NCU Professor Stresses Importance of Fatherhood

first_imgRelatedNCU Professor Stresses Importance of Fatherhood RelatedNCU Professor Stresses Importance of Fatherhood NCU Professor Stresses Importance of Fatherhood EducationJune 16, 2010 RelatedNCU Professor Stresses Importance of Fatherhoodcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Professor of History at Mandeville-based Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Dr. Iverlin Kennedy-McKenzie, has said that men who care and give active support to their children, were keeping the society stable and maintaining a culture that needs to be protected.She was giving the keynote address at a function to mark the first anniversary of Young Women of Purpose (Y-WoP) held at Neil’s Auditorium, Mandeville on Sunday (June 13), at which a number of fathers and organisations, as well as individuals who sponsored their work during the year, were recognised.She said that when both mother and father are functioning harmoniously, the impact on the lives of their children is positive beyond measure.Founder of Young Women of Purpose (Y-WoP), Lanisia Rhoden, addressing their first anniversary event at Neil’s Auditorium, Mandeville, on Sunday (June 13).“I know fathers that you have discovered by now that there is more to fatherhood than having children. There is a difference in the life of any child whose father is present and actively engaging, and the father who is physically and, or emotionally absent. The instances where fathers are not present and engaging, in this liberal age, have devastating consequences on the strength of individuals, families, and nations,” she stated.Stressing that the community and the child received tremendous benefits when fathers were involved in the growing up of children, the NCU Professor noted that mothers needed emotional support during their body changing period, and that finance was not enough for children when they were in their growing stage.“Without a support the system, or the capacity to function with the demands of fatherhood, some biological fathers forget, or simply do not know, that their greatest legacy to the world is a well ordered family,” she said.“Children should not go to school to learn behaviour; teach them how to behave at home. Do not expect schools to raise your children, you must raise them. Teach them the value of love and supportive relationships, and leave the legacy of self respect, respect for others and for them to be responsible, and fortify them for the future,” the Professor stated.Founder of Y-WoP, Lanisia Rhoden, felt that a father’s role was even more important in the lives of girls.“Many young ladies don’t have the support of their fathers and, if we can highlight the good fathers, it will motivate them to help their daughters to become better young ladies,” Miss Rhoden told JIS News. Advertisementslast_img read more

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Health Minister Urges Consumers to Read Food Labels

first_imgHealth Minister Urges Consumers to Read Food Labels Health & WellnessJanuary 29, 2014Written by: Chris Patterson RelatedAccess to Quality Health Care Advanced in 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedNew Health Centre Opens in James Hill, Clarendon RelatedEmergency Security Talks at KPH Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson (left), greets Chief Executive Officer, Island Grill, Thaila Lyn (right), on his arrival at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston yesterday (Jan. 28) for the press launch of HEART Month 2014 activities. Sharing the moment is Executive Director, Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Deborah Chen.center_img Advertisements Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is encouraging Jamaicans to read the nutritional content of food labels, in order to make healthier choices, and eliminate the risk of diet-related illnesses.He argued that once persons are able to identify the specific calorific value of the food they consume “this will make a significant impact in their lives”.The Minister was addressing Tuesday’s (Jan. 28) press launch of HEART Month 2014 activities at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.He said that discussions last year, regarding a proposed cess on the fast food industry, were aimed at raising awareness about healthy eating.“I know there were some persons panicking but it is not about a cess, it is really about getting us to begin to accept labelling…to get persons to be able to make good choices,” he said, while commending Island Grill as one restaurant that has eliminated the use of Monosodium glutamate (MSG) in their food preparation.He said that as part of a healthy lifestyle it is important for persons to know their “numbers.”“Jamaicans need to know what a normal blood pressure reading is, and what their reading is. The same goes for cholesterol, which can lead to clogged arteries and a multitude of problems. Let us not forget blood sugar and waist measurement,” he stated.Dr. Ferguson, in his address, reiterated the Government’s commitment to reducing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25 per cent by 2025, stating that “we intend to do everything in our power to meet that target.”He noted that while billions of dollars have been spent over the years in putting in health infrastructure and providing treatment, more focus needs to be placed on the preventative side and dealing with the risk factors associated with NCDs.“While we are fixing structures and establishing centres of excellence in primary care, we must deal with the risk factors and diet, excessive use of alcohol, physical inactivity, and the worse of them all, tobacco use,” he argued.Statistics from the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey of 2007/08 indicated that 25 per cent of Jamaicans had hypertension and almost half of that number, or some 25,000 persons, had a stroke.Approximately 12,000 persons suffered a heart attack; 65 per cent of women and 38 per cent of men were overweight, while 86 per cent of persons with high cholesterol were unaware of their disease status.HEART Month, a project of the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, will be observed throughout February under the theme: ‘Know Your Numbers’. Activities to mark the month include a medical symposium, three outside broadcasts, and visits to 22 health centres islandwide.The Heart Foundation was established in 1971 by the Lion’s Club of Kingston in an effort to minimize the incidence of death from heart disease in Jamaica.The institution offers heart screening in-house, and through its mobile programme at health centres, supermarkets, health fairs and corporate offices.In 2012 alone, over 88,000 Jamaicans from all walks of life used the services of the Foundation. Health Minister Urges Consumers to Read Food LabelsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Story HighlightsJamaicans urged to read the nutritional content of food labels, in order to make healthier choices, and eliminate the risk of diet-related illnesses.Discussions last year, regarding a proposed cess on the fast food industry, were aimed at raising awareness about healthy eating.Twenty-five per cent of Jamaicans had hypertension and almost half of that number, or some 25,000 persons, had a stroke.last_img read more

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Celebrating Earth Day, TriSports.com continues sustainability efforts

first_imgTriSports.com is continuing increasing sustainability efforts throughout its retail operations. Celebrating Earth Day, the company has multiple programs in place to help reduce the company’s carbon footprint.TriSports provides tours of its facility in Tucson, Arizona, to students, business professionals, engineers and architects to demonstrate how a company can adopt any number of these conservation programs and its eco- friendly facility design that has made TriSports nationally and internationally recognized for its sustainable business practices.The most recent green business practice that was adopted was its transition from corrugated boxes to new packaging that use 23 times less energy and six times less carbon dioxide. The bags are 100% recyclable, made of recycled materials, and will reduce the environmental impact by lessening energy consumption by 91%.Since 2010, TriSports has been water harvesting using two, 18,000 gallon tanks. Last year the company had its best year so far and collected 99,970 gallons of water, which exceeded 2014’s record by 28%, over 28,000 gallons. The water harvested is used for the company’s irrigation and other gray water needs.In 2011, TriSports installed a 128 kW solar array which has prevented 74,857 pounds of methane and 1,570,920 pounds of CO2 from air pollution. Last year, TriSports produced 233,241 kWh of solar energy, surpassing production estimates by 10,053 kWh.Through these environmentally friendly business practices, the company has hit another sustainability milestone by generating 1.03 GWh of energy, while conserving 516,682 gallons of water and 80,180 gallons of gasoline in its lifetime.Debbie Claggett, TriSports Vice President, explained the importance of employee backing, “Every staff member contributes to our sustainability efforts, from the day-to-day conservation to the larger, departmental decisions that may impact our carbon footprint. With all hands working to achieve excellence in our sustainability core value, we are able to make greater environmental strides.”Another program in place to support efforts to decrease the organization’s ecological impact is the TriSports Commuter Program, which started in 2009 and has generated 220,000 miles to date. This year alone, employees have added 345 trips and over 4,100 miles to the commuter total. TriSports encourages commuting through a rewards program, ample bike storage, and access to lockers and showers for staff members.The company continues its sustainability practices through its recycling program. TriSports reduces much of its waste and energy, while reusing what it can and recycling as much shipping and office material as possible. Packaging that can be reused is repurposed, and all paper, excluding confidential documents, is used again, then recycled.TriSports oversees recycling of wetsuits, bicycle tyres, CDs/DVDs and bicycle parts, the last being sent to Resource Revival to be ‘rebirthed as artwork’. Additionally, used shoes are collected at TriSports, and the company has partnered with a local charity to donate customers’ old shoes for reuse within the Tucson community.Through its numerous sustainability programs, TriSports is lessening the environmental impact of commerce and leading the way in industrial conservation.www.trisports.com Relatedlast_img read more

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