Keeping adults in the game

first_imgThe benefits of staying active as we age are striking. In addition to keeping the body strong, regular exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease, blood pressure, stroke, and some cancers, experts say. It can even improve cognitive function.But if keeping the body moving is so good for us, why do so many adults who played sports when they were young stop doing so? The reasons, according to a new study, include a lack of time, interest, or access, in addition to health issues. The study also found a clear gender and income gap.A panel of experts gathered at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) on Thursday to discuss the findings and explore ways to keep adults in the game.The new poll, conducted by National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard Chan School, interviewed 2,506 adults over the age of 18. It found that the majority of those who had played sports when they were younger no longer did, with a significant drop-off coming after age 26. (The poll did find that about half of those surveyed said they exercised regularly, including by walking or weightlifting.)Graphic by Georgia BellasThe study revealed that while 40 percent of 18- to 21-year-olds, and 41 percent of 22- to 25-year-olds, play sports, only 26 percent of 26- to 49-year-olds do so, and just 20 percent of adults 50 and over.Somewhat surprisingly, their own lack of participation did little to quell parents’ enthusiasm for their children’s engagement with sports. In the poll, 89 percent of parents with a middle or high school-aged child said their child benefitted greatly from playing sports, which improves mental and physical health, discipline, dedication, and social skills.“The poll sums up the question: Is there some way to bridge a gap between the enthusiasm of the power of [sports] for health and other reasons for children, [and getting adults] to carry on after age 26?” said Robert Blendon, the Richard L. Menschel Professor at HSPH and a lead author on the report.Blendon said about half of the adults surveyed indicated they no longer play sports because of a health problem, a lack of interest, or inconvenience. “So we’ve switched from all the advantages [for] kids,” said Blendon, “to all the disadvantages for me.”,For panelist Caitlin Cahow ’08, a former member of the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team and a member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, one way forward is to help young people understand that lessons learned on the field or in the ice rink can offer “tools and skills necessary to succeed in life” beyond the pitch or hockey arena. Encouraging children to embrace a healthy lifestyle, one that includes sports participation and good nutrition as a norm, sets the stage for them to pursue those practices later in life, she said.“I believe that I truly benefitted from the physical, social, and emotional self-confidence that you get through playing sports,” she said, “and personally I’ve found that to be an incredible advantage as I’ve moved on to face other challenges in my life beyond sports.”Three factors help explain the report’s findings that men are more than twice as likely as women to say they play sports, according to Elizabeth Matzkin, surgical director of women’s musculoskeletal health and an orthopedic surgeon at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital: many older women didn’t have the same access to the range of sports that girls do today; women tend to “put themselves at the bottom of the list” behind the needs of their jobs, their spouses, and their children; and the rising number of overuse injuries in younger and younger children.“About 3.5 million youths are presented to a physician or an emergency department due to a sports-related injury per year. … Even though we are very good at getting people back to playing, those injuries can lead to problems down the road,” said Matzkin.Graphic by Georgia BellasShe cited tears of the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, an injury that is eight times more common in female athletes. A 13-year-old who suffers such a tear, said Matzkin, will likely have arthritis in that knee by the time she hits her 30s.Educating parents and coaches about the dangers of having a child specialize too early in one sport year-round is an important part of curbing overuse injuries, said Matzkin, and hopefully will lead to women playing sports longer.“Youth bodies are not meant to specialize at a young age.”Access to free and safe sports teams and facilities is also important in getting and keeping people of every age involved in sports, said Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, soccer’s charitable arm in this country.Foster-Simeon argued that one reason for the income disparity reported in the poll — which found that lower-wage earners were less than half as likely to play sports than adults with higher incomes — is the lack of free programs and safe places to play in many low-income communities.Millions of children, he added, “don’t have the opportunity to play.”He urged the adoption of initiatives like his foundation’s Soccer for Success, a free after-school program in which coaches use small-sided soccer games to help promote healthy lifestyles.“Coaches are among the most influential people whom children encounter,” he said, and “leveraging that engagement is an opportunity. It’s more than just fun and games.”last_img read more

So how bad is coronavirus in U.S.? We don’t know yet

first_imgThis is part of our Coronavirus Update series, in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.The good news about epidemics is that they all eventually end, Harvard Chan School immunologist Barry Bloom said Monday evening. The bad news is, you have to move fast to contain them.“The world will not come to an end, but … speed is of the essence and in all the major epidemics I’m aware of in modern times, nobody acted quickly enough,” said Bloom, the Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Research Professor of Public Health and former Chan School dean.Bloom’s warning came amid a growing national outcry about the slow pace of testing for the new coronavirus. Harvard Chan School epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch said at an event earlier in the day that U.S. national testing has been “orders of magnitude lower” than that of a single Chinese province and is likely masking the true extent of the epidemic here, including the possibility — if undetected mild cases are widespread — that the virus is less deadly than now thought.U.S. cases have been rising rapidly in recent days. Several cases with no connection to international travel have raised concerns that the virus has been spreading for weeks in some communities. The official U.S. count on Tuesday stood at 108 cases in 12 states and six deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An additional three deaths were reported Tuesday afternoon by the Washington state Department of Health, bringing the overall total in the nation to nine. New cases have been detected in several states, including Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and New York.Globally, the World Health Organization is reporting 90, 870 confirmed cases, with 3,112 deaths.Bloom and Lipsitch spoke at a Monday evening panel discussion on COVID-19, the illness caused by the new virus, sponsored by the Harvard Chan School’s China Health Partnership and moderated by the partnership’s head, Winnie Yip, professor of the practice of international health policy and economics. It was the second discussion at the School on the topic Monday — experts, including Lipsitch had gathered at the Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for a lunchtime webcast discussion of COVID-19’s spread.,Separately, almost 80 biomedical researchers from around the Boston area gathered at Harvard Medical School to meet Chinese collaborators via video conference and discuss research priorities for the newly-announced partnership with the Guangzhou Institute for Respiratory Health. The $115 million, five-year effort seeks to pair the Boston region’s biomedical expertise with the knowledge and experience of Chinese biomedical researchers. Participants worked to set research priorities including the virus’ epidemiology, pathology, diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines, and best practices in managing the illness.At the afternoon forum event, Lipsitch said a key next step in the U.S. is expanding testing for the contagion. That will help to understand the true extent of the virus’ spread and its true nature. He compared the epidemic to an iceberg, with the most severe cases — those who have died or sought medical care or been tested — at the iceberg’s tip. Scientists now need to better understand the unseen, underwater portion — a potentially large number of mild and moderate cases, though with some severe ones and deaths attributed to other causes as well — to better grasp both how easily it spreads and how deadly it is.The U.S. government has announced a dramatic expansion of testing, but Lipsitch said it would likely take weeks to put in place.“[The pace of testing’s] still low, and it will take weeks until we have anything like adequate testing capacity,” said Lipsitch, professor epidemiology and head of the School’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics.,If the unseen reservoir of those infected by the virus who’ve recovered on their own is larger than expected, it could reshape scientists’ understanding of the disease as one less deadly than the currently estimated 2 percent death rate. Chinese researchers, Lipsitch said, are now conducting serological studies — searching for antibodies to the virus in blood samples of the general population — to answer that question.With a vaccine against the contagion likely over a year away, basic public health and social-distancing strategies — washing hands regularly, staying home from work when sick, closing schools, reducing travel to and from stricken areas — can work, as evidenced by the steady decline in cases in China, which reported just 125 new cases on Tuesday morning. Bloom said evidence also exists that such steps were effective during the 1918 flu pandemic, which killed tens of millions around the world.Data from that pandemic, however, also shows the tricky decision to be made in scaling back those interventions in order to restart the economy, get kids back to school and people to work, he said. Do it too soon, he said, and the epidemic can resurge.“There’s a big decision in China and Hong Kong, and it will be a big decision in the U.S., and it’s to what extent do you put in social interventions and, more complicated, is when do you take them back?” Bloom said.The goal of such steps, Lipsitch said, is to flatten the infection curve, which lowers numbers at the epidemic’s peak and spreads them out over a longer time. Eventually, enough people will have been infected that rising immunity in the population slows the epidemic. When successful, fewer people are infected overall, but also significant is that fewer are infected at once, making it easier for health facilities to keep up. More are infected later in the epidemic’s course, when experience and new tools likely makes treatment more successful.“If you have a choice of getting infected today or six months from now, you’d want to wait,” Lipsitch said. Attempts to contain cases in China have proved ineffective A big coronavirus mystery: What about the children? Related Chan School’s Lipsitch says that and other key questions remain over China’s status, how bad the outbreak eventually will be in the U.S. and elsewhere, and most effective countermeasures Groups will share $115M to search for better diagnosis, treatment; Medical School to serve as U.S. research hub Health officials expect coronavirus to spread worldwide The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Scientists from Harvard, China to unite against coronaviruslast_img read more

Cyprus Orthodox Church to restore historic homes amid outcry

first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The head of Cyprus’ Orthodox Church has pledged to rebuild a row of historic homes that were partially demolished next to an under-construction cathedral amid a public outcry over what government officials described as an “unlawful” action. The office of Archbishop Chrysostomos II told The Associated Press on Wednesday that that the archbishop dispatched a letter to Nicosia municipal authorities promising to restore the church-owned homes to their original state. But both the Cyprus Interior Ministry and Nicosia Municipal authorities said the owner was obligated by law to restore the early 20th-century homes to their former glory.last_img read more

Class of 2010 facing hard decisions

first_imgIn light of the struggling economy, seniors are facing choices for their future as graduation nears.Kevin Monahan, associate director of the Career Center, said the job market is improving.“A number of students and employers have reported job acceptances for the class of 2010.The job market continues to be challenging, but not impossible,” Monahan said.Monahan said job opportunities are still available.“We currently are running a virtual fair through the Go IRISH system and there are close to 200 jobs and internships associated with the fair,” Monahan said. “There are museum, film, finance, marketing, nonprofit, engineering and government jobs and internships associated with the fair.”When it comes to choosing graduate school or the workforce, Monahan said future career goals should be the driving force behind a student’s decision.“The Career Center would encourage any senior who is still in the midst of a career search to schedule an appointment to come into the office, learn about available resources and create a game plan for success,” Monahan said.Another career option for graduating seniors include graduate school. According to the Pew Research Center, the “millennial” generation is the most educated generation in American history. The education boom accelerated with increased college and community college enrollment because of the lack of jobs.Among 18- to 24-year-olds, 39.6 percent were enrolled in college as of 2008, according to Pew.“Graduate school attendance seems to be increasing,” said Nyrée McDonald, associate dean for Recruitment and Admissions to the Notre Dame Graduate School. “The Notre Dame applicant pool grew by 17 percent for the Fall 2010 admissions season.”McDonald said she encourages students to talk to faculty members because they are the best resource to learn how to apply to their fields and graduate schools.“I talked with a small group of Notre Dame undergraduates about graduate school. My advice is to have research experience before you apply to graduate school,” McDonald said. “Take each component of the application seriously and write to your audience, they are tenure track faculty members who love what they do. You need to convince them that you love it too.”According to McDonald, 116 Notre Dame undergraduate students applied to the Graduate School for Fall 2010.Dan Lindley, an associate professor with the Department of Political Science and the director for the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), said fellowships can help pay for post-graduate degrees, but also for research, teaching and other purposes.“Recently we have won some top fellowships for the very first time for Notre Dame,” Lindley said. “We haven’t had a Rhodes [scholar] in a while. Our Fulbright win rate is above the national average.”Lindley said the Gates and Churchill fellowships were won within the past few years for the first time in Notre Dame history.“What I hear from my colleagues at other universities is the national trend [for fellowships] is going up,” Roberta Jordan, assistant director for National Fellowships at CUSE, said.Jordan said Notre Dame’s statistics are staying consistent, though.“Many of the [fellowship] programs are cutting back the number of slots,” Jordan said. “With the number of applications up and the lower number of awards available, there’s an increase in competition.”last_img read more

Student Diversity Board’s speaker series kicks off with mental health awareness discussion

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB) held its first installment of its annual speaker series Thursday with guest speakers senior Brianna Kinyanjui and alumna Hannah Simpson. Their interview about mental health and stigmas was pre-recorded and presented in Stapleton Lounge.Kinyanjui said discussion is key in reducing stereotypes about student mental health.“This event highlights the ways in which mental health really impacts us all,” she said. “As college students, most of us are already on a pretty rigorous schedule. When you add in clubs, athletics, jobs and social life on top of that, it’s pretty easy to assume that many students may struggle to balance everything all the time. It’s important to realize that everyone has their own mental health journey, and no one’s is better than anyone else’s. I think we really made sure to emphasize that with our talk.”Simpson said the talk focused on inclusivity of all experiences. “[The interview addressed] important topics from different angles,” she said. “Sometimes we tend to shy away from the hard topics such as mental health in the BIPOC communities, but it is important we have these conversations to uplift and validate others and start working towards raising awareness in these communities.”Both Belles discussed their experience with mental health during their time at Saint Mary’s and shared examples of resources students can utilize to get the support they need. Kinyanjui created a club called Active Minds with the express purpose of providing students with support for mental health problems. She and Simpson also discussed the new telehealth resource SMC Care. While neither have personally experienced the service, they promoted it by acknowledging how it has helped their friends. SMC Care was created as an additional resource to counselors at the Health and Counseling Center because the demand for counselors is very high and students who need help aren’t always able to get an appointment, Kinyanjui said.Simpson said that even when counselors are unavailable, it is always important to reach out to someone and not internalize suffering. Simpson added that other resources, such as professors, friends and administration are good to take advantage of during students’ time at the College. She referenced individuals such as Student Success program director Diane Fox, dean of student academic services Karen Chambers and her own professors as important people who helped her structure her classes and assignments in a manageable way so she could focus on her mental health and not get behind or overwhelmed.Simpson also gave self-care tips regarding social media usage.“Take time for yourself,” she said. “Take a break from social media unapologetically. You don’t owe anyone an explanation. You deserve a couple moments to yourself.” Kinyanjui suggested using personal apps such as Head Space to keep track of mental health and learn to understand why some days are worse than others, which is useful in later learning how to avoid things that may unnecessarily make life harder. “I hope students understand that it’s important to be kind to yourself, especially during this time where everyone is probably very burnt out and we’ve still got some weeks to go,” Kinyanjui said. “Give yourself grace, and reach out to others when you’re not feeling the greatest. Also, stop telling yourself that others have it worse or harder than you; everyone’s journey is different, and all of them are valid.”Event attendee and senior Fran Monsisvais said she feels SBD’s speaker series is important because it educates students on how issues impact those with a variety of backgrounds.“Not everyone comes from the same background nor do people understand that,” she said. “It’s problematic to assume everyone starts at the same point and everyone is going to have the same ‘college experience.’ We’re in a day and age where diversity and inclusion are just the beginning. It’s no longer about adding minorities into the mix, but now we’re educated and being educated on why it’s the right thing to do.”Tags: mental health awareness, speaker series, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more

On Compliance: Should your credit union be a plaintiff in a data breach class action suit?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As data breaches increase in frequency, the much-publicized warning from data-privacy experts worldwide is becoming more true every day: It’s not a matter of if your data will be breached but when. Any entity that has experienced a data breach can tell you that dealing with the fallout can be incredibly costly. Indeed, a data breach can be costly even when it’s someone else’s data that has been breached.When a large merchant, restaurant operator, or processor sustains a data breach and customers’ card data is stolen, it’s not just the compromised entity that can suffer financially. The financial institutions that issued the cards face economic losses too. Card issuers often incur costs for reimbursement to customers, remediation and associated expenses. These costs can be significant.In the last few years, a number of credit unions and community banks have found themselves on the plaintiffs’ side of class-action data-breach litigation over the costs resulting from other parties’ data breaches. Several of these cases have resulted in large settlements. In 2015, Target Corp. agreed to pay almost $40 million to a class of banks and credit unions that sued over a 2013 data breach that affected at least 70 million consumers. In 2017, Home Depot agreed to pay $25 million to financial institutions that incurred costs as a result of a 2014 data breach that affected 56 million credit and debit card numbers. And, in February of this year, Wendy’s announced a $50 million settlement with financial institutions over a 2015-2016 data breach that affected 18 million cards. continue reading »last_img read more

Palestinian Authority recalls its envoy to UAE: official

first_imgThe Palestinian Authority on Thursday announced the “immediate” recall of its ambassador to the United Arab Emirates in protest over the country’s deal to normalize ties with Israel. “At the request of President Mahmud Abbas, the Palestinian foreign ministry has decided to immediately recall its ambassador to the United Arab Emirates,” Palestinian foreign minister Riyad Al-Maliki said it a statement sent to AFP. The Israel-UAE deal was also rejected by Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza strip and is a rival of Abbas’s Fatah party.  Topics : But Abbas and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh spoke following the deal’s announcements, despite tensions between the two camps, a Hamas source told AFP. “All Palestinian factions are united to reject normalization [with Israel],” the source said.  last_img read more

Not considering ESG could mean failing fiduciary duty: Compenswiss

first_imgInvestors that do not consider environmental, social or corporate governance (ESG) risks in their portfolios risk breaching their fiduciary duty to members, according to the investment chief of one of Switzerland’s biggest asset owners.At the Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) conference in Berne on Tuesday, Frank Juliano, head of asset management at the CHF37.6bn (€32.7bn) Swiss buffer fund Compenswiss, said investors should “at least take it into consideration” even if ESG investments did not make it into portfolios.Authorities in Switzerland – in line with peers in the European Union – are considering making it mandatory for institutional investors to include ESG as part of their fiduciary duty.“We are managing assets for all Swiss people and we have to make sure our decisions are in their best interest,” Juliano said. “The outcome of an ESG assessment may be that it is not suitable for the portfolio, but without such an assessment you face possible drawdowns for insured people.”He emphasised, however, that there was “no one-size-fits-all approach”.Compenswiss runs the assets for the Swiss first pillar provider AHV/AVS, as well as for funds backing state healthcare and military service payments.Elsewhere at the SSF conference, delegates agreed that the issue of climate change should not be considered in isolation from other ESG factors.Remy Briand, head of ESG and real estate at MSCI, told delegates: “There is globally a lot more focus and interest in ESG and especially climate segment but how that questioning translates into strategies and targets to reduce risk still remains relatively coarse.”However, he said there had been “quite a bit of improvement”.Briand called on investors to be more informed in their decision to include, for example, low-carbon indices in their investment strategies.“A first step for investors should be to measure risk in their portfolio to see whether it is less or more exposed to carbon than the benchmark,” he said. “That is not something most institutions are doing right now.”Conference organiser the SSF Association was founded four years ago to promote ESG topics in Switzerland.last_img read more

Press, Lloyd on target as USA sink England in SheBelieves Cup

first_img And the game was settled soon after in emphatic fashion. Lindsey Horan clipped a great ball into the area and the 37-year-old Lloyd needed no invitation to smash home from close range. “It was a good game,” Lloyd said. “Yes we wanted to score earlier but overall there was some good stuff from us. We are setting standards. “I am proud of the team, we fought hard and got the job done. Now we need to get ready for the next one. As always our next goal is to be better than our next opponents. If we do that there will be no stopping us.” – ‘best in the world’ – “There was a three minute period where they showed why they are the best in the world,” conceded England manager Neville. “The goals came at a bad time and then we became ragged and lost composure. Superbly taken second-half strikes from Christen Press and Carli Lloyd fired the United States to a 2-0 win over England as the reigning world champions began the SheBelieves Cup in style on Thursday. USA midfielder Julie Ertz blocks a pass during her team’s 2-0 defeat of England in the SheBelieves Cup friendly tournament Press and Lloyd struck within three minutes of each other just after half-time to complete a routine win over England, winners of the four-nation round-robin tournament last year. The USA’s victory was all the more impressive for the fact that coach Vlatko Andonovski could afford to leave star forward Megan Rapinoe on the bench until she was introduced on 62 minutes. England enjoyed some encouraging moments yet defended very poorly and failed to display the kind of killer touch their visitors produced to leave manager Phil Neville with much to ponder ahead of Sunday’s game with Japan in New Jersey. The USA came into the clash on the back of an unbeaten 28-game run and faced an England side still hurting from their World Cup semi-final defeat against the Americans eight months ago in Lyon. Neville’s side have been less than impressive recently, winning just two of their last seven matches coming into the meeting at Exploria Stadium although their opening display on Thursday did little to build confidence. “The second half was better from us, we should have put some more away but this was a good start,” said US midfielder Julie Ertz. “I always enjoy playing England but for us, it’s all about getting better and stronger as we get through this tournament and build up towards the Olympics.” In front of a healthy crowd of 16,531, US midfielder Rose Lavelle created the first clearcut opening, an excellent drive from 20 yards well saved by Carly Telford before England almost took the lead on 25 minutes. A Georgia Stanway corner was flicked on by the lively Manchester City winger Lauren Hemp but midfielder Jill Scott was unable to nudge the ball over the line. Ertz’s powerful header four minutes after the restart flashed just over the bar yet it was Press who opened the scoring on 53 minutes with a beautifully struck, curling effort which left Telford with no chance. Read Also: EPL: Mane expects Liverpool to end unexpected slump “We need belief to win these kinds of games, when you’re playing the best in the world in front of a good crowd with tension. “We just need to keep moving forward. This tournament is brutal, now we have to show some resilience.” In the opening match, Spain sprung a surprise by beating Japan 3-1 and will hope to take that form into their game with the United States at Red Bull Arena on Sunday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsAwesome Caricatures Of 23 Marvel HeroesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holeslast_img read more