Poverty Cycle

  1. although there is no cure for HIV, currently we have the medicine to at least decrease the chances of the child carrying the virus from the parent. This will lead not having to pay for future medical expenses therefore not only saving money but also enabling these children have a greater chance of being able to work once old enough
  2. child labour is not an ideal solution for finical issues but we do recognize that there are family that do rely on these children’s income therefore a suitable solution would be at least providing meals to these children and break for these children to play and learn.
  3. to help break inequality for women, providing the same quality and amount of education that is provided to men will be beneficial. this will eventually provide women with jobs and careers to provide for children when they are ready and not forced to have children

Does Coffee Stunt our Growth?

The age old question, does coffee stunt your growth? I’m sure everyone has heard their parents say “don’t drink coffee until you’re done growing or else you wont grow to be tall.” But how true exactly is a statement such as this one? According to a parenting website its actually not true at all. Babycenter says that although children under the age of 12 shouldn’t be drinking coffee anyways but even if it is consumed it well not stunt a child’s growth. With that being said coffee still has many unwanted side effects that an adult may want but is not meant for a child. in summary coffee is simply not healthy for a child but although it wont stunt growth, inadequate nutrition can cause a child’s growth to happen at a small rate than average. Secondly, the Harvard medical school also disagrees with this misconception. First of all there is no actually proof this is true to begin with. They also mention that most people have already reached the peak of their height by the time they start drinking coffee regularly. They say that this rumor is around due to the fact it was believed to cause osteoporosis but this was debunked because osteoporosis does not directly make people short. Although they do mention that caffeine increases the rate your body eliminates calcium and lack of calcium can contribute to osteoporosis, the connection is too slim to exactly pinpoint the cause of the problem to coffee. To conclude, the myth that coffee stunts your growth is indeed incorrect. Coffee does cause our bodies to do other things like make us less tired, more hyper, and raise our heart rate but it does not make us not grow. If you had to blame anything on your either lack of height or too much of it, it would be your parents since our heights mostly come from our genes, so keep on drinking that cup of joe in the morning!

Harvard Health Publishing. “Can Coffee Really Stunt Your Growth?” Harvard Health, www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/can-coffee-really-stunt-your-growth.

BabyCenter Editorial Team. “Is It True That Caffeine Can Stunt a Child’s Growth?” BabyCenter, 9 Mar. 2018, www.babycenter.com/404_is-it-true-that-caffeine-can-stunt-a-childs-growth_10310763.bc.


February Lab Refletion

For this months lab review I decided to choose the biscuits and gravy. I chose this recipe due the simplicity of it, other than the cheese in the biscuits this recipe does not take too long to make. Especially with a recipe like this I can see my family and I actually eating this, of course not too often since this recipe really isn’t the healthiest option because of the fatty bacon and sausage. During this lab it was Mathew’s and I’s duty to work specifically on the gravy. I personally enjoyed this because I enjoy cooking more savory foods oppose to baking. While cooking the gravy the smell of the cooking meat was very strong which I found very pleasant however when adding the flour it took us by surprise how quickly the oils and fats thickened up. After trying our best to cook the gravy and despite following the recipe to the best of our ability our gravy did not turn out the way I pictured due to the fact that the gravy was really thick compared to most southern-style gravy this probably occurred due to over stirring while on the stove which over time kept evaporating the milk leaving us with more of a paste then a sauce as our final product. Shortly before this lab we were instructed to move table groups, in hopes of meeting and working with a new group of people, although this is an assumption, I don’t think that previous to this class any of us were really that great of friends or even friends to begin with. With that being said, this lab, being one of our first labs actually turned out pretty well from a team standpoint. I found everyone to be really nice and it was nice that none of them were afraid to start or engage in a conversation. Because of all this I found with this lab and even the other labs they were successful because we were able to delegate jobs and tasks and during every lab someone is always willing to do dishes or other duties without being asked during times where not all four people were needed for the lab. After seeing the final project I wouldn’t mind trying the other half of this lab, that being the biscuit, Yulia and Aly did a great job so I would like to see if mine could look or taste similar. However with the gravy I would defiantly want to either add more milk or time myself properly to ensure that the gravy’s overall consistency is how it is not only preferred but expected. Overall personally I enjoyed this lab because of the not only the end result but working with my group.