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Tuesday, September 4

  1. page Courtney Ugale edited ... {food_pyramid.gif} VS. {images-image_popup-fn7_vegetarian.jpg} YouTube Video:(cannot embed) …
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    Vegan Diet?
    Courtney-This sounds like a very intrguing topic and I'm glad you are pursuing this. There is lots to be learned here and I bet most of your classmates don't know much about this. Are you thinking you might do a personal experiment, such as going vegetarian for one week? Just a thought. (If so, it is important to know how to get protein through other means besides meat, which I'm sure you are already learning about...). I was confused by your "farmers and cow manure" part above. How does that tie in exactly? Let me know if you would like to brainstorm further about your project. But it seems you are well on your way...(let me just add, that "vegan" is only one form of vegetarianism, the most extreme. Many people are vegetarian without being vegan. Maybe you already know that but just wanted to clarify after watching the youtube video included).
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    This article is about how your diet affects your health. Five people were put to the test: Mark Berriman- who is a strict vegetarian and does eat dairy products. Harley Johnstone – is a vegan which means he avoids dairy products. Nathan Smith – is the complete opposite of Harley, eating half a kilo of meat per day or anything that has a pulse basically. Jaime Selva – only eats lean meat about four times a week. Edwina Searle – balances out her meat and veggies. These volunteers underwent a blood test. Dietitian, Susie Burrell, was in search of essential supplements for long term health in their blood system. These supplements include: cholesterol, zinc, iron, protein, and Vitamin B-12. Edwina’s (the balancer) was perfect. Jaime’s (lean meat eater) cholesterol was fine, and due to any regular person who eats meat, his levels of zinc, iron, and Vitamin B-12 was normal. Nathan’s (hardcore meat consumer) cholesterol was very high, eating too much saturated fats had an impact on his cholesterol. Mark’s (vegetarian, eats dairy foods also) cholesterol is HDL, which is healthy cholesterol, is unusually high which help get rid of the bad cholesterol. This means Mark is a pretty healthy guy. Harley’s (vegan- keep in mind he doesn’t eat dairy products) level of Vitamin B-12 was extremely low. An average person’s level of Vitamin B-12 would be between 145 – 637, but Harley was 78. Overall Edwina, Jaime, and Mark were healthy. But the healthiest was Mark, since he has they right kind of cholesterol.
    Reflections:
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    lean meat? LikeLike vegetables?
    Does age have an affect in our blood cells?
    How do vegetarians get their vitamins and minerals if they are not provided in raw foods?
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    Interview
    "An interview with Dr. Harris"
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    Throughout the past few months I gained a lot of knowledge about this specific topic. Most of my learning came from the internet and interviewing with Dr. Harris just topped it off. I think all my questions have been answered. I found the basic answer for each of my questions, but it goes way in depth. Just by eating meat can cause so much. Dr. Harris was a good reference. He’s a hardcore vegan since the 1960s where the issue with the environment was not even in mind. He helped me understand better on my topic and was very certain in his answers and information he had given. He is quite a knowledgeable man, I have no regrets to meeting him. Yes, I have been surprised by the facts I found out along the way. I thought that vitamins that exist in the world can always be supplied by vegetables and fruits. As it turns out the only thing that raw foods do not provide is Vitamin B-12. Through step 2 of this project, my eyes were open to what I never really realized. The way animals take up a lot of space and how much water we waste on them. There is a way to help the environmental impact. Going vegetarian can help in some way.
    The idea of going vegetarian was proposed through Ms. Y. Although I would like to see how long I can go without meat, I think taking smaller steps like saying a week is a great idea to helping this issue. I tested the waters by eating a Caesar Salad (provided by the snack bar) this past Thursday. It made me content, which was a good sign. I’ll be keeping a journal, I’ll admit there might be some temptations at first, but hopefully I overcome them. The journal will include every thing I ate from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep. So basically the only time I can eat meat in these 7 days is in my sleep. I’ll also reflect on things that will be relevant to this matter.
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    Final Comments:
    Courtney- You have done such an amazing job with your project! I have shown it to several colleagues already and will continue to do so. Every step of the way it is clear that you were engaged and up for the challenge. But what is so impressive is that the motivation seemed to come all from you. Your research is thorough, your interview personal and educational, and your Action Plan was a success. It is clear that you were being reflective throughout your week of action. I'm glad that you had your family's support; that is important when trying to make a change in one's behavior. I also learned a lot from reading your Journal Entries and I like how you also went back to see your progress and comment on how you might make changes and adjustments. You also explained your topic and action plan clearly to the class (however it was ironic that when you paused on the picture of the hamburger in class, the class started drooling and wanting a hamburger! This seemed opposite of what you were encouraging. Oh well.). I'm curious to see if you might continue this or if you'll try it again in the future. Even if not fully vegetarian, is there anything that will stick (like eating more fruit or trying veggie options once in a while?). Anyway, I am very proud of you and your work and hope you are too. (also, I hope that your mother is well now).

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Monday, February 7

  1. page Jared Nagashima edited {240px-Blue_circle_for_diabetes.svg.png} Diabetes in Hawaii: Introduction

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Sunday, January 18

  1. page Noa Yee edited ... Results: When Asked if you recycle, 95% of the people in my class said yes. A Majority of the…
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    Results:
    When Asked if you recycle, 95% of the people in my class said yes. A Majority of the people also said they recycle because its easy, it helps the environment, and they get money for recycling. A lot of people also said that their impacts on the environment when they dont recycle is that they are polluting the environment and contributing to the overflowing landfill. Personal solutions to improve the actions like recycling etc include picking up after a party or something, picking up trash thats lying around to help reduce pollution. For the last question about how to encourage other people to recycle, most ideas were to nag them about it. Although I have a slight modification to that plan. I plan to educate people once. but that one time make sure they understand.
    Final Comments:
    Noa- Overall you've done a nice job with your project. It seemed you cared about this topic and gained some new insights. This is an important issue and I hope that more and more people understand its relevance, especially on an island. Your Action Plan had some potential but perhaps didn't go as far as it could. Your description of your Action Plan above is a bit confusing, partly due to grammar issues (looks like you might have been in a hurry). Also, at the end, not sure what you mean by "I plan to educate people once." You mean once in class? You mean specifically, like in an email? Why only once? I know you ended up doing some specific calculations to help each student understand his/her impact but you didn't mention this on your wiki. I really liked that idea and I know it took some research and problem solving to figure out how to go about this since you couldn't find a calculator like this out there. It would have been good to show that work here, to show your goal with this calculation and also to show some sample calculations that you carried out. Also, perhaps you've uncovered a need out there- there needs to be a simple calculator for a person to use to understand how much CO2 they might prevent by recycling or not buying a water bottle (or whatever units you came up with. It seemed like kilowatts or kilowatt hours, which is a bit hard to conceptualize).
    I will show your work to our Sustainability Steering Committee as they have recently asked some questions that you can help to answer. If you do read my comments here, it would be great if you could add the calculations you did as that was something else they were interested in. It's good to know your work can continue to inform others on our campus, isn't it?

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  2. page Jeff Yamashiro edited ... Slide 9 - There has been a start in diabetes awareness, which is diabetes awareness month in…
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    There has been a start in diabetes awareness, which is diabetes awareness month in the U.S. which is in November, and world diabetes day is on November 14th.
    Final Comments:
    Jeff- Your revisions have helped to make your work much clearer and more complete. It seems you gained new insights through your research. I especially liked how you summarized Kevin Kam's main points. That is a clear synopsis and gives someone something specific to hang onto. I also like how you fulfilled your Action Plan. I did have a few final comments about your Action Plan and powerpoint. 1) Your target audience is still vague as written above. Who did you plan to share this with? I think you were going to give it to someone in a diabetes help center but you haven't stated this above. 2) Did you ever give a copy of your powerpoint and script to that person? Also not stated here so I'm wondering if you were able to follow through. 3) Your transition choice with the slides zooming in makes it hard to focus and read the information. Try it. Watch it and see how much info you can read before it switches to the next slide. It is hard just to read the info on the slide but then to try to narrate each with your script would be impossible. Maybe that is just how it saves in the movie version but if one were showing the powerpoint they could control the timing and switch slides after reading the script. I'm thinking this is the case but leaves some guessing to the reader as they look at your wiki. But other than that, you've done a nice job with your project.

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  3. page Courtney Ugale edited ... Action Plan Reflection: Going into my action plan I thought that I would have a serious probl…
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    Action Plan Reflection:
    Going into my action plan I thought that I would have a serious problem with not eating meat. Have you ever heard of Boca Burgers? They’re just like meat except it’s all tofu. Personally, I don’t think this is a good way of going vegetarian. If Boca Burgers are so identical to meat, wouldn’t you want the real thing? I’m kind of glad I stayed away from that because if not I would have probably had a relapse. Fruits and Vegetables are key into this diet. They are the main sources of necessary vitamins and minerals that are healthy. I noticed that I ate the same thing for like three days. The goal was just to cut out meat from my diet completely. On my fifth day, I began to notice that meat was no longer an option. When I ate out, I would just ignore all the meals except for salads and meals that had the title “vegetarian” on them. What I really got out of it though was that anyone is capable of doing this. Setting realistic goals can help you achieve them. By just saying, “I am going to be a vegetarian.” is not very achievable at first. An inspiration that can help keep you going is how you’re slowly contributing to a greener environment and how healthy foods provide the right cholesterol and protein. As I look back on my action plan I wanted to change some of my meals into new meals that are vegetarian approved. Overall, if you just eat vegetarian for one day, you slowly contribute into helping the environment and your health. This also means you don’t really have to take away meat completely out of your diet. Eating less meat can still help.
    Final Comments:
    Courtney- You have done such an amazing job with your project! I have shown it to several colleagues already and will continue to do so. Every step of the way it is clear that you were engaged and up for the challenge. But what is so impressive is that the motivation seemed to come all from you. Your research is thorough, your interview personal and educational, and your Action Plan was a success. It is clear that you were being reflective throughout your week of action. I'm glad that you had your family's support; that is important when trying to make a change in one's behavior. I also learned a lot from reading your Journal Entries and I like how you also went back to see your progress and comment on how you might make changes and adjustments. You also explained your topic and action plan clearly to the class (however it was ironic that when you paused on the picture of the hamburger in class, the class started drooling and wanting a hamburger! This seemed opposite of what you were encouraging. Oh well.). I'm curious to see if you might continue this or if you'll try it again in the future. Even if not fully vegetarian, is there anything that will stick (like eating more fruit or trying veggie options once in a while?). Anyway, I am very proud of you and your work and hope you are too. (also, I hope that your mother is well now).

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  4. page Lindsay Sagarang edited ... •North Pacific Gyre is the size of Africa, the weight of a million elephants in the middle of …
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    •North Pacific Gyre is the size of Africa, the weight of a million elephants in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and 80% of it is plastic.
    •There ARE simple steps to take: ChicoBags, simple Reusable bags, not using a plastic bag, bringing the cart to your car to load, or combining your groceries in less plastic.
    Final Comments:
    Lindsay- You have done a fabulous job with your project, from start to finish! Each step of the way shows thought and that you were truly applying yourself. I especially loved your idea for your Action Plan (and also impressed that your mom did this too!). This way, you took your learning beyond students and our class, but also to people in your lives, such as family and friends. Plus the bags are so cute and the information you attached is right on target. It is important to stick to a few facts to try to reach out to people and the facts you chose are compelling indeed! And then, you didn't stop there, but also did two more things that I was amazed by: you bought bags for all of your classmates. This was thoughtful and generous of you and continues to promote this cause beyond the presentation day. And also, even your presentation was incredible.You were prepared, clear and again made smart choices in what it is you needed to communicate. I hope that laws get passed on Oahu in the near future to ban plastic bags- perhaps you will be the one to help make this happen! I'm very proud of you and hope you are too.

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  5. page Josh Raymondo edited ... Results Most people in our class that participated in the survey recycle and that is a start …
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    Results
    Most people in our class that participated in the survey recycle and that is a start for the rest of the Punahou community to begin recycling. The average canned drinks consumed per day is abut 2. The amount of energy saved by recycling one can is about 350 watt/hours which can light a 100 watt bulb for 3 1/2 hours. After I received the emails with the survey's results, I email that person back with how much energy they could save and where the nearest reverse vending machine is. According to the results the people that responded to the survey can save about 700 watts of electricity by recycling what they consume per day. If our entire class recycles what they consume, we can save about 13,300 watts per day.
    Final Comments:
    Josh- Overall your project was good. Your topic choice is important and it seems you learned some new insights through your research. I really like the idea you had for your Action Plan although it isn't fully described on your wiki. I like the idea of asking people specific information and then doing calculations specific to them and returning this information back to them. This is a good way to help people understand their particular actions and takes a survey one step further. In your Action Plan description above, you don't state who you survey (but later refer to this in your Results). It would have been good to post a sample email that you wrote back to your classmates, so one could see the information you were giving back to them. Also, I'm glad you finally conducted your interview and posted this to your wiki. However, did you know that you never state this person's name above? Also, why is this picture included at the end? (I think it is from the Recycling Fair, since I went last year, but this wouldn't be clear to a "new reader" as it looks like people dressed up for some unknown reason!)

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  6. page Savanna Rafto edited ... Resource 1 Saving Energy http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/saving_energy/index.html// http://w…
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    Resource 1
    Saving Energy
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    This website is about different ways that you can save energy and how you can save energy. It has easy steps to help show you how to save energy quickly.
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    This article is about the benefits of using less energy in you household. This man that wrote this article has a stand-alone power system with
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    I have also emailed The Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, but they have not emailed back yet.
    Final Comments:
    Savanna- Your project had potential, even with changing the focus midway through. However, I think you would agree, that you did not quite pull it together in the end. If you look at your wiki, (and as was evident in your presentation), your project abruptly changes focus. Your intro discuses a variety of topics from energy, waste, and more. Then your interview with Randy Overton focuses on Punahou's energy use. Then the next thing you write about is your interview with Marcia Wright about food waste, without stating what you were thinking with your Action Plan and how your course has changed. I know why your topic changed partway through and I supported your decision. However, on your wiki and in your presentation you don't discuss this change. Again, I think it is admirable that you are trying to find a practical and local solution to dealing with waste leaving our campus. And this is something that will need to be looked at as we try to meet our 2016 goals. However, as a final "product" it isn't fully clear where you were going and where you ended up (I think because you ran out of time and organizations were not responding to your inquiries, which frequently happens). It seems you never fully gained clarity with this project throughout its course. But who knows, perhaps this is the start of a solution for the future. Maybe someone else can take off where you left off (with Glenn Martinez) or maybe you will find a way to pursue this further sometime in the future? I still have confidence in your abilities, Savanna, and know you are capable of great things.

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  7. page Pohai Ornellas edited ... Do the little kids have more freedom now that they can choose their own food? I would say yes…
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    Do the little kids have more freedom now that they can choose their own food?
    I would say yes, and no. This is much more convenient for the kids now that they can choose their own food and take whatever they want, but there is still a regulation of how much of one thing a child can take. I wouldn't say that they have more freedom as to what they get to eat, but they have more choices to choose from. They don't have more freedom because they are expected to eat what they take. Because of this privilege that the students have, they need to have regulations. There is also not more freedom because students can only take so much of each item that they are provided with. They need to have one type of starch, vegetables, fruits and protein. Some students may say that being able to choose what they want is better then being served, but other kids say that they don't like being regulated on how much of an item they can take.
    Comments from Ms. Y:
    Pohai-This is a good start. You have found some great resources. However, it seems you have not yet finished reading them and/or summarizing. I'm also confused by the format of your interview. You haven't stated who you spoke with and her answers are presented in a paragraph and then followed by some questions. It would be good to organize this a bit more. Let me know if you need help.

    Step 4 (Action Plan):For my action plan, I am going to show a short clip from the movie Supersize me. This movie is about a man, Morgan Spurlock, who eats McDonalds everyday for 30 days. In the beginning of the movie, his health is 100%, his cholesterol is good, he doesn't have diabetes, and his height and weight are in good proportion to each other. But, by the end of the movie, he develops many types of health problems, such as high cholesterol, and diabetes, due to all of the fried food that he has been eating. I am going to show one clip of when he goes into the different doctors, and he receives the information about his health being 100%, and then I am going to show the clip of him going back to the doctors after and receiving the news of his health declining.
    The clips that I am going to show:7:55-8:48 (When he receives the information from the doctors that his health is 100%, and also what might go wrong with eating McDonalds for so long.)15:44-16:02 (The rules that he has to abide when eating there).51:19-52:26 (Examples of how bad the food is in our nations schools)
    http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=supersize+me&hl=en&emb=0&aq=f#
    Comments from Ms. Y:
    Pohai-This is a good start. You
    Final Comments:
    Pohai- Your revisions to your project
    have found some great resources. However,turned this into something great! Nice job taking the time to reexamine and complete your work. Your topic choice is definitely of high interest to our campus this year. Your responses and questions asked for each article are insightful and show that you were really thinking about what you were learning. Your interview will help our work on the Sustainability Steering Committee so I hope it seemsis okay with you havethat I share your wiki with others. As for your Action Plan, I'm sorry that you did not yet finished readinghave enough time to show the clips that you wanted. I think that the class would have really enjoyed seeing them and/or summarizing. I'm also confused byand they are such an effective way to make a point about the formateffects of your interview. You haven't stated who you spokeeating unhealthy food. I think it would have been good to do one more step besides the showing of the clips to our class. Again, since so many people on our campus are unhappy with and her answersthe changes this year (although many people are presentedhappy with them too) it would have been good to extend your learning to them. Perhaps making posters to put up in a paragraph and then followed by some questions.the cafeteria / snack bar would have helped the cause (they wouldn't have to have your name on them). Or do you feel like helping the "cause" after your work or do you still feel we should have kept the offerings of the junk food? It would be goodinteresting to organizehear your thoughts at the end of this a bit more. Let me know if you need help.project. Overall, nice work, Pohai!
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  8. page Naomi Ng edited ... What I hope to gain from this project is at least some understanding of how I can stop people …
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    What I hope to gain from this project is at least some understanding of how I can stop people from littering and how I can help the environment simply by getting others to stop littering. I also hope to gain some understanding of why people litter in the first place, because right now I really just don't get that. Maybe, at the end of the project, I can get some litterbugs to clean up their acts and reduce(even if just by a little bit) the amount of litter than ends up hurting our cute little sea animals in the plastic vortex.
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    Naomi-This is a great start. Your personal connection to this topic comes through in your Intro above. I too, think this is an important issue. I just have a few suggestions: 1) You say "I also hope to game..." (typo). 2) The pictures you've included are powerful and compelling. It would help to title the pictures so one knows specifically what they're looking at. 3) Lastly, since your topic targets Punahou, specifically, it will be good to include pics and statistics related to Punahou. \
    Litter in Hawaii:
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    http://www.dumpandrun.org/garbage.htm
    Lots of different fun facts about litter.
    Comments from Ms. Y:
    Naomi-You have found some excellent sources. The statistics are relevant and help shed some light. I also like your idea of doing the trash dash. A few suggestions: when asked to write a summary, this means summarize the content of the article for your reader (give a synopsis so one learns from your summary. Don't just say "I learned a lot about Hawaii...." as the reader will then ask "like what? what did you learn? fill me in.). Also your summaries/reflections could go further in terms of thinking and discussion. I know you said you missed your interview because you were sick. Have you rescheduled this? If not, please do so ASAP. Lastly, an idea came to me on Friday, relating to your project. See me if you want to hear my idea for a possible Action Plan...

    Expert Interview:
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    Naomi-This isFinal Comments:
    Naomi- Overall, you did
    a great start. Your personal connection to this topic comes through ingood job with your Intro above.project. I too, thinkknow from talking with you that this is an important issue. I just have a few suggestions: 1)topic you personally care about. You say "I also hope to game..." (typo). 2) The pictures you'vehave included are powerfulimportant information in your research and compelling. It would helpI was also glad to titlesee the pictures so one knows specifically what they're looking at. 3) Lastly, sincepersonal connection made when getting Mark Flynn's insights. I'm glad you conducted campus cleanups with your swim team over break. I also can see your topic targets Punahou, specifically, it will be good to include pics and statistics related to Punahou. \
    Comments from Ms. Y:
    Naomi-You have found some excellent sources. The statistics
    frustration with people who are relevant and help shed some light."guilty" of littering even if "educated". I also like your idea of doing the trash dash. A few suggestions: when askedfliers, however, as you seemed to writerealize, fliers often end up as more litter. I guess I would have liked to have seen a summary, this means summarize the content of the article for your reader (givelittle more delving into how you could make a synopsis sodifference with one learns from your summary. Don't just say "I learned a lot about Hawaii...." astarget group, specifically the reader will then ask "like what? what didstudents you learn? fill me in.). Alsohang out with around the tree. I still think there was potential to incorporate something I've heard you're good at, photography, with your summaries/reflections could go further in terms of thinking and discussion.Action Plan. I know you said you missed your interview because you were sick. Have you rescheduled this? If not, please do so ASAP. Lastly,behavior change in others is difficult. But ultimately something will need to make an idea cameimpact in these people or else they will continue to me on Friday, relatingthink others will pick up after them and they'll continue to your project. See me if you want to hear my idea fortrash their environment. That would be a possible Action Plan... sad future indeed. What do you think could really help everyone in that area stop trashing the tree?

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