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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

Alvin H. “Spike” Retzner

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first_imgAlvin H. “Spike” Retzner of Sunman was born on August 30, 1922 in St. Nicholas, Indiana, a son to Edward and Cecelia Brunsman Retzner. He served his country in WWII as part of the United States Army Air Corps.  Alvin married Eliza Moser Collins on June 2, 1962 at St. Nicholas Church and she preceded him in death on December 28, 2004.  He worked and later retired from Hill-Rom, was a 72 year member of the Kenneth L. Diver Post #337 Sunman American Legion, and was a member of Sunman Fish and Game.  Alvin loved to fish, enjoyed reading, spending time with family and was known as a great story teller.  On Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the age of 93, he passed away at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville.Those surviving who will cherish Alvin’s memory include his daughter, Mildred Faye Lewis of Connersville; son-in-law, James W. Mobley of Connersville; 3 grandchildren, James A. (Sherri) Mobley of Batesville, Elizabeth Faye (Don) Hoegeman of Batesville, and Shirley Renae (Kevin) Woodhull of Connersville; 23 great grandchildren, 21 great, great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, including 2 very special ones – Joann Amburger of Sunman and Louis Retzner of Cincinnati. Besides his wife and parents, Alvin was preceded in death by all his brothers and sisters.Visitation will be on Friday, January 29, 2016 from 10 a.m. till 12 noon at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 12:30 p.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church.  Burial follows in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the Kenneth L. Diver Post #337 Sunman American Legion.The family requests memorial donations to Sunman Life Squad or St. Nicholas School. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home and its staff are honored to care for the family of Alvin Retzner.last_img read more

From walk-on to staple of Badger offense, can Troy Fumagalli make it at next level?

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first_imgWisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli went from coming on as a walk-on to being the most reliable receiver on a top 10 football team in the country.  Now, the battle-tested player is making his case to scouts and fans as to why he is the best tight end in this year’s draft.Though Fumagalli’s story of perseverance and hard work is impressive, it is hardly unique at Wisconsin.  The program is known for bringing in less than stellar high school prospects and transforming them into stars for the university. JJ Watt, Joe Schobert, and Ryan Ramczyk are all notable Wisconsin walk ons that are currently playing at a high level in the NFL.Despite the program’s successful track record in this regard, doubts still loom for some scouts. Many pundits have questioned Fumagalli’s athleticism, allowing him to succeed at the professional level, putting him as a day three (fourth round or later) prospect. Fumagalli’s tight end coach Mickey Turner, has no doubt about how the former walk-on will respond to this criticism.Graham Mertz: The answer at quarterback?Playing quarterback for the University of Wisconsin Badgers is a good gig. Fans will treat any completed pass like they Read…“I think whatever they say he’ll work to prove them wrong.  He’s got the combine coming up and some pro days after that.  We look at our weight room numbers here he’s doing a great job for us.  Working out, training, just beating everything.  And I think he’s feeling good right now,” Turner said. “He’s going to be 100 percent healthy going in for some of that stuff.  It’ll be interesting.  He’s always been more than athletic enough to get the job done with what we asked him to do here at Wisconsin so I’m confident in him.”Fumagalli is the first major tight end prospect Turner has worked with since assuming the position in 2015.  However, as a player at Wisconsin from 2007 to 2009 Turner got firsthand experience with former NFL-drafted tight ends Garrett Graham, Travis Beckham and Lance Kendricks.While there are differences in terms of all these tight ends’ play styles, Turner wanted to stress what aligns them is how they all produced at high levels for the university.Football: Wisconsin ends 2017 regular season undefeated, brings axe home to MadisonPaul Bunyan’s axe is returning to Madison after the University of Wisconsin football team trounced the Minnesota Golden Gophers during Read…However, what makes Fumagalli unique as a tight end prospect is his ability to be a 3-down tight end.  The Wisconsin star’s ability to perform in the receiving game, especially as a route runner. Blocking could set Fumagalli up to have a prominent role in the modern NFL lineup.Today’s NFL tight end looks much different than even a decade ago.  NFL stars Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce lead their position because of their skills as receivers and blockers.  Turner said this could open up the draft for a complete tight end like Fumagalli as most teams in the NFL are now looking for more versatility at the position.Turner echoed these sentiments when asked what Fumagalli needed to show scouts ahead of April’s draft.“I think one of his best assets as a college player was that he could be an every down tight end.  I think that’s what he’s got to show them. Cause they’re always going to have their guys that are very specific like: this is our deep ball guy, this is our goal line blocking guy and Troy is somewhere in the middle where he does a lot of things well.  I think that’s going to have be the big thing for certain teams is if he can be an every down tight end for them,” Turner said.Football: Wisconsin dominates Michigan, remains undefeated and best in Big TenThe University of Wisconsin football team came out on top at Camp Randall after a grueling game against the Michigan Read…Another fact that, at first, left some scratching their heads at his ability to catch the ball and block was that Fumagalli is missing his left index finger.  While you’d think this would hamper a tight end’s abilities, because Fumagalli suffered the injury as a young child his muscle memory is constructed to play with only 9 fingers.  When asked if this condition would hurt Fumagalli in the NFL, Turner immediately responded.“No, not at all.  In fact it might even be an asset for him,” Turner said.Fumagalli’s departure from the Badgers will undoubtedly leave a hole in the Wisconsin offense. Turner said he didn’t know if it would necessarily be a tight end who would replace Fumagalli’s receiving presence, noting that receivers or running backs may take on a larger role going forward.  However, Turner said despite a lot of players vying for the position, Kyle Penniston and Zander Neuville are getting the most reps at tight end for the team early on.Currently though, Troy is working at a combine training location off campus in preparation for the NFL Scouting Combine, which goes from Feb. 27 to March 5 in Indianapolis.  After that, Fumagalli will likely host some pro days at UW Madison and await the NFL Draft that will last three days and begin April 26.last_img read more

Deontay Wilder sees missed opportunity in first viewing of Tyson Fury draw

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Wilder (40-0-1) watched the full fight for the first time during a lunch that was used to provide footage for an all-access look at the fight that will run Saturday after Showtime airs the replay. He was still amazed that Fury got up from a powerful combination that sent him flat on his back in the 12th round, but believed Fury (27-0-1) benefited from a break from referee Jack Reiss.“Look at him! Niiiiine,” Wilder said, imitating what he felt was a dramatically long count from Reiss to allow Fury to get up and finish the fight.Still, Wilder believed the knockdown, his second of the fight, had allowed him to clinch the victory. He said he didn’t regret not trying harder to finish Fury afterward, because he thought the win was secured.“If it was close, that knockdown, I feel like it put me on top,” Wilder said.Only one of the judges agreed, with one scoring the bout for Fury and another having it 113-113. That was much closer than Showtime scorer Steve Farhood, who gave only one of the first eight rounds to Wilder on his card that fans watching the fight could see after each round.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Disappointed in Floyd Mayweather Jr. Angry with Showtime’s scorer.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Mostly, Wilder was mad at himself.Five days later, the WBC heavyweight champion was still bothered by the way he fought in his draw with Fury on Saturday night in Los Angeles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Fury was everything I expected him to be. It’s not what Fury did, it’s what I didn’t do,” Wilder said Thursday. “You seen the best of Fury, you didn’t see the best of me.“I wanted to end the show with a devastating knockout and I got too excited.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ “Someone has got to explain to me why this is supposedly a Tyson Fury round,” promoter Lou DiBella said after watching the end of one of those early rounds.Mayweather was even harsher to the champion, giving him none of the first five rounds when he was interviewed in the arena between rounds. Wilder said he had no relationship with Mayweather but implied the retired former champion was insecure any time there was too much attention on another American fighter.Wilder agreed it was a close, tough fight to score, but only because he allowed it to be. Headlining a pay-per-view for the first time on perhaps the biggest night in years for American heavyweight boxing, Wilder wanted to deliver something spectacular and the moment got to him.“I abandoned the whole game plan,” Wilder said. “That was a mistake on my behalf. Like I said, I just wanted to get in there and just knock him out. I mean I wanted to end the show in a devastating way. That was the whole thing going through my mind. I couldn’t clear it out of my mind for some reason. I couldn’t.“The atmosphere was so heavy and I finally had the attention that I deserved and there was only one thing on my mind, was to knock him out. But that’s what I do anyway. It was crazy. Every time I was going back to the corner I was telling myself just calm down, but I couldn’t get out of that element.”He became animated watching the replay when he saw times a straight punch would have caught Fury, who kept trying to duck down low, but instead rushed an over-the-top shot that missed.“See that … right there! All I had to do was straight ‘pop!’” Wilder said. “He’s right here and I’m still overthrowing it while he’s at a pause right here, bending over.”But the mistakes could provide a learning experience for a rematch Wilder insists will happen. He said he will try to gain a significant amount of weight, with a goal of 245 pounds after he came in at 209 on Saturday. He’s open to fighting Fury anywhere, even in Britain, though his preferences would be Las Vegas or Barclays Center in New York.Wilder couldn’t take Fury out the first time, but figures he at least did enough damage to soften him up for the second.“I don’t think he’s going to be the same, especially going into a rematch and getting hit like that,” Wilder said. “I know my power and I know what I can do.” No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

Canfor’s Red Ink creates Optimism

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first_imgIt is not often you hear a company refer to a fourth quarter loss of 17 million dollars as a positive sign.However, that’s exactly what Canfor President Jim Shepard is doing.He notes even though that loss is more than triple the one his company suffered in the third quarter last year, it is also 213 million dollars less, than what it lost in the fourth quarter of 2008.- Advertisement -Thus Mr. Shepard says the worst of the recession-related lumber downturn appears to be over but he adds, despite improved pulp sales the industry is still being pulled down by the stagnant U-S housing market and the company is still in survival mode.One positive note in his statement was confirmation that Canfor is focusing attention on markets in China and Southeast Asia, in the absence of U.S. demand.That is turn has been sited as the key reason behind Canfor’s plans to reopen its Chetwynd sawmill this spring, in the wake of a two year shutdown.Advertisementlast_img read more