The Good News About Body Image

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Mental Health Minute by Cristina FrickOne day I was in the library, working on my thesis and feeling tired. I made a stop in the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and remember thinking that I looked pretty weary. Then as I was getting ready to leave the bathroom, I noticed a small Post-It note on the mirror. It said simply, “You are beautiful just the way you are.” I remember thinking that it was so refreshing to see encouragment from other women in a place where so many women look in the mirror and think critical thoughts of themselves.Suddenly, everywhere I looked, I noticed campaigns for positive body image- in my Glamour Magazine, in commercials on TV, even on TV shows. It suddenly hit me that women have made a lot of progress in seeing their bodies in a positive light in the last several years. Listed below are a few great examples of forward movement in this area that will inspire you to see yourself as already naturally beautiful.1. Operation Beautiful: As it turns out, the Post-It note I saw on the bathroom mirror at school was part of a project called Operation Beautiful. This genius idea by Caitlin Boyle encourages women to write uplifting, anonymous messages like “You’re beautiful,” “You’re perfect just the way you are,” and “You are beautiful because you are God’s masterpiece” on Post-It notes and post them in public places. Some of the most creative ones I noticed on Caitlin’s website were a note on a scale that said, “This number does not change who you are” and a note on a box of Slim-Fast in the grocery store that said, “You’re beautiful just the way you are.” I was so inspired by this website that I’m going to do my own Post-It note. There’s this incorrect perception of women in our society that we are hard on each other and want to tear each other down, but Caitlin’s website proves that this is a complete myth. In reality, most women want to support each other and spread the love.2. The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty: If you are a role model in a young girl’s life, take note: Dove’s Campaign For Real Beauty hosts self-esteem workshops for girls ages 8-12 to help protect them from the pressures of idealized body image in the media. Girls attend with a mother, teacher, or other mentor in their life (fathers and male mentors can also attend) to explore self-esteem issues faced by young women. The workshops are interactive, and participants will discuss self-esteem, body image, and diversity of beauty. A portion of the proceeds from Dove products go toward these self-esteem workshops. The $10 donation required for workshop registration goes directly to the National Eating Disorder Information Centre. There is also a Dove self-esteem program available for both boys and girls called the Real Beauty School Program. 3. Glamour Magazine– In Glamour’s September 2009 issue, Akiba Solomon wrote an article entitled “What Everyone But You Sees About Your Body,” highlighting all the beautiful aspects of women’s bodies. Perhaps the most empowering thing about this article was the beautiful woman pictured on Page 194, model Lizzie Miller. This beautiful woman is a size 12-14, the size of an average American woman, and appears in the picture showing off what magazine editors called “a belly roll,” which is something I have never seen in a magazine before. It is so nice to see an average, *real* woman’s body in a magazine. This is such good news for women, especially me, because I have a little bit of a belly myself! And it’s not just me that was struck by the beauty and realness of this picture- people became so fascinated with Lizzie that she was featured on CNN, The Today Show, and Access Hollywood.  I always felt that Glamour was one of the classier women’s magazines, and now it is proven.Even “America’s Next Top Model” is making strides toward a more diverse definition of beauty. Whitney Thompson, a plus-sized model, won Cycle 10 of the show, and the current season features only models under 5’7″ (unusually short for “typical” models). Although I watch and love “America’s Next Top Model,” I would not recommend it for young women still developing their body image, but at least Tyra Banks and the show are making some strides toward a more diverse definition of beauty.I could not write a column about body image without mentioning anorexia and bulimia and where to find help if you feel that you or someone you care about is suffering from either of these disorders. According to the DSM-IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association, 2000), anorexia nervosa refers to a refusal to eat due to an intense fear of gaining weight. Purging, or throwing up/expelling what one has eaten, can also be a part of anorexia (the person may cycle back and forth between refusal to eat and binge-eating/purging). Bulimia nervosa refers to the tendency to binge, or eat much more food than most people would within a 2-hour period, and purge, or throw up or expel what has been eaten because of an intense fear of gaining weight. If you feel that you or someone you care about is suffering from anorexia or bulimia, the APA website offers a listing of therapists in every state.All in all, I think women have finally said “enough is enough” to the unrealistic images of beauty portrayed in the media. Women already have a lot to be proud of. Check out the above websites, magazines, etc. for inspiration, and remember: you are beautiful inside and out._____________________________Cristina Frick is a contributing writer and volunteer editor at the Good News Network since 2006. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and plans to graduate in December.  “Thank you to my mom, dad, family, friends, and boyfriend for helping me develop a healthy body image!”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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US debuts life sciences dual-use research policy

first_imgMar 29, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today unveiled a new policy for overseeing life sciences dual-use research, such as two recent H5N1 transmission studies that have sparked bioterror concerns as well as cries of censorship.The launch of the new policy, first reported by ScienceInsider, comes while a US biosecurity advisory group is meeting to discuss the latest version of two H5N1 transmission papers, one by a group from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and one by a team from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.The move also follows a demand from a US congressman that President Obama’s science office explain why the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) didn’t consider the dual-use implications until after the studies were completed and what safeguards are in place to protect Americans against biological attacks. The congressman, Rep Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., asked John Holdren, who leads the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, to report back by Mar 31.The NSABB is meeting today and tomorrow to weigh further data presented by the two research groups on their studies.The 4-page policy, which came from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Biotechnology Activities, requires federal agencies to routinely review potential risks of federally funded studies that involve 15 “high consequence” pathogens and toxins, including H5N1 avian flu, Bacillus anthracis, and Ebola virus.According to the NIH’s Web site, “The fundamental aim of this oversight is to preserve the benefits of life sciences research while minimizing the risk of misuse of the knowledge, information, products, or technologies provided by such research.”The policy expands reviews that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the government’s two largest biomedical agencies, already conduct on staff-run studies and extends oversight to federally funded studies at universities and other facilities. The new requirements also apply to other federal agencies that conduct unclassified life sciences research, such as the Department of Defense.It applies to research studies that are on the horizon and ones that have already been funded. Reviews that find dual-use potential require the funding agencies and scientists to develop a risk mitigation plan.According to the new policy, if the risks can’t be mitigated with several suggested measures, federal agencies are required to determine whether to request voluntary redaction of the resulting research publications or communications, to classify the research, or to withhold or terminate funding for the study.Actions to restrict publication may have implications for export control laws and regulations, the new policy states. Earlier this month, the Dutch government said it was considering using export controls to prevent full publication by the Erasmus group.Within 60 days federal agencies are required to report to the White House the number of proposed or ongoing studies related to the 15 high-consequence agents, and in 90 days to report how many have dual-use potential.The NIH has already completed its own dual-use biosecurity assessment and found fewer than 10 studies that warrant further risk management, the Washington Post reported today.See also:Mar 29 ScienceInsider storyUS government dual-use oversight policyNIH Web site on dual useMar 12 CIDRAP News story “Dutch export rules could block publication of Fouchier H5N1 study”Mar 5 CIDRAP News story “Details of H5N1 study sparks queries from congressman, experts”last_img read more

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Meridian Automotive Systems Names Christopher Mack Senior VP and CFO

first_imgALLEN PARK, Mich. — Meridian Automotive Systems has appointed Christopher Mack as senior vice president and chief financial officer.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Mack was most recently vice president, strategic planning. Prior to assuming that role, he was vice president, finance-operations. Mack joined Meridian in 2006 from FTI.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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Could you vote labour again?

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

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Sara Takanashi wins seventh straight summer GP ski jumping title

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Sara Takanashi, Ski jumping Ema Klinec of Slovenia posted the day’s longest jump of 133 meters to win the fifth GP with 130.8 points. Norway’s Maren Lundby landed two meters shorter for second.The final event will take place on Oct. 3 in Klingenthal, Germany. center_img Sara Takanashi placed third in the women’s individual large hill event in Russia on Sunday, which was enough to make her the overall champion in the summer FIS Grand Prix series for the seventh year in a row.Takanashi, who won the first four competitions, had a leap of 128.5 meters on a day the second round was canceled due to strong winds in Chaikovsky. She secured her title with one stop remaining in the six-round summer Grand Prix. KEYWORDSlast_img read more

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Gilman walks past Columbus Catholic softball

first_imgDons play at Spencer on ThursdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Gilman scored 14 times in the second inning and went on to rough up Marshfield Columbus Catholic 24-1 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division softball game Tuesday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.The game was shortened to three innings due to Gilman’s big lead.Gilman only had one hit as Dons’ pitchers combined for 22 walks and four hit batters.The Dons (1-4, 0-4 Cloverbelt East) plays at Spencer on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Pirates 24, Dons 1Gilman 1(14)9 – 24 1 0Columbus Catholic 100 – 1 3 2WP: Kasee Burton. LP: Maddie DeSmet.SO: Burton 2; DeSmet (1 1/3 inn.) 2, Sierra Litwaitis (1/3 inn.) 0, Addison Baierl (2/3 inn.) 2, Ella Schultz (2/3 inn.) 0. BB: Burton 1; DeSmet 7, Litwaitis 5, Baierl 5, Schultz 5.Top hitters: G, Gunseth 4 runs; Burton 4 runs. CC, Litwaitis 2B.Records: Gilman 5-2, 1-1 Cloverbelt Conference East Divison; Columbus Catholic 1-4, 0-4 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

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Self-Publish Your Own Magazine With MagCloud

first_imgHave you every wanted to run your own magazine, but never had enough money or a large enough audience to make it worthwhile? Well, if there’s one thing that the self-publishing industry can cater to, it’s the long tail. Now, thanks to a startup called MagCloud, even the smallest of ventures can produce their own, professional, full-color magazine and without the costs normally associated with hiring traditional publishing companies.About MagCloud MagCloud is another project to emerge from HP Labs. Earlier this year, HP Labs launched BookPrep, a print-on-demand service for out-of-print books. Now, they’re delivering MagCloud, a project devoted to providing small independent publishers the ability to publish digitized magazines as well as economically print on demand. Using HP’s Indigo technology, the magazines are printed when ordered in full color on 80 lb paper with saddle-stitched covers. How To Use MagCloudTo get started with creating a custom magazine, you must first create a PDF of your content using a tool that outputs high-resolution PDFs, like Adobe InDesign. You’ll also need to have a PayPal account in order to sell the magazines with the markup you choose. Since the service is in beta at the moment, orders must be sent to a U.S. shipping address. Publishers can request an invitation here.Browsing the MagCloud SelectionsFor those just interested in reading the MagCloud produced zines, you can create an account and then browse the selections of magazines available or subscribe to receive email notifications from the publisher as to when new issues are available. You can also choose to subscribe via RSS, but the feed does not contain the magazine’s content as posts, only notifications when new issues are released.There are already tons of magazines to browse through in diverse categories ranging from Art to Food to Literature to Finance and so much more. For example, RWW readers might be interested in the soon-to-launch magazine “The Rubyist” (for Rubyists, by Rubyists), which will focus on technical content and happenings in the world of Ruby, Rails, and Merb. Or for the more business-minded, the magazine “Professionally Speaking” may appeal, which gives tips on public speaking, giving presentations, etc. Another great thing about a self-published magazine is that you can just purchase the issues you’re interested in – the same as buying from the newsstand. You don’t have to commit to a full subscription. Previewing a MagCloud MagazineA Great Addition To The POD WorldAs we noted earlier this year, the print-on-demand industry has really been heating up. Amazon launched CreateSpace and another Lulu-esque service called Wordclay began offering paperback publishing. Even casual publishing outfits like CafePress and Blurb have continued to offer options for less serious writers. Now, MagCloud seems to be a perfect addition to join the POD space. If you want to join MagCloud yourself, the signup page is here. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#Publishing Services#web Related Posts sarah perezcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Tamed Eagles aim to fly high

first_img“We just have to play a lot better and play much closer to what we’re capable of,” he added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We have to accept the humility of the scenario, we have to get back to understanding what we do well, and sort of rediscover who we are,” said Baldwin, moments after emerging from the Ateneo dugout at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.“It’s there, there’s no question that it’s still there. But today I thought we played like a young team, and we shouldn’t. Yes, there’s youth there, but we’ve been together long enough and we shouldn’t play like a young team. We have to figure it out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Tamaraws seemed to have the Eagles all figured out as they started strong and finished even stronger to send their Final Four matchup to a do-or-die affair this Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.While Baldwin acknowledged FEU’s brilliance, the American coach said the defeat was also due to his players lacking confidence with their shots. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Two weeks ago, Ateneo was flirting with a perfect UAAP Season 80 elimination round and an outright finals berth.But two successive losses, including a 67-80 defeat to Far Eastern U in the Final Four, has put the Blue Eagles’ impressive campaign in peril, a scenario which coach Tab Baldwin said is humbling for his team.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cash incentive, more allowance await world champ Tabora The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Baldwin said his team shot “abysmally” in contrast to the Tamaraws, whom he described as “sharper on both ends of the floor.”Ateneo shot just 36 percent from the field, including 31 percent from beyond the arc.For a team that hardly showed any weakness in the elimination round, the sputtering performance by the Eagles came as a surprise.“I think FEU played real well,” he said. “They had a good game plan, we shot the ball just abysmally. We had open shots particularly in the first half, and we didn’t hit them. I think our confidence kind of went down, and I hate to see that because with young kids, you don’t ever want to see their confidence sort of erode a little bit.”Baldwin feels this type of adversity will only strengthen his players, saying he can already feel the urgency within the team.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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a month ago​Aston Villa midfielder McGinn laments West Ham draw

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Aston Villa midfielder McGinn laments West Ham drawby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa star John McGinn wants his team to be more clinical in the future.The Villains were unable to get all three points in a 0-0 draw against West Ham United on Monday night.They had chances to take the game by the scruff of the neck, but had to settle for a point.And McGinn knows they must do better in such games in the future.He said to the club’s official website: “The feeling is disappointment. You’ve got to take three points against 11 men at home, let alone 10. “We got frustrated when they lost a man. They dropped deep and we gave the ball away a lot. “We didn’t create enough chances with the extra man. It’s one that got away, definitely.” last_img read more

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Video: Michael Wilbon Suggests Iowa’s Opponents Put A Football Player On The Floor To Take Out Adam Woodbury

first_imgFran McCaffrey reacts to a call.SEATTLE, WA – MARCH 22: Head coach Fran McCaffery of the Iowa Hawkeyes reacts in the second half of the game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at KeyArena on March 22, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Iowa center Adam Woodbury has become college basketball’s biggest villain over the past couple of weeks, as the 7-foot big man has poked three different opposing players in the eye. Woodbury has yet to be punished by the Big Ten for his antics, deemed unintentional by his coach, Fran McCaffrey, who refused to answer a question on the topic following the Hawkeyes’ game against Maryland. ESPN’s Michael Wilbon has a suggestion for Iowa’s future opponents: put a football player on the floor and have them take care of Woodbury “the old-fashioned way.” Wilbon discussed his idea on Pardon The Interruption Monday. While Wilbon’s suggestion is a bit harsh, something needs to be done about Woodbury. Even if the Iowa big man is not purposely gouging his opponent’s eyeballs, his uncoordinated face guarding has become a serious hazard to those who take the court against him. [Barstool]last_img read more

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