According to a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, putting all of one’s eggs in either the exercise basket or the nutrition basket cannot protect you from chronic diseases. An effective longevity routine needs to include a balance of both.
An international team of researchers sourced data from 350,000 individuals from the U.K. Biobank, a massive database of health information on British citizens, which medical professionals rely on for these sorts of sweeping analyses. They began the study a decade ago, when the median age was 57, and the participants were all free from “cardiovascular disease, cancer or chronic pain.”
The researchers set rubrics for diet quality and level of activity. For instance, as The New York Times pointed out, the best diets included “over four cups of fruit and vegetables per day, two or more servings of fish per week, less than two servings of processed meats per week and no more than five servings of red meat per week.” Meanwhile, the best exercisers regularly walked, biked and engaged in “vigorous exercise” for more than 10 minutes at a time. Breaking a sweat for just 10 to 75 minutes a week was associated with “lower risk of cardiovascular disease mortality.” That’s one short session a day.
Far and away, the lowest mortality risk came at the center of the Venn diagram: those who sourced high-quality diets alongside consistent movement were likelier to live longer, healthier lives. Their data was especially robust in the realm of cardiovascular health, which is no small achievement. Across the globe, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is easily the leading cause of death.
This might all sound really obvious. We all know that working out and eating right is a great idea. Why do we need expensive, international studies to remind us of something we learned in elementary school health class?
In practice, though, it’s difficult to observe both equally. There are a fair share of people who eat nutritiously, yet don’t observe a consistent fitness regimen (which hamstrings one’s heart health, limits endurance and has an array of unwanted side effects, like poor bone density). On the flip side, there are many amateur and professional athletes who view their concentration as license to eat whatever they want.
Marathon trainees go crazy on Seamless after a long run, weightlifters commit to “dirty bulking” as they try to up their bench press. This reductionist thinking assumes that health is simply a game of calories in and calories out — and goes further to imagine that if you’ve worked really hard on the roads or in the gym, you’ve “earned” a piece of cake.
From a mental health standpoint, yes, it’s important to treat yourself. But from a longevity perspective, it’s important to remember that the body treats unhealthy food choices all the same. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to outrun or out-lift a steady slate of meals high in sugar, salt and fat. It can come as a shock — to the patient and all their friends — when a high-performing athlete develops a chronic disease. But if that athlete wasn’t favoring a non-processed, whole-food, largely plant-based diet, CVDs are very much in play.
The good news? You don’t have to listen to fitness influencers on Instagram. Your workouts don’t have to be so difficult, and your body doesn’t have to look a certain way. Instead of training like a triathlete, favor simple adjustments to your daily routine that the body absolutely counts as exercise. Walk everywhere; take the stairs where possible; make sure you really sweat a few days a week. If you pair a lifetime of movement with a clean diet, your lifetime’s going to stick around a while.
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Washington, June 29, 2022 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved a US$500 million loan to bolster Egypt’s efforts to ensure that poor and vulnerable households have uninterrupted access to bread, to strengthen Egypt’s resilience to food crises and to support reforms in food security policies, including to improve nutritional outcomes.
The Emergency Food Security and Resilience Support Project will help cushion the impact of the war in Ukraine on food and nutrition security in Egypt. The Russian Federation and Ukraine are the world’s largest wheat exporters, and the war has driven up prices and created nutritional shortfalls, particularly for people who rely on bread for their daily nutritional needs. Bread is a staple in Egypt and this new project links wheat imports to direct assistance to the poor and vulnerable population through Egypt’s Bread Subsidy Program.
“This project supports the government’s strong commitment to ensuring that the needs of citizens continue to be met even amid a very challenging global context caused by concomitant crises such as COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine,” said Dr. Rania Al-Mashat,Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation. “In addition to ensuring sustained food security, this project supports national climate efforts by increasing agricultural resilience.”
The project will finance the public procurement of imported wheat, equivalent to one month of supply for the Bread Subsidy Program which supports around 70 million low-income Egyptians, including approximately 31 million people under the national poverty line. The project will also support national efforts to reduce waste and loss in the wheat supply chain through the upgrade and expansion of climate-resilient wheat silos, sustainably improve domestic cereal production, and strengthen Egypt’s preparedness and resilience to future shocks.
The new financing supports Egypt by mobilizing immediate short-term relief to address supply and price shocks while simultaneously bolstering Egypt’s longer term food security strategy and improved nutrition for the poor and vulnerable. A significant number of households in Egypt reduced their food consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic, which could have a lasting impact on nutrition and the cognitive development of young children. An improved nutrition strategy, including through balanced diets, is a key element of this project.
“This emergency operation comes at a very critical juncture when the food security of many countries is threatened by the war in Ukraine,” said Marina Wes, World Bank Country Director for Egypt Yemen and Djibouti. “It is part of broader World Bank efforts to support Egypt’s green, inclusive and resilient recovery. As always we are keen to continuously support Egypt in overcoming obstacles to its ambitious sustainable development plans and to further enable the country to pave the way for a prosperous and productive future for all its citizens.”
The project incorporates climate change efforts through a variety of interventions, including via investments to modernize wheat silos to significantly reduce wheat waste and loss, as well as introducing farmer extension and training programs that promote climate-smart agricultural practices.
On May 18, the World Bank announced actions it plans to take as part of a comprehensive, global response to the ongoing food security crisis, with up to $30 billion in existing and new projects in areas such as agriculture, nutrition, social protection, water and irrigation. This financing will include efforts to encourage food and fertilizer production, enhance food systems, facilitate more trade, and support vulnerable households and producers.
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By Gina Cousineau
As a nutrition expert and trained chef, you might think I am outside of my scope of practice when I tell you my goal is to save my clients’ lives, not only one plate at a time, but also through teaching them how to advocate for their health.
Unfortunately, as I have written about previously, our health care system doesn’t have the checks and balances necessary to prevent your needs from falling through the cracks. This, paired with an individual’s desire to wish away their ailments, really sets us up for increased disability and shortened lifespans.
Trained in integrative and functional nutrition, I consider myself an interventional health care practitioner, who works in conjunction with your medical providers to help you champion for your own well-being.
All prospective clients tell me they know what to do; they just don’t do it. And while I understand change is painfully difficult, if you were offered baby steps to move toward improving your health and longevity, would you consider it?
I believe your answer would be a resounding “yes.”
I always start with the question to prospective clients of “what is your goal?” If weight loss is your end-all, then feed the multibillion-dollar diet industry and choose one. Fact is, and you already know this from personal experience, you will lose the weight (or at least some of it), but you will not be able to keep it off.
So, instead, let’s consider changing that goal to “health gain” and allow the scale to move in your desired direction as a perk, not a priority. This small shift in your mindset can really help you focus on making more healthful and wholesome changes in the kitchen, as well as with your activities of daily living.
No restrictive and punitive diets, and no killing yourself in the gym; just imagine.
Daily, I shake my head as individuals tell me they believe they can “out-train that bad diet.” They can’t. Your fancy coffee drink takes 10 minutes to consume, and few of you can train hard enough in an hour to balance just those calories.
While the nutrition space of late is pushing mindful and intuitive eating, I personally believe that there is nothing instinctual about your eating as an adult.
Starting next month, I will launch a series of live webinars, recorded for your convenience, focusing on advocating for your health and reducing your risk of lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, colorectal cancers, and more.
While nutrition and fitness will be part of the conversation, preventative care will lead the way.
Because I only have one opportunity a month to influence your well-being, I have decided to offer my loyal readers, along with these webinars, the opportunity to participate in a complimentary 50-minute private session, in-person in my home office in San Clemente or via Zoom.
While I hope to get in as many of you as possible over the next few months, your fully completed application will dictate which of you will be chosen.
Within this application, you are able to share your family health history, as well as your own story, and these details provided prior to our meeting, will allow for a fruitful and comprehensive opportunity for you to help yourself advocate for a long, healthy, independent, joyful life.
Simply go to mamagslifestyle.com and register in the pop-up in the center of the page. Indicate which paper you found us in, as only readers will have this opportunity to meet with Mama G.
Gina Cousineau is a local nutrition expert who specializes in weight loss and helping her clients improve their health. As a trained chef with her BS in Dietetics and MS in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, her goal is to help her clients enjoy every morsel they consume, learning how to move with ease in the kitchen while using their “food as medicine.” Subscribe to her weekly newsletter for complimentary cooking classes, recipes, webinars and more at mamagslifestyle.com, or reach her at [email protected] and 949.842.9975.
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The potential growth difference for the sports nutrition market in Europe between 2021 and 2026 is USD 2.01 billion. To get the exact yearly growth variance and the Y-O-Y growth rate, Download Sample Report.
Key Market Dynamics:
The increasing propensity for fitness as a result of growing awareness of the lifestyle-related condition is one of the major reasons propelling growth in the sports nutrition market in Europe. They are being encouraged to embrace different exercise regimens as a result, and the majority of customers have begun actively partaking in fitness and sporting events. It is now necessary to use energy boosters to improve performance in order to get the desired effects from workout routines.
The growing use of sports nutrition products by athletes, both amateur and professional, is also caused by similar circumstances. Consequently, the market is expanding as a result of the growing engagement in sports and fitness programs. Although factors such as the significant threat from counterfeit products may impede the market growth.Request for Sample Report.
The UK will account for 40% of market growth. The market in this nation will grow more quickly than the markets in Italy, France, and the rest of Europe. Over the projected period, the expansion of the sports nutrition market in Europe and the UK will be aided by an increase in the number of individuals joining fitness centers and a rise in the demand for protein-based goods like sports nutrition products.
The growing competition in the market is compelling vendors to adopt various growth strategies such as promotional activities and spending on advertisements to improve the visibility of their services. Some vendors are also adopting inorganic growth strategies such as M&As to remain competitive in the market.
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Key companies profiled
Abbott Laboratories, Ajinomoto Co. Inc., Glanbia Plc, Iovate Health Sciences International Inc., Lonza Group Ltd., NUTREND D.S., as, Optimum Nutrition Inc., PepsiCo Inc., TRIPOINT GmbH, and Ultimate Nutrition Inc.
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Table of Contents
1. Executive Summary
1.1 Market Overview
Exhibit 01: Key Finding 1
Exhibit 02: Key finding 2
Exhibit 03: Key finding 3
Exhibit 04: Key finding 5
Exhibit 05: Key finding 6
Exhibit 06: Key Finding 7
2. Market Landscape
2.1 Market ecosystem
2.1.1 Parent market
Exhibit 07: Parent market
Exhibit 08: Market characteristics
2.2 Value chain analysis
Exhibit 09: Value chain analysis : Packaged Foods and Meats
2.2.2 Inbound logistics
2.2.3 Primary processing
2.2.4 Secondary and tertiary processing
2.2.5 Outbound logistics
2.2.7 Marketing and sales
3. Market Sizing
3.1 Market definition
Exhibit 10: Offerings of vendors included in the market definition
3.2 Market segment analysis
Exhibit 11: Market segments
3.3 Market size 2021
3.4 Market outlook: Forecast for 2021 - 2026
3.4.1 Estimating growth rates for emerging and high-growth markets
3.4.2 Estimating growth rates for mature markets
Exhibit 12: Global - Market size and forecast 2021 - 2026 ($ million)
Exhibit 13: Global market: Year-over-year growth 2021 - 2026 (%)
Exhibit 41: France - Market size and forecast 2021-2026 ($ million)
Exhibit 42: France - Year-over-year growth 2021-2026 (%)
7.7 Rest of Europe - Market size and forecast 2021-2026
Exhibit 43: Rest of Europe - Market size and forecast 2021-2026 ($ million)
Exhibit 44: Rest of Europe - Year-over-year growth 2021-2026 (%)
7.8 Market opportunity by geography
Exhibit 45: Market opportunity by geography ($ million)
8. Drivers, Challenges, and Trends
8.1 Market drivers
8.1.1 Rising inclination toward fitness owing to increasing awareness of lifestyle-related conditions
8.1.2 Growing consumption from non-sports enthusiasts and the elderly population
8.1.3 Increasing number of promotional activities
8.2 Market challenges
8.2.1 Significant threat from counterfeit products
8.2.2 Risk of product contamination
8.2.3 Stringent regulations and guidelines by the European Union
Exhibit 46: Impact of drivers and challenges
8.3 Market trends
8.3.1 Advances in sports nutrition products
8.3.2 Growing consumer preference for clean labels in sports nutrition products
8.3.3 Increase in number of fitness centers and sports clubs
9. Vendor Landscape
Exhibit 47: Vendor landscape
9.2 Landscape disruption
Exhibit 48: Landscape disruption
Exhibit 49: Industry risks
9.3 Competitive landscape
10. Vendor Analysis
10.1 Vendors covered
Exhibit 50: Vendors covered
10.2 Market positioning of vendors
Exhibit 51: Market positioning of vendors
10.3 Abbott Laboratories
Exhibit 52: Abbott Laboratories - Overview
Exhibit 53: Abbott Laboratories - Business segments
Exhibit 54: Abbott Laboratories - Key news
Exhibit 55: Abbott Laboratories - Key offerings
Exhibit 56: Abbott Laboratories - Segment focus
10.4 Ajinomoto Co. Inc.
Exhibit 57: Ajinomoto Co. Inc. - Overview
Exhibit 58: Ajinomoto Co. Inc. - Business segments
Exhibit 59: Ajinomoto Co. Inc - Key news
Exhibit 60: Ajinomoto Co. Inc. - Key offerings
10.5 Glanbia Plc
Exhibit 61: Glanbia Plc - Overview
Exhibit 62: Glanbia Plc - Business segments
Exhibit 63: Glanbia Plc - Key offerings
Exhibit 64: Glanbia Plc - Segment focus
10.6 GlaxoSmithKline Plc
Exhibit 65: GlaxoSmithKline Plc - Overview
Exhibit 66: GlaxoSmithKline Plc - Business segments
Exhibit 67: GlaxoSmithKline Plc. - Key news
Exhibit 68: GlaxoSmithKline Plc - Key offerings
Exhibit 69: GlaxoSmithKline Plc - Segment focus
10.7 Iovate Health Sciences International Inc.
Exhibit 70: Iovate Health Sciences International Inc. - Overview
Exhibit 71: Iovate Health Sciences International Inc. - Product and service
Exhibit 72: Iovate Health Sciences International Inc. - Key offerings
10.8 Lonza Group Ltd.
Exhibit 73: Lonza Group Ltd. - Overview
Exhibit 74: Lonza Group Ltd. - Business segments
Exhibit 75: Lonza Group Ltd. - Key news
Exhibit 76: Lonza Group Ltd. - Key offerings
Exhibit 77: Lonza Group Ltd. - Segment focus
10.9 NUTREND DS AS
Exhibit 78: NUTREND DS AS - Overview
Exhibit 79: NUTREND DS AS - Product and service
Exhibit 80: NUTREND DS AS - Key offerings
10.10 PepsiCo Inc.
Exhibit 81: PepsiCo Inc. - Overview
Exhibit 82: PepsiCo Inc. - Business segments
Exhibit 83: PepsiCo Inc. - Key news
Exhibit 84: PepsiCo Inc. - Key offerings
Exhibit 85: PepsiCo Inc. - Segment focus
10.11 TRIPOINT GmbH
Exhibit 86: TRIPOINT GmbH - Overview
Exhibit 87: TRIPOINT GmbH - Product and service
Exhibit 88: TRIPOINT GmbH. - Key news
Exhibit 89: TRIPOINT GmbH - Key offerings
10.12 Ultimate Nutrition Inc.
Exhibit 90: Ultimate Nutrition Inc. - Overview
Exhibit 91: Ultimate Nutrition Inc. - Product and service
Exhibit 92: Ultimate Nutrition Inc. - Key offerings
11.1 Scope of the report
11.1.1 Market definition
11.1.3 Notes and caveats
11.2 Currency conversion rates for US$
Exhibit 93: Currency conversion rates for US$
11.3 Research Methodology
Exhibit 94: Research Methodology
Exhibit 95: Validation techniques employed for market sizing
Exhibit 96: Information sources
11.4 List of abbreviations
Exhibit 97: List of abbreviations
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OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Office for the Aging (OFA) received a supply of farmers’ market coupon booklets and is working on distributing them to eligible seniors around the county in July.
The coupons may only be used to buy locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables from participating farmers and farmers’ markets. They are not redeemable in supermarkets. The value of each booklet is $25.
OFA staff will distribute the booklets at the following sites:
Saturday, July 16 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Fulton Farmers’ Market in the Canal Landing parking lot near the Dollar General, just off NYS Rte. 481, Fulton.
Monday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cayuga Community College, 11 River Glen Dr., Fulton. This is a drive-up event only; walk-ups are strictly prohibited. All participants must remain in their vehicles and staff will approach cars to distribute the necessary paperwork and coupon booklets.
Each older adult in a household is eligible to receive a booklet if they meet the following age and income requirements:
Age 60 and over whose gross income is at or below 185 percent of federal poverty guidelines (which is $2,096 monthly for a one-person household or $2,823 monthly for a two-person household) or
Age 60 and over and currently receiving or eligible to receive public assistance such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits or a Section 8 housing subsidy.
Eligible older adults must sign in person or a power of attorney representative with proper paperwork can also sign for the coupon book. A proxy may pick up the coupons if the eligible senior completes the proxy and attestation forms. These forms can be obtained by calling OFA at 315-349-3484.
There are a limited number of coupon booklets available this year; therefore, distribution will be on a first come, first served basis. One coupon booklet is allowed per person for the 2022 season.
Coupon booklets can also be picked up at the following locations on Tuesday, July 19, subject to availability:
9 to 10 a.m.: Pulaski Village Office 4917 Jefferson St.
11 a.m. to noon: Central Square Nutrition Site, Community Church, 833 US Rte. 11.
11 a.m. to noon: Fulton Nutrition Site, Fulton Municipal Bldg., 141 South First St.
11 a.m. to noon: Parish Nutrition Site, New Hope Church, 814 Rider St.
1 to 2 p.m.: United Methodist Church, 73 Bridge St., Cleveland.
2 to 3 p.m.: Sandy Creek Town Hall, 1992 Harwood Dr.
3 to 4 p.m.: Amboy Town Hall, 822 NYS Rte. 69, Williamstown.
On Wednesday, July 20, eligible seniors can pick up the coupon booklets at these locations, again, subject to availability:
11 a.m. to noon: Phoenix Nutrition Site, Congregational Church, 43 Bridge St.
11 a.m. to noon: Mexico Nutrition Site, Lighthouse Church of God, 11 South Jefferson St.
11 a.m. to noon: Hannibal Nutrition Site, Community Library, 162 Oswego St.
Any remaining coupon booklets can also be picked up at the Oswego County Office for the Aging, 70 Bunner St., Oswego between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily until they all have been distributed.
If you have any questions regarding the coupon booklets, please call the Office for the Aging at 315-349-3484, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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OFA DISTRIBUTES COUPON BOOKLETS IN JULY – The Oswego County Office for the Aging is now distributing farmers’ market coupon booklets for 2022. For details, call OFA at 315-349-3484. Pictured are OFA staff members Missy Peel and Richard Proctor at the Oswego Farmers’ Market in 2021.
SALISBURY – The Keep Kids Fed Act worked its way through Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into law, but the impact of the bill signed by President Joe Biden last month will not feed any more students in Rowan-Salisbury Schools for free.
RSS has 10 schools that qualify for free meals for all students and the district has adopted universal free breakfast as well, but the federal waivers that allowed every student in the district to eat free have lapsed and there is no indication that policy will be coming back.
“It is limited,” RSS Nutrition Director Lisa Altmann said, noting some states are looking for the money to continue free meals in their public schools.
When asked if the law would extend meals to any more kids in the district than pre-pandemic, Altmann gave a resounding “no.” She has advocated for universal meals as part of a child’s basic education.
“It’s disheartening,” Altmann said. “I was really hoping that in the 11th hour they would come through and continue to give all students universal meals. I just think it’s the right thing to do for the entire country, actually. They can’t learn if they can’t think. They can’t think if they’re hungry.”
Altmann said she expects to see a decrease in meal participation with the universal program gone and the situation is not ideal.
The Post previously reported schools would most likely be forced to return to paid meals after universal meal waivers were left out of a spending bill in March.
The June law does come with some advantages for the nutrition department. Reimbursement rates for meals and snacks will be increased by 10 cents for the 2022-2023 school year. Altmann said the increase will help nutrition departments stay in the black and without the increase there could be nationwide squeeze on nutrition department finances.
The district will also get to keep flexibility with meal patterns. Both those provisions from the bill are related to pandemic problems that are sticking around: rising costs and supply chain issues. Nutrition Budget Specialist Meredith Honeycutt said the department has not received reimbursement rates for the coming school year yet, but it received rates on July 19 last year.
The district can adjust meal times as well, but otherwise school nutrition is back to business as usual after more than two years.
But families have relied on free meals from when schools were initially ordered to close in March of 2020 and through most of the pandemic. Because those waivers have lapsed, RSS is required to get back to business as usual, meaning students will have to apply for free or reduced cost meals if they do not attend one of those 10 schools, and they will have to pay otherwise.
The meal application is already active on the district’s website at https://www.rssed.org/about/departments/operations/school-nutrition. All students at these schools get free meals regardless: Overton Elementary, North Rowan Elementary, Koontz Elementary, Hurley Elementary, Hanford-Dole Elementary, Knox Middle, Landis Elementary, North Rowan Middle, Isenberg Elementary, Henderson Independent.
PINE BELT, Miss. (WDAM) - As food prices continue to increase, Mississippians over 60 years old can connect to services that provide socialization, nutrition and contribute to the overall health and well-being of older individuals.
Home-delivered meals are meals provided to eligible homebound persons in their homes.
Congregate meals are served in community settings such as senior centers, churches or senior housing communities. Meal sites offer an opportunity to meet friends and engage in social activities while having a nutritious meal.
Another program known as the Emergency Food Assistance Program offered by MDHS can supplement the diets of older Mississippians by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. MDHS provides the food to local food banks, which distribute the items to over 500 food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters across the state.
For more information or to locate a food pantry, soup kitchen or homeless shelter near you, click HERE *Food pantry services are available to all eligible Mississippians regardless of age.
Eligibility workers use data matching to verify an applicant’s information from other government data systems. Once submitted and the eligibility worker sees that the application fits ESAP, it is moved immediately into the ESAP status.
ESAP households will not be given a fixed certification period; however, they will be required to return an interim report provided each year for reporting changes in household income or household size.
Everyone in the household must be at least 60 years old and have no earned income to qualify for the elderly simplified application. The benefit amounts are based on income and household size.
To determine eligibility for SNAP benefits or to apply, click HERE.
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A Wayne State University (WSU) community-based program for kids on the autism spectrum is taking off. PLANE, short for Physical Literacy and Nutrition Education, offers adaptive strategies to get kids moving, as well as a nutrition curriculum that shares ways to introduce kids to healthier foods.
Dr. Leah Ketcheson, assistant professor and program coordinator of WSU's Health and Physical Education Teaching program, proposed the idea for PLANE through her 2016 doctoral thesis after teaching adaptive physical education in the Detroit Public School Community School District from 2007 to 2010. Ketcheson saw a need for extracurricular health programming among students with autism. Dr. Leah Ketcheson. "The classrooms of children with autism were the most intriguing but also the most challenging," she says. "I saw that the children with autism were exhibiting significanthealth disparities when compared to neurotypical children."
"It's often challenging for families to access activity with their child with autism in ways that are welcoming, consistent, supportive, and promote building healthy habits around keeping physically active," says Heather Eckner, director of state education and outreach for the Autism Alliance of Michigan.
Eckner, who developed a webinar series on educational advocacy for parents and caregivers involved in PLANE, has two children on the autism spectrum. She says nutrition-related challenges, which may include extreme selectivity or sensory-related aversions, are also significant for children on the spectrum.
"Some kids only eat five different food options," Eckner says. "That can be really challenging and it can impact their health."
Based on her research into motor and physical activity interventions for youth with disabilities, Ketcheson designed one of the first early, intensive movement skill interventions for children with ASD. In 2017 she launched “Jump Up to Play,” her first iteration of adapted physical activity programming for children on the spectrum. With funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and in-kind support from WSU, what started as an eight-week summer intensive focused on children's physical activity and sports has grown into the two-year, year-round PLANE program incorporating physical activity and nutrition programming. A PLANE exercise session. "Changing behavior can be very complex for individuals on the autism spectrum. I think it's impossible to talk about promoting health without tackling multiple components of health," Ketcheson says. "This population of children are so susceptible to weight gain because of their food selectivity, and also some medications [prescribed for symptoms of autism] make them predisposed to weight gain. It is particularly important that we target these health behaviors in multiple dimensions, not just physical activity or nutrition. It really has to be both."
Children on the autism spectrum and their families now meet weekly to learn how to successfully integrate physical activity and healthy foods into their lives, moving through PLANE's two-year curriculum of weekly lessons. They are grouped by age into three cohorts: Gliders, ages two to five; Propellers, ages six through 10; and Boeings, ages 11 to 15. A new recipe and physical activity is introduced each week. For example, in week one of year two, Propellers will learn how to do an overhand throw and then snack on watermelon salad.
"We insert that element of fun while giving attentive care to each one of these families," Ketcheson says. "The parents have maybe realized that their child is so focused on making gains in therapy, which are so necessary, but this is an opportunity for them to focus on another very important domain in a very well-supported and well-loved environment."
Along with Ketcheson, PLANE's staff includes board-certified behavioral analysts who mentor the coaches who work one-on-one with the children. The coaches are WSU health and physical education, or exercise sports science, majors. These students may require a practicum to fulfill graduation requirements, or they may simply want to learn to be better service providers when they enter careers as physical therapists, occupational therapists, or physician assistants.
"We've got all the support systems at Wayne State to make this happen," Ketcheson says. "I think part of being an effective program is really identifying what your target audience needs. I know that our target audience, our primary stakeholders, are the parents and the children with autism. They need direct, individualized support. The way that we can provide that is through the awesome work of our undergraduate and graduate degree programs." A PLANE exercise session. Because PLANE initially launched during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, its first iterations were virtual. Weekly lessons and informational resources for caregivers, educators, athletes, and families remain accessible on the PLANE website. PLANE participants now meet face to face in WSU's athletic facilities one evening per week.
"It's just an amazing group of families from a variety of backgrounds. They all have one thing in common — a desire to improve the health of their family unit," Ketcheson says. "These families have focused so heavily on meeting the needs of their child's core deficits that health has been put to the wayside, despite the fact that they are exhibiting significant health disparities."
Amanda Paige and her nine-year-old son, Martin Paige-Fowlkes, have been active with PLANE ever since its launch. They first participated in virtual PLANE sessions, which then included pick-ups of grocery items featured in the weekly lesson recipes. Now they attend weekly sessions in person at WSU.
"Martin's got different motor planning issues that PLANE is able to address," Paige says. "A typical sports program does not. So understanding how to break down throwing a ball is just huge. That motor planning takes a little bit more thought and doesn't come necessarily as fluidly for him as for a neurotypical child. He definitely is more aware of how his body works and how to think things through instead of muscling through everything. And it helps him to be more social." Martin Paige-Fowlkes and Amanda Paige. While the kids do their PLANE activities, parents are invited to join a coach-led fitness session in another room. Paige notes that she is improving her health and fitness along with her son.
"It helps me to be around other parents who get it. It's a very tiring and somewhat isolating life because you either get the pity stares or friends who just don't understand the ins and outs [of raising a child on the autism spectrum]," she says. "We really enjoy getting together with people at the gym to do sports, as Martin calls it. That's also gotten us more active outside of the program. We've taken up biking and kayaking. We're getting out and moving more." PLANE parents. For Martin, PLANE has meant much more than learning how to throw a ball or guard a goal. He's made friends. And he's been quite adventurous in trying the healthy foods offered during PLANE sessions.
"At the end of every session at the gym, they give us a healthy snack with assembly instructions. Martin likes to come home, even if he doesn't try the snack, and make a cooking video, 'Cooking with Martin.' It's actually gotten him to try a lot more foods. He's at least trying it and exposing himself to new foods because it's a safe space to do that," Paige says. "I don't know if I can convey exactly how much this program has been a lifeline."
by Jordan W. Jones, Saied Toossi, and Leslie Hodges
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs that together affect the lives of millions of people and account for roughly two-thirds of USDA’s annual budget. In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, USDA launched additional temporary programs and implemented numerous policy changes that expanded the scope and coverage of existing programs. Together, these initiatives contributed to higher spending on food and nutrition assistance programs in fiscal year (FY) 2021 (October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021), which amounted to a historical high of $182.5 billion. This report uses preliminary data from USDA, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to examine program trends and policy changes in USDA’s largest U.S. food and nutrition assistance programs through FY 2021.
Errata: On July 14, 2022, the report summary title was updated to correct the fiscal year.
Keywords: Food and nutrition assistance programs, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Seamless Summer Option (SSO), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), Farmers to Families Food Box Program, emergency allotments, food security, Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, economic conditions
The COVID-19 pandemic shocked the world affecting organizations and institutions that supported the delivery of nutrition programs at all levels. To timely respond to the needs of the nutrition community, the Agile Core Team for Nutrition
Monitoring (ACT-NM) group, a collaboration amongst UNICEF, USAID, WHO and USAID Advancing Nutrition, developed an analytical framework for exploring pathways for the impact of COVD-19 pandemic on key nutrition outcomes.
The comprehensive analytical framework encompasses the six maternal, infant and young children nutrition targets endorsed by WHA, the outcomes monitored towards the elimination of malnutrition in all its forms, one of the Sustainable Development Goals
Linking the overarching categories of food, health, social protection, education, water, and sanitation to outcomes and impacts of COVID-19 on nutrition, the Analytical Framework the is an useful tool that allows users to construct context-specific pathways
to study the impact of COVID-19 and future shocks.
The Analytical Framework Visualizer can be accessed at https://www.who.int/tools/covid19-nutrition-analytical-framework
Health care professionals, community health workers, business owners, and policy makers can all delve into the impacts of a given shock, exploring various contexts that expand into underlying determinants. Policy makers can also click on the visualizer’s
interactive features to expand, collapse, and build out their own pathways and explore the impacts of specific shocks, such as a lockdown or supply chain disruption. The tool allows for the download a pool of potential data sources for the several
factors included in the framework, the data mapping tool.