NMC consultation to gauge future role and shape of SCPHN

first_imgOccupational Health & Wellbeing research round-up: December 2020Fatigue and workplace exercise programmesWork-related fatigue is related to a range of negative consequences, including poor productivity. This study… No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Five ways OH can make itself indispensable during Covid-19Much as it is causing intense day-to-day challenges, Covid-19 is also offering OH practitioners – nurses and physicians – a… Previous Article Next Article Related posts:center_img Occupational health education facing a challenging future post pandemicThere were serious concerns about the future of occupational health training even before the pandemic threw our education system up… NMC consultation to gauge future role and shape of SCPHNBy Nic Paton on 7 May 2021 in Clinical governance, OH service delivery, Research, Occupational Health, Personnel Today March’s Royal College of Nursing/Society of Occupational Medicine occupational health conference, this year in a virtual format, provided a valuable update on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s review of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) standards, with a public consultation also now set to feed in to the regulator’s future vision for OH. Nic Paton listened in.It says something for just how much the world has changed after a year of pandemic and lockdowns, but also how much we’re all desperately missing ‘normality’, that the early days of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s re-evaluation of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) standards now have something of an other-worldly quality about them.As Anne Trotter, the regulator’s assistant director for education and standards, laughingly put it: “We actually managed to have one meeting before the very first lockdown where we met each other, in a room, ate crusty sandwiches and drank coffee!”NMC SCPHN reviewNew-look training could be on the cards for OH, as NMC outlines review of SCPHN standardsOH nurses around the table to review Part 3 of the NMC registerTrotter was speaking at March’s Royal College of Nursing/Society of Occupational Medicine occupational health conference, which had been rescheduled from its usual late autumn slot and, of course, this year had been forced to become a virtual event.The half-day conference nevertheless managed to pack in a lot, with presentations examining the mental health of nurses, the fundamentals of occupational health nursing, leadership within the profession, and a panel discussion on issues facing occupational health as we move through, and hopefully out, of the pandemic.Declining numbers of SCPHN nurses on the registerAlongside all this, the morning session led by Trotter, who has been leading the NMC’s review of SCPHN standards, and accompanied by Deborah Edmunds, the independent chair representing OH as part of the review and, in her “day job”, global vice president for health risk management and workplace adjustments at Barclays, provided a valuable update on the NMC’s SCPHN review as well as an insight into its potential future thinking on this issue.To recap, however, the NMC has since 2016 been reviewing both pre-registration and post-registration nursing education and standards. Part of this, at least within OH, has been prompted by long-standing concerns as to whether NMC-validated SCPHN OH courses remain fit for purpose and whether how the NMC can future-proof these to reflect contemporary OH practice.A first meeting of the steering group looking at the future shape of Part 3 of the register, the current home in terms of registration for many occupational health nurses, was held in December 2019, including with OH representation. It was followed by a second meeting in January 2020 – the final physical meeting Trotter was referring to – again with OH at the table.While, naturally, much of the work since then has had to be done virtually, Trotter explained to conference delegates that it had been a genuine learning curve. “It has been an incredible and rewarding journey for me; it has opened my eyes up to so much of the knowledge and skills that occupational health nurses are carrying out every day in their day-to-day practice,” she said.She highlighted one of the key drivers for the need for reform, the fact the number of SCPHN nurses on the register, and alongside that OH nurses, has been falling steadily for some time, albeit only slowly (as shown below). In March 2016, for example, there were 31,158 SCPHN nurses on the register, including 3,516 OH nurses. By March last year, these numbers were 30,392 and 3,220 respectively.“Although the numbers don’t dwindle by much each year, it is a downward trend over the last five years. We do know that other nurses are working as occupational health nurses without the SCPHN qualification. So, it is an opportunity for us to think about what is important and what SCPHN brings to practice; and what employers can see and benefit from for those with this qualification,” Trotter pointed out.The review is also looking at community nursing, health visiting and school nursing, with three independent chairs appointed to lead on each. It is examining what can still work or needs to be changed across the piece but also what is distinct about the different disciplines and needs to be considered discretely.Role of OH now, but also in the futureThe NMC has also recognised the review needs to be future-facing. “This is not about what people do now, even though that it is important. It is about what might they need to know? What might they need to be able to do in the future? What would influencing practice look like in one, three, five years’ time?” said Trotter.It is really important that, when we are thinking about our practice, we actually underpinning it and we know there is fundamental evidence behind what we are doing. It is absolutely imperative that we are champions for health and wellbeing, and that we are actually looking to seek to improve health and improve health outcomes.” – Deborah EdmundsWithin this, the review is examining education and training but also issues such as the role, and future, of prescribing within both SCPHN and OH nursing. The review has been wide-ranging, encompassing an independent verification of the current standards, published in 2019, a review of the situation across the different countries of the UK, a review of academic literature, including internationally, and examination of what sort of regulation is needed in the future.The impact of the pandemic on health and wellbeing and health inequalities has, naturally, also now had to come into the frame for discussion. There has been a raft of pre-consultation events, with more than 40 held in 2020 alone. The review has even broken the NMC record for its biggest webinar ever held, with some 700 attendees.So, clearly, there is no shortage of interest. Moreover, as Deborah Edmunds emphasised, a key part of the process has been ensuring the voice of OH has been heard and understood, and that the differences of OH to others within SCPHN has been clearly articulated.Edmunds during the course of the presentation also outlined the NMC’s future vision for SCPHN and, alongside that, its future vision for occupational health nursing within SCPHN.SCPHN nurses and midwives, she emphasised, should be autonomous practitioners, be able to practice independently and be driven by evidence and research. ‘We must be capable of adapting a life course approach to professional practice, one that is considerate and inclusive,’ she highlighted.“It is really important that, when we are thinking about our practice, we actually underpin it and we know there is fundamental evidence behind what we are doing. It is absolutely imperative that we are champions for health and wellbeing, and that we are actually looking to seek to improve health and improve health outcomes. And know how to, and can, effect change that reduces health inequalities. We must be able to, and be, excellent communicators and educators. And be complete leaders and collaborators in creating and implementing strategies for policies to ensure these interventions have a positive effect on people, families and the communities that we serve. And we have to be advisers in safety and quality practice in delivery,” she said.Vision for OH within SCPHNThe vision for OH within SCPHN (as shown below) was very much that OH nurses needed to nurse leaders, people who lead services and are change agents in the working environment now and into the future.“We have to possess commercial acumen and the skills for strategic planning and influencing,” Edmunds said. “Too often, I hear that occupational health is ‘somewhere over there’, in a corner and actually where it needs to be is in the boardroom or influencing those senior leaders to understand what actually is important in business?“Productivity and performance are fundamental if we are to have a successful PLC. So, actually, how are we going to translate what we need to be able to do in that working environment? And you can do that if you know how to create business cases, if you know how to develop ROI, and that you can prove that what you are doing makes business sense.“We must lead on the prevention strategy. What are we doing to minimise risk and take humans away from the hazard? How are we looking at health by design? How are we designing good health in the working environment?” she added.OH also needed to take a lead in terms of thinking about health and wellbeing in the context of employability, especially the multigenerational workplace. Equally, OH had an important role in thinking, and even reimagining, the ageing workforce. As Edmunds put it: “How do we create working environments that enable those with different cognitive functions to be able to flourish? And how do we ensure we are looking at things that really have an impact in terms of population health and around metabolic health?”Leadership and influencing skills would, increasingly, need to become a core part of the OH nurse’s day-to-day operational toolkit, she argued. “How do you create that narrative; how do you bring it alive? How do you then demonstrate your power, your ability, your capability to actually be that change agent?” she said.Prescribing needed to be about not just drug or medical prescribing but about social and green prescription and the prescription of work (or ‘good’ work) as a potentially positive health outcome in its own right. “Does our profession have a requirement to, in parts, prescribe? For example if you are working offshore? Or if you are working in an environment where you might be exposing somebody to something, and they need prophylaxis afterwards, why do we allow that to be picked up afterwards by the NHS?” Edmunds said.“Is there a role for the occupational health nurse to prescribe? For some that might be no, but is that something that other occupational health nurses have a requirement to do and, if so, let’s understand what that might mean?” she added.All of which brought us to the nub of the event – what happens now? The fact that the review had, up to now, proved so popular in terms of engagement was hugely positive. But the review was now at a point where OH nurses and, indeed, the general public needed to have their say, outlined Trotter.Launch of widescale consultationTo that end, the next important stage of the review was the launch last month of mass public consultation. The good news too is that, as you’re reading this, it is still open, as the review is running for an extended 16-week period rather than the NMC’s normal 12-week process. That means it closes for responses at the beginning of August, meaning there is still ample time for practitioners to make sure their voice is heard.The consultation contains an overview document and draft standards and the process will include a survey of people from professional backgrounds, including nurses, OH practitioners, midwives, physiotherapists, dieticians, doctors, and social worker, among others.There is a consultation survey for members of the general public running alongside, to gauge opinions and views about what they think OH nurses need to know and be able to do. There is also an easy-read version for people with learning disabilities, and a version that has been translated into Welsh. Finally, there will be a series of qualitative in-depth interviews and focus group discussions carried out with members of the public and seldom-heard groups plus a number of NMC engagement events happening during the consultation period.As Trotter put it in conclusion: “So really, this is a plea from me: get involved. We need your voice; Deborah and I cannot do this without you. We need you to tell us what we’ve missed, what’s great, what would make them better. And to do that we need you to participate.”How to get involvedThe consultation can be found at https://www.nmc.org.uk/about-us/consultations/current-consultations/future-community-nurse/last_img read more

Large-scale range expansion and variability in ommastrephid squid populations: a review of environmental links

first_imgOver the last four decades, several ommastrephid squid stocks have shown rapid expansion and contraction, driving highly variable and sometimes boom and bust fisheries. These include Illex illecebrosus in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, I. argentinus in the southwest Atlantic Ocean, Todarodes pacificus in the northwest Pacific Ocean, T. sagittatus in the Norwegian fjords, and Dosidicus gigas in the Peru and California Current systems. Explanations for the highly variable behavior of squid populations include: (1) direct effects of environmental variability; (2) changes in prey availability, especially for the early life stages; (3) changes in predation, disease and parasitism; and (4) exploitation of predatory fish which might reduce predation pressure and thus create vacant niches into which the short-lived, ecologically opportunistic squid call expand. This review focuses oil the effects of environmental variability oil Populations and possible interactions with fisheries. Apart from Dosidicus gigas, which is associated with the coastal upwelling systems of the pacific Ocean’s eastern boundary currents, the ommastrephid fisheries are mostly pursued in the high energy, western boundary current systems. The environmental variability that will drive changes in population size will differ between these environments. The recent range expansion of Dosidicus gigas ill the Eastern Pacific Ocean seems to have increased predation pressure on hake stocks off North and South America, which may affect fisheries. The El Nino/Southern Oscillation event in the Pacific Ocean is a well-documented, highly variable oceanographic event and the fisheries along the western seaboard of North and South America are also among the best documented. The Dosidicus gigas range expansion over the last decade may provide an opportunity to explore the interacting effects oil a squid population of environmental variability and ecological change caused by fishing.last_img read more

Gressel, Villalba help Atlanta United beat Real Salt Lake

first_imgSeptember 22, 2018 /Sports News – Local Gressel, Villalba help Atlanta United beat Real Salt Lake Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailATLANTA (AP) — Julian Gressel had a goal and an assist to help Atlanta United beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Saturday night.Gressel, who had five goals and nine assists as a rookie in 2017, has 14 assists this season, tied for second-most in MLS. The 24-year old chest-trapped an arcing cross from Miguel Almiron and, after one bounce, ripped a side-netter inside the far post to open the scoring in the 37th minute.Hector Villalba blasted a left-footed half-volley, off a throw-in by Gressel, off the post and, after it ricocheted off the back of diving goalkeeper Nick Rimando, into the net in the 61st to make it 2-0.Real Salt Lake (13-11-6), which had its four-game unbeaten streak —including three wins — snapped, had three chances in the final minutes: Atlanta’s Brad Guzan stopped shots from Albert Rusnak and Kyle Beckerman and Joao Plata narrowly missed a left-footer.It was RSL’s second loss since July 14.Atlanta United (19-5-6) has won five of its last six games has just one loss in its last 11. Tags: MLS/Real Salt Lake/Soccer Associated Presslast_img read more

CO Pulmonary Function Technologist- Cert

first_img Save Research Technologist Preferredqualifications Mustbe proficient in thetestingofpatientsusingpulmonaryfunctionanalyzers, plethysmograph,cardio-pulmonaryexercise systems,EKG monitor,familiarity withoxygen andcompressedgassystems,ultrasonic nebulizer, dosimetermetereddoseinhalersandpulseoximeterequipment.Mustbeproficientinmaintenanceofequipmentusedindiagnostictestingoflungfunction. Maryland, United States The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Maryland, United States Save Research Data Analyst Share Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine -East Baltimore Campus Twitter Oneyear (12 months) experience in a pulmonary function lab, preferablyin an academic/researchenvironment.Special Knowledge, Skills, andAbilities:Requires a thoroughunderstanding and ability to apply all equipment used in pulmonaryfunction testing. Includes but is not limited to the following:spirometry/flow volume loops, gas dilutional lung volumes, COdiffusing capacity, plethysmographic lung volumes, arterial bloodgas procurement and analysis, maximum voluntary ventilation, 6minute walk test, pulse oximetry, sputum induction,cardio-pulmonary exercise tests, methacholine challenge and anyappropriate equipment used to diagnosis pulmonary diseases.Possesses thorough knowledge of pulmonary anatomy and physiologysystem and familiarity with current A.T.S. standards for pulmonaryfunction testing. Knowledge of equipment and techniques used inrespiratory/pulmonary care for age specific populations. Requiresthe aptitude to be trained and the knowledge to operate allequipment used in pulmonary function testing, as well as equipmentthat may be used as a cardiactechnician.Mustbecompetent in the abilitytoanalyzeandinterpretmeasureddata and communicate theresultstothephysicianandhealthcare teammembers.The ability to interactwithagespecificpopulationtowhichtheyare assigned. Abilitytouseallequipmentnecessarytoobtainqualitypulmonaryfunction.Possessesknowledgeofnormalhemodynamicvitalsigns.Abilitytoperformpulmonaryfunctionstudiesincludingspirometry,plethysmography,diffusioncapacity,andarterial bloodgases.Highlydevelopedinterpersonalcommunicationskillstointeractwithphysicians,medicalstaff, patients, visitorsandotheremployees.Willparticipate inthe formaltrainingof respiratorycare,nursing,physicianstaff,andstudentsMust exhibitcompetencyinapplyingtheAmericanThoracictestingguideline/protocolforeachtestmodality.Any Specific Physical Requirements for theJob:Possibleexposureto communicablediseases, hazardousmaterials,pharmacologicagents,andlevelsofionizing radiation.Workrequiresstandingorsittingforextendedperiods oftimeandtransportingpatientsand/orequipmentfromonelocation toanother.Work requires moving and liftingof supplies and equipment asneeded.SupervisoryResponsibility:Technicians with 1 year technologist experienceat JHH/JHU are required to function as Lead Technician whenappropriate and Preceptor to newtechnicians.Classified Title:Pulmonary FunctionTechnologistWorking Title: CO Pulmonary FunctionTechnologist- Cert ​​​​​Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CG Starting Salary Range:$51,210 to $70,408 peryearEmployee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F; 8 hours per day Exempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10002817-SOM DOM Pulmonary Personnel area: School of MedicineThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Assessment & Evaluation Analyst Salary Not Specified GeneralSummary/Purpose:Underthedirectionofaphysicianandthelaboratorycoordinator/manager,measures,analyzesandrecordspulmonaryfunctionproceduresonthepatientcareunits, inthedepartment,orintheoutpatientclinic. ThePulmonary FunctionTechnologistperforms routinepulmonaryfunctiontesting. This positionperforms independenttests,implementsqualityassuranceandqualitycontrolprograms,trainsnewemployees,troubleshootsequipmentproblems,andhelpsinsure adherence toJointCommission, institutional,andgovernmentalpoliciesandregulations. Participatesineducationalandclinicalprogramsandqualityimprovement.Participatesandattendscontinuingeducationseminars.Specific Duties &Responsibilities:Required to meet and comply with departmentalstandards regarding the use of all department supplies andequipment. Completes billing records within departmentalstandards.Consults with physicians and health care team inorder to recommend appropriate testing procedures to provideresults that will assist the physician with the treatment of thepatient’s respiratory disease/diagnosis.Identifies impending changes in patient’scondition and takes appropriate action. Identifies departmentalneeds and takes appropriate and effective steps in resolvingproblems. Uses defined procedures and protocolseffectively.Utilizesinformation generated from bothcomputerizedandpaper systemsthatsupportfunctions suchasmedicalrecordsandpulmonary databases.Adherestofederalregulationsregardingpatientprivacy(HIPAA).Requires the ability to functionwith ease in both hospital and outpatient clinic settings throughperiodic rotation of personnel.Requires attention todetail.Requires shifting of hours whennecessary to ensure efficientoperation.Work may require the use of personal protectiveequipment (PPE) such as gowns, masks, andgloves.Minimum Qualifications(Mandatory):High School diploma orGED. You need to sign in or create an account to save Technical qualifications or specializedcertifications:CPR(BLS) certification required. Credentialing through the N.B.R.C. asa respiratory care practitioner or pulmonary function technologistrequired. (Certification and/orregistry) Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Salary Not Specified Similar jobs Faculty Positions Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Salary Not Specified You need to sign in or create an account to save Johns Hopkins University Research Technologist Maryland, United States Health & Medicine Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore More searches like this LinkedIn Johns Hopkins University Facebook Save Assessment & Evaluation Analyst Research Data Analyst Other Health & Medicine Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore You need to sign in or create an account to save Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorelast_img read more

Vanderburgh County Tea Party Patriots To Hear Blight Presentation By George Lumley

first_imgCounty Tea Party Patriots To Hear Blight Presentation By George LumleyThe next VC-TPP membership meeting is at the Evansville Public Library, McCollough Branch, at 1:00 p.m.Our guest speaker will be George Lumley, CPA. Mr. Lumley will present information concerning the Brownfields operation within the Evansville city government. Find out what’s being done with your tax dollars and federal funds channeled to this bureaucratic property dispensation operation. Property is changing hands without opportunity for public auction. Why? Who benefits?Mr. Lumley will reveal things about this operation that you need to know. Find out what’s going on in your city “behind closed doors.”We will also have a discussion about the happenings at the Evansville City Council this last Monday (2/22) and what we now face.See you there!In Liberty,Jim BrattenDirector, Hoosier PatriotsCo-Founder, Vanderburgh County Tea Party PatriotsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

EDITORIAL: Its Time To Start A Fundraising Campaign To Update The Veterans Memorial Coliseum

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Along with the old courthouse and Bosse Field, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum has been a fixture in the city of Evansville. Located on Court Street, the Coliseum (a.k.a Veterans Memorial Coliseum) built in 1918 by Mayor Benjamin Bosse as an honor to the veterans of the Civil War and Spanish-American War.During its early years, the Coliseum was the place around the city where the best entertainment occurred.  This included hosting car shows, the Shrine Circus, bingo, and Evansville College used to play its basketball games there. When Roberts Stadium was built  the Coliseum lost some of its appeal and it closed in 1969. The Coliseum was built by the city and given to Vanderburgh County around this time. During the waning years of not being in use, the Coliseum deteriorated until the Veterans Council of Vanderburgh County acquired and starring to renovated the building.In April of 1971, the Veterans Council entered a 99-year lease agreement with the county.  Currently, there has been some speculation of tearing this historical landmark down. Out of the blue the City of Evansville/Vanderburgh County Building Inspector have been petitioned by the County to conduct a codes compliance review to determine if the Coliseum meet current building safety codes.  Wasn’t this the same approach that Mayor Wienzapfel used to convince the City Council its time to demolished Robert’s Stadium because of safety issues?  The good news is that elected officials from both the City and the County all denied that the want to demolish the Coliseum.Time To Establish A “Call To Duty” Fundraising CampaignThe Coliseum is not only apart of Evansville’s heritage but it’s a considered a national treasure by most people. This community treasure is in immediate need of financial help in order to do some much needed maintenance and renovation work.Its time for members of the Veterans Council of Vanderburgh County and community leaders to organize a fundraising campaign to refinish the wood floors add fresh coat of paint throughout the building, refinishing the wood stage, fixing broken stadium seats and update heating and air, plumbing and electrical system.Its time to give the ‘Grand Old Lady” of our historical past a serious make over.  She is the guardian of our heroic past and is a lasting tribute to those brave men and women would fought so gallantly to preserve the freedom we enjoy today.She also represents  the families, friends, and their love one who stayed behind to assist the war effort who played a major effort in our winning  wars and military conflicts of the past.Its time for members of the Veterans Council of Vanderburgh County and community leaders to start contacting  local businesses owners, bankers, lawyers, health professionals, and average everyday citizens of this community to persuade them to invest in this most worthy project.We encourage members of Veterans Council of Vanderburgh County and community leaders  to start a “Call To Duty” fundraising campaign to restore the Veterans Memorial Coliseum so our grandchildren and their kids will be able to see and hear stories of our historic past!last_img read more

Dentists urge businesses to combat ‘cake culture’

first_imgDentists say ‘cake culture’ – celebrating success or special occasions with sweet treats – has made the workplace a main site of sugar consumption for many Brits.The Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS), part of the Royal College of Surgeons, is urging employers and employees to take action to cut back on sugar consumption in the office.The FDS, which supports the soft drinks industry levy, set to be introduced next April, has also called for restrictions on price promotions on sugary goods.Citing NHS data, the faculty said 64,000 over-18s had been admitted to hospital because of tooth decay in 2015-16.It is advising businesses to take action, such as keeping sugary products out of sight and marking a number of birthdays with a single cake (see below). The faculty also suggested substituting sugary products in meetings, such as biscuits, for lower-sugar alternatives, such as plain nuts and fruit.“Celebrating success with colleagues is a fundamental part of modern office culture, and treating ourselves once in a while to mark something significant can play an important part in this,” said the FDS.“However, with the rise of cake culture the workplace is becoming one of the main places we consume sugar, so we must find the right balance and think carefully about the impact of what we eat at work on our wider health.”Employers should also signpost to staff government advice about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and good oral health, and promote public health messages such as the importance of exercising regularly and staying active.“With many people likely to start 2017 with new determination to eat more healthily and lose weight, it is important to remember that there are small but significant things employees and employers can do to reduce sugar consumption in the office,” added the FDS.Tighter rules on price promotions and the in-store location of sugary products would help to reduce sugar purchases,” said the FDS.“The government should work with supermarkets and other food retailers to restrict price promotions on sugary products, and replace high-sugar foods at the point of sale with healthier alternatives,” it added. “If necessary, legislation should be introduced in future to address this.”FDS’ tips for reducing sugar consumption at workConsider low-sugar alternatives: Colleagues appreciate it when someone buys treats for the team. But rather than always buying sugary goods like biscuits and sweets, consider substituting them for low-sugar alternatives.Reduce portion sizes: Choose the small bag rather than the big one.Avoid snacking and keep sugar as a lunchtime treat: If someone brings cake or sweets to the office, avoid snacking throughout the day and only consume sugary goods at lunchtime.Develop a sugar schedule to help limit your team’s sugar intake: One way to limit sugar consumption is to organise a sugar schedule. For example, if there are birthdays on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, arrange to have cake at Friday lunchtime to celebrate all three, rather than on each individual day.Think carefully about where cake and sugar is positioned: Research suggests people will eat more sweets if they are nearby and visible than if they are placed further away. Think about where sugary products are positioned in the office and put them out of eyesight.last_img read more

The day’s fun

first_imgFranklin County’s many talented photographers are here to bring readers the best shots of nature and those who live in it. The basis for the Sunday collections goes back to March 2011, when author and photographer Jane Naliboff of Chesterville began sending a few pictures each week. Other photographers have since joined the effort, creating one of the Bulldog’s most widely appreciated features. If you are interested in contributing, please send photos with a caption and your name to [email protected] Red hosted an early holiday open house this week. (Jane Naliboff)Big Gray was the first to arrive for the shared treats. (Jane Naliboff)Chickadee flew all the way in from the deep dark woods for the event. (Jane Naliboff)Chickadee looking for more guests. (Jane Naliboff)Nuthatch arrived in a bit of a snow squall. (Jane Naliboff)Red’s little cousin took a short cut to the party. (Jane Naliboff)Little Red took a much needed rest after the guests had gone home. (Jane Naliboff)The last reminder of the day’s fun. (Jane Naliboff)Winter trees (Jane Naliboff)Melting snow droplet. (Jane Naliboff)Happy Little Red in Sunday morning’s brief snow shower. (Jane Naliboff)The late November sunsets while earlier (between 4 and 4:30) are brilliant. (Jane Knox)Snow covers up much needed food so it’s time to help our feathered friends out. There is a fight for a spot on the feeder. (Jane Knox)Coming in like a dive bomber. (Jane Knox)Coming in for a landing. (Jane Knox)Finally everyone finds a spot. (Jane Knox)last_img read more

Watch This New Animated Video Of Gov’t Mule’s 1994 Performance Of ZZ Top Classic

first_imgEarlier this month, Gov’t Mule dug deep into their catalog for the release of The Tel-Star Sessions, the band’s first-ever recording studio session in 1994. When Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and Matt Abts got together for a planned one-time collaboration, the magic of that music spawned an incredible 20-plus year career for Gov’t Mule.Now, the band is set to perform a series of tour dates with classic rock legends ZZ Top. Mule has always had a fondness for ZZ Top, as both groups descend from the famed power rock trio concept. Thus, it’s no surprise that Mule included a cover of “Just Got Paid” on their Tel-Star Sessions release, channeling that classic rock and roll in style.To get fans excited about the new Tel-Star release and upcoming ZZ Top tour dates, Gov’t Mule has put out a new animated video of the 1994 cover. Watch the animated members of Gov’t Mule tackle the ZZ Top cover head on with this fun new video!last_img read more

Loch’s Maple sets up stand at local market

first_imgMONTROSE, Pa. (WBNG) — For Labor Day weekend, Loch’s Maple set up their stand at the LaRue’s Farm Market. At LaRue’s, Loch’s has all of their famous maple specials, including maple milkshakes, maple cotton candy, and maple syrup. Loch’s Maple will be set up again tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Renee LaRue, LaRue’s Farm Market owner, says she came up with the idea after Randy and Jamie Loch came to visit the market themselves.  “I thought it would be a fun idea,” LaRue said. “I’m super busy on Friday’s and Saturday’s, so we thought why not throw it out there and see what happens.” For information, check out LaRue’s Farm Market’s Facebook page. Due to the pandemic, Loch’s Maple hasn’t been able to attend the fairs they used to sell their products at. last_img read more