Nudging families away from fruit juice

first_imgThe twin epidemics of diabetes and obesity sweeping the country have forced a re-evaluation of the American diet, including the notion that fruit juice is a healthy alternative to soda. That topic was taken up in a recent op-ed in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article was written by Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor Florence Brown, director of the Joslin-Beth Israel Deaconess Diabetes and Pregnancy Program; HMS instructor in pediatrics Elvira Isganaitis, a research associate and staff endocrinologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center; and Heather Ferris, a former Joslin research associate and now an assistant professor at the University of Virginia Medical School. The three recommended that fruit juice be cut from the federal WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) supplemental nutrition program for low-income families. The change would make the WIC program healthier for the 25 percent of pregnant American women and 50 percent of children it benefits, Isganaitis said in an interview. GAZETTE: What is wrong with juice? When I was growing up, people always thought fruit juice was healthy.ISGANAITIS: Juice has some healthy aspects to it. It’s a good source of vitamin C. If you’re talking about 100 percent fruit juice, it contains a lot of the vitamins and phytonutrients that fruit contains. But if you’ve ever squeezed your own juice or tried to make apple cider, you’ll know that it takes a lot of fruit to make a glass of juice. When you’re drinking a cup of apple juice, you’re having a lot more calories than you would if you just ate a whole apple. You’re boosting calories and reducing the amount of fiber, so it winds up being a less healthful choice than eating the whole fruit.GAZETTE: We’ve heard about avoiding extra calories, but how important is the fiber we miss by choosing juice over whole fruit?ISGANAITIS: Higher fiber intake is healthful for lowering cholesterol levels and the risk of certain cancers. Higher fiber intake at a given meal is associated with a greater feeling of fullness or satiety. It’s thought to reduce the degree to which your blood sugar levels will spike in response to a meal and help control your appetite at the next snack or meal. In general, North American diets, in particular the diets of kids, are pretty poor in fiber. So when you choose juice rather than a whole fruit you’re really missing out on a lot of the fiber.GAZETTE: When we talk about calories, fiber, and satiety, are we really talking about obesity?ISGANAITIS: Absolutely. Just thinking of obesity in energetic terms, it stems from a mismatch between your energy in and your energy output. So that’s really what’s happened to Western/North American food patterns over the last 30 to 40 years. There are just so many opportunities to max out your energy intake while at the same time we have become more and more sedentary. With juice being a ready source of quickly absorbed calories, it’s being scrutinized for its contribution to obesity. It’s been shown to contribute to excessive weight gain in the Nurses’ Health Study, based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as well as weight gain during early childhood.GAZETTE: Should people get it out of their heads that juice is healthy?ISGANAITIS: Absolutely. They should continue to view fruits and vegetables as healthy, but in processing those things into juice, you really miss out on a lot of their healthful nutritional aspects. The reason we got together and wrote this op-ed is that, as diabetes and obesity specialists, we spend a lot of our time trying to dispel nutritional myths. People will often come to us having already received some nutritional information. They’re aware that they’re dealing with a weight problem or they have prediabetes. Oftentimes they will say, “I’ve cut out soda, now I only drink juice.” But you can potentially pack in the same amount of calories drinking juice as soda. Sure, you get a little bit more vitamin C, but in terms of combating obesity, you don’t really make much progress that way.GAZETTE: The op-ed focuses on juice in the federal government’s WIC program.ISGANAITIS: WIC is a supplemental nutrition program specifically targeting pregnant and nursing women, [different from] SNAP, the food stamp program. They’re managed a little bit differently. The food stamp program is basically a voucher program and participants are free to choose whatever grocery items they would normally buy. The WIC program is set up really to promote the consumption of healthy and nutritious foods. You actually can’t use WIC to buy junk food. The types of bread and cereals, for example, that you can buy through WIC have to be high in fiber, whole grain, no added sugar. Given that it’s set up to improve the nutritional quality of the diet of these mothers and their children, it caught our attention that WIC continues to provide juice, which I, as a pediatric endocrinologist, and my colleagues Dr. Brown and Dr. Ferris just don’t really view as a healthy food.GAZETTE: And does the WIC population have a greater obesity problem than the general population?ISGANAITIS: Unfortunately, yes. In this country, obesity disproportionately affects low-income populations, who are by definition the populations that are targeted by this nutritional assistance program. Food insecurity, which the USDA defines as a situation of “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods” is increasingly recognized to be a risk factor, not for being underweight, as was previously thought, but rather for obesity and diabetes. So, even though the amount of juice that has been provided by WIC historically has gone down, by continuing to provide some juice, this is just adding one more risk factor to the many obesity risk factors this population is already known to have. GAZETTE: Is there a review coming up during which these changes could be suggested?ISGANAITIS: There is. The WIC food package is congressionally mandated to be reviewed every 10 years, and the framework for revisions will be released later this year. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine recently reviewed the current WIC food package and recommended that the program increase the amounts of vegetables, fruits, fish, and whole grains, and reduce the subsidy for fruit juice.GAZETTE: Is this an opportunity to make a dent in the broader obesity problem?ISGANAITIS: Absolutely. Unfortunately, a really large percentage of children and mothers in the U.S. live in poverty. Children in the U.S. are 1.5 [times] more likely to live in poverty than adults. Sadly, children are overrepresented in the poor. Whereas children accounted for 24 percent of the total U.S. population in the 2010 census, they made up 36 percent of individuals living in poverty.WIC is a program that really has the potential to impact multiple generations at once. Increasing data, including some from my research group at Joslin Diabetes Center and others in the Harvard Medical School community, are supporting the concept that a healthy mom who’s at an optimal weight as she enters pregnancy is less likely to have children who are overweight or obese or develop diabetes in later life. So, by fine-tuning a mom’s nutrition when she’s pregnant and nursing her child, you have the ability to benefit her nutrition and health as well as her children’s. It’s a really high-impact intervention. Related Much of life is beyond our control, but dining smartly can help us live healthier, longer To age better, eat betterlast_img read more

Senior Executives Explain What Sets PowerEdge Technology Apart

first_imgSee which words top Dell EMC executives choose to describe the latest PowerEdge servers…In the first of two blogs based on our On the Road series of video interviews with top executives, we introduce their thoughts on why the no-compromise servers in the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio are arguably the best possible choice for your customers.Across a series of six short and very accessible videos, they give an overview of what it is that sets pioneering PowerEdge technology apart. Learn how these best-selling servers are built from the ground up without compromise to drive and enable IT transformation.Close collaboration between Dell EMC and Intel®On the road with Ferhad PatelFerhad Patel is Director of Business Development at Intel – and Dell EMC is Intel’s largest partner in the enterprise space. Watch this video to learn more about the close collaboration between Intel and Dell EMC and how the Xeon® Scalable Processor platform that features in the latest PowerEdge servers is Intel’s biggest launch in a decade.“Our collaboration spans decades,” he says, of what he describes as an exciting, best-of-breed partnership. “When we launch new products, we’re there with Dell and we do all the validation before we do the launch. We have engineers at their site before launch, and vice versa.Ferhad explains that the close collaboration between Dell EMC and Intel delivers a win:win combination of 65% performance improvements over the previous processor and also enables customers to achieve greater performance capabilities with fewer servers.For Ferhad, PowerEdge in a word is: “Industry-leading”> Watch the video now (2:38 length) to learn more about the enhanced agility, performance and security.Comprehensive rack and tower choicesOn the road with Claude LavigneDell EMC’s Director of Product Development, Claude Lavigne, is a specialist in rack and tower servers. He explains that the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge configurations offer simple scalability, enhanced performance and easy, but advanced, system management.You can watch this interview to get a quick overview of the comprehensive choice of rack and tower server solutions within the Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio – everything from high-performance 4-socket solutions to entry-level tower servers – and their suitability for different target customers.Plus, you’ll learn how being built from the ground up without compromise enables PowerEdge servers to deliver the difference for organizations of all sizes.How does Claude describe PowerEdge in a word? “Number One”> View the interview here (3:10 length) to see why Claude recommends PowerEdge for your customers.Innovative modular server solutionsOn the road with David K NguyenTypical customers for modular servers are those looking for a combination of three things: the highest computing processing power for their workloads, to simplify the scale-out environment and to also save data center space.Watch this ‘on the move’ interview with David K Nguyen, Director of Servers, Product Management at Dell EMC to discover why he believes that innovative Dell EMC PowerEdge servers are far more advanced than competitor options.For David, PowerEdge is simply: “All-Inspiring”> See what David says (3:26 length) about trusted partnership, world-class support and reliable products.Enabling easier system managementOn the road with Kevin NoreenKevin Noreen is Senior Director, Product Management at Dell EMC. He compares the advancements in the system management associated with the latest PowerEdge technology to a self-driving car, in terms of the efficiencies that can be achieved in the data center.Check out this video to learn how the systems management software in the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio automates tasks across the entire IT lifecycle, resulting in outstanding operational efficiency – and how OpenManage Mobile capabilities are revolutionizing systems management.You could now be able to complete a typical 4-hour IT service for a customer in just 30 seconds…According to Kevin, PowerEdge is simply: “Superior”> Watch the video now (5:13 length) to find out how easier system management is saving everyone time.Optimally enhanced productivity and securityOn the road with Enrico BracalenteIn the words of Director of Product Manager, Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions, Enrico Bracalente, new PowerEdge is a “wonderful machine and state-of-the-art product”.He explains that the positive reaction of the technical press to the latest PowerEdge servers simply reflects the “exciting” and “unique” reports and opinions from customers themselves.Increased automation and performance, plus enhanced security that’s built into every aspect of the server infrastructure from the ground up is proving to be a massive hit.Learn how fully integrated security improvements and innovative systems management software within the Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio is making daily life for IT/Infrastructure Managers a little easier – at the same time as increasing productivity, reliability and cost-effectiveness for customers.How does Enrico describe PowerEdge in a word? “Superlative”> View the interview here (4:10 length) to learn why Enrico is so proud of new PowerEdge serversSeize the PowerEdge advantage for your businessChannel Partners VideoFinally, let’s hear from Dell EMC executives John Byrne, Brian Payne and Cheryl Cook about the PowerEdge value proposition for the channel.In this short video, they explain how combining the industry’s #1 server products with the compelling Partner Program represents a fantastic opportunity for your business…> Transform your business with PowerEdge (2:06 length)Get up to speed with the wide-ranging benefits of the latest Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.  Access all of these short videos and more on your Partner Portallast_img read more

Mobile app aims to eliminate fraud in disbursement of subsidized housing loans

first_img“With the SiKasep application, it will be easier for the government to oversee the [loan] distribution or housing needs with data directly sourced from the public, which can also be used as guidelines for policy-making,” the agency wrote, adding that it also prevented an oversupply of houses in unwanted locations.The new application is part of efforts to bolster President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s promise of building around 1 million houses a year. The target, in place since 2015, aims to reduce the country’s housing backlog, especially for lower-income families.Read also: State mortgage provider to disburse Rp 1.7t for low-cost housesSome 4.8 million houses have been constructed since then; 699,770 built in 2015, 805,169 houses in 2016, 904,758 houses in 2017, 1.13 million houses in 2018 and more than 1.25 million houses in 2019. The government aims to build 1.25 million houses this year. The FLPP itself was initially established to provide loans to civil servants, military personnel, police officers and private employees with a monthly income no higher than Rp 8 million.It is also in line with the government’s move to disburse Rp 1.5 trillion in subsidies for purchases of houses for low-income Indonesians in February as a part of a Rp 10.3 trillion stimulus package to cushion the impacts of COVID-19. Particularly, Rp 800 billion will be used for interest subsidies for loan installments and Rp 700 billion for down payment subsidies (SBUM).However, property developers expressed concerns in late January over “thinning” funds allocated to the FLPP, as they bank on public housing programs amid a broad-based slowdown in the property sector.The 2020 budget for loans under the FLPP amounts to Rp 11 trillion, which is enough to build only 97,700 houses — much lower than the Rp 29 trillion needed to fund the construction of at least 260,000 houses this year, the group said.But PPDPP president director Arief Sabaruddin refuted the group’s claims in January about a “thinning budget” as he said the allocated budget for the scheme had steadily increased.Read also: Property developers express concern over ‘thinning’ housing loan subsidyThe agency’s data shows that the budget this year had increased to Rp 11 trillion from Rp 7.1 trillion in 2019 and Rp 6.01 trillion in 2018. However, actual spending has declined because of issues to do with “administrative preparedness” and “incomplete documents”, Arief said.“We all have this mindset of increasing [the housing quota], including businesspeople. What we have to consider now is how to solve not only surface-level problems but also their roots, which are limited financing sources,” Arief said.“That’s why we have to think about ways to find other financing sources for a long-term solution.” The government is using an application called SiKasep to prevent fraud in its subsidized housing loans programs by connecting property developers and prospective homebuyers.According to a Housing Financing Management Agency (PPDPP) statement released on Thursday, scammers have been selling substandard houses on behalf of the government’s Housing Financing Liquidity Facility (FLPP) and other subsidized housing programs and misusing applicants’ personal information, among other crimes.The application, launched in Dec. 19, 2019, has so far helped the government disburse loans worth Rp 861.43 billion (US$51.86 million) for the construction of 8,550 houses for low-income families under the FLPP. It now has 42,923 users and another 35,116 users are currently being verified.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Enjoy peace and quiet on acreage in Caboolture

first_imgThe outdoor area at 9-11 Price Lane, Caboolture.“We wanted a spacious four-bedroom home with an office that was nice and quiet.“We like the openness of the house and that when we look outside we can’t see the houses across from us.”The brick and tile home has 306sq m under roof and is on a flat, elevated 3000sq m block.The home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening to the covered back patio.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The kitchen has a breakfast bar, walk-in pantry, stainless steel appliances and plumbing for a fridge. The home at 9-11 Price Lane, Caboolture.THIS spacious home with in-ground swimming pool was built in 2010 to make the most of its peaceful location.David and Georgina Bailey had the home at 9-11 Price Lane, Caboolture, built in February 2010 not long after arriving in Australia from England.“We picked the area because our daughter lived just around the corner,” Mr Bailey said. The entry at 9-11 Price Lane, Caboolture.There is also a living area at the front of the home.The master bedroom has a huge walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with walk-in shower and separate toilet.Two of the other bedrooms have walk-in wardrobes, the fourth has a built-in wardrobe and the family bathroom has a separate bath and shower.There is plenty of storage in the laundry and the study could be used as a fifth bedroom.center_img The lounge room at 9-11 Price Lane, Caboolture.A porch runs along the front of the home and the back patio overlooks the in-ground saltwater swimming pool with glass fencing.The home has quality window furnishings, tiled floors and built-in speakers throughout.There is also a security system, window locks and security screens.Outside there is a 6m x 6m shed, garden shed, rainwater tank and solar power system.last_img read more

Hapag-Lloyd Expects USD 1 Bn in Extra Fuel Costs from 2020 Sulphur Cap

first_imgGerman liner company Hapag-Lloyd is facing around USD 1 billion of extra fuel costs stemming from the new sulphur regulations entering into force in 2020.Speaking at today’s TradeWinds Shipowners Forum, being held as part of SMM trade fair program, Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd, said that the fuel costs will rise significantly due to the enforcement of the 2020 sulphur cap.“We have a real problem in our hands, and we need to figure out what are we going to do about it,” Jansen said.Hapag-Lloyd revealed in its half-year results for 2018, that it was preparing two pilot projects as a way of getting ready for the sulphur cap.Namely, the company is testing scrubbers on two large containerships and exploring the benefits of LNG as fuel.The testing of scrubbers is set to take stage in the beginning of 2019, and based on the results, the company may decide to invest into the technology a bit more.But in the end, Jansen estimates that there will a small percentage of ships in the global fleet with installed scrubbers on board by 2020.As for the LNG, Jansen said today that the company was exploring the potential of retrofitting some of the boxships acquired through the merger with United Arab Shipping Company. UASC has a series of seventeen 15,000 TEU vessels that are LNG-ready.“If the first project proves to be successful, we may convert the other 16 vessels to LNG as well,” Jansen explained.However, taking into account that the endeavor requires a significant investment, and the fact that the availability of LNG as fuel is limited, at least until 2020, companies around the world will end up switching to a different type of fuel, Hapag-Lloyd’s CEO estimates.“We have to take this as the base case as we move forward. This also means that we have to find the mechanism to cover these fuel-related costs, because the current formulas that we have are simply not adequate,” he added.World Maritime News Staff; Image by WMNlast_img read more