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Free ‘Love Yourself Healthy’ event to be offered in Pocatello – Idaho State Journal

POCATELLO Celebrate the month of February by loving yourself healthy. Learn to love yourself enough to do all that you can to maintain a healthy lifestyle a lifestyle that encompasses more than healthy food choices and physical activity options a lifestyle that makes time for yourself by getting necessary health screenings at the appropriate times.

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Southeastern Idaho Public Health and Idaho State University are proud to host a February Love Yourself Healthy event. Attend this free walk-in community health screening event that will be held Feb. 12 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Southeastern Idaho Public Health, 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive in Pocatello.

Screenings and services will include blood glucose testing, A1c Testing (if applicable), non-fasting cholesterol testing (if applicable), foot checks, medication review, stress management techniques, blood pressure checks and heart health information, oral cancer screenings, healthy eating tips, mens health topics, pre-diabetes and diabetes resources, mammography services, fitness assessment & Exercise Education, vision and hearing screenings, mental health assessments, skin cancer assessments and sun safety information, colorectal cancer support services, smoking cessation counseling and nicotine replacement therapy assistance, on-site food pantry and additional resources to community services. For more information about the event, contact Traci Lambson at 208-478-6316, Michelle Butterfield at 208-239-5207 or visit

Attend this event and spread the word about strategies for loving yourself healthy and encourage people to live active, fulfilling lives.

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Ethan Suplee’s Workout To Stay Fit and Maintain Healthy Habits –

You probably wouldn't recognize actor Ethan Suplee if you saw him out in public these days, even though he's been onscreen, both in TV and movies, for the better part of the quarter century (he's been in everything from Boy Meets World as a kid to Mallrats, American History X, Remember the Titans, My Name Is Earl, Wolf of Wall Street, and most recently Motherless Brooklyn). Suplee has pulled off one of the most dramatic and impressive transformations we've seen from someone living under the public eye, but his workouts weren't to pack on the muscle needed to play a superhero. Suplee was more focused on transforming his relationship with food and fitness. Then the pounds dropped, and muscle followed.

The 43-year-old actor recently documented his progress, sharing that he had shed over 200 pounds and started packing on muscle with a consistent weightlifting routine. Suplee is all-in on this newfound health kick, to the point that he's started his own podcast, American Glutton, that focuses investigates obesity, diet culture, and the ways that he has engaged with his own health over the last 20-plus years.

But this isn't the first time Suplee, who has weighed over 500 pounds before, has slimmed down. So far, though, it feels like it's the first time that all of his hard work will help him to actually maintain a healthy lifestyle. He opened up about his journey in a phone interview with Men's Health, along with sharing his go-to chest push day workout on video.

Suplee says that he was always a "heavy kid," and that's when his relationship to his weight and food developed. His grandparents put him on a diet, so he began sneaking food and preferring to eat alone, a cycle that would become hard to break as an adult. Food became just like every other drug, and I didnt understand how my body used it, he says. But there was still a long road ahead, and many of Suplee's earliest roles showcased his size as much as they did his talents.

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By 2002, Suplee knew he had to change. "I had this girlfriend at the time, and I just realized at some point that in order to have a lasting relationship with her and be able to lead the life I wanted to lead, I would have to do something about my health." He opened up to her about his goals, and they set out to live a healthier life. Suplee started by putting himself on a liquid diet and estimates that he lost 80 pounds in two months, an extreme drop and lifestyle change that he would never advocate now. He shifted to a diet that only allowed him small portions of lean meat and vegetables, got down to around 400 pounds, then the weight loss slowed down. That wasn't good enough for Suplee.

"You have this immediate massive drop in weight, and you go okay, I want to keep riding that roller coaster to the finish line," he says. "But there's no thought to the long term practicality of weight loss."

Once 2005 rolled around, his wife was pregnant with their first child and Suplee was an exercise fiend, practicing Muay Thai and jiu jitsu. But his weight loss had plateaued, and he was thrown off his routine when he started filming My Name Is Earl. "I wasn't factoring in how I was going to maintain my weight at work when I was working like, 14 hours a day, five days a week," he admits. "Over the course of five years, I gained 100 pounds."

Coming out of the show, Suplee picked up a new hobby, cyclingbut the way he went about it wasn't healthy. He restricted how much he was eating, doing "all kinds of really crazy stupid diets"he once only allowed himself to eat while he was actually on the biketo go along with a grueling cycling regimen, and dropped all the way down to 220 pounds. This was the least weight he'd ever carried, but that in itself was not satisfying. "I was really, really unhappy with how I looked, and I didn't feel comfortable in my skin," he says. "I felt like a light breeze would knock me over. I don't know if I'm just big boned or a big dude, but 220 felt really, really small."

After all the hard work, Suplee was still unhappy with his body. He also had loose skin from all his weight loss, something that negative media outlets used to shame him for his progress. "TMZ stopped me and was like hey, you look great, what're you doing? And I said I ride bikes," Suplee recalls. "Then they had people talk about it and someone said 'well, he's still a fat guy." Suplee had 14 percent body fat at the time. Worse, Suplee says that paparazzi began to take photos of his loose skin for stories about the downside of weight loss, turning his hard-earned progress into a source of shame. "For the news to be kind of negative, I was like, fuck you guys," he says.

Worse still, he crashed his bike, badly. He dropped cycling, then picked up CrossFit, but busted his knee and gained "easy" 150 pounds. He was back to square one.

Then, Suplee was cast in a new show, Hulu's Chance. He began lifting weights for the role of D, a big, tough guyand something clicked. "I found that I really enjoyed lifting weights and I could get my workout in an hour, and so that wasn't like a huge part of my day," he says. "Even if I had a really long work day, I could go before or go after."

More importantly, Suplee decided to dig into the most difficult part of the equation, his nutrition. He started with keto, but everything finally clicked when he came across a TED Talk by Dr. Mike Isratel, "The Scientific Landscape of Healthy Eating". "I probably watched it four times in a row," Suplee says. "I was just like, this is not what I was being told." Suplee had bought into the theory that all carbohydrates are bad in any form, so being told that the macronutrient is actually a necessary source of fuel was eye-opening.

He switched to a low fat diet, gained 8 pounds in three days, but stayed the course after doubling down on the science and checking his lean body fat percentage using a DEXA scan.

Now, Suplee is about 260 pounds, and feels much healthier. He uses progressive overload principles very slightly over a four-week periods, then comes back a little heavier and repeats the process. He's mostly focused on hypertrophy, not lifting a house full of weights. "I don't give a crap about how many plates I have on there, that's irrelevant," he says. "The only thing I'm trying to do at this point is lose fat and hold onto the muscle." Suplee's biggest goal is to get to 10 percent body fat, then see how much muscle he can pack onto his frame. He calls it a "crazy, kind of science-y fun project I'm looking forward to."

The public reception to his recent weight loss is much more positive as well, with no TMZ hit pieces or shame paparazzi photos. Suplee credits that shift in part to being totally in control of the narrative, through his posts on Instagram and his openness on his podcast about his journey.

"The more I feel that I understand, scientifically, the more power I have over it."

No matter what anyone thinks, Suplee is training hard now, and he plans to continue that going forward. That also applies to his acting career. "I made my career as the fat guy," he says. "I dont want to be fat anymore. If the podcast is what I have to do make a career, thats fine."

All of the effort has been worth it to Suplee for the knowledge he's gained. That's what he hopes everyone who marvels at his before and after photos can learn.

"The most important thing I would want anyone to take away is that for me, the biggest change was understanding how food works," he says. "And the more I feel that I understand, scientifically, the more power I have over it."

Suplee is hard at work at achieving his goals, so the Men's Health team met up with him at Grant Roberts' Granite Gym in Beverly Hills, where the man himself, strength coach Grant Roberts, helped to walk us through his chest push day workout split.

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1A. Dumbbell Incline Fly - 3 sets of 10 reps

1B. Dumbbell Incline Press - 3 sets of 8 reps

2. Low Bench Press (Machine Press) - 3 sets of 10 reps

3. Cable Scoop - 3 sets of 10 reps

4A. Dumbbell Pullover - 3 sets of 10 reps

4B. Dumbbell French Press - 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps

5. Double Skullcrusher with Hold - 8 reps, 5 reps, 3 reps, 1 rep

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1 in 3 Americans Say They Were Never Educated on Healthy Eating Habits – Yahoo Finance

New Del Monte Foods, Inc. State of Healthy Eating in America Study Reveals Millennials Feel Social Anxiety and Stress to Eat Well

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Jan. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Del Monte Foods, Inc. today released the 2020 State of Healthy Eating in America Study, revealing that one in three Americans confess they were never taught about nutrition, contributing to confusion around what it means to eat healthy. The study also revealed that while 70% of Americans say that when they eat a healthy diet they feel like "the best version of themselves," 32% of millennials feel a "significant amount of social pressure and anxiety" around what they eat.

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What's clear from the study is that as we enter a new decade, Americans have complex feelings towards healthy eating. While 86% of Americans say that eating fruits and vegetables is crucial to maintaining a healthy diet, trying to eat well remains a large stress factor (49%) for all generations. This stress can perhaps be attributed to a variety of notions including:

As one of the original plant-based companies, Del Monte Foods has always stood by its mission in making fruits and vegetables attainable and affordable to everyone. Coming off a recent partnership announcement with nonprofit GrowingGreat a natural alliance which expands the leading food brand's Growers of Good initiative Del Monte Foods has increased its effort to bring hands-on nutrition education to elementary and middle school children nationwide to help empower a generation of healthy eaters for the future and close the gap. Specially, programming will be available atAcademy of Natural Sciences ofDrexel UniversityinPhiladelphia,Marbles Kids Museum inRaleigh,Saint Louis Science Center,Carnegie Science Center inPittsburgh,Detroit Zoo, theDiscovery Center inMurfreesboro/Nashville,Oregon Museum of Science and IndustryinPortlandandDiscovery Place Kids inHuntersville/Charlotte. These programs will help address animportant concern among parents as 50% worry that that if their children don't get fruits and vegetables, they will not achieve their full potential in life.

"As a long-time believer in the mission of providing satisfying and nutritious products, Del Monte Foods has made it a priority to educate people on healthy eating habits," said Bibie Wu, Chief Marketing Officer, Del Monte Foods. "We've been innovating products that are delicious and provide the necessary nutrients to live a healthy lifestyle, providing more options to create future generations of healthy eaters."

The study also found that 78% of people think fresh food is healthy and only 13% of people consider packaged food to be healthy. But, according to the Produce for Better Health Foundation, at least five servings of fruits and vegetables are encouraged daily, including all forms of fruits and vegetables fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice which offer generally consistent nutritional benefits that can improve health and overall diet quality. Greater education around healthy choices can help further alleviate stress around eating as 58% of Americans said they find it more difficult to keep fresh food in their home and one in three believed it to a waste of money because it goes bad so quickly; alternatives can help Americans get the nutritional benefits they need more easily.

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"A lot of nutrition misinformation exists around the topic of healthy eating, and people can easily feel overwhelmed and confused," said Sally Kuzemchak, RD. "But healthy eating doesn't need to be complicated and should be accessible to all. Del Monte is a trusted brand that has long made eating fruits and vegetables both easy and affordable."

Del Monte Foods has been a leader in providing accessible nutrition through the goodness of its fruit and vegetable products for over 130 years. The company is committed to helping improve health and wellness for consumers and seeks to accomplish this through partnerships, consumer education and product innovation in the frozen and refrigerated aisles including new Veggieful Bites, Veggieful Bowls and Fruit Crunch Parfait. Visit to learn more about its products, history and mission.

About Del Monte Foods, Inc.Del Monte Foods, Inc. is one of the largest producers, distributors and marketers of premium quality, branded food products for the U.S. retail market. Our brands include Del Monte, Contadina, College Inn, and S&W.

Del Monte Foods has a legacy of innovation and providing accessible nutrition to the American public, making it an iconic brand for over a century. In recent years, Del Monte Foods has been innovating from within, leveraging its history as one of the original plant-based food companies, their size and structure to transform their business and expand their product portfolio. Del Monte Foods is the U.S. subsidiary of Del Monte Pacific Limited (Bloomberg: DELM SP, DELM PM) and is not affiliated with certain other Del Monte companies around the world, including Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., Del Monte Canada, or Del Monte Asia Pte. Ltd. For more information on Del Monte Foods, visit

About GrowingGreat GrowingGreat is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower children to make healthy food choices through hands-on science and garden education. As a pioneer in school gardens in Los Angeles since 1999, GrowingGreat has reached hundreds of thousands of children and their families with hands-on nutrition, garden, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and literacy education. GrowingGreat is committed to families in cement-covered cities where a school garden may be a child's only experience with living, growing things.

MethodologyThe Del Monte Foods' 2020 State of Healthy Eating in America Study was a fifteen-minute online study among a nationally representative sample of 18+ general population consumers (n=1,000) in the United States, commissioned by Del Monte Foods, Inc. Data was collected October 28 November 8, 2019.

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Nickels selected to 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador team – Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. Living a healthy lifestyle is an important focus for Oklahoma 4-H clubs, and one local student is playing a key role in that mission.

Madison Nickels, a freshman at Enid High School and a member of the Enid 4-H Club, has been selected to serve Garfield County as one of the state's Healthy Living Ambassadors.

Currently in its fourth year, Ambassadors use leadership, public speaking and other life skills to help fellow club members, peers and members of the public live a healthy lifestyle, as well as meet the Healthy Living Mission Mandate.In addition to Nickels, the new Healthy Living Ambassadors are Ellise Barcum and Casey Cruzan, Cleveland County; Cortney Evans and Hunter Kelsey, Grady County; Hunter Haxton, McClain County; Emma Lewis, Washington County; Ethan Shoemake, Muskogee County; Rose Smith, Pontotoc County; and Emily Ward, Mayes County.

A healthy lifestyle is not just about eating right and getting enough exercise, said Cathy Allen, 4-H curriculum coordinator at the state 4-H office at Oklahoma State University.

The 4-H Youth Development Program has become a national leader in health-related education, and our new ambassadors are excited to help with this mission, Allen said. Healthy living includes not only good nutrition and physical activity, but also social and emotional health, as well as the prevention of tobacco, alcohol and other drug use.

The newly selected ambassadors represent all three districts in the state and soon will be available to present programs around the state. They will use hands-on teaching strategies to share their research-based information on healthy living in order to help others lead healthier lifestyles.

Theyll receive training on all aspects of healthy living, then return to Oklahoma to start sharing the information they learned, Allen said. The great thing about this program is that it can be used with all project areas in 4-H. For those involved in the beef project, the Healthy Living Ambassadors can present a program on the importance of protein in a healthy diet. If youre doing a workshop on childcare, a lesson on healthy snacks and fun outdoor activities would fit right in. For counties that have a special interest in helping youth learn the dangers of vaping and smoking, our ambassadors can provide a program for you. Bullying continues to be an issue faced by todays youth and the ambassadors have information to address that issue. What these youth do truly is about physical, social and emotional health.

The Healthy Living Ambassadors are available to come to a county to present at a 4-H club meeting, a summer day camp, the local library reading program in addition to more activities throughout the year.

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Science + You, through April 19 – River Cities Reader

Through Sunday, April 19Family Museum, 2900 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf IA

Presented in conjunction with scientists at the global bio-pharmaceutical company AbbVie, the interactive children's exhibit Science + You enjoys a stay at Bettendorf's Family Museum through April 19, demonstrating the role that science plays in keeping the body healthy through fun and fascinating scientific experiments and a child-sized laboratory appropriate for young visitors.

Created by the Kohl Childrens Museum of Greater Chicago located in Glenview, Illinois, Science + You debuted in 2011 and has subsequently traveled to national museums in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco plus international venues in Germany and Brazil. Children will enter the exhibit as if entering a real-life laboratory., and at the first station, they can pretend to wash their hands and then wipe their feet on a special gel-like floor mat that changes colors to represent the dirt particles it is removing. Museum guests can even walk through a pretend shower to be bathed in blue lights before they put on their white lab coat, while graphics communicate how important it is for scientists to work in a clean environment. Science + You then continues its entertaining education through seven distinct exhibit components:

Antibodies: Demonstrating how antibodies act in the body, this component offers children the opportunity to understand a complex process through play. A clear Plexiglas structure is filled with magnetic balls, which represent germs in the body, while the four stations outside the structure include a movable antibody that children can use to manipulate germs.

Glove Box: Children can use a glovebox a sealed container used by real-life scientists with gloves built into the sides allowing one to manipulate objects safely. Demonstrating how scientists use a glovebox to contain materials as well as protect themselves, the children will wear thick gloves to measure substances using beakers, funnels and other lab equipment.

Mixing and Separating Test Lab: Exploring how scientists use machines to mix liquids and solids, this component demonstrates how different types of equipment function. Children can see the machines in action and can also manually mix and separate liquids and solids themselves.

Magnification Area: This component features a specialized Wentzscope and video microscopes that magnify objects on a large video screen, allowing younger children to compare and contrast an array of natural and man-made items up close.

Healthy Lifestyle: In this component featuring an outline of a human body with a hollow center, children place puzzle pieces representing various forms of nutrition, exercise, and rest in different areas of the body. When a healthy balance of all the components is achieved, children hear a congratulatory message as Healthy Lifestyle promotes being active in a variety of ways, from traditional exercise such as riding a bike to common activities such as cleaning the house, doing the dishes, or walking to school.

Test Kitchen: Here, children will make a healthy soup choosing their own combination of appropriate ingredients. Teaching children the importance of a balanced diet, this component has stations with soup pots that can hold up to six ingredients. Children pick the ingredients from the five food groups, and the burner under their soup pot lights up when theyve selected the correct balance of healthy ingredients.

Science Reflection: Finally, children can share their scientific thoughts and reflections after experiencing the entire Science + You exhibit. A variety of images, drawings, and terminology is provided that children can use to create their own collage, while a display wall allows children to share their collage reflection with the public. Grease pencils will also be provided for children to write down their impressions.

Family Museum visitors can experience Science + You through April 19, with regular venue hours Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. The exhibit is free with $5-9 general admission, and more information and tickets are available by calling (563)344-4106 or visiting

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IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Awards More Than $600000 to Improve Children’s Health and Wellness – Muncie Journal

By: Courtney Thomas

Muncie, INIndiana University Health is delivering on its commitment to make Indiana a healthier state. With support from the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation, the organization will invest $600,000 in grants that will address critical health issues affecting Hoosier children over the long term.

The first grant will provide $250,000 to the Ball State University College of Health to support the Muncie Community Schools (MCS) Child Health, Physical Activity and Nutrition Education Initiative. The project aims to develop and implement in-school physical activity and nutritional education curriculums at the elementary- school level. Developed and implemented by a team of faculty members in the College of Health, along with assistance from graduate and undergraduate students in the college and in coordination with MCS teachers, administrators and support personnel, the programs activities will offer more physical activity opportunities during the school day, infuse nutrition education into the curriculum and provide healthy living strategies to parents and school personnel in an intentional manner.

When it comes to physical activity and nutrition, healthy habits begin early in life; developing strategies to address these behaviors in elementary-aged children is crucial, said Tony Mahon, associate dean, Ball State University College of Health. This initiative aims to increase physical activity during the school day and infuse nutrition education into the curriculum in age-appropriate ways.

The project will also partner with the College of Healths Healthy Lifestyle Center, which provides healthy living strategies to adults in and around Delaware County. These services are portable and can be offered to parents and school personnel in the after-school hours. The center provides guidance and information about physical activity, exercise, eating habits, mental wellness and assistance with social services. These services will play an important role in reinforcing the in-school initiatives with adults who have a direct influence on children.

The second grant will award Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana with $360,000 over three years. This award will support programs including The Big Idea, Forward S.T.E.P.S. (Support Transforming Empowerment Pathways to Sustainability), Senior Safety Net, 0-5 Initiative, area soup kitchens and general food distribution in Delaware, Blackford and Jay counties. The grant will also allow Second Harvest teammembers to visit local schools to distribute food, encourage family engagement, promote food-connected relationship building and educate students about careers, wellness and more.

We are so grateful for this opportunity to bring help for today and hope for tomorrow to the community, said Tim Kean, president and CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank. These funds from IU Health Ball will benefit thousands of folks who visit our agency partner food pantries, wait in line at a Tailgate Distribution, or receive emergency supplies through the Senior Safety Net initiative. Along with short term help, funding dollars like these support families who are building new relationships in The Big Idea program or finding a new life path in the Forward S.T.E.P.S.initiative.

In 2018, IU Health Ball provided over $42 million in total community benefit and served more than 145,000 individuals. Nearly 437 team members devoted thousands of volunteer hours to community projects through employee volunteer programs to help enhance the well-being of Hoosiers. In 2019, the IU Health Foundation announced the creation of its Community Impact Fund,a $1 million investment that will fund a Muncie neighborhood revitalization project.

About Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital serves as a tertiary referral center and teaching hospital for East Central Indiana and part of Indiana University Health. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and maintains 1.2 million square feet of facilities. It is part of an elite group of hospitals with Magnet designation for nursing excellence. More than 17,700 patients are admitted every year and more than 300,000 outpatient procedures are completed annually. Jeff Bird, MD, is President. Learn more at

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Historically Black University Launches Its Own CBD Line, Becoming First To Ever Do So – Forbes

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The Southern University and A&M College, the largest historically black university in Louisiana, serving African-American students since the 1800s well before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed in the U.S., has launched its own hemp-derived CBD product line: ALAFIA.

According to information procured exclusively, the brand is the result of a partnership between the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Baton Rouge and Ilera Holistic Healthcare. The lab tested and pesticide-free products will be available for over-the-counter purchase across the U.S. soon, the makers say, in compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill. So far, however, the line is only available at select locations across Louisiana where sales commenced today, and features two products: Isolate CBD and Full Spectrum CBD. Additional CBD products will be released soon, a company spokesperson added.

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Ilera Holistic Healthcares chairman, Osagie Imasogie, explained the name ALAFIA (not to be confused with Canadian company Aleafia Health) comes from a Yoruba language word that means inner peace. It was with this in mind that the product line was formulated, he added.

Our team of experts created a superior hemp derived product with patients in mind.We areproud ofthis partnership with Southern [University] and pleased to know our product will be available to the people of Louisiana and beyond, he voiced.

No one should endure the stress of trying to balance a healthy lifestyle at high costs; that within itself is unhealthy.

Chanda Macias, PhD., CEO of Ilera Holistic Healthcare and Women Grow, highlighted the inner peace component of the brand too. Ou goals with this line is to support all communities by creating access to wellness products at affordable price points, she said. No one should endure the stress of trying to balance a healthy lifestyle at high costs; that within itself is unhealthy.

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Adding to these comments, Southern Universitys president, Ray L. Belton, said the partnership with Ilera has proven successful from the start, expressing appreciation for Dr. Macias, her team, and the leadership from the universitys Dr. McMeans and Dr. Snowden. This is an exciting time for healthcare and business here in the state of Louisiana, and Southern is honored to be a part of it all.

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For Macias, this launch is especially significant due to the timing, right before we embark on the first Black History Month of this new decade.

We are witnessing history, she commented. Southern University partnered with us to bring this product line to market, making them the first Historically Black College University (HBCU) to launch a CBD line When you think of the rich history Southern University holds here in Louisiana, this launch only mirrors the monumental impacts this higher education institution has made in this country. As an alum of an HBCU, Howard University, I am truly humbled and proud to be a part of this historic moment.

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Unveiling gluten-free misperceptions: ‘Don’t assume gluten-free products are healthy by default’ –

The global market for gluten-free food products is growing at 9.1% per year. According to industry estimates, the market is predicted to reach 29.12bn by 2025.

It is understood that such impressive market growth is, in part, linked to the perception that gluten-free products are healthier than their gluten-containing counterparts. Advocacy of gluten-free diets by celebrities and health influencers may also be a contributing factor.

This begs the question: from a nutritional profile standpoint, are gluten-free products healthier? Fresh research from Irish non-government organisation (NGO) SafeFood suggests a number of misconceptions about gluten-free products exist, particularly related to health.

The island of Ireland (IOI) boasts a strong gluten-free market. In the UK, the gluten-free market was valued at 438m in 2016 up 36% from 2015. And in the Republic of Ireland (ROI), the market was estimated to be worth 66m in 2017 similarly up by 36% year-on-year.

SafeFoods research focused on products and consumers in both Northern Ireland and the ROI. The NGO surveyed nutritional information displayed on 67 gluten-free snack foods available for sale in four retailers: Dunnes Stores, Tesco, SuperValu, and Aldi.

Gluten-free snack foods included nut products, savoury snacks, cereal and baked products, and confectionery.

SafeFood also commissioned a survey of 2,018 consumers on the IOI between January and March 2019 to gather data on attitudes, behaviours, and perceptions of gluten-free diets.

Gluten is a mixture of proteins gliadins and glutelins that is found in wheat, barley, rye, oats, triticale, kamut, and spelt.

As SafeFood notes in its report, gluten is used for many different technological purposes in the processing of food, such as:

The product survey revealed that 75% of all gluten-free snack products analysed were high in fat, 69% were high in sugar, and their calorie levels were deemed similar to that of a standard chocolate bar.

Consumer survey results found that one in five people (23%) buy gluten-free foods. Yet, 92% of those people did not have a gluten-related disorder, nor had been diagnosed with coeliac disease.

A misperception of the health benefits of gluten-free products was also observed, with more than one in five respondents (23%) deeming gluten-free products to be lower in fat than gluten counterparts.

Twenty-one percent thought gluten-free products were lower in sugar, and 19% believed a gluten-free diet to be a healthy way to lose weight.

SafeFood stressed that for people with gluten-related ailments, avoiding gluten is non-negotiable.

For those people who have a diagnosis of coeliac disease or those with a gluten-related disorder, avoiding gluten in their daily diet is an absolute must, said SafeFood dietician Joana Da Silva.

Addressing all consumers, the NGO noted a number of recommendations, including not to assume that gluten-free products are healthy by default. SafeFood also urged consumers to read the front and back-of-pack nutrition information on product labels to identify options lower in fat and sugar.

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), which similarly acknowledged the rise in the number of people avoiding gluten as part of a healthy lifestyle, stressed that a gluten-free diet is only vital for people with gluten-related disorders, such as coeliac disease.

However, for people without a medical reason to avoid glucose, there is no consistent evidence that eating a gluten-free diet will provide any health benefit, BNF assistant nutrition scientist Alex White told FoodNavigator.

Where unnecessary to do so, cutting out gluten can potentially have adverse effects, he continued. Gluten-containing foods like wholegrain products provide many nutrientssuch as fibre and some vitamins and minerals, which may not be equally abundant in gluten-free foods and products.

A diet rich in fibre contributes for example to the maintenance of a healthy gut microbiota. In addition, products that are gluten-free can still be high in saturated fat, sugars and salt.

Both SafeFood and BNF highlighted that above all, a healthy diet is key. Select snacks that are naturally lower in fat, sugar and salt, and are a better source of fibre, such as fruit and vegetables, rather than heavily processed snack foods, advised SafeFood.

BNFs White told this publication that regardless of the dietary pattern chosen, a healthy, varied and balanced diet should be followed, based on wholegrains and fruit and vegetables, some good quality protein such as oily fish, pulses, eggs and lean meat.

The assistant nutrition scientist also recommended limiting intake of sugar and salt, and replacing foods high in saturated fat with some foods rich in unsaturated fat.

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Adventist Health Leader Calls on Members to Fix the ‘Knowledge-Behavior’ Disconnection – Adventist Review

January 29, 2020

By: Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division, and Adventist Review

The Inter-American Division (IAD) opened its territory-wide 2020 Health Summit by reminding top regional administrators and health leaders to begin the new decade with a healthy heart dedicated to strengthening the churchs health message across churches and communities.

Nearly 200 administrators and leaders from dozens of IAD countries and islands met in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, January 22-25, 2020, for several days of lectures, workshops, and opportunities for networking among the core group.

Themed Your Brain, Your Body, Your Heart, the four-day event reinforced the need for the physical, mental, and spiritual health necessary for a fruitful health ministry throughout the division territory and beyond.

Belkis Archbold, health ministries director for the Inter-American Division (IAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, welcomes the delegation to the four-day Health Summit in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on January 22, 2020. [Photo: Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division News]

Elie Henry, president of the Inter-American Division (IAD), said the health ministries department is an important element top leaders are looking at as they finish mapping out strategies and initiatives to be followed in 2020. [Photo: Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division News]

Delegates from the North Colombia Union attend the opening of the IAD Health Summit in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on January 22, 2020. [Photo: Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division News]

Peter Landless, health ministries director for the Adventist world church, stresses the need for leaders to keep a healthy heart. [Photo: Libna Stevens, Inter-American Division News]

As leaders, we are committed to educating, serving, and evangelizing, said Belkis Archbold, health ministries director for IAD and main organizer of the event. In essence, the health message has all of these three components, a message from God that we as Seventh-day Adventists received more than 150 years ago to not only have quality of life but a long life, she said.

Its about getting all members involved to promote a healthy lifestyle and share Jesus using the method He established while on earth, Archbold said.

Elie Henry, president of IAD, said the event is part of the start of the year in the territory, holding the banner of health high across the 24 church regions in the division.

We are here because, as church leaders, we are finishing mapping out where we want to go as God's church, Henry said. We are not going to forget our priorities of evangelizing, educating, and serving, as we incorporate those components with an open mind regarding integrated health.

Peter Landless, health ministries director for the Adventist world church, spoke to leaders on the importance of taking care of the heart and historical milestones in the development of cardiological health.Some 17.5 million people die from cardiovascular diseases each year, he said. Experts estimate that by 2030, some 23.6 million people will die annually from cardiovascular disease.

Jesus spent more time healing than preaching, Landless said. We dont have a record that He baptized anyone. We know He healed many, so He left us an example we should follow.

Seventh-day Adventists were given a formula, Landless said as he pointed to the banners displaying eight good-health practices displayed behind him. Theres a knowledge/behavior disconnect.

Are you at risk? How is your heart health? Landless asked. You may think that is very good because you say, I exercise, I watch my diet carefully, I sleep well, I dont smoke or drink alcohol.

Landless touched on the benefits of keeping the heart safe while practicing forgiveness and optimism, knowing that you are loved, enjoying supportive relationships, having a purpose in life, and practicing an attitude of gratitude.

As leaders of the church, we have to lead from the front, share the light we have been shown, Landless said. The best way I can be like Jesus is to minister to the needs of others, just as Jesus Himself did when He was here, he said. He mingled with people, healed them, and then He saved them.

According to the official program, the health summit featured the topics of rest and its benefits; curing high blood pressure in four weeks; diabetes and its risks; depression, mental health and the minister; the Adventist philosophy of diet, nutrition, cancer prevention, and more.

The original version of this story was posted on the Inter-American Division news site.

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11 Things People Wish They Knew When They Were Diagnosed With Rheumatoid Arthritis – Yahoo Lifestyle

The moment your doctor first said the words rheumatoid arthritis, a million questions probably went through your head. What does this mean for my future? Will I be able to work or raise a family? Will I ever feel like I did before my symptoms began?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the bodys immune system mistakenly attacks the joints and other parts of the body. This causes painful inflammation in the joints as well as the eyes, mouth, skin, lungs and blood. Other symptoms include fatigue, stiffness and low-grade fever. There is no cure, but there are several medication options and lifestyle habits that can help (such as diet, exercise and reducing stress).

Every person with RA has a unique experience, and not even a doctor can tell you exactly what your journey will entail. But sneaking even a glimpse of what other RA warriors have experienced and learned since they were diagnosed can help you feel more prepared for the roller-coaster ride of RA.

Related: How Rheumatoid Arthritis Changed My Relationship With Pain

We asked our Mighty RA community to share what they wish they knew when they were diagnosed with RA bits of knowledge that might have made their path a little less bumpy, or that would have reassured them and shown them that what theyre feeling is completely normal. Consider the following list your RA cheat sheet. If youve just been diagnosed, youre now ahead of the game.

Because RA includes the word arthritis, many people assume the condition only targets the joints. However, RA is an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation not only in the joints, but other body systems as well, including the eyes, skin, mouth, lungs, heart, and blood. Fatigue and low-grade fever are also common.

[I wish I knew] how many other things apart from joints are affected. I really thought it just meant having a few stiff joints like you normally hear about arthritis but its so much more than that, it affects almost everything. Natalie P.

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Again, because of its association with arthritis, people often dismiss kids who exhibit RA symptoms. Doctors might have told you your symptoms were just growing pains or misdiagnosed you with another condition. Not only is it possible to develop RA as a child or teen, but its also common enough that theres a name for it: juvenile idiopathic arthritis. An estimated 300,000 kids and teens in the U.S. are affected by JIA, according to the Arthritis Foundation.

[I wish I knew] that young people could get it too. I kept being told I couldnt have those issues because I was too young for that and I ended up internalizing that idea. I wish someone told me illnesses dont care whether youre young or old, theyll still get you. Nicole S.

Some people find that with the right medications, their symptoms are drastically reduced, giving them the ability to lead a relatively normal life. On the other hand, certain medications can have absolutely no effect or make you feel worse. The point is, its important to take medications seriously. Dont stop taking them without a doctors approval, and know that if a certain medication isnt working for you, there may be another that will work.

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I wish my doctor had expressed the severity of everything and that if we found the right med combo that I had a chance to go into remission. Twice I quit the meds due to side effects and I wish a nurse or someone had called me and told me the importance ofthe meds and staying under a doctors care. Meredith I.

Many people with RA find that fatigue affects their quality of life just as much as the joint pain. Fatigue can make you feel like youve run a marathon even though its only noon and prevent you from working, spending time with friends and exercising. People who dont live with chronic illnesses may think youre just tired and will feel better after a nap, but fatigue typically isnt resolved with a few extra hours of sleep.

Not everybody will understand about the rest days or the fatigue that strikes. Julie R.

[I wish I knew] that I would experience unpredictable episodes of extreme fatigue that extra rest and/or sleep will not cure. Genevieve M.

Lifestyle habits dont cause RA, and changing up your eating or exercise habits wont cure it. However, some find that eating a well-balanced, anti-inflammatory diet, quitting smoking, prioritizing sleep, reducing stress, and staying as physically active as possible helps minimize their symptoms. Talk with your doctor about strategies that make sense for your body.

Growing up I wish I had known more about implementing a healthy lifestyle (eating the right foods, staying in shape, etc.) when I was younger and it wouldnt be as hard now. Montana F.

Lets say it together: You did not cause your RA! In fact, scientists still dont know exactly what causes RA, though factors like gender, age and family history can contribute. Rather than spending energy feeling guilty about what you must have done to cause your RA, its more productive to focus on managing the condition as best you can.

[I wish I knew] that other kids had JRA as bad as I did, and that having the disease wasnt my fault. Alyson K.

There are a few blood tests physicians use to help diagnose RA. These tests look for the presence of antibodies that signify you have high levels of inflammation in your body. These tests include rheumatoid factor, anti-CCP, ESR and CRP. These tests, combined with your symptoms and imaging scans, contribute to an RA diagnosis. However, just because you do not test positive for RA, does not necessarily mean you dont have it. If you still exhibit the symptoms of RA, you might have seronegative RA, which means you dont have the antibodies that usually indicate seropositive RA. Make sure you see a rheumatologist who understands this possibility (as well as the possibility of testing positive for RA, but actually having a different autoimmune disease like Sjogrens syndrome).

Wish I knew my bloodwork didnt have to be positive to RA. Danielle F.

If you have one autoimmune disease, you are at risk for developing another (or two). Experts think genetics may be at least partially to blame since one gene could be linked to several different autoimmune diseases. Exposure to environmental factors could be another trigger. About 25% of people with autoimmune diseases have a tendency to develop additional autoimmune diseases, according to research.

[I wish I knew] that I could be more prone to other autoimmune diseases as well. I am at three now. Dani L.

Since RA causes your immune system to attack healthy tissues, some drugs treat RA by targeting the parts of the immune system that cause inflammation. As a result, a common side effect is a weakened immune system and greater susceptibility to illness since youre less able to fight germs.

If youre taking medications that lower your immune system, youll want to take steps to avoid coming into contact with germs; for example, by frequent hand-washing and staying away from people who are sick.

If anyone suggests that RA is no big deal or can be easily cured, they must not know anyone living with RA. Far more than just joint pain, the condition often forces you to limit or alter activities you used to do with ease. Its only natural to experience some anxiety and/or depression while you come to terms with your diagnosis. Theres no shame in reaching out to friends, family, therapists and/or online support groups for help.

I wish I knew my life was going to change completely. Most people dont understand what RA really does to a person. I have found people that think and they have told me that RA is curable. Its very frustrating trying to explain them. They think they know more than my rheumatologist. Janeth G.

No two people with RA are exactly alike, and one medication can work amazingly well for one person and have no effect on someone else. Thats why its important to find a rheumatologist who is willing to try different treatment options and approach your relationship as a partnership. Settling for the first rheumatologist you meet, even if they arent enthusiastic about finding the best treatment for you, could mean you miss out on helpful disease management strategies.

I wish someone would have told me that a relationship with my rheumatologist was a beneficial step in my care. Finding a rheumatologist who believes we are a team and hears me out is so important to my overall care. Knowing me as a person and not just a patient humanizes my appointments. Elaine W.

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