nutrition-school

hey beans!

i thought i should use some of my nutrition knowledge to help u healthy people out and came up with this little BACK TO SCHOOL NUTRITION PREP sheet to help guide all u studyblrs / fitblrs back into the new year 😚

feel free to hmu for nutrition help any time 💕 especially as the new school year approaches and things start to get stressful again 😒 i’m here for all 7000 of u whenever u need it

Right in the heart of the University of Vermont, Burlington campus, there’s a big dormitory going up, with room enough for 700 students next fall.

The dorm is being set aside for students like Azilee Curl, a first-year studying neuroscience who has taken a pledge — of sorts — to live out her college career at UVM with her health in mind.

She’s part of a growing group on campus who all live together in a clean-living residence hall, have fitness and nutrition coaches at the in-house gym, and can access free violin lessons, yoga and mindfulness training.

There’s also zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol use here — one infraction and you’re out.

Meditation, Nutrition, Fitness: One ‘Party School’ Tries To Tame The College Brain

Illustration by LA Johnson/NPR

Hi there. 
I’m Kris and I am not a studyblr.

I’m making this Masterpost because I am intent to make my last year in high school a great one (I’ll actually settle for decent).
I have major depression, anxiety, and several other mental illnesses so I understand more than anyone how tough (to put it simply) school work, and school in general, can be. I have already taken a few steps towards having a more positive attitude going back to school; such as changing my self-image to make myself feel more confident, like cutting/dying my hair, buying nicer clothes and makeup, etc. As well as setting up a desk full of school supplies in a small room off of my bedroom, which will be my study room, and also buying a huge book on how to do well on the SATs. 
Another way on having a calmer attitude is figuring out what you’re going to be doing after this year is done (for me it’s my senior year, I know this won’t be applicable to all). I know it is a hard and stressful subject but having a plan, no matter how small, in place will help a lot. Also, writing positive/motivational letters to yourself to look at. 
I have recently written a short letter called “Dear Past Me” which contain things that I wish I knew in 8th and 9th grade. But it is applicable advice to anyone really. Here it is.
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I have faith that you will all do well this year. I wish you all the best of luck. 


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Obama's Post-White House Photo Album Suggests He's Already Gotten The Best Birthday Present of All: Freedom

Photos: Barack and Michelle Obama’s Life After the White House

Source: People

JUNE 30

Barack Obama and his family are in the middle of an adventure-filled, nine-day vacation to Indonesia, where the former president lived for several years as a child. Their latest stop is Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java, where the former president and his family were invited to stay by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. In this photo, President Widodo is seen taking Obama on a golf-cart tour of the palace’s grounds.

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The two men also explored the 200-acre palace on foot.

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As president, Obama met with Widodo several times, forging an international friendship.

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Obama moved to Indonesia in 1967 at age six after his divorced mother remarried an Indonesian man. He returned to his native Hawaii when he was 10 to live with his grandparents.

Source: People

Obama also met with Widodo’s wife, Iriana, at the palace. She is the former governor of Jakarta, where Obama grew up.

Source: People

JUNE 29

One day earlier, the former president and daughters Sasha and Malia visited Prambanan Temple in Central Java, where they were given a tour by a team of archaeologists. Obama is pictured here bowing in greeting to a staff member outside the temple.

Source: People

The former president and his daughters also took a walk through Becici Pine Forest in the ancient city of Yogyakarta, on Java Island.

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama walks during his visit to Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, June 29, 2017. Obama and his family are currently on vacation in the country where he lived for several years as a child. (AP Photo)

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JUNE 28

The Obamas stayed in Yogyakarta, where the former president’s mother, Ann Dunham, spent years doing anthropological research.

Source: People

The Obamas flew into Yogyakarta on a private jet before driving to their luxury hotel in the historic city’s downtown area. After settling in, they visited the ninth-century Borobudur Temple in Magelang, where they snapped photos and the former president waved to locals. Borobudur Temple, one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world, overlooks the green hills of Java and the active volcano Gunung Merapi.

Source: People

JUNE 27

One day earlier, the Obamas visited Tirta Empul temple in Bali, where former First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia all wore matching yellow sarongs.

Source: People

A popular tourist attraction, Tirta Empul is one of the island’s ancient water temples, and is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god of water.

Source: People

While his family (and his Secret Service detail!) sported local garb during the outing, Obama wore a simple, short-sleeved white polo shirt with jeans.

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Obama shook hands with locals as he made his way inside the temple.

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JUNE 26

Earlier in the trip, the Obamas went rafting on the Ayung River in Bali.

Source: People

The family was invited to vacation in Indonesia by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who also asked the Obamas to visit the presidential Bogor Palace in West Java during their trip.

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epa06050815 Former US president Barack Obama © and his family raft at the Ayung River during a family holiday in Bali, Indonesia, 26 June 2017. Obama is in Bali as part of his ten-day family holiday in Indonesia. EPA/MADE NAGI EPA INDONESIA OBAMA

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Sasha Obama (right, front) catches the eye of the photographer.

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JUNE 19

Michelle Obama took to Instagram to share photos from a recent bootcamp weekend that she hosted for her “crew” at a friend’s house outside Washington, D.C. The bootcamps are a tradition carried over from the former first lady’s White House years. “Our bootcamp weekends were a reminder that if we want to keep taking care of others, we need to take care of ourselves first,” Obama said.

Source: People

MAY 26

Barack Obama was all smiles as he played a round of golf at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

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MAY 22

Michelle and Barack Obama took a stroll in Siena, Tuscany during their six-day vacation to Italy. The couple were greeted by crowds of cheering fans as they left the Duomo di Siena. And the former first lady turned heads in an of-the-moment, off-the-shoulder top.

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MAY 12

Michelle Obama gave remarks at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit in Washington, D.C., where she spoke out against the Trump administration’s decision to scale back school meal nutritional requirements. "Every elected official on this planet should understand,” Obama said. “Don’t play with our children. Don’t do it.”

Source: People

May 8

Barack Obama looked relaxed and casual in sunglasses and a white button-down shirt without a tie during his two-day trip to Milan in May. Obama mixed business and pleasure on the trip, meeting with former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and discussing climate change at a conference, while also squeezing in some sightseeing.

Source: People

MAY 7

Before heading to the Profile in Courage Awards ceremony in Boston, the Obamas attended a reception with members of the Kennedy family, including John F. Kennedy’s grandson, Jack Schlossberg, who later presented the former president with the annual award.

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May 7

At the same event, Obama showed off his golf swing — sans golf course — backstage in the green room.

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Michelle and Barack Obama shared a smile at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s dinner gala, where the former president was honored with the annual Profile in Courage Award.

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On stage with Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama accepted the Profile in Courage Award for “his enduring commitment to democratic ideals and elevating the standard of political courage in a new century.”

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After accepting the award, Barack Obama appeared to give his wife an approving once-over on stage.

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MAY 5

Michelle Obama spoke during MTV’s 2017 College Signing Day, promising to continue her efforts to promote higher education. “I might not live in the White House anymore, but Barack and I are going to keep on celebrating you all,” she told students as she took the stage, “and supporting you and lifting you up no matter what house we live in.”

Source: People

May 5

College Signing Day was always cause for celebration in the Obama White House, a tradition they’ve continued while out of office. During the event, held at the Public Theater in New York City, Obama gave hugs to college-bound students in the STEP dance group. The all-girls dance squad from Baltimore will be featured in an upcoming documentary, Step.

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After the hugs were given out, Mrs. Obama joined some soon-to-be-graduates in a mid-jump photo opp.

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MAY 3

Barack Obama and his former chief of staff and current mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, visited the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago — where both men married their wives.

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MARCH 20

Michelle Obama celebrated the first day of spring by going for a walk with dogs Sunny and Bo. “Look who has a spring in their step,“ she said in an Instagram photo of the outing. "Celebrate the #FirstDayofSpring by grabbing a friend, heading outside, and getting moving.”

Source: People

MARCH 15

Barack Obama enjoyed an afternoon round of golf at a local country club in Oahu, Hawaii. Mid Pacific Country Club General Manager Jim Swieter told PEOPLE at the time that Obama seemed more relaxed in his post-presidency. “He was much more approachable and accessible to members and guests around the club,” Swieter said.

Source: People

MARCH 8

Michelle Obama marked International Women’s Day with a surprise visit to 12 female students at Cardozo Education Campus, a combined middle and high school in Washington, D.C.

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March 8

After a round of hugs, Obama and the young students sat down to talk about education and their goals for the future.

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MARCH 5

The American people are here for Barack Obama’s post-presidency style, especially this sleek leather jacket he wore on a visit with wife Michelle to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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March 5

Barack Obama’s chief of staff Anita Decker Breckenridge told PEOPLE in May: “He’s had that jacket for quite some time … I just don’t think he’s had the opportunity to wear it. When does the president ever get to go out in his leather jacket? It’s not something we see.”

Source: People

FEBRUARY 27

At Ballou STAY (School to Aid Youth) in Washington, D.C., Michelle Obama spent two and a half hours talking with adult students working to finish their high school degrees.

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Later during the school visit, Michelle Obama offered a hug to a student who was very happy to see her.

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FEBRUARY 14

Michelle Obama took to Twitter on Valentine’s Day to send her husband a sweet message. “Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life and favorite island mate, @BarackObama. #valentines,” she captioned a picture of two pairs of feet (presumably belonging to the Obamas) on a sandy beach. The photo may very well have been snapped during their recent 10-day vacation to the British Virgin Islands.

Source: People

JANUARY 29

After a quick post-presidency getaway to Palm Springs with daughters Sasha and Malia, Barack and Michelle Obama set off for a 10-day vacation to the British Virgin Islands. They stayed at Richard Branson’s luxurious Necker Island retreat, where Obama tried his hand at kitesurfing.

Source: People

The Nutritionist Has Spoken!

Hey guys!

It’s been a crazy week with lots of new information, knowledge and YT watching. It’s actually been quite a distraction from my studying but….shit happens. This aside, the icing on the cake this week was sitting with the most fabulous nutritionist there ever was, Isabella.

Isabella isn’t just any nutritionist. She’s a teacher in biochemistry (and nutrition) at my school and intertwines naturopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in her practice. This is all super amazing because she was teaching me the madness behind the process while also tryna help me sort my chemical, biological makeup.

So I brought a food diary of my meals from the past week as well as my blood tests to her clinic. After a quick Q&A bout lifestyle and such, Isabella dove right into my blood tests and broke it down for me:

1) Surprise, surprise. I’m in a bad B12 situation.  This wasn’t much of a shock but it seems like it may be a bit urgent so I made an appointment to get B12 shots.  I’m not sure if this is new though because in the States I also once saw a doctor that told me I was B12 deficient. Many people nowadays, vegan or not, happen to be B12 deficient because of the poor quality of industrialized foods. Also, turns out it’s a myth that we only get B12 for animal products. It used to be that we received these nutrients from the soil residue on root vegetables/other plants as well as from fresh stream water. Due to proper water purification systems we don’t get B12 this way anymore. Not to say we shouldn’t be using purified water– not sure cholera is worth it lol– it just means we need to find other ways to get B12. Fortunately, we live in an era where vitamins and supplements (when diagnosed properly) are in שפע aka abundance.

2) Iron is low– another shocker. This is another thing that I’ve been told by a medical professional in the past (years before any vegan-like habits). All is okay though because it’s another easy thing to supplement. Isabella recommended that I take two tablespoons of Floradix a day. At a snap of a finger, I bought some and have been takin it ever since.

3) I’m in good general health and my cholesterol is f&ck!n amazing! I didn’t really fully understand her excitement about my cholesterol– I’m still a young buck and I don’t eat fast food but I’m happy she was pleased.

Following the general breakdown of the tests we dove into the food diary and Isabella offered some great tricks and tips to help me fill any nutritional gaps during mealtimes. Here are the main takeaways listed gracefully below:

- **MO’ LEGUMES, MO’ PROTEIN!** Squeeze them in whenever possible and pair it with a grain to keep my ATP flowin. This trick I knew about from my biochem class with her but after looking at my week’s food diary it looked like I was not totally on top of it as much as I thought I was.

- Snack on some dried hummus (the type that they pick and dry when it’s still green- gentler on the stomach)

- Add some peas to the diet (maybe a pea soup omg yum)

- Tofu and tomato sauce on Iraqi pita for a quick fix pizza vibe.

- MASH AKA MUNG BEANS!!! This one I’m most excited about because I’ve never played with mash before. It’s so exotic for my American ass. She also mentioned they have pasta made of mash (of which Erez and I eat the lentil and black soy bean one often). So def gonna play with mash cannot wait omg stay tuned. The Chinese say mung beans are great for the liver and uterus too- FTW!

Add lentils to a pumpkin soup. In my food diary, I had pumpkin soup with no protein or legume involved. She said adding lentils is an easy quick fix.

- Dried Edamame. Can add to salads!

- Lentil spreads (easy recipes to throw in the freezer and mix with tehina- to be shared at a later date).

- Miso soup ! :-0 (lots of calcium and a Japanese favorite filled with calcium)

- Pickled cabbage (it’s a probiotic, did you know?!)

- Another thing Isabella mentioned was to boost some Calcium (although my levels are fine) by adding more almonds, sesame, cauliflower, cabbage, broc and okra.

Anyway, it was really inspiring and motivating to have someone examine my blood work and suggest the best ways to nourish my body. It’s amazing that a few adjustments and supplements can have a great influence on overall energy levels.

It also means that we really ARE what we eat because the food we eat designs our chemical makeup determining energy levels. In class, Isabella mentioned how we create energy (ATP) through the food we eat and that the food we eat is basically a collection of photons (light energy) transformed into chemical matter (photosynthesis, anybody?) One may conclude that we eat a bunch of light configured into mass and are therefore comprised of various chemical elements that are all a product of our consumption.

So, in a way, we’re big giant radiators and emitters of light. This can have a spiritual application as well.  Perhaps, the people and experiences we involve ourselves with also have a nourishing factor that influence our being and energy levels. Some theories I’ve encountered in my studies at school have affirmed this position too. With my current knowledge and life experiences, I think I’d agree…

Anyway, stay tuned for some more updates and some lighter topics! Like omg cafelix has vegan pastries. I’m never going to any other coffee shop again- best coffee shop in Tel Aviv!

Peace & Love & Good Vibrations

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If you have a child with special needs, you may want to frame their IEP so you can remember when our country cared…
House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves.

This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17, and starts the defunding process of public schools.

In addition the bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.

The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch.

The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special-needs kids, no mention of IDEA and FAPE.

Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities
-Ensures access to the general education curriculum.
-Ensures access to accommodations on assessments.
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups.
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps.

And this my children, is how Jesus saved us from the dinosaurs. 

Yesterday was a sad day for public education in the United States. The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced Bill 610. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5 to 17, and starts the de-funding process of public schools.

The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) of 1965 which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education. It is a comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.

Some things the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) of 1965 does for Children with Disabilities:

  • ensures access to the general education curriculum
  • ensures access to accommodations on assessments
  • ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
  • includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups
  • requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

The bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch. For our most vulnerable, this may be the ONLY nutritious food they have in a day.

PLEASE call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps.

ACTION:

The school voucher system proposed by Education secretary Betsy DeVos does not mean you can choose any school you want your kid to go to. It means the public education program will be dismantled.
If your child has an IEP (individual education plan for students with special needs), kiss it goodbye.

If you have a job in special-education, if you’re a special education teacher, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, a para, a teacher’s aid, or an ESL (English as a second language) teacher, you’ll go first.
House Bill 610 makes some large changes. Inform yourselves. This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17 and starts the defunding process of public schools. The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act of 1965, which is the nation’s educational law that provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, advanced and gifted kids in AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance, and Federal Accountability Programs.

The Bill also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch.

The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, no mention of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education). Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities
:
-Ensures access to the general education
curriculum.
-Ensures access to accommodations on assessments.
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning.
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups.
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610) introduced by three Republican reps.
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Thanks, to all and thanks to Kaylee G for her post.

anonymous asked:

Can you do GoM+Kagami taking their child going to school for the first time? Thanks in advance if you chose to do this! :)

Since I’m not sure if parents go inside the school with their child in Japan, I wrote it as they accompany them to school. Though I did see that the children are independent early, so they go to school alone. If there’s any kind of mistake in the request, please point it out. -T-chan


Kuroko would be completely calm. Or so he would try to believe himself. He’d be nervous and excited and though it’d be hard to see, it could be seen in his gestures - from spilling milk (yes, Kuroko spilling milk) to dressing up his child in wrong clothes. If his partner wouldn’t be home he’d be a mess, so he’d be pretty surprised if his child would be much calmer than him. He would though make sure that he has everything and look after him until he disappears inside the school building.

Kise would be more excited and nervous than his child. He’d keep asking if he has everything and if they’re nervous or excited or happy or sad until he’d ask if he’s sure he’d go to school and began crying because “my child is leaving me! What should I do!?” A mess, that’s what Kise would be like, but he’d completely calm down until they get to school. Then it’s the same story all over again.

Midorima would be nervous, but knowing from experience when his little sister went to school for the first time, he’d take few notes from that time. He wouldn’t panic or act like he doesn’t have it together, but he would give his child his lucky item of the day. He’d be calm, but once his child disappears into school he’d break down. He’d keep looking at time and wonder if he’s okay, if they’re already bullied, if they made any new friends and just what every parent goes through.

Aomine would be chill. Pft yeah right. He’d look chill, but just like with Kuroko, he’d dress them up wrong. “What do you mean it’s wrong? It’s right!” “No, dad, it’s wrong. And why are you getting so nervous? Don’t make me nervous!” Morning war with getting out of the bed, mostly for Aomine before they’d both oversleep. Then he’d sprung out and rush things, cursing from and to and everyone he knows. He’d hardly make it into time to get him to school and swear to never again. Which would only repeat the next day …

Murasakibara would be a parent on time. I believe once he’d get a child, he’d get more expressive and eat less snacks, though he’d still have a phase when he wants nothing but snacks - that would usually be during stress at work or when he couldn’t sleep during the night because of his child. Nonetheless, he’d be very attentive. He’d make sure his child eats his breakfast, cleans up, gets dressed and ready before sneaking a bag of snacks into his bag. The kid needs nutrition to survive school. “Atsushi no”

Akashi would try to be calm. He’d be very nervous, because not only would he be afraid he’d go same path as his father, but also because he doesn’t have such experience. He remembered his mother looking after him when it was his first day of school, so while he’d try to do things like he’d still mess it up and be a bit on edge so he wouldn’t miss it. His partner would have to calm him down and make him remember that it’s alright and still time. He’d also feel proud and a bit afraid because going through school with his child is something new and he’ll make it sure that he’s there for him.

Kagami …. where should I begin with him? The night before the “big day” he’d be nervous and ask his child to go to bed early only to go to bed late. “Kagami did you stay up whole night?” “N-no” Yes Kagami stayed up whole night. Why you ask? Because he ended up thinking what he should make up for breakfast and lunch and dinner so his baby would have a good day and be happy. The next day, though, he’d be completely normal. He’d hardly be nervous, hell he’d even make bento with his child’s favourite character or cartoon/anime/movie before smiling and bidding him goodbye. He would however end up nervous because “did he get to school safe? are you sure it was a good idea to leave him alone? he’s all alone out there? what if something happens to him? should we track him? put gps on his bag? what if someone kidnaps him? babe, he doesn’t even know where school is!” “Kagami…the school is right behind the corner.” Such a worry-rat.

House Bill 610 needs to be stop, do not defund public schools

House Bill 610 has been introduced.

This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17, and starts the defunding process of public schools.

The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Education Act (ESSA) of 1965, which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education.

ESSA is a comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.

House Bill 610 would also abolish the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch. For our most vulnerable, this may be the ONLY nutritious food they have in a day.

The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting special needs kids, no mention of IDEA and FAPE.
Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities
-Ensures access to the general education curriculum.
-Ensures access to accommodations on assessments.
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based
interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups.
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610)

If you’re a special needs student, ESL, or someone who relies on school lunches, you’re screwed.

(I copy and paste this from my very Republican, Trump supporting ex-professor’s email he sent to all his students and ex-students.  If someone like him is sending out mass emails to call for action, well….)

Advice from a College Senior at Berkeley

Long post! This is definitely based off of my personal experience but some might find it useful. I am not a super social person, but I managed straight As most semesters, was involved in clubs and a Cappella, had 2 part time jobs at one point, and did research for 2 years. See below the cut to find more academic, research, and Berkeley specific advice.

If anyone actually reads this, ask me if you have any questions about school, life, research, Berkeley, food, or nutrition!

Apartment Related~

Things you need for your apartment that you might not have considered:

  • can opener
  • wine corker (even if you don’t drink you might want one for cooking)
  • a second trash can for recyclables
  • good quality food storage, esp. ones that can be baked or microwaved in
  • quality mug, tea, coffeemaker, whatever will prevent you from buying overpriced coffee on or around campus
  • pepper spray
  • plunger
  • sink/bathroom declogging detergent
  • fan
  • something to kill wall/ceiling bugs, such as a vacuum with hose or a swiffer sweeper without the cloth
  • air fresheners
  • quarters
  • an extra laundry basket or bag for clean clothes, because no way will you fold everything right away and you need space as more dirties pile up
  • flashlights and candles for power outages
  • tool kit and first aid kit

Things I bought that I didn’t really use:

  • hair products– just had no time
  • Brita filter– tap ended up being just fine and I got too lazy to clean/replace filters

Food advice from a nutrition major~

  • don’t share food with your roommate, especially perishables
  • don’t buy more fresh food than you can reasonably eat in a few days/a week
  • use going out to eat as a social activity, not your primary source of meals. You will save SO MUCH money and eat SO MUCH healthier
  • Investing in quality caffeine and accessories at home saves you SO MUCH TIME AND MONEY

School, Work, and Research Related~

Keep reading

‘What is wrong with you?’ Michelle Obama savages Trump’s gutting of her legacy

Former first lady attacks president’s reversal of regulations to help improve school lunches: ‘Think about why someone is OK with your kids eating like crap’

Michelle Obama has made her strongest political intervention since leaving the White House, stating bluntly at a health conference: “Think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap.”

One of the former first lady’s signature legacies was an effort to reduce childhood obesity. Earlier this month, Donald Trump’s administration froze regulations that would cut sodium and increase whole grains served in school meals.

 How Michelle Obama expanded the definition of a first lady

“We have a lot more work to do, for sure, but we’ve got to make sure we don’t let anybody take us back because the question is, where are we going back to?” Obama told a Partnership for a Healthier America summit in Washington.

“This is where you really have to look at motives, you know. You have to stop and think: why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you?”

The remarks prompted cheers and applause from a packed hotel ballroom. Seemingly liberated from her official role, Obama was by turns combative, exasperated, feisty, incredulous, passionate, peeved and sardonic.

Donald Trump’s first 100 days: a guide to the successes, the failures – and the tweets


The 53-year-old demanded: “And why is that a partisan issue? Why would that be political? What is going on? You know, now that’s up to moms. Moms, think about this. I don’t care what state you live in. Take me out of the equation. Like me, don’t like me, but think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap. Why would you celebrate that? Why would you sit idly and be OK with that?

“Because here’s the secret: if somebody is doing that, they don’t care about your kid, and we need to demand everyone to care deeply about kids. That’s all we have. So we should be driving this and every elected official on this planet should understand: don’t play with our children. Don’t do it.”

Along with the delay in nutrition standards for school lunches announced by the US agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, the Trump administration has also postponed rules instructing restaurants, grocery stores and other outlets to put calories counts on their menus.


Evidently riled, Obama continued: “‘You shouldn’t know what you’re eating.’ Think about that. Stop there, think about that. ‘You shouldn’t know what you’re eating.’ You’re OK with that? Do you know people who are OK with that? I mean, I just find myself thinking, this isn’t my fight, you know, this is where you’ve got to look yourself in the eye.

“We need to look our neighbours in the eye and kind of go: ‘What is going on?’ Because this just isn’t that complicated, you know. Just tell me what’s in my food. Why is that a problem? So you have to ask yourself, what’s going on, because I don’t get it. I don’t understand it.”

Sam Kass, a former White House chef and senior policy adviser for nutrition who was interviewing Obama, noted suggestions that an update on nutrition facts labels on food packages could also be slowed.

Obama interjected, with sarcasm: “‘Keep families ignorant.’ That’s all I’m hearing. ‘You don’t need to know what’s in your food. You can’t handle that, Mom. Just buy this, be quiet, spend your money, you buy this, don’t ask us about what’s in your food, you know.’ How does that feel? How does that feel? ‘This isn’t information that you should know. We shouldn’t change a label to make it clearer and easier for you to just break down what you’re buying.’


“So consumers out there – again, I don’t care where you’re from, what your party is – I would be highly insulted by that thought. ‘You want to talk about nanny state and government intervention? Well, you just buy the food and be quiet. You don’t need to know what’s in it.’ That’s essentially what a move like this is saying to you, mom. They think you don’t care because what they hear from are the people who want their kids to eat whatever they want to eat.”

With Trump seemingly eager to reverse Obama’s work, advocates are increasingly pinning hopes on the private sector. This week, companies including Mars and Cumberland Farms announced initiativeswith Partnership for a Healthier America, the foundation Obama helped create alongside her “Let’s Move!” initiative to combat childhood obesity.

She did not mention Trump or other administration officials by name on Friday but, in warning how bad diets can lead to children being affected by diabetes, she remarked pointedly: “And I hope you have healthcare.”

Obama began the session on a lighter note, reflecting on her life since leaving the White House.

“Everything is really great,” she said. “Being ‘former’ is all right … The president’s good. He’s running around out there in the world with his shirt unbuttoned.”


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/12/michelle-obama-trump-school-lunches-childhood-obesity?CMP=twt_gu

Understanding Welfare

People throw around the word “welfare” as if our country is being sucked dry by takers, but there are actually a total of 83 programs run by the government that qualify as “welfare.” Some like to talk about welfare as if the government is mindlessly giving free bags of money without any strings attached or economic strategy behind it all so that lazy unemployed people can buy Cadillacs and eat steak for every meal, but take a look at what qualifies as “welfare” and decide for yourself if such programs might be valuable to our society or improve your life both directly and indirectly (via the Senate Budget Committee):

 Family Planning
 Consolidated Health Centers
 Transitional Cash and Medical Services
for Refugees
 State Children’s Health Insurance
Program (CHIP)
 Voluntary Medicare Prescription Drug
Benefit—Low-Income Subsidy
 Medicaid
 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
 Breast/Cervical Cancer Early Detection
 Maternal and Child Health Block Grant
 Indian Health Service
 Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families (TANF) (cash aid)
 Supplemental Security Income
 Additional Child Tax Credit
 Earned Income Tax Credit (refundable
component)
 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP)
 School Breakfast Program (free/reduced
price components)
 National School Lunch Program
(free/reduced price components)
 Special Supplemental Nutrition Program
for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
 Child and Adult Care Food Program
(lower income components)
 Summer Food Service Program
 Commodity Supplemental
 Food Program Nutrition Assistance for
Puerto Rico
 The Emergency Food Assistance
Program (TEFAP)
 Nutrition Program for the Elderly
 Indian Education
 Adult Basic Education Grants to States
 Federal Supplemental Educational
Opportunity Grant
 Education for the Disadvantaged—
Grants to Local Educational Agencies
(Title I-A)
 Title I Migrant Education Program
 Higher Education—Institutional Aid and
Developing Institutions
 Federal Work-Study
 Federal TRIO Programs
 Federal Pell Grants
 Education for Homeless Children and
Youth
 21st Century Community Learning
Centers
 Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness
for Undergraduate Programs (GEARUP)
 Reading First and Early Reading First
 Rural Education Achievement Program
 Mathematics and Science Partnerships
 Improving Teacher Quality State Grants
 Academic Competitiveness and Smart
Grant Program
 Single-Family Rural Housing Loans
 Rural Rental Assistance Program
 Water and Waste Disposal for Rural
Communities
 Public Works and Economic
Development
 Supportive Housing for the Elderly
 Supportive Housing for Persons with
Disabilities
 Section 8 Project-Based Rental
Assistance
 Community Development Block Grants
 Homeless Assistance Grants
 Home Investment Partnerships Program
(HOME)
 Housing Opportunities for Persons with
AIDS (HOPWA)
 Public Housing
 Indian Housing Block Grants
 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
 Neighborhood Stabilization Program-1
 Grants to States for Low-Income
Housing in Lieu of Low-Income
Housing Credit Allocations
 Tax Credit Assistance Program
 Indian Human Services
 Older Americans Act Grants for
Supportive Services and Senior Centers
 Older Americans Act Family Caregiver
Program
 Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families (TANF) (social services)
 Child Support Enforcement
 Community Services Block Grant
 Child Care and Development Fund
 Head Start HHS
 Developmental Disabilities Support and
Advocacy Grants
 Foster Care
 Adoption Assistance
 Social Services Block Grant
 Chafee Foster Care Independence
Program
 Emergency Food and Shelter Program
 Legal Services Corporation
 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) (employment and
training component)
 Community Service Employment for
Older Americans
 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult
Activities
 Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth
Activities
 Social Services and Targeted Assistance
for Refugees
 Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families (TANF) (employment and
training)
 Foster Grandparents
 Job Corps
 Weatherization Assistance Program
 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance
Program (LIHEAP)

Copied from Dorit Ko, with her permission and encouragement to do so!
For those who think a voucher system will allow them to pick from any school, have no illusions. The school voucher system will gut public schools.

A voucher does not provide enough money for full tuition. Those who want to put their child in private school, using vouchers, will need to supplement the tuition cost out of pocket. This means those in poverty or working poor will not be able to access private schools. That leaves those who cannot afford private school in the public school system. Public schools will lose a majority of their funding to the vouchers leaving underfunded public schools with a high proportion of children in poverty.

This is not equitable education for all. Don’t we want ALL our children in America to have a good education?

Please call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610). This bill will effectively start the school voucher system to be used by children ages 5-17 and starts the defunding process of public schools.

The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, which is the nation’s educational law that provides equal opportunity in education. The ESEA established what are known as title programs, and because these are so important to maintaining free and equitable public education, Congress has reauthorized ESEA every five years since 1965.

Under President George W. Bush, ESEA became known as No Child Left Behind; under President Barack Obama, it was rebranded the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and passed Congress with rare bipartisan support.

ESSA is a big comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, advanced and gifted kids in AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance, and Federal Accountability Programs. Yes, there are all of these programs happening in our education system, in addition to just academics.

Some things ESSA does for Children with Disabilities:
-Ensures access to the general education curriculum.
-Ensures access to accommodations on assessments.
-Ensures concepts of Universal Design for Learning.
-Includes provisions that require local education agencies to provide evidence-based interventions in schools with consistently underperforming subgroups.
-Requires states in Title I plans to address how they will improve conditions for learning including reducing incidents of bullying and harassment in schools, overuse of discipline practices and reduce the use of aversive behavioral interventions (such as restraints and seclusion).

House Bill 610 also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch.

The bill has no wording whatsoever protecting Special Needs kids, no mention of IDEA, and FAPE.

You can easily contact your reps and senators using text messaging which will fax a letter to your congressional reps. Just text “Resist” to 50409. There’s a little “bot” that will walk you through steps like providing your name, as you want it to appear on the letter and your zip code. Type your message, make it short, but direct in your opposition to House Bill 610.

PLEASE copy the parts you agree with and paste, don’t just share. That limits it to friends we have in common. Thank you.

New research* suggests that children who more closely follow a Mediterranean-style diet are more likely to exhibit other healthy behaviors and outcomes, including higher school achievement. 

*Source: Rosi A, Calestani MV, Parrino L, et al. Weight status is related with gender and sleep duration but not with dietary habits and physical activity in primary school Italian children. Nutrients. 2017; 9(6):579.

7th grade science: the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
9th grade honors bio: the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
12th grade AP bio: the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
freshman year premed bio: the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
first semester grad school intro nutrition: the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.
last semester grad school physical activity and nutrition: the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.

cnn.com
First on CNN: Trump administration ending Michelle Obama's girls education program
The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials.
By Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer

The Trump administration is discontinuing a signature girls education initiative championed by former first lady Michelle Obama, according to officials.

The “Let Girls Learn” program, which she and President Barack Obama started in 2015 to facilitate educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries, will cease operation immediately, according to an internal document obtained by CNN.While aspects of the initiative’s programming will continue, employees have been told to stop using the “Let Girls Learn” name and were told that, as a program unto itself, “Let Girls Learn” was ending.

“Moving forward, we will not continue to use the ‘Let Girls Learn’ brand or maintain a stand-alone program,” read an email sent to Peace Corps employees this week by the agency’s acting director Sheila Crowley.

“ 'Let Girls Learn’ provided a platform to showcase Peace Corps’ strength in community development, shining a bright light on the work of our Volunteers all over the world,” Crowley wrote. “We are so proud of what 'Let Girls Learn’ accomplished and we have all of you to thank for this success.”

News of the program’s end came the same day President Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, was visiting an elementary school in suburban Virginia to announce changes to another initiative spotlighted by the former first lady, healthy school lunches.

Perdue was set to unveil a rule change “providing regulatory flexibility for the National School Lunch Program” during a visit to Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg. Like “Let Girls Learn,” improving the nutritional quality of school meals was a major focus of Obama’s during her tenure as first lady.

It wasn’t immediately clear how Perdue’s announcement would alter the nutritional makeup of school lunches nationwide, though health advocacy groups warned that backtracking could prove dangerous for children.

“Rather than altering the current path forward, we hope the agency focuses more on providing technical assistance that can help schools get across the finish line, if they haven’t done so already,“ said American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown.”

Let Girls Learn" was an inter-governmental initiative run primarily at the Peace Corps and the United States Agency for International Development. A spokesman for the Peace Corps said Monday the agency would continue its efforts toward girls’ education.

“The Peace Corps continues to prioritize girls’ education and empowerment programming,” the spokesman said. “Girls’ education and empowerment has been a hallmark of our work over the past 56 years and we look forward to continuing those efforts with our interagency partners. We remain dedicated to the passionate work of our volunteers and staff to empower and educate girls in their communities.”

Tina Tchen, who served as Obama’s chief of staff during her time in the White House, said the end of “Let Girls Learn” was a disappointment given a global recognition that educating young women could help improve conditions across developing nations.

“We felt it was important to have a branded campaign that drew attention to those issues, and we found that when we did it, we had extraordinary support,” Tchen said. “I think it’s unfortunate to not continue with the branded campaign. We think that this is an issue that has bipartisan support, it’s really not a Republican or Democratic issue.”

Tchen said the benefits of the program, which drew upon private sector support as well as government dollars, outweighed the costs. She noted that a development program launched by President George W. Bush to combat global HIV/AIDS, PEPFAR, had been maintained and expanded by the Obama administration.

“ 'Let Girls Learn’ had several years of funding already baked,” she said. “We were hopeful that given that, it could continue. But obviously elections have consequences, and nobody knows that better than we.”

After launching the initiative in 2015, Michelle Obama heavily promoted “Let Girls Learn,” including during travel abroad and at events held in Washington. CNN Films produced a documentary highlighting some of the girls participating in “Let Girls Learn” programs in Morocco and Liberia during the then-first lady’s trip there.

Obama also harnessed her popularity on social media to promote “Let Girls Learn,” and enlisted celebrities like Frida Pinto and Meryl Streep to help highlight the struggle girls in many developing countries face in regularly attending school.

In October of last year, the Obama administration attempted to reinforce “Let Girls Learn” ahead of a new administration. The White House announced $5 million in private sector commitments toward the programs administered under the “Let Girls Learn” banner, bringing the total financial pledges to more than $1 billion for programs in 50 countries.

The hope then was to underscore the success of the initiative in the hopes the next administration would continue it.

The ending of the program comes as Melania Trump begins to define her own platform as first lady. While she hasn’t formally announced an official platform, women’s empowerment and access to education for women and girls is emerging as a key area of importance for her growing East Wing.

“I continue to firmly believe that education is the most powerful way to promote and ensure women’s rights. Together we will do this not only by striving for gender parity at all levels of education, but also by showing all children, and especially boys, that it is through empathy, respect and kindness that we achieve our collective potential,“ she said in a recent speech at the State Department.

On Monday, a Trump White House spokesperson referred comment to representatives for the first lady, who declined to comment.

First daughter Ivanka Trump who serves as an adviser to the President, is focused on women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, topics she’s touted on panels and in speeches.She is a self-described "Entrepreneur & advocate for the education & empowerment of women & girls,” according to her Twitter biography.

In promoting the importance of girls education, Obama regularly highlighted her own educational path, and said it was critical to her success in the private sector and later as first lady.

“Education is a very personal thing for me,” she said in October during a discussion at the Newseum with a group of girls from across the globe. “As I tell girls whenever I meet them, I wouldn’t be here, sitting here not just in this chair but in the life that I have, if it weren’t for my education.”

Tchen said Monday that the former first lady was still assessing how to promote this issue in her new life as a private citizen.“This is an issue she cares passionately about,” Tchen said. “I think it’s still early days for what she will do in her post-White House life. But this is one she’s looking at figuring out where can she be value added, where can she help with this issue.”