For our benchmark this quarter, we had to make a PSA about a public health issue. A public health can be affected by a variety of factors ranging from the environment you're in to your genetics and health services. For example, the tobacco industry is one of the largest contributors to the economy in terms of product sales. However, their product negatively impacts the health of individuals productivity levels and contributing to medical costs. This causes the government to counter their impacts.There are several careers related to public health, this includes doctors, research, education, and etc.
In the video, we talked about what tobacco is and how it affects your body; as well as why it is a public health concern and what we can do to decreases it's damage. I chose this topic because there are several people I know who are chronic smokers and I thought that this is something that could help them better understand what they were doing to their bodies and to those around them. I also wanted to provide a continuation from our previous project, since we didn't really touch upon the topic of nicotine addiction.
During this group project, my main role was to do the research for the information and to write the script for the video (not the skit). I think something we did well was being though with our information. However, we couldn't really fit it into a 7 minute video, which is something I think we could have improved on.
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For this project, we had to pick a topic that was related to the Nervous System. We decided to focus on alcoholism and addiction. The reason for this is because in the past few decades there has been a big opioid epidemic that has been continuing to grow. While working on this project I learned more about the specific parts of the brain and how they were affected by drugs, but more importantly I also learned that sugar has a similar effect on the brain and it is related to our biology. However, this leaves me thinking are people who don't have a sweet tooth also affected by this? and how do we fight the biological craving?
For our quarter two benchmark, my group and I decided to make a PSA about littering. Although part of the beginning sounds more like a PSA to minimize the use of plastic bottle we later go into more depth on what litter can do to our environment. One of the reasons we chose to do this topic was because Philadelphia has a big littering problem and we wanted to raise awareness on how it is affecting our environment. In the process of this project, I helped with gathering information to put together in a slide show and filming parts of the skit. Something I thought we did well was including humor into a serious topic. However, towards the end, it feels like we threw together all of the pieces we were missing from the rubric into the slides instead of incorporating it into the skit. I think that the most meaningful of creating this PSA was learning more about how litter not only affects the living organisms such as humans and animals, but also the soil and plants.
While working on this info-graphic something that stood out to me was that even though the United states is kind of big on helping third world countries/ underdeveloped countries in getting clean water for their everyday lives. There are several cities in the united states that do not have clean or safe water to use. Although the government does know about these issues they don't really do anything to make the situation better. I think that the global water crisis is an environmental justice issue because it negatively impacts people of a certain demographic of people due to the decision of the government and them allowing companies to pollute the water or not properly regulating the water quality.
Link to Info-graphic