Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Teen Sports Faces a Nutritional-Supplement Debate

A question of whether companies should market their products to young athletes

U.S. Olympic hopeful Michael Andrew, near above, is 16 and endorses a supplement company called P2Life. PHOTO: CHRISTIAN PETERSEN/GETTY IMAGES

Friday, January 8, 2016

Myers Pedestrian Bridge reopening

I know the official reopening is tomorrow. But, since I'm be that way all the time (in my running shoes), I thought I'd check on it. And...yep...I found it open already. 

Thanks, Cites of Laf & WL and contractors for the remodel. So glad to get away from the auto traffic. 

ORU freshmen are all wearing fitness trackers in pioneer program

ORU freshman Eden Watson, 19, works out while wearing a Fitbit in the Aerobic Center at ORU in Tulsa, Okla., taken on Jan. 6, 2016. All incoming ORU freshmen are being required to wear Fitbit watches as part of ORU's whole-person philosophy, spirit, soul and body. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
By Bill Sherman                        TulsaWorld.com
Eden Watson can tell you exactly how many steps she has taken today, and how many minutes of aerobic exercise she has accumulated this week.
The Oral Roberts University freshman is not alone. All 900 incoming students at ORU can do the same thing, and the school itself has access to each student’s data.
Watson, a 2015 graduate of Jenks High School, is part of a pioneer program that requires all incoming freshmen at ORU to wear Fitbit health and fitness tracking watches on their wrists to record their heart rate and physical activity all day, every day.
The devices are not new. They have been popular with fitness advocates for some time.

And ORU’s emphasis on mandatory physical fitness is not new. It’s part of the school’s whole-person educational philosophy initiated a half century ago by the university’s founder, the late Oral Roberts.
The full story can be found HERE. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020; Eight Edition

Head do this LINK for all the details and links. 

Table of Contents

Message from the Secretaries


Executive Summary


Chapter 1. Key Elements of Healthy Eating Patterns

Chapter 2. Shifts Needed To Align With Healthy Eating Patterns

Chapter 3. Everyone Has a Role in Supporting Healthy Eating Patterns

New "Dietary Guidelines" Recommends Eating Less Sugar & Meat

New "Dietary Guidelines" Recommends Eating Less Sugar & Meat

CSPI Praises Specific Recommended Limits on Added Sugars and Saturated Fat at 10 Percent of Calories Each
January 7, 2016
Americans should be eating more fruits and vegetables and less added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium, according to the federal government’s new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The once-every-five-years publication, written jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services with the advice of an expert panel of scientists, provides the government’s basic nutrition advice and forms the basis for much federal, state, and local food policy.
Notably, the 2015 Guidelines released today recommends consuming less than 10 percent of calories each from added sugars and saturated fat. The evidence is strong, the Guidelines states, that diets with less meat are associated with reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. Moderate evidence indicates that those eating patterns are associated with a reduced risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer, according to the publication. Teen boys and adult men also “need to reduce overall intake of protein foods by decreasing intakes of meats, poultry, and eggs and increasing amounts of vegetables or other underconsumed food groups,” according to the Guidelines.
“Of course while the government publishes this earnest and well-intentioned advice, the soft-drink, restaurant, snack-food, meat, and cheese industries will continue to spend billions of dollars promoting foods and beverages that directly contradict that advice,” Jacobson said. “Those sophisticated marketing campaigns make it harder for Americans to eat diets that will protect against obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other serious diet-related problems.” 
The full story is available at the Center for Science in the Public Interest website. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Welcome 2016!!!

A HUGE Thank You to everyone that touched my life in 2015 and made it a great year. 

I wish everyone a great 2016 !!!

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
- Traditional Gaelic Blessing