are considered overweight or obese in the United States. Preschoolers that are obese are at a higher risk of serious health conditions. Eating behaviors developed during preschool years “continue to shape their food attitudes and eating patterns through adulthood.” Outside of the home, adults have the most continuous and intensive contact with children during the preschool years. Adults have more influence on younger children than they do in older children, so childhood teachers can play an important role in building children’s eating habits. Parents often disregard children’s awareness to be hungry, or full, and hinder their self-regulation. Verbal cues like “are you full?” or “you can have more if you’re hungry” can help children recognize hunger and satiation. This can support their self-regulation of food and drinks and can lead to them making healthier decisions. Letting children serve themselves at the table can help develop their self-regulation and, over time, children will learn to take the right amount of food. Instead of always being given a certain amount by a parent or teacher, children can learn how much to take based off their hunger and satiety. This kind of practice is hard for teachers to implement, but it can be discussed with parents and teachers can encourage self-help skills during playtime. A lot of times parents will force their children to at least have one bite of the food they dislike, to try and get them to start eating it. Children go through a “hesitant to try new foods” stage and forcing them to eat such foods only causes them to dislike it more. One thing that can help is to engage children’s senses by smelling and touching the new foods. It often takes 8-15 times of offering a new food for children to try it on their own.
I believe this article is a great source for helping parents and teachers prevent childhood obesity. This article expresses the most important cause of childhood obesity which is eating habits. McBride provides plenty of suggestions to help adults provide a foundation for children to build a healthy lifestyle. This article can be useful to me because it emphasizes on the importance of self-regulation for children, which is often overlooked by parents.
Mirowsky, John, and Catherine E. Ross. “Education, Health, and the Default American Lifestyle.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, vol. 56, no. 3, 2015, pp. 297–306. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/44001141. Accessed 10 Nov. 2018.
In this article, the authors examine why the well-educated experience better health than others on all indicators. There are plenty of reasons why, but the authors focus on one which is “education helps people override the default American Lifestyle.” The default American Lifestyle consists of three elements which are displacing human energy with mechanical energy, displacing household food production with industrial food production, and displacing health maintenance with medical dependency. As technologies increase, more and more do we rely on machines to do the physical work for us. We rely on food prepared away from home more than we rely on food prepared at home. Today, American spend sixty percent of their food money away from home. The medical industry use drugs, devises, and surgeries to manage people health. People tend to go to the doctor to get treated, not to learn how to live they’re lives. We are relying on medication more and more instead of changing our lifestyle to really fix what is wrong. In the words of the authors, staying healthy requires insight, knowledge, critical analysis, long range strategic thinking, personal agency, and self-direction. Education develops these abilities directly and indirectly. The problem “is not that food, transportation, foods, and treatments need to get cheaper and more abundant.” The problem is that many individuals do not know the dangers of ordinary life, or they cannot take the necessary means to change their lives. Education helps individuals use income more efficiently to meet household needs and maintain personal and family health. Increasing education levels are the best hope we have for reducing obesity.
This article is useful to me because it emphasizes the importance of education and how it is the best way to reduce obesity. It also talks about the default American lifestyle and how our health is declining from it. We rely on technology and machines to do our physical work, we rely on industrialized food instead of homegrown, and we rely on medicine to “fix” our medical problems more than changing our lifestyle to naturally fix ourselves. This article can be used to help identify a problem that we have as Americans, which relates to children living the same way as their parents and inheriting the same problems.
Moeller, Ann M., et al. “Evolving Role of Parks and Health Care to Collaboratively Enhance Public Health: A Practitioners’ Perspective.” Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in Public Health, vol. 1, 2017, pp. 75–79. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/rptph.1.1.06. Accessed 10 Nov. 2018.
In this article, the authors address the importance of local parks to the overall public health of our society and explains the aspects of three great programs that have helped individuals implement physical activity into their routines. It expresses that addressing the pervasive rates of obesity and chronic disease is a vital goal among local agencies in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Green Bay Metropolitan area has been named in the top ten most obese cities in the United States. During the last few years, there has been a “surge in community health and wellness programming.” A local yoga studio partnered with the Parks and Rec. department to create the first free yoga class that was held downtown and instantly became a success. The Parks and Rec. Department then created FIT in the Parks, which was a free seven-week fitness series, with classes held each week in multiple venues. The FIT in the Parks program has ran two successful seasons, that included approximately 3,000 participants. The Parks and Rec. Department developed affordable sponsorship packages for local partners, businesses, and organizations to help keep the program running. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages pediatricians to work with families to “identify opportunities for physical activity such as participating in team sports, walking to a destination rather than driving, or going to a park, playground or bicycle trail.” Prevea Health, a local health organization, and the Parks and Rec. Department teamed up with Live54218, which is a local movement that was formed in 2010 to improve community health, to created was is now known as GB Parks Rx. Launched in 2015, GB Parks Rx is a program that helps families understand the importance of incorporating more physical activity. When youths come in to see a Prevea physician, they are given a prescription to take too their nearest park. The program lists city parks and recreation facilities and offers an activity tracking log that can be completed independently or with the help of a city park staff. More than 1,000 referrals have been made by Prevea physicians into GB Parks Rx. Of this number, 750 completed activity logs and submitted their documents to the parks system. More than one million minutes of physical activity were recorded by youths participating. Pre and post fitness testing revealed a four to ten percent increase in cardiac speed and endurance, as well as core strength. With the success of GB Parks Rx and FIT in the Parks, a simple belief that if local assets are highlighted and partnerships are strengthened, community well-being can and will improve.
This article is very useful to me because it provides evidence that programs like GB Parks Rx and FIT in the Parks can improve communities well- being and can be successful in helping fight obesity. The article also expresses the importance of implementing physical activity into our youths’ daily routines. I believe that both programs are great ideas and they can be used as examples to support my argument for more local programs.
Purcell, Megan. “Raising Healthy Children: Moral and Political Responsibility for Childhood Obesity.” Journal of Public Health Policy, vol. 31, no. 4, 2010, pp. 433–446. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/40961935. Accessed 27 Oct. 2018.
This article starts out by painting a picture of a North American child eating a cheap fast food meal in front of the television, who will soon enough experience another sugar high. The author expresses that even though parents know that such meals are unhealthy, they are struggling in a “toxic environment with little support or recognition for the challenges of raising children.” Children are targeted by the food industry and have little opportunity to develop a “taste” for healthy food. About ten billion dollars are spent a year advertising to children in the United States. Children’s rights remain largely unaddressed in the public health approach. The author views children as both rights-bearing individuals, as well as, relational beings embedded within a family. Purcell notes that the liberal belief system is that individuals should be free to choose what they want to eat and how often they exercise. Regulation of marketing and environmental change have a small role in reducing obesity rates because they involve intrusive roles by the government that a lot of people might not agree with. Nutrition experts believe that education and information awareness would have little impact. Restricting advertising and banning certain snacks from schools would be more beneficial. Families are essential to creating healthy citizens but not every child has the same opportunity for a healthy life. Children’s health is not just a private concern, it is affected by public and commercial interest and should be regulated to prevent further harm to children. The author believes that the public and private divide needs to be reinterpreted, without threatening family structure. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child have not yet been adopted by the United States. Within the convention, children’s rights must be integrated into the states processes. The convention dictates that parents, government, industry and other citizens all have a responsibility to ensure children’s rights are upheld.
This article provides great information of the different views of responsibility for obesity in children. It addresses the fact that parents are essentially the most responsible for their children’s health, but not every parent out there is capable to do so. The government should have a role alongside parents to help address this issue. The article is very useful to me because the article explains some common views as to the responsibility for children. It also addresses how the United States does not consider children’s rights as extensively as other countries.
Walton, Kathryn, et al. “Parents and Tots Together: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Family-Based Obesity Prevention Intervention in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Public Health / Revue Canadienne De Santé Publique, vol. 106, no. 8, 2015, pp. e555–e562. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/90006167. Accessed 3 Nov. 2018.
In this article, Kathryn Walton explains a trail done to test the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary impact of Parents and Tots Together (PTT). PTT is a family-based obesity prevention intervention program. In Canada, thirty percent of preschoolers aged two through five years old are overweight and obese. Parents behaviors, those not associated with weight-related behaviors, can also affect child weight. Children with parents who use an authoritarian style of discipline are more likely to be obese than those who use the authoritative style. Research shows that parents who experience more stress are less likely to limit their children’s time in front of a television, which leads to a less chance of meeting physical activity recommendations. Qualitative research has shown that United States parents of preschoolers are more interested in learning about parenting skills than they are in learning about child nutrition and physical activity. PTT was formed to strategically improve preschoolers’ nutrition and physical activity within an existing parenting program. A feasibility trial with parents living in Boston, Massachusetts, showed that one hundred percent of the parents were either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the program. Parents reported they felt more confident with helping their children develop healthy eating behaviors. A study done in Canada consisted of nice weeks of two-hour weekly group sessions. Prior research found that when children are engaged in a program, “they can serve as strong motivators for parents’ participation.” All children also participated in interactive children’s programs that ran concurrent with the parent’s programs. Families attended three assessments, one which was a nine month follow up, and were given a twenty-dollar gift card for each one attended. In addition, a raffle for hundred-dollar gift card was held to encourage attendance to the nine months follow up. Most of the parents involved reported that they felt more confident managing their child’s behavior at home and helping their child develop healthy eating habits. PTT parents reported less parental stress and also reported a large decrease in their use of food as a reward compared to parents in the control group. PTT was more successful in helping parents with behavioral management than it was with weight-related management. This could be because of the interest of the parents weighing heavier towards the behavioral side, or the amount of behavioral content compared to the weight-related content. It was concluded that future programs should have greater emphasis on weight-related topics.
This article can be very useful to my argument because it shows that an intervention program can greatly affect parents’ motivation and help them learn how to provide a healthy lifestyle for their children. It also shows that parents within the program reported less stress than the parents in the control groups. After completing the program, most parents felt more confident in creating a heathy lifestyle for their children. This article can support my thoughts on how the United States should implement more programs to assist parents.
Warschburger, Petra, and Daniela Kühne. “Psychosocial Determinants of Quality of Life in Parents of Obese Children Seeking Inpatient Treatment.” Quality of Life Research, vol. 23, no. 7, 2014, pp. 1985–1995. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/24728081. Accessed 26 Oct. 2018.
In this article, the authors explain that a comprehensive change in lifestyle, which includes nutrition and physical behavior, is important to treat obesity. Children should learn this kind of lifestyle from their parents. To treat obesity in children, the whole family needs some behavioral changes. The authors note that there have not been enough studies on the psychosocial states of the parents of obese children. Some studies have shown higher levels of anxiety and depression of mothers with obese children. A study was conducted to examine the health-related quality of life in parents with obese children in an inpatient treatment for obesity. The study found that parents of obese children had a lower level of mental health with medium effect sizes. Single parents also reported a lower mental health status. The study found that it is not the degree of the child’s overweight itself, it is the emotional well-being that burdens parents. Parental beliefs in their management abilities play a big role in the influence of children’s quality of life on their mental health state. In other words, if parents believe they can overcome obstacles and achieve goals, their child’s obesity will not affect their mental state negatively as much. If a parent with an obese child has a healthy mental state, they are more likely to act against obesity, which will lead to setting a better example for their children. Also, if parents with a low health related quality of life were given more support and sympathy for their situation, it may increase the likelihood that parents will implement the necessary changes to help the child fight obesity.
This article is examining the mental state of parents who have obese children. The study that was done is very useful because there are not many studies out there examining the parent’s quality of life, but it is limited to only parents that are treating their children’s obesity in a medical facility. This article is useful to me because a lot of people hold the parents accountable for their child’s obesity, which I agree with, but not everybody considers the mental health status of the parents. This ties into my argument that there should be more support to parents who have obese children to get them on the right track to fighting obesity.[supanova_question]
Introduction Week 1: In my high school senior yearbook, the saying on
Writing Assignment Help Introduction Week 1:
In my high school senior yearbook, the saying on my page is: “The Sky is Not the Limit.” I am a creative person, but honestly, until I prepared the video for this class, I did not realize how creativity expands in every area of my life. I create curriculums, programs to enrich communications between families and children for educators and students. I am an and published 3 books. One of them is a series of 5 books. I have created 3 music albums and an app.
Personally, I love writing, both fiction, blogs, and poems. I love cooking and baking and hosting. I love flowers and decorating our table with our Shabbat corner with a blossoming feeling. I love working out and dancing, this is a somatic creative expression. I also love dressing up, not only on Halloween or Purim, the Jewish Holiday. Lastly, I love traveling the world. I usually find myself writing and coming up with new inspirations ideas.
The video is a small collection of my IG story from the last year. You are invited to watch [attached is video #1]
Creative Exploration Week 2:
I decided to share my Shabbat dinner (=Shabbat=Saturday). Shabbat is celebrated on Friday right before sunset. I start with lighting Shabbat candles (20 minutes before sunset) and choose the right intentions for the week with my rock words. I take the time to say my gratitude for the week that passed. I then invite all the people I love to surround me while “we” light the candles and set an intention for the upcoming week.
Shabbat dinner is always special. I host every other Shabbat at my home. It is time we not only eat but check in with each other in a deep way. We usually stay around the table until 9:30 pm-10 pm and enjoy the family games. It fills me with joy and unconditional love.
For me, cooking can be presented in a loving way. We usually have 3 courses, and we start with the traditional Moroccon Fish, then salads and meat mains (although I am pescatarian). And finally, a sweet dessert. I take time to decorate the table and add things from nature. Flowers, rocks, and leaves. In this particular Shabbat dinner, the salt spilled on the table. Magically, it was in the shape of a heart. My home has many sayings about LOVE in Hebrew Ahava, and when my daughter noticed it, we were all filled with extra light and love.
[attached is video #2]
Creative Exploration week 3:
Halloween Breakable Chocolate hearts + Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Spook me with pleasant surprises,
but don’t, don’t scare me.
Break the chocolate to sweeten my days,
but don’t, don’t break my heart.
Creative Exploration week 4:
Passport Birthday Treasure Hunt
This past week, I found myself planning three events: my best friend’s birthday this coming weekend, Halloween costumes, and my birthday event. Taking this class, I realized these events encouraged my creative process. I find myself diving into the ocean of creative ideas and executing them. I like to think outside the box and bring elements of surprise, left brain, and right brain together. I also find that my creativity is usually catered to serve others, which is a new concept for me as I follow my process.
I will write about one of my creative processes.
My best friend’s birthday was last weekend. I wanted to surprise her with something unique and meaningful. She loves traveling. Before the Pandemic, she traveled the world. But then, during the Pandemic, she got pregnant with her first baby. She immediately compromised her traveling. I know how much she misses traveling. I decided to surprise her with a trip around the world. Well, almost.
I asked for each one of the participants to write a riddle about the place they traveled together, or a place they plan to travel together, or their place of origin. The riddle could not include the name of the location of the person. I then printed each riddle and glued it in a passport (passports I purchased from Amazon).
I planed a treasure hunt for my friend. First, she had to solve a logical problem to find the hidden spot where I hid the passport. Then, when she found the passport, she had to guess who is the person.
She loved it! She finally traveled the world again.
By the way: one of the locations:
“The place where the toughest, most sensitive women live!”
Can you guess?
Creative Exploration week 5:
Goal Digger for Halloween
This week’s creative expression is one that I love. As some of you may know, I am a ‘burner’ (a nickname for people who attend burning man). After my divorce 8 years ago, my desire to dance again was immense. I started a whole new life, creative, expressive, and filled with meaningful friends and exploration! Dancing freely again was one of my joys, and I found it again (I don’t like clubs, definitely not in LA). I was in burning man 3 times, and most of my friends are burners.
My creative process for this week was like a puzzle.
I did not know how my outfit would look in the end. I just thought of two things: Gold + comfort.
Every day I would collect one more thing: fabric, jacket, shoes, glasses, jewelry, bag, hairpiece, blue eye contacts, and other accessories.
The key to the costume was of course: the shovel which I sprayed in metallic gold.
On Saturday morning (the party you see in the video was on Sat night), I laid out everything and started putting it all together. One item after another.
I created two customs – for myself and for my partner.
We were very gold!
Then, I did my hair. I took extra time to do my makeup, playing with brushes, gold glitter eye shadows, and gold lipstick.
Then the temporary body tattoo.
I felt like a kid who is allowed to play, to express. No right, no wrong. Just me, letting it all out.
Creative Exploration week 7:
This week I played with food art for the first time in my life.
For my birthday I invited the helper of my friend to help me create this creation. She never showed up. I looked at the boxes filled with fresh fruit, dried fruit, cheese, nut and paused. I can create, there are no rules. “Well, maybe I could create it by myself.” I felt how I play and draw with good. Usually, they are made with cold meats as well, but since I keep kosher, I made it from cheese only.
It was so much fun! I had about six trays.
Eye eat before your belly!
Ps. the middle tray is vegan.
Pss. All gone after an hour.
The themes of growth: Please elaborate on each with APA and how it is each connected to creative expression, personal growth and intuition.
Elaborate on the words- inner growth, self-discovery or transformation emerged in the to creative explorations.
Heritage and Present – I am Jewish. I see how I bring heritage to my family and friends in a fun, creative and attractive ways. Most immediate thoughts about heritage is that it is old and not up to date, and I want to create an out of the box experience. Like my Shabbat dinner table is always decorative and beautiful. I believe that the eyes eat before the belly and that food is always memorable and impacting positively. Even if people are not in my dinner, watching this on social media creates memories. Heritage teaching and experience.
Serving Others – I see the theme of creating art not just for the ‘drawer’ but serving others. My art expression is usually a solution based in order to connect with others on a positive level – dinners, holidays, birthdays, festivals – all these are coming to entertain and to be at the level of engaging with others with a smile and love. I use my intuition to create love and support feelings, saying – I care about you. Even my Halloween custom was not only about me, but about my partner whom I made sure to create a costume for both. Creating creative experiences to bond with others. [supanova_question]
What do you think is likely to happen to her in the future?The video can be found using this link:https://youtu.be/s8Mqv1lrtgMNO PLAGIARISM NO PARAPHRASE TOOLSUSE SMALL AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND WORDS[supanova_question]
What do you think is likely to happen to her in the future?The video can be found using this link:https://youtu.be/s8Mqv1lrtgMNO PLAGIARISM NO PARAPHRASE TOOLSUSE SMALL AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND WORDS[supanova_question]