Truth or dairy Expert says Food Guide changes long overdue

first_imgMONTREAL (NEWS 1130) – The latest incarnation of the Canada Food Guide is now out, and it has some major changes, doing away with those traditional food groups and even portion sizes.The guide is being updated for the first time in a decade, to reflect a new approach by Health Canada aimed at promoting healthier eating and lifestyle choice.It’s a move Dalhousie University’s Dr. Sarah Kirk says is long overdue.“Probably the most unique change, if you’d like, is the more plant-based recommendations in the guide. Yes, it does mean that we would be looking at reducing intakes of animal food products, be they meat or dairy foods, and really recommending the increase in more plant-based foods.”The professor of health promotions says unhealthy food are “very prevalent” in Canadians’ food environment, as well as culture. She hopes this guide will help tackle that.“What I think is going to come out of the Food Guide is this real focus on recognizing the complexity of the food environment in which we’re making decisions, and recognizing ways we can support people to be able to achieve and health the foods that they’re eating.”The new Food Guide has less of an emphasis on red meat, and more on plant-based proteins. It also de-emphasizes the daily-recommended intake of dairy, even subbing water as the drink of choice replacing milk.Kirk says she’s also heartened that Health Canada did not take input from industries when making its recommendations.“Personally speaking… there’s a lot of research that supports what’s coming out in the recommendations, and I’m really pleased to see that the Government of Canada is actually being informed by that evidence,” she explains.The new Food Guide was developed with input from science and health experts, and excluded the input of industry to avoid past concerns about political interference.In response to what the beef and dairy industries may think, Kirk points out the recommendations aren’t necessarily saying to cut these items out of your diet completely.“I think they also have to recognize you can’t eat these things, it’s just saying that the balance that we’re having in our diet needs to shift. We want to reduce chronic diseases — and chronic disease account for approximately a third of the direct health care costs that Canadians face.”She points to rates of obesity, diabetes, and cardiac disease increasing, as well as rates of cancer.“Rates of cancer are increasing, and they’re very strongly related to the food that we eat,” Kirk adds. “So we have to start recognizing these complex factors that are actually making us sick.”‘Food insecurity’ is a concert: KirkHowever, following a healthy diet may not come easy to everyone. Kirk points to “food insecurity” as an obstacle.“Healthier food tends to be more expensive, and it’s less available,” she explains. “I think we have to recognize that there are a number of Canadians who cannot afford to eat according to Canada’s Food Guide — the previous version or the new version.”The new guide also says to cut back on processed foods, saturated fat and sugary drinks, and increase vegetable, fruit and whole grains intake.“Dietary risks are one of the top three leading risk factors for chronic disease burden in Canada, however nutrition science is complex and often results in conflicting messages. This is why Canadians need credible healthy-eating information to guide their food choices,” Hasan Hutchinson director-general of nutritional policy and promotion at Health Canada, says. “These are the reasons for which it was necessary to revise Canada’s Food Guide.”New messages are also included in the new guide that promote healthy behaviours involving food, such as reminding people to be mindful while eating and to eat meals with others.last_img read more

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla celebrates canine therapy volunteers

first_imgScripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla celebrates canine therapy volunteers 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsScripps Health therapy dogs and their human companions gathered in front of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla Tuesday to celebrate the Best in Show canine volunteers and present them with blue ribbons.This annual event recognizes the important service provided by these specially trained dogs and their human companions — an important part of the caregiving teams at Scripps hospitals. KUSI Newsroom, April 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonights Meeting May 14

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, May 14, 2018 at 7pm at Town Hall (Room 9).There is a great deal of of noteworthy items on the agenda, including:Selectmen will choose a new Chairman.Selectmen will hear presentation from Planning Director Valerie Gingrich regarding Over 55 Affordable Housing at Spruce Farm. Selectmen will then consider signing the necessary application and submitting it to the Department of Housing & Community Development.Selectmen will also hear a presentation from Planning Director Valerie Gingrich regarding an Inter-Muncipal Agreement for Regional Housing Services Office. Selectmen will then consider signing the agreement.Selectmen will hear a presentation from Recreation Director Karen Campbell regarding the town’s field use policy. Selectmen will then consider accepting the policy.Selectmen will consider the request of Recreation Director Karen Campbell to the use the Town Common and Gazebo for Concerts on the Common on Wednesdays, July 11, July 18, July 25 and August 1, with Thursday night rain dates.Selectmen will consider the request of Veterans Services Director Lou Cimaglia, and Friends of Tim Ryan organization, to install a memorial bench in the Veterans’ Lot at Wildwood Cemetery.Selectmen will consider approving the TIF agreement with Analog Devices and submitting the necessary application to the Economic Assistance Coordinating Council.Selectmen will establish a schedule for interviewing for Town Counsel candidates.Selectmen will consider a Common Victualer License for the new owner of Heav’nly Donuts.Town Manager Jeff Hull will update Selectmen on the deployment of AED units on Town Property.An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:15pm to discuss firefighter contract negotiations.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-G — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon.  The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on each of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple typically live-tweets the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Analog Devices Expansion, Ristuccia Arena, Open Space, Flood Insurance On Agenda For MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Childhood Cancer Study, Olin, Cook Ave., Recreation Dept. Update On Agenda For Tonight’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

New Statue At US Open Honors African America

first_img by NPR News Richard Gonzales 8.26.19 11:10pm In a long overdue tribute to the first African American to break international tennis’ color barrier, a new statue of Althea Gibson was unveiled at the opening day of the U.S. Open.The statue is comprised of five granite blocks and created by American sculptor Eric Goulder. It sits outside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.In 1947, Gibson broke into the elite ranks of the tennis world winning the first 10 consecutive American Tennis Association women’s titles. (The ATA was the tennis equivalent of baseball’s Negro Leagues.) At the age of 23, Gibson became the first African American player to compete in the U.S. Nationals, the precursor to the U.S. Open, in 1950.Between 1956 to 1958, Gibson made her mark. She won 11 majors, and was the first black player to win the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. When she retired in 1958, she was the top-ranked woman in tennis having won more than 50 singles and doubles championships.Perhaps because she was a star during a period when tennis champs made no real money and because she was a woman, more than a few people believe Gibson did not get all of the respect she earned as a trailblazer.”Recognizing for me as an African American woman and recognizing what Althea stood for and understanding that she truly broke the color barrier for tennis – a lot of people think it’s Arthur [Ashe], but it was Althea 11 years before him,” said Katrina Adams, former president and CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association.Adams, along with Billy Jean King, helped lead the campaign for the Gibson statue.”I said, ‘She’s our Jackie Robinson of tennis and she needs to be appreciated for it, and she’s not,’ ” King told the Undefeated in 2018. “I wanted something there that was permanent. I didn’t want just a one-day highlight.””It’s about bloody time,” said Angela Buxton of Britain, who won the 1956 French and Wimbledon doubles championships with Gibson, referring to the statue as quoted by the Associated Press.Buxton, who is Jewish, shared more than doubles titles with Gibson. She knew first hand what Gibson endured as a black competitor in a sport dominated then by white players.”Althea, with her two ticker-tape parades, still wasn’t allowed into a hotel where the whites sleep or a water fountain to drink where whites drink, but she helped to break that down,” Buxton said.After leaving the tennis world, Gibson had a brief career as a golfer, becoming the first African American woman to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association.Etched on one of the granite blocks of the Gibson statue is a quote from her: “I hope that I have accomplished just one thing: that I have been a credit to tennis and my country.”Gibson died in 2003 at the age of 76.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Frank Franklin II New Statue At U.S. Open Honors African American Tennis… last_img read more