In my opinion, the movie Motorcycle Diaries offers an important message to live by: “Deja que el mundo te cambie y podrás cambiar el mundo” (“Let the world change you, and you can change the world”). Before we can create positive change for ourselves and for others, we first need to discover the world around us and be changed by our experience. Continue reading
Childhood obesity is at an all-time high as about one-third of the United States children are considered obese. This growing rate is alarming as more and more children are having health problems such as diabetes, liver disease, and cardiovascular problems. These children are learning bad health habits at a young age that will carry over into their adulthood where they further increase the risk of health problems. In order to fix this epidemic, there has been involvement by the government, health institutions, and campaigns. While the government can create laws that regulate what children are exposed to at school, they cannot control their eating habits at home. Thus, the most productive way to change childhood obesity is to have good role models, especially the parents or guardians. Parents can control what they purchase at the store and what they prepare for their children. By constantly supplying children with healthy options, they keep obesity down and teach healthy eating habits for the future. It is also important for parents and guardians to encourage children to play outside and not sit around and watch TV or play video games all day. Technology has provided non-active entertainment for children, making it more difficult for children to be motivated to be active outside. Parents and guardians can also change this by not supplying children with lots of video games and by encouraging children to participate in activities with them.
The video posted above outlines the debate for lowering the drinking age in the US from 21 to 18. College campuses are rampant with students drinking illegally – and all are at risk. The number of alcohol related deaths has increased in recent years, and we have seen a crackdown on campuses regarding student safety. Even on Bucknell, fraternities have been kicked off and put on probation because of drinking violations, among other things. Stringent guidelines have been put in place at Bucknell to “register” parties, and yet these rules have backfired, as students have destroyed the downtown area known to Lewisburg locals as the “ghetto.”
Lowering the drinking age to 18 would make the act of drinking less of a taboo action for young people and allow them to be more knowledgeable about alcohol and its consequences by the time students left for college. More experience and more acceptance of it at home would result in an increased knowledge about the dangers of alcohol. There are certain drawbacks to the law, but the benefits far outweigh the costs as college campuses would be safer with more students understanding how to safely consume alcohol at a younger age. Money would not be wasted on town/campus police patrolling students’ homes for parties and illegal drinking. The current law of having to be 21 to drink is not effective, as we see those younger than 21 drink extremely frequently. College wouldn’t be thought as a place to go to drink because many would be able to legally drink before attending. A person can vote, sit on a jury, and go to war for their country at the age of 18. Why can’t they have a beer?