Deviously Sweet Deception: Why Cereal Might Not be as Healthy as You Think

Ms. Elyse Martin-Smith, CVC Breakfast Correspondent

Don’t you just love the crunch of a fresh bowl of cereal in the morning? The milk, smooth and cold, acts as a wake-up call to get you ready for the day. However, while you were eating, have your eyes ever wandered to the nutrition facts on the box? Although some cereals are notoriously unhealthy, like Reese’s Puffs and Lucky Charms, many other unhealthy cereals are less obvious.

This leaves us asking the questions, “Which cereals are truly healthy?” and, “How do you decipher the healthy cereals from the bad?”According to the New York Times, “Honey Nut is America’s best-selling breakfast cereal, and by a comfortable margin.” Honey Nut Cheerios are believed to be healthy because of their high fiber and oats content. Also, the Original Cheerios have low amounts of sugar and are traditionally a healthy breakfast.

On the flip side, Cheerios’ sweeter relatives such as Honey Nut Cheerios and Frosted Cheerios conceal multiple unhealthy aspects. Honey Nut Cheerios actually have “about nine times as much sugar as plain Cheerios per serving,” says Danny Hakim, author of the aforementioned New York Times article.

Hakim goes on to say that, “an Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of a number of popular cereals — a report that linked sugary cereals to the ‘nation’s childhood obesity epidemic’put Honey Nut Cheerios’ sugar content second only to Fruity Pebbles.” Surprisingly, the sugar content of a seemingly harmless cereal is in reality very high! The EWG also claims that one cup of many cereals, including Honey Nut Cheerios, contains 12g of sugar which is more than three Chips Ahoy! cookies.

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Why the Present Moment is a Gift

Ms. Koko Vercessi, Editor-in-Chief 

“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now” -Eckhart Tolle

Image Courtesy of ublicdomainpictures.net

Image Courtesy of Publicdomainpictures.net

It’s easy to get caught up in thoughts of the future and regrets or mistakes you made in the past, but why is it so important, and so much healthier to live in the present moment? The present moment is the place where we can live and think freely and become centered in ourselves. Worrying about the future and having regret the past makes us miserable and filled with anxiety and feelings of restlessness.

Many practices such as yoga and meditation promote mindfulness and centeredness in one’s self. These types of practices allow people to take time to become aware and mindful of the present moment and appreciate the beauty of the world around them that many tend to miss in the wild frenzy of the future-driven world that we live in. Humans are constantly driven to think about the future in order to have purpose and aspirations to reach. A future-driven mindset is healthy in some ways as it can help you maintain a strong focus on your goals. The problem with allowing yourself to be consumed with thoughts of the future is that you will be in a state of constant anxiety and dissatisfaction with your present state. Everything that you do will not be for your own fulfillment in the present moment, but for tomorrow’s goals and dreams, goals and dreams that may naturally change over time, making those moments of anxiety and worry obsolete and unnecessary.

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Will CVU Get Free Condoms?

Ms. Jam Giubardo

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Courtesy of lifesitenews.com

HINESBURG, VT– On March 15th, 2017 a memo from the Vermont Health Department and Vermont Department of Education called upon the CVU administration and the student body to decide if CVU should make free condoms available to all students.

The VT Dept. of Health and VT Dept. of Education’s memo consisted of a list of facts regarding cases of STIs and STDs in recent years. The reports show that over 80% of the STI cases have been Vermonters 24 years of age or younger. This caused them to call upon Vermont schools to establish a free condom policy.

Freshman health teachers asked Freshmen to develop proposals about their thoughts on free condom availability and why. Students outside of the cores were also encouraged to state their position on the debate.

Freshman personal health teacher, Trevor Mead, was asked what he thought about the memo and he said, “I love that at CVU administration values student opinions so much, to basically place this in their hands. It is important that the students have a say on topics that most directly affect them.” He also added, “It is also great that Adam [CVU’s Principal] has left room for people who don’t think it’s a good idea to have a voice as well.”

Other teachers and administrators agree that the opportunity is an effective and progressive way to mitigate the presence of STI’s and STD’s among high schoolers and are ready to see what the school decides to do.

Dawn of the zombies: sleep-deprived teens need to get off the screens

Mr. Nathaniel Mick

The recommended number of hours a teenager should sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation, is seven to nine; in reality, only fifteen percent of teens are getting that amount. Between blue light from screens, distractions from devices, homework, procrastination, and early school starts — teenagers have a lot to deal with. It’s no surprise that so little get sleep, but that’s no excuse for more than eighty percent of teenagers to lack sleep so often.

There’s a certain beauty to the irony that I am falling asleep at my keyboard as I write this.

The problem with sleep is that it is easy to go without it for a night, but that could mean up to a week of recovery. Many teenagers, and adults, haven’t felt what being truly rested feels like in a long time. With so much going on in life, it’s easy to put off sleeping for later. After all, sleeping takes up valuable working time, and seems so trivial. However, recovering a night of sleeplessness isn’t as simple as it seems. Sure, missing a few hours the night before a big test can be reversed with a few more hours of sleep the days after. Unfortunately, when you miss a few hours for a week or two, things start to get complicated.

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New Café Cart at CVU – Quick Food Made Easier

By Ms. Emma Lieberman, Staff Writer/Videographer and Mr. Bryan Claussen, Anchorman/Staff Writer

Editor’s Note: According to Cafe Czar, Leo LaForce, “We have made sure that the cart does not block the enACT monitor … they worked so hard on.  I think the cart actually helps bring attention to the great information the monitor offers especially in conjunction with areas in which the enACT and the Cafe work so well together to bring beneficial changes.”  LaForce has already helped to bring composting, recycling, re-usable silverware and plates, and other moves toward sustainability in CVU’s cafeteria.

To-daze Sports: Athletes Take Concussions Head On

Mr. Michael Regan

According to a study by journalists at PBS program Frontline, 96.2 percent of deceased pro footballers had the condition, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, before dying. “If you’re worried about concussions, you’re in the wrong business.” said Carolina Panthers fullback Brad Hoover. Concussions are a huge problem in the NFL, but are also just part of football by its violent nature. For this reason in the last 10 years the NFL has added more than 15 rules to the game’s official rule book, in order to protect players heads and general health. These rule additions range from penalties, to automatic medical timeouts to mandatory concussion tests. This is all part of a massive effort to protect pro athletes from brain injury, and CTE.   

Image courtesy of CNN

Image courtesy of CNN

CTE is a progressive degenerative disease that affects the brain of people who have suffered repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries. The majority of the 5.3 million Americans who suffer from CTE were athletes who took part in contact sports. The symptoms of CTE are both debilitating and life-changing for both the individual, and for his or her family. According to Brain Injury Research Institute the symptoms of CTE are but not limited to; memory loss, difficulty controlling impulsive or erratic behavior, impaired judgment, behavioral disturbances including aggression and depression, difficulty with balance, and a gradual onset of dementia. The Brain Injury Research Institute also said that there have been “several notable cases” including the suicide deaths of NFL player Junior Seau, and professional wrestler Chris Benoit who committed suicide after murdering his wife and son.

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Not Milk? Is Moo-juice Really Bad for You?

Ms. Lexi Lewis

If you were around during the early 2000s you might recall the infamous “Got Milk?” posters hung up in about every school or cafe. showing celebrities like Miranda Lambert, Harrison Ford, Ryan Reynolds posing for the camera wearing a milk made mustache endorsing and promoting the consumption of milk.

With such societal praise and love of a product like milk it must be healthy right? Well, the fact is that milk may not be as healthy as it’s made out to be.

Image and campaign by PETA

Image and campaign by PETA

This statement may shock some people, seeing as the FDA recommends 3 cups of milk a day. The culture we are in is conditioned into consuming milk and other dairy products because they are considered an essential part of a healthy diet and the well known food pyramid. 

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Pets-icide: Common Garden Plants Could Hurt Your Animals

Ms. Lexi Lewis

The first day of spring means hope for many local garden enthusiasts that they could soon pursue their spring and summer garden. However, if you are one of those people you might want to rethink your garden plan if you have pets. Common garden plants you may choose to plant this year in your yard or even the ones you chose to keep in your home may be poisonous to animals like dogs, and cats.

Pets like dogs and cats are known to eat almost anything and with more than 700 plants identified as producing toxic substances that can harm common pets it is likely that they could come into contact with one of those plants. Flowers that you may find in a garden like lilies, daffodils, and tulips all are potentially lethal to your pets if ingested in copious amounts.

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Image courtesy of Adam Bunting’s private rectory garden.

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Opinion: One Vegetarian Makes the Environmental Case Against Meat

Ms. Natalie Casson

The well being of our environment has been rapidly decreasing in the past decade, and likely global climates will be unable to handle more change.  We all know turning lights off and driving cars less helps our planet, yet almost every person is harming the environment dramatically on a daily basis: during our meals.  It was recorded in an article by the National Public Radio that in 2012, in America, we consumed over 52.2 billion pounds of meat.  That number feels almost too big to grasp, so let’s put it into perspective.  Let’s compare it to wheatone of the most fundamental crops in our world today.  Your average American citizen will consume around 132.5 pounds of wheat annually.  With 318.9 billion US citizens, we are consuming over 42.2 billion pounds of wheat a year.  10 billion pounds short of our meat consumption.

When I found this out, I was astonished.  Animals take up space, produce waste, and require huge amounts of food, chemicals, and water.  In 1909, it was recorded in the same article that around 9.8 billion pounds of meat were consumed: 42.4 billion pounds less than today.  Despite the population being lower, the proportions still don’t add up.  The meat consumption within the US has been growing exponentially and is continuing to do so.

Meat, pound per pound, has a much larger impact on our environment than any other food we consume.  The most unfortunate part of it all is many people, including myself before I began research, are not aware that what they eat affects the environment.  Often times people don’t jump to food when they think about the contributors to climate change and pollution; however, it has an incredibly large impact in many different ways.  In being conscious when choosing what we eat, we can reduce our carbon footprints and our effect on the environment.

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Measles Could Target Vermont’s Children Next

Ms. Nina Mollo 

As the scare of Ebola has come and gone in the United States, measles have fallen under the radar. That doesn’t mean that measles outbreaks have stopped. In fact, in the last year alone there have been over 644 reported cases in the U.S.. That is the most, by far, the United States has seen in over fifteen years. These outbreaks are only occurring because we have let our guard down and put millions of children at risk.

Would you send your child to a school where the classrooms are practically a germ pool where diseases like the measles are waiting to attack your child’s immune system? If the children of this country were vaccinated, going to school wouldn’t be the number one way for a child to contract a virus in the U.S..

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Moody Foodie

Mr. Eli Spencer

Food, air and water: these are three vital components of life. Despite their importance to humankind, they are less and less available in their pure and natural forms.  Why is this the case?  Because in the name of profit and mass production, we (the modern industrial world) have taken these necessary elements of our existence and altered them. The same companies that have corrupted the nature of the food we eat have also corrupted how we think about the food we eat: the first via mass production; the second, via mass media.

Equally important to ask, what are we doing to our food, and how our these changes affecting us? Food, like so many things, can have positive or negative effects on us depending on the choices we make surrounding it.

However, to make good choices, we need good information. Unfortunately, it seems that the average American consumer gets most of their information about food from advertising.  The companies who generate that advertising don’t necessarily care about our health, just our money — and getting us to spend it on their products.

This article will provide you with well researched data on food from valid, credible sources. It’s purpose is to help you be a more informed consumer, a better eater, and, ultimately, a healthy human being in better control of your moods.

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