Obesity risk rising

first_imgBy April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaExperts predict that obesity will overtake smoking as the leading cause of death. And it’s largely due to the way we feed ourselves and our children, said Connie Crawley.”Elementary school-aged children can gain almost 20 pounds during the summer if they consume extra calories from just one20-ounce soft drink every day,” said Crawley, a nutrition andhealth specialist in the University of Georgia College of Familyand Consumer Sciences.”Children can be taught what to like,” she said. “If chips, sodas and ice cream are available, they’ll eat them. But if onlyfruit or other healthy snacks are available, they’ll choose those,too.”Killer diseasesObesity can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer, Crawley said. Andpreventing it is much easier than getting rid of it.”We train our children to expect a certain size portion, andtheir stomachs have been trained to accept that size portion,”she said.”Once a child gains weight and the fat cells are there, they’ll always be there,” she said. “Weight loss only makes fatcells shrink. These fat cells will remain hungry, waiting to get bigger again.”Fast-food restaurants can encourage overeating. But not all fast food is harmful.Plan ahead”Plan ahead what you’ll order so you’ll be less tempted by all those high-fat, high-calorie specials,” she said. “Eliminatespecial sauces on sandwiches. Buy water instead of a soft drink.Limit the amount of dressing on salads. And choose a smallerhamburger.”Hungry humans tend to want foods high in fat and carbohydrates. “Our bodies are trying to replenish caloriesfast,” she said.At a restaurant specializing in chicken sandwiches, Crawleysuggests a grilled chicken sandwich without butter, a smallcarrot salad, water or a diet lemonade and a small ice cream fordessert.Poor snack choicesPoor snack choices can lead to weight problems, too. “Many kids are ‘grazers.’ They snack all day on food and beverages highin calories but low in nutrients,” she said. “Children needsnacks, but they should be at scheduled times so they’re fornourishment instead of for boredom relief.”Some good snack choices are fruit, fat-free yogurt, sugar-free pudding, juice pops made with 100-percent juice, bakedtortilla chips with salsa, cut-up vegetables with dip made fromfat-free dressing, fudgesicles and whole-grain cereal with skimmilk.Crawley suggests working off extra calories through supervised after-school programs and recreational sports.An hour of play”Children need an hour of play a day,” Crawley said. “This may mean delaying homework and going outside right after school.Children need to use up the built-up energy they acquired fromsitting all day so they can focus better on homework later.”During the summer, swimming, bike-riding, hiking and camps can be good ways to get kids the exercise they need. Crawley alsosuggests programs at local gyms and fitness centers.”The (YMCA) offers structured and nonstructured activity time for children. The days often include free time at the poolor time for noncompetitive play,” she said.”Overweight children … may have had bad experiences incompetitive sports,” she said. “If we can find ways for thesekids to be active in noncompetitive situations or situationswhere the competition isn’t so cutthroat, we’ll have moresuccess.”Quality timeParents can spend quality time with their kids while walking,riding bikes or playing ball, she said. Kids won’t want to joinin if the parents just exercise on a treadmill while watching the news.”Parents can plan some of their physical activity outside or at a recreation facility so the kids will want to join in,”Crawley said.Commuting parents often arrive home tired and wanting to rest. But Crawley said they’ll feel re-energized if they can beactive with their kids for even a half-hour after they get home.(April Reese is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Thunder On The Hill IMCA special this weekend at Mayetta

first_imgMAYETTA, Kan. – Feature events for four IMCA divi­sions are slated each night of Thun­der Hill Speedway’s Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19-20 Thun­der On The Hill Special.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified features pay $2,000 to win, a mini­mum of $200 to start, and are qualifying events for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods both run for $700 to win and a minimum of $150 to start. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run for $400 to win and $75 to start.Purses are based on minimum 20-car fields. Friday’s Stock Car feature is the finale for the Dirt Track Central Jax Sports Grille Great Plains Series.An open practice will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thurs­day, Sept. 18. Gates open at 5 p.m. Pit passes are $15.Gates at Mayetta open at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Drivers’ meetings are at 6:30 p.m. both nights with hot laps and racing to follow.Grandstand admission each night is $15 for adults and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 a night or $60 for both Friday and Saturday.More information is available by calling 785 313-5140 or by emailing [email protected] Great Plains Series top 20 point standings – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 327; 2. Jason Rog­ers, Selden, Kan., 309; 3. Angel Munoz, Lamar, Colo., 290; 4. Perry Misner, Garden City, Kan., 283; 5. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 253; 6. Kyle Clough, Wallace, Neb., 251; 7. Casey Woken, Ogal­lala, Neb., 240; 8. Michael Pepper, Lakin, Kan., 174; 9. Justin Temeyer, Independence, Iowa, 166; 10. Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 156; 11. Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb., 154; 12. B.J. Wagoner, Colby, Kan., 141; 13. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb., 122; 14. Jason Davis, Norton, Kan., 112; 15. Scot Granzella, Salina, Kan., 102; 16. Casey Werkmeister, North Platte, Neb., 95; 17. Michael Meyer, Colby, Kan., 84; 18. Tyler Tipton, Weskan, Kan., 71; 19. Chad Borgman, Be­atrice, Neb., 69; 20. Cody Williams, Park, Kan., 68.last_img read more

Rep. Allor Testifies in Support of Bill

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis State Representative Sue Allor recently testified in the House Michigan Families, Children, and Seniors Committee.Her testimony was in support of her bill that expands state payment to health care providers for sexual assault exams. Allor discussed how the cost of providing these services to victims of sexual assaults has increased, causing many health care providers to become financially constrained due to the costs.To ensure that these services are continued, Allor believes that the state must provide additional funding to health care providers, partners, or subcontractors.According to Allor, costs shouldn’t keep victims from getting the care that they need.The bill remains under consideration by the Families, Children, and Seniors Committee. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious More Speed Limit Changes to Take PlaceNext Upcoming: 4th Annual Indoor Auto Showlast_img read more

QPR wanted Sanchez, report claims

first_imgAston Villa will beat QPR and Everton to the signing of Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez, the Daily Mirror say.It is claimed that Rangers wanted the 28-year-old, who looks set to move to Villa Park from Spanish club Elche for £1.5m.It is suggested in the Daily Mail that Clint Hill will get the nod ahead of Nedum Onuoha and Richard Dunne to play alongside QPR’s new signings Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker at the back.The Mail also reports that Thibaut Courtois must become Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper if he wants to continue as Belgium’s number one.It comes after Belgium boss Marc Wilmots was quoted as saying: “Courtois will remain my number one. But I know he could end up on the bench at Chelsea. In that case I will reassess.”Meanwhile, Ghana winger Christian Atsu has been widely tipped to complete a loan move to Everton.And the Daily Star say Kostas Mitroglou is ready to rejoin his former club Olympiakos on loan – less than six months after his big-money move to Fulham.For more transfer gossip, including speculation about Nedum Onuoha’s future and QPR being linked with Middlesbrough’s George Friend, see Tuesday’s round-up.See also:QPR linked with Boro star FriendFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers’ George Kittle: Voodoo necklace, bully football rule the day

first_img … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.NEW ORLEANS — George Kittle warded off evil spirits in more ways than one to set up the 49ers’ 48-46 comeback win.In the obvious aspect, three New Orleans Saints defenders were needed to finally stop Kittle’s 39-yard reception at the 28-yard line on fourth-and-2, the key play that set up Robbie Gould’s game-winning field goal as time expired.Dabbling in voodoo may have helped the superstitious Kittle, too.last_img read more

Mixed feelings as business leaders sleep rough

first_imgOn one of the coldest nights of winter, chief executives from more than 240 companies slept on the pavement. Their efforts were both lauded and criticised, but they raised funds for Girls and Boys Town South Africa and built a lot of empathy for the homeless. The CEO SleepOut was a fun night out for business leaders, even though they had to brave the cold Johannesburg weather. The event brought in more than R24-million for Girls & Boys Town South Africa. (Image: Shamin Chibba) • Pavement Bookworm ‘just wants to tell stories’ • Mam’ Khanyi rescues Hillbrow’s forgotten children • Jerome Slim Du Plooy cares about making a difference • Cheesekids help the less fortunate • A better South Africa, one baby at a time Shamin ChibbaOn a cold June evening in Johannesburg, The Commodores’ Nightshift blared from subwoofers over Gwen Lane in Sandton. “Gonna be a long night/It’s gonna be all right/On the nightshift.”It was an appropriate song, since the entire street was packed with chief executives from over 240 companies. They were participating in the CEO SleepOut. They left their warm beds to sleep on the street, albeit in warm sleeping bags, for one night to learn what homeless people go through and, in the process, to raise funds for Girls and Boys Town South Africa.The Johannesburg event ran on the same evening, 18 June, as SleepOuts in Auckland, Toronto, New York, London and Sydney.Some of the more high-profile sleepers included Adrian Gore of Discovery, Rudolph Straeuli of Golden Lions Rugby, Zoiab Hoosen of Microsoft South Africa and adventurer Riaan Manser, who promised to sleep in nothing more than a Speedo.The chief executives huddled around bonfires, sitting on chairs made from cardboard which they would later turn into beds. They listened to stories told by real homeless people, one of them being Philani Dladla, who is also known as Johannesburg’s Pavement Bookworm, and were able to Tweet the progress of their night.Some of the participants ate before they hit the street; but once they were there, they were given only a small bowl of soup, prepared by top chef Reuben Riffel, and one bread roll for supper.For these men and women, it was a very expensive sleepover, costing their companies R100 000 each. Organisers the CEO SleepOut Trust, aimed to raise R25-million, but fell short by R400 000. All of the money will go to Girls and Boys Town South Africa, an NGO that helps nurture troubled youths. Gwen Lane in Sandton was home to more than 240 business leaders for a single night. Many found the experience of sleeping out on the street on a cold night gruelling. (Image: Shamin Chibba)SleepOut a gesture of solidarityIvor Chipkin, director of the Public Affairs Research Institute, says he participated to quell the cynicism he finds is pervasive in South African society. As an academic, he was the anomaly at the event.“There’s also a lot of cynicism in South Africa and I think gestures of solidarity need to be embraced. And this is a gesture of solidarity by the wealthy and powerful with people who are less fortunate than them. There’s a sense that nothing matters anymore and I think these sorts of gestures are valuable.”The chief executive of printing company Ren-form, Thomas du Sart, said he chose to participate after a lot of pressure to do so from his family. “It took about a week of nagging from my daughter and wife and eventually I gave in and said I would do it.”Du Sart is a resident of Riverlea, a poverty-stricken township in southern Johannesburg, and said he understood the suffering the poor experienced. “Coming from a disadvantaged background myself I have been exposed to poverty on the streets I have an idea of how people suffer on the streets, so if I can do my bit then I will put up my hand for that.”To the cynics who doubt the effectiveness of the SleepOut, Du Sart was straightforward. “The more the merrier. Why not come and join us and make it better for everybody?”Some were uncertain as to how to perceive the event while others called it an extravagant camping trip and even condescending to the poor. Not sure how I feel about the CEO sleep out. Seems like poverty porn. And the massive metro presence. I mean do the poor and homeless get this kind of support? Then it should be called camping. Posted by Hamish Hoosen Pillay on Thursday, 18 June 2015curious about the opinions of the homeless about this ceo sleepout. if they’re not offended by it, why should we be? — Claire Mawisa (@clairemawisa) June 18, 2015Not interested in debating this #CEOSleepOut thingy. Long as they raise enough money to remove even 100 orphans off the streets I’m cool. — Nchema (@ShottaZee) June 17, 2015Tim Blair re CEO Sleepout “instead of joining the homeless outside,how about our CEOs invite the homeless to spend a nice warm night inside” — Jason Morrison (@JasonMorrisonAU) June 22, [email protected] @News24 they gona milk this for daaaays,these white collar skelms should b sent to the Hague — Matlotla Lesomo (@mjleshomo) June 20, 2015Housing a concernJerome Lottering, the acting chairperson for Camissa Movement for Equality, stood outside the blockaded street where the event took place to express his concern over poor housing, particularly in his community of Eldorado Park. His NGO intends on unifying the coloured, San, mixed race, Khoi, Griqua and Khoi San communities in South Africa and giving them a voice.Although he supports the CEO SleepOut and of the work of Girls and Boys Town, he wanted to use the event to “show solidarity with those who are living in squatter camps”. “We want to highlight this issue because we tried to contact the Department of Human Settlements and the Gauteng premier [David Makhura] yet none of them are coming back to us.”He said that it was the government’s constitutional obligation to provide housing to people who could not provide housing for themselves. “[The] government should come to the party and build houses. It seems to me that people don’t know what is going on in townships.” Jerome Lottering, left, the acting chairperson for Camissa Movement for Equality, used the CEO SleepOut as a platform to make the public aware of the homeless situation in his area of Eldorado Park. (Image: Shamin Chibba)AftermathAccording to news reports after the event, some participants said they were overwhelmed by the experience and were humbled by it.An unnamed participant told Eyewitness News he was humbled by the experience. “It grounds me when I have to experience what they experience every day.”Richard Poplak wrote on the Daily Maverick that the participants did not have publicise their charity. “As for the homeless, what do they want? I dunno—go and ask them. My guess is that most have no clue that the 0.1% took a night off to play at being homeless for their cause. They might wonder why all these fancy people didn’t just hand over the money quietly, without fanfare, without cameras, without all the corporate flimflam?“They might ask why these high priests found it necessary to perform empathy when empathy is a deeply personal engagement, a communion between souls that happens on the QT? They might remind these CEOs that when it comes to benevolence, there’s no need to tell the left hand what the right hand is doing?”last_img read more

Danny Mills United lack the willpower to drop underperforming players

first_imgFormer England footballer Danny Mills says Manchester United lack the capacity to drop underperforming players unlike their rivals who do so effortlessly.Mills told The Debate in an interview obtained by Skysports that Mourinho was not blessed with the same strength in depth as some of United’s rivals, meaning he could not keep his players on their toes to achieve results.He said: “Where he has had a problem with some players is that Guardiola can drop anyone, and bring someone else in. You can’t complain about it because he has the quality to bring in, that squad is exceptional”“Mourinho doesn’t really have that depth in his squad. It’s difficult when he drops a big player, does he have the quality to replace them? No he doesn’t, in all honesty.”“It’s a bare squad in some ways. Look at Lukaku, he’s not performing and hasn’t scored at Old Trafford in a long time. But who does he bring in? He can’t. At Manchester City you’ve got players who can step in, and at Liverpool too.”“There’s competition for places. Do Manchester United have that? I’m not sure they do.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…On the plan to buy new players, Mills said:“Jose is used to winning, he’s used to top players and he’s used to consistency. It might be a bit dour, the way he plays, but he knows what he wants.”“He wants seven or eight out of 10 every single week. He doesn’t want Jesse Lingard being brilliant one week and terrible the next, he doesn’t want Marcus Rashford doing the same, he wants a solid platform.”“Jose has never been one to really improve players or bring them through as Pep, Klopp and Pochettino have done.”“Mourinho wins trophies, but he does it with a team he can bring in of exceptional players he can mould together, and he hasn’t really been allowed to do that.”last_img read more