Week educates students on positive body image

first_imgNext week, Saint Mary’s annual Love Your Body Week will educate students on how to maintain a healthy and self-accepting lifestyle in connection with National Eating Disorders Week. Sophomore Kelly Gutrich, co-chair of Love Your Body Week, said 2011 alumna Christina Grasso inspired the planning committee to incorporate eating disorder awareness into the Week’s events. Grasso co-founded the New York chapter of Project HEAL: Help to Eat, Accept and Live, which promotes self-acceptance and positive body image. Grasso said members of Project HEAL work as mentors and consultants to diminish society’s obsession with body image, which is a common cause of eating disorders. Only one in 10 of the approximately 24 million Americans suffering from eating disorders receives the necessary treatment, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. As an undergraduate at the College, Grasso helped begin Love Your Body Week in 2011 and spoke about her own battle with anorexia at one of the first events. “I am more than willing to get a little uncomfortable in front of a crowd disclosing parts of my own experience for the good of others,” Grasso said. “I battled an eating disorder for 10 years, and it gives great meaning to my journey to know that I have made the lives of others even slightly easier.” This year’s events related to Project HEAL’s mission will begin Monday with a panel discussion titled “Biting Back” at 7 p.m. in Madeleva Hall. Assistant professor of phsychology Bettina Spencer and 2011 alumna Gina Storti will speak Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theatre in the Student Center, presenting their research in a talk titled “Love your body? Body image at SMC compared to ND.” On Wednesday, assistant professor of communication studies Terri Russ will lecture on “Beautiful Body Battles, Why Are We All Chasing Unicorns?” at 7 p.m. in Carroll Auditorium in Madeleva Hall. These events are in keeping with the Project HEAL mission to promote positive mental and physical approaches to body image among women. “As an organization, we strive to raise awareness about eating disorders and raise funds to provide scholarships to send applicants to eating disorder treatment,” Grasso said.  Grasso said Project HEAL assists women who cannot afford treatment for these disorders. This treatment costs between $500 and $2,000 per day and is not usually covered by health care, according to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. “Since our launch five years ago, we have raised over $200,000 and sent seven applicants to treatment, all of whom are doing well and reclaiming their lives” Grasso said. “Inpatient and residential treatment for eating disorders are often imperative for survival and recovery. Visit theprojectheal.org for more information on Project HEAL. For more information on Love Your Body Week, visit saintmarys.edu/love-your-body-weeklast_img read more

Football News Don’t know the reasons why India is doing badly, says Alessandro Del Piero

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: Former Italy and Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero has ruled out a coaching role in the foreseeable future, including a stint in the Indian Super League, where he played last as a professional. The 44-year-old, who played for Delhi Dynamos in the inaugural 2014 ISL, is happy being a television pundit. The former World Cup-winning Italy forward had announced his retirement on October 15. He greeted a select Indian media group with a namaste on the sidelines of the Laureus World Sports Awards held here earlier this week.”I have been to India a couple of times for different reasons after my ISL stint. I am following what is happening in the league.  I had a great time there, a short time, just three months but happy that the league has grown, it is six months now. I quite like how things are moving,” he said.When asked why the Indian national team is not improving despite ISL being five seasons old, Del Piero said: “I  know what is going on with your national team but don’t know the reason why they are doing badly. It is not easy. One thing is how you grow the league and another is how the national team grows. It is not easy to balance.”Whether he would like to come back to India in a coaching job, he said: “Not at the moment. I see the game in a different way now, working with the tv. Thanks to my experiences in India and Australia my knowledge is growing.” Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero has ruled out a coaching role in the foreseeable future.He believes that India Football team is doing badly. He has also been a part of World-cup winning squad.  Talking about the ‘Ronaldo’ effect at Juventus this season, Del Piero is not surprised by the success of the star striker.”I am not surprised how good he is doing. Cristiano has the same mentality of Juventus. They want to win every game, ever friendly game, every training game. The result is there to see.”Now, they are in the toughest phase of the season. Juventus needs the best Ronaldo and Ronaldo needs the best Juventus. The team is really high level but the other teams are not. So they need more competition,” he added.last_img read more

Clippers trade Blake Griffin to Detroit Pistons, begin rebuild

first_imgNow, Williams could be on the move, too.So could Jordan.It all depends on how successful the Clippers are in completing their roster makeover. A league source said recently that West, in particular, hoped to rebuild the roster quickly in the wake of the Paul trade and the signing of Griffin in order to be better positioned financially. The team acquired a protected 2018 first-round pick and a 2019 second-round selection from the Pistons.Trading Griffin, Williams and Jordan could signal the end of the Clippers’ playoff chase. They were one game out of the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference standings and one game above .500 at 25-24 after a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.It would also conclude what had been the most successful chapter in franchise history by far. The Clippers won 50 games in five consecutive seasons and qualified for the playoffs in six straight, after acquiring Paul from New Orleans in a franchise-altering trade Dec. 14, 2011.The Clippers could not get past the second round of the playoffs, watching from afar as the Golden State Warriors rocketed to NBA titles in 2015 and ’17. The Warriors appear primed to win it all again this season while the Clippers struggle to secure a playoff berth.Injuries appeared to doom the Clippers’ season before it got started. At one point, they played without four of their opening-night starters, including Griffin, who suffered a sprained left knee and a concussion that have limited him to 33 games. He averaged 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists.But the Clippers regrouped and fought their way back into the race.Now, their future is uncertain, with three new players joining their roster at midseason.Bradley is a 27-year-old guard in his seventh season who averaged 15 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 40 games with the Pistons in 2017-18. He is in the final season of a four-year, $32 million deal, which could give the Clippers financial flexibility in the free-agent market in the offseason.Harris is a 25-year-old small forward in his sixth season who averaged 18.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2 assists in 48 games. He is signed through next season, with a $14.8-million price tag after making $16 million this season.Marjanovic, 29, is a 7-foot-3 center from Serbia in his second season in the NBA. He averaged 6.2 points, 3 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 19 games. He is signed through 2018-19, making $7 million for this season and the next one.The Clippers are said to be seeking young players and draft picks as they attempt to trade Jordan and Williams. They tried to sign Jordan to a contract extension last summer, but couldn’t agree on a new deal. Jordan can opt out of his contract at season’s end.Williams also can be a free agent July 1.Depending how much salary cap room they create and when, the Clippers could be in line to pursue perceived Lakers targets LeBron James and/or Paul George this summer, but more likely are positioning themselves to be major players for a 2019 free-agent class that could include Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson among others.The Clippers’ change of course also opens the possibility that Rivers could depart. He signed a five-season, $50 million contract before the 2014-15 season, after leaving the Boston Celtics, who had started a rebuilding project after advancing to the NBA Finals in 2008 and ’10, winning in ’08.Earlier this season, while the injury-depleted team was mired in a nine-game losing streak, there were rumors that the Clippers were poised to replace Rivers. The team rallied around each other as players have returned from injuries and that chatter died last month.Griffin, who turns 29 in March, leaves a Clippers legacy that includes a number of serious injuries and playoff disappointments. He was the No. 1 overall pick in 2009 out of Oklahoma. After sitting out all of the 2009-10 season because of a kneecap injury, he went on to win unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year honors after a stellar 2010-11.Less than a week before their 2017-18 regular-season opener Oct. 19, Griffin discounted the widely-held notion that it would be transitional season for the Clippers, particularly in the wake of the Paul trade and the arrival of nine new players.“To me, transitional makes it seem like it’s a rebuilding year or something like that,” Griffin said. “I guess it would be rebuilding if we had done something. We haven’t really done anything over the past five, six years. It’s different. It’s a different team. It’s a different look.“I don’t know about transitional.” The tear-down began Monday. The Clippers traded power forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons, a move team president Lawrence Frank described as “very difficult” but “we ultimately felt it was appropriate for the franchise.”The Clippers also sent forward Brice Johnson and center Willie Reed to Detroit in exchange for guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, center Boban Marjanovic and two draft picks in a blockbuster deal that ended an era of unprecedented success.It could be the first of several deals the Clippers make before the trade deadline Feb. 8, although nothing is set in stone, according to an NBA source. They also could trade center DeAndre Jordan and sixth man Lou Williams, positioning themselves for an offseason free-agent spending spree in the summer of 2019.Within an hour of ESPN breaking the news in the afternoon, Griffin reacted by tweeting a GIF of actor/rapper Will Smith making a surprised face. A formal announcement wasn’t made until late Monday evening. The Clippers face the Pistons on Feb. 9 in Detroit. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Blake Griffin had a tremendous impact on this organization and his legacy within the community of Los Angeles will be permanent,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a statement. “It was a pleasure getting to know and cheer for Blake. I wish him, as well as Brice and Willie, the best of luck. While change is hard, my confidence in our front office, led by Lawrence Frank and (General Manager) Michael Winger, along with the sage counsel of Jerry West, has never been higher. I believe today, more than ever, in our ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship.”Team executives, including Ballmer, Coach Doc Rivers and special consultant West, agreed to sign Griffin to a five-season, $173-million contract last July. Their pitch to Griffin was that his would be the first jersey to be retired in the Clippers’ inglorious history.After their free agent meeting, the Clippers’ front-office team led Griffin into a darkened Staples Center, where a choir sang while a faux jersey was raised to the rafters and a public address announcer said, “Tonight, we are honoring a lifelong Clipper …”Griffin became the face of the franchise after the Clippers agreed to trade future Hall of Fame point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets for a package of players that included Williams and Patrick Beverley. Griffin’s status as the first Clipper for Life lasted only 49 games.Griffin did not receive a no-trade clause in his new contract. Never forget the all-too-true joke Blake Griffin told about being traded during a stand-up set in 2016… [NSFW] pic.twitter.com/XypJzFmKk3— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 29, 2018last_img read more