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North Lawndale College Prep Charter HS Senior Project: 100 Sample Physical Health-based Driving Questions 2011-2012 Good Driving Questions are provocative; are open-ended, not close-ended; lead to argumentative claims/essays/presentations; are challenging; and are more specific than they are vague. Sample Driving Questions: 1. Do people experience pain differently making it impossible to establish a best way to recover from it from it? 2. Does weight lifting create both physical strength and perceived strength? ( I am strong because I think I am strong?) 3. Is Strength Physical or Mental? 4. Is health relative or universal? For example is good health in Africa the same as good health in America? 5. Are raw foods better than cooked foods, when it comes to health considerations for you? 6. Is the push for exercising in the interest of better health for the population or better health for the bottom lines of the health industry? 7. Is peer pressure the major driving force for teen interest in alcohol or are there other social factors that are more compelling? 8. If steroids improve performance, shouldn’t it be legal for professional athletes’ who know the risks? 9. Is there a value in fish oil pills and other supplements for improving health? 10. Should the use of marijuana be legalized? 11. Is sweating always good for health maintenance? 12. Is your heart rate reflective of your health? 13. Is monitoring weight the key to good health? 14. Is gaining muscle mass genetic or a function of hard work? 15. Are obesity and culture related? 16. Are there particular foods that have more value for weight loss or is weight loss dependent on the amount of food consumed? 17. Do strong lungs contribute to better health, and if so, do suggested techniques for strengthening lungs really work? 18. Does cooking food longer than necessary destroy its nutritional value? 19. Is the Chinese approach to healing, illness, and medicine superior to the Western approach? 20. Can a good life be lived without good health? 21. Is there a relationship between physical health and mental health? 22. How or has the environment increased the potential for more severe diseases and illnesses? 23. Has media increased our paranoia and heightened our sensitivity to health risks or is the world less healthy than it once was? 24. Is the American life style less healthy than other nation’s life styles? 25. How has American materialism and conspicuous consumption contributed to its national health crisis? 26. Do we know what causes longevity, and is it only about physical health? 27. Does a highly material culture promote obesity? 28. Does a healthy diet allow you to lose weight without working out? 29. Does genetic driven metabolism affect weight and as a consequence general health? 30. What is the relationship between sex and good or bad health? 31. Should health and fitness be mandatory in high school? 32. Is stress a natural phenomena or is it an external imposition? 33. What is the meaning of “really healthy”? 34. How does physical health impact ones spiritual health and one’s relationship with the Cosmos? 35. Is stress mostly positive or negative? 36. Are there circumstances under which good health should be sacrificed? 37. Do different body types thrive better on different diets? 38. How does physical exercise affect one’s mental state? 39. Have standards for the body’s water needs been established through human experience or scientific research? 40. Has losing weight become a secular religion driven by economic imperatives? 41. Is the notion of “ideal body weight” a subjective designation or an objective one? 42. In what ways do exercises affect a pregnant woman’s baby? 43. Does working out have an impact on high blood pressure and other dimensions of body homeostasis? 44. Is the food system in modern culture safe enough to promote raw food eating practices? 45. What is the relationship between female athletes having irregular menstrual cycles and the health of their sport? 46. Does nicotine really effect athletic performance and if so, how? 47. What is the impact of athletic conditioning routines on life after sports? 48. Are there superior conditioning routines that can help athletes increase their speed in sports where a part of the competition is speed? 49. What foods best build on muscles? 50. Is lifting weights unhealthy for youth athletes?
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