Courtney A. Griffin ~ Writer | Designer| Social Media Junkie | Soon to be entrepreneur

The life of a Michigan State University College Girl, turned Chicago Native. Continue the journey with me!

WebMD How to Wreck You Heart, An Analysis

When I need to find health related information, I generally go to WebMD.  This website serves to provide creditable and easy to understand patient-based health information. WebMD serves as a central hub for any medical or health related research you may want to find. The article, (How to Wreck Your Heart: What not to do for your Heart’s Health) was published on January 10th, 2012 by freelance health and science reporter, Shahreen Abedin. This article looks at heart disease in a different light; heart disease is a serious concern of many Americans as many people are dying from it each year. The article’s intent is to tell readers what not to do for your heart’s health; the author does so by telling you how in fact to wreck your heart. She showcases many things I’m sure many Americans do on a regular basis nothing thinking that it affects their overall health specifically their heart.

WebMD has a small Senior Staff and Editorial Team with only 9 individuals and a growing list of freelance colleagues across the country ranging from journalist to actual MD’s. Shahreen Abedin has previous experience on numerous well-known and well trusted sites including Medicine Net, Time magazine and many other health magazines. Before writing freelance for WebMD she was the Senior Medical Director at CNN. Oddly enough, she is also a New York attorney, who is currently not practicing and focusing on spreading healthcare news to the world. Elizabeth Klodas is the editor of the article, she is also not a part of the WebMD Senior Staff or Editorial team but is a Cardiologist and Founder of a Cardiovascular Imaging company, Cardiovascular Imaging Consultants. She has a strong background in heart disease and her main focus is prevention. Although her expertise is the sciences, she is also writer and author of the book, Slay the Giant: The Power of Prevention in Defeating Heart Disease, a guide for understanding and improving overall heart health.

The (How to Wreck Your Heart) article is found within the Heart Disease Health Center Tools and Resources box. There are similar articles within the tools and resources box that pertain to heart disease and ways to maintain good health including Exercising for a Health Heart and 15 Tips to Lower Cholesterol. The page also has multiple places where readers and visitors can sign-up to receive emails and newsletters from WebMD. There are also a couple rotating advertisements including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Health Careers at Capella University these are focused toward the general audience of WebMD. Individuals who are interested in health and may be considering health careers and individuals who care about health and may be willing to donate to health cause.

This article is very informal; it is obvious that the intended audience for this article is someone who is or maybe at risk for heart disease. The intended audience may also be someone who knows someone very dear to them who may be suffering from heart disease and wondering what they could do to help. The article gives step by step instructions on what not to do if you’re trying to prevent heart disease. It is clearly very medical based and although it does not include reference to other publications, it does quote numerous individuals, including their health related credentials.  “When you toss the smokes, your heart risk goes down within just a few days of quitting. Within a year, your risk is cut by half. After 10 years of living smoke-free, it’s as if you never smoked at all, says Nieca Goldberg, MD, Cardiologist and Medical Director of the New York University Women’s Heart Program.” Here Dr. Goldberg is telling specific facts and why you should listen to her. Her title as a Medical Director gives her authority and shows her connection to heart disease.

The step-by-step guide is very inviting; the information is presented in a manner that anyone could understand. The guide is also easy to skim for someone who may not have a magnitude of time to read for specifics. In my opinion, the idea of numbering the steps was amazing and very thought out, very rarely are people willing read a long text heavy passage for leisure. The article is written as what to do “if” you want to have heart disease. “7.Forget your growing waistline — just buy some bigger pants.”  The article also highlights keywords that may deserve further clarification. These words are not uncommon words, but are other health conditions that may relate to heart disease.

My favorite part about this article is that it is very patient-based.  As a writer, I am very interested in making information for patients as easy to read as possible. The information given is not intimidated and is simply meant to inform an audience. As a young woman with a heart condition, this article was informative to me. I was diagnosed with a Mild Mitral Valve Prolapse my senior year in high school and ever since have been interested in heart disease. I feel like the writer was speaking directly to me and although a writer must be very careful when writing in second person and speaking directly to the audience, here it is ideal. I felt like I was being directly spoken to by a physician or a friend who cares deeply about me. This approach is generally more widely accepted versus a highly technical article trying to do the same or even worse, use scare tactics. 



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Train to Paris

Train to Paris, literally. After a night of amazing fireworks for Bastille Day, getting up early, putting on nice clothes, traveling down the Strasbourg streets to the train station. How exciting? I’ve definitely come to realize that I love traveling! Especially Europe and all that it has to offer.

This MSU study abroad experience is definitely one to remember. Traveling with friends, learning the history of Strasbourg and travel weekend has been extraordinary!

Looking forward to the Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, the Louve and everything else Paris has to offer!

Continue this journey with me.

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Just the Beginning

Just the Beginning is a business I began my sophomore year in college because I knew I enjoyed web and document design. My initial intent, was to just create, graphics, websites and stationary, throughout the years, the business had expanded in my mind and I hadn’t realized until partnering with someone to help me develop my business and looking at my old business plans. The idea was so simple, now it is so vast. That is a good thing right? I do not want to get in over my head. I believe my plan expanded as I furthered my education and became more proficient. Creating stationary is great, but combining it with consulting and other things makes it more marketable in my mind.

I am generally the one to toggle more things than one and I think I am finally ready to do this. I am so excited. I think this is a great junction in my life to reconsider the business and make it big. The idea has come, expanded and now it is ready to be unleashed.

Remember… this is JUST THE BEGINNING!

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Graduation in less than a week

Clearly it has been a very long time since my last blog post. I have been extremely busy! Between, 13 credits, 2 jobs totaling 29 hours a week, President of a MSU student org, webmaster for the MSU senior Class Council and Director of Advertising and PR of another student org my days were jam packed and of course I had to make time to spend with my friends (probably more time than needed, but I love them).

Needless to say, I’ve made it, well almost, finals are this week, graduation is Friday, but even after graduation I am not done. I have one more course to take, but it is Belgium! I’ve tricked myself into believing that it is my graduation gift to myself. What’s next after graduation you ask? Graduate school! Where? I am still not sure, I am debating between a few schools, and while they all have their pros and cons…1 is in the lead as we speak.

I can not believe it is time for me to graduate already! Although I have been at MSU for 5 years, I feel like the time flew by! I’ve met new people, learned new things, traveled the world, gained skills and had a GREAT time while doing it! I’ve enjoyed my time at MSU! I wouldn’t change it for the world! Making the decision to come to MSU was difficult but it was a GREAT choice. Hopefully my great choice will be equally as good!

I’ve grown very sentimental in the last few months, and I anticipate many, many tears in the next few days. I will definitely miss the friendships I have made, and MSU atmosphere, but we must move on right? As an adult (WOW, can’t believe I am saying that), I must be able to easily adapt to change and grow. I feel that in my 5 years, I’ve definitely learned to do so.
I am still learning and walking in the GOD that created me. I do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me!
Continue my journey with me…

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A big decision!

I never knew I was so bad at decision making, but with
graduation rapidly approaching (in 4 months), I’m not exactly sure
what i want to do with my life! Who knew finding plans for after
graduation would be more of a hassle than graduation from high
school? I thought by choosing the right college, I’d be set for
life. Wrong! Choosing between graduate school, full-time work and
being abroad is definitely more demanding. I told myself to make a
pro and con list of the possible outcomes. I love traveling, I’m
ready to start my career but I also want more education. Is there a
way I can do all 3? Technically yes! Would I be happy doing all 3?
Probably not! And the questions continue… After taking with my
cousin I have finally been able to cancel out one option, not in
entirety though. I really want to go to graduate school, although
graduate school will always be there. There’s always time for
working and supposedly, there is always time for travel. I guess I
still have some pretty big decisions to make. Continue my journey
with me…,

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The week before finals

Here it is the week before finals, and what a hectic week it has been. I truly feel like I’m graduating this May, I’ve ran around like crazy this week. I don’t like complaining, I’m happy with life and couldn’t ask for more. I’m preparing for finals, leaving for Japan in 2 weeks, prepping for graduation next year and applying for grad school. I had intended on staying at MSU for grad schol, but after constantly thinking about, I’ve decided I may want to transfer. I am planning on applying to about 6 graduate schools from Purdue to John Hopkins. The possibilities are endless!
I’m so excited for my future!! And even though I know some times will be hard I am highly anticipating it!!!
Oh, and I just finished my first actual busines service. I created a website and logos for my high school teacher. The site is Heavenly String Orchestra. Definitely excited about that! Only, downfall, I’ve worked on everyones website except for my own, that is part of my to-do list for the summer along with a number of other things… Like studying for the GRE and writing personals statements.. And of course classes and work!! Yaay me! (Can you sense my sarcasm?)

Continue my journey w/ me…

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Welcome to my life!

My first post. Continue this journey with me as a prepare for my future.

Stay tune! We will become very close as this continues!

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