Iowa ranks 14th in latest childhood obesity report

first_imgDES MOINES — A new report on childhood obesity finds Iowa’s numbers aren’t budging, with more than 50,000 kids statewide falling into the category.Victoria Brown, senior program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says the report looked at children between the ages of 10 and 17 over the past two years. “The obesity rate in Iowa for this age group, about 16.4% of your population, has held steady in recent years,” Brown says. “You rank as the 14th highest in the nation for childhood obesity.”That’s about one in seven children, and Iowa’s rate of childhood obesity is about a point higher than the national average of 15.3%. Nationwide, the report found 4.8 million children in that age range are obese, a number that’s also remained essentially unchanged since the last report.“Even though the rate overall has held steady in recent years, there’s still big health disparities across populations with this rate,” Brown says. “Black and Hispanic youth are much more likely to have obesity than their white or Asian peers. Same for youth from families with lower incomes, they’re at greater risk for higher obesity.”While it’s discouraging the state and national numbers haven’t fallen from year to year, Brown says it’s also important to note they’re not rising either. “The message here is to stay the course,” Brown says. “A commitment to healthier school meals to make sure that kids get strong nutrition at school breakfast and school lunch, considering that kids consume over half their calories each day in their school buildings, is really critical.”She says it’s also important to maintain access to SNAP or food stamp programs, that we continue to build “walkable” communities, and address things like “food deserts” or urban areas where it’s hard to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food. The report found Mississippi has the highest childhood obesity rate at 25.4%, while Utah has the lowest rate at 8.7%.(Photo from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)last_img read more

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NCAA to restore Penn State football scholarships

first_imgIn this March 30, 2012 file photo, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell acknowledges the crowd after speaking at a campaign stop for President Obama at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)by Mark ScolforoAssociated Press WriterHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State will gradually get back football scholarships taken away over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the NCAA announced Tuesday, crediting the university for making significant improvements to its athletics programs.Five scholarships will be restored next year and more will be phased in until the school reaches normal totals in 2016-17, college sports’ governing body said. The NCAA said the decision was based on the recommendation of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who has been serving as Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor. “This action provides an opportunity to recognize Penn State’s significant momentum, while also providing additional opportunities for student-athletes,” said Wake Forest University president Nathan Hatch, chair of the NCAA’s Division I board of directors.A report commissioned by the school heavily criticized university leaders’ response to complaints about Sandusky. Penn State and the NCAA agreed to the penalties more than a year ago, shortly after Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse. They also require the school to pay a $60 million fine and serve a five-year ban on postseason play. The NCAA eliminated 112 wins by the football program.Penn State president Rodney Erickson called the restoration of scholarships particularly welcome news for student-athletes who want to attend Penn State “and will now have the means to do so.”The NCAA said it also may reduce the postseason, depending on the university’s future progress. Mitchell said it was premature to say which other sanctions might be changed.“This was a positive response to positive action, and as to the future, we’ll have to make judgments in the future,” Mitchell told reporters in a conference call.Mitchell said he recommended the restoration of scholarships, but the specific elements were decided by the NCAA and Big 10 conference. Earlier this month, Mitchell issued a report on the first year of his service as monitor, crediting Penn State for notable progress that included implementation of 119 recommendations made last summer by former FBI director Louis Freeh, who directed the school’s investigation into the scandal.Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys, including incidents inside Penn State athletics facilities. A state appeals court recently heard oral argument in his quest for a new trial.last_img read more

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Hardik Pandya ‘lends an arm’ to Shreyas Iyer in hilarious social media post

first_imgImage Courtesy: Instagram(@shreyas41)Advertisement xvNBA Finals | Brooklyn VszvcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eamcv( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cfsmnrWould you ever consider trying this?😱xh97Can your students do this? 🌚81q5tRoller skating! Powered by Firework With the South Africa ODI series cancelled and IPL 2020 postponed to 15th April, the Indian cricketers have some idle time to spend. The younger generation of the squad who are known for their wits and jests on social media, are no wonder keeping their fans entertained, as in comes Shreyas Iyer. The young run machine was seen in a social media post flexing a tattooed forearm, which was revealed to be actually of India’s superstar all rounder Hardik Pandya, who ‘lent an arm’ to his teammate for q quick selfie!Advertisement Yesterday, Shreyas Iyer posted two photos on his official Instagram. In the first pic, the 25 year old is seen with his forearm covered in tattoos and a gold watch, surprihttps://www.sportsindiashow.com/t20-world-cup-hopefully-go-ahead-planned-cricket-australia/sing to fans, their idol doesn’t bear any mark of ink on his body!Advertisement Iyer captioned the pic with: “Expectation vs Reality….👊🏽😂 Swipe left👈🏾 @hardikpandya93” because the Twist was in the second pic.Image Courtesy: Instagram(@shreyas41)In the second photo, Pandya is seen putting his left arm around Shreyas in a mirror selfie, so it appears as his hand instead. A clip was also included in the post of the two funny teammates putting up the hilarious picture.The witty joke got the attention of the followers, and even from some teammates who jumped in with their funny remarks.“Ohhhhh jeesssuuuuuuuusssssss @hardikpandya93 @shreyas41 🤣😂” Team India’s social media star Yuzvendra Chahal commented.KL Rahul came in to remind them to keep their hands clean amidst the Coronavirus pandemic: “Wash your hands boys @hardikpandya93 @shreyas4”However, Shreyas himself has been vocal about tackling the virus outbreak, and showed his concern towards the safety of the ppulation amidst the woeful situation.“Namaste 🙏 and stay safe 🙂 #CoronaVirus” the Delhi Capitals star recently posted on Instagram.Following a lengthy gap from international duty, Hardik Pandya was finally set to don the Men in Blue kit again when facing the Proteas. Unfortunately, the 26 year old didn’t get the chance to make it back to the 22 yards again after cancellation of the series.However, the superstar all rounder is all set to march to the pitch for Mumbai Indians next month, in a new all jacked up avatar, as Pandya has reported gained 7kg of muscles ahead of the blockbuster cricket tournament.Also read-T20 World Cup to (hopefully) go ahead as planned: Cricket AustraliaSachin compared fight against Coronavirus to Test cricket in plea to public Advertisementlast_img read more

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“Park” politics outside indigenous communities – NTC Vice Chairman

first_imgVice Chairman of the National Toshao Council (NTC) Lenox Shuman on Friday called on politicians to “park” their politics outside of indigenous peoples’ communities.Responding to Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock’s statement that Amerindian communities are being torn apart by “agents of division,” Shuman posited that this occurs when a community allows politics to seep in.Allicock on Monday had urged indigenous people to not be divided by agents of divisions. He stated that villages continue to struggle with division and so he encouraged them to work together. He instructed them to “ignore” the agents of divisions” and avoid them. “We need to work together as team ….urgent matters must be reported immediately at the village council and the ministry and the regional offices,” he said.Shuman stated that “politics have no right in communities” because of its negative impact on the people; and that the communities would be divided and would have different agenda, resulting in stagnation.“…people would have different agenda and this does not lead to meaningful development of indigenous communities,” he said, adding: “I think when elections are done, park all of that politics aside and let us work for what is best for the community and the same should be for nation building.”He pointed out that if politicians believe that they are working for the betterment of the people, then, “leave the politics outside of the small communities.”A section of the gathering at the National Toshaos Council meeting on Monday“There is no way that I will take a partisan position regardless of how I vote,” he said, suggesting that the leaders need to look after the needs of their people and stop with the politics.However, some Toshaos adamantly denied that their communities are divided by politics. One stated that the present administration has done nothing to develop his village and so he was waiting to see what will become of “all the talks” in the NTC annual Conference this year.Former President Bharrat Jagdeo had stated that policy directives are no longer in the hands of the substantive Ministry or Minister since Vice President and Minster of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sidney Allicock is ‘without authority.’“He is a good man,” Jagdeo praised but underscoring that the problem is that he is without authority since the decision-makers are seated at the Ministry of the Presidency.Jagdeo further lamented this situation by pointing to the fact that there are numerous ‘racist-oriented’ persons who now form the core of the decision-making process.The Government, on the other hand, has stated that they are in full support for the development of the Amerindian peoples and their communities. (Jeanna Pearson)last_img read more

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Govt promises increased royalties over time

first_imgNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has said that, over time, Government would be initiating moves to negotiate increased royalties and profits with US oil and gas company ExxonMobil, so as to benefit the people of Guyana.Speaking to the online oil and gas news agency “Oil Now”, Trotman explained that when ExxonMobil first came to Guyana, in 1999, experts had at that time said the arrangement that Government had then entered with the oil and gas giant was not the best, but was fair, given the risks involved. Now that it has been established that the basin has appreciable quantities of oil and gas, and new contracts are being signed, Government would seek to improve the terms of its agreement with Exxon, in order to obtain an increased share of the revenues flowing from that industry for the people of Guyana.Government has justified the two per cent royalty it has negotiated by contrasting it with the 50/50 share of the profits that it has negotiated to receive. Government has said this arrangement is a reasonable one, arrived at through the advice of experts. Some had opined that a revenue-sharing arrangement would be a better option than a profit-sharing one.“Also, the royalties (are) no doubt going to be increased, and of course we will look to perhaps greater profits or greater recovery. At the end of the day, we have experts standing by who will advise and do the negotiations for us,” Trotman told “Oil Now”.Just recently, responding to concerns about when profits would actually be split between ExxonMobil and Guyana, Trotman had said that Guyana would be paid its two per cent royalty and its percentage share of the profits from the time Exxon first starts extracting oil.“From the first barrel, Guyana will receive two per cent royalty. It will also receive a percentage of the profits. So 75 per cent of the profits will go towards (Exxon’s) cost recovery… So far, we’re looking at a $5 billion investment,” he had said.Trotman noted that the remaining 25 per cent of the profits would be split between Guyana, ExxonMobil and its partners. “So 25 per cent will be shared between Government and the partners,” Minister Trotman has stated.The world market price for oil presently stands at US$50. The resource is, however, notoriously volatile and is vulnerable to the ripples caused by global politics and economics.“So we’ve worked that out,” Minister Trotman has said. “And at about US$50 a barrel (of oil), Guyana is going to get a lot of money from day one.”Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (Exxon’s subsidiary) is the operator of the 6.6 million-acre Stabroek Block, and holds a 45 per cent interest therein. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30 per cent interest therein, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest as well.In May 2015, the oil giant ExxonMobil confirmed significant discovery of oil at its Liza 1 exploration well, where more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs were encountered.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations.Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent.last_img read more

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Rail to get safety fix up

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Drivers who cross the 65 miles of the Metrolink line that runs from the Antelope Valley to Union Station are in for some improvements aimed at making everyone’s trip safer. Most of the changes will be done on the line between Sylmar and downtown Los Angeles, and involve upgrading crossings to better block motorists when trains are passing. “We’re focusing on the most dangerous crossings right now,” Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said. “We are conducting a study evaluating the number of violations and dangerous behavior that sometimes have tragic results.” Tyrrell said that a recent enforcement exercise by Glendale police resulted in 96 tickets being given to drivers who failed to give trains the right of way. “We thought they might have been racing the train,” she said. “What we found out was that they simply weren’t paying attention.” Improvements may be as simple as installing longer gate arms or as drastic as putting concrete islands near the gates to change driver behavior. “Some crossings may even be closed,” she said. “We are going to do everything we can to avoid a potentially tragic situation.” The study is being financed by a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration. Once the study is completed, Metrolink has $3 million to start the most critical improvements. “We’re looking at crossings that used to be in rural and industrial areas where the community has moved in,” Tyrrell said. “Our job is to ensure that everyone’s contact with our trains is a safe one.” last_img read more

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COUNCILLOR LEADS BY EXAMPLE BY GETTING STUCK IN!

first_imgStranorlar area Councillor Liam Doherty is certainly leading by example!Councillor Liam Doherty gets stuck in.The Sinn Fein politician gets his sleeves rolled up recently in Convoy during community improvement works that was achieved through money attained form the Council’s Community Involvement Scheme.Cllr Liam Doherty said everyone can play their part in helping to improve their community. “Since the abolition of the LIS schemes and the reduction of road maintaince monies, local communities have had to get more involved and indeed have been encouraged to do so.“Recently in Convoy the Environmental Committee applied for monies through the community involvement scheme for improvement works at St Bridgets National School. Whilst the scheme is small it can still go along way in terms of improving your local environment.“I would encourage local community groups to plan ahead and consider making applications for when the scheme comes around again and I will certainly be advocating that money be made available through our local authority budget for next year.”  COUNCILLOR LEADS BY EXAMPLE BY GETTING STUCK IN! was last modified: September 29th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Liam Dohertyconvoydonegalworkslast_img read more

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Warriors HQ Podcast: Getting to the bottom of the Jordan Bell-Steve Kerr spat

first_imgThe Warriors are winners of eight straight games after Monday night’s win over the Lakers in Los Angeles, Klay Thompson is on fire, DeMarcus Cousins has been a tremendous edition, and Draymond Green is playing his best basketball of the year.But amid all of those good vibes, something negative popped up in Tuesday’s blowout win over the Lakers, when Jordan Bell and Warriors coach Steve Kerr were caught by TNT cameras in a fourth-quarter sideline spat.Is there cause for concern in Golden …last_img read more

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Can Swimming Pools Be Green?

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Question: What do the following homes have in common?Answer: All of these green homes have swimming pools. That shouldn’t come as a big surprise, since residential swimming pools are increasingly common in North America. Back in 1950, there were only 2,500 private residential pools in the U.S.; now there are over 7 million of them.Although residential pools no longer raise eyebrows, they nevertheless deserve the scrutiny of the green building community. Let’s be frank: swimming pools are energy and water hogs.In homes with swimming pools, more energy is used to run the pool pump than anything else except the heating system and air conditioner. In fact, the typical California pool uses enough electricity during the summer season to power the average home for three months.One study that looked at pool-pump energy use was conducted by Danny Parker, a senior researcher at the Florida Solar Energy Center. Parker monitored energy use at 204 Florida homes, 24% of which had swimming pools. On average, the pool pumps used 4,200 kWh per year. (For comparison, the average monitored home used 5,695 kWh per year for air conditioning and 2,227 kWh for water heating.)According to one source, homes with swimming pools use 58% more water than homes without pools. Another source reports that pool-equipped homes use twice as much water for outdoor uses as pool-free homes.The typical backyard swimming pool holds 16,000 to 20,000 gallons of water. Pool evaporation amounts to 3 to 7 feet of water per year. For a 15 by 30 foot pool, the range is 10,000 to 23,000 gallons per year for evaporation, plus about 25% to account for splashing. If the pool is filled once a year, it requires about 38,000 gallons of water every year.Residential water use varies from state to state, ranging from about 60 to 110 gallons per person per day — equal to 21,900… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

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The NDAA & the Ever-Evolving Military Healthcare System

first_imgWritten by: Christopher Plein, Ph.D., West Virginia University and MFLN Military Caregiving TeamIt is late September, which means that the pressure is on for Congress to pass appropriations legislation for the next fiscal year starting on October 1.  In recent years, Congress and the President have fallen short in meeting this deadline.  Budget season is now known for political showdowns and continuing resolutions. However, this year is different. Both the Senate and the House have approved appropriations for the new National Defense Authorization Act, although Presidential approval is still pending.  You can keep updated on the Act’s progress through various media outlets, including Stars and Stripes.A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about the new John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.  As we discussed, the new Act contains important provisions relating to military personnel and families. The NDAA also includes important provisions that will further shape and develop the ever-evolving military health system.The military health system has developed over the course of the 20thcentury in parallel to the civilian health system.  As new approaches to service delivery and new demands for healthcare services have emerged in society, the military has largely followed suit.  As we discussed in the May blog, we can trace this trend back to at least the 1930s.  This evolution has not been without controversy or challenges.In recent decades, two major developments have shaped the delivery of healthcare in the military. The first is the increasing reliance on healthcare delivered by providers “outside of the gate.”  The second major trend has been growing consumer demand for more comprehensive and effective services that benefit service members and their families.According to the Department of Defense, the Military Health System serves approximately 9.5 million beneficiaries both in the United States and overseas.  DOD estimates peg healthcare expenses at about 9 percent of the DOD’s annual base budget.  In preparing its request for the new NDAA, the DOD outlined its continuing strategy of relying evermore on purchased or contracted care delivered by providers rather than direct services provided by Military Treatment Facilities and affiliated facilities.The military health system, through the TRICARE program, relies greatly on third party administrators to coordinate contractual and payment arrangements with civilian-based providers. In adopting this approach, the DOD relies on regional TRICARE contractors or third party to administrators to help coordinate access to care and to manage billing and reimbursement for providers. An overview of major developments in TRICARE delivery is available through one our recent MFLN webinars. These and all of our webinars are archived through the MFLN website.Families are also increasingly aware, and advocate for, access to more specialized services and resources that can help in caregiving and treatment.  Recently the MFLN hosted a webinar on TRICARE benefits for behavioral health.  Next month, on October 17, we will host a webinar on TRICARE’s Enhance Care Health Option (ECHO) program that provides support to qualified family members with special care needs.As noted by the DOD, the annual NDAA process allows improvements and innovation aimed at addressing concerns to be developed and implemented. These efforts reflect, in part, assessments and studies that have been conducted by various government supported commissions and task forces established to assess military family well-being and healthcare.  This year’s NDAA is no different. In addition to continuing efforts to coordinate and manage care delivery in a large and complex system, other developments bear noting.Like their civilian counterparts, Military families are concerned about the increasing cost of insurance and healthcare coverage. The new NDAA mandates that no additional cost-share requirements be placed on service members and their families. As discussed in a recent Stars and Stripes article this is an added benefit to across the board raises that have been authorized for service members.Prescription drugs are an important part of today’s healthcare paradigm, but coordination of their use is not without challenge.  As in the civilian world, in the military there is greater attention being given to coordination of prescription practices, patient demand for specific brand name drugs, and the overall costs of prescription drugs. Reflecting our national awareness of the opioid crisis, increased efforts to monitor and control the prescription of opioids are being undertaken. These and other provisions are summarized in a recent Senate Armed Services Committee news release.We live in an era of post-modern healthcare characterized by a number of factors and concerns, not the least among these being that patients and their families expect responsive healthcare and will advocate for benefits and services.  In this way, healthcare in the military reflects broader developments in our society. This year’s NDAA reflects these broad social forces that are at work. We can continue to see further developments in the evolution of the Military Health System.last_img read more

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