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Jennifer Krogman

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August 2009

Blog EntryBlog: Monday, August 31, 2009

Just Do It

At some point in your life, you will be faced with peer pressure.  In the midst of that pressure you will have to make a choice:  give in… or don’t. 


There are many situations where you may not want to partake, but feel pressured to do so.  Following are some of those possible situations:


  • Being asked to smoke a cigarette
  • Being asked to drink alcohol
  • Being asked to do drugs
  • Being asked to participate in sexual activities
  • Being asked to cheat on a test
  • Being asked to steal something
  • Being asked to lie to someone
  • Being asked to be mean to someone


It can be difficult to say “no” in these situations if you are feeling pressured by those around you.  Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that much of the experience of pressure comes from within you.  Think about why you would succumb to your peers.  Are you concerned about them liking you?  Do you want them to think your cool?  Are you worried about what they might say about you?


There are many ways to communicate your disinterest in participating in certain activities.  The clearest way is simply to be direct.  For example, if you are feeling pressured to drink alcohol at a party you might say “No thanks.  I don’t want to.”  However, there are other, more indirect things you could say like “it makes me sick,”  “my parents would kill me,” “I’m taking cold medicine right now,” “I have an important test in the morning.”  The possibilities are endless.


Sometimes, it is more comfortable for people to lie than to be direct.  Why do you think that is?  Do you think it is OK to lie in situations like those presented above?  What do you think would be the best way to stand up to peer pressure?  Why does peer pressure exist anyway?

Blog EntryBlog: Monday, August 24, 2009

What makes a country developed?

The Human Development Index is a statistical measure that shows a country's level of human development. While there is a strong relationship between having a high HDI score and a prosperous economy, the UN points out that the HDI accounts for more than income or productivity. Unlike GDP per capita or per capita income, the HDI takes into account how income is turned "into education and health opportunities and therefore into higher levels of human development."  Some countries that are considered "developed" are the United States, Canada, Australia, and the countries in western Europe. 

Countries that are newly industrialized but haven't yet reached a high stage of economic and human development are known as developing countries.  Some examples of developing countries are South Africa and China. 

Finally, least developed countries  which according to the United Nations exhibit the lowest indicators of human and economic development with the lowest Human Development Index ratings of all the countires in the world.  A country is classified as a Least Developed Country if it meets three criteria based on low income,(three-year average GNI per capita of less than US $750, which must exceed $900 to leave the list) human resource weakness (based on indicators of nutrition, health, education and adult literacy) and economic vulnerability (based on instability of agricultural production, instability of exports of goods and services, economic importance of non-traditional activities, merchandise export concentration, and handicap of economic smallness, and the percentage of population displaced by natural disasters). 

Here is map from 2007 that shows the levels of development according the the UN Human Development Index. 


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██ 0.900–0.949

██ 0.850–0.899

██ 0.800–0.849


██ 0.750–0.799

██ 0.700–0.749

██ 0.650–0.699

██ 0.600–0.649

██ 0.550–0.599

██ 0.500–0.549


██ 0.450–0.499

██ 0.400–0.449

██ 0.350–0.399

██ under 0.350

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Why are some countries more developed than others?

"In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Guns, Germs and Steel, scientist Jared Diamond argues that the answer is geography. The physical locations where different cultures have taken root, he claims, have directly affected the ability of those societies to develop key institutions, like agriculture and animal domestication, or to acquire important traits, like immunity to disease," (Lovgren, 2005).  (To read more about Diamond's theory click here.)

Look at the map above.  Do you agree with Diamond that geography was and is the key to economic and social development?  What other reasons could account for the difference among development levels in countries around the world?

"Developed Country." Wikipedia. Wikipedia Foundation. 26 Nov. 2008 <>.

Lovgren, Stefan. ""Guns, Germs and Steel": Jared Diamond on Geography as Power." National Geographic News. 6 July 2005. National Geographic Society. 26 Nov. 2008 <>.

Blog EntryBlog: Thursday, August 13, 2009

Exercise Your Mind

The physical benefits of exercise have long been known.  Studies have repeatedly shown that exercise reduces the chance of premature death, builds healthy muscles and bones, reduces or maintains body weight and reduces the chance of developing or dying from many diseases including heart disease and cancer.


What is recently becoming clear is the connection between exercise and mental health.  Recent studies have shown that exercise reduces symptoms of anxiety, reduces depression, increases self esteem and improves quality of sleep.


In all cases, the results are greater with regular exercise.  In addition, when the exercise is aerobic and “vigorous” in nature, anxiety and depression more greatly reduced.


Have you ever had an experience where exercise helped your mental state of mind?  Explain.  Why do you think aerobic and high intensity exercise increases the effect?

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