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The Burn

Karlie La Rose (Alumni) ·
"Eating healthy shouldn’t be done in the form of a traditional, restrictive diet; it should be a sustainable lifestyle change. Even just making small choices to improve the quality of the foods you eat can have profound impacts on your mental and physical health." Desi Chek I found this to spark a lot of thought as to what I have been putting in my body. Honestly, I have never really acknowledged how the food I have been consuming could affect my mental and physical health. After doing some...
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Mental Heath FAQ part 2

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
How does mental illness affect the body? Your body responds to the way you feel, so mental illnesses often affect the rest of the body as well. Mental illnesses can cause headaches, chronic body aches, and pain that may not respond to medication. Insomnia or out of balance sleeping patterns are also symptoms that many people experience as a result of mental illness. People who suffer from mental illnesses may also have problems with keeping a balanced and nutritious diet either from “stress...
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How Nutrition Affects Academic Performance

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Inquiry question: does nutrition affect learning? Researchers are still trying find a concrete link between diet and students’ performance in school, but existing data suggests that with better nutrition, students are better able to learn, have fewer absences, and improved behavior. An experiment conducted in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2003 aimed to find a link between student’s nutrition and their academic test scores. 5,200 grade five students had information on their dietary...
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"I think courage isn't just doing frightening things without fear, it is doing those things despite your fear." - Desi  Chek   I absolutely love this way of thinking about courage. I've always considered courage just not having fears,...
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Burn 1.2

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
"I suppose you could say it is not the  person  who is disabled, but their  environment/peers ." -Paige Hunter I think Paige has a really fascinating insight on this subject. A lot of the time, when people see someone who has a...
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Burn 1.3

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
"This question has followed me from a recent project I just finished and it left more questions unanswered than answered." -Karina Moreno I really love that your inquiry was based off your curiosity from another project you did; it's great that you...
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Re: Sustainability Project Plan

samuel irungu ·
it is important to have a budget on the items needed and the long term benefit to the entire community.make a clear plan of events.good work keep the ball rolling On Tuesday, July 21, 2015 1:02 AM, Pa-Moja < alerts@hoop.la > wrote: Post By Desi Chek: Sustainability Project Plan== To reply by email, write above this line. == Hello, samuel irungu: We're sending you this notification because you are following the blog and/or author below. New Blog Entry | Title: Sustainability Project...
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Sustainability In Agriculture

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
How does sustainability in agriculture affect the Kenyan population?
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The Burn-week 1

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
 I've noticed that quite a few people are nervous about having the "wrong" type of creativity, or an imaginative thought that's not accepted. -Tayler Testini  Its strange to think that people can view creativity as something you can be right...
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Sustainability Project Plan

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Teacher: Penny Carnrite Mentors: Penny Carnrite and Deven Azevedo   Greenhouse Project Over the summer, Grace and I plan to finish the greenhouse project we started last school year. Last year, we finished our research and received the funds for...
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The Burn (week 2)

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
"Woman's empathy is genetically determined. It came from human evolution of looking after children." -Juolin Lee It's definitely a stereotype that women are more emotional than men, but it's interesting that it's actually an evolutionary advantage to...
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The Burn (week 4)

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
I only know that black is associated with bad stuff.e.g black magic,black mail,black book and many others.white on the other hand associated with good things eg white wash,its the colour associated with purity during weddings and other occasions....
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Making sustainable food choices

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Before I end my project, I felt it necessary to address the topic of sustainable food. Not everyone can grow their own food or be completely self-sustaining, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make choices to move towards a more sustainable direction. We all eat food so it is important to ask question about where our food comes from and how it is produced. Usually, what is best for the environment is also beat for our mind, body, and well being. The world’s population is rapidly expanding, and...
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Food For Thought

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Hah, get it? because my project is about nutrition and learning. Anyways, I am now finishing up my project. It was really hard to decide when to end because there is still so much information I want to cover, but I believe it is time to step back and compile all of this information so far. After all of this research, the big question is: what is the best diet for optimal learning and health? There really is no definitive answer to that question. Everyone’s bodies and lifestyles are...
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The Burn

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
"Expressionist dance revealed what’s hidden under the positions and created a language beyond steps. Through dance, dancers explore their inner realm. After exploring the inner realm, Laban created a structure for this movement language. Not to restrict the style, but to communicate the language." -Juolin Lee I really like the way Juolin described expressionist dance as a non-verbal language that allowed dancers to explore their inner realm and how the structure allowed the language to be...
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Can Art Enact Change?

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Above: An installation from Wrinkles of the City: Havana, Cuba 2012 JR is a French artist known for his pervasive large-scale street art. Posting large black and white portraits in cities around the world, his art tackles topics like representation, history, identity, limit, and freedom among others. The form of street art allows populations that wouldn’t normally attend an art gallery to view and experience his art. His exhibitions don’t have any written information along with the pieces,...
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Metamorphosis-Nutrition and Cognition

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Sorry about the awkward transition between my projects. I think the reason this project is so important to me is because nutrition is a part of everyone’s lives, including my own. We make conscious decisions everyday about what we are going to put into our bodies; this project has taught me that those choices affect many aspects of our lives. I also learned that these choices not only affect my own well being, but also the well being of the environment. Going into the project, I knew that...
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Nature Deficit Disorder

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
In his book, “Last Child in The Woods,” Richard Louv coined the term, “Nature Deficit Disorder.” Nature Deficit Disorder is a term used to describe the “psychological, physical and cognitive costs of human alienation from nature, particularly for children in their vulnerable developing years” (Louv). The growing disconnect between people and nature has been shown to have detrimental impacts. The lack of education about nature has been linked to apathy for environmental issues. Wildlife...
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Burn 1.5

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
"what defines 'indigenous'?" -Elinor Atkins When Elinor and I were discussing her project plan about indigenous culture this question came up. We couldn't really define what indigeneity was or who was indigenous and what being indigenous entailed. It seemed like it would be a fairly simple question, but it turns out it is not as simple as we thought. I think this is a really great place for her to start her research. I can't wait to see what she comes up with, I'm sure it will be a really...
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A change in my inquiry

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
So, I thought I would let you all know about the changes in my plan and do a bit of a reflection. Up until now, my question has been “How does nutrition affect brain development,” but as I’ve been researching, I’m finding this is much too large and general of an inquiry, so I'm hoping to change it slightly in order to narrow it down a bit. I’ve been trying to look at what part of brain development I’m really interested in. I think the direction...
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What is Cognition?

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
So, I think my first step will be defining what cognition and learning ability are, the relationship between them, and when cognitive ability is formed. Learning is defined as the process of acquiring a skill or knowledge. Cognition is defined as the processes involved in gaining skills or knowledge, and may include thinking, knowing, remembering and problem solving. Learning is what happens when people go through cognitive processes. For example, children learn how to read through ...
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Burn 1.6

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
"When dealing with ecological issues that cross over into cultural tradition, it’s always difficult to find a median." -Grace Yang I like that Grace has researched the tradition of shark fin soup and the role it plays in Chinese culture. Unlike a lot of environmental issues, shark finning also has a lot of cultural complexities that must be taken into account. Trying to stop shark finning is a very hard task due to the tradition of shark fin soup that is so deeply ingrained in Chinese...
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Brain Development and Nutrition

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
My project for this year will be focused on brain development. I will specifically look at the role nutrition plays in brain development and overall health. Any ideas for how I can proceed with this topic would be greatly appreciated  
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Nutrition and Brain Development in Utero Part 1

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
In this post, I will focus on prenatal brain development. In part two, I will focus my research on how nutrition during this stage affects brain development. I think having a clearer understanding of what is happening in the brain during prenatal...
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"It is possible that the link between the income of families and their children’s test scores could partly be attributed to the fact that people with higher incomes are able to afford healthier food and; therefore, are able to have healthier, more balanced diets." - Desi Chek This connection really interests me. It seems to me to be one of those things that feels obvious after figuring it out, yet not many people draw this conclusion. I wonder where the 'possible' in this comes...
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The Burn 1.1

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
"How can I promote innovative wildlife conservation while considering the lifestyles of the modern world?" -Grace Yang I think this question is very interesting because it takes into account the priorities and ideals of the changing, fast-paced world...
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Nutrition and Brain Development in Utero Part 2

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Abstract This post is the second part of my research into how nutrition affects prenatal development. I will go over my research on how nutrients affect prenatal brain development. During the prenatal and early postnatal stage, the brain is rapidly...
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Burn 1.4

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
"Whenever I use the term victim or offender it does not define them as the good or bad person in the situation." - Josie Schmidt I really like that Josie clarified her terminology in her plan. People often have the need to label people as "good" and "bad," but that is usually not the case when talking about something as complex as restoritive justice.  A while ago, I did an anti-bullying youth facilitator seminar with the Red Cross and one of the first things we learned was the correct...
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Re: The Burn

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Thank you. I have a family member who suffers from brain damage as a result of severe malnutrition in prenatal development. It's neither his fault nor his mother's, but it's something that will continue to affect him and his family for the rest of their lives. It's incredibly unfair that something completely out of someone's control can affect them in such a harsh and permanent way.
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Re: The Burn

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
I agree. I've always wanted to improve my eating habits, but have struggled. It wasn't until I did this project and learned about how my diet is affecting my cognitive function and physical health that I actually started to make changes. It seemed very overwhelming at first, but starting off with smaller changes made it more manageable. One of the first changes I made was finding healthier alternatives to my favourite junk foods; I found that easier than just cutting out foods that I enjoy.
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"The damage done due to malnutrition in prenatal brain development is often irreversible." - Desi   This was a really interesting thing for me to read... I feel like it illustrates how sometimes you are born without choices in some areas. It...
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Research/New Knowledge (week 1)

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
15-17% of the land in Kenya is suitable for farming. In 2012, 9.8% of land was arable and 48.2% was used as agricultural land, which encompases arable land, permanent cropland, and pastures. In 2006, almost 75% of working Kenyans generated income...
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Cash Crops: research week 3

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
In my earlier research, I concluded that agriculture is a huge part of Kenya’s economy. It is the second largest contributor to the country’s GDP (the monetary value of all goods and services produced inside a country) and employs 75% of the working...
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Water Conservation: research (week 2)

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
At Irura primary school, I had the chance to talk to the principal, Joseph Muthui. One of the topics that came up was water conservation. Joseph showed me the various ways they conserve water at Irura, such as using drip irrigation, rainwater...
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Why sugar is good for your memory

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Part 1: The Role of Glucose in the Brain Ok, so don’t go eat a whole cake thinking that it will help you cram for your test, but research has found that glucose (in moderate amounts) benefits memory. Glucose is a simple sugar or monosaccharide. Glucose makes up carbohydrates which can be found in fruits, vegetables, grains, and milk. Despite what many no-carb dieting fads may have you believe, our bodies need carbohydrates in moderation. Carbs are our bodies source of quick energy for our...
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The Burn

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
"Most tourist hotels try to promote Kenyan grown foods...most of the foods in the menu must contain a Kenyan ingredient" -George Gitonga I'm really glad that you did some research on eating locally grown foods in Kenya. As I've already told you, I'm doing some research on sustainable eating and eating locally is one of the most sustainable choices you can make in terms of diet. I'm very excited to see the rest of your research on the benefits of eating locally grown foods. I'm curious to...
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How Music Preserves the Cultures of the Indigenous Peoples of Southeast Asia

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
I was asked to share my research for my Cultural Conference application, so here is my essay. I look forward to reading other's research on the topic of how art preserves indigenous culture. I think it's quite interesting that we have the opportunity to research similar topics and I'm excited to see what everyone finds in their research. If you are interested in listening to some of the music that I discuss in this essay, and I suggest you do because it's very cool, you can find recordings...
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Nature and Health

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
One thing that I wanted to focus more on for this project is the relationship between nature and health, particularly mental health. So, I was talking to my mother, who is a therapist, about the topic and she said some really interesting things. She pointed out that mental illness, despite it’s name is not only in someone’s head. Mental illnesses affect the entire body. That’s why, along with verbal therapy, there are a lot of complementary therapy techniques used to treat mental diseases.
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Mental Heath FAQ part 1

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
I got a lot of really amazing question on my last post. They really sparked my interest and I think they were so good that they deserve their own posts to answer them. I don’t want this to get too long, so I’ll make another post addressing Audrey’s and more of James’ questions as well. So, here’s part one of a sort of FAQ style post: What is “verbal therapy?” Verbal therapy is also called talk therapy or psychological therapy (psychotherapy). This is the form of treatment that people are...
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Nutrition and Humanitarianism: The Lucky Iron Fish

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Lately I've been having a block in my research, and I know many other people are also struggling with this, so I thought it would be beneficial for me to go back to one of the things that originally made me passionate about my inquiry. Last summer, my mother showed me an article about The Lucky Iron Fish Project which helped inspire my current inquiry on nutrition and cognitive development. The Lucky Iron Fish is literally just that, a fish made out of iron with the Cambodian symbol for...
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Compensatory Growth

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
In previous research, I had posted about how the effects of poor nutrition in prenatal development is often irreversible. Not many people were aware of that and found it somewhat interesting, so I thought I would share a bit more information on it as I recently came across more research that looks at the long term effects of poor nutrition. One study found that full-term, low birth weight babies who grew quickly when fed an enriched diet had lower cognitive skills when tested at nine months...
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Grand Finale

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Through my research I have found that Agriculture is very important in Kenya. I have focused on school gardens, family farms, and cash crop farms. For my final project, I have decided to put together a video of my research collected in Kenya. We...
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Project Plan Cycle 1.0

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Teacher- Ms. Carnrite Mentor-TBA   Inquiry: “how is brain development affected by nutrition?” In this project, I’ll be researching about nutrition and brain development and how they are interconnected. I will be researching the...
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How Dietary Iron Affects Learning Ability

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Inquiry question: Does nutrition affect learning? I’ve posted before about how anemia caused by a lack of iron in the diet causes a variety of problems including low energy levels. Additionally, iron deficiency, even in early stages, can negatively impact cognitive function by inhibiting dopamine transmission between the synapses of neurons. Dopamine can be found in the frontal lobe, responsible for higher mental processes such as thinking, decision making, and planning among other...
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Re: Burn 1.2

Paige Hunter (LFAS-Alumni) ·
Thanks Desi!
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Re: How Nutrition Affects Academic Performance

Miss. Younger (Mentor) ·
As a teacher I see the link between students eating habits and their learning and behaviour. I feel like students may not always eat as healthily as they could due to more factors than just availability of nutritious food. What factors do peers and social situations have on students eating habits both in positive and negative ways? With in our local community there are programs that help families to obtain fresh and often local fruits and veggies through farm share programs or Community...
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Re: Mental Heath FAQ part 2

Before reading your post, I didn't know that much about mental health and how the body is affected. Now I have a much better understanding because of your post. I am excited to read your future posts.
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Re: How Nutrition Affects Academic Performance

Desi Chek (Alumni-LFAS) ·
Thanks for your comment Moira You're right, fresh, organic food is more expensive to buy because the cost involved in producing it is greater and it's more perishable than processed food. There was a study done at Harvard ( click here ) in 2013 which showed that eating a healthy diet (rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts) cost about $1.50 more per day per person than eating an unhealthy diet (the kind full of processed foods and refined grains). That doesn't sound like a lot of money,...
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Re: How Nutrition Affects Academic Performance

Paige Hunter (LFAS-Alumni) ·
Good job Desi! Interesting how specifically female students recieved higher test scores... Another thing that could contribute to healthy eating is education. I noticed with my own family that we used to eat relatively unhealthy, and over the course of the years we have become more educated about local food and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our diet while not breaking the bank. A lot of this linked to homemade stuff like homemade yogurt, bread, and home-grown veg, which...
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Re: How Nutrition Affects Academic Performance

I agree with what you said about health being linked to wealth to a certain degree. I think that a lot of healthier foods are a lot more expensive just because most of the ingredients in the healthier foods are of a lot higher quality and it costs the company more to actually produce the food. However having said that I think that it really depends what you are spending your money on. Yeah some of the higher end health food can be a little pricey, but at the same time a box of cookies can be...
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