North Country Hospital,When we say North Country Hospital is the place where ‘caring runs deep’we really mean it! Not only do we give our best in caring for our patients, we care about the food they eat and their over-all health.Our food and nutrition service has rolled out entirely new menu concepts for our patients and in the cafÃ©. The new Hospital Healthy Food Initiative is the result of collaboration between our food service company Morrison and Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). ‘We’ve been at the forefront of the industry on health and wellness for more than two decades. The PHA partnership is an extension of our philosophy of offering wholesome, nutritious, and better-for-you foods and will allow us to make healthful choices easy and even more accessible to millions of patients, staff and visitors,’said Tim Pierce, CEO, Morrison.In joining the initiative, Morrison agreed to make a commitment to adopt standards for nutrition labeling, healthy food marketing, wellness meal offerings, elimination of deep fat fryers, increases in healthy beverages and increases in fruits and vegetables offered. World class chefs and nutritionists at Morrison have created delicious new recipes for hospital menus.Using the latest research on healthful eating and incorporating techniques that influence behavioral change in food consumption, Morrison will improve the health profile of the hospitals it serves by implementing such changes as:· eliminating 5.7 million pounds of sugar from bottled beverages· switching to exclusive use of whole grain or legume-based pasta in the 3.7 million pounds of pasta we serve each year· offering whole grains as an alternative to the 1.9 million pounds of rice served annually· offering better-for-you foods in place of high impulse low-nutrient food at cash registers· reducing fat calories by using healthier, misted oils exclusively in appropriate applications· and featuring images of healthy nutrient-rich food in our regular marketing promotions‘We believe we have a responsibility to help change people’s lives through healthier food environments,’said Gordan Lodewyk, NCH manager of food and nutrition services. ‘By joining with PHA, Morrison can help hospitals in their mission of becoming models of healthful eating and implementing practices that support a more robust and healthier food system. They will be supporting us in encouraging behavioral change in the hospital environment and the community.’
The city has enlisted volunteers to help promote the Vision 2040 planning process. Photo credit city of Lenexa.Thriving, connected and livable: These are three recurring descriptors that have emerged from Lenexa residents who have taken part in Vision 2040, the city’s long-range visioning project.Vision 2040 started on Feb. 21, when Mayor Michael Boehm called for volunteers during his state of the city speech for steering committee meetings, task forces and community forums. The process is about halfway completed. Organizers expect to finish their work in November and present their final findings to the City Council, Sheila Shockey of Lenexa-based Shockey Consulting, who is conducting the Vision 2040 effort, told the council at its Tuesday night meeting. The city is paying the company $139,000 for the project.The guiding principles of the process and its resulting strategy, according to Shockey’s presentation to the council, are that the strategy is “progressive, inclusive, creative, forward-thinking, community-building, achievable, measurable, adaptive and distinctly Lenexa.” Vision 2040 focuses on four areas: economy, growth and revitalization; neighborhoods and housing; infrastructure and transportation; and sense of community.The first of two surveys had about 1,200 responses and closed in late July, Shockey said. The second survey has more than 1,000 responses so far and will close Aug. 15. About 1,800 people have taken part by writing on signs what they want Lenexa to be and having their photos taken with the signs.Organizers have been to 26 events to make presentations about Vision 2040 and get residents’ top five ideas, and they plan to hold about the same number of additional events before the process is completed. An event called VisionFest is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 on the civic campus and will include a futurist who will talk about future trends in Lenexa.The next step, Shockey said, is to work as a team to take the data and “put them into some big concepts.” Organizers also will start targeting the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce and the Lenexa Economic Development Council to get the business community involved in the process.Ward 4 Councilman Andy Huckaba said that the map Shockey presented showing survey respondents’ locations and the locations of events and meetings for the project revealed a notable lack of participation in the city’s business parks. He advised Shockey to address that discrepancy and said that small businesses “are in Lenexa for a reason.”“Some of them started here,” Huckaba said. “Some of them moved here because this is where they wanted to be. I think they have a lot to say, but they have to be asked. And so, just don’t lose those people. I think they’re very important to the future of Lenexa and we should be asking them.”Ward 2 Councilman Thomas Nolte said that the map showed a lack of engagement in areas with rental properties.“I don’t think we’re getting that same love from people in our apartments,” Nolte said, adding that about half the city’s population lives in rentals. “It’s a little disappointing.”Plans are underway to further engage people who live in apartments, Shockey said.This is Lenexa’s third city-visioning effort, which will yield a document with long-term goals the city should try to achieve. The first was in 1997 for Vision 2020 and the second in 2008 for Vision 2030. One of the first effort’s noteworthy goals was the creation of City Center close to the city’s geographical center.
Barry U. program strives to instill high ethical standards Senior EditorLaw school can teach you how to think like a lawyer. Should it also teach you how to act like a lawyer?Yes. In fact, a resounding “yes” is how a group of Barry University School of Law students and faculty is answering that question.“I thought it was a good thing to teach people before something bad happens in the professional field,” said Shantel Woodard, a first-year law student. “Teach them while they’re in law school so they don’t get disbarred in their professional career.” Woodard is one of five volunteer students participating in Barry’s new Student Professionalism Enhancement Program (SPEP), taught by law professor Helia Garrido Hull.The course, developed with help from the Bar’s Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism, serves the same function as the Bar’s Ethics School — catch students with minor problems and correct them before they result in serious discipline problems, either at law school or later during their professional careers.Woodard and her fellow classmates, though, have not been referred to the initial course because of discipline or behavior problems.Rather, they are volunteers taking the class to help work out any wrinkles.The SPEP works with the school’s Student Conduct Code and its Honor Code of Conduct, which set out expected student conduct. Along with admonitions not to cheat, disrupt classes, or treat others disrespectfully, students are also warned they should not engage in conduct which “violates the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct.”One sanction for violating the codes is a requirement to complete the SPEP.Third-year law student Ashley Maxwell said the codes are appreciated.“From what I’ve been hearing, it’s definitely a very welcome addition,” she said. “I think a lot of 3-Ls [third-year law students] were frustrated with the environment that we were sending people out into the legal environment without any moral compass.”“It really reinforced a professional environment in school,” said first-year student Steve McCloskey. “It was good to know what conduct was tolerated and what conduct was not tolerated. It really helped create a professional atmosphere.”Professor Hull said the SPEP class tries to help students analyze the causes and cures for bad behavior.“We’ve talked about various things, why people do things they do,” she said. “We’ve talked about mental health and addictive behavior, the variety of issues on what attorneys do to get themselves in trouble.“And we’ve talked about the conduct code and the sanctions and the behavior that’s not tolerated.”The class uses real-life hypotheticals based on law practice and what the students see in law school. That includes, Hull said, a discussion of what sanctions are appropriate for various types of misconduct.Hull said the class is also looking at something not usually found in a law school course: “What makes us happy.”The idea came from a 40-year study on Harvard graduates on what made them “good, successful, and happy human beings.”“You’re the person who basically decides what your life is going to be about,” Hull said. “You can go down the right path or you can go down the wrong path.”Law students, she said, need to think about that, especially as they face the pressures first of law school and then of practice.“Basically, most people who go to law school have Type A personalities. They expect perfection,” Hull said. “When you don’t have enough time in the day and people rely on you. . . sometimes people do crazy things. They take something to stay up two or three days at a time.”One result of the unrelenting pressures and attempts to balance personal and professional lives is “people tend to hate the practice of law,” she said. “We did talk about that at length in one of our classes. We see it in law school and we see it more in young attorneys.”John Berry, the Bar’s director of Lawyer Regulation, said the Barry course and conduct codes are exactly what the Bar hopes to see in its revised professionalism efforts. Those are focusing on reaching lawyers early in their careers, and even law students, to instill in them high ethical standards.Berry, who has more than 30 years experience in grievance processes in several states, said he hopes to reverse findings of studies that have shown students enter law school with high ideals but finish with a more cynical outlook. It’s also part of a different way of looking at grievance problems that began nearly two decades ago with an ABA study, he said — that bad behavior is not just something that must be punished but a symptom of a disease that in many cases can be treated.That view, Berry added, is supported by the success of the Bar’s Ethics School, which takes lawyers diverted from minor grievance cases and teaches them how to avoid future problems.Traditionally in law school, “the emphasis was on knowledge with a little bit of skills, but not these other things that would have a great influence on whether you succeed as a lawyer and you succeed as a person,” Berry said. “This isn’t just about being nice. You are really going to have a difficult time in the practice of law if you are not getting along with judges and your fellow lawyers. The system of justice is really going to be hurt if we can’t get along.”The outlines for the SPEP course reflect those ideas. According to the Barry law school, “The program is centered on the idea of a moral compass; of professionalism in the context of attitude, not just conduct.”The course reminds students that a law license is a privilege, not a right, and encourages them to ask themselves, “Why am I doing this?”“Students will be encouraged to view their actions through the lens of professional identity, which is not just about the skills they have or the results they obtain, but how they interact with others and build their reputation,” according to Barry law school.“Imbuing a strong sense of professionalism in our students is an essential part of the Barry Mission,” said law school Dean Leticia M. Diaz. “Our partnership with the Latimer Center is already proving to be extremely valuable. It is great to have the support of the practicing Bar as we make this effort to teach our students about ethical values and professional behavior.”The current SPEP students, even though their participation is voluntary, say they are learning valuable lessons.As a result of a questionnaire taken as part of a class exercise, Erica Ashton, a second- year law student in the class, discovered, “I have a lot more stress and pressure on me than I ever thought.. . . I handle the stress pretty well and that was really surprising and valuable to me. It made me think about some things I need to pay attention to so my grades don’t suffer and other things on campus don’t suffer.”She’s also learned that “I am not crazy to want to pursue other education and maybe not practice law all of my life.. . . I’m not crazy if it means when I’m done [with law school] if I’m not so happy practicing law, I can do something else.”Woodard said she was surprised to learn of the number of lawyers with chemical dependency problems.Maxwell said that underscores the importance that “when life and being an attorney catches up to you and you feel burned out, take a step back and evaluate what is important and do the right thing.”“I do think it will make us better lawyers,” Ashton said. “This is something we are doing before we’re lawyers, hopefully something that will prevent problems by making us aware of things now and hopefully preventing us after we’re licensed attorneys from making mistakes.” December 1, 2009 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Barry U. program strives to instill high ethical standards
Disciplinary Actions Prepared by The Florida Bar’s Public Information and Bar Services Department _________________________________________________________________ July 1, 2012 Disciplinary Actions The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 13 attorneys, disbarring four and suspending seven. Some attorneys received more than one form of discipline. One attorney was placed on probation; two attorneys were publicly reprimanded; and one attorney was ordered to pay restitution.The following lawyers have been disciplined: Jessica Ann Bennett, 13194 U.S. Highway 301 S., Riverview, disbarred, effective immediately,following an April 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2004) Bennett was the subject of several Bar complaints. After being retained by multiple clients, Bennett failed to adequately communicate and took no action to move matters forward. She also converted client property, made unauthorized withdrawals from client accounts, and engaged in other unethical conduct. Bennett repeatedly failed to respond to official Bar inquiries and those of opposing counsel. Bennett was also ordered to pay restitution of $50,800 to a client before any possible readmission. (Case No. SC11-1428) Haynes Edward Brinson, 28 N. John Young Parkway, Kissimmee, suspended for 30 days, effective 30 days from an April 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) After being retained, Brinson failed to adequately communicate and respond to requests from a client in an escrow matter. Brinson took no substantive action on behalf of the client to collect or determine entitlement to the escrow funds, refusing to even file an action with the civil court. In another case, Brinson also failed to respond to numerous official Bar inquiries, and failed to comply with appellate court orders, causing an appeal to be dismissed. (Case No. SC11-1991) Russell Flint Crump, 4404 N.W. 36th Ave., Suite B, Gainesville, disbarred effective immediately, following an April 19 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2005) Crump was found guilty in circuit court of one count of felony child abuse. (Case No. SC11-1988) Kimberly S. Daise, 8323 S.W. 64th Place, Gainesville, suspended effective 30 days from a March 9 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1989) Daise pleaded guilty in a federal case to one count of conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud. As a condition of her plea agreement, Daise agreed to resign and surrender her license to practice law. She also agreed to pay restitution of more than $1.8 million to two financial institutions. (Case No. SC12-461) Jason Steven Dalley, 35 S.E. 6th Ave., Delray Beach, publicly reprimanded following an April 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1995) Dalley failed to competently and diligently represent a client. After being retained to represent a woman in a personal injury matter, Dalley allowed the statute of limitations to run out on her claim because of inadequate case monitoring. (Case No. SC12-16) John D. Hooker, 13610 E. U.S. Highway 92, Dover, suspended for one year, retroactive to Nov. 9, 2011, following an April 3 court order. Upon reinstatement, Hooker is placed on probation for two years. (Admitted to practice: 1974) Hooker is further directed to complete a trust accounting workshop. Upon receiving nearly $2 million dollars in settlement funds on behalf of a married couple, Hooker made preliminary disbursements to third parties, the married clients, and himself without having his clients execute a closing statement. Hooker’s payments to himself exceeded the amount ultimately approved by the closing statement, requiring him to pay non-trust money to the clients for their final disbursement. (Case No. SC11-2445) George Granville Lewis, 401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Suite 130-501, Ft. Lauderdale, suspended for three years, effective immediately, following a May 1 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1995) This suspension will run consecutive to the one-year suspension ordered by the court on October 20, 2011. Lewis was held in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of the previous suspension. He was required to submit a sworn affidavit to the Bar listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that were furnished a copy of his suspension order. (Case No. SC12-327) Shawn Louis Michaelson, 7274 Bedlington Road, Miami Lakes, disbarred effective retroactive to March 11, 2011, following an April 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2001) Michaelson was found in contempt for failing to comply in a timely manner with an earlier suspension order and for failing to respond to orders of the Supreme Court of Florida. (Case No. SC11-1389) Julio R. Ferrer Roo, 8500 W. Flagler St., Suite 105A, Miami, suspended until further order, effective immediately, following an April 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1971) Roo repeatedly failed to respond to official Bar inquiries and was held in contempt for failure to show good cause for noncompliance. (Case No. SC12-283) Rolando Jose Santiago, 240 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach, to receive a public reprimand by the Board of Governors, following an April 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2002) After being paid a retainer fee of $2,500 to represent clients, Santiago admitted that he failed to adequately communicate with them. In a real estate matter, another couple retained Santiago at a rate of $2,500 and subsequently discharged him and retained new counsel. (Case No. SC11-1444) Joseph Dan Turner, 13317 Lake George Lane, Tampa, suspended for one year, effective immediately, following an April 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1986) Turner was held in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of an October 2011 suspension order. It required Turner to notify his clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals of his suspension, and provide to The Florida Bar, within 30 days of his suspension, a sworn affidavit listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that received a copy of his suspension order. (SC12-325) William Bedford Watson III, 4131 N.W. 28th Lane, Suite 2, Gainesville, permanently disbarred effective immediately, following an April 13 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1966) Watson engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. He deliberately and intentionally misused client trust funds, and, in serving as the administrator, protecting the interests of the lender and the borrower in a real estate deal, Watson failed to explain the nature of the transaction until long after the funds were disbursed. (Case No. SC11-1186) Ross Alan Willner, 5543 N. Military Trail, Apt. 2202, Boca Raton, suspended for 91 days, effective immediately, following an April 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1993) Willner was found guilty of misdemeanor DUI on two separate occasions and failed to notify the executive director of The Florida Bar about either DUI conviction. (Case No. SC11-1473) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline. Disbarred lawyers may not re-apply for admission for five years. They are required to go through an extensive process that rejects many who apply. It includes a rigorous background check and retaking the bar exam. Historically, fewer than 5 percent of disbarred lawyers seek readmission. July 1, 2012 Disciplinary Actions
The prevalence of food advertising and adolescent obesity has increased dramatically over the past 30 years, and research has linked the number of television shows viewed during childhood with greater risk for obesity. In particular, considerable evidence suggests that exposure to food marketing promotes eating habits that contribute to obesity.Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, the Dartmouth researchers examined brain responses to two dozen fast food commercials and non-food commercials in overweight and healthy-weight adolescents ages 12-16. The commercials were embedded within an age-appropriate show, “The Big Bang Theory,” so the participants were unaware of the study’s purpose.The results show that in all the adolescents, the brain regions involved in attention and focus (occipital lobe, precuneus, superior temporal gyri and right insula) and in processing rewards (nucleus accumbens and orbitofrontal cortex) were more strongly active while viewing food commercials than non-food commercials. Also, adolescents with higher body fat showed greater reward-related activity than healthy weight teens in the orbitofrontal cortex and in regions associated with taste perception. The most surprising finding was that the food commercials also activated the overweight adolescents’ brain region that controls their mouths. This region is part of the larger sensory system that is important for observational learning.“This finding suggests the intriguing possibility that overweight adolescents mentally simulate eating while watching food commercials,” says lead author Kristina Rapuano, a graduate student in Dartmouth’s Brain Imaging Lab. “These brain responses may demonstrate one factor whereby unhealthy eating behaviors become reinforced and turned into habits that potentially hamper a person’s ability lose weight later in life.”Although previous studies have shown heightened brain reward responses to viewing appetizing food in general, the Dartmouth study is one of the first to extend this relationship to real world food cues — for example, TV commercials for McDonald’s and Burger King — that adolescents encounter regularly. The brain’s reward circuitry involves the release of dopamine and other neurotransmitter chemicals that give pleasure and may lead to addictive behavior.Children and adolescents see an average of 13 food commercials per day, so it isn’t surprising they show a strong reward response to food commercials. But the new findings that these heightened reward responses are coupled with bodily movements that indicate simulated eating offer a clue into a potential mechanism on how unhealthy eating habits are developed.“Unhealthy eating is thought to involve both an initial desire to eat a tempting food, such as a piece of cake, and a motor plan to enact the behavior, or eating it,” Rapuano says. “Diet intervention strategies largely focus on minimizing or inhibiting the desire to eat the tempting food, with the logic being that if one does not desire, then one won’t enact. Our findings suggest a second point of intervention may be the somatomotor simulation of eating behavior that follows from the desire to eat. Interventions that target this system, either to minimize the simulation of unhealthy eating or to promote the simulation of healthy eating, may ultimately prove to be more useful than trying to suppress the desire to eat.” Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter Email Share A Dartmouth study finds that TV food commercials disproportionately stimulate the brains of overweight teen-agers, including the regions that control pleasure, taste and — most surprisingly — the mouth, suggesting they mentally simulate unhealthy eating habits.The findings suggest such habits may make it difficult to lose weight later in life, and that dieting efforts should not only target the initial desire to eat tempting food, but the subsequent thinking about actually tasting and eating it – in other words, you should picture yourself munching a salad rather than a cheeseburger.The study appears in the journal Cerebral Cortex. A PDF is available on request. The study included researchers from Dartmouth College’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. LinkedIn
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Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMarines: Serving with honor for 244 yearsSince Nov. 10, 1775, millions of young men and women have earned the title, United States Marine.These young women and men have served with distinction throughout our history.Their exemplary performance, in war and peace, has earned the gratitude of our allies and the respect of our enemies.As President Reagan stated, “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. The Marines don’t have that problem.”So today, when you see a Marine (there are no former or ex-Marines), thank them for their service and wish them a memorable and happy 244th birthday.J.P. KirbySchenectadyThe writer is a retired SgtMaj USMC. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reforms Gov. Cuomo needs to take a lower profileThank goodness for Comrade Cuomo’s gift of gab. No, I’m not talking about Fredo “Chris.’’ I’m referring to his older brother, the governor of New York.He was almost as bad as Chuckie Schumer in getting airtime, and Chuckie was rightly feared by people that got caught between him and a TV camera. Now Cuomo is actually outdoing his mentor.Lately, just about anything that is happening in the state, Cuomo is involved in. Let’s give credit to the real people that give reports that are newsworthy: police chiefs, fire chiefs, heads or spokesmen of departments like DPW, EnCon, etc.Better yet, restrict yourself to only putting out your message in New York City.They’re about the only people that believe you, trust you or want to hear your condescending, narcissistic voice taking credit for anything and everything you can.David G. DeMarcoHadleyTrump hasn’t earned the people’s respectSo baseball fans booed Donald Trump and chanted “Lock him up!” at the 2019 World Series. Boo Hoo.Many people condemned the reaction on the grounds that, love him or hate him, he’s still the president of the United States and Americans of all political stripes should show respect for the office, if not the man.Baloney.Donald Trump isn’t a king, though he probably wishes he were. This is the United States of America, a country that explicitly rejected a monarchy and all its trappings, even though George Washington was expected by many,, including no less a luminary than George III himself, to pick up the crown after the colonies won their independence.Moreover, when Washington was elected the first president of the United States, people didn’t know how to address him.Vice President John Adams favored “His highness, the president of the United States of America, and protector of their liberties.”Although Washington remained silent, eventually the accepted title became a plain “Mr. President,” reflecting the country’s democratic spirit.No, I don’t want to hear any more of this nonsense about disrespecting the office.No one can denigrate the office more than Trump.He lies as he breathes and insults his critics, including calling Republicans who don’t support him “scum.”He disregards the dignity of the office with vulgar speeches, uncouth tweets and gloats, while his adoring supporters chant “Lock her up!” at his rallies.He got his comeuppance.If you want to be respected, Mr. President, be respectable. Fred ComoBurnt HillsPolitical vitriol is not the real NiskayunaMy husband and I have called Niskayuna home for almost 40 years. Never in our wildest dreams could we imagine a day when we would encounter the vitriol and insults that have, sadly, become an “accepted” part of our daughter’s courageous foray into politics.Each low is surpassed by another, perhaps none as egregious as the hurtful and false accusations hurled at the deputy town supervisor in the latest Schenectady Democratic Committee mailer. We have lived in a town we came to appreciate as a safe haven for those who loved their neighbors as themselves; where you wouldn’t dare slander another because it would be tantamount to slandering yourself.Yet the political apparatus has proven to be entirely different from the town itself: a machine fueled by an incessant desire for power, spewing fumes like ugly names, abject lies and the politics of destruction.This is not the town me, my husband and many of you recognize. Why? Because it isn’t us.Those who wish to sow this discord among us don’t represent us or our values. They serve only to serve themselves. That has never been Niskayuna and, in 2019, I’m confident it still isn’t.Anne Marie SyedNiskayuna
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The Ministry of Justice has this week published the long-awaited Family Procedure Rules 2010, which will come into force on 6 April 2011. The new code provides a single set of rules for proceedings in the magistrates’ court, county court and High Court, along the model of the Civil Procedure Rules. It comprises nearly 300 pages of Statutory Instrument, which is intended to provide one set of simply expressed rules of court for family proceedings, to replace the disparate body of unconsolidated rules and guidance that have been used in different types of proceedings. The rules are to be supplemented by practice directions that have yet to be published. The Courts Service consulted on the policy that framed the new rules in 2006, and the Family Procedure Rule Committee drew up a draft set of rules, practice directions and forms for consultation in 2008/09. To rules can be found here .