Timberwolves fire head coach Tom Thibodeau

first_imgJanuary 7, 2019 /Sports News – National Timberwolves fire head coach Tom Thibodeau FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMichael Reaves/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Tom Thibodeau has been let go as the president of basketball operations and head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team announced on Sunday.The shakeup came following Minnesota’s 108-86 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday. League sources told ESPN Thibodeau had no idea he was going to be relieved of his duties.“We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt them necessary to move our organization forward.”Along with Thibodeau, the Timberwolves also fired assistant coach Andy Greer.Assistant coach Ryan Saunders will step in as Minnesota’s interim head coach for the remainder of this season, the team said, while Scott Layden will stay put as general manager. However, sources tell ESPN Layden’s future with the team remains uncertain.Nearly halfway through the season, the Timberwolves are in 11th place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 19-21.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Outbreak of mumps plagues Oxford’s colleges

first_imgAn outbreak of mumps has left students sent home, cricket games cancelled, and preliminary and final exams under threat as students across Oxford come down with the infection.Cherwell has learned that major outbreaks have occurred at Exeter, Corpus Christi and St Anne’s colleges, with as many as several dozen students falling ill across the entire university.It is possible that the infection, an airbourne virus transmitted through coughing or sneezing, was spread at recent college balls. In serious cases, it can cause deafness and meningitis. Four Anne’s students have reportedly been confined to their rooms, while two have been sent home to recover in quarantine.At Corpus, at least three students are affected, all of whom have either been asked to remain in their rooms or go to home for a brief period.Jack Counsell is a second year mathematician at Corpus who has contracted mumps and is sitting exams this term.Speaking to Cherwell, he said: “How I got mumps is a mystery, as the incubation time is between 2-3 weeks.”Although the “the college has been supportive and useful” by rearranging tutorials and relaxing deadlines, he said, he is concerned about upcoming examinations. He added that he “can’t really work, and as it’s a viral infection, you can only treat the symptoms.”A post on the Corpus Christi College Cricket Club Facebook page announced that the St Anne’s side had had to concede this week’s scheduled match “[D]ue to an outbreak of mumps and food poisoning.”According to Jack Beadsworth, a second year at Corpus, feeling in college was relatively jovial.He told Cherwell: “Oddly enough people really don’t seem to be that worried about it at all. It’s more of a cause for humour than a genuine cause for concern.” Speaking exclusively to Cherwell, St Anne’s JCR President Pranay Shah said: “‘The mumps outbreak around a few Oxford colleges is a pretty terrible coincidence with finals, prelims and other exams for the majority of students, but the response from staff has been very helpful.“As well as warning people of the transfection methods and symptoms, advice from the NHS and college nurse has been provided too.”One student who has contracted mumps told Cherwell: “The first I heard about it, someone I knew caught it and had been shipped home.“Then one evening I got sharp pains in the corner of my jaw which were pretty uncomfortable but I didn’t think much of it. Overnight, I was pretty feverish.”“I woke up the next day with my face all swollen up on the right hand side. “I went to the doctor who confirmed it was mumps, so College told me to stay in my room in quarantine or go home.“College have been pretty good about it—they moved me to a room with en-suite so I could be a bit more comfortable, and the nurse has been around to check on me, but I’m not allowed to use kitchens or communal bathrooms.”The student was also concerned about their academic work.“It’s made it pretty hard to work, getting books from libraries isn’t easy—my friends have been amazing.They added: “I’ve been able to do some stuff but mainly I’ve had to cry off. I’m lucky, I don’t have exams so it’s not the end of the world but there probably will be some catching up to do.“The first couple of days of infection were pretty grim, I was really weak, walking to Jericho meant I had to sleep for almost the rest of the day, and everything ached. I had dizziness, headaches and a high temperature, and a large swelling around the back of my jawbone.”Both the Oxford University health guidelines and NHS website recommend that people entering higher education for the first time have the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.In 2010, a similar outbreak saw forty-one students contract mumps. Students with symptoms are advised to seek medical assistance.last_img read more

Newspapers Fact Sheet

first_img Average minutes per visit for the top 50 U.S. daily newspapers, based on circulation, is about 2 1/3 minutes in Q4 2018. This is down 5% from Q4 2017. Total Estimated Circulation Of U.S. daily NewspapersChartDataShareEmbed MORE FACT SHEETS: STATE OF THE NEWS MEDIANewspapers are a critical part of the American news landscape, but they have been hit hard as more and more Americans consume news digitally. The industry’s financial fortunes and subscriber base have been in decline since the mid-2000s, and website audience traffic, after some years of growth, has leveled off. Explore the patterns and longitudinal data about U.S. newspapers below.AudienceThe estimated total U.S. daily newspaper circulation (print and digital combined) in 2018 was 28.6 million for weekday and 30.8 million for Sunday, down 8% and 9%, respectively, from the previous year.Weekday print circulation decreased 12% and Sunday print circulation decreased 13%.(Note that in this fact sheet and in the chart below, data through 2014 is from Editor & Publisher, which was published on the website of the News Media Alliance (NMA), known at the time as the Newspaper Association of America (NAA). Since then, the NMA/NAA no longer supplies this data, so the Center determined the year-over-year change in total circulation for those daily U.S. newspapers that report to the Alliance for Audited Media and meet certain criteria, as detailed in the note of the chart below. This percentage change was then applied to the total circulation from the prior year – thus the use of the term “estimated total circulation.”) Total revenue of U.S. newspapers (in U.S. dollars)AdvertisingCirculationAdvertising (estimated)Circulation (estimated)196019701980199020002010020 B40 B60 B1968Advertising: $5,232,000,000Source: News Media Alliance, formerly Newspaper Association of America (through 2012); Pew Research Center analysis of year-end SEC filings of publicly traded newspaper companies (2013-2018).PEW RESEARCH CENTER Average monthly unique visitors to the top 50 U.S. newspapers by circulationQ4 2014Q4 2015Q4 2016Q4 2017Q4 201802.5 M5 M7.5 M10 M12.5 MQ4 2015Average monthly unique visitors: 9,709,071Note: For each year, the average traffic for each website for October/November/December was calculated; the data point represents the overall average of those numbers. An analysis is of the top 49 newspapers by average Sunday circulation for Q3 2016, Q3 2017 and Q3 2018, according to Alliance for Audited Media data, with the addition of The Wall Street Journal. For each newspaper, the Comscore entity matching its homepage URL was analyzed.Source: Comscore Media Metrix® Multi-Platform, US, Unique Visitors, October-December 2014-2018.PEW RESEARCH CENTER Gauging digital audience for the entire newspaper industry is difficult since many daily newspapers do not receive enough traffic to their websites to be measured by Comscore, the data source relied on here. Thus, the figures offered above reflect the top 50 U.S. daily newspapers based on circulation. In the fourth quarter of 2018, there was an average of 11.6 million monthly unique visitors (across all devices) for these top 50 newspapers. This is nearly the same as in Q4 2017 (11.5 million) and 2016 (11.7 million); following two years of growth from 2014 to 2016, newspapers’ website traffic has leveled off. (The list of top 50 papers is based on Sunday circulation but also includes The Wall Street Journal, which does not report Sunday circulation to AAM. It also includes The Washington Post and The New York Times, which make the top 50 even though they do not fully report their digital circulation to AAM. For more details and the full list of newspapers, see our methodology.) Total number of newsroom employees in the newspaper sector20042006200820102012201420162018020k40k60k80k2006Total: 74,410Note: The OES survey is designed to produce estimates by combining data collected over a three-year period. Newsroom employees include news analysts, reporters, and correspondents; editors; photographers; and television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors.Source: Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics data.PEW RESEARCH CENTER Digital advertising accounted for 35% of newspaper advertising revenue in 2018, based on this analysis of publicly traded newspaper companies. The portion stood at 31% in 2017 – but at 17% in 2011, the first year it was possible to perform this analysis. Total circulation of U.S. daily newspapersWeekdaySundayWeekday (estimated)Sunday (estimated)19401950196019701980199020002010020 M40 M60 M80 MNote: To determine totals for 2015 onward, researchers analyzed the year-over-year change in total weekday and Sunday circulation using AAM data and applied these percent changes to the previous year’s total. Only those daily U.S. newspapers that report to AAM are included. Affiliated publications are not included in the analysis. Weekday circulation only includes those publications reporting a Monday-Friday average. For each year, the comparison is for all newspapers meeting these criteria for the three-month period ending Dec. 31 of the given year. Comparisons are between the three-month averages for the period ending Dec. 31 of the given year and the same period of the previous year.Source: Editor & Publisher (through 2014); estimate based on Pew Research Center analysis of Alliance for Audited Media data (2015-2018).PEW RESEARCH CENTER Estimated Advertising And Circulation Revenue Of The Newspaper IndustryChartDataShareEmbed Percent of newspaper companies’ advertising revenue coming from digitaladvertising201120122013201420152016201720180102030402012Advertising revenue coming from digital advertising: 19%Source: Pew Research Center analysis of year-end SEC filings for publicly traded newspaper companies that break out digital advertising revenue for each year.PEW RESEARCH CENTER Share Of Newspaper Advertising Revenue Coming From Digital AdvertisingChartDataShareEmbed Average minutes per visit for the top 50 U.S. newspapers by circulationQ4 2014Q4 2015Q4 2016Q4 2017Q4 20180123Note: For each year, the average minutes per visit for each website for October/November/December was calculated; the data point represents the overall average of those numbers. Analysis is of the top 49 newspapers by average Sunday circulation for Q3 2016, Q3 2017 and Q3 2018, according to Alliance for Audited Media data, with the addition of The Wall Street Journal. For each newspaper, the Comscore entity matching its homepage URL was analyzed.Source: Comscore Media Metrix® Multi-Platform, US, Average Minutes Per Visit, October-December 2014-2018.PEW RESEARCH CENTERcenter_img Newspapers Fact Sheetcompiled by Pew Research Center of Journalism and Media AudienceEconomicsNewsroom investmentFind out more In the chart above, data through 2012 comes from the trade group formerly known as the Newspaper Association of America (NAA), now known as the News Media Alliance (NMA). Data from 2013 onward is based on the Center’s analysis of financial statements from publicly traded U.S. newspaper companies, which now number seven and account for more than 300 U.S. daily newspapers, from large national papers to midsize metro dailies and local papers. From 2013 onward, the year-over-year percentage change in advertising and circulation revenue for these companies is calculated and then applied to the previous year’s revenue totals as reported by the NMA/NAA. In testing this method, changes from 2006 through 2012 generally matched those as reported by the NMA/NAA; for more details, see our 2016 report. Digital circulation is more difficult to gauge. Three of the highest-circulation daily papers in the U.S. – The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post – have in recent years not fully reported their digital circulation to the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM), the group that audits the circulation figures of many of the largest North American newspapers and other publications. Two of these papers report such digital circulation elsewhere: The New York Times in their financial statements and The Wall Street Journal in reports available on the Dow Jones website. (The Washington Post does not fully report digital circulation in any forum.) But because they may not be counted under the same rules used by AAM, these independently produced figures cannot easily be merged with the AAM data.Taking these complexities into account, using only the AAM data, digital circulation in 2018 is projected to have risen, with weekday up 6% and Sunday up 8%. According to the independently produced reports from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, both companies experienced substantial gains in digital circulation in the past year: 27% for the Times and 23% for the Journal, on top of large gains in 2017. If these independently produced figures were included with the AAM data in both 2017 and 2018, weekday digital circulation would have risen by 17%.The addition of these figures would also change the overall picture for combined print and digital circulation. The digital boost was driven by these two large, national brands would still result in an overall drop in circulation year over year, but a smaller one: Overall weekday circulation would have fallen by 1% in 2018 rather than 8%. Unique Visitors Of Newspaper WebsitesChartDataShareEmbed Find Out MoreThis fact sheet was compiled by Senior Researcher Michael Barthel.Read the methodology.Find more in-depth explorations of U.S. newspapers by following the links below:U.S. newsroom employment has dropped a quarter since 2008, with greatest decline at newspapers July 9, 2019For Local News, Americans Embrace Digital but Still Want Strong Community Connection, March 26, 2019Interactive: What are the local news dynamics in your city?, March 26, 2019Social media outpaces print newspapers in the U.S. as a news source, Dec. 10, 2018Americans Still Prefer Watching to Reading the News – and Mostly Still Through Television, Dec. 3, 2018About a third of large U.S. newspapers have suffered layoffs since 2017, July 23, 2018 Newsroom investmentAccording to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics, 37,900 people worked as reporters, editors, photographers, or film and video editors in the newspaper industry in 2018. That is down 14% from 2015 and 47% from 2004. Median wages for editors in 2018 were about $49,000, while for reporters, the figure was about $35,000.Employment In Newspaper Newsrooms EmployeesWages ChartDataShareEmbed Visit duration of newspaper websitesChartDataShareEmbed EconomicsThe total estimated advertising revenue for the newspaper industry in 2018 was $14.3 billion, based on the Center’s analysis of financial statements for publicly traded newspaper companies. This is down 13% from 2017. The total estimated circulation revenue was $11.0 billion, compared with $11.2 billion in 2017. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Arrest made after shots fired in Elkhart

first_img WhatsApp By Carl Stutsman – December 16, 2020 0 477 Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Arrest made after shots fired in Elkhart Previous articleElkhart man arrested for allegedly shooting his fatherNext articlePHM buses to add stop arm cameras Carl Stutsman (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Why 20-year-old Andrew Sanner decided to fire shots into the air at random on Franklin Street Saturday is unknown, but according to police it was his own mother that turned him in.Nobody was hurt, and at least seven spent casings were found where the shooting took place. At one point officers surrounded a home on Harrison Street where Sanner had last been seen, but he wasn’t found until later on.According to The Elkhart Truth police are also determining if he was connected to another nearby shooting.His charges include criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and carrying a handgun without a license. Facebook IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

Bakery supplier Edme interests children in baking

first_imgPrimary school children have toured a mill run by bakery supplier Edme, as part of National Science and Engineering Week.Pupils from Mistly Norman primary school were shown the engineering used to produce flour, and were also taught about processed involved in behind baking, from the growing, harvesting and malting of grain to the milling of flour and the making and baking of bread.Richard Ball, Edme’s technical baker, also showed the children how to make a good loaf of bread. They mixed ingredients to form a dough and added Edme’s malted flour, flakes and kibbles to the mix. They all discovered how the texture, extensibility and elasticity of the dough changed the more it was kneaded and that this was due to the stretching of the strands of gluten in the dough. “The manufacturing sector needs to attract the country’s brightest, most skilled and most dedicated people, said Peter Tichbon, managing director of Edme. “Imagine the difference if every manufacturing company in the region were to run a school session – it could all lead to a much stronger manufacturing base and a better economy!”last_img read more

ADM Milling supports Great Ormond Street

first_imgEssex-based ADM Milling has launched a new partnership with London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity.ADM is aiming to raise £100,000 to fund an enclosed isolation recovery bay in the hospital’s new Post Anaesthetic Care Unit, due to open in 2017.The partnership is already off to a fantastic start with a corporate donation of £50,000. In the coming months, employees from all over the business will rally colleagues towards a range of fundraising activities, from dragon boat races to bake sales.Worthy causeTim Cook, managing director of ADM Milling (UK), said: “We are very proud to support such a worthy cause and we look forward to working closely with the Great Ormond Street Hospital charity to create a really special partnership.”The Enclosed Isolation Recovery Bay in the hospital’s new Post Anaesthetic Care Unit will provide a comfortable and quiet space for children to recover from anaesthetics in their own time.Each bay in the unit will be designed so that staff can keep a close eye on the patients, while also giving them the privacy they need to get better. There will also be a bed for a parent next to every patient bed, so that families can stay together, during what can be a very worrying time.last_img read more

WMAW: ‘I’m hoping I can be an inspiration for others’

first_imgDawn Gemmell received an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry. Here she shares her career highlights and how she hopes to be an inspiration to the next generation of bakers.“I never not wanted to go to work, not even for one day,” says Dawn Gemmell. With a career in the baking industry spanning nearly four decades, that’s quite a feat.It is this boundless enthusiasm, ability to inspire others and incredible knowledge that landed her the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry at the 2017 Baking Industry Awards.“It was a bit overwhelming really,” she confesses. “I’ve been so lucky working all over the world. I’ve had a great career and winning the award just topped it off.”Gemmell was assistant dean at the College of Food (Bakery) at University College Birmingham (UCB), prior to her retirement in 2017, but she has also spent time with several businesses, gaining commercial experience at all levels.But it was cake decorating where her passion lay – a skill that attracted some very high-profile interest resulting in Dawn making celebration cakes for three generations of the royal family.“Another career highlight was working alongside the Worshipful Company of Bakers, becoming part of the livery in 2008 and getting my Freedom of the City of London and the company,” she adds. UCB also awarded her an Honorary Fellowship for outstanding services.Help us find this year’s winnerWe want British Baker readers to tell us about the most inspiring individuals in the trade.Every year, as part of our annual Baking Industry Awards, we name a person who has made an Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry. It recognises someone who has gone beyond their job and helped, encouraged or supported others within the sector, and sometimes outside it too.To nominate someone please e-mail [email protected]“I have an enjoyment of anything to do with our industry,” she says. “It’s important to me that people who are up and coming now enjoy the industry as much I have. I’m hoping I can be an inspiration for others.”There’s no doubt about that. Rising Star winner Jessica Dalton has nothing but praise for her former lecturer, hoping to one day follow in her footsteps. The praise goes both ways. “One of the special moments of the Baking Industry Awards was having Jess win as well – what a talent she is.” The double win, and Rising Star finalist Megan Roberts also being a UCB student, is testament to the university, believes Gemmell.Regardless of where they study, she urges the next generation of bakers to grasp any opportunities. “There’s lots of different things you can do in the industry – you can work in science, in milling, you can be a craft baker and be great at cakes or decorate cakes – it’s vast.“If someone comes into baking at 17 or 18, they can do so much more these days. Opportunities are there, you just have to take them.”It’s a sentiment she hopes those considering entering the Baking Industry Awards will take on board. “If you’re thinking about entering, go for it,” she says. “It’s a chance for you and your company to get some recognition and if you win it’s the most wonderful feeling. It’s something that will stay with me forever.” UCB students Jessica and Megan receive the award on Dawn Gemmell’s behalfSponsor’s comment“Dawn Gemmell did so much more than tutor her students. She developed each individual, took note of their talents and inspired them to find the very best within themselves. Respected figures who nominated her mentioned her warm personality and passion for the industry. She even made and presented celebration cakes to three generations of the Royal family, but she didn’t boast about it.“Dawn was also instrumental in developing UCB’s Bakery and Patisserie Technology Honours Degree course and was a truly worthy winner of this award.”Ian Dobbie, vice president, sales, marketing and innovation, Délifrancelast_img read more

Celebrate The 4th Of July With This Patriotic Playlist Curated By Members Of JRAD, TAB, Disco Biscuits

first_imgWe asked some of our favorite musicians for a song that says patriotism from any perspective. What we got back is pretty special. You can listen to the full playlist on Spotify below, plus check out the listing of which artists nominated which songs.Enjoy the tunes, and happy 4th of July everybody! Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band): “American Patrol” – Glenn MillerScott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead): “This Land Is Your Land” – Sharon Jones and The Dap-KingsRuss Lawton (Trey Anastasio Band): “Freedom” – Jimi HendrixOliver Wood (Wood Brothers): “Flag Decal” – John PrineDave Watts (The Motet): “Living in America” James BrownDuane Betts: “Back in the U.S.A.” – Chuck BerryMarco Benevento (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead): “Fireworks” – Marco BeneventoTom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead/Ghost Light): “Monsters/Suicide/America” – SteppenwolfNeal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood/Circles Around The Sun/Hard Working Americans): “Purple Mountain Jamboree” – Hard Working AmericansPaul Barrere (Little Feat): “America The Beautiful” – Ray CharlesJordan Fairless (Spafford): “Wheels” – CAKEAron Magner (The Disco Biscuits): “Freedom 76” – Weenlast_img read more

To age better, eat better

first_imgFifth in an occasional series on how Harvard researchers are tackling the problematic issues of aging.A habitually healthy eater, Frank Hu stocks his refrigerator with fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, and chicken. His pantry holds brown rice, whole grains, and legumes, and his snack cabinet has nuts and seeds. He eats red meat only occasionally, rarely buys white bread, soda, bacon, or other processed meats. He’ll purchase chips and beer, but only now and then, mostly when entertaining friends.When it comes to eating smartly in ways that can help us keep fit and live longer, Hu knows best.“There is no single, fit-for-all diet for everyone,” said Frank Hu of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerHu took over the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in January. His eating habits are greatly informed by his research on what constitutes a healthy diet. While he knows they’re not for everyone, he says people can nonetheless move toward eating patterns that both appeal to them and help them stay well.“There is no single, fit-for-all diet for everyone,” said Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “People should adopt healthy dietary patterns according to their food and cultural preferences and health conditions. I don’t have a rigid regimen, but I always emphasize healthy components in all my meals.”And so, according to considerable research, can all those who want to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and other chronic illnesses, and increase both longevity and quality of life in old age.We become what we eatTo some extent, when it comes to healthy aging, we become what we eat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four deaths results from heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Among the top risk factors are obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and poor diet — with the first three often tied to the last. The rise in obesity has hit the United States hard. More than a third of adults and one-fifth of children and adolescents age 2 to 19 are obese.Research shows that sustained, thoughtful changes in diet can make the difference between health and illness, and sometimes between life and death. For more than 50 years, researchers who have studied the link between diet and health have extolled the virtues of the Mediterranean diet, with its emphasis on vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, whole grains, olive oil, and fish, and its de-emphasis on red meat and dairy.“The elements of a healthy diet were readily available in the Mediterranean, where people had to eat local fruits, vegetables, and fish.”— Walter WillettPioneering studies, such as one led by nutrition expert Ancel Keys in the late 1950s, helped establish the Mediterranean diet as the benchmark. Keys’ landmark Seven Countries Study, which promoted diets low in saturated fats (beef, pork, butter, cream) and high in mono-unsaturated fats (avocados, olive oil), showed decidedly lower risks of cardiovascular disease.Research by renowned Harvard nutritionist Walter Willett, who chaired the Nutrition Department for 25 years until this past January, has confirmed the pronounced benefits of the Mediterranean diet. In his 2000 book “Eat, Drink and Be Healthy,” Willett wrote that the “main elements of the Mediterranean lifestyle are connected with lower risks of many diseases.”Using data from Harvard’s Nurses’ Health Study (NHS), a long-term epidemiological probe into women’s health, Willett also concluded that “heart diseases could be reduced by at least 80 percent by diet and lifestyle changes.”Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Nurses’ Health Study was established by Frank Speizer in 1976 to examine the long-term consequences of oral contraceptives. In 1989, Willett established NHS II to study diet and lifestyle risk factors. The results of that study have heavily influenced national dietary guidelines and the way Americans think about how they should eat.Recent studies have found that a healthy diet can also boost the brain and slow cellular aging. Chef Dino Licudine greets seniors at the Center Communities at Hebrew SeniorLife, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“The picture that has emerged is that the traditional Mediterranean diet promotes health and well-being,” said Willett, the Fredrick John Stare Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology. “The elements of a healthy diet were readily available in the Mediterranean, where people had to eat local fruits, vegetables, and fish. Back then, most people didn’t have much choice in what to eat.”Researchers also generally approve of both the vegetarian diet and the Asian diet because they also help increase longevity and decrease the risk of chronic disease. But the Mediterranean reigns supreme, because the Asian diet has salt and starch, and the vegetarian lacks important nutrients.A design for healthy eatingTo publicize everyday ways to eat better, researchers at the Harvard Chan School came up with the Healthy Eating Plate. It suggests eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, lean poultry, and olive oil, and asks people to limit refined grains, trans fats, red meat, sugary drinks, and processed foods. In addition, it touts staying active.Harvard’s plate was a response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) MyPlate, which, a comparison by Harvard nutrition experts suggested, could have gone further in detailing information about which foods to favor or limit.Graphic by Judy Blomquist/Harvard Staff. View more information.A 2012 Harvard study found that eating red meat led to increased cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality, and that substituting healthier proteins lowered mortality. As for milk, a source of calcium, Willett said there is no evidence that drinking more of it prevents bone fractures as much as physical activity does. Yogurt, because of its positive effects on the intestinal system, proves even more beneficial than milk.“Most populations along the world don’t drink any milk as adults,” said Willett. “Interestingly enough, they have the lowest fractures. And the highest bone-fracture rates are in milk-drinking countries such as northern Europe and the United States. Calcium is important all through life, but the amount of calcium that we need is probably overstated.”What is hard to overstate is the importance of eating healthily and mindfully through life, but the good news is that benefits begin as soon as the improved diet does. “If you’re still alive, it’s never too late to make a change in our diet,” said Willett.Recent studies have found that a healthy diet can also boost the brain and slow cellular aging. Researchers are examining the role of coffee and berries in improving cognitive function and reducing the risks of neurodegenerative diseases. At the same time, researchers keep circling back to the Mediterranean diet as a model of healthy eating.“The evidence is very encouraging because, even among old people, when they improve their diet quality, the risks of getting chronic diseases and mortality can be reduced, and longevity can be improved.”— Frank HuIn a 2015 study in Spain, seniors who ate a Mediterranean diet, supplemented with olive oil and nuts, showed improved cognitive function compared with a control group. Rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, chemicals that help avert the harm of “free radicals” in the body, the Mediterranean diet may even help prevent some degenerative diseases that, to some degree, are caused by vascular aging and chronic inflammation, Hu said.“Healthy, plant-based foods can improve vascular health, not just in the heart but in the brain,” he said. “And that can slow down the aging of the brain and cellular aging, and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.”As of now, science says the best prescription to slow the effects of aging is a mix of factors, from regular exercising to a healthy diet to maintaining a healthy body weight. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerClues on biomarkers of agingThe research shows promising paths ahead. In a 2014 study, Hu found a correlation between the Mediterranean diet and telomere length, a biomarker of aging. Telomeres — caps at the end of chromosomes that protect them from deterioration — may hold a key to longevity. Their lengthening slows the effects of aging, and their shortening is linked to increased risks of cancer and decreased longevity.As of now, science says the best prescription to slow the effects of aging is a mix of factors, from regular exercising to a healthy diet to maintaining a healthy body weight.“Maintaining a healthy diet for a long period of time is more important than having a yo-yo diet,” said Hu. “The evidence is very encouraging because, even among old people, when they improve their diet quality, the risks of getting chronic diseases and mortality can be reduced, and longevity can be improved.”Hu said his own diet is a fusion of the Mediterranean, Asian, and vegetarian models, and he tries to combine the healthiest elements of each. In general, he avoids the problematic components of the Western diet: sugary foods, processed meats with high amounts of preservatives, sodium, and saturated fats.Yet he reminds even healthy eaters that it’s fine to indulge in treats occasionally. After all, a long life should be worth living, and food is one of its joys.last_img read more

Your Southern Garden

first_imgGet a sneak peek at a secret orchid garden and learn about container plants for shade on “Your Southern Garden” with Walter Reeves June 18 at noon and 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting. On a visit to Callaway Gardens, show host Reeves is blindfolded and led to a secret orchid garden. Horticulture expert Hank Bruno shares his beautiful terrestrial orchids, but not their location.While at Callaway Gardens, Reeves also visits with Sheila Kanotz to learn about designing containers with plants that have only texture and leaf color to create interest.Curly-leaf kale has lots of texture. Reeves talks about one of his favorite plants and how to use it in the landscape. If insects love your garden, don’t miss University of Florida entomologist Steven Arthurs’ identification of several common six-legged creatures. “Your Southern Garden,” produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UF IFAS Extension, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. The program is made possible by sponsorship from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Clemson Cooperative Extension.Watch “Your Southern Garden” on select public TV stations in Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. Check local listings for details.last_img read more