Diabetes prevention

first_imgBy Connie CrawleyUniversity of GeorgiaIf you had gestational diabetes during pregnancy, you and your child have a greater risk for developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy. It’s a sign that you might not use insulin as well as other women. Insulin helps your cells get energy from the blood sugar made when you digest food. If your insulin does not work well or you don’t have enough of it, your blood sugar will increase and you might get Type 2 diabetes. Children of women with gestational diabetes are more likely to have a problem with insulin, too. However, lifestyle changes can reduce the risk to you and your child. Research has shown that if a person can control his or her weight and be active, the chance of getting Type 2 diabetes is reduced by 60 percent. So what can you do?First, get checked for diabetes after your baby is born and again every one to two years. Finding Type 2 diabetes early and controlling it will help prevent or delay diabetic complications like vaginal or urinary tract infections, loss of sight, foot or leg infections that can lead to amputation, heart disease or kidney failure. Be sure to tell all your healthcare providers that you had gestational diabetes. They will keep an eye on your blood glucose values. Tell your child’s doctor, too, that you had gestational diabetes. Also, tell your child about his or her risk for diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects almost 30 million Americans. It is a major problem in Georgia. To reduce risks for you and your child, do the following: •Breastfeed your baby. •Return to your pre-pregnancy weight. If you still weigh too much, work to lose 5 percent to 7 percent more. It’s best to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week. You are more likely to gain weight back if you lose it too quickly.•Make healthy food choices. Eat at least two vegetables at lunch and supper. Have fruit for desserts and snacks. Eat smaller amounts of lean meat, poultry and fish. Eat whole wheat breads. Avoid white bread and refined grains. Eat low-fat or non-fat dairy foods. Use only one to two teaspoons of oil or soft margarine at each meal instead of butter, salad dressings, mayonnaise or stick margarines.•Eat smaller portions. A portion as wide and as thick as your palm is about a half of a cup or four ounces of vegetables, starches or protein foods. A tight fist is the right size for pieces of fruit and baked potatoes. •Drink water instead of sweetened drinks. •Be active for at least 30 minutes five or more days a week. •Ask your doctor or a dietitian for a proper eating plan for your child. Help your whole family make healthy choices. Advocate for healthy foods to be served at your child’s school. •Limit TV, video and computer game time to an hour or two a day.•Encourage your child to be active every day for at least an hour.(Connie Crawley is a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension nutritionist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.)last_img read more

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EU Will Donate $1.6 Billion For Haitian Reconstruction

first_imgBy Dialogo March 31, 2010 The European Union (EU) announced a donation of 1.2 billion euros (1.6 billion dollars) at the international conference on Haitian reconstruction being held in New York, organized after January’s devastating earthquake. This amount, which will be delivered over the next three years, corresponds to the total contributions of the European Commission (the executive organ of the twenty-seven members), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the individual member states, a spokeswoman for the chief European diplomat, Catherine Ashton, explained. More than a hundred countries, along with international bodies, are meeting at the UN’s New York headquarters in a donor conference for Haiti, where the 12 January earthquake took at least 220,000 lives and left 1.3 million survivors in need of aid. The goal of the meeting is to collect around 3.8 billion dollars immediately, out of a total of 11.5 billions of dollars of aid that is estimated to be needed to rebuild the small country in ten years.last_img read more

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FAMU law names its ‘founding faculty’

first_imgFAMU law names its ‘founding faculty’ Florida A&M University College of Law has announced its “founding faculty” as it continues to prepare for its inaugural class, which is scheduled to begin in August at its Orlando home.“The founding faculty members are individuals of distinction in teaching, scholarship, and professional service,” Dean Percy R. Luney, Jr., said. “They are experienced, nationally recognized, and highly regarded in legal education.”Dean Luney said strong law schools have strong faculties.“I believe our search efforts have secured a very strong faculty to not only begin this inaugural year, but to uphold our university commitment and continued tradition of excellence with caring, in the years and decades to come,” he saidThe new FAMU law school faculty include: • Joan R. Bullock joins the FAMU College of Law from the University of Toledo College of Law. Professor Bullock has practiced in the areas of corporate tax, mergers and acquisitions, and valuation services. She has taught contracts, accounting for lawyers, agency, partnerships, corporations, commercial paper, law practice, and secured transactions. Professor Bullock has published in the areas of administrative law, family law, and commercial paper. • Bill Henslee brings his experience in sports, entertainment, and travel law to FAMU. Henslee taught at the Pepperdine University School of Law and Santa Clara University School of Law and is co-author of a legal casebook on travel law. As a principal in the firm of Henslee and Weisberger, Henslee represented clients in the music and sports industries. His experience in sports and entertainment law includes establishing American Pride Publishing, a music publishing company controlling copyrights, and his work as a certified contract advisor with the National Football League Players Association and the Canadian Football League Players Association. • Frederick Dennis Greene joins FAMU from the University of Oregon School of Law. Greene has taught torts, contracts, intellectual property, entertainment law, business planning, and mass media, race, and law. He also has an extensive business background, specifically in the music and film industries. As a founding member of the musical group Sha Na Na, he performed on television, in films, and in concerts for 15 years. Greene has researched and published in the areas of entertainment law, sports law, intellectual property law, computer law, business law, and American law and race. • John Paul Jones brings extensive practice and alternative dispute resolution experience to FAMU. As a senior partner in employment law firms with a national practice, he appeared before five U.S. Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. For the last 12 years, he has specialized in alternative dispute resolution, founding and serving as president of The John Paul Jones Group, a full service ADR provider. He will be entering his 10th year as a faculty member of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, where he has taught civil mediation and advanced communication. Professor Jones has regularly conducted training, nationally and in South Africa, in the areas of mediation, negotiation, mediation advocacy, and communication. He is a Florida certified circuit civil mediator, has extensive mediation experience in a wide variety of cases, and has served as a special master for ADR in toxic tort cases. He has served on Florida’s Mediator Qualifications Board since its creation. He has also researched and published in the areas of mediation and ADR. • Lundy R. Langston joins FAMU from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. Langston has taught torts, criminal law, international criminal law, family law, domestic violence, race and the law, cyber law, juvenile law, and women and the law. Langston has published numerous law review articles in the areas of family law, domestic violence, race and the law, and criminal law. She also has co-written a casebook on torts and conducted a mock U.S. law school course at the University of Beijing Law School. • Grace M. Mills brings her background in library science to FAMU as professor and director of the law library. Before joining FAMU, Mills served as a law librarian at City University of New York Law School, University of California at Berkeley, and North Carolina Central University School of Law. Professor Mills has taught legal research and legal bibliography, including print and electronic sources. She has published in the areas of legal research and legal reference. • Omar Saleem is the associate dean for Academic Affairs at FAMU College of Law. He joins the faculty from St. Thomas University School of Law. He has taught criminal law, criminal procedure, insurance law, legal research, environmental law, interviewing counseling and negotiation, juvenile law, international environmental law, race and the law, torts, remedies, and cyberlaw. He has published numerous articles on a variety of legal topics including environmental law, criminal procedure, international law, and China-related matters. May 1, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img FAMU law names its ‘founding faculty’ last_img read more

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3 sweet employee benefits you may be missing

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr More than two-thirds of adult workers under 65 are covered by their job’s health plan, and about half of workers participate in their company’s retirement plan. As the labor market starts to heat up, more businesses are adding or enhancing other benefits, as well — but workers might not be cashing in on these perks.“While workplace benefits such as retirement and healthcare are core to employer offerings, great organizations offer a broad spectrum of benefits,” says Beth Raymond, senior vice president and chief HR officer at Principal Financial Group. You might need to take the initiative and ask, but it’s highly possible, especially if you work for a larger organization, that your company also has one or more of the following set up; if so, figure out whether you’ll be able to take advantage.Tuition Reimbursement/Professional Development“Many organizations do not publicize their tuition reimbursement programs well,” says Ravin Jesuthasan, global leader of talent management at HR consulting firm Towers Watson. “Managers may be reluctant to have employees take time away from work for development purposes.” You might need to take the initiative and ask HR what’s available, and then talk to your boss about how you’ll make up for any out-of-the-office time your classwork might require. continue reading »last_img read more

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Maintain your financial health with these smart money moves

first_imgJust as the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus has caused us to make adjustments to our normal day-to-day routine, it’s important to consider doing the same to protect your financial health and wellness. Now more than ever, maintaining and elevating your financial situation is essential to you and your family’s future.While establishing an emergency fund and/or lowering your debt to income ratio should be your top priority, there are a number of additional strategic money moves you should consider to make this difficult time a little more manageable on your accounts, investments, and peace of mind. After all, it’s only logical to prepare yourself as much as you can for whatever lies ahead.Keep Investing for Retirement As my colleague John reminded us in his recent article, it’s important to remain calm when it comes to your 401K and investments. Ask any financial advisor and they’ll likely remind you that investing is a long game. Therefore, you should avoid making any rash investing decisions right now – and that includes pulling back on your monthly 401k contributions. If you’re concerned about reduction to your paycheck, consider radically cutting back on unnecessary expenses and diverting those funds to an emergency fund.Save with a High-Yield Account Speaking of emergency funds. Opening a high-yield savings account is a great way to make your money work harder and save more. The account’s superior interest rates make this a perfect option for those looking to start or build their emergency fund. Just keep in mind that many high-yield accounts have limits on the number of transfers you can make in a month and may require a minimum amount.Additionally, a high-yield savings account is a great way to help you save up for something you can enjoy once life gets back to normal. While it could be something big like a family trip, it could also be as simple as a new mountain bike and gear. Frankly, having a goal and something to look forward to after all this could do wonders for your mental health.Review Your Insurance Policies Just like with any major life change, it’s important to talk with your insurance agent about your auto, renters/home, and secondary coverages. Depending on your situation, your insurance agent could help you save some much needed money or provide the additional protection you and your family need. Some notable things to discuss with your agent: your college student moving back home, working from home/driving less, and any recent changes to your income.Examine Your Health Insurance Plan Especially during a health crisis like this, it’s important to take some time to acquaint yourself with your health insurance plan. In doing so, you should consider how your existing plan may impact your finances if you or your family get sick or injured. For those with a high-deductible plan, you may want to consider setting aside some extra money or opening up an Health Saving Account to cover any out-of-pocket expenses.Apply for Life InsuranceWhile it may be difficult to think about, it’s important to consider the financial implication of passing away during this crisis. Chances are you’ll be fine. However, a life insurance policy can help easy the transition for your family in the event something does happen. And, if anything, consider this an opportunity to finally check this off your financial to-do list.The same goes for your will. If you don’t have one or haven’t recently updated it, now is the perfect time.Refinance Your Mortgage Loan For homeowners, one of the positives to come out of this situation is record-low mortgage rates. If you plan to stay in your home for the next few years, you may be able to substantially save on your monthly payments. Even if you’re only able to shave half a percentage point off your interest rate, it may be worth having a conversation with your lender.Take advantage of optimal financing optionsWith federal interest rates on student loans on pause, you have an opportunity to make some major headway on your other loans. Thinking in terms of the debt-snowball method, consider using that extra capital to pay off your smallest debt first. Then apply that money to your next smallest loan. Learn more about the debt-snowball method in this recent article from CUInsight.Get Relief From Your Bills To assist with relief efforts, many large national companies are working directly with customers who may be struggling financially. This includes many broadband and cell phone providers, as well as credit card companies like American Express and CapitalOne. While you shouldn’t do this unless absolutely necessary, this may be an option if you need to shift some money around to pay rent and/or a utility bill until your next paycheck comes.Work On YouFinally, consider taking advantage of your newfound free time to add some new skills and knowledge to your repertoire. From professional certifications to continuing education classes, you now have an opportunity to explore your interests, expand your horizons, and potentially even discover a new way to make money.When it comes to your financial health and wellness, it’s essential to make sure you and your wallet are prepared to handle circumstances beyond your control. Remember, the personal finance experts at your local credit union are a great resource to help you get started. 95SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jackson Bolstad Detailslast_img read more

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Unai Emery ‘confident’ of overturning 3-1 Europa League defeat to Rennes

first_imgAdvertisement Unai Emery ‘confident’ of overturning 3-1 Europa League defeat to Rennes Comment Arsenal were humiliated against Rennes (Picture: Getty)Emery admits he was disappointed with his side’s reaction to going down to 10 men but insists they can progress to the quarter-finals.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The red card changed the game more than we wanted. The first 40 minutes we controlled, we scored, we didn’t concede good chances,’ said Emery.‘But after this red card it’s more than we wanted. I think we can do better.‘The result for the first 90 minutes is hard for us but we are going to start the next match next week with 11 vs 11 and with the same respect we have had the first half. We are going to do that at home.‘I have confidence with our players, our supporters helping us.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsArsenal face Manchester United at the Emirates on Sunday before hosting Rennes in the reverse leg in seven days’ time.Sokratis’ red card means he misses the second leg, while Alexandre Lacazette remains suspended.MORE: Martin Keown slams Unai Emery for three decisions during Arsenal’s shock defeat to Rennes Unai Emery’s side have it all to do in the second leg (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery was unhappy with his side’s collapse after Sokratis’ red card in a 3-1 defeat to Rennes but insists he’s still ‘confident’ of progressing to the next round.The Gunners took an early lead through Alex Iwobi but Sokratis provided the hosts with a route back into the match when he was sent off after half an hour for two bookable offences.Rennes equalised shortly before half-time and Nacho Monreal’s own goal put the French side ahead on the night and in the tie.However, Ismaïla Sarr’s late goal gave Rennes the two-goal cushion their performance deserved and means Arsenal must win by two clear goals next Thursday to overturn the deficit.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Mar 2019 8:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link287Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Signs Two Bills into Law, Vetoes Flawed Telemedicine Bill, Releases Cross-Agency Guidance for Telehealth

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 29, 2020 Gov. Wolf Signs Two Bills into Law, Vetoes Flawed Telemedicine Bill, Releases Cross-Agency Guidance for Telehealthcenter_img Bill Signing,  Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today signed into law two bills: House Bill 1869 allows for National Guard members called to active duty to be covered under the Heart and Lung Act if they contract COVID-19 while performing their duties, and House Bill 752 provides for the Game Commission to pay a fair market value for land in Allegheny County.Gov. Wolf also vetoed Senate Bill 857, a telemedicine bill that passed the Senate unanimously last year before being amended to an untenable version in the House.“I supported a prior printer’s number of the bill, but as amended in the House of Representatives, this legislation arbitrarily restricts the use of telemedicine for certain doctor-patient interactions,” Gov. Wolf said. “As amended, this bill interferes with women’s health care and the crucial decision-making between patients and their physicians.”The full veto memo can be found as a PDF here or on Scribd.In addition to the telemedicine bill veto, the governor released cross-agency guidance on telehealth, citing its importance as a health care delivery option during COVID-19 and as providing it pertains to his authority under the Disaster Declaration signed in early March.Given the potential for widespread transmission of COVID-19 across Pennsylvania and to limit its spread, many health care providers and patients are expanding use of telehealth rather than in-person health care services.Today, the governor announced cross-agency guidance on steps taken to ensure that patients in need of vital health care services are receiving them in a timely, appropriate manner. Multiple state agencies are involved in providing expanded telehealth services, including the departments of State, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Human Services and the Insurance Department.The guidance, available as a PDF here or on Scribd, includes:Expanded Role of ProvidersExpanding Reimbursement for Telehealth ServicesTelehealth for Infant Toddler Early Intervention ProceduresTelehealth for Behavioral HealthTelehealth for Substance Use Disorder TreatmentView this information in Spanish.last_img read more

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DNB warns of ‘impure decision-making’ due to conflicts of interest

first_imgMost pension funds’ boards pay insufficient attention to potential conflicts of interest of policy makers, pensions regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has suggested.It indicated it was not satisfied with the outcome of a sector-wide survey, during which it checked whether schemes had conducted a risk analysis or had formulated a policy on conflicts of interest.DNB concluded that a large number of pension funds had not conducted an analysis, and had at best a policy that was not based on such a risk assessment.Additionally, it found that many schemes did not declare and register the main functions and jobs on the site of board members and other decision makers, and did not have a view on their private interests either. However, almost all pension funds had rules in place for how to deal with gifts, according to DNB.In its opinion, merely a handful of pension funds fully managed the risks posed by conflicts of interest.The watchdog commented that conflicts of interest could lead to “impure decision-making, which could harm pension funds”. Therefore, trustees must actively fight conflicts of interest, it said.DNB added that, during discussions with trustees, it had noted that the subject is charged, and that the sector needed clear examples as to what constituted a conflict of interest.As a consequence, the supervisor announced that it would draw up a number of good practices.last_img read more

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Brisbane bargain: ‘Buy it before the bank does’

first_imgSitting on a 644 sqm block, the home goes under the hammer at 10.30am on Saturday at 15 Newhaven Street, Alexandra Hills.It might not be the prettiest of properties but Alexandra Hills is one of the more affordable of Brisbane suburbs, with a median price of $440,000 for three bedroom houses. MORE: Karmichael Hunt lists Brisbane home The property is on a 644 sqm block. But the owner of a Brisbane property needed a sale so urgently that they agreed to risk going under the hammer at a time when no-one else would.Agent Niki Stockham of RE/MAX Bayside Properties said the owner was relocating and needed to close a deal urgently. The home also has a shed which is handy for storage or a man cave.The median rent for a three-bedroom house in Alexandra Hills is $410 a week.Realestate.com.au classifies the suburb as a “high demand market” with 406 visits per listed property — which is higher than the state average of 384. The three bedroom house at 15 Newhaven Street, Alexandra Hills, goes under the hammer at 10.30am on Saturday January 5.Only one house in all of southeast Queensland is on the auction block this weekend — with the owner so desperate to sell that it could end up being the bargain of the year.Traditionally the first weekend in January is a no-go zone across the country, with both agents and buyers generally assumed to be on extended Christmas holidays. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK MORE: Darren Palmer reveals the colour of 2019 and design trends MORE: Misled Compound with motocross track hits the market MORE: Sofie Formica — Why I live in St Lucia More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe median rent for a three-bedroom house in Alexandra Hills is $410 a week.“It’s probably the cheapest house in Alexandra Hills,” she told The Courier-Mail. “It has to sell based on the seller’s urgency. We set a reserve on Thursday.”The listing declared that the property “must be sold on or before auction” with buyers urged to “buy it before the bank does”. The home is in a “high demand market”, according to information on the suburb provided by realestate.com.auThe three bedroom house has one bathroom, a shed with front and rear access and is just 100 metres from the Alexandra Hills shopping centre.“There’s also a bus stop right outside the house,” Ms Stockham said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 Inside the home.last_img read more

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Five-bedroom Edge Hill property is perfect for Airbnb

first_imgMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoLiving space.“Once you walk through the front door you will be delighted with the functional floor plan.“The home is filled with natural light and has been recently painted inside.” The 800 sqm home is built over two levels in Edge Hill, only minutes away from the Cairns Botanic Gardens.The five-bedroom home’s master bedroom includes a walk-in robe and an ensuite while the fifth room can be used to entertain as a media room. The kitchen.Upstairs, the lounge and living rooms share a large open-plan area while the outdoor deck is easily accessed from the kitchen and dining areas and overlooks the pool, providing views to the Whitfield mountains behind. “The family has held engagement parties, weddings and formal dinners enjoying the flowing indoor-outdoor connection between the kitchen and deck upstairs,” Mr Thornton said.“Two full-sized kitchens have been a huge plus to the current owners, the space has been maximised with more storage than most, there is gas cooking and neutral colours which should please any new owner.” A bathroom.The pool was resurfaced in December and the lush tropical gardens create a beautiful and private backdrop. This home also includes three bathrooms, a separate living area downstairs and a secured garage for two cars and additional space for a third vehicle. “The owners are selling to downsize and will miss the community feel, their fantastic neighbours and being within walking distance to the Edge Hill hub where they often enjoy the restaurants and coffee shops,” Mr Thornton said. The pool.Andrew Thornton from Elite Real Estate services said 144 Woodward St was perfect for Airbnb, big families or for those looking to work from home.“This is a unique opportunity to secure a beautiful home perfect for families seeking dual living, or an investment opportunity in a premier location,” he said. Outdoor entertaining at 144 Woodward St, Edge Hill.A LARGE suburban property at Edge Hill has the potential to provide its new owner with multiple options. last_img read more

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