Holiday indulgence in moderation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many people are looking for ways to either avoid temptation or make better choices that will allow them to maintain a healthy weight while they navigate all the indulgence of the season, said Jenny Lobb, a family and consumer sciences educator for Ohio State University Extension.With that in mind, Lobb offers the following tips that can help you enjoy the holidays and still meet your food-related health goals.Use the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate dietary guidelines as your guide to healthy eating. MyPlate encourages people to eat more fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains, including advocating that people make half of the food on their plate fruits and vegetables. So look for fruits and vegetables when you go to holiday gatherings and when you are planning your own meals. Filling up on those foods first might help you eat less of the other richer foods that you might encounter later.Plan ahead whether you are packing a lunch or snacks for your workday. When you bring your own food, you might be less likely to pass through the break room and indulge in some of the sweets that other people bring in. Plan ahead for any parties you might attend as well. Doing so might help you avoid some of the sweets or rich foods offered there.Survey your options. If you go to a party, take a look to see what is available before filling up your plate. Then, strategically choose what you want to indulge in. Keep an eye on your portions. In the words of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, “enjoy your foods, but eat less.” You can still enjoy those special holiday treats, but keep an eye on the portions and try not to overdo it. Filling up on fruits and vegetables first might help you stick to smaller portions of the richer foods you choose to eat.Limit your liquid calories. Lots of holiday drinks such as alcoholic beverages, eggnog, and festive coffee drinks contain more calories and sugar than some desserts. So keep an eye on the beverages that you’re choosing, try to fill up on water first, and then treat those richer drinks more like desserts or sweets.Lastly, try to understand that not all of your holiday eating habits are going to be perfect, so cut yourself some slack and enjoy the season. Don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day.Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or read more

SOA: Half of Enterprise Developers to be using SOA in Two Years

first_imgEvan Data sees rapid uptake of SOA technologies over the next two years.  Currently about one quarter of enterprise-level developers are already using SOA techniques in their development, but that number is poised to grow another 28 percent over the next two years. That information was part of Evan Data’s recently released Corporate Development Issues Survey.  The survey also found that while Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) technology is being used by only 15 percent of the respondents, that number is also expected to more than double over the next two years.SOA is being adopted by large enterprise and put to use across all vertical applications.  Evans Data cites the ability to create flexible business processes as a main reason for this trend.The survey of over three hundred in-house corporate developers also found the following:Companies look to oursourcing to save money (22%), fill an in-house skills shortage (20%), and to gain access to specialized expertise (17%).Ten percent of developers are involved in grid computing projects and that number is expected to triple over the next two years.last_img read more

The Ongoing Campaign for “Homestar”

first_imgEven though the federally expanded Weatherization Assistance Program has struggled to gain its bureaucratic footing, the logic behind the program and others designed to encourage further energy efficiency retrofits is, in the current economic climate, too compelling for the Obama administration to ignore.President Obama’s pitch in Savannah, Georgia, this week for the “Homestar” home-retrofit-and-rebate legislative proposal, whose essentials the White House unveiled last November, played directly to populist hunger for programs that create jobs and to the notion that eco-friendly, energy-saving home improvements that are done correctly can save homeowners money.Making upgrades rebate-readySpeaking to an audience at the Savannah Technical College, where students are trained in energy efficient construction, the president cited a few Homestar details (which also are outlined on the White House press office website) aimed at making it easier for homeowners to manage the upfront costs of retrofit projects.Purchases of certain materials and services from participating vendors, installers, and utility programs, for example, will be eligible for point-of-sale rebates. Under what Homestar proponents call “Silver Star” improvements, consumers would be eligible for 50% rebates, up to $1,500, on simple upgrades such as duct sealing, installation of insulation, energy efficient water heaters, HVAC systems, windows and/or doors. Certain combinations of upgrades could boost the Silver Star rebate to as much as $3,000.Another retrofit category, called Gold Star, offers a $3,000 rebate for a whole-home audit and upgrade that reduces the home’s energy costs by 20% or more.A stimulus-funded precedentThe program would focus on products made in the U.S. and installed by certified contractors, and would include support for state- and locally sponsored financing plans. And while WAP is aimed at low-income households, Homestar rebates would be available to consumers in all income brackets.Obama is presenting the proposal as a nonpartisan, “common-sense approach” to the nation’s high unemployment rate and the need to decrease energy use, although his political opponents said they are skeptical the plan will deliver as promised. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Republican of Virginia, cited unmet expectations for the $5 billion Weatherization Assistance Program as evidence that a stimulus plan like Homestar would disappoint. That assessment, however, is premature, since WAP has only now begun ramping up to peak operation. A fair assessment of the current incarnation of the WAP is several months away.last_img read more

HC raps police for ‘brutality’ in tempo incident

first_imgVideo clips of policemen dragging and assaulting a 15-year-old boy and his father, a tempo driver, in broad daylight in north-west Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar drew the ire of the Delhi High Court, which described them as evidence of “police brutality”.“Why was the boy dragged along the street in broad daylight,” asked a Bench of Justices Jayant Nath and Najmi Waziri after watching video footage of the Sunday incident, which has since snowballed into a political issue.“How can you [Delhi police counsel] standing for the State justify the action of the five police officers who ran after a 15-year-old boy who had been trying to take his father away,” the Bench asked.“If this is not evidence of police brutality then what more do you need? This is a case of extensive disquiet in society. How can any uniformed force do this? This would scare the citizens,” the Bench added. Independent report The court also called for an independent report on the incident from an officer of the rank of Joint Commissioner of Police within a week.The Delhi police’s counsel submitted that cross FIRs have been lodged on the complaints of the two sides and the case transferred to the Crime Branch for a detailed investigation. The counsel further said that three officers involved in the incident have been suspended. To this, the Bench said, “There are eight to nine police personnel who can be clearly seen [in the videos]… Identify the five officers who dragged the boy along the street, all the while pelting him with sticks, and those who assaulted the father.”The High Court also issued notices to the police, the Centre and the city government on a petition filed in public interest seeking a CBI probe into the incident. It posted the matter for further hearing on July 2.One of the petitioners, advocate Seema Singhal, has sought framing of appropriate guidelines for police reforms to prevent such “violent acts of police brutality and excessive force”.“A service gun was pointed towards the minor boy by these policemen threatening him with dire consequences,” her petition stated, adding that “the atrocities committed by the police amount to violation of Section 4 of the Model Code of Conduct for the police”.last_img read more