What’s health?

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaAs obesity closes in on tobacco as the No. 1 preventable cause of death in the United States, federal nutrition experts have made some changes to the dietary guidelines on the food pyramid.The food pyramid, introduced 12 years ago, is a guide to help people plan what they eat each day. The guidelines built around it offer expert advice to promote health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.”These new dietary guidelines represent our best science-based advice to help Americans live healthier and longer lives,” said Tommy Thompson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in the release report.”Dietary Guidelines for Americans” is published jointly every five years by HHS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Following the guidelines can reduce the risk of major chronic diseases.The 2005 guidelines put stronger emphasis on calorie control and physical activity.”Around 64 percent of adults in this country are overweight or obese,” said Connie Crawley, an extension nutrition expert with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.”Of that number, 30 percent are obese,” she said. “And the number of severely obese people has increased even faster than those who have become just overweight and or mildly obese.”Between 1988 and 1992, only 56 percent of adults were overweight or obese and only 23 percent were obese, Crawley said. And the percentage of children and teens between 6 and 18 years old who are overweight has doubled in the past 20 years to 15 percent.”Genetics haven’t changed that quickly,” Crawley said. “Our eating and exercise habits have.”Not eating right or getting enough exercise can lead to cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, certain cancers and other diseases.In simple terms, the HHS-USDA report says the biggest reason people gain weight is that they take in more calories than they use up. The key is to find the right balance of healthful foods and physical activity.But that’s not easy. “There’s a lot of research now trying to figure that out,” Crawley said. “Certainly, eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as recommended in the guidelines, looks to be very important.”These foods help you cut fats and add fiber to your diet, she said. And they help you feel full. Natural foods like these may have other ways to help control weight, too.The advertising and grocery-space ratio between these foods and unhealthy products needs to change, Crawley said, “so healthier foods are promoted more and more healthy, tasty foods are available to kids and adults.”The guidelines urge Americans to get moving. For adults, they recommend: 30 minutes of activity (moderate intensity) most days to reduce the risk of chronic disease. 60 minutes (moderate to vigorous) to help manage your weight. 60 to 90 minutes (moderate) to lose weight (if you stay on a proper diet).”Moderate” activities are those like gardening or yard work, vacuuming, washing the car or windows, badminton, cycling moderately fast, walking 3 miles per hour, water aerobics, ballroom dancing, volleyball and swimming moderately fast.”Vigorous” activities include fast dancing, cycling, jogging or swimming; playing racketball, handball or full-court basketball; walking 4 miles per hour; power lifting; and digging.The recommendation for weight loss is up from 30 minutes in previous guidelines. “That 30 minutes may be enough to help cardiovascular risk reduction,” Crawley said. “But true weight control does seem to require more, especially as we get older.”It’s OK to break up that time, Crawley said. “The key is sit less and move more. Standing is better than sitting, and moving is better than standing.”The guidelines stress eating more fruits and vegetables, whole-grain foods and nonfat or low-fat milk or milk products.The complete guidelines are at http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/.(Faith Peppers is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Farm to Feet Introduces Blue Ridge Run Series Sock Line

first_imgFarm To Feet makes 100-percent U.S. sourced and built socks at its plant in Mount Airy, North Carolina. And to celebrate this heritage, the company is introducing the Blue Ridge Run Series for Spring 2015. The line will include light-weight running socks in multiple heights, with and without cushioning, and a graduation compression sock.Farm to Feet has paired Rocky Mountain merino wool (sourced from the American Sheep Industries) with a new “Friction-Free” technology to create a collection of socks with wool’s natural feel, odor-resistance and wicking properties, but featuring improved abrasion control and heat management.Farm to Feet’s “Friction-Free technology” features a U.S.-sourced PTFE nylon, with the PTFE permanently incorporated into the nylon yarn during its postproduction. PTFE has a low friction coefficient, which reduces abrasion and the chance for blisters. Additionally, PTFE is hydrophobic which enhances the movement of perspiration away from feet and results in socks that dry quickly.The Asheville is an ultra light running sock with half density cushioning under the foot. The Roanoke is a similar sock, but with a flat-knitted frictionless bottom. The socks are designed with airflow channels over the instep and venting panels on the sides and rear for improved breathability. Both socks are offered in low and quarter-crew heights and available in men’s and women’s styles. MSRP- Low $16.00/ 1/4 Crew $17.00.Farm_To_Feet_Socks_GroupRounding out the collection is the Blue Ridge with graduated compression. Its has a targeted compression of 17.5 mmHg starting at the ankle and decreases up through the calf, to assist with blood flow and reduce muscle vibration for enhanced performance or recovery. The 16″ tall Blue Ridge with Friction-Free technology has half density cushioning underfoot for additional comfort. MSRP- $30.00.The socks in the Farm to Feet Blue Ridge Run Series feature all US sourced materials, a 100% seamless toe closure, reciprocated heal and toe pockets for a great fit, and double welt tops.In support of the launch Farm to Feet has teamed up with the Roanoke Outside and the Blue Ridge Marathon. The Roanoke has been named the official sock of the marathon and at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, Farm to Feet and Roanoke Outside will be awarding one attendee a trip for two to run “America’s Toughest Road Marathon”.Farm to Feet is committed to the goal of creating “the world’s best wool socks” by exclusively using an all-American recipe: U.S. merino, U.S. manufacturing, and U.S. workers. With a supply chain completely within the U.S., Farm to Feet is able to ensure the highest quality materials and end products, while having as little impact on the environment as possible. Once the wool is grown and sheared in the Rocky Mountains, the remaining processes take place within 300 miles of its sustainability-focused knitting facility in Mt. Airy, N.C.All Farm to Feet socks feature seamless toe closures, a comfort compression fit from the top through the arch, and superior cushioning for ultimate performance and comfort. Learn more at www.farmtofeet.com.last_img read more

Syracuse’s backup faceoff specialist, Danny Varello, poised to assist Final Four push

first_img Published on May 19, 2017 at 6:05 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse assistant coach Kevin Donahue knelt over, reached toward his left foot and pinched the turf. Syracuse lost another faceoff, 10 of the first 11, and this one opened the second half. On the ensuing possession, Yale’s Jackson Morrill worked off a screen at the X. Nobody slid to him, leaving Morrill with an open look at the goal. The goal put the Bulldogs up three and as Syracuse neared to a potential season-ending loss.The No. 2 Orange compensated for a 4-of-22 faceoff performance — its worst since at least 2014, when SU’s most recent game-by-game statistics are available — to beat Yale and advance to the NCAA quarterfinals. But senior faceoff specialist Ben Williams struggled mightily, going a career-worst 1-for-12.Syracuse’s chances at winning the faceoff — and making its first Final Four since 2013 — may come down not to its two-time Tewaaraton Award nominee, but to a freshman with only one start on his resume. No. 2 SU (13-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) freshman Danny Varello, once the third string behind Cal Paduda, could slot into the faceoff X in big moments against No. 11 Towson (11-4, 4-1 Colonial Athletic), with a trip to the semifinals on the line.“It’s possible,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “He’s been doing a nice job this year in the times that he’s gotten in. He’s got some game experience but not a lot. He’s a very good changeup for us. He’s got quick hands.”Varello, a 5-foot-10, 199-pound, faceoff specialist has appeared in eight games. Though he’s only three for his last 16, he consistently has won a shade over half (52 percent) of his faceoffs this season. Should Williams struggle on Sunday against Tigers specialist Alex Woodall, who ranks ninth in the country in faceoff winning percentage (60.9 percent), Varello is poised to enter the game in what would be a heightened role.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe freshman won 10-of-17 faceoffs in February against Army, 6-of-8 against Duke and a key faceoff win at then-No. 1 Notre Dame. He impressed Desko and Donahue with his hand speed and reaction time, both of which, teammates said, is second-to-none. He can recognize when his opponents over-rotate, jump out of position too early or fail to finish their clears. His next step is to be shorter to the ball and tighter with his movements.Varello’s known as a “squash guy,” because he’s quick to clamp and screw the ball. That differs from a “power-clamp guy,” such as North Carolina’s Stephen Kelly, who grinds more and takes longer to wrestle at the faceoff X. Once winning the faceoff, Desko would like to see Varello improve his moves. “He just needs to pick it up and run with the ball,” Desko said.At Smithtown West (New York) High School on Long Island, Varello won 70 percent of his career faceoffs. He developed the hand speed that propelled him past Paduda on the Syracuse depth chart. Varello’s brother Joe, a junior faceoff specialist at Navy, and his faceoff coach, Matt Schomburg, helped groom him since he began to specialize on faceoffs around the ninth grade.“He’s not your typical stud athlete,” said Schomberg, who trains Division I college players out of his Fogolax Academy on Long Island. “He has a real artistic side to him. He can remember stuff from multiple faceoffs ago or years ago. He has a photographic memory. The intelligence level he has is pretty incredible.”Working alongside Williams in practice doesn’t hurt. Williams is SU’s all-time leader in faceoffs won and ground balls. This season, his third with the Orange after transferring from Holy Cross, nagging injuries have battered him. Since he recovered last month, Williams still has not found the groove that placed him on the Preseason All-ACC Team in February.Against Yale, Syracuse went to Varello early in the second half to stop the bleeding. It’s likely SU could call on its freshman just as early in the NCAA quarterfinals, should Williams get off to another slow start.“Danny has a natural ability to win clamps and I think he’s gotten a ton better since he first got here in the fall,” Williams said. “If he continues to work on his ability a bit, he could have a great career here. He’s helped us this year.”As a little kid, Varello hung the jersey of former SU All-American Mike Powell in his room. For years, he wanted to play for Syracuse and be the one whom SU depended on for possession time. What he does in his next opportunities may dictate the outcome of Syracuse’s season.“Whenever they need me,” Varello said, “I need to step up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more