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One 19th-century artist’s effort to grapple with tuberculosis resonates during COVID-19 – Reading Eagle

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Elizabeth Lee, Dickinson College

(THE CONVERSATION) Like everyone else, artists have been challenged by new conditions and routines since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have had to adjust what they make as well as how and where they work, coming up with innovative ways to be productive in makeshift studios with limited supplies and in relative isolation.

One thing is certain, though: In response to daily headlines of devastating illness, suffering and death, the need for creative expression and meaningful reflection on loss remains essential.

For the past several years, Ive been researching the impact of disease on late 19th-century American artists. At the time, medical science was ill-equipped to manage rising rates of communicable disease, leaving art to help fill a need to comprehend and process illness.

One of the artists featured in my forthcoming book on art and disease is the painter Abbott Thayer, whose life and work underwent dramatic change following the death of his wife from tuberculosis. For the grieving painter, art functioned as a kind of medicine.

A romantic disease

In the late 18th century, tuberculosis started to be tinged with romanticism; it was thought of as an illness that could lead to elevated consciousness, creative insight and intellectual acuity. The poet John Keats and the pianist Frdric Chopin both died young from tuberculosis, cementing its reputation as an affliction of artists.

An early biographer of Robert Louis Stevenson argued that tuberculosis enhanced the writers talent, and in a sculptural relief depicting Stevenson during a stay in New York City, Augustus Saint-Gaudens portrays the bohemian writer with long hair and a cigarette in hand, looking alert and productive, despite being propped up by a stack of pillows in bed. As one critic observed, the relief captured Stevensons picturesque unfitness, as though illness heightened his allure.

If the effects of the disease were poorly understood, so too was the way in which it spread.

For hundreds of years, the cause of disease was believed to be miasmas, or foul-smelling air. Eventually, in the 1880s, medical science realized invisible microorganisms were the source of contagion, and that germs could be quietly passed from person to person. Unlike miasmas, which could be identified through smell, germs moved undetected through crowded cities. They were everywhere.

Pure air and healthy living

By the time the wife of painter Abbott Thayer succumbed to the disease in 1891, germ theory was widely accepted and would have been familiar to the artist, who was the son of a physician and public health expert. Fearing his three young children would be next, he sought out a healthy environment a place with plenty of fresh air and surrounded by nature, where the family could eat nutritious meals, roam freely outdoors and get plenty of rest.

The Thayers werent the only family looking for therapeutic settings. The 1870s marked the start of the sanatorium movement, in which individuals who had tuberculosis, or thought they might, were able to steel themselves against the illness in medically supervised, open-air compounds often near the mountains, desert or the sea. At the time, tuberculosis was the cause of roughly one in seven deaths in the U.S.

The life Thayer created for him and his children in Dublin, New Hampshire, was modeled on this type of facility. Their home, at the base of Mount Monadnock, gave the family ample opportunities to be immersed in fresh mountain air, which was then thought to be the purest type of air.

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On a typical day, Thayer spent his morning painting and then climbed Monadnock or took long trail walks with his family. These outdoor activities encouraged the kind of deep breathing believed to free toxins from contaminated lungs.

The Thayers also slept outdoors in individualized lean-tos a three-sided shelter that allowed them to breathe fresh air throughout the night. Thayer also invented a breath catcher a device worn around the nose and mouth, not unlike the protective masks of today which prevented the bodys noxious exhalations from freezing onto bedding at night, according to the thinking of the time. He also wore a special kind of wool underwear marketed for its protective qualities against disease in a further attempt to avoid germs.

Angels of vigor

While Thayer was working to protect the health of his family, his art underwent a shift.

Early in his career, Thayer mostly painted landscapes and portraits. But following the illness of his wife Kate, Thayer turned his own children Mary, Gerald and Gladys into the primary subjects of his work.

In the first of these, Angel, he painted his eldest child Mary as a heavenly creature, whose pale, chalky skin underscored by her white robe and wings conveys a fragility evoking the effects of tuberculosis.

The painting brings together the contradiction of a healthy daughter and sickly mother, collapsing the promise of wholesome youth and the fear of bodily disintegration.

In A Virgin of 189293, Thayer depicted all three children standing outside. The clouds, which emerge from Marys shoulders as wings, allude to Thayers earlier depiction of her in Angel and thus to her role as a stand-in for his late wife.

Given the way in which Kates illness focused the familys attention on nature and health, it seems significant, too, that the children, shown barefoot and windswept, walk vigorously and purposefully. Their classical clothing pays tribute to the ancient Greeks, celebrated in Thayers time for their commitment to physical fitness and outdoor living.

Immersed in a therapeutic environment while perhaps on one of their treks up Monadnock, Thayers children embody the life their father embraced. They become models of healthy outdoor living in an era of contagious disease.

The image may look antiquated, but it resonates today.

Both tuberculosis and COVID-19 target the lungs. Symptoms for both diseases include shortness of breath and coughing. There was no effective way to treat tuberculosis until the development of streptomycin in the 1940s, so prevention and perseverance during Thayers time as with COVID-19 often involved good hygiene and healthy living. Like Mary, Gerald and Gladys, we are still taking walks in nature in an effort to escape the psychological and physical limitations of quarantine.

Today, filling our lungs with fresh air remains a reassuring sign of health just as it did more than a century ago.

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Weight Loss: These Metabolism Boosting Teas Can Help You Maintain A Healthy Weight – Doctor NDTV

Better metabolism can result in effective weight loss. Several diet and lifestyle changes can help boost metabolism. Here are some teas you must try.

A well balanced diet can help in maintaining a healthy weight

Metabolism plays an important role in weight management. It is a process by which your body converts the foods and drinks consumed into energy. Several factors can affect your metabolism. These may vary from diet to lifestyle. The better the metabolism the better is weight loss. When it comes to drinks, tea is one of the most common options to choose from. Many love to drink tea and are addicted to their daily cup. Here's a good news for all the tea lovers who are trying to lose weight. Several teas can help boost metabolism which can contribute to better weight management. Here are some teas you can try to boost your metabolism. Also, know other health benefits these can offer.

Green tea is loaded with several health benefits. It is commonly consumed for weight loss. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants. It also helps in boosting metabolism resulting in improved weight loss.

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Ginger is a commonly used ingredient. It is commonly added to teas to enhance the taste. Ginger also offers immunity-boosting properties. Sipping ginger tea boosts metabolism and also helps in preventing sore throat.

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Oolong tea is beneficial for your heart. Studies also suggest that oolong tea can also help reduce the risk of diabetes and improves brain function. This tea is also helpful in weight loss as it improves metabolism.

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Peppermint tea has a refreshing tea. Drinking this tea also helps ensure better sleep. It is also beneficial for your immune system. This tea is also beneficial for digestion. You can give a boost to your weight loss journey with this minty tea.

Several herbal teas can help boost metabolism that support the weight loss processPhoto Credit: iStock

Pu-erh tea may also help promote weight loss and boost metabolism. It can also help in improving cholesterol levels. If you have any pre-existing conditions consult an expert before adding it to your diet.

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Do not overdose with these teas. You can consult your dietician to know the perfect fit in your diet. Also, discuss if you have any medical condition.

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Young Living Promotes Prasad Gankanda to EVP of Sales – The Herald Journal

LEHI, Utah, July 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Young Living, the world's leading provider of essential oils, today announced the promotion of Prasad Gankanda to executive vice president of global sales. As Prasad joins the executive leadership team, he will be responsible for global sales and expanding operations and maintaining Young Living's world class customer and business experience.

"As we lead our company through unprecedented times, Prasad has been instrumental in directing our sales team across the globe through the business challenges that come from a pandemic. He is an essential addition to our executive leadership team," said Jared Turner, president and COO of Young Living. "Prasad brings tremendous value to Young Living through his entrepreneurial spirit, using his creativity to help push everyone beyond their limits."

Prasad has over 10 years of experience in directing global business operations. Since joining Young Living in 2015, he has successfully expanded into new markets such as South Korea, South Africa, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Macau, ensuring the standards of the company and delivering first-class services. He has brought high efficiency and productivity throughout his teams around the world.

Through Prasad's technical knowhow, he has improved inventory, enhanced delivery quality and implemented new operational enhancements. Just as Prasad has shown amazing leadership in operations, he has equally shown his skill over the past year leading global sales for all regions around the world. With Prasad's leadership, his team has quickly been able to pivot during this time, stabilize, and capitalize on growth. Prior to Young Living, Prasad held senior positions at MonaVie where he led engineering, manufacturing and supply chain.

"I have always been impressed by the innovative spirit at Young Living and I have big visions for the future," said Gankanda. "In order to scale our high standards as we continue to build, I look forward to working closely with my teams to do their best work. I am passionate about advocating for our markets and members to make sure they have a voice within the company and that they have the tools they need to be successful. Our members are our number one asset."

To learn more about Young Living's global leadership team, visit

About Young Living Essential Oils Young Living Essential Oils, LC, based in Lehi, Utah, is the world leader in essential oils, offering the highest quality oil-infused products available. Young Living takes its industry leadership seriously, setting the standard with its proprietary Seed to Seal quality commitment, which involves three critical pillars: Sourcing, Science, and Standards. These guiding principles help Young Living protect the planet and provide pure, authentic products that its members can feel confident about using and sharing with friends and family. Young Living's productswhich all come from corporate-owned farms, partner farms, and Seed to Seal-certified suppliersnot only support a healthy lifestyle but also provide opportunities for over 6 million global members to find a sense of purpose and whole-life wellness by aligning their work with their values and passions. For more information, visit, follow @youngliving on Instagram, or like us on Facebook.

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Arizona’s major universities will reopen soon. Here’s what they plan – AZCentral

At Northern Arizona University, in-person courses will resume Aug. 31 with students alternating between remote and in-person classes as determined by theprofessor.(Photo: Northern Arizona University)

The spread of COVID-19 in Arizona is much wider than it was in March, when Arizona colleges shifted to online classes mid-semester to help curb the diseases spread.

But all intend to go back to school in person at some point in the coming months.

Arizonas COVID-19 situation started spiraling, making it a new hotspot and stretching hospital resources thin. In the past few weeks, Arizonas cases and hospitalizations have declined slightly, but arestill at very high levels.

Already, Grand Canyon University and Northern Arizona University have pushed back their in-person fall start dates to allow case numbers to decline. They will start the semester online, then move to in-person classes later.

Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and the Maricopa Community Colleges are starting their semesters in person, with offerings of online, in-person and hybrid courses.

All colleges will look different than they did last fall, before COVID-19 was widespread in the United States. Students and faculty can expect to see social distancing, masks, limited class sizes and extensive sanitizing of common areas.

These colleges face pressures of all kinds in decisions to reopen financial, educational, political and societal. Enrollment in some cases may be lower than expectations, crunching budgets. NAU and UA have had layoffs and planned furloughs in response to potential shortfalls.

Some students say they want to return to campus and that they learn better in person, while others have said theyre too concerned about safety measures to take classes in person. Faculty and staff, who are often older than traditional students and could have higher risk for complications if they contract the virus, have said theyre worried about safety as well.

Arizona colleges have worked on return-to-campus plans for months. Here are the basics of major colleges plans for fall classes.

ASU announced health guidance for the university in June, which includes mandatory face coverings on campus, daily health screenings and social distancing.(Photo: The Republic)

When do classes start: Aug. 20 is the first day of the fall semester. Fall break, which was originally scheduled for Oct. 12-13, was canceled to reduce travel risk, according to the university website.

Online or in person options:Classes will be taught in three waysin-person, ASU Sync and online.

University officials said the majority of all courses offered in the fallwill bea blend of in-person and ASU Sync, meaning students will alternate between attending class in-person and through a live lecture via Zoom.

About 2% of all fall courses, including labs, clinical experiencesand hands-on fine arts courses, that are not conducive to remote learning will be offered exclusively in-person. Courses with more than 100 students enrolled will only be offered via ASU Sync,the university said. As of Wednesday, that amounted tofewer than 4%of courses, they said.

What safety precautions are being taken:ASU announced health guidance for the university in June, which includes mandatory face coverings on campus, daily health screenings and social distancing. Face coverings are mandatory for all students, employees and visitors to the university in all indoor spaces and outdoor spaces where social distancing is not possible, such assidewalks, bike racks, parking garagesand public transportation, ASU officials said.

In addition to cleaning classrooms daily, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available to students in classrooms. All on campus students, faculty and staff will receive a "Community of Carekit" with a thermometer and two face masks, the university said in its announcement of CARES Act funds distribution plans.

"Individuals or groups choosing to ignore the rules not only jeopardize their own health, but the health of others and will be subject to a range of appropriate disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct," the university said Wednesday."We need all members of the ASU community to do their part and adhere to public health guidelines in order to have a successful semester."

On-campus social gatherings that are not in compliance with health guidance for the fall semester are not allowed, the university said, adding that they also plan to take action against any off-campus social guidelines that are "purposefully designed to disregard public health protocols." It's a policy that has been in place at the university since before the COVID-19 pandemic, they said.

Testing plans:ASU offers a free saliva-based COVID-19 test to all students and employees. University officials said results are typically available in about 24 to 48 hours.

There is no limit currently as to the number of free tests a person can get, they said.

What's happening with dorms: About 15,000 students are currently signed up to live in on-campushousing, university officials said. It's a number they say is in line with previous years.

Early move-in for residential assistants and other arrangements will begin Aug. 1. Maricopa County-based students willbegin move-in the week following, on Aug. 5-9.

The university announced Thursday that all students living in university housing will need to test negative for COVID-19 with a PCR test prior to move-in. They are requiredto upload proof of the test via the ASU Services Patient Portal at least 48 hours prior to their scheduled move-in time, the university said. All other students are encouraged, but not required to get tested for COVID-19 before returningto campus.

Visitors will not be allowed in residence halls and both indoor and outdoor community spaces may be restricted depending on local conditions, ASU said.

On-campus dining will be takeout only with prepackaged, disposable utensils. Touchless payments, physical distancing in lines, Plexiglass barriers and extended hours will also be implemented in dining halls, according to the university website.

ASU also plans to maintain vacant rooms in residence halls for isolation. The university said they will communicate directly with students about isolation requirements, medical advice and information on their recent activities and contacts. The school will then check-in with students who have tested positive at leastdaily, they said.

What school leaders are saying:ASU President Michael Crow saiduniversity officials have worked around the clock to ensure all ASU campuses are prepared to transition into the upcoming academic year.

Crow cautioned that a "dramatic shift" in the virus could change operational plansand said university is prepared to "adapt and pivot," if needed.

"Campus life will look different in many ways and we will all need to make adjustments," Crow said last week. "But with the cooperation and care of every member of the ASU community, I am confident that we will have a successful fall semester."

When do classes start: Aug. 24, 2020 is the first day of the fall 2020 semester at University of Arizona. Though, UA President Robert Robbins said Thursday in a weekly reentry briefing that only about 5,000 students will attend in-person classes in the first week.

Robbins said the university plans a staged launch of in-person classes. In the first week of classes, he said only students in essential in-person classes, such as labs or fine arts courses, as well as classes scheduled to be held outdoors will start in-person instruction. All other classes will be online, he said.

The following week, in-person or flex in-person courses with 30 or fewer students will start in-person courses. Robbins said the university expects about 14,000 individuals to be on campus in week two.

All remaining in-person and flex in-person courses will start in-person instruction in the third week of the semester, he said.

All classes will end the semester online after Thanksgiving break, according to the university's website.

Online or in person options:The university plans to offer classes in four ways: in-person, flex in-person, live online and iCourse.About 50% of courses in each department are expected to be offered in-person, according to an university official.

Information about how each course will be offered is published online for students via their university web portal, they said.

Testing:Theuniversity is implementing a plan called Test, Trace, Treat,which details plans for COVID-19 testing, contract tracing and treatment.

Three different tests are available at UAto diagnose and track the virus: an antibody test, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and an antigen test.The PCR test, which is the most accurate test for current presence of COVID-19, will be used for individuals showing symptoms of the virus. The antigen test, which also tests for current presence of COVID-19, will be used to test as many students, faculty and staff as possible when they return to campus. The antibody test is currently available for essential workers, but the university plans to have the test available to students and faculty soon, according to the university website.

What safety precautions are being taken:UA has multiple campus reentry working groups who have workedto develop a variety of safety precautions and procedures, according to the university website.

Face coverings are required on-campus in buildings and outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible, the university said. Modified traffic flows, one-way indoor pathways and a reduction of students in classrooms by at least 50% also were implemented to increase social distancing, they said.

The university has also engineered improved air filtration and increased fresh air ventilation in classroom, according to the website. All classrooms will be cleaned at least five days a week and disinfectant and hand sanitizer will be available throughout campus, they said.

University officials acknowledged at a June 16 campus reentry meeting thatthere were concerns voiced about students following necessary public health measures. They said student ambassadors from multiple health departments and programs at the university will lead efforts to educate, inform and encourage peers to follow guidelines.

What's happening with dorms:Move in will start Aug. 14 and last through Aug. 22, according to the university website.

UAPresident Robert C. Robbins said Thursdayabout 5,500 students are still planning to live on campus, about 1,100 fewer students than Robbins said had made deposits for university housing during a June 16 briefing.

The university announced Tuesday that students who have already paid their deposit have three options:living on campus for the full academic year, late arrival and canceling their housing application.Students also have the option to defer their enrollment, the school said.

All students who elect to live on campus are required to take a free, on-campus antigen test, which will be administered upon check-in. If a student tests negative, they will then be allowed to move-in to their dorm. Any student who tests positivewill go to an isolation dorm for a 10-day isolation, the university said.

What school leaders are saying: Robbins continued to emphasize Thursday thatthe university willto monitor public health conditions and adjust reentry plans, if necessary.

"We have a plan and we have confidence that our students, faculty and staff will carry it out," Robbins said in UA's weekly reentry meeting. "But if we see noncompliance or if the public health conditions require it, we will shut this down."

People who don'tfeel comfortable returning to campus will not be forced to do so, he added.

"There are some people who don't want to come back to campus and I understand that," Robbins said."We are not forcing anyone to come back on campus. If you choose to do it, we welcome you and these are the guidelines we will use going forward."

When do classes start: Aug. 12 online, Aug. 31 in person. Northern Arizona University originally planned to resume in person instruction on Aug. 12, but pushed back the start date in reaction to input from a range of stakeholders regarding the universitys reentry plans, according to the schools July 24 announcement.

Online or in person options: Remote delivery through NAUFlex, which features live online lectures through Zoom or Collaborate Ultra, will be the primary mode of instruction through Aug. 28, NAU said in theFriday announcement.

In-person courses will resume Aug. 31 with students alternating between attending class remotely via NAUFlex or in-person based on a schedule determined by theprofessor. Students who want to remain remote for the entire semester will need to submit a NAUFlex Full Remote Request form available on the universitys website by Aug. 3.

Some classes might have required in-person elements. Professors will decide how much in-person instruction is necessary for their classes, the university said.

What safety precautions are being taken: NAU is asking students to complete a daily self-screening checklist, answering questions about potential symptoms for COVID-19. Ifthey answer"yes" to any of the questions on the checklist, they are expected to stay home and attend class remotely.

The school also is asking students to wear a mask in buildings, physically distance, wash hands frequently and complete an online training about a safe return to campus.

Most public spaces will be disinfected at least daily, in accordance with the universitys updated cleaning procedures. Dining areas, for example, will be cleaned at least three times daily.

Testing plans:Campus Health is offering on-campus nasal swab COVID-19 tests, but they are only available to individuals who are symptomatic or who have potentially been exposed, according to the university website. Fees for the test are dependent on the individuals health care provider, NAU said.

The university announced Friday that all students should be tested for COVID-19 prior to arrival and all students who plan to live on-campus will be required to test negative prior to move-in.

Whats happening with dorms: The university pushed back move in dates after announcing the delay of in-person courses. The new move-in dates are Aug. 19 to Aug. 30.

Students will receive an email by July 29 to select a move-in appointment window. Prior to move in, students are required to prove that they tested negative for COVID-19 after July 24. They are then expected to quarantine from the day they test to the day they arrive on campus with a minimum of 10 days in between, according to the university website. The university says it is in the process of creating a portal to submit test results.

Students who plan to live in on-campus housing and who are unable to get tested for COVID-19 prior to move-in will need to quarantine in their residence hall upon arrival until they receive a negative test result.

NAU also is attempting to decrease density in on-campus housing. Triple rooms are no longer available. Most students will share a room with one other person.

What school leaders are saying: NAU President Rita Cheng in her July 24 update acknowledged some people might be disappointed in the adjustment of plans for the start of the fall semester, but emphasized that the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the community is the universitys priority.

In these complex and challenging times, we are committed to our educational mission and we are prioritizing a healthy living and learning environment that will allow our students to realize their aspirations at NAU, Cheng said.

When do classes start: Sept. 8 online, Sept. 28 in person. Grand Canyon University originally planned to start classes on Aug. 24, but pushed their in-person start date back to give Arizona time to reduce its COVID-19 cases.

Online or in person options: Students will start courses Sept. 8 and spend the first three weeks of school online until transitioning to in-person classes. In-person classes will be a "physically distant blended model of instruction" until the end of the semester, Dec. 18, GCU said in mid-July.

Students cant start online then switch to in-person classes later in the semester, though. GCU said the face-to-face classes have a physical distancing requirement that decreases class sizes which cant be overridden.

GCU has a robust online class offering already because most of its students attend classes online regardless of the pandemic.

GCU is on pace to have its largest incoming class, with more than 8,000 students associated with the Phoenix campus newlystarting this fall and 24,000 overallstudents associated with the campus, GCU spokesman Bob Romantic said. Students have the choice to go to in-person classes, blended learning or online, he said. A few thousand of those traditional students may choose to go online-only for the fall semester, he said.

What safety precautions are being taken: GCU has had 11 work groups formulating its plans for the past few months, Romantic said.

The university is making its own personal protective equipment, including masks.

Cloth masks are required in classrooms, campus restaurants, indoor community spaces and outdoor settings where distancing of at least 6 feet isn't possible, Romantic said.

GCU expects dorms to be near capacity, so the campus hotel may operate as additional housing for those who become ill. The GCU Hotel closed on July 1 to the publicand has already been in use to house students who are required to quarantine when they arrive on campus, Romantic said.

Shared spaces and events will be scaled down or distanced, and class sizes will be reduced to allow for spacing.

In a typical semester, thousands of GCU students would attend a weekly chapel service in the GCU Arena. This semester, the service will be spread among four venues, Romantic said. Starting later also allows for more outside events since the weather is not as hot, he said.

Testing plans:The university canconduct 10,000 COVID-19 tests per month,Romantic said.

Students who are symptomatic or identified through contact tracing as a high-risk exposure to a positive case will be tested, Romantic said. Students can also voluntarily request a test. The university may do surveillance testing if theres a high concentration of positive cases in a particular area, like a dorm floor.

Once students arrive on campus, the university will be able to conduct diagnostic and antibody tests with quick turnaround times, Romantic said.

Whats happening with dorms: Dorms are expected to be near capacity. Move-in dateswill be during the week of Sept. 21 and by appointment.

Students will get an email by Aug. 5 telling them how to pick a move-in appointment. Once they arrive on campus, a group of two to three student leaders will show them their room and check them in. If they want, the leaders can help with unloading and bringing items to a students room.

Fall semester housing costs will be pro-rated to account for the later move-in date, GCU said. Students can also reduce their meal plans, if theyd like.

What school leaders are saying: In July updates to students, GCU said it was working to make sure students were safe, while balancing educational and financial considerations.

Pushing the in-person start date back made sense for those reasons, GCU said.

With the surge of positive coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Arizona during the past 30 days, it is incumbent on the University to become part of the solution that puts our state in a better place, a July 22 update said. We also want to ensure our students have the best possible experience once they arrive on campus, and we think we can better accomplish that with the adjusted fall semester timeline. The modified dates will have a significant financial impact on GCU, but in times like these, everyone must make sacrifices for the greater good and the University must do its part.

Reach reporter Rachel Leingang by emailat or by phone at 602-444-8157, or find her on Twitter and Facebook.Contact Grace Oldham atgrace.oldham@arizonarepublic.comor on Twitter at@grace_c_oldham.

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Staying Fit at Home With Samsung Health on Your Smart TV – Samsung Global Newsroom

Have you ever wished it was possible to take your favorite fitness class from your living room? Youre not alone according to a recent survey conducted by Samsung Electronics, 76% of respondents say that, since social distancing measures were put in place, they have either started exercising from home or increased the time they had previously spent exercising at home.

Thats why this May, Samsung Electronics launched the Samsung Health Smart TV app, which allows users to utilize their televisions as portals to help keep their minds and bodies healthy from home.

So, what helpful and innovative features does Samsung Health offer on your Smart TV? Samsung Newsroom followed a day in the life of a mother and daughter to see firsthand how the Samsung Health Smart TV app was able to keep them moving and motivated from sunrise through sunset. Weve shared some of the highlights from their day below:

Since they started using Samsung Health, this mother and daughters morning routine has been completely transformed. Instead of rushing around from the moment they wake up, they now start each day with a yoga flow. Thanks to Samsungs routines feature, theyve set a daily alarm which triggers a pop-up message at their preferred time to help them maintain consistent with their practice. With a simple click of the start now button, users can begin their chosen content without the need for further input.

On days they wake up feeling energized and want a bit more intensity, they simply open the Samsung Health app to see a host of top-tier recommendations. Samsung Health provides free access to various content from several premium fitness brands, such as barre3, Fitplan, Jillian Michaels, ob fitness and Echelon. Whats more? The suggested programs are systematically classified and organized on the screen, making choosing the right workout program quick and simple, even for beginners.

After a quick 30- minute yoga routine, theyre ready to start their day.

The daughter returns home, excited to share her workout data with her mother and turns on the TV. With Samsung Health, users can quickly and conveniently display their daily data, which includes total step count, daily activities, and total calories consumed, on the large screen of their Smart TVs. Users can also view these stats on their mobile devices anywhere, at any time, keeping motivated on the go.

Its been a hectic morning full of work, so when a reminder pops up for the pairs meditation break its a welcome one. Samsung Health offers mindfulness content in partnership with the world-renowned wellness app Calm, which offers audio content to guide users into blissful meditation, sleep or relaxation.

Its time for their mother-daughter fitness challenge! For the past week, the duo has been competing against each other to see who will win the muscle endurance training program. Using the Challenge Program feature, users can motivate themselves by comparing their workout stats with their family members and friends. This particular competition ends with the mother claiming a razor-thin victory.

When not competing against each other, their favorite workout of the day is the Balancing Exercise. Because they set stretching as their preference, todays recommended content is the Balancing Your Body program. Samsung Health provides recommendations that are tailored to the users preferred workouts. Whether they want muscle training, dance workouts, mindfulness content or cardio/HITT programs, Samsung Health has the exercise program for them with over 250 instructive videos from an array of premium fitness brands. When it comes to muscle training and stretching, the user can additionally select from beginner, intermediate and advanced versions of the workouts.

Starting with morning meditation through to their evening exercise challenge, the mother and daughter have had a full day of healthy living. Before going to bed, they review their workout stats on the TV and, together, plan for the days ahead.

Their Smart TV displays stats that include daily step count, number of calories consumed and number of active hours. It was easy to meet their personal goals today thanks to Samsung Health providing reminders and easy access to content they need in order to stay healthy. On the days they dont, Samsung Health showcases the stats they should focus on for improvement. As they go over each others stats, they go to bed proud and determined to make tomorrow a healthy day as well.

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NIDDK 70th Anniversary (1950-2020) | NIDDK – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Message from the Director

As NIDDK celebrates its 70th anniversary, we look back on decades of scientific advances and forward to what we will achieve in the decades to come. Discovery and innovation are at the core of our institute, the result of the dedication and talent of our staff and grantees. Our achievements together have led to better ways to prevent and treat conditions among the countrys greatest public health concerns, including diabetes, obesity, kidney diseases, and many others in our diverse mission. I invite you to read about some of these advances in the links below and to follow the development of our strategic plan, which will guide how NIDDK will maximize public investment in research and amplify efforts where needed the most.

This year weve faced remarkable challenges, as a global pandemic upended life as we know it. NIDDK staff, grantees, and trainees have risen to that charge at every step, joining the search for ways to combat COVID-19 or pioneering solutions to keep operations running smoothlydespite many uncertainties. With a strengthened spirit of community, we embark on the next 70 years with compassion and determination to preserve and advance public health.

- Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P.

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Over the past 70 years, NIDDK has made substantial scientific research advancements and our scientists have been honored with prestigious awards for their work to improve public health. Looking forward, we strive to discover better ways to help manage and treat diseases central to our missions. Learn more about NIDDK and its advances in the NIH almanac.

October 16, 1968 Dr. Nirenberg of the National Heart Institute shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with two other scientists. Dr. Nirenberg reported his celebrated partial cracking of the genetic code while an NIAMD scientist.

October 1972 Dr. Afinsen, chief of the Institutes Laboratory ofChemical Biology, shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with twoother American scientists for demonstrating one of the mostimportant simplifying concepts of molecular biology: that the threedimensionalconformation of a native protein is determined by thechemistry of its amino acid sequence. A significant part of theresearch cited by the award was performed while Anfinsen was withthe NIH.

November 1982 Dr. Neufeld, chief of the NIADDKs genetics andbiochemistry branch, received the Albert Lasker Clinical MedicalResearch Award. She was cited, along with Dr. Roscoe O. Brady ofthe then-named National Institute of Neurological andCommunicative Disorders and Stroke, for their contributions to theunderstanding and diagnosis of inherited diseases calledmucopolysaccharide storage disorders.

September 2010 Dr. Friedman, a NIDDK grantee and formergrantee Dr. Douglas Coleman won the Albert Lasker Basic MedicalResearch Award for discovering the hormone leptin, which plays akey role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure.

September 21, 2012 Dr. Starzl, a longtime NIDDK grantee, receivedthe Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, shared withanother scientist for his work developing liver transplantation, anintervention that has restored normal life to thousands of peoplewith end-stage liver disease.

September 2016 Dr. Semenza, a NIDDK grantee, shared the AlbertLasker Basic Medical Research Award with NIH grantee Dr. WilliamG. Kaelin Jr. and another scientist for their discovery of the pathwayby which cells from humans and most animals sense and adapt tochanges in oxygen availabilitya process essential for survival.

October 7, 2019 NIDDK grantee Dr. Semenza shared the Nobel Prizein Physiology or Medicine with NIH grantee Dr. William G. Kaelin Jr.and another scientist for their discoveries of how cells sense andadapt to oxygen availability.

Chronic liver disease can result from many causes, the two most common being viral hepatitisincluding hepatitis B, C, and Dand nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NIDDK-supported research has yielded important knowledge that has improved the lives of people with many forms of chronic liver disease.

Over the past several decades, NIDDK has supported research to improve our understanding of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) through development of new approaches to study IBD and genetics, gut microbiome research, and personalized treatments for patients with IBD.

An estimated 37 million American adults have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), and kidney diseases are the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. NIDDKs continued development and testing of new detection strategies, therapies, and community education helps support the health and quality of life of people with CKD.

Nutrition plays a fundamental role in sustaining health and preventing disease. The NIDDK supports an extensive and collaborative portfolio in nutrition research, including clinical studies of diet and nutrition, microbiomes, and precision approaches to dietary recommendations.

Obesity has risen to epidemic levels in the United States and it is a major public health challenge. NIDDK-supported research has improved our understanding of body weight regulation and yielded new treatment approaches for people with obesity.

NIDDK-funded research has made important strides in developing new treatments for diseases like Sickle Cell Disease and understanding anemia. Recently, research into how cells detect oxygen and react to low oxygen levels was selected as the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

NIDDK-supported research has led to critical knowledge in areas of intensive glucose control, preventing type 1 diabetes and improving longevity of people with the disease.

NIDDK research seeks to reduce the burden of this serious and all too common disease with findings shown to prevent, delay, and treat T2D in high-risk people or those living with the disease. NIDDK research also focuses its efforts in gestational diabetes studies and T2D in special populations.

The Healthy Moments celebration of NIDDKs 70th anniversary features five talks with NIHDirector, Dr. Francis Collins.

Episode 1: Creating Medical Devices to Improve Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes

Episode 2: Using Genetics to Improve Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

Episode 3: Fighting Kidney Disease with Precision Medicine

Episode 4: Decoding the Burden of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Episode 5: Making Obesity Treatment More Personal

Healthy Moments is a weekly broadcast that provides listeners reliable, science-based,healthy lifestyle tips, actionable suggestions, and other important health informationfeaturing Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of NIDDK. View more Healthy Moments episodes.

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Healthy Kingsport column: HIIT improves fitness by pushing you to your limit – Kingsport Times News

Suppose your goals are to lose weight and to control metabolic health, endurance, and time management. This is a must read!

High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is a cardio session arranged as short bursts of tough work. To qualify as true HIIT, youll need to push yourself to the max during every set. Numerous studies have shown that working your hardest is vital when it comes to boosting endurance, increasing metabolism, regulating insulin levels and losing body fat. During the intervals, you exit your exercise comfort zone. Heart rate spikes. Breath hitches. HIIT can feel challenging, and this type of workout may require some coaching at first.

HITT is a great all-around activity because it:

Can burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time.

Can improve oxygen consumption.

Tones muscles and builds strength.

Builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness.

In the 1924 Olympic Games, Paavo Nurmi, a Finnish athlete, used interval training in his preparations leading into the games, where he won several gold medals. In the 1930s, we saw the creation of fartlek training from Swedish coach Gosta Holmer. Fartlek was a different type of interval training but still had very similar principles in that it allowed individuals to work at higher intensities. In the 1970s, Sebastian Coe used interval training as part of his preparations. More recently, and probably the most famous protocol which sold HIIT to the industry, was the creation of Tabata training, first used by Olympic speed skaters, in 1996 by professor Izumi Tabata. Tabata would have athletes working flat out for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds rest. This was repeated for 4 minutes (eight rounds).

Tyler Ramey, group exercise instructor at the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA, said one of the best things about a HIIT workout is that it is not only super effective but also modifiable, which means it is appropriate and applicable for any fitness levels. The HIIT training style can always be fresh by changing the timing, format, music, etc. to make sure it never gets boring. The nature of easy format changes in HIIT workouts is not only better for the brain but also better for the body. Too often we find ourselves training in the same way, but a HIIT workout is sure to get you out of your comfort zone in more ways than one. Tyler is one of the instructors who teaches HIIT several times per week at the YMCA. For more information and to join the class, visit

With that being said, Healthy Kingsport would like to ask you this question: If your doctor gave you a prescription that would improve your mood, improve energy, keep you mentally sharp, help you manage weight, reduce your risk of disease and injury, extend your life span, and cost little to nothing, youd probably say, Say what? Healthy Kingsport would say a prescription is immediately available and you dont need a doctor to write it for you. HIIT is where its at!

Exercise Almanac is not finished. Next weeks column will discuss weight training. The benefits/downsides and the good-to-knows.

Healthy Kingsport is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a community that actively embraces healthy living by promoting wellness, enhancing infrastructure and influencing policy. Aiesha Banks is the executive director. She can be reached at

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Hair Care Tips: 5 Vitamins You Must Add To Your Diet For Those Healthy Locks – Doctor NDTV

Hair care tips: A healthy is play a role in maintaining hair health. Several vitamins can boost hair growth and help you fight hair issues. Here's a list of vitamins you should add to your diet to fight hair problems.

Hair care tips: Eat a nutritious diet to support hair growth

Healthy hair needs proper nourishment. Using different hair care products is not enough to fight multiple hair problems you might face. Increased pollution, unhealthy diet, poor lifestyle, medical conditions and exposure to chemicals present in products can cause hair damage. These can lead to hair fall, frizzy hair, dryness, split ends and much more. Diet plays an important role in promoting hair health. It provides the right nourishment to your hair and controls the issues you might be facing. If you are also dreaming of healthy hair, here are some essential vitamins you must add to your diet.

Vitamin C is quite popular for its benefits for the immune system. Vitamin C is also beneficial for your skin. Not many know that vitamin c is beneficial for your hair too. Vitamin C's collagen production is beneficial for hair growth as it increases blood circulation and promotes denser hair. Citrus fruits are one of the best sources of vitamin C including lemons, orange, grapefruit and much more.

Also read:Benefits For Vitamin C For Your Skin, Hair And Face: Know All About It

The beauty benefits of vitamin E are quite popular. It has natural antioxidants. Vitamin E works wonders for your hair and boosts hair growth. You can add vitamin E to your diet. Some of the vitamin E sources are wheat germ, soybean oil, almonds, peanuts and green leafy vegetables like spinach. Vitamin can also be applied topically. You can mix the extract of vitamin E capsules to your hair mask.

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Biotin is a B vitamin. The deficiency of this vitamin results in hair fall and lifeless hair. Several products in the market are loaded with biotin. Some food sources are - eggs, fish, meat, seeds, nuts, and certain vegetables such as sweet potatoes.

Also read:Skincare: Can Biotin Help You Fight Skin Problems? Here's The Answer And Some Best Food Sources

The sunshine vitamin is responsible for the absorption of calcium from the diet consumed. It offers several other benefits to your health. Vitamin is also beneficial for your hair. It promotes the health of hair follicles and its deficiency could lead to hair fall too. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D. Mushroom, egg yolks, salmon and fortified foods are some food sources of vitamin D.

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Another vitamin that can work well for your hair is vitamin A. This vitamin promotes the production of sebum that helps promote hair health. It can promote hair follicle health. Vitamin A food sources include- salmon, tuna, hard-boiled egg, sweet potato, kale, carrot and spinach.


Also read:Vitamin E For Hair Growth: Here's How It Works

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Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave Announces the ALL IN in the Kitchen Cookbook – Bravo


Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave Shows Us What's Inside Her Fridge

It seems that every time Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave invites fans to ask her anything on Instagram, the questions about clean eating come flooding in. And that certainly makes sense: A tried-and-true fitness buff herself, Teddi's made it her business to whip clients into shape via her coaching business, ALL IN by Teddi. And now, two of Teddi's top coaches, Chelsea Elder and Mary Cofran, have compiled some of their go-to healthy recipes in a new cookbook.

Titled ALL IN in the Kitchen, the tome includes recipe suggestions for family breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. The meals are designed to pack the most flavor possible without relying on hard-to-find or expensive speciality ingredients, and each recipe churns out the portion sizes that ALL IN coaches recommend.

The cookbook also comes with tips for grocery shopping and meal prep, and for staying on track when you're traveling or otherwise veering from your daily routine. (As The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills viewers know, Teddi's a stickler for that last point: In a recent episode, we saw her wake up early to squeeze in a workout on the group trip to Rome.)

Available digitally as an instant download, the book has 56 recipes for everything fromveggie tacos wrapped in lettuce leaves tocucumbers stuffed with guacamole, healthy breaded chicken, and more.

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Push-Ups: Strengthen Your Push-Ups With These 6 Body Weight Exercises – Doctor NDTV

Push-ups: They are one of the most effective yet most difficult exercises to do. If you struggle in improving the form of your push-ups, then here 6 exercises that can help you.

These exercises can improve your strength, body balance and stamina

It could take a while before you master push-ups, especially for females. This body weight training exercise is excellent for improving upper body strength. If you follow the proper form of doing push-ups, it can also help in strengthening your lower back and core. A strong core can help in improving your body stability and balance. Push-ups is definitely one of the fastest and most effective ways to improve your body strength. This of course, is along with the fact that you practice doing push-ups daily, and in the right form.

But, if you are struggling to do push-ups correctly, or if you are unable to do many reps at one go, then there are a few exercises that can help you with this.

Also read:Shilpa Shetty Kundra Suggests You Must Try This Core Workout Routine Once: Watch Video

Fitness trainer Kayla Itsines recently took to Instagram to talk about a few exercises that can help in taking push-ups to the "next level". The following exercises will not help in improving your strength, but will also improve your push-up form. They can be included in your upper body workout routines as well. "You'll be amazed at how much your push-ups improve," Itsines writes in her post.

1. Plank and Reach

2. Plank Rocks

3. Plank Rotation

4. Push-Up Hold (Knees)

5. Negative Push-Up (Knees)

6. Toes Down (Knees)

Also read:Quick Workout: 15 Minutes Is All You Need For This Arms And Abs Workout

The routine involves a number of plank exercises, which are considered to be full body exercise that can help in improving body strength, balance and stamina. The exercises can be especially helpful people who've had a difficult time in doing push-ups in the first place.

Take the help of your trainer if needed, but make sure you do each exercise with the right technique.


Also read:Do You Have A Pre-Workout Routine? Celeb Fitness Trainer Tells Why It Is So Important

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