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How ‘traffic light’ labels promote healthier eating
A simple, color-coded system for labeling food items in a hospital cafeteria appears to increase customers’ attention to the nutritional value of their food choices, and encourage the purchase of the healthiest items. In a report in the October issue of Preventive Medicine, investigators at the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) describe customer responses to surveys taken before and after the 2010 implementation of a system using green, yellow, or red “traffic light” labels to reflect the nutritional quality of items.“Several small, experimental studies have suggested that ‘traffic light’ labels can be an effective method of promoting healthier choices, but there have been few real-world studies of customers’ perceptions and purchasing behaviors in response to this type of labeling,” explained Lillian Sonnenberg of MGH Nutrition and Food Service, the corresponding author of the report. “Our results suggest that these labels are an effective method for conveying information about healthy and unhealthy choices and for prompting changes in purchasing behavior.”While many restaurants and other food-service locations are now posting the calorie content of their standard items and making detailed information — such as fat, cholesterol, and sodium content — available on request, the researchers noted that interpreting this information requires knowledge and skills that many do not possess. To find a simpler way to encourage more healthful purchases at the hospital’s food-service locations, MGH Nutrition and Food Service put together a plan that started with color-coding each item sold in the main cafeteria — green for the healthiest items, such as fruits, vegetables and lean meats; yellow for less healthy items; and red for those with little or no nutritional value. Signage encouraged frequent purchase of green items, occasional purchase of yellow-coded foods, and discouraged purchase of red items. Cafeteria cash registers were programmed to record each purchased item as green, yellow, or red, starting three months before the labeling intervention began.Previous reports from the MGH team had described how the program — a second phase of which included rearranging items in refrigerators to bring healthy choices to eye level — increased sales of green items while decreasing purchase of red items. The current paper reports the results of a survey taken during the month before and the two months after the labeling intervention started in March 2010. Research coordinators approached customers who had just made purchases and asked them to participate in the brief survey. Participants were asked whether they had noticed any nutritional information in the cafeteria or on food labels, which factors most influenced their purchases, how often they considered nutrition information before making food choices, and how often they chose “food that is healthy.” After the color-coded labels were introduced, respondents were also asked whether they had noticed the labels and if the labels had influenced their purchases.During the baseline period before the labeling intervention, 204 individuals completed the survey; 243 did so in the weeks following. While 46 percent of the respondents indicated that health/nutrition was an important factor in their choices at baseline, 61 percent did so after the intervention. The percentage of those indicating that they looked at available nutritional information before a purchase doubled from 15 to 33 percent, although there was no significant difference in the percentage who said they usually or always chose healthy foods. Respondents who reported noticing the new labels bought a greater proportion of green items and fewer red items than did those who did not notice them, and the change was even more striking among those who said they were influenced by the labels.“While our results can’t give concrete information about customers’ nutritional knowledge, people were more likely to indicate that health and nutrition were important factors in their decision when the labels were in place, and those who noticed the labels were more likely to purchase healthy items,” Sonnenberg said. “Although we haven’t directly compared these ‘traffic light’ labels to other systems, we can say that these labels appear to be more effective than the standard nutritional labeling available on packaged products. The strategy is simpler for customers to understand at the point of purchase and, once the appropriate labels for each item are determined, is relatively easy to implement.”The labeling system — along with second phase of adjusting the way items are positioned, which was not included in the current study — is now in place at all MGH food-service locations. Co-authors of the Preventive Medicine article are Susan Barraclough and Emily Gelsomin of MGH Nutrition and Food Services; Anne Thorndike, MGH division of General Medicine; Douglas Levy, Mongan Institute for Health Policy at MGH; and Jason Riis, Harvard Business School.
How credit unions can be a boon for entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs and small-business owners are often confronted with unique financial challenges, including business accounts, loan worthiness, credit, capital and cash flow issues. “It’s essential for anyone who is starting or running a business to consider the options and do some research before choosing a financial institution,” said Nicole Cypers, Vice President of Public Relations at America First Credit Union. “It’s also important to understand their needs and offer dedicated avenues of support. In many cases, credit unions provide benefits that aren’t available at traditional banks.” Here’s a look at common issues entrepreneurs face, as well as some possible solutions.Early financial roadblocks for startupsAdequate funding to launch, maintain and eventually expand a business is crucial for its success. “Startups make heavy use of personal equity and traditional debt, with over half using their own personal savings,” the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy reported in 2016. While some business owners are willing to risk their personal savings to support their venture, this isn’t viable for all aspiring entrepreneurs.Others have unreasonable expectations when it comes to funding. “Many in today’s business world have the impression they’ll receive venture capital or angel investment but typically that’s not the case,” Cypers said. According to the SBA Office of Advocacy, venture and angel capital comprise a small part of business financing—less than 2%. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Mason City council approves memorial for late councilman Kuhn
MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City this week approved the placement next spring of a memorial sculpture honoring late councilman Alex Kuhn on the north side of the circle drive at the main entrance into the city’s public library. The sculpture depicts Kuhn reading to his sons. A 72-inch by 20-inch bench is occupied by life-sized bronze representations of Kuhn and one of his sons. Facing the bench is a sculpture of Alex’s other son perched on a basketball. Two additional benches of the same dimensions to create a gathering place for young people and other patrons of the library to share their love of reading. Councilman John Lee says Kuhn’sparents a few years ago came up with the idea with a memorial to their son, and community members have stepped up with donations to fund it. “Over 400 people in the community, and outside the community, have donated their time and energies, and just looking at who is also going to be part of it, we have three businesses in town are doing in-kind donations to lay this in next spring.” Councilman Paul Adams says it’s a fitting tribute for Kuhn’s service to the community. “I never had the chance to serve with him on this side, but I saw the work he did sitting on that side, not only his work for the city but the work inside the schools with literacy program and everything else. I look forward to the springtime when I believe Mr. Kuhn told me that they will be installing it, and once again it should be a fitting tribute to his service.”An interpretive element discussing the life of Kuhn, who died in 2016, will also be part of the memorial. City code requires approval of any placement of public art such as this by the Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council.
Lanes out of bounds but confusion over timing is on
Brace for traffic jams on Monday as the Delhi traffic police have made the exclusive CWG lanes operational with effect from Sunday.But there is confusion about the timings.Reports on Sunday cited Home Ministry sources claiming that the lanes would be reserved for 24 hours instead of the 12-hour window (8 am-8 pm) announced earlier.Neither the Delhi Police nor the home ministry confirmed the changes. Special traffic police commissioner Ajay Chadha said: “We are not aware of any such development and the reserved lane system would be implemented only from 8 am to 8 pm.”But if the reports are true, Delhiites should be ready to spend hours on the roads or simply take the Metro. “These exclusive lanes will be from the Games Village, NH 24, Ring Road up to the Barapullah flyover, Fourth Avenue, Lodhi Road, Safdarjung Road, Kamal ata Turk Marg and Panchsheel Marg,” said JCP (traffic) Satyendra Garg.”These Games lanes will be maintained up to October 16,” Garg said.Delhi Police vehicles, ambulances, fire tenders and emergency service vehicles are exempt from the restrictions.The traffic police will provide updates about the traffic situation on their website, Facebook, through SMSs and the helpline.On Sunday, 1,600 blueline buses were taken off the roads around the Games venues areas and localities expected to be frequented by the athletes, officials and visitors.On Monday, Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit will launch the hop- on hop- off bus service, which will ferry visitors to tourist attractions.
The best this month
A quick roundup of what’s hot around the globe this month. Choose from the hottest events, shows and happenings in the world of music, art, cinema, literature, sport, fashion, wine and food.ItalySep 01 to 11International movies, actors and directors… catch them all at the 67th Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, better known as the Venice International Film Festival. It will showcase fiction, documentary, animation, features and short films. Winners of the main competition will receive the prestigious Golden Lion awards in various categories.IndiaSep 02The festive mood in the city of Mathura is at its pinnacle on Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. Celebrations reach their peak at midnight (the birth hour) after which various poojas and other ceremonies are performed. The entertainment quotient is heightened by the performance of ‘Rasleela,’ a dance drama depicting Lord Krishna’s life.USASep 02 to 05Known for promoting awareness about all forms of jazz, the Chicago Jazz Festival is back with a bang. What started out as a festival held in honour of the great composer Duke Ellington, has now become a full-fledged tradition. This year it gets bigger and better with both national and international jazz artistes showcasing their talent at various venues across the city.IndiaSep 10 to 12 Head to Jama Masjid in Old Delhi to see how it is decked up during Eid-ul-Fitr. This special occasion comes after a month of Ramadan fasting and food lovers turn up in big numbers to enjoy Eid specialities–haleem, biryani and the dessert sevaiyan. The special namaaz offered on this day is what gives us front-page photographs every year, with thousands of believers kneeling on the ground.IndiaSep 11Turn your festive spirits up a notch to celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi, one of the most popular festivals in Maharashtra. It rejoices the birth of Lord Ganesha. Devotees, enthused with the spirit of devotion, join processions for the ritualistic immersion of the artistic idols of Ganesha. Try the traditional modak, a sweet which is prepared in colossal amounts during the festival.SwedenSep 11If you are holidaying in the Swedish capital we suggest you take some time out to take part in annual Stockholm Half Marathon. But if your fitness levels are not up to the mark you can just watch people running. It starts at the Royal Palace and ends at the city park in Kungstredg erden, taking you past the prettiest and most famous landmarks in the city. This year is the 10th edition of the race.ChileSep 16 to 20September sees patriotic Chileans celebrating their country in every way. The Independence Day is on the 18th but the festivities continue for five days with parades, traditional dances, food, drinks and parties. Chileans don’t leave any excuse to party. Make sure you don’t skip the cueca song which is literally the heart of the festival and is accompanied with Spanish dance.UKSep 17 to 22Fashionistas, pay attention! It’s time again to head to the London Fashion Week held at Somerset House, to satiate your ‘haute couture’ desires and take a look at what trends are ruling the ramp this season. It is a week-long affair, showcasing both catwalk and ready to wear exhibit designs by a host of extraordinarily creative designers based in the United Kingdom.CanadaSep 17 to 26Love wine? Then there is no excuse for skipping the Niagara Wine Festival, held annually at Niagara valley. Relish the best produced wine of the region, go for wine tours, take part in wine tasting courses and dig into Niagara cuisine. You couldn’t ask for more. Party to the hilt at this 10-day bash of glitz, glamour and glittering lights and, last but not the least, the best wine labels in the world.UKSep 25 to 26The focus of cheese lovers’ calendar is the Great British Cheese Festival in Cardiff Castle. You can sample over 450 varieties of delicious cheese made from sheep, cow, goat and buffalo milk. Couple that with classes dedicated to educate visitors on how to team cheeses up with the right wine, inspiring them to taste and appreciate the diversity of British cheese, and you have a fabulous time lined up.GermanySep-Oct 18 to 04The 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest in Munich will be an event to remember so don a cowboy hat and head to Munich to show off your beer belly at the largest beer festival in the world. If you like your sausages meaty and brew strong, a beer tent is just the place to be. Devour generous helpings of cheese noodles and potato pancakes alongside the finest of beers.AustraliaSep-Oct 22 to 10Watch plays, musical performances, attend art shows, films screenings at Melbourne Fringe Festival, one of the largest art festivals in the country. Thousands of artists participate and display their talent at this lively festival which celebrates art, culture and tradition. It takes places at various venues across the city and Melbourne is fun in every sense during these days.advertisementadvertisement
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Testing the advantage of being lefthanded in sports
Journal information: Biology Letters Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain (Phys.org)—Sports scientist Florian Loffing with the Institute of Sport Science, University of Oldenburg in Germany has conducted a study regarding the possibility of left-handed athletes having an advantage over their right-handed counterparts. In his paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Loffing describes assembling data on athletes from several sports, analyzed it and found what he describes as a pattern. Citation: Testing the advantage of being left-handed in sports (2017, November 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-advantage-left-handed-sports.html © 2017 Phys.org More information: Florian Loffing. Left-handedness and time pressure in elite interactive ball games, Biology Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0446AbstractAccording to the fighting hypothesis, frequency-dependent selection gives relatively rarer left-handers a competitive edge in duel-like contests and is suggested as one mechanism that ensured the stable maintenance of handedness polymorphism in humans. Overrepresentation of left-handers exclusively in interactive sports seems to support the hypothesis. Here, by referring to data on interactive ball sports, I propose that a left-hander’s advantage is linked to the sports’ underlying time pressure. The prevalence of left-handers listed in elite rankings increased from low (8.7%) to high (30.39%) time pressure sports and a distinct left-hander overrepresentation was only found in the latter (i.e. baseball, cricket and table tennis). This indicates that relative rarity and the interactive nature of a contest are not sufficient per se to evoke a left-hander advantage. Refining the fighting hypothesis is suggested to facilitate prediction and experimental verification of when and why negative frequency-dependent selection may benefit left-handedness. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Some people believe that being left-handed confers an advantage for athletes—they are ranked more often on top athlete lists than statistics would suggest. Only 10 percent of people are left-handed, yet there are many famous left-handed athletes such as Wayne Gretzky, Lou Gehrig, Oscar De La Hoya and Martina Navratilova. Interestingly, it seems that this is an area of research that few have studied. To fill that void, Loffing conducted a study designed to offer more than an opinion on the matter. He collected stats on the top 100 left-handed athletes in six major sports for the period 2009 to 2014: tennis, table tennis, squash, cricket, baseball and badminton. He then compared them to one another based on handedness.After some number crunching, Loffing reports that he found a pattern—in sports where there is a short time constraint, lefties appeared to excel. He found, for example, that just 9 percent of the top 100 players in slower time-response sports, such as squash, were left-handed. In sharp contrast, 30 percent of the top players in sports like baseball (at least for pitchers) were lefties. One sport, table tennis, which is possibly the fastest competitive sport of all, stood out—Loffing reports that 26 percent of the top male players are lefties. In general, he found that sports with short response times like baseball, table tennis and cricket were 2.6 times as likely to have top lefties.In light of his conclusions, Loffing wonders if being lefty offered early humans an advantage—the element of surprise in fights with other humans or even animals might have made a difference. That might explain, he suggests, why left-handedness has not evolved away, pointing out that some prior research by others has shown that there is a higher rate of left-handedness in traditional warlike societies. Shedding light on southpaws: Sports data help confirm theory explaining left-handed minority in general population