‘Green’ buildings boosting health of low-income residents

first_imgResidents of low-income housing appear to get a boost in health from living in “green” buildings that are built with eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient features, according to a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study.The researchers, led by Meryl Colton of HSPH’s Department of Environmental Health in collaboration with the Boston Housing Authority (BHA), surveyed the health of people living in public housing units before and after they moved from conventional apartments into “green” ones. The researchers also did environmental sampling and home inspections. They found that improved ventilation and pest management systems in the green apartments appeared to boost indoor air quality and also lessened “sick building syndrome” symptoms such as headaches and itchy or burning eyes.The study was published online June 18, 2014 in the Environmental Science & Technology journal. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Business owners explore employee, community wellness

first_imgWhen Lindsey Gaudet and her husband Ed Thill decided to open a gourmet bagel shop in Medford, they recognized that taking care of their employees’ mental and physical well-being would be just as important to their company’s success as the variety of choices on their menu.This prompted Gaudet to take part in a free series, Improving Your Business Through a Culture of Health, offered at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston.The three-part series, which focused on employee health, wellness, and community health, was based on content from HarvardX MOOC  (massive open online course) through a collaboration with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Business School. Both the MOOC and the Ed Portal series explain Culture of Health, a movement that maximizes good health and well-being of employees, consumers, community, and environment, ultimately contributing to a healthier population and economy.Harvard Chan School alumni and master of public health candidates translated the MOOC content into a more personalized, face-to-face workshop format for the Ed Portal series that fostered the sharing of ideas among participants. The series curriculum looked at how to recognize workplace hazards and implement safety programs that meet OSHA guidelines; explored the concept of employees’ mental, emotional and physical wellness both in the workplace and beyond; and defined consumer health and community health from a business owner’s perspective.For Gaudet, the information she gained has helped to transform her approach to setting up her workplace in a more meaningful way.“I went in [to the Ed Portal program] thinking I wanted to try and find a way to eventually provide affordable health insurance and maybe some yoga discounts to my staff. But the course got me thinking about so many other areas — smoking cessation, equipment and layout set-up, nutrition, posture, and the importance of quiet breaks,” Gaudet revealed. “For instance, I’m adding a wellness section to our employee handbook to be expanded over time.”Another workshop attendee, Susan Lindsay Mello, is a nurse who is certified in lifestyle medicine and works as an independent contractor with stroke survivors and caregivers through Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Having a chance to brainstorm with others provided Mello with a constructive forum in which to explore creative ways to put wellness to work.“I attended the workshops hoping to learn new strategies for outreach and implementation to help expand our existing program with satellite groups in communities beyond Charlestown,” she said.One of the takeaways Mello gained is that “it’s vital to provide easily accessible resources and programs within a community because transportation can pose a barrier to services, particularly for patients with mobility challenges,” she said. “The discussion helped me to widen the lens of how I approach finding partners to collaborate with in the community to improve the delivery of health care services.”last_img read more

Transfer: Tuchel Leaves Borussia Dortmund

first_imgRelations between Tuchel and chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke have been strained since Dortmund’s team bus was damaged by an explosion on April 11.In a statement, Dortmund said Tuchel’s departure was “in no way” related to a “disagreement between two people.”The announcement came after talks between Tuchel and Watzke yesterday.Tuchel claims neither he nor his players were consulted about whether they should play the Champions League quarter-final home tie against Monaco less than 24 hours after three explosions in the area of the team bus.Watzke denied that was the case and said the claim had annoyed him.On an official Twitter accounted created on Tuesday, Tuchel said: “I am grateful for two exciting, beautiful and eventful years. It’s a pity to not go on.“Thank you to the fans, the team, the staff and to all who have supported us.”Arsenal denied they had approached Dortmund about appointing Tuchel as a replacement for manager Arsene Wenger in March.Former Borussia Monchengladbach boss Lucien Favre, 59, has been linked with Dortmund after steering Nice to a third-placed finish in Ligue 1.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manager Thomas Tuchel has left Borussia Dortmund after two years in charge, the Bundesliga club has said.The 43-year-old took over following Jurgen Klopp’s departure in 2015.Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt to win the German Cup on Saturday and finished third in the Bundesliga to qualify for the Champions League.last_img read more

Mark Hughes sacked as Stoke manager after Cup exit

first_img“The fact we’ve gone out, even if it’s a little bit raw at the moment, might help us,” he said.“Has it changed anything (his future) markedly from this afternoon? Is it any different from the situation after the Newcastle game? I don’t think it is. It just highlights we need to do better.“But in the long term, certainly until the end of the season, it might be a blessing for us.”But Stoke’s hierarchy have decided they must act to avoid the club plunging into the Championship.Hughes looked to be on borrowed time when he rested all his established players for a 5-0 defeat at Chelsea in a bid to keep them fresh for a match against Newcastle.However, Stoke lost to Newcastle, despite Hughes restoring the key players to his starting line-up, in a damaging result that triggered an avalanche of criticism for the former Manchester United striker.Hughes, who was appointed as the replacement for Tony Pulis in 2013, leaves with Stoke in the bottom three on goal difference after winning only one of their last seven league games. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Mark Hughes was sacked as Stoke manager just hours after his struggling side’s shock FA Cup third round defeat at minnows Coventry on Saturday.Hughes was already on the brink of being dismissed prior to the 2-1 loss at fourth-tier Coventry following a miserable run that left the team languishing in the Premier League relegation zone.The limp nature of Stoke’s FA Cup exit proved the final straw as Hughes was axed three hours after the final whistle at the Ricoh Arena.“Stoke City can confirm that the contract of manager Mark Hughes has been terminated with immediate effect,” a statement on the club’s Twitter account read.“We would like to thank Mark for all he has achieved for the club over the last four and a half years, notably in guiding us to three successive ninth places finishes in the Premier League, and we wish him every success for the future.“The club will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible and will be making no further comment at this time.”Hughes’ 200th game in charge of Stoke proved to be his last after Jack Grimmer’s second half strike gave Coventry the biggest upset of the third round so far.Charlie Adam had equalised with a 54th-minute penalty after Jordan Willis opened the scoring for Coventry.Speaking immediately after the match, former Manchester City manager Hughes was hopeful he would be given more time to lift Stoke out of the relegation zone. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Mbappe tells AFP: Ronaldo, Messi still best but won’t win Ballon d’Or

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Kylian MbappeParis, France | AFP | Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe told AFP on Thursday that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi remain football’s greatest players but that his own World Cup heroics could help crown him the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner.Mbappe, 19, inspired France to World Cup victory in Russia with four goals.One of those came in the 4-2 final victory over Croatia as he became just the second teenager after Pele in 1958 to score in the championship match.He was also voted Young Player of the tournament and has since become Ligue 1’s leading scorer with 11 goals as Paris Saint-Germain run away with the French title.Messi and Ronaldo have won the last 10 Ballon d’Or awards and Mbappe believes that they are still the sport’s top A-listers.“Nobody is doing better at the moment and we can’t say it’s the end of their era because it will only end when somebody else does better than them,” Mbappe told AFP.However, the young striker added: “I don’t think one of them will win the Ballon d’Or this year because it was a World Cup year, and the World Cup takes precedence.”While Mbappe thrived at the World Cup, Messi’s Argentina and Ronaldo’s Portugal bowed out in the last 16.“But if you take the player in the purest form, there’s nobody better yet. This year they were again the best two,” added Mbappe.“Messi finished the best goalscorer in Europe; Ronaldo was the top scorer in the Champions League.”Mbappe was speaking to AFP on Thursday at an event organised by watchmakers Hublot, one of his leading sponsors.The last French player to win the coveted Ballon d’Or was Zinedine Zidane after the national team’s 1998 World Cup victory.“Frankly, I hope so (win the Ballon d’Or). We achieved something big. It would not be unjust because that is a strong word, but it would be a shame if a Frenchman does not win it.“We made history and it would be nice to be rewarded.” Croatia’s Luka Modric, voted Best Player of the World Cup, remains favourite for the Ballon d’Or.However, Modric is 14 years Mbappe’s senior so the young Frenchman has time on his side.He will also have time and opportunity to complete his journey from the tough streets of the down-at-heel Paris suburb of Bondy to a life of super-riches.– ‘Play to win’ –Mbappe, who will turn 20 just before Christmas, signed for PSG from Monaco for 180 million euros in 2017 in the second most expensive transfer of all time — behind PSG teammate Neymar who cost the French champions 222 million euros.Off the field, he seems destined to match Ronaldo in the commercial stakes.Will his initials “KM” match the brand power of Ronaldo’s “CR7”?“I don’t know because CR7 is something big, he has managed to build his brand and become international,” said Mbappe.“Mine is not at this stage yet, I’m changing little by little.”That development into the public consciousness saw him dominate the front page of Time magazine in October with the American publisher breathlessly showcasing the teenage as “the future of football”.Mbappe said that he will not be satisfied with winning just one World Cup.When asked what he wants to win next, he said: “All the World Cups that I can play.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Roll Call Memorial, Remembering Fallen U.S. Service Members Resumes May 24th

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0 The 2012 Readers Project:  Honoring the FallenThe Evergreen State College invites the public to its Memorial Day commemoration in honor of the U.S. military men and women of all races, faiths and nationalities who have died while serving in the Global War on Terror.   The Readers Project: Honoring the Fallen will take place on the College’s Red Square, Thursday, May 24th at Noon.  It will include recognition of each service member who perished in the past 12 months.  An exhibit of the names of all the U.S. military fatalities since the start of the war will be on display in the Library lobby from May 22 through June 15.  The college will be closed May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.The 2012 Readers Project: Honoring the Fallen resumes the roll call memorial of the military dead that took place at the College one year ago.  At that time, members of the community recited the names of all 6,058 U.S. service members who had at that point been identified by the Department of Defense as fatalities in the various campaigns of the Global War on Terror.   Reflecting on the 2011 memorial, Evergreen faculty member Sylvie McGee remarked, “I want to remember that the moment before, these young people were full of life – loving their families, grooving to their tunes, sending emails to their girlfriends/boyfriends, and I hope believing that they would be home soon.  We have to grieve, but also to celebrate the lives our fallen warriors had and lived with vigor. “******On May 24, community members will recite the names of the approximately 400 servicemen and women who have been killed since May 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012. Readers will include Evergreen students, staff, and faculty, veterans, and representatives from Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Naval Base Kitsap.********The memorial is an opportunity for the community to recognize the fallen service members and contemplate the profound sacrifices that military families and communities throughout the nation are continuing to make.The observance is being organized by The Veterans of Evergreen Transition and Success Team (VETS), an advisory group comprised of Evergreen staff, faculty and students.Musical accompaniment will include Jeff Parkhurst, snare drummer for the Artesian Rumble Arkestra and the Squaxin Island Drummers and Singers as an opening introduction.   Closing music will be performed by the Artesian Rumble Arkestra, Olympia’s own community street band, and Rona Yellowrobe Walsh, who will perform a combination of a Native American honor song and Taps on wooden flute to mark the conclusion of the reading.For more information related to veterans at The Evergreen State College, please visit: Veteran Information at Evergreenlast_img read more