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UVM, UMaine partner for Online weight management course

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first_imgThe University of Maine and the University of Vermont are joining forces this fall to offer a research-based online weight management course that helps college students develop healthy eating and exercise habits.”Vtrim Online” is a one-credit, semester-long course based on clinical research by Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., a nationally recognized obesity researcher at the University of Vermont. Her concept is based on behavior changes: a systematic shaping of daily habits to help people move more and eat less.”There is a groundswell nationwide for universities to provide preventative health programming to students,” says Harvey-Berino. “It’s an ideal time in their lives to learn healthy eating behaviors for long-term health and earn college credit, too.”Vtrim arms students with the tactics and knowledge to sustainably combat weight gain through behavior modification — altering reactions to emotional and environmental stimuli through reinforcement of a new behavior, or a reduction in unhealthy behaviors. The University of Vermont has offered Vtrim since 2009.The entire program takes place online. Students are guided by a trained instructor, with whom they meet online weekly for a class in which lessons are discussed in a structured text-based chat room. Individual progress is tracked with online tools, including a food journal and exercise tracker. Students receive expert feedback on their progress.At UMaine, Rod Bushway and Susan Sullivan of the Food Science and Human Nutrition faculty and Ph.D. student Doug Mathews have worked to make the class available to students at UMaine.”We expect a great deal of student interest in the course,” Sullivan says. “Vtrim provides a good opportunity for UMaine students to learn about behavior modification techniques while benefiting their own health.”Though some students sign up to lose weight, most enroll to learn healthy behaviors. Students work with instructors to set realistic goals and establish healthy lifestyle perspectives.Typical weight loss has been 1-2 pounds per week for students in previous classes and 83 percent of people completing Vtrim achieve a clinically meaningful weight loss of 5-10 percent.Obesity continues to grow as a public health problem. Obesity prevalence is 19.1 percent for men and women aged 18-29 years, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and obesity rates increased in 28 states in 2009, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.”The University of Maine is proud to be part of a solution to the escalating trend of obesity and unhealthy eating and exercise habits,” says Robert C. White, associate provost and dean of the University of Maine’s Division of Lifelong Learning. Vtrim is being offered through the division’s continuing and distance education program.The course is open to all degree and non-degree students.http://www.uvm.edu/vtrim/vtrim-for-undergrads/(link is external).SOURCE University of Vermont. ORONO, Maine, Aug. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

BCCI hopes new venues will popularise Test cricket in India

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first_imgOften accused of not taking cricket’s longest format seriously, India unveiled six new Test venues on Thursday and announced a busy 2016-17 home season when they will play 13 Tests against four visiting teams. (Dharamsala, Ranchi among India’s six new Test venues)Indore, Rajkot, Vizag, Dharamsala, Ranchi and Pune will host test matches for the first time, the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) announced after a meeting of its Tour Programme and Fixtures Committee.India will also play eight one-day and three Twenty20 Internationals. The only time India played as many as 13 Tests at home was in 1979-80. (Eden Gardens to host India’s first day-night Test vs New Zealand)”I welcome the new Test venues hosting this prestigious format of cricket and their arrival will take Test match cricket to every corner of the country,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur said.Indore will debut as a Test venue when New Zealand visit later this year to play three Tests, one of them a day-nighter at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, and five one-day internationals.The subsequent series against England will see Rajkot and the coastal venue of Vizag host Tests for the first time.Apart from five Tests, England will also play three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals, according to the BCCI statement.DHARAMSALA TO DEBUT AS TEST VENUESet at the foot of the Himalayas, the picturesque Dharamsala will host its first Test when Australia arrive in February to play four Tests in India.The series will also feature two new venues – Ranchi, the home town of India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Pune.advertisementBangladesh will play a one-off Test at Hyderabad.”Some of the best teams of world cricket are coming to play in India this season and we are excited to announce the schedule well ahead of time,” BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said.”This gives the staging associations and the BCCI, sufficient time to prepare and present, one of the most memorable cricketing seasons for our fans.”last_img read more