Eye Health Tips

Your eyes are one of the most important organs in the body. Maintaining eye health should be a top priority. Diseases, allergies, infection, and injury can all cause serious problems for the eyes. Doing everything you can to prevent eye injury is imperative. Here are some ways you can protect your eyes.

o Stay healthy: There are diseases and conditions that can affect eye health. Some of them are diabetes, thyroid problems, high blood pressure, and autoimmune conditions. You can't control whether you get an autoimmune or thyroid problem, but you can do your best to prevent diabetes and high blood pressure. Living a healthy lifestyle, keeping your weight in a healthy range, and doing what's required if you do have one of these conditions is very important. If you already have a health condition that could impact eye health be sure and follow your doctor's orders and take all medications as prescribed.

o Wear safety glasses: Safety glasses are a must when working around flying objects or with substances that cause dust and debris to float up into the air. Don't complain when your company requires safety glasses when performing your job, they are doing it for you own good.

o Sunglasses: Wearing sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun's dangerous rays. Ultraviolet rays are harmful to the eye just as much as the skin.

o Contact Lenses: Always clean contact lenses thoroughly between each use. Clean the container that you keep the lenses in often also. It's even a good idea to change it out every few months. Do not put contact lenses in without cleaning your hands first. Use eye wash and refreshers to keep the contact lenses moist. Dirty or dried out contact lenses can damage the eye. Getting dry contacts out of the eyes can cause cuts and scratches that are very painful, often requiring professional care. Dirty lenses can cause eye infections. Practice healthy contact lenses use.

o Allergies: Take allergy medications, stay inside during high pollen or other high pollution days, and go to the eye doctor if allergies get too bad. If the itching, burning, and redness won't go away with over the counter treatment, go to the eye doctor.

o Eye contact: Don't rub or touch your eyes too often. When our eyes itch we automatically want to rub them. Doing this can cause redness and produce a rash around the eye lids. It's better to get a wet washcloth and gently wash the eyes. Doing this every morning upon waking will clean any gunk that's accumulated on the eyes overnight.

o Eye doctor: Go to your eye doctor for yearly checkups. Getting the health of your eye checked once a year plays a very important role in eye health.

Doing all of these things will help you maintain good eye health. Take the health of your eyes seriously. The eyes are your window to the world. Make sure the window stays clean and crack free!

Veronica Valentine is an accomplished niche website developer and author. To learn more about eye health [http://eyehealthblog.info/eye-health-tips], please visit Eye Health Blog [http://eyehealthblog.info] for current articles and discussions.

Top Health Tips To Help Stay Healthy

It is a universal truth that nothing is more important than your health. That is why Health tips are very crucial for our healthiness. These tips help to get our body, soul and mind in perfect states. There are numerous tips out there to help improve our body strength, lose weight and stay healthy; these include:

    Lose Weight Sensibly: It is vital to lose weight sensibly as a sudden loss in weight can be harmful. You cannot just abruptly stop eating all those meals that have always appealed to you and expect that your body mechanism will smile at that. The process is gradual and must be followed if you desire to lose weight and stay healthy.

    Eat Fresh Vegetables and Fruits: Vegetables and fruit serve as fillers for the stomach. They help to keep you full and away from foods with high calories.

    Do not rush your meal, eat gradually: This will help you eat less and will help in weight loss.

    Keep a food Journal: On a food journal, honestly fill in all meals that you take regularly; this should include the sauces and condiments and all foods that have calories in them. From your journal, observe if it is possible to slash your meals and eliminate food items that you do not actually need.

    Exercise Daily: Take physical exercise at least thirty minutes daily. It is reasonable to include a day off every week.

    Integrate beans and other legumes into your eating plan for weight loss: These meals hold plenty of fibre and will maintain you longer throughout the day.

    Eat nuts: This has proven as a successful means to lose your weight. Just a nibble at a nut will revitalize your vigour for the rest of the day.

    Good Breakfast: Eating a good breakfast is one of the most optimistic things you can do if you really intend to lose weight. A good breakfast should include new fruit or fruit juice, a high-fibre breakfast cereal, yoghurt or low-fat milk, a boiled egg and whole wheat toast

    Take Ginger: The oil in ginger has made it a very helpful herbal medicine for nasal and chest congestion. Dish out two cups of hot water over 1-inch piece of peeled, grated ginger and steer for ten minutes. Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to the water and drink as desired.

Health Tips for Office Workers

Working in the office all day automatically leads people to live sedentary lifestyles. Many spend several hours working on a desk or typing on a computer which will cause their metabolism to slow down and develop common body pains. They also tend to snack and eat a lot, eventually resulting to being overweight or even obese. There are a few guidelines that you can follow to stay fit and healthy regardless of your type of job.

1. Drink more water. Start by cutting out soda and other sweetened drinks then taking in water alone. Water will prevent dehydration and disease as well as boost the way you perform mentally and physically. Doctors recommend that people take at least 64 ounces of water daily to keep their body in optimum condition. After drinking coffee or juice, drink a full glass of water immediately afterwards. Water also keeps you feeling full so you don't snack unnecessarily.

2. Snack right. Working on a desk all day can cause unhealthy eating habits. Start by eliminating snacks that are full of sugar and salt. Also stay away from the vending machine which usually online serves junk food and candy. Start packing healthy snacks like fresh fruit, nuts and chopped vegetables. Drink a full glass of water when you feel hungry to avoid overeating.

3. Keep the work area clean. Practice good hygiene in and out of the office. Make it a habit to clean up your desk and put things in their proper places before leaving for home. The work space should be free from dust, dirt and other objects. Keep a hand sanitizer and mask then use regularly to prevent germs and disease-causing agents.

4. Choose the right furniture. Pick the right furniture such as a stable chair and a desk of the right height so you maintain proper posture the whole day. Also add lights and lamps to your space as necessary to protect your eyes. There are special devices that can prevent problems like lumbar or lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and eye strain.

5. Take a walk. Regularly take a break for 5 to 15 minutes after every 3 to 4 hours to rest your eyes and muscles. Also make it a habit to urinate even if your bladder doesn't feel full. During lunch break, take a brisk walk outside the office to enjoy the scenery and fresh air for 10 to 20 minutes. Talk to officemates during lunch break to unwind. Avoid playing computer games in between.

These tips will keep your body and mind sane and safe for several years. And if you're feeling signs of body pains and discomfort at work, call your neighborhood chiropractor for further help.
Stitching Saturday's
Do you feel like working on something a little different? I do.
Join us for a little stitch along. Here is how it will work.
Purchase our stitching starter kit, get it all ready to go, start stitching.
It is that easy. We will start stitching at the end of October.
We will be using the book S is for Stitch. It consists of a boy
and a girl alphabet. I will be combining my favorites to make
my own version. Each Saturday I will post my block and
the colors I used. Doesn't that sound like fun? 
Your Stitching Kit will include:
S is for Stitch book
20 DMC skeins of floss
Floss Bobbins
 ( little plastic things to wind floss on)
Floss Bobbin Winder 
( cool tool to wind floss)
1 yard Kona Natural for blocks
Foxglove Cottage Embroidery Needle Sampler
Custom Ruler Box to hold all your supplies

**Total Cost**
$70.00 complete kit
$47.00 if you already have the book.
We are now taking pre-orders for mid October shipping.
If you would like to join us visit our website to get started.

A Tale of a Whale and Other Such Creatures

A Tale of a Whale
By Randy Malamud
28 September 2013
Truthout Op-Ed

In Blackfish, Gabriella Cowperthwaite's sleeper hit documentary about a tragedy at Orlando's SeaWorld, audiences are tempted (or at least I was) to empathize with Tilikum, the orca who killed his trainer Dawn Brancheau during a 2010 performance. The whale had been abused for decades in the service of mindless human entertainment masquerading as environmental education. ("SeaWorld artfully combines education and entertainment in a way that connects people to the sea and sea life like nowhere else," their webpage boasts.)

I felt a kind of poetic justice in the whale's eventual revolt against the handler, who must have epitomized, for him, the humiliating institutions of captive animal displays where he had had the misfortune to spend his life.

He was a "killer whale," and he killed - what part of this was unexpected?

In nature, actually, orcas are not inherently threatening to people, simply because under normal circumstances, they rarely come into contact with people. They are curious, playful, clever, highly social, keenly emotional and profusely communicative animals. Indeed, their complex social structures and bonds make it all the more debilitating for them to be removed from their natural habitats, from their communities, and cooped up - as Tilikum was - in small, dark, steel aquarium tanks, where they are deprived of their freedom and their roaming and grouping habits. In this claustrophobic imprisonment these whales become very disturbed, and consequently, violent because they cannot conduct their lives as they would choose to do. If they attack humans under these circumstances, it is because we have driven them mad.

"Killer whale," a loaded human label that reveals more about the namer than the named, constructs a human narrative that reflects a human perspective. Consider, along the same lines, "killer bees": like killer whales, the phenomenon is our fault. They didn't start killing us until we started interfering with their natural lives and transforming them from how they were to how we wanted them to be, so that they could be of greater service to us. Africanized bees were interbred with European bees in an effort to generate more honey for people to harvest: a selfish and short-sighted motive with dire ecological consequences. Killer bees were accidentally released in Brazil in the 1950s and have moved steadily north, invading much of South and Central America and the United States. While their stings are no more potent than those of other bees, they are more tightly wound, more defensive, and thus more likely to attack more quickly and in greater numbers.

By calling them "killer bees," we attribute to them a danger, a brutal malevolence, which draws on a lurking paranoia that IT they're all out to get us – IT "they" being, potentially, the entire animal kingdom - in one way or another. It's all we can do to defend ourselves with pesticides, varmint traps, population "management" or "culling," clear-cutting the nasty dangerous forests that harbor killer snakes and killer bats and poison dart frogs and other creepy-crawly spiders and scorpions and "man-eating tigers" and so forth. There's quite a rogues' gallery lurking out there in nature! Like the great American hero George Zimmerman, we are all just standing our ground (with a hair-trigger finger, poised to shoot first and ask questions later) defending ourselves against the insidious threat that all these killer animals pose to our prosperity.

The implication lurking in the denomination of orcas as killer whales suggests the violence that we fear, or imagine, or construct, in these big, "dangerous" creatures; the designation serves to drum up publicity at a place like SeaWorld, where people capture, constrain, dominate and exploit these "killers" to show how much more powerful we are than they. In the words of one Blackfish writer, SeaWorld's mission was "to turn killer whales into killer profits."

("Blackfish" is how native people refer to what the SeaWorld crowd calls "killer whales," and unsurprisingly, their relations toward these animals are much less adversarial and exploitative than SeaWorld's. The Tlingit view the blackfish as a protector of humankind, and many other tribal communities honor the blackfish as their emblematic clan animal, respecting the blackfish's need to have a wide berth rather than trying to capture, own and contain them. Native Americans enact their awe for the animals from afar, rather than demanding, as SeaWorld's audiences do, the proximity that necessitates the whales' painful dislocation from ocean to tank; from wild to captive; from authenticity to a demeaning parody of their natural existence.)

What we do to these animals by kidnapping them and transforming them into crowd-pleasing clowns suggests that, paradoxically, people simultaneously both admire and scorn their power, their natural force. We love to admire that force, finding it exhilarating to bask in its energy. At the same time, we scheme to coopt that force - to take it away from the animal and have it, commodify it for ourselves, as if we believe that the essence of life is zero-sum, and so if we want to experience the cornucopia of nature, we must harvest it, or colonize it. We must take it from them. Apparently, we can appreciate a majestic, dynamic, powerful whale only by depriving him of his whaleness, stripping him of everything that it means to be a whale. Removing him from the ocean, we cram him into a cage in Orlando because we can't see him easily in the ocean: He won't always be there whenever we come by. For our construction (our reconstruction, really our falsification) of his whaleness, he must be there for us to witness him day after day, year after year.

We (SeaWorld administrators, trainers, audiences) demand that he submit himself to our greater power, and we decide how he will manifest this phony, cheesy whaleness that is on display six times a day. Instead of his natural behavior, we would like him to swim in circles, and wave to the crowd, and prance and canoodle with the trainers. Audiences pay (a lot) to see him doing what we would like him to do rather than what he would like to do. We are in control; we're calling the shots. When we say jump, we expect Tilikum to say, "How high?"

(Note: we're not actually in control - the world is in a pretty tenuous state. Animal habitats are being destroyed on an exponentially increasing scale and extinctions, of course, are spiking as a consequence. Toxicities of every kind are rampant as never before in the history of existence. In a perversely fascinating lesson about the marvelous, far-reaching complexities of ecosystemic stability/decline, we are only beginning to see the multitudinous ways in which our global warming will afflict every species of animal, including us - the tip of the iceberg, if you will, though the iceberg is melting quickly. But the people whose job it is to monetize orcas are keenly aware that this tableau of ecological crisis isn't a very cheery spectacle: better to watch prancing whales and sustain the implicit illusion that we've got everything well in hand.)

I am not a violent person, and I do not endorse violence. But it is hard for me to avoid feeling that there is something appropriate, something fitting, something that we might have expected (if we thought more sensibly about our relationship to the other animals with whom we share this planet) when Tilikum attacked Dawn. I've had the same feeling when Montecore attacked Roy Horn (of "Siegfriend and Roy") on the Las Vegas strip, and when Tatiana, a Siberian Tiger (who had been made to reside in San Francisco instead of Siberia), attacked Carlos Eduardo Sousa Jr., a stoned zoo visitor who tried to climb into her cage. Or when Travis, a "pet chimpanzee" (not a good idea, for future reference), tore off the face of Charla Nash, who stopped by to visit him in the Stamford, Conn., home where he was kept.

At the Denver Zoo, a black rhinoceros bit off a woman's finger. The woman was participating in an innovative zoo program (that has since been "indefinitely suspended") in which visitors could feed and touch a caged rhino for $60. Other zoos have similar programs: At Zoo Miami's Rhino Encounter Station, patrons can not only touch, but also brush and smell a rhino.

Google "When Animals Attack": It happens all the time. YouTube is filled with compilation tapes: "Top 15 animal attacks"; "25 worst animal attacks"; "Crazy animals attack!" Again, let me note for the record: They're not crazy; we are. Just move away from the wild animals, please, people. Let them be.

I will transgress the anthropomorphic fallacy (the pronouncement that it is impossible to attribute human emotions to nonhuman creatures) and suggest that all these animals most likely hated the people they attacked. And I hope I will not seem too heartless when I say that I think the victims got what they deserved. They played with fire, and they got burned. What goes around comes around. Choose your cliché - there are lots of them, and they all fit. Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes, well, he eats you (The Big Lebowski). In Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man (2005), Timothy Treadwall got too close to the bears and, indeed, he got eaten. Robinson Devor's 2007 documentary Zoo tells of how Kenneth Pinyan, who enjoyed sex with horses, got anally fornicated to death. And the "Crocodile Hunter": When I heard of Steve Irwin's death, my first thought was what did you expect, messing around with poisonous giant stingrays? "Killer stingrays," we might call them.

These kinds of incidents should be teachable moments: moments when we are painfully, irrefutably shown that we do not understand other animals very well. We don't understand what they are like, or what they feel, or how we can most honestly relate to each other. We don't appreciate them. We don't respect them. We see them as fodder for our amusement.

I walked out of Blackfish thinking that the film's lesson - that captive animal display is a shameful and cruel desecration - applied not just to the ridiculous shows at SeaWorld, but to all zoos and aquariums. (Full disclosure: I walked into the film thinking that already . . . but still, Cowperthwaite's documentary struck me as a vitally incisive argument, universally, against the captivity of animals.) All three SeaWorlds - in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego - are members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the entity that presents itself as the authority in maintaining the highest standards of zoo practices and "leaders in the protection of endangered species." What's wrong with SeaWorld is a microcosm of what's wrong with the institution of animal display everywhere.

Numerous effective animal rights campaigns lately have begun to chip away at the unremitting exploitation of animals that is consequent upon our intrusive voyeurism. Various zoos (including Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, the Bronx Zoo, the Detroit Zoo, and, in 2009, every zoo and circus in India) have phased out elephant exhibits. Elephants were perceived as especially unsuitable inmates in zoos: They suffer high rates of death and injury resulting from their captivity, including chronic foot problems caused by standing on hard surfaces and musculoskeletal disorders from inactivity that results from their being constantly penned or chained instead of able to roam freely and widely as they would like to do. The Georgia Aquarium, where many Beluga whales have died already, was recently denied permission to import more of them from Russia (some of whom would have gone into tanks in Atlanta, and others of whom would have been franchised out, dispatched to the circus that is SeaWorld.)

Cutting back on the captivity of elephants and whales is a good first step. I applaud the dawning awareness that certain animals are obviously unhappy in zoos and unfit to be locked up in cramped, inadequate cages. Three centuries after René Descartes pronounced that animals are merely automata, machines to which human beings could have no moral obligations, finally a backlash is growing.

But it's no worse, ethically, to kidnap and ruin the life of an elephant or an orca whale than it is to do so to a smaller animal - a capuchin monkey, a Chinese alligator, an East African crowned crane, a meerkat, a reindeer, a rattlesnake. Each of these animals has an array of needs and desires that cannot be met in captivity: The zoo deprives them of a free range of movement and of a certain climate, and temperature, and light, and proximity to other members of their species and interaction with other species. An environment that the animal desires and needs, comprised of certain plants and waterways and topographies, is rendered inaccessible. It may be a more obvious case to free the whales than to free the alligators, and it's fine to start with the more obvious cases, but please: Keep it going.

There are myriad arguments against zoos; the one that Blackfish amplifies most emphatically is: This is how we develop an appreciation for wild animals - by humiliating them? By "showing" them in this decontextualized, painful condition of constraint and alienation from nature, when the torments of captivity have drawn out the worst physical and psychological strains on them: Hordes of people come to gawk at this? (In the 17th century, paying audiences by the hundreds massed for visiting day at London's Bethlem Royal Hospital - commonly known as "Bedlam" - to gape at the human "Lunatickes," sometimes poking them with sticks; have we become any more enlightened since then?)

We are told (by those who profit from the prosperity of these corporations) that we demonstrate good ecological citizenship by visiting zoos, aquariums, SeaWorlds to connect with other species - to befriend them. Man, those animals must be thinking, with friends like this who needs enemies? And again, please excuse the anthropomorphic fallacy, which I like to think of as the "anthropomorphic fallacy fallacy," the pretence that we can't understand what animals are thinking. We might like to think we're unable to imagine their hopes and fears, because that would make them comfortably "other"; but this is just a convenient self-deception: We are in denial.

In fact, we can imagine very well how captive animals feel about being in cages or tanks, and it's not very appreciative. We have constructed the human-animal contact zone as a degrading spectacle. The physical retribution that Dawn Brancheau, Steve Irwin, Roy Horn and others have suffered from animals who could no longer endure the ridiculous sideshows to which we have relegated them stands as an ominous metaphor for the catastrophic ecological blowback that awaits us if we continue to treat our earthmates like slaves, freaks and fools. Truthout

How long before I get a take-down notice? Wiki

Randy Malamud is Regents' Professor of English at Georgia State University and chair of the department. He has written eight books, including Reading Zoos: Representations of Animals and Captivity (1998), Poetic Animals and Animal Souls (2003), A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age (2007), and An Introduction to Animals and Visual Culture (2012). He is a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and a patron of the Captive Animals' Protection Society.
Road to Freedom
We have just shipped the first month of our new
Road to Freedom Block of the Month.
It is not to late to join us. If you love Lori Smith patterns 
and Jo Morton's fabric you will not want to miss out.
Visit our website for more information

Health Advisory at Long Lake

Update: This health advisory has been lifted.

There is currently a health advisory for blue-green algae toxin on Long Lake. 

When there is a toxic algae bloom, people are advised to:
- Avoid recreational contact with the lake.
- Keep pets out of the water.  
- If fishing, catch and release is the safest practice.

The most recent water sample was collected at the city of Lacey’s Long Lake Park. Warning signs are posted at the park and at access points around the lake. The Thurston County Health Department will monitor the lake weekly while the bloom is present. 

There is still a health advisory at Pattison Lake.

If you have questions, contact Cathy Hansen at (360) 867-2645 or Art Starry at 867-2587.

CDC superdog teaches kids how to be prepared for disasters

Ready Wrigley
Dogs have always been a human’s best friend, but who knew they could also help kids prepare for emergencies? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response would like you to meet Ready Wrigley, a caped cartoon superdog who helps children and families learn how to prepare for the unexpected.

Ready Wrigley is the star of two free activity books — perfect for families, friends and classrooms — that kids can enjoy as they learn how to keep safe. The books come with fun puzzles, games and tips that are written at a child’s level.

In her debut activity book, Ready Wrigley focuses on teaching kids about hurricanes, such as what a hurricane is and how to spot one. Along with helpful checklists to create a hurricane emergency kit, the book tells kids what to do in case of an evacuation.

This year, a second Ready Wrigley activity book debuted that focuses on earthquakes. The book, which was released just in time for National Preparedness Month in September, explains how earthquakes happen and what to do when one occurs. Directions teach kids how to “drop, cover and hold on,” and tell them what they can expect after an earthquake.

Involving kids in your family’s preparedness activities can be key to staying safe. And teaching kids about disasters and emergencies before they occur can help them be less afraid when something does occur.

Want even more preparedness info for kids? APHA’s Get Ready campaign features free preparedness games and materials for children. Visit our kids page to download them, and check out our parents page for information on talking to your kids about preparedness.

World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day is on Saturday, September 28. Why should Mainers know about this worldwide event? Because the rabies virus kills over 55,000 people worldwide each year and is found in Maine’s wildlife. We have seen 38 animals with rabies so far this year. Maine’s Health and Environmental Testing Lab (HETL) confirmed rabies in the following animals: 18 raccoons, 11 skunks, five bats (big brown), and four foxes (1 gray, 3 red). One of the rabid skunks was from Washington County, which is concerning because it was the first report of a rabid animal in that county in six years. Last year, Maine confirmed its first rabid dog since 2003. For these reasons, it’s more important than ever to learn how to stay rabies-free.

Before going on a brisk fall hike or hunting trip, read these simple tips for rabies prevention:
  •  Avoid contact with wildlife and any animal you don’t know
  •  Keep your pets up-to-date on rabies vaccination
  •  Report exposures to Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821
  •  Bat-proof your home
For more tips, visit our website at www.mainepublichealth.gov/rabies.

Now’s the time to update your vaccinations

Fall is here, and that means the school year is well underway. One of the most important ways to prepare your kids for school is to keep up with their immunizations.
In observance of National Immunization Awareness Month in August, the Get Ready Report podcast team spoke with Bruce Gellin, director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Vaccine Program Office, about the important role immunization plays in protectingfamiliesfrom disease.
Keep these facts about immunization from Gellin in mind:
“Vaccines aren’t only for kids,” Gellin told APHA’s Get Ready campaign. “In fact, now they are now used across the lifespan - not just for kids, but adults, pregnant women, adolescents.”
Remember: the sooner you get vaccinated, the sooner you are protected from infectious diseases. Listen to our new podcast or read the transcript.

For more information on vaccinations, check out our fact sheet series, with information on vaccines for kids, teens and adults.

Penny For Them

Sunday saw us wandering around Carshalton in South London, popping into the Honeywood Museum of local life and climbing an early eighteenth century water tower, both taking part in the extraordinary Open London scheme where you can often see things not normally open. Carshalton came as a welcome relief after the day before when an insulation savant in Belsize Park got twelve of us shut into his small bathroom to tell us about condensing boilers.

My mate, (who was brought up around here), suddenly said "I wonder if the holes are still in the wall by the Ponds bus stop?". Indeed they were, as you can see. Every brick in the wall immediately behind the stop had holes in them of roughly the same diameter and depth. They tailed off in each direction. What can they be? Giant masonry bees? The only explanation we could come up with was that for decades schoolchildren had bored them out with their bus fare pennies. They're about the right size for an old penny, and presumably the brick is soft enough. And if the bus was late you'd soon have made a serious indent. But we're not at all sure. So come on Old Carshaltonians, have you ever joined in this communal making of brick Emmental? Or is there another even more unlikely answer?

Speaking in Lisbon on October 5

My friend Pedro Bastos graciously invited me to speak at a conference he organized in Lisbon on October 5 titled "Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases".  I will give two talks:

  • "Ancestral Health: What is Our Human Potential?"  This talk will explore the health of non-industrial cultures in an effort to understand how much of our modern chronic disease burden is preventable, and it will briefly touch on one major aspect of non-industrial life that may protect against the "diseases of civilization".  This presentation will focus on age-adjusted data from high quality studies.  
  • "Why Do We Overeat: a Neurobiological Perspective."  This talk will attempt to explain why most of us consume more calories than we need to maintain weight-- a phenomenon that is a central cause of morbidity and mortality in the modern world.  It will touch on some of the brain mechanisms involved in ingestive behavior, and outline a framework to explain why these mechanisms are often maladaptive in today's environment.
Pedro will speak about dairy consumption, vitamin D, and chronic disease.  

The conference is targeted to health professionals and students of nutrition, however it's open to anyone who is interested in these topics.  It's sponsored by NutriScience, a Portuguese nutrition education and consulting company.  Sadly, I don't speak Portuguese, so my talks will be in English.  

Access the full program, and register for the conference, using the links below:

Congratulations to our photo contest winners!

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos for APHA’s 2013 Get Ready Pup-Preparedness Photo Contest! We received so many fantastic, adorable photos that it was hard to choose the winners.

Congratulations go out to our 16 winning photographers and their furry companions:
  • Ashell Alston, photo of Brown
  • Patricia Baltasar, photo of Buddy
  • Patrick Benko and Jackie Benko, photo of Sadie
  • Charlene Bright, photo of Kennedy
  • Christopher Chadwick, photo of Gizmo
  • Asher Grady, photo of Lucas
  • Ann Hueber, photo of Calvin
  • Katy Krings, photo of Trinity and Neo
  • Dan and Vivian Liberti, photo of Ansel Wolfgang
  • Christopher Mangal, photo of Argo
  • Raed Mansour, photo of Chance
  • Sarah Marikos, photo of Giacoma
  • Lili McDonald, photo of Schwanson
  • Nolan Patal, photo of Rani
  • Susan Polan, photo of Tally
  • Michelle Sanborn, photo of Cooper
  • Christine Yamazaki, photo of Julian

We're working now to create a 2014 calendar featuring the winning photos, which we'll post on the Get Ready site in November. We’ll also pass out free hard copies at the Get Ready booth at APHA's 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston in November.

We'll showcase the winning photos and some of the other submissions on the Get Ready site in November, so check back then!

Prescription monitoring program

Maine's Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is a tool created to prevent and detect prescription drug misuse and diversion, as well as enable a better coordination of care. The program maintains a database of all transactions for schedule II, III and IV controlled substances dispensed in the s. The database is available online to prescribers and dispensers for free. Anyone with a DEA number is encouraged to register to request patient reports. These patient reports, and the automatically sent threshold reports, enhance the ability of health care providers to coordinate care. Clinicians can use the program to check the history of a new patient and to monitor ongoing treatment. For more information, go to http://go.usa.gov/DnVe

Organic Land Care Training for Professionals

Thurston County is teaming up with Oregon Tilth to bring the Organic Land Care Accreditation Training to Olympia.  This five day training will provide professionals with everything they need to know to care for yards, lawns, parks, and other public and private grounds without the use of toxic weed and bug killers.

What: Organic Land Care Accreditation Training

When: November 4-8, 2013

Where: LOTT Clean Water Alliance, 500 Adams St. NE Olympia

Cost: $550 includes locally catered, organic lunches, additional $100 for the accreditation test

Registration: www.tilth.org or contact Jennifer Johnson at (360) 867-2577, johnsoj@co.thurston.wa.us

Landscapers who complete the training and pass the exam will be eligible for Organic Land Care accreditation through Oregon Tilth.  Thurston County will include accredited professionals on their website and provide ongoing networking opportunities for local practitioners.  

Preterm birth rate

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) and the March of Dimes formed a partnership last year aimed at preventing preterm birth and infant mortality. During this campaign, states with a preterm birth rate of 9.6% or less by 2020 or sooner will be awarded the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Prematurity Campaign Leadership award.

Maine was one of four states to be recognized this year, along with New Hampshire, Vermont, and Oregon. Based on 2011 data, Maine has a preterm birth rate of 9.6%. This is the result of work by Maine’s obstetrical care providers, the Perinatal Education Outreach and Consultation Program at Maine Medical Center (supported by a Maine CDC maternal child health contract), hospitals, and the March of Dimes educating pregnant women and families about premature birth, its risk factors, and signs and symptoms of premature labor and the need to seek treatment right away.
Savannah Steps
Savannah Steps was our August Monthly Mini.
We have a few kits left in the shop so if you need a little something 
to spruce up your home for fall this would be a great addition.
You can find them here if you would like to order one.

APHA, communities nationwide get ready for emergencies

APHA invited neighboring offices in Washington, D.C., and communities around the country today to celebrate Get Ready Day and the importance of emergency preparedness. Through fact sheets, food and fun, communities were reminded to get ready — at APHA headquarters and beyond.

Throughout the day, more than 150 visitors from nearby offices and the surrounding community received resources and played games at APHA’s mini information fair, while the American Red Cross administered a second annual blood drive where APHA reached a goal of collecting 20 pints of blood.

Continue reading this story on APHA’s Public Health Newswire to learn what other communities did on Get Ready Day.

Postal Orders

So. What I want to know is, when the Royal Mail gets privatised, will it still be the Royal Mail? Presumably not. I can't find a news item or discussion that even mentions it in passing, but don't we think it's important? You know what will happen. It'll be called something crass like Post For Yoo-Hoo; after all, look at the high level of thinking behind the moronic and quickly dispensed with 'Consignia'. And not being the Royal Mail means we won't see the reigning monarch's cipher cast into the iron. I think I'm right in saying that there's a dictat ( probably stuffed behind a radiator at Mount Pleasant Sorting Office) that they will always be painted red, like London buses. But you never know what mindlessness can beset those responsible for looking after our visual environment. The pillar box above is in Letchworth, the first garden city. Looking around, the colour that predominates in the leafy streets, apart from the cream renders and burnt orange tile hanging, is green. Green leaves, green trees, green lawns and the original Letchworth green doors, drainpipes and garden gates. So what colour did the council, unencumbered with any thought concerning their fabulous heritage, order the wheelie bins in? Of course. A mind-numbing shade of purple.