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"The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream "

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  • Topic of this Week: "HEALTHY LIFESTYLE (May 9, 2021)"

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    Some old topics (yet still helpful) will be picked for ONLINE discussion during this period.
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    The online discussion will start at 3.00pm and close at 5.00pm on Sunday 9th, May 2021.
    Topic 9th, May 2021: HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
    (The topic actually was discussed on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016)

    “Health is not valued till sickness comes” - Thomas Fuller
    “It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth” - Benjamin Franklin
    Young people, who are full of energy and eager to discover the whole new world ahead, may feel “hollow” or “theoretical” when you try to discuss with them about “a healthy lifestyle”. But they will soon realize that a healthy lifestyle would leave them fit, energetic and at reduced risk for diseases. Early recognition of healthy lifestyle practices would help young people make good use of their time and lead a more meaningful life.
    Healthy lifestyles could be defined physically and mentally. In terms of physical healthy lifestyles, people are advised to pay appropriate attention to basic daily activities including:
    - Eating: Good nutrition, reduce alcohol, fat and sugar intake;
    - Exercising: weight control, do exercise daily;
    - Sleeping: Sleep adequately;
    - Reducing Stress: Managing stress in positive ways, instead of through smoking or drinking alcohol.
    For mental well - being, it is interesting that advises given are very simple but of remarkable importance:
    -To enjoy regular family meals: This allows parents to serve as good role models, can promote more nutritious eating, and sets the stage for lively conversations.
    -To smile and laugh out loud several times a day: Read the comics, watch a sitcom, or tell jokes, raise a pet; forgive people and forgive yourself to bring out those happy feelings.
    -To have a positive attitude: Do your best to look at life as if "the glass is half full." You must believe in yourself, have good support systems, and think positively ("I think I can, I think I can…") to succeed.

    Questions for discussion:
    1. What lifestyle habits do you engage in that contribute to an illness or health condition you have right now?
    2. If you continue with these bad habits without making any lifestyle changes, what might your health be like in 10, 20, or 30 plus years?
    3. Do the bad habits you described above have any negative effects on people you care about or love? If so, please describe the habit and its negative effects.
    4. Can you think of any positive influence or hope you could bring to the lives of people you care about if you changed bad lifestyle habits to healthful ones?
    5. What thing would you love to do to change your lifestyle habits? What would be your goal?
    6. Who do you love or value enough to make the sacrifice necessary to break your bad habit and?
    Topic writer: Van Anh Tran


    Enjoy and have a fruitful discussion! 



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    The words "college" and "university" are used differently in different parts of the world, so you should pay attention to how people around you are using these words.

    Two-year schools

    In Canada, for example, "college" is specifically a two-year school that people go to after high school.

    In much of the U.S., these are called "community colleges" or "junior colleges". (The difference is that people going to a Junior college intend to transfer to a 4-year school afterward. Some people do this from community colleges too, but others finish short programs there for fields like nursing, business, computers, etc.)

    Four-year schools

    In the U.S., there's a technical difference between the words "college" and "university". A university is a larger school which is made up of several "colleges". For example, a university might have:

    • The College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • The College of the Arts
    • The Pratt School of Engineering
    • The Knight School of Business
    • The College of Science

    A college is a smaller school, usually with less money, in which all of the departments are managed under one group.

    Common use

    The description above is the technical difference between "college" and "university". However, people use these words differently.

    The word "college" is most often used when you're describing the experience of being in a college or university:

    I didn't party a lot in college, but I had a great time anyway.

    A: Are you in college?

    B: Yeah, I go to Yale.

    Gerry is going off to college in a few years. We need to make sure we can afford it.

    The word "university" is usually used with "the", "a", or "my" in front of it. You mostly use it when you're talking about the school itself.

    The university just decided to raise tuition again.

    Of course we all want to send our kids to a great university, but not everyone can.

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