A better way of living

first_img Fired-up McCarthy takes leadership role at Harvard Chan School There was an irony to Aaron Bernstein’s getting stuck in traffic recently. The Boston Children’s Hospital physician was on his way to Allston to give a talk about the health benefits of going green.“As a routine bicyclist, I rarely drive anywhere in Boston, and I was reminded on my drive here why. It took me an aggravating 45 minutes to get a mile and a half,” he (eventually) told the audience at the Harvard Ed Portal.Bernstein, who studies how changes in transportation, diet, and energy can immediately benefit health, lectured on “The Health Benefits of Going Green: How Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Can Benefit Health Today” as part of the Ed Portal’s Faculty Speaker Series.“In the context of doing things that will reduce our greenhouse gas footprint, there may be no better argument than an appeal to our own individual health. We can be no healthier than the environments we live in and the food we eat,” said Bernstein, the co-director for the Center for Climate Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “But unfortunately you don’t have to look very far to find environments that are remarkably unhealthy.”With the exception of smoking, poor diet and air pollution are the two leading drivers of disease across the world, according to Bernstein. Air pollution kills millions of people every year. Particulate matter — hazardous particles such as soot, smoke, and exhaust suspended in the air — are deadly, he said. In the U.S., particulate matter comes from burning fuels, especially fossil fuels, and in places like Boston much of it comes from burning gas and diesel.,Bernstein said people need to turn off their engines. “Stopping the use of fossil fuels emitted from cars will generate tremendous public health advances,” he said. “Car risks to health are not just about accidents and the air quality burdens they create. It’s also about the sedentary lifestyles they promote.”Walking and bicycling decrease mortality, he said, while too much sitting contributes to poor health. Active people not only live longer, research shows that physical activity leads to greater productivity, happiness, and improved overall health.Combined with lifestyle is diet — another crucial component in the sustainability movement. Nearly a third of the world’s population is now overweight, and an estimated 641 million are obese — an increase of 105 million people since 1975, according to a study published in the Lancet in 2014. The study estimated there will be 1.1 billion obese people by 2025.Obesity is proven to increase risks for cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and other diseases. Especially worrisome to Bernstein is the skyrocketing incidence of obesity in children.Allston resident Jamie McLaughlin attended the lecture. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer.“If a child is obese by age 10, they are very likely to be affected for life,” he said. “That’s a really big deal.”Several factors contribute to these startling statistics, but two in particular have tremendous impacts on both human health and the environment, according to Bernstein. Large portion sizes and regular consumption of beef and processed meats such as bacon not only increase risks of mortality, but the production of beef also impacts the environment.“The American diet has changed over the last two decades, and more people are dying in the world today from too much food, than too little,” he said. “Diet is not only a huge driver of disease in the U.S., it’s a huge part of the carbon footprint.” Center for health and environment relaunched with former EPA administrator at the helm Related So what can we do now to make people healthier and address the impact of climate change? Think about what’s within our control, both individually and collectively, Bernstein said.“There are real benefits to individual health by simply reducing one serving of unhealthy food,” he said. “But it’s not just about diet, it’s about the bigger picture.”Large-scale transformation of cities by electrifying vehicles, improving public transit, and creating more green space are crucial public health advances, he said. Planting trees is especially beneficial: They not only cool down cities, and so reduce heat-related mortality, they sequester carbon and reduce particulate matter air pollution. Rooftop gardens are also advantageous. They absorb excess rainwater, offer insulation, and provide food, all in an otherwise idle space.,“We are going to have a few more billion people on the planet and living in cities in the next decades,” Bernstein said. “Climate change is happening, and we need to think about city development in these healthy ways.”Renewable energy can be another transformational factor, he said. Both solar and wind energy are water-efficient, non-carbon-intensive, and have low occupational hazards in production and installation. And, with their costs decreasing, Bernstein said the demand for these smart-grid energy resources is rising.John Bruno of Allston came to the lecture because he felt connected to the topic.“Many decades ago I was an economics major and an environmentalist,” he said. “We were talking about solar energy then, and now, 30 years later we have not really advanced as quickly in this area as we could have.”Bernstein said the good news with renewable energy is that we are now doing what a decade ago would have been inconceivable. Knowledge has increased and technology is in place, it’s just underutilized, he said.“If we do what we need to do to address energy, transportation, and food systems for our health,” he said, “we will actually help get climate change fixed at the same time.”last_img read more

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Olympic Swimmer

first_imgOne of the areas that the United States has always been competitive in, and in many of the recent summer Olympics has dominated, is swimming.  Most of the names we remember may or may not make the Olympics this year.  However, one name to look for is Katie Ledecky.  This young lady is a free-style swimmer.Katie will be competing in the 200m, 400m, and 800m free-style races.  She is also a lock to be one of the swimmers on the 4 x 200m relay.  She is trying to become the 3rd woman to win 4 gold medals in swimming in one Olympics.  The last one to do this for the United States was Missy Franklin in the 2012 event.last_img

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Pearish gets first IMCA Modified win at Springfield

first_imgTaking full advantage on a restart as Shawn Duncan spun, Pearish went rim-riding while the race for second really heated up between Thompson and Jody Tillman. The top two in the track standings were door-to-door and began to gain on Pearish.  He got back into a smooth rhythm in becoming the eighth different winner in IMCA Modified action this season. Thompson proved the old saying going from a zero to a hero as last week he suffered damage in the first feature of the doubleheader event and was not able to start feature number two.  Only three-time winner Andrew Armstrong of Benton, Ark., has multiple wins. By Ronnie Williams  Pearish, who started third, wasted no time in moving to the extreme top groove on the racy surface and began to put some distance on the field. Other feature winners so far this season at Springfield have been Andrew Smith, Thompson, Tillman, Ken Schrader, Brent Hartwick and Clay NorrisBad.center_img SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (June 22) – Oronogo’s Bobby Pearish grabbed the early lead and held back current point leader James Thompson in recording his first-ever Bad Boy Mowers IMCA Modified feature win Saturday at The “Quick-Quarter” of the Springfield Raceway.  “It’s been a while since I visited victory lane and the car has been fast. We changed motors this last week and the car reacted differently, allowing me to not muscle it this week,” said Pearish, who made it a clean sweep by capturing his qualifying heat as well.  Thompson took over the runner-up spot and with eight laps remaining was closing ground. Pearish, who later said the car was working strong, felt it slip a couple of laps and then realized he was pushing too hard. Boy Mower IMCA Modified action continues this Saturday night with race time at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Colin Reichenberger breaks both 110 and 300 meter hurdles at Wellington Invitational

first_img3Rose Hill45.98 3Ebenkamp, EricaConway Springs12:00.0 3Hamersky, AliciaBelle Plaine16.82 3Jacobson, SpencerCircle13:12.4 1Derry, AllisonCircle12:44.3 1Wellington04:18.0 5Lathers, KayleySouth Haven4’9″ 2Goble, RichieSouth Haven165’2″ 800 Meter 2Fahring, KevinMulvane11.44 4X100 Meter 3Pulliam, JordemMulvane7’3″ 2Priebe, BenRose Hill38’5″ 3Blaylock, RileySouth Haven11’6″ 2McGehee, EmilyRose Hill48.55 1Hilger, KristenConway Springs34’10 1/4 2Carter, AliciaConway Springs34’1/4 110 Meter HH 3Echelberry, SaraConway Springs93’6 Pole Vault 1600 Meter 1Balsters, TylerBelle Plaine09:49.7 1Santo, AlekRose Hill39’11” 2Isaacs, T.Caldwell01:03.5 4X400 Meter 2Conway Springs04:29.4 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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I just wish the school board would have put on the replace list, new bleacher for the Middle School track. Those 2x8x12 are so weathered and very easy to fall threw trying to get to the top. Everyone sets on the bottom seats because no hand rails except at each end. A lot of Seniors I seen. I’ll bring my own chair next time. Bleachers are an accident waiting to happen. Report Reply 0 replies · active 327 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down BW1 · 327 weeks ago Congrats to Jaycee Shettler on running a faster 100m than Usain Bolt. Cue – you burried the lead! Report Reply 1 reply · active 327 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 327 weeks ago It was corrected to 12.07. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 2Lake, MaloraCircle16.64 Triple Jump Follow us on Twitter. 2Walker, JoshCircle23.87 1Pfalzgraf, AustinWellington02:06.5 3Davis, KeaganCircle02:41.1 2Smith, DevynBelle Plaine12:49.4 3Barker, DillonMulvane42.26 3Conway Springs11:02.6 200 Meter 1Santo, AlekRose Hill6’4 Long Jump 3Hadley, DelaneyCircle31’7″ 100 Meter Shot Put 2Smith, DevynBelle Plaine05:58.2 1Wellington45.06 3Circle04:34.2 2Rose Hill10:54.1 2Arnold, RCaldwell5’1″ 3Davis, KeagenCircle06:00.1 1600 Meter 1Rose Hill52.37 1Wright, HollyWellington15.69 3Conway Springs53.98 400 Meter 1Circle10:41.0 2Balsters, TylerBelle Plaine04:30.4 2014 Wellington High School Invitational Boys Track Results 300 Meter Hurdles High Jump 3Circle09:59.8 4X800 Meter 1Detrick, JackBelle Plaine18’11” 1Evans, IsaiahMulvane149.1 3Spotts, KyleMulvane04:45.0 2Wellington52.9 1Wright, HollyWellington48.17 3Huff, MirandaConway Springs33’5 2Mulvane45.34 3Rodman, DrewRose Hill18’9″ 1Shore, CajenWellington16’5″ by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The weather was conducive to breaking track records Friday, and Wellington High School junior Colin Reichenberger did just that when both boys hurdles records came crashing down.Reichenberger broke David Hall’s 14.5 110 meter hurdle mark set in 1973 when he ran it Friday in 14.48.Reichenberger also broke the 300 meter hurdles record set by… Colin Reichenberger! His 40.49 school record he set in Clearwater this year was broken by himself with a 40.13 time two weeks later. Then on Friday, Reichenberger broke the 30o record for a third time at 40.01.Colin Reichenberger in the 110 hurdles Friday.Right now, Reichenberger is in a battle for the top times in the state in Class 4A. According to stats supplied by Catch It Kansas and updated stats we have, Reichenberger is tied for first in the 110 hurdles with the best time of 14.48 with Chandler Carson of Labette County. He would be third on the 300 hurdle list behind Gunnar Karr of Paola at 39.62 and Garett Britton of Labette County at 39.85 (see results here). Colin Reichenberger gets second record in 300 hurdles.Elsewhere, Wellington had several winners on a perfectly still 70 degree day on Friday.Other winners from Wellington include:Boys•Chance Hain, 100 meters, 11.35.•Austin Pfalzgraf, 800 meters, 2:06.5.•4×100 meter relay, 45.06.Chance Hain was a winner in the 100 meters.Girls•Avery Lewellen, high jump, 5’3”.•Cajen Shore, triple jump, 32’8”.•Cajen Shore, long jump, 16’5”•Holly Wright, 100 hurdles, 15.69.Holly Wright wins another 100 meter hurdles.•Jaycee Shettler, 100 meters, 9:36.0•Leah Nelson, 400 meters, 1:01.3.•Wright, 300 meter hurdles, 48.17.•Jaedyn Ledesma, 800 meters, 2:36.0•Shettler, 200 meters, 26.63.•4×400 meter relay, 4:18.0.There were no team results because this was a participation meet.For pictures of the event click here.Full results of the meet are as follows: Javelin 4X100 Meter 2Isaacs, T.Caldwell26.87 3Carter, AliciaConway Springs95′ 1Brown, AustinMulvane51.96 3Wright, HollyWellington5’1″ 2Conway Springs09:45.7 Triple Jump 4X400 Meter 3Evans, IsaiahMulvane159’7″ Long Jump Pole Vault 1Runyan, MatthewConway Springs12’0″ 2Beard, LaneWellington12’0″ 1Nelson, LeahWellington01:01.3 1Shore, CajenWellington32’8″ 3Oshakuade, PatrickCircle11.52 2Creek, LoganConway Springs138.2 1Shettler, JayceeWellington12:07.0 3200 Meter 1Evans, IsaihMulvane49.5 2Dennison, EmilyCircle98′ Shot Put 1Geschwentner, GrantMulvane174’6 1/2 2014 Wellington High Schol Invitational  Girls Track Results 2Milsap, DominicRose Hill02:41.1 3Rodman, DrewRose Hill134.7 3Pollard, UriahMulvane02:13.3 1Ray, ParkerSouth Haven23.53 2Horyna, BrendenCircle15.56 3Nelson, LeahWellington27.13 2Hunt, KalebWellington6’0 2Shore, CajenWellington8’9″ 100 Meter Hurdles Javelin 2Spotts, KyleMulvane10:31.8 2Fahring, KevinMulvane52.83 4X800 Meter 3Warehime, AshleyCircle01:05.6 High Jump 3Hain, ChanceWellington23.93 1Hollis, MakaylaConway Springs9’3″ 3Shaffer, LucasConway Springs16.62 400 Meter 1Schettler, JayceeWellington26.63 1Mulvane09:39.8 Discus Discus 2Schmidt, KellenCaldwell02:09.2 1Reichenberger, ColinWellington14.48 100 Meter 1Lewellen, AveryWellington5’3″ 3Shaffer, LucasConway Springs39′ 4Doffing, SarahConway Springs4’9″ 200 Meter 1Mulvane03:36.1 1Derry, AllisonCircle05:53.0 2Warehime, AsheleyCircle31’7″ 3Gilkey, RemmingtonWellington53.57 300 Meter Hurdles 1Reichenberger, ColinWellington40.01 2Horyna, BrendenCircle41.96 2Brenton, TroutmanWellington18’10” 3Lake, MaloraCircle53.38 3Eastridge, CodyCircle5’10 1Weber, KentonRose Hill04:28.4 2Balsters, TannerBelle Plaine43.6 2Rose Hill03:42.7 2Isaacs, TCaldwell26:24.0 3Creek, LoganConway Springs43.2 1Ledesma, JaedynWellington02:36.0 3200 Meter 3Lierseman, TaylorSouth Haven15’5 1/2 1Echelberry, SaraConway Springs107′ 3Kile, CalebMulvane10:36.2 1Hain, ChanceWellington11.35 800 Meter 2Moore, MariahWellington95’9 3Wellington03:43.0 1Brower, PeytonRose Hill100’2 2Jones, TiffanyRose Hill15’6 1/2last_img read more

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