Obesity roots may start before kindergarten

first_img Read Full Story A new report suggests that children who are overweight or obese by the time they enter kindergarten have a high likelihood of staying that way as they grow older. Looking at more than 7,700 children over a nine-year-period, the Emory University study found that children who started kindergarten overweight had about four times the risk of becoming obese by eighth grade as their normal-weight peers.In an editorial accompanying the study in the New England Journal of Medicine, co-author Steven Gortmaker, director of the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center (HPRC) and professor of the practice of health sociology at the School, said that the findings point to the importance of instituting “wide-reaching, cost-effective policy and programmatic changes aimed at improving nutrition and physical activity among broad populations of children if we are to reduce early childhood weight gain and the risk of incident obesity throughout childhood.”On the bright side, Gortmaker told the New York Times, a number of studies have shown that it is possible to stop or reverse excess weight gain in children. And young children can move from overweight to normal weight by losing just a few pounds, whereas for adults to do so could mean having to lose a significant amount of weight—20 to 30 pounds or even 40 to 50 pounds, according to Gortmaker.last_img read more

Glen best miler we’ve had – O’Brien

first_img O’Brien said: “I’d be surprised if he ever wins by very far. That’s his way and in the long term that will be good for him. He’s the best miler we’ve had, I know that. But he wants fast ground to be seen at his best. ” The Galileo colt was left in the Investec Derby at the latest forfeit stage, and the trainer added: “We’ve got another horse (Giovanni Canaletto) to run tomorrow and the decision will be made in the next week. “He has always worked like a miler, he’s strong and quickens very well. He’s never had to show the kind of courage before that he showed today. The Curragh is a tough mile in that ground. It was very borderline that he ran. “He had to come when he came and he was courageous. He has a load of pace, as he showed at Newmarket, and might have laboured a bit on that ground. He has a big heart as well as everything else. “You’re never sure until you dip them what courage they have and he had to be courageous today. He wanted it. You can’t test them for that. Giant’s Causeway had that, he was the very same as that. “I always thought he was Giant’s Causeway with more speed, that’s what I thought and today he showed he has that pure Giant’s Causeway courage. He had a good bit to do from the interchange and the danger was in front. It’s not an easy thing to do here at the Curragh. “To win a Curragh Guineas on slow ground you usually have to get a mile and quarter, so he obviously gets it. Whether he just got it on courage today, I don’t know, but we know he has lots of speed. He had to fight for three furlongs and in the last half-furlong Ryan said ‘come on, I need you again’. “Originally the plan was to come here and then go to Ascot. We only gave him three half-speeds since Newmarket as I had the view that you can’t put his head to the stone every day. The plan was Newmarket, here, Ascot then Goodwood, but the plan could change along the way and the boys will decide. Ryan Moore had to wait for a gap on the Newmarket Guineas hero, but he was never flustered and once in the clear the 2-5 favourite showed his class as he produced a tremendous turn of foot. Gleneagles went on to score by three-quarters of a length from Endless Drama, with Ivawood occupying third place, as he did at Newmarket, after looking to have an easy time of it in front for much of the way. Belardo was fourth. Aidan O’Brien hailed Gleneagles as “the best miler we’ve had” after he completed a Classic double in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. “When I was going through the forfeits for the Derby I was crossing off all the horses and put a line through him, but the boys said to leave him in. I’ve always thought he was a miler and we haven’t had a miler like him in a while, but everyone knows how important the Derby is.” Coolmore supremo John Magnier appeared to suggest the Derby would be unlikely. He said: “The next thing is probably to think about the St James’s Palace. We will take it step by step. We paid for the option (of the Derby), so we are hardly going to declare it today without being clever about it, but it’s unlikely. We’ll have to discuss it with Michael (Tabor), Derrick (Smith), Aidan and all the lads, but it looks pretty obvious.” Moore said: “He didn’t have a lot of room, but he had the gears and the class to go through. He put his head down and fought well at the end. I felt I was on the best horse, and when you’re on the best horse invariably the gaps come.” Trainer Ger Lyons said of Endless Drama: “It’s all systems go for the St James’s Palace, subject to everything being OK. He showed he gets a mile well and it took what Aidan says is the best he’s had for a while to beat him. He needs to be dropped in and ridden like that. In a good race you can do that. He should improve again.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Trimmer: Brownback acted like a schoolyard bully with State of the State speech

first_imgEd TrimmerLegislative report from Ed Trimmer — I have now heard 10 “State of the State” speeches from three different Governors.  I have liked some of what I have heard and I have also disagreed with some of the things that have been said, even from Governors from my own party.  I have never heard anything like what I heard in Governor Brownback’s speech a week ago Thursday.The attempts to pass the buck, grab more and more power, and distort the truth were numerous and constant.  At times I felt like I was listening to the schoolyard bully and at other times I thought the Governor was speaking of an alternative universe.  Let me touch on a few of the issues that created these perceptions.The Governor began by suggesting that things were just fine in Kansas.  He said we have created thousands of private sector jobs since he has taken office.  It is true we have created many new jobs but we have also lost almost as many.  The reality is that the new jobs do not pay as well as the ones that were lost.  We are not keeping pace with states around us.  The Wichita area is not doing well, and a large number of the new jobs were created before the 2012 income tax cuts, which created the current deficit.The Governor praised education and how Kansas ranks nationally in regard to test scores.  Then he blamed the education funding formula and last year’s funding equalization bill, which he signed, for the current budget shortfall.  He said we count students who do not exist and have automatic spending increases built into the budget.  He knows these claims are just political rhetoric.We use weightings to fund special needs.  For example, a district in western Kansas might have high transportation costs so we might count students who ride the bus as 1.2.  Vocational programs require expensive equipment, so we might count a student in a vocation program as 1.5.  It is a way to fund programs based on participation and is the fairest way to provide equal opportunity for all students and schools systems and the Governor knows this.He proposed that we create a new funding formula but would not say what it might be.  His proposal was to give the schools the same amount of money they received in 2015, for 2016 and 2017 minus KPERS costs.  In the mean time, he would have the legislature develop a new formula.Having served on two education study commissions, several things are clear to me; our formula is not broken, our formula is not more complex than any other state, and it is one of the fairest formulas in the country.  The court did not rule that the funding formula was unconstitutional as the Governor asserted.The court just said we are not adequately funding it.  I am concerned that the Governor wants to blame the economic crisis he created on the current funding formula for education with no clear vision of how he would change it.The only reason education costs have gone up in the past few years is because of court ordered increases and a larger number of students.  However, even these increases have not kept pace with inflation.  The only increase in costs built into the formula is for new students, because we fund schools by student population (Base State Aid Per Pupil).  Is the Governor suggesting that growing school districts receive no more funding and declining school districts keep getting the same funds?  If we were to fund schools at the 1992 level with inflation, our per-pupil expenditure should be over $6000 per student instead of the $3852 it is today.The deficit is not due to education as the Governor claims.  Many well-known economists and even the non-partisan Legislative Research Department told the Legislature and the Governor that the tax cuts of 2012 were not sustainable and that we would be at least $500 million in debt by 2016.  We have arrived at that point early.  We must make up more that $280 million for the rest of this year and more than $700 million for 2016 and again in 2017.  Education did not create the budget deficit, the Governor did.Governor Brownback said in his speech that the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) unfunded liability was the most important issue facing the state and that he was proud of the 2012 legislation he helped create to solve the unfunded liability by 2033.  As one of the legislative leaders who helped create the 2012 plan, I am amazed at the Governor’s claim that he helped create it.  His office, in reality, has consistently promoted a 401K-style plan, which is impossible until the current system is fully funded without creating a larger unfunded liability.On Friday, January 16th, the Governor proposed not fully funding the 2012 KPERS plan, which would postpone paying off the unfunded liability until at least 2043 and would, according to KPERS actuaries, add more than $9 billion to the unfunded liability.  He has also proposed that school districts pay the KPERS costs rather than the state, which would result in a cut to public education. Something he promised not to during his re-election campaign.The Governor has also used the budget crisis he created and the court’s stance on education funding to argue that he should be given the right to pick Supreme Court Justices.  He seems to believe in the old political adage,  “Never let a good crisis go to waste?”  The current system was put in place in 1953 after a Governor abused the selection process.  Governor Brownback wants to return to the pre-1953 process and eliminate the checks and balances we currently have.The Governor also proposed that local elections be moved to the fall to improve voter turnout.  These elections are in the spring because they do not involve party politics.  They should stay that way.  Local units of government are not asking for the change nor are most local voters.I have mentioned only what I believe are the biggest whoppers and abuses in the “State of the State” address.  There are more, but to conserve space, I will let others comment on them.  I know this update is a bit more pointed than what I usually write, but this year’s “State of the State” speech was without question the most distorted view of what is happening in Kansas I have ever heard.  It is time for the Governor to admit that his 2012 tax plan is bankrupting the State.He must accept responsibility and not continue to scapegoat our teachers, school children, retirees, and other branches of government.  It is time to take constructive action to put Kansas back on the right track, but it looks like that will have to be left up to the Legislature, not the Governor.Follow us on Twitter. 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Dont let anyone tell you its not. Report Reply 1 reply · active 289 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Mike · 289 weeks ago The idiot voters put that lying fool back in for 4 more years they believe in everything he says and does. I guess those who voted to remove his dumb a** paid attention to what he was up to Huh. Report Reply 2 replies · active 288 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Smoke N Mirrors · 289 weeks ago Can’t blame Kansas Budget problems on anyone but Brownback and the legislators he controls. This report from Mr. Trimmer are the cold hard facts that Brownback didn’t talk about in his campaign. Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down guest · 289 weeks ago Does’nt matter what your political party is!!!!!!! That governer is going to bankrupt all of us!!! all he cares about is when it’s time for another face lift!!! He was’nt worth a [email protected]#%^$ as Kansas senator , worse as Govenor !!!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 288 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 288 weeks ago Brownback needs to be taken behind a barn and gave a flogging too…………. His way of funding the budget is bankrupting our state. I am a republican and seen this coming long ago. Everything needs on the table with no exemptions for raising taxes. Report Reply 0 replies · active 288 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Bluejay Fan Forever · 288 weeks ago Well Done, it’s that “vote for anyone that’s not a liberal democrat” mentality that put Brownback back in office. We as voters need to look at what the candidate stands for and what their vision is instead of whether they have a “R” or a “D” after their name. Our Kansas mess we are facing is not because of Barack Obama. Report Reply 8 replies · active 288 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Byron white · 288 weeks ago Mr. Trimmer you said a mouth full. Thanks for standing up for education. Report Reply 0 replies · active 288 weeks ago 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. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply 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. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more