The Importance of Sleep

Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels.  During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best. Lack of sleep can make it hard to get along with your family and friends, limit your ability to learn, hurt your scores on school exams, on the court or on the field, and you may even forget important information like names, numbers, your homework or a date with a special person in your life. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly.

Kearny starts school at 8:45 in the morning while most of high schools in San Diego start school at approximately 7:30. Kearny’s schedule has been changed to nearly match with a teens’ biological clock in order to help them get a sufficient amount of sleep. It is obvious that teens do better if they start school later; it is easier to listen, learn, concentrate, and solve problems in class, do well on a test, and play sports without stumbling.

If you have trouble sleeping, here’s some advice:

  1. Calming Your Mind
  2. Relaxing Your Body
  3. Eating and Drinking Your Way to Better Sleep

Source:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/why

Are You Healthy?

What 5 ponds of fat looks and feels like.

What 5 pounds of fat looks like.

Your health is very important. If you want to know if you’re healthy then just check your B.M.I https://nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/calculator.aspx, or you can take the Fitness gram. According to Coach Ahwazi, the Fitness Gram is a California State Test which consists of passing 5 out of 6 fitness tests to see if a student is healthy. If you’re wondering if you have to take the test, the answer is yes; it’s a California State Law.

Pass to P.E. to take the test.

Pass to P.E. to take the test.

The first test in the Fitness gram is the B.M.I which stands for, “Body Mass Index”. The B.M.I is basically just to see if you’re underweight, healthy, overweight, or obese by measuring your height and weight ratio. The majority of the kids pass the Fitness gram. The ones who fail the Fitness gram are usually the kids that are slightly overweight or have more body fat than muscle. Since the B.M.I is one of the more important tests—and if a student fails it—basically, they will fail the whole thing, Although they might fail the BMI, the student still has a small chance of passing the Fitness gram. Coach Ahwazi thinks that the Fitness is outdated making students do unnecessary things. Regardless, the students still have to take the Fitness gram that serves as a yearly reminder of the importance of exercise and nutrition.

BMI

 

Freshmen to senior students are required to take the fitness gram but you don’t need to pass it in order to graduate. Senior students have the option to either retake the ones they did not pass. Some students don’t pass the BMI. BMI meaning Body Mass Index is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. If your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9 you are at a healthy weight range. Anything under 18.5 is under weight anything over 24.9 is either over weight or obese. Being overweight or obese can cause several health problems for example:

 

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Coronary heart disease.
  • Stroke.
  • Gallbladder disease

 

 

 

WIC

2016-03-09 10.36.03My class laughed when I told them how my mom said, “WIC.” My mom usually says “el WIC” pronouncing it like the word, weak. Most of the people in Kearny High School that are not familiar with WIC are those that really do not need help with food or money. Some Kearny High School families are familiar with the services that WIC provides. There are many families that are unfamiliar with their services. WIC helps families that don’t have enough money to cover their food expenses. WIC donates to families gallons of milk, gallons of apple juice, fruits and vegetables, boxes of Cheerios, Honey Bunches of Oats, for they are trying to feed and promote healthy eating.