The Role of Teachers In Breaking The Taboos of Menstruation

When was the first time you learned about menstruation? In what way did you learn about it? Did you learn it from your family (parent or an older sibling)? Or perhaps from a friend? Or maybe from a nurse or a doctor? Or probably a teacher?

In most countries, teenagers learn about menstrual cycle in their school. This underscores the important role that teachers play in educating adolescents about the changes occurring in their body during puberty. Usually, girls learn about it in high school. Commonly included in most high school curricula, girls are moved to another room where the teacher does “the period talk.” Meanwhile, boys are taken to another class where they are taught about puberty changes in boys.

However, in some countries menstruation still remains a taboo that is not taught in schools or even openly talked about. Teenagers just learn about it by themselves leading to misconceptions about the inevitable bodily changes that occur during puberty and how to manage it. Teachers are essential in breaking menstrual myths and taboos that still linger even in modern society.

Here let’s take a look at some of taboos of menstruation in different parts of the world that teachers can debunk.

  1. Mens increases the risk of a shark attack.

The Role of Teachers In Breaking The Taboos of MenstruationThere are no definite studies that support this myth. A shark can attack regardless of a person having period or not.

  1. Showering while with period can result in infertility.

In old Afghan tradition, women are not allowed to shower or wash if she has her period. This is definitely wrong and even increases the risk of infection.

  1. Foods can be contaminated if touched by women on their period.

In India, women are not permitted to cook if they have mens because they are thought to be unclean.

  1. Women need to rest if they have periods.

Most common in Asian countries, women are given menstrual leave (or even told to miss work) even if they don’t feel sick. In these countries, menstrual cycles are considered debilitating.

But the truth is that lack of awareness on managing periods and lack of access to supplies for menstruation is more debilitating. Sanitary napkins and other options like the menstrual cups reviewed here at can empower women.

  1. Girls should be put in isolation.

In rural parts of Nepal, students who are having their period are put in isolation. They are considered “unclean” and should not be mixed up with other students. This taboo roots from a belief that the Hindu goddesses will be angered by a woman’s uncleanliness.

The problem with these cultural myths is that they create unnecessary discrimination against women. Some misconceptions also put the health of women at risks. In these countries where taboos about menstruation are still prevalent, teachers become more instrumental in increasing awareness and education. Our goal should be to eliminate period taboos.

Health Benefits of Plants in Classrooms

Health Benefits of Plants in ClassroomsEducators have been touting the benefits of having pets in the classroom for many years now. While older students may not be so thrilled with taking care of a gerbil, hamster or other rat-like creature, the younger crowd really seems to light up when you introduce an animal to the learning environment. However, animals require regular feeding, which means regular food purchases. They also need space to move around, some exercise, a proper diet, all of those things. Don’t forget, there’s really no controlling what an animal ultimately does. These are all reasons your classroom might be better off using plants.

The health benefits of having plants in classrooms are numerous. They may not all be immediately apparent though. Granted, few of the health benefits are inherently physical in nature, so they may be very hard to see for those who aren’t specifically watching out for them. I’m talking about the mental health benefits of seeing something alive and knowing you’re playing a role in making that happen. I’m talking about the social health benefits of working together with other people to accomplish a task and continuing to work with those same people over a long length of time.

I dare say I’m a bit of an expert on the effects of having plants around, since I have my own rather extensive at-home garden. I use cost efficient grow lights that use fluorescent tubes. If you’re going to be growing anything indoors, I highly recommend getting lights like these because they use a little less energy throughout the day if they’re on all day, when compared to other types of bulbs. They’re the same type of bulbs I use with my students in our classes, more information about them is available here.

Plants around the classroom may not seem like much, but they actually help the entire room to focus better and more sharply as a whole. Building a sense of unity among your students, at least in my own experience, is crucial to getting them to work together and maintaining an air of peace in your classroom. There are plenty of ways to do this, to create this solidarity, but you probably don’t have thousands of dollars lying around to take everyone out on a ropes course, like many businesses do. These kids need to be educated and quickly to give them an edge in this highly competitive world.

That said, I’ll do anything that helps my kids to study better and get more out of the time they spend studying. The way things are right now, kids go to school for 6 or more hours a day, then get an hour of homework a night from 5 or 6 different classes – it’s really ridiculous, don’t you think? Having plants around the classroom allows students to quite literally stop and smell the roses. During a day that’s hectic enough already, don’t you think it would be nice if more of us could take a moment to enjoy something so natural and free?

Recycling Grappling Dummies

Recycling Grappling DummiesPhysical fitness is a big part of mental fitness. There’s such a strong relationship between health of the body and mind and it is well documented, enough that schools all over the country and even elsewhere in the world are starting to realize cutting back on physical education programs may not have been the best idea. Opponents of physical education claim it does relatively little to help improve academic performance, or the associated costs like balls, dummies, insurance and more are often more than schools can afford to pay. The first claim is groundless and false, but there are ways to address the second.

Tackling dummies are really some of the most expensive tools for teaching football. They are literally used for taking blunt force trauma over and over again, sometimes from student athletes who weight as much as they do or even more – some of these kids can hit pretty hard. Brand new dummies can be very expensive, but getting them secondhand from a few sources can help to reduce that cost significantly. You can set dummies of any kind on a steel backing and use them for tackling practice; even used jiu-jitsu dummies can be purchased cheaply and repurposed in a pinch.

It’s not impossible to find other sports equipment secondhand and on the cheap, too. Football pads, sports balls, even helmets can be passed between teams or even from one school to another, as long as they’re still in good, working order. Remember that the vast majority of used items aren’t going to come with their original warranties, so if they bust once being bought, that’s all she wrote. There are always insurance policies you could purchase for the used equipment. Considering how much you might pay to keep them safe even in the event of their eventual destruction, this might just eliminate the monetary benefit of going secondhand in the first place. They’re all considerations to keep in mind.

Probably the best place to look for used dummies is other schools, or perhaps any martial arts schools in the nearby area. Places close down, they go out of business; students get moved to different schools to get rid of the cost of maintaining and operating unnecessary facilities. These things happen. These are the places to look if you’re serious about finding grappling dummies on the cheap. You should also consider any sporting goods stores and as always, various resources through the Internet like auction websites and wholesalers.

Just buying up whatever dummies you see isn’t necessarily the best way to handle the process, either. You should check some reviews for different kinds of dummies, look at the life expectancy of different brands given repeated and regular use, and then use this information to secure only grappling dummies which will be more likely to last than not. If you take a look at you can learn more about many different kinds of grappling dummies. It’s a great resource for this very specific need, but it still might be worth a glance even if you aren’t searching for cheap dummies.

Longboarding for Fun

Longboarding for FunLongboarding and surfing are brother (or sister) sports. Yes, one is done on waves that wash onto beautiful beaches and the other is done on asphalt roads that end at an intersection but hear me out. People that surf are forever travelling to find that perfect wave. They drive from beach to beach and the really committed surfer, on his search will go from country to country. Similarly, the longboarder is looking for that perfect slope with a little or no traffic. That can get you to other countries if you’re like ‘The Longboard Lady’ who, with a friend flew to Australia from Sweden and skated about 450kms along the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs!

If you check out blogs by longboarders, they say similar things to surfers about feeling the wind in their hair and the exhilaration of speeding down a hill at 100kph. It’s just the difference in elements they experience. Another difference is the equipment. A surfboard doesn’t have any moving parts and the only thing that can usually go wrong with a board is when a shark takes a bit out of it. A longboard has trucks, wheels, bearings and the board itself, all of which can be damaged or fail while riding. Falling base over apex on a bitumen road is a lot less forgiving than falling into the sea!

People I have seen longboarding spend a bit of time comparing makes of boards and checking out the latest in wheels and bearings as speed and reliability are the primary concerns. Most of them visit because that’s where all the most recent information about boards can be found. It makes sense.

Recently, there was a story and a YouTube video about a young guy that took his longboard down a big hill. It was ‘big’ in the sense that it was long rather than the gradient was steep. He reached a speed of 120kph which was pretty awesome. He nearly lost his balance a couple of times. Scary stuff! It was good to see that he was wearing protective gear like a helmet and gloves. You can also see videos of injuries like asphalt burns and rashes of riders taking death-defying tumbles after losing the board on a bend.

The relationship between skateboarders and longboarders is like that between longboard surfers and surfers on short boards. The equipment for each aspect of the sport is made for different purposes. Skateboarders can do tricks and have excellent manoeuvrability, just like a short board surfer. A longboard skater uses his board for downhill speed runs and a longboard surfer uses his board to catch the big waves. There is no animosity or looking down on the other format of the sport because riders are interchangeable. That is, a skater can skate long or short and a surfer can surf long or short.

A change that longboard skaters would like to see is the setting up of dedicated slopes and hills for them to ride down, just like there are skateboard parks.

The Essentials of Life are Education and Clean Water

The Essentials of Life are Education and Clean WaterThe sad truth about education is that it’s not about learning anymore. It’s about money. The more money you have, the better your chance is of getting an education. There are not enough scholarships to go around to cater for the poor. Governments get around the cost of college education by applying a debt to the student who has to pay it back after graduation. Primary and secondary schooling are supposed to be free, but they are from it. The cost of books, school uniforms sometimes and stationery can all add up to a decent amount, especially if you don’t have a lot of money to spare.

Did you know that 20% of the world’s population are illiterate? That’s about 1 billion people who have either little or no basic reading skills. It’s no coincidence that more than 95% of these people all live in the poorest of countries. No money means no education. What’s even more disastrous is that there is no immediate end to the cycle. Children being born to poor parents who are illiterate will end up the same.

Philanthropic organisations and individuals do as much as they can to assist with money and volunteers, but it’s like trying to shout “Stop” in front of an elephant stampede. People in this situation find it almost impossible to extricate themselves from it, or bring about change. One reason is that due to lack of education, they don’t know any better. What we perceive as being a hard life they see as being normal.

Third world countries suffer from not only lack of education but the lack of clean drinking water. The statistics are as damning as those in illiteracy. 800 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. More than 8 million die each year from the consequences of water-related disease. Some countries are too busy making war to see that allocation of war funds to global education might be a better idea.

People that live in modern, first world countries also seem to have a problem with the purity of their water. We appear to have lost confidence in drinking water from the tap as can be evidenced by the amount of bottled water we drink and the proliferation of water softeners and purifying systems. ‘Hard’ water is the word applied to water that has an excessive amount of minerals in it, the main culprit being calcium. That mightn’t sound serious but soaping up in the shower and washing clothes is tough. Try drinking the stuff. It tastes terrible. If it’s a problem you have, then check this out. It might help.

Governments can be blamed for our water tasting the way it does because they, under reliable scientific advice, added fluoride to water supplies to help stop the rotting of your teeth. Have you ever been camping and your tent is set up next to a river being fed by melting snow from the mountains? Fill your container and have a drink. It’s about as refreshing a taste of water you will ever experience.

Active Bodies Promote Active Minds

Clock nearing the midnightHave you sometimes noticed how much you struggle to study at night? And when you’ve finally called it a night, have you noticed how restless your sleep was? You may be feeling the pressure, stressed to the limit thinking about the next morning’s exam or your overdue assignment.

Also, your young body has become tired of playing catch up. You are left wondering; how did it all come to this. You are also asking yourself; why did I allow it to happen. There can be many good reasons why you have not been copying with your college studies, and they weren’t always your fault.

Stop blaming yourself

Man in despairBut because you are essentially a mature and responsible young adult, you place all the blame on your shoulders. Stop what you are doing and take a deep breath. This will be a lesson in self-promotion.

Because you are responsible, you have other work to attend to. It drains you physically, mentally and emotionally. This is normal, given the circumstances we find ourselves in today.

Everyone has to work a little harder to keep up their ends. So, rest assured, you are not alone.

At this stage, do not stop to wonder how other successful students manage. Forget about the privileged students who only need to show up on time for classes every day. Stop watching others because chances are you may not be able to keep up anyway.

And what better way to do this than to get into shape. In order to get this right, you may need to make some sacrificial changes along the way. In any case, life is about to change for the better for you.

Improving mental health

Physical exercise is one of the best ways of improving your mental health which will also improve your ability to study effectively and achieve successful outcomes. Because you are a college student, you may also want to remain socially active. Take up a sport or two. Not sure where to start? You can visit websites such as these to find out how you can become involved and what you need to get started.

Sport is also a great way to relieve tension. So, perhaps you don’t have an inclination towards team sports. You can pursue the alternatives which allow you to spend more time on your own. You could join a boxing club and practice alone on punching bags. Or you could join a golf driving range and simply take swings whenever you’ve had a chance to get away from work or classes. Unless you are truly serious about maintaining your sense of direction during your time off or beginning to take your chosen sport seriously, you won’t need a GPS navigation system any day soon.

During bouts of physical exertion, the emphasis should always be on relaxation anyway. Just try regular brisk walks in your nearby park every other day and see what a difference it makes to you after a few weeks.

Benefits of Arts and Crafts for Children

Benefits of Arts and Crafts for ChildrenIn most schools, arts and crafts are completely secondary, while some forms of academic subjects take precedent over them. This is a shame and here is why. Appropriate craft activities are a great aid in the development of children and can be of great use when developing various areas of the brain which are later used for learning languages, doing social studies, various sciences, etc. They also play an important role in the health of the child – both physical and mental. Here are just a few benefits of crafts for small children.

  1. Fine Motor Skills

If they want to draw nicely, children need to focus and learn to control their movements precisely. By doing this often, they develop extremely good fine motor skills, which can later help them if they want to choose an occupation which demands these types of skills. One of the most famous areas where these skills are imperative is surgery. So the next time your child asks to draw, just imagine it as a step towards their becoming a world-class surgeon and you won’t be able to say no.

  1. Bilateral coordination

Various crafts such as colouring and cutting force the child to use both hands at the same time. This helps them develop bilateral coordination, which is later useful for a range of actions such as typing, writing, moving things, tying shoes and more. And it’s a shame children don’t get to finely develop this skill, since the equipment for these types of crafts is cheap and easy to come by. You don’t have to go looking for a powerful tool at sites like beltsanderworld.Com, you just need some small scissors, some crayons and paper.

  1. Bonding

Crafts are a great way for shy children to bond with their peers and parents. If you want to develop a special relationship with your child, joining them in doing crafts or teaching them something new is a great way to accomplish that. Just keep one thing in mind. When choosing an activity, make sure it’s suitable to your child’s age. If you start building a huge dog house with your 3-year-old, your child won’t be able to use the tools like this one which are necessary for the job, and will quickly become frustrated. Instead, chose a craft such as making paper snowflakes which the child can easily learn to do.

  1. Project Completion

An often overlooked benefit of doing crafts is learning to complete a project. The consequences of not imparting this knowledge and these habits on kids are visible in today’s adults. How many people do you know who are constantly starting new projects and never finishing any? A lot? We thought so. When a child starts a crafts project, they should be learning to complete it. With the aid of the parent or teacher, the child should successfully complete the task and see the fruit of their work. If that happens, that child will grow up to be an adult who finishes the work they start. And that is definitely an important factor in being successful!

Reasons Why Green Tea Is Good For You

Reasons Why Green Tea Is Good For YouDid you know that taking some foods can help you in the pursuit to lose weight; though they may not be really effective when taken alone but coupled with other weight losing methods such as daily workouts the results would be faster. One of these foods is green tea.

Drinking a cup or two of green tea everyday will go a long way not only to help you reduce your weight, but give you multiple health benefits.  Green tea is rich in bioactive antioxidants such as caffeine and catechin; it is through the combined benefits of these two that helps reduce your body weight. How? You may ask, here some of the key reasons;

Green tea is known to mildly suppress someone’s appetite you are likely to take less food daily translating to lower daily calorie intake; this means that you will eventually lose weight since the body has to burn more stored fats for daily energy.

Caffeine is classified as a mild stimulant hence when you take green tea you body will be more active, this signifies that you are likely to burn more fats after taking the green tea than you did before. You are also more stimulated to perform more tasks than before hence the end result will be a gradual decline of your weight, overtime. Caffeine also stimulates the brain to give you better brain function.

Catechin on the other hand is responsible for boosting metabolism specifically through thermogenesis. Your body loves to store fat like a sturdy gun safe. The presence of catechin in the blood stream stimulates body cells to break down body fats as a source of body heat (the process of thermogenesis); hence ensuring reduction in your cholesterol levels. Taking green tea and doing workout activities such as boxing, martial arts such as taekwondo, karate and other physically demanding activities is likely to give you that light body weight that most of us crave for.

Green tea also has diuretic properties in that it helps speeding the process of removal of excess body water, since water constitutes a great percentage of our bodies total weight; losing water will translate to losing weight, therefore it’s safe to say that green tea is the best tea for weight loss.

All in all drinking green tea is a great way to supplement the usual weight losing procedures and you should try it if you feel the need to lose weight, however it should be noted that note all brands will give the same results. For the best result use natural green tea since it’s likely to have more concentration of the antioxidants.

Apart from the weight loss benefits, the powerful antioxidants in green tea can help limit the uncontrolled growth of body cells, which is the main cause of various cancer illnesses, hence it is safe to say that people who take green tea have a lower probability of getting cancer. The catechins contained in green are known to kill bacteria and inhibit viruses, hence boosting the body’s defense system and giving you a generally healthier body.

Green tea is now one of the world’s healthiest drinks for the above reasons and many more others. It should be noted that adding milk to your cup of green tea will lower the antioxidants concentration hence making it less effective, you are therefore advised to take it pure for better health benefits.

The Importance of Physical Activity in Children

The Importance of Physical Activity in ChildrenIn this day and age, there is thankfully more and more emphasis being put on children’s development. It is extremely important that children be given a chance to develop, especially from the ages of 3 to 5. With the range of modern technology today, there is one part of children’s development that has sadly been a bit neglected – their physical development.

Although many childcare facilities have playgrounds and other amenities which allow for physical movement and development, there are very few that have some sort of arranged program which would force children to go outside (or inside) and exercise. This is largely due to the fact that even as near back as 10 years ago, children rarely had to be forced or tricked into physical activity. It would come naturally as a part of their play.

Today, an alarming number of children have mobile devices which occupy the majority of their attention. Games are played on a tablet or computer, and their favourite pastime is watching some series on Netflix.

Another major factor in this underdevelopment of children in the physical spectrum is the fact that most facilities (and parents for that matter) place emphasis on the mental development of children, organizing all kinds of classes for learning and various hobbies. While this is commendable and extremely important, it has started overshadowing the simple need for children to play and exercise their bodies.

There are some facilities which emphasize movement, and when parents make their choice, this would definitely be something to keep an eye on. Some facilities have mandatory activities where a child can choose from an array of hobbies such as dancing, some martial art, a team sport, etc. So parents take note! Make sure your child gets enough exercise! (And besides, wouldn’t it be really cute to see your little angel in a nice gi?)

Incorporating movement and activity in a child’s routine early on is a great factor in the way that child will develop in their grown lives. Research has shown that most people who are fit and healthy adults have been raised with an emphasis on the importance of exercise and a healthy diet. On the other hand, most people who are out of shape and obese can recall not being able or encouraged to exert physical activity in their childhood.

There are some situations in which this problem is not one that can be solved very easily. This is especially the case with families with single parents or both working parents who are unable to devote much time to their children and their proper physical upbringing.

In these cases, the parents should make an effort to find someone – a grandparent or friend, or a paid babysitter, to take their children out and do some physical activity. Another great idea would be to take them to a childcare facility which emphasises movement and activity, which we already covered.

Whatever the situation, you have to do whatever you can to make sure your child becomes a fully developed and happy individual!

Tips On Health Care In Women

Tips On Health Care In WomenThe members at AFT had organized a marathon to raise awareness about women’s health.  While women play an important role in the family taking care of everyone’s health, they tend to neglect their own. To create an awareness regarding this situation, we had decided on the marathon. It got a rousing response with everyone in the neighborhood participating with zeal. During the end of the marathon, a health expert gave a very interesting and useful speech on health care tips for women. Here are a few important tips from the speech.

Regular checkups

While women are educated with high career goals and land high paid jobs, they are still as ignorant about their health as were the women in the past. Many lifestyle diseases are rampant in women because they neglect their health. A proper diet, exercise, and regular checkups help to keep many of the diseases they are prone to at bay. Vaccinations are as important for adults as they are for babies. Only when women are healthy can they take care of the family well. Even grandmothers need to have their checkups done regularly.

Eat healthy foods

It is necessary for women to pay attention to their health and diet. Giving priority to family always is not good. Women need to make healthy food choices and most importantly not stuff themselves with leftovers or excess food just to prevent it from being wasted. A proper nutritious meal is necessary. Protein rich foods should be part of the diet. Including protein supplements such as those available at is also a good choice. Milk, dairy products, pulses are all good protein sources to add to the daily diet. Eggs and meat too make up a big chunk of protein to add to your routine diet.

Adapt to change

It is important for women to adapt to the changing lifestyle patterns. Women need to listen to their bodies and try to reduce stress and be more self-confident. Working late into the night may bring good name for you at work and home, but it does not do your health any good. When you learn to combat day-to-day stresses effectively, you can relax and enjoy your life better.

Natural beauty care

With having to prepare meals, preparing the kids for school and rushing to work, morning hours can be quite busy for women to take care of their beauty. It is necessary to include as much skin care as possible. Hair care includes proper brushing, frequent washing, use of hair moisturizer and a spa treatment at least twice in a month. These help to keep your hair lustrous and healthy.

Mental health

As it is necessary to appear healthy, so is your mental health important. Just the mere absence of mental illness doesn’t indicate you are mentally healthy. With right diet and exercise, you can maintain proper mental health too. Choose foods that keep your mind in good health. Vitamins as well as minerals help to fight depression. Folate, calcium, iron, vitamin B12, Zinc, selenium, and omega 3 fatty acids help in preventing depression.