Archives for March 2018
By Leslie Shallcross
Just knowing that this is National Nutrition Month may nudge us a tiny bit closer toward better food habits. Most of us can sort the less healthy from the more healthy, but what should we aim for to be certain that we are eating well?
The 2015 U.S. dietary guidelines plus more recent studies should give all of us a few things to strive for if we are in the market for a health-promoting food plan. As a reformed vegetarian now eating meat and known to have an affection for bacon, I hate to say it, but a “plant-based” diet is likely to be yours and my best bet for better health. This is not really new; by another name, this is the “Mediterranean diet.” It’s low in animal protein, has very little sugar, and the saturated fat from animals and plants is replaced with unsaturated fats like olive oil, safflower or canola oil.
Indeed, claims of benefit from the Mediterranean diet multiply weekly – well, it seems like it anyway. And the pluses are pretty great — following this pattern might help you avoid heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Several studies conclude that the Mediterranean eating pattern, which is rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and olive oil, may help the brain stay sharp into old age and a recent study in 6,000 individuals showed reduced overall frailty in seniors.
The Mediterranean diet became widely known for the first time in the 1970s from the “Seven Countries Study,” conducted by researcher Ancel Keys. At the time of his early research, certain areas of the Mediterranean had the lowest recorded rates of chronic diseases and the highest adult life expectancy in the world. Since then, there have many indications that adoption of a Mediterranean diet is associated with decreased chronic disease and all-cause mortality.
So what does the Mediterranean diet look like in more detail and what can you choose to work on during National Nutrition Month?
Most food and calories should come from high fiber, colorful plant sources, including fruits and vegetables, potatoes, breads and grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. To the extent possible, food should be fresh, locally grown and homemade, which may maximize the health-promoting micronutrient and antioxidant content of these foods. This means fewer highly processed foods like chips, breakfast cereals, cookies, etc., and fewer pre-prepared convenience foods.
Olive oil is the principal fat, used in many cases as we would use butter or margarine in baking. Total dietary fat may range from less than 25 percent (about 4 tablespoons if you are eating 2,000 calories a day) to over 35 percent of calories, but saturated fats account for no more than 7 to 8 percent (1 1/3 tablespoons) of calories. Canola oil, which contains similar fats to olive oil, and other oils like sunflower or safflower are good choices to replace butter or margarine.
The Mediterranean pattern includes one to two servings daily of cheese and yogurt (ask your doctor if you should take more calcium).
Choose healthy protein sources such as fish or chicken several times per week and use plant protein sources in place of animal protein at most meals — dried beans, nuts and tofu. Consume red meat, cured meats and cold cuts less than once per week. Eggs are limited to zero to four per week, including those used in cooking and baking.
Sweet treats containing significant amounts of sugar or honey and saturated fat are eaten only a few times per week or less. If you have dessert, make it a dried, frozen or fresh fruit.
Water should be the beverage of choice but unsweetened coffee and tea are okay. Keep juice consumption to no more than 1 small cup per day.
The Mediterranean eating pattern relies on herbs, lemon juice, citrus peel, vinegar and wine for flavoring. You don’t have to cut salt out altogether but keep added salt to a minimum. If you give up most pre-processed foods and make most of your meals at home, you will have made great headway in reducing your salt intake.
To see even more details, check out the Harvard University Healthy Eating Plate and Healthy Eating Pyramid at http://bit.ly/2GQNn40.
Leslie Shallcross is the Tanana District health, home and family development agent for Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She can be reached at 907-474-2426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Courtesy Dwight Phillips
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Delta/Greely School Board
PLACE: School Board Conference Room
Richard Mauer, President
Eileen Herman, Vice President
Dana Mock, Treasurer
Flower Cole, Clerk
Harrison Kiser, Student Representative
LTC Michael Foote, Military Representative
A. Call to Order
B. Roll Call
C. Pledge of Allegiance
D. Establishment of Quorum
1. iDidaContest Winners
F. Public Comment on Agenda Items
1. Board Policy 9323
G. Adoption of Agenda
1. Reading of the Board Mission Statement The
Delta/Greely School District provides each student with opportunities
to become a responsible and productive member of society.
2. Adoption of Agenda All
items on the Consent Agenda are approved at the adoption of the agenda.
H. Consent Agenda
1. Approve Minutes from February 15, 2018 Business Meeting
2. Accept Boeing Donation
3. Approve Out of State Travel for DHS Business Professionals of America Students
I. Correspondence to and from the Board
J. Financial Report
1. Financial Report
K. Information Items
1. Superintendent’s Report
2. Assistant Superintendent’s Report
3. President’s Report
4. Military Representative Report
5. Student Representative Report
6. Principals’ Report
L. Action Items
1. Adopt Changes to Board Bylaws Series 9000
2. Adopt Board District 20182019
3. Adopt 20182019
Board Improvement Plan
4. Approve Employee Leave of Absence
5. Approve 20182019
6. Approve Shuttle Bus Purchase
M. Discussion of Future Meetings
1. School Board Work Session April 5, 2018
2. School Board Business Meeting April 19, 2018
N. Public Comment
O. Comments from the Board
2017 – 2018 Board Goals
1. Facilitate the planning, programming, budgeting, execution and reporting of a short and long term maintenance program.
2. The board will adopt key indicators of success and implement an annual review of those indicators.
3. The board will facilitate the ongoing
implementation and review of the strategic plan.
4. The board will continue to analyze budget data to identify efficiencies and priorities.
Snowmachining at 20 below while taking the dog for a run.
Photo Courtesy Steven Miley Photography
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Today, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF), will host the first meeting of the newly-formed Governor’s Commuter Rail Advisory Task Force. The task force was established by Governor Bill Walker in January 2018 to determine the feasibility of a commuter rail service connecting Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.
“Alaska is drastically underserved in transportation alternatives. Every day 50,000 drivers commute on the Glenn Highway,” said DOT&PF Commissioner Marc Luiken. “This task force will explore the option for a safe and affordable transportation alternative for these commuters. If we are successful there will be multiple benefits: less time behind the wheel, fewer drivers on the Glenn Highway, and possibly more housing options for Alaskans who want to purchase an affordable home in the Mat-Su, but love their job in Anchorage.”
The Commuter Rail Advisory Task Force will meet Friday, March 9, 2018, from 1-3 p.m. at Anchorage City Hall, 632 West 6th Ave, in the Mayor’s Conference Room 830. The meeting is open to the public. To access the meeting by teleconference call (907) 266-2455.
The task force will draw from prior research conducted by DOT&PF as well as information from the Alaska Railroad Corporation and other sources.
Results of the study will determine estimates of initial and ongoing capital costs, expected operating costs, potential ridership, a recommended governance structure, and economic benefits of a commuter rail such as saving on road maintenance. Initial findings are due to the governor no later than May 31, 2018.
For more information about the task force: www.alaska.gov/go/J6F4.
To view the meeting agenda: www.alaska.gov/go/FJG5.
By Dr. Glenn Mollette
Americans are waiting and hoping. We’re hoping for something and we aren’t exactly for sure what we are hoping for. Internally it’s always the hopes of something better around the corner.
Many of us grew up believing that if we worked hard, tried hard and stayed with it that life would work out and eventually become easier. The unfortunate dilemma that many Americans are facing is life is not any easier. Medical care continues to be an escalating crisis. Premiums steeply rise with an increasing cost regardless if you have a medical card.
Retirees are less and less retired. Old people are seen working everywhere trying to earn a few dollars to buy groceries or pay rent. Social Security tells us we can expect to draw fewer dollars in the future. State governments are in trouble from Illinois, to California, New Jersey, Connecticut and Kentucky. They among others are shuffling to figure out how to pay government retirees and their retired school teachers. Most retirees are now facing giving up some retirement pay and paying an increasing medical care cost.
Education continues to escalate in cost. Public Universities are demanding $20,000 to $40,000 a year and that’s just for tuition. Housing, food, books, transportation all increases the cost of education after high school. Most of America’s families don’t have a $100,000 lying around for a college degree. College loans are crippling America’s young people plus the back breaking interest payments.
In recent years we have been made aware of America’s water shortage. Towns and counties across America are struggling with old debilitated infrastructures, leaky pipes, mismanagement of funds and contamination.
In the meantime America’s pastime has moved beyond baseball and has become devouring each other.
Facebook and other outlets seem to have given everyone a place to say and do it all and it’s not making us better. Congress has never gotten along and political parties have always gone for each other’s jugular vein. Today, it’s worse. Social media, cable news, email and a zillion blogs, online news sources and more make it a point of distributing only the worse, even if it’s fake.
While all this is going on we are still spending billions in Afghanistan to try to keep control of a country that nobody can control. I wonder how much money we would have if we didn’t spend trillions on other nations? How much money would we have for our state government retirees and school teachers if our state governments didn’t raid and spend what these workers contribute on other projects? There is nothing right about that nor is it right that our government spends our Social Security dollars on wars and whatever else they please.
Easter is almost here and it’s coming just a bit early it seems this year. It’s not too early for Americans because we need to once again hear about victory over death and defeated living. The only real way that people can overcome adversity is to believe they can.
We have a lot to work out in this country. We need to work together to solve our mental health issues. We have to secure our schools and other vulnerable areas of society. We can fight all day about our issues and point fingers but we need to point them at ourselves first before pointing at others. Blaming everybody, a President or the Russians is getting us nowhere.
I was out in a country church not too long ago and they were singing an old time song with some of these words included, “It’s not my brother or my sister but it’s me ol’ Lord standing in the need of prayer.” There’s plenty of fault to go around. We elect people who promise one thing and do another.
Yet, as Easter approaches we have to remember there was only one perfect person who ever lived we are told in the Bible and that was Jesus. Of course, he was nailed to a cross.
That is exactly what we would do to Jesus today in America. We would nail him to a cross just as quickly as they did 2000 years ago. If we didn’t do it physically, we would do it via television, talk radio, fake news and all the rest.
The beautiful part of Easter is that the grave could not contain Jesus. He came back to life. Millions of people around the world have grasped this promise individually in faith and hope. It’s time for America to believe again. We need new life individually and as a nation. Easter is about all of this. The story is about victory over death and the grave. The story is about victorious living. It’s a good story. Americans need a good story.
Dr. Glenn Mollette is the author of 12 books. His syndicated column is read in all 50 states.
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