Tags: gender relations, Gender Relations Center, GRC, Kristen Loehle, Love Your Body Week, LYBW This week, the Gender Relations Center (GRC) is hosting Love Your Body Week (LYBW), a time dedicated to raising awareness about body image and overall health.Keri O’Mara Kristen Loehle, director of Gender Relations, is in charge of the events and said she is excited for all that the Week offers.“Overall, I have really enjoyed working on Notre Dame’s ‘Love Your Body’ movement, and I am excited to see all of these empowering events come together,” she said.Several events, including discussion panels, snacks and films, are planned for each day this week.Tuesday’s events include a collaboration with the Notre Dames’ “Talk It Out Tuesdays.” They will be discussing hot topics like “Strong is the new Skinny” and “Thinspiration” at 6 p.m. in the LaFortune Student Center. Loehle said the session is intended to encourage conversation about body image.“Notre Dame’s ‘Talk it Out Tuesday’ session will generate conversations about current body positivity movements and give students a chance to engage in an open dialogue about the cultural focus on body image,” she said.Also on Tuesday, the GRC will host a discussion called “Whey Too Much: Media, Exercise and Body Image” about the body issue problems men face. This event will be held in DeBartolo Hall at 7 p.m.The week will continue with three events on Wednesday. At 10 a.m. in DeBartolo Hall, the Healthy Reading Resources will offer free coffee and provide information for finding resources for healthy eating. Later, physical education and wellness instructor Megan Smedley will lead a session of Wellness Wednesdays at 4:30 in LaFortune that will address mindful eating.Wednesday will conclude with a talk by assistant professional specialist in the department of theology Dr. Katie Cavadini, who will discuss eating disorders with an emphasis on the Catholic belief that we are all made in the image of God. The talk, titled “Created in God’s Image: Faith and Friendship’s Role in an Eating Disorder,” will be held in Ryan Hall at 7 p.m.Loehle said Wednesday’s events are centrally focused on overcoming eating problems.“GRC’s event on Wednesday (such as Healthy Reading Resources) will provide students with information about available resources here on campus that they can reach out to in times of need,” she said. “Campus Ministry’s event (‘Created in God’s Image’) later that evening will tie together the challenges of eating disorders with the values of our Catholic faith.”On Thursday, “Thankful Boards” will be displayed in North and South Dining Halls during lunch. At 5:30 p.m., healthy foods from local vendors will be served in DeBartolo Hall before the showing of Jean Kilbourne’s film “Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women.”Loehle said the film is an “eye-opening experience” about how the media affects body issues, specifically for women.Love Your Body Week will conclude Friday, beginning with a free yoga session at 3 p.m. in Rockne Memorial, led by Patty Thornton from RecSports at 3 p.m., followed by free frozen yogurt. At 5:30 p.m., there will be a food panel discussion and dinner in Geddes Hall Coffeehouse. Please RSVP for this event at grc.nd.edu.Loehle said Friday’s events will be further emphasize the philosophy of LYBW.“The week will end with an relaxing Yoga and Yogurt session to emphasize a healthy lifestyle, and a dinner later that evening by the GRC to reflect on our relationship with food through a discussion panel.”T-Shirts will be distributed by Student Government throughout the week in LaFortune Student Center.
Chief Recovery Officer Tom Evslin announced today that five Vermont organizations have applied for over $130 million of stimulus grants and loans for last mile broadband projects that could, in the aggregate, reduce the number of Vermont households without available high speed Internet to less than 5% of the total. Technologies proposed by the various applicants include fiber to the home, DSL, and wireless.In addition the Vermont Council for Rural Development has requested $2.5 million for a sustainable broadband adoption program to help assure that Vermonters in 24 pilot communities have the equipment, training, and motivation to use broadband. The Vermont Center for Geographic Information has applied for a $1.96 million grant to continue and extend Vermont’s broadband mapping effort. The Department of Libraries has applied for 80% stimulus funding of $754,000 for a public computing center project to assure that computers are available in selected libraries for those who do not yet have equipment or broadband connections available at home.“Preparing and coordinating these applications has been a great effort by Vermont companies and institutions, “said Governor Jim Douglas. “There were only six weeks from the time final rules were announced until applications were due. Vermont is fortunate to have first begun its broadband mapping effort early in this decade, passed Act 79, the e-state bill, in 2007, and to have begun coordinated planning for stimulus grants in March. I’m grateful to all who participated and have brought us closer to our goal of universal broadband as a key element of SmartVermont.”SmartVermont is the Governor’s plan to have e-health services, e-education, e-government, and a smart electrical grid all supported by universal broadband availability and adoption. On August 6th all the electrical utilities in the State filed a joint application for $66 million of stimulus money to rapidly build a smart electrical grid.All of the above applications were coordinated and aided by the Vermont Office of Economic Stimulus and Recovery (ESR) the Department of Public Service (DPS), and the Department of Information and Innovation (DII). ESR provided official maps following federal guidelines detailing served and unserved areas; coordinated support plans for community anchor institutions such as government offices, schools, and medical facilities; and, working with DII, designed the Vermont Traffic Exchange (VTX) for intrastate peering, which will speed access by Vermonters to the websites of Vermont institutions and reduce the cost of providing Internet access in Vermont. Most last mile applicants agreed both to support VTX and to connect anchor institutions at a low cost to the fiber backbone network being built statewide by VELCO. DPS and the state college system both supported the sustainable adoption and public computing center applications.“Taken as a whole,” said Evslin, “these grants address the full range of things we need to do to build an e-state and bring its benefits to all of our citizens and businesses. The mapping program assures that we correctly identify needs and problems; the last mile programs provide physical broadband access where it is missing; the public computing centers serve those who don’t yet have broadband or computers to use it; and the sustainable adoption program helps remove barriers like lack of equipment and training and encourage civic use.”The Edgar May Health and Recreation Center in Springfield filed its own $4 million request for public computing center funds.There is no assurance that all of the applications will be funded. In fact, since there is some overlap, it is very likely that some will not be. The funding agencies – the US Department of Agriculture and the Commerce Department – announced that almost 22,000 applications totaling nearly $28 billion were filed nationally; this is seven times the amount actually available for this round. The agencies plan to accept another round of applications by the end of this year and one more in spring, 2010.Using definitions of “broadband” adopted by the federal agencies for the stimulus program, it is estimated that less than 20% of Vermont’s 242,200 residences did not have broadband available as of January, 2009. There are existing, legally enforceable agreements with Comcast and FairPoint that should bring this number down to near 10% by the end of 2010. It is possible that stimulus grants now applied for could reduce this to less than 5%.The goal remains 100% broadband availability. ESR has begun work on a plan to make sure that the remaining Vermont households which were not covered by applications in this round will have applicants willing to provide service in the next round. As soon as preliminary results from this round are known, which could be as early as mid-September, any areas where applications were unsuccessful will be added to the to-do list. Source: Tom Evslin, Chief Recovery OfficerOffice of Economic Stimulus and RecoveryVermont Agency of Administration9/2/09 read more
The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) and the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) today announced key appointments associated with implementation of Vermont’s health reform efforts. Richard Slusky, Director of Payment Reform for DVHA and former CEO of Mount Ascutney Hospital, will move to the GMCB and assume the role of overall Director of Payment Reform for the state. Lindsey Tucker will be the Deputy Commissioner for the Health Benefits Exchange within DVHA. Tucker is currently a policy manager with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and formerly was Health Reform Policy Manager for Health Care for All, a Massachusetts consumer advocacy organization.‘We have a very ambitious agenda for health reform, and hope to do things no other state has done in terms of transforming health care payment and delivery and using the Health Benefits Exchange to derive value for all Vermonters,’ said Robin Lunge, Director of Health Care Reform for the Shumlin Administration. ‘These individuals will be central to that effort.’ Slusky has been Director of Payment Reform within DVHA since 2010. In his new role, he will assume responsibility for advising the GMCB in a general effort to implement changes in provider payment that move away from fee-for-service and toward methods that reward quality and efficiency in health care delivery.‘Richard has proven himself an innovative leader in Vermont’s health reform efforts,’ said Anya Rader Wallack, Chair of the GMCB. ‘In his new role he will continue to bring his expertise to bear on our reforms, but with a broader focus on all-payer and system-wide reforms that will advance a more comprehensive agenda.’ Slusky will be responsible for overseeing payment reform ‘pilots’ throughout the state that test new methods of paying doctors, hospitals and other providers. He also will guide the board’s efforts to translate the experience from pilots into general payment policy for both public and private insurers.‘This is enormously important work, and really gets to the heart of Vermont’s efforts to control the rate of growth in health care costs while maintaining a high-quality health system,’ said Slusky. ‘If we don’t change how we pay providers, we will not be successful, in the long run, at bending the cost curve.’Slusky’s move is part of an effort to assure that the state has adequate capacity, both at the GMCB and within DVHA, to implement payment reform. Mark Larson, Commissioner of DVHA said, in replacing Slusky, he seek to enhance their ability to include the Medicaid program in payment reform efforts.As Deputy Commissioner for the Exchange, Tucker will be responsible for providing leadership and direction in the development, implementation, and operation of Vermont’s Health Benefit Exchange, created in Act 48 as passed by Vermont’s legislature in 2011. The Exchange will be the base for Vermont’s integrated and universal health care system. The purpose of the Vermont Exchange is to facilitate the purchase of affordable, qualified health benefit plans in the individual and group markets in this state in order to reduce the number of uninsured and underinsured; to reduce disruption when individuals lose employer-based insurance; to reduce administrative costs in the insurance market; to contain costs; to promote health, prevention, and healthy lifestyles by individuals; and to improve quality of health care.‘I am very excited to have Lindsey join our health care leadership team,’ said Larson. ‘She brings a wealth of experience in health care reform in Massachusetts where she built a reputation as a skilled coalition and consensus builder. Her experience matches the Shumlin Administration’s commitment to engaging Vermonters in our efforts to control health care costs and ensure quality health care to all Vermonters.’Tucker said the scope of Vermont’s reforms and strong commitment to successful implementation attracted her to Vermont. ‘Vermont is on the cutting edge of health reform, and I am thrilled to be part of this terrific team working to implement Act 48. I look forward to bringing my health reform experience from Massachusetts to the Green Mountain State as it charts its own path toward truly universal health coverage,’ she said. Tucker has an MSc from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA from Yale University. She will start in her new role as Deputy Commissioner for the Health Benefits Exchange on December 12.Slusky has an MBA from the Boston University Graduate School of Management. He will assume his new position immediately.11.29.2011 read more
By Dialogo March 01, 2010 Rescue workers are tearing through the rubble in search of survivors in Chile Sunday, a day after a massive earthquake shattered the country’s central region. The 8.8 magnitude quake struck the South American country Saturday in the early morning hours. Many Chileans have continued to stay out of their homes because of the jolting series of aftershocks, some as strong as 6.9 magnitude. The quake has killed more than 700 people and damaged as many as 1.5 million homes. Officials say the death toll is expected to rise. Rescuers are working to reach about a 100 people trapped in an apartment building that collapsed in Concepcion, the country’s second-largest city. The main rescue operation is centered in the city, about 100 kilometers from the epicenter of the quake. Looters ransacked stores in Concepcion Sunday, stealing both food and electrical appliances. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a crowd of looters at one supermarket. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declared a “state of catastrophe” in central Chile, where the quake toppled buildings, overturned cars and brought down power and phone lines. Bridges fell and many streets were covered with rubble. Fires were reported. Several hospitals collapsed. The president has not asked for assistance from other countries, but several nations have offered to send aid. Speaking at the Vatican Sunday, Pope Benedict said he is praying for the people of Chile and other populations in the Pacific tested by the calamity. The earthquake has raised a daunting first challenge for billionaire Sebastian Pinera, who was elected Chile’s president in January. He takes office in two weeks. Chile’s children who were preparing to return to school Monday at the end of their summer break have had their vacation extended another week. In the capital, Santiago, officials closed the international airport because of damage. Argentina and other parts of South America also felt the earthquake. While cell phone communication was knocked out by the quake, many people used social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook to reach out to friends and loved ones. The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a magnitude of 8 or more is classified as a “great” earthquake that can cause tremendous damage. The biggest earthquake ever recorded struck the same area of Chile in 1960. It had a magnitude of 9.5 and also set off a tsunami, which had devastating effects in Pacific countries including Japan and the Philippines, where at least 1,600 people were killed. read more
The massacre killed Mangudadatu’swife, relatives, supporters, and dozens of journalists exactly 10 years agotoday. On Nov. 23, 2009, a convoy composed ofrelatives, supporters and media were on their way to file Mangudadatu’scertificate of candidacy for the 2010 elections when they were stopped by armedmen, driven to a hill, shot, and buried in shallow pits. “Nungsinabi ng mga anak ko na ‘Pa, mag-move on ka na dahil walang katapusang problema ‘yung papasanin mo,’” Mangudadatusaid. MANILA – Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatuwants suspects behind the Maguindanao massacre to be convicted. “Hindinaman. Kasi as much as possible ayaw namin ng ganun. Kaya nga ako nag-chairman ngreconciliation and unification committee ehkasi ayoko ng ganun eh,” added Mangudadatu./PN Mangudadatu, now the 2nd DistrictRepresentative of Maguindanao, changed his tune recently on forgiving thesuspects – which allegedly include the Ampatuan clan – after being convinced byhis children to move on. “Ako,kampante ako na makukuha natin ang favorabledecision from the judges,” Mangudadatu said. “‘Pag wala, ako magre-resign.” Fifty-eight people, including 32journalists and six motorists who were not part of the convoy, were killed inwhat is the worst case of election-related violence in Philippine history. “Naka-move on na rin pero anginaasam-asam natin (ay) ‘yung hustisya. At kung tanungin niyo ko kungnapatawad, napatawad ko na sila,” he added. “Hindi naman lahat ng Ampatuan aymasama.” Quezon City Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes,who oversaw the 9-year trial, is expected to issue a decision before Dec. 20. Children and relatives of the 32 journalists killed in the 2009 massacre burn giant tarps with photos of the Ampatuan clan, the political family tagged in the killings, during a visit at the massacre site in Masalay, Ampatuan town, Maguindanao last year. FROILAN GALLARDO/ABS-CBN NEWS read more