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700 Doctors, Health Professionals, Including the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Support Dietary Guidelines Message to Eat Less Meat, More Plants


Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 26, 2015

Over 700 doctors, nutritionists, nurses, and public health professionals sent a letter to the secretaries of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging them to embrace the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendations to eat less meat and more plants for human health, economic prosperity, and our nation’s food security.

Leaders in lifestyle and preventive medicine signed the letter, including: Dr. David Katz, founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center and president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; Dr. Walter Willet, chair of the department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health; and Dr. Dean Ornish, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

In the letter, doctors and others “strongly endorse the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendations to reduce consumption of animal foods and shift toward a more plant-based diet, both for the health of people and the planet.” The letter reaffirms the overwhelming scientific evidence for eating less meat and more plants clearly delineated by the committee.

One of the letter’s initial signers, Dr. David Katz, summarized why sustainability is important to nutrition: “If, in an age when we know that food and water shortages are clear and present dangers, we choose to ignore them in our dietary guidelines, then these are not dietary guidelines for Americans…They are, instead, dietary guidelines for the current generation of American adults, and at the obvious expense of all subsequent generations of American (and planetary) adults including of course, our children.”

Dr. Dean Ornish, known as the, “Father of Lifestyle Medicine,” and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco added: “What’s good for you is also good for our planet. Although heart disease and diabetes kill more people each year worldwide than all other diseases combined, these are completely preventable and even reversible for at least 95% of people today by changing diet and lifestyle. Federal dietary guidelines as recommended by the scientific advisory committee would play a vital role in moving more people toward this goal.”

The letter further highlights how “a shift toward more plant-based foods will save the nation billions of dollars in health care costs and is essential to our nation’s health and economic prosperity,” because “chronic, preventable diseases are estimated to account for 75 percent of all healthcare costs.” Also, “heavy meat consumption, especially red and processed meat, is associated with increased risks of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, while plant-based diets are associated with decreased risks of all three.”

In its comment submitted to the federal government, the American Public Health Association, representing over 30,000 public health professionals commended the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for, “setting a priority of sustainability as an important component of the 2015 federal dietary guidance.” APHA praised the quality of the science relied upon by the committee and noted the committee’s conclusions on sustainability “… are important given the high level of resources used as inputs for food production in the U.S. – including 50 percent of the total U.S. land area, 80 percent of the fresh water and 10 percent of the fossil energy – and the importance of these resources for future food security.”

The inclusion of sustainability in the Dietary Guidelines recommendations has sparked tremendous interest, with more than 29,000 comments submitted to USDA and HHS by the May 8 deadline. The agencies plan to review comments and finalize the 2015 guidelines by the end of the year.

About the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM):

ACLM is a professional association of physicians and clinicians dedicated to the advancement and practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable healthcare system. Lifestyle Medicine is a branch of evidence-based medicine in which comprehensive lifestyle changes (including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, social support and environmental exposures) are used to help prevent, treat and even reverse the progression of many chronic diseases by addressing their underlying causes. Visit http://www.lifestylemedicine.org, and learn more about ACLM’s annual conference, Lifestyle Medicine 2015, set for November 1-4, 2015 in Nashville, TN at http://www.lifestylemedicine2015.org.







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Sierra College CACT with U.S. Zero Waste Business Council Will Offer Training on June 8 to Help Firms Save Money and Become Certified


Rocklin, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2015

To support companies in saving money, becoming more sustainable and getting certified, Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) and the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) will offer Zero Waste training on June 8 in Lincoln, CA, near Sacramento.

Register at http://www.uszwbc.org/; the rate for the full day is $ 199 and morning session with lunch is $ 99; add $ 50 to the registration fee after May 15. There are other discounts for USZWBC members and for more than two people per organization attending.

USZWBC developed the Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) training to help businesses achieve Zero Waste, and to guide them in achieving facility certification according to the USZWBC Scorecard Certification System.

The training begins with an introduction to Zero Waste, tour of the sustainability programs at Rogers Family Coffee Company in Lincoln CA, and a hands-on waste audit exercise. The afternoon session will provide information on USZWBC certification for individuals and facilities. The full day class is a requirement for qualifying for Zero Waste Business Associate (ZWBA) certification.

Participants will learn how USZWBC Zero Waste certifications work according to trainer, Gary Liss. “During the workshop, attendees will see the steps they can take right away to start eliminating wasteful practices and save money,” said Liss. “Companies will benefit from this proven approach to guide their organization beyond recycling to Zero Waste.”

Zero Waste is an approach being used successfully by manufacturers, according to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CACT Director, Sierra College. “Businesses can reduce expenses and generate revenues by handling waste more effectively as well as become better corporate citizens,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “Globally competitive companies benefit from making their processes more efficient and working toward Zero Waste as part of sustainability plans.”

For registration, please visit the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council website: http://www.uszwbc.org/.

About Sierra College CACT

Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) is focused on Advanced Manufacturing and is funded through the Workforce and Economic Development program of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Since 1992, the Sierra College CACT has provided customized training for organizations, manufacturers and technology companies throughout Northern California. Additional information is available at http://www.sierracollegetraining.com/.







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Career Key Career Assessment Chosen for Strong Start Orientation Course at Bishop State Community College

Portland, OR (PRWEB) April 30, 2015

The Career Key, http://www.careerkey.org, and its valid career assessment have just been chosen for inclusion in Bishop State Community College’s mandatory Strong Start Orientation Course, given to all first-year students in the Fall of 2015. The college is located in Mobile, Alabama and serves nearly 4,000 students.

The Strong Start – First Time Student Orientation Course is a key strategic initiative that enhances student learning by addressing important student needs, including those in career planning. The Course’s primary focus is on helping first year students develop skills and abilities leading to academic persistence at Bishop State.

The Career Key assessment helps students learn about themselves and apply that knowledge to choosing a motivating course of study – leading to greater persistence or “sticking with” a program choice. The assessment is based on the respected Holland’s Theory of Career Choice, measuring students’ strongest personality types and interests. Career Key then matches them to careers, programs of study, and career pathways. Research shows this close personality-program-career match leads to greater persistence in a major or program, higher grades, more on-time graduation, and higher long-term job satisfaction.

Career Key displays all of Bishop State Community College’s programs on its website so that students can at any time match their personality and interests to the programs that best fit them.

Career Key Vice President, Juliet Wehr Jones, GCDF, says, “We’re so pleased that such a forward-looking, proactive institution has chosen The Career Key to help their students choose programs and careers in which they will be more likely to persist, learn, and succeed.

The Course is part of the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “a five year action and implementation plan designed to enhance student learning and further strengthen Bishop State’s educational mission.” In designing it, Bishop State faculty and administrators made it a priority to identify research-based best practices on student learning and success, like those on which The Career Key is based. The QEP is also required for accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

For more information on the Course, visit the Bishop State Community College home page and click on “QEP.”

About The Career Key

The Career Key helps youth get college and career ready with a valid career test and self-guided articles based on the best science and practices of career counseling. It was developed by nationally recognized counseling psychologist Dr. Lawrence K. Jones, NCC, a Professor Emeritus at N.C. State University. In addition to being earth-friendly, Career Key donates 10% of website sales to charity.







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Hoosier Lottery and Ivy Tech Community College announce New Course Offering

Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) February 28, 2015

The Hoosier Lottery and Ivy Tech Community College today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with the goal of providing a free resource to adult Hoosiers seeking to increase their financial literacy.

The Hoosier Lottery and Ivy Tech are together launching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), an educational experience using vignettes and interactive test questions to provide guidelines for Hoosiers on basic financial skills. The MOOC’s content and benefits are initially being promoted to Hoosier Lottery winners and Ivy Tech students statewide, but the course is free and available to access by all adults throughout the State of Indiana by visiting http://www.LearnFinancialLiteracy.com.

Participants may learn various aspects of financial literacy and money management through four modules, ranging from budgeting money and managing credit to paying off debt and planning for retirement.

“I am pleased the Hoosier Lottery and Ivy Tech now offer this financial tool to Lottery winners, Ivy Tech students and adults throughout the State,” said Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor. “We support responsible lottery play and encourage winners to seek counsel from a trusted financial professional or attorney before making decisions on how to manage their windfall.”

“Our financial investment to assist in the production of the MOOC exemplifies GTECH Indiana’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, which is a pillar of the Lottery’s annual business plan,” said GTECH Indiana COO & General Manager Colin Hadden.

“Partnering with the Hoosier Lottery to provide Ivy Tech students with a free resource on financial literacy is a win for our students,” said Ivy Tech Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. Mary Ostrye. “I am confident participants seeking to understand the basics of financial literacy will find the content useful upon completion of the course.”

February is a fitting month to make the financial literacy course available to Ivy Tech students, as thousands of students are in the process of applying for financial aid before the March 10 state deadline. More than 54 percent of Ivy Tech students receive financial assistance for their education through the form of federal Pell grants. As the recipients of financial aid, Ivy Tech aims to ensure students have the appropriate resources available to manage money and pay off debt should students obtain loans.

Interested Hoosiers can access the MOOC by visiting the following web address: http://www.LearnFinancialLiteracy.com. Participants who successfully complete the course receive a printable certificate.

The MOOC was produced by Indianapolis-based Creative Street Media Group, with financial literacy guidance from senior-level KeyBank officials. Financing to produce the MOOC was in part provided by GTECH Corp., the parent company to GTECH Indiana that works on behalf of the Hoosier Lottery in the areas of distribution, sales and marketing.

ABOUT THE HOOSIER LOTTERY:

Hoosier Lottery distributions benefit every county throughout Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery contributes $ 30 million to local police and firefighters’ pensions and $ 30 million to the Teachers’ Retirement Fund. In fiscal year 2013, the Hoosier Lottery contributed $ 164.5 million to the Build Indiana Fund. To learn more about the Hoosier Lottery, visit http://www.hoosierlottery.com/givingback. Download the official Hoosier Lottery app and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Hoosier Lottery logos are available online.

ABOUT IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE:

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

CONTACT: Courtney Arango, Hoosier Lottery, Public Information Officer

carango(at)hoosierlottery(dot)in(dot)gov

317-264-4898 (office)

317-653-0561 (cell)

Kelly Hauflaire, Ivy Tech Community College, Associate Vice President of Marketing & Communications

khauflaire(at)ivytech(dot)edu

317-917-5732 (office)

317-417-3582 (cell)







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