Saturday, May 06, 2006

Last .... for this semester =(

I think this would be my last post for this semester. I enjoy writing this blog because I simply post want it like and it seems look good. I am happy that there might be some people read it. Since this is my first blog, I would keep on writing it if I have time in next semester. I will try my best to do it. This blog is made for my T101 class. I think this class is interesting but I am not sure I can get a good grade or not. I hope I can.

Friday, May 05, 2006

FOOD!!!!

Have you ever think of coming to Asia for travel? Hong Kong is the best place because there are many different kinds of delicious food in Hong Kong. Nowhere is better than your home. I love to go to Chinatown whenever I been to any state in the US because I miss home. I miss my family and my mum's food. You see there are many tasty food in front of your eyes now. Do you feel hungry? haha

Hair Cut Techique!!

How come there are still some people using this kind of techique to do the hair cut? Will their head be hurt? Nobody knows. Would you like to tried? I definitely not!! Oh my god!! But the most powerful thing is the barbar does not get hurt from the fire. It seems amazing! haha

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What dogs can do?

It is a very funny commerical that I found on the internet this morning. People would have potential to do anything if they got an incentive to do so. Watch that!! haha

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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Obesity Treatment for children

Today I read a news about the obese children in the US for yahoo. As the waistlines of America's young keep expanding, more hospitals are establishing weight management centers for kids. The programs offer a variety of resources, from nutritional counseling to bariatric surgery for the most extreme cases.
Diane Nellis was worried about the health of her teenage son who weighed 240 pounds. But she didn't put him on a diet. Or send him to a fat camp. She took him to a hospital. There, Trevor Nellis, 17, learned to limit portions to the size of his fist, cut out fast food and soda, and eat more fruits and vegetables. Six months later, he has lost nearly 40 pounds and runs three miles a day.
"We try to promote healthy behavior for a lifetime," said Dr. Goutham Rao, clinical director of the Weight Management and Wellness Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh where Trevor got help.
Rao said that when the hospital began planning for the clinic about three years ago, there were about half a dozen similar programs across the country. Now, there are around 50 and more on the way, he said.
The clinics are opening at a time of skyrocketing obesity rates among U.S. children. Nearly 1 out of 5 is obese, according to government figures, putting them at a greater risk for diabetes, heart disease and a host of other problems.
Dr. Sandra Hassink, director of the weight management program at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., said she's seen patients getting younger and heavier since she helped start the program 18 years ago. Her youngest patient was 5 months old.
"It's scary and we're going to end up with young adults who should be healthy who are bearing the burden of a chronic illness," she said.
A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' obesity task force and lead editor of the "Parent's Guide to Obesity," Hassink said parents must be involved if a child is going to succeed at keeping weight under control.
Children usually aren't shopping for food or making decisions about what to eat for dinner, said Dr. Christopher Bolling of Cincinnati Children's Medical Center.
"You're not going to have any success if you approach just the child because the child doesn't have complete regulation over the environment. You have to go after the family," said Bolling, medical director for the Cincinnati hospital's weight management center.
Bolling said one of the biggest challenges is finding a way to pay for the weight programs, which usually aren't covered by insurance. Thanks to a $3 million federal grant, the Pittsburgh clinic doesn't charge its patients for the service.
But doctors say no matter what the cost, it's far less than the expense of treating problems from obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitals spent $127 million in 1999 on obesity-related illnesses, up from $35 million in 1981.
At the Pittsburgh hospital program, children see exercise physiologists and behavioral psychologists, along with medical doctors.
Children and their parents are asked to sign a "contract" promising to pursue healthy habits — from changing the way they eat to being more physically active. The words obesity and fat are avoided.
Located in a medical building near the hospital, the clinic's waiting room offers some larger-than-normal chairs for bigger frames.
A nervous Abigail Auria sat in one of the clinic's patient rooms recently, clad in her bathing suit under a paper hospital gown. It was the 12-year-old's first visit and she was waiting to get into the BodPod, an oval, space-age looking contraption that checks kids' body-mass index.
Abigail was referred to the hospital by her pediatrician, who noticed she had been steadily gaining weight.
"It embarrasses me," the girl said.
Her mom, Jamie Auria, who is a diabetic, hopes the center will help her daughter change her lifestyle and avoid getting diabetes herself.
"We don't want to add any risk to what she already has to deal with," Auria said. "But knowing and understanding and actually doing are two different things."
Down the hall, Trevor and his mom proudly talk about all he's accomplished with the center's help. Trevor said talking with doctors about weight loss was different from discussing it with his parents.
"I heard it all the time," Trevor said, "but something like this really motivates you to do it."

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Do you have pressure while eating?

Eating has become more than a way to stay alive. It is often how we bring people together, celebrate, and share our traditions. Consequently, following a diet or changing your eating habits tends to be more difficult when you are forced into social situations. Whether you realize it or not, you are frequently exposed to the social pressures of eating. When you do not control food preparation methods, portions, or menus, sticking to your healthy eating plan becomes more challenging. Improve your chances of successful weight control by anticipating the pitfalls of social eating before you encounter them. The following tips will help:
1. Plan ahead. If you know a fancy business lunch is on your schedule, try to eat a lighter breakfast to allow yourself some extra calories at lunch.
2. Drink plenty of water at any social occasion featuring food. It will help you stay focused on your plan and fill you up . . . and it is good for you.
3. Add some bulk. Try to select foods that will make you feel fuller sooner, such as fruits and vegetables. You will have less room for tempting foods later.
4. Take a good look before you make a decision. When eating from a buffet, take some time to weigh all your options before you fill your plate, then select foods that fit your diet plan.
5. Take it slows that a social situation is perfect for that! Take time to talk to your companions and eat more slowly than usual. Remember, it usually takes about 20 minutes for your brain to understand that your stomach is full.

Milk can help us eat right and stay fit

I recently read an interesting article in the New York Times about the switch from whole milk to 1 percent or skim milk in all New York City public schools. This seems like a dramatic move by the school district, which claims that the switch is an attempt to cut calories and fat from its students' diets. Switching from the traditional red and white carton to the lower-fat 1 percent option will decrease the fat content per serving by approximately 5 grams of fat or 45 calories per cup.
This decision reportedly has been met by resistance from the milk industry, but it makes sense when you consider how many children in this country suffer from obesity and the corresponding risk of developing diabetes and other diseases early in life. But I wonder if whole milk is the real culprit in the obesity epidemic among youngsters. I'm inclined to blame other food choices, such as sugary sodas and high-fat fast foods.
At a time when calcium consumption is declining among children, I also wonder if it's wise to replace whole milk. Whole milk may be a higher-fat product but has far greater appeal as well as more calcium, vitamins, and minerals than its lower-fat counterpart. Our children would be better served if we looked for other opportunities to cut calories and fat on the school lunch menu, such as eliminating french fries, sodas, and potato chips, all of which are empty calories and nutritionally empty.
My preference would be a compromise. If we need to switch milk products, consider 2 percent. Then look for other sources of hidden fat and calories in kids' cafeterias to cut back or cut out, achieving the same goal.

Interesting News about drinking lots of coffee does not harm heart

Go ahead and have that second cup of coffee -- or third, or fourth. A study published on Monday shows heavy, long-term coffee drinking does not raise the risk of heart disease for most people.
The study, which followed 128,000 men and women for as long as 20 years, showed that drinking filtered coffee -- not espresso or French-style brews -- did not raise the risk of heart disease.
Heavy coffee drinkers did tend to smoke and drink alcohol more often and those two factors clearly do raise heart risk, the researchers report in the journal Circulation.
"We believe this study clearly shows there is no association between filtered coffee consumption and coronary heart disease," said Esther Lopez-Garcia, an instructor in the School of Medicine at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain, who worked on the study.
"This lack of effect is good news, because coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world."
Researchers also found no link between heart disease and how much caffeine, tea or decaffeinated coffee people drank.
But this does not mean that everyone can overload on coffee with impunity, said Rob van Dam of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.
"We can't exclude the association between coffee consumption and the risk of (heart disease) in small groups of people," Van Dam said in a statement.
In March, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that people with a "slow" version of a particular liver enzyme gene had a higher risk of heart disease if they drank more coffee, compared to those with a fast-metabolizing version. Liver enzymes metabolize coffee and many other compounds.
And several studies have shown a link with heart disease and copious drinking of French press coffee, made using a mesh filter instead of a paper drip filter, or perked coffee.
The Harvard and Madrid teams used data from two ongoing studies -- the all-male Health Professionals Follow-up Study, which began in 1986, and the all-female Nurses' Health Study, which started in 1976.
Volunteers in both studies fill out periodic questionnaires about their diet, exercise and other health habits and undergo regular physical exams.
The researchers found more than half the women and 30 percent of men who drank six or more cups of coffee a day were also more likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol and use aspirin, and were less likely to drink tea, exercise or take vitamin supplements.
But once these factors were accounted for, there was no difference in heart attack risks between the very light and heavy coffee drinkers.
A study published last November found no link between coffee drinking and high blood pressure, but an apparent association with drinking caffeinated sodas.

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Cutie Panda...

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Nice Place to Travel

"It's very nice to see that," restaurant owner Ray Thatcher said. "It brings the history of our community to life."

Communities upstate and elsewhere can expect scenes like that over the next several years at commemorations of the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War, which was fought between France and Britain for control of North America. A series of events featuring 18th-century military encampments and battle re-enactments are scheduled at various state, national and local historic sites from western New York to the eastern Adirondacks through 2010.

And this spring and summer, events will take place at French and Indian War-era forts and other locations in Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Tennessee in addition to upstate New York.

Some of the larger events typically involve as many as 1,000 re-enactors and can draw thousands of spectators. With the added publicity the war's 250th anniversary has generated, officials are expecting even bigger crowds over the next four years.

"The visibility of anniversaries raises the public's awareness and brings people to the site," said Robert Emerson, executive director of Old Fort Niagara, a state historic site located where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. "Once they get to the site, we can teach them history."

During last year's Grand Encampment of the French and Indian War, an annual three-day event at Old Fort Niagara, a near-record 9,500 visitors passed through the gates, Emerson said.

An estimate of the overall economic impact of "living history" events isn't readily available, but it's clear that people playing 18th-century solider can generate big bucks for the host community. According to the Empire State Development Corp., last September's re-enactment of the 1755 Battle of Lake George attracted about 15,000 people who spent more than $1 million over two days, giving the Adirondack village a post-Labor Day economic boost.

"It's a tremendous economic engine, not only for the hometowns where the events are happening, but for the region," said Nicholas Westbrook, executive director of Fort Ticonderoga.

American Babies~haha



Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Interesting news about Roberts

Amid hoopla more befitting a blockbuster movie premiere, Julia Roberts made her Broadway debut Wednesday night in Richard Greenberg's "Three Days of Rain."
Hundreds packed the narrow city block outside the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on 45th Street in Manhattan. Even parking-lot attendants across the street sat three stories up hoping to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood royalty on hand to support one of their biggest stars.
"I'm so excited!" exclaimed Oprah Winfrey before dashing into the theater.
After plenty of hype and several weeks of preview performances, Roberts had a beautiful spring evening for opening night. She stars alongside Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper in the revival of Greenberg's play, which is mostly sold-out for its 12-week run.
The audience greeted the performance with a standing ovation, which prompted several curtain calls by the cast. Roberts curtsied with her co-stars, but didn't address the packed house.
Before the curtain went up, fans (and a horde of photo-snapping press) were treated to a variety of arriving stars, including James Gandolfini, Diane Sawyer, Dave Matthews, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, Marcia Gay Harden, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr.
Emphasizing each adjective, Elaine Stritch properly summed up the vibe: "She's a great, big, huge movie star."
The transition to the stage by silver-screen beauties is one often fraught with peril. Early critical word on Roberts' performance has been negative, but most in attendance professed utter confidence in the actress.
"I don't even have advice; I have praise," said actor Mario Cantone. "She picked a great play."
"Three Days of Rain" first ran off-Broadway in 1997. Greenberg, the playwright, has since won a Tony for writing the acclaimed "Take Me Out."
James Lipton, host of Bravo's "Inside the Actor's Studio," also didn't have any notes for Roberts in her first big stage role.
"Words are words, a part is a part," said Lipton. "Much too much is made of the difference between the screen and the stage."
Some fans who had already seen "Three Days of Rain" in preview returned Wednesday night, content to witness what they seemed to feel was an almost historical occurrence.
Denise DePew had high marks for Roberts: "She's taken on Broadway real well."
It was the first Broadway play for 17-year-old Kari Lynn Cervini, who traveled from Rochester, N.Y., to see her favorite actress in a preview. She gushed: "It was just really cool to be in the same room as her."

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Cruise, Holmes Have Baby Girl Named Suri

When I was little, I love to see Tom Cruise's movie. I thought that he is the most handsome guy in the world compared with those I met at school. haha. And I read the news today, notice that he just got a baby girl named Suri. From Yahoo news, the Tomkitten has arrived. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, the public lovebirds dubbed TomKat by the media, had a baby girl Tuesday, said Cruise spokesman Arnold Robinson.

The baby, named Suri, weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20 inches long, he said.
"Both mother and daughter are doing well," Robinson said in a prepared statement.The name Suri has its origins in Hebrew, meaning "princess," or in Persian, meaning "red rose," the statement said. The baby was born in Los Angeles but the exact location was not disclosed.

"Yay, yay, yay," said actress and fellow Scientologist Kirstie Alley. "Bring her over so I can meet her." The news was announced just in time for Jay Leno to pass along word during taping of his "Tonight" show monologue."I just got a phone call that Tom Cruise had a baby girl about two minutes ago. No joke," Leno said.

It's the first child for Holmes, 27. Cruise, 43, has an adopted daughter and son from his marriage to Nicole Kidman. Details surrounding the birth, which was planned under the tenets of the Church of Scientology as a silent procedure, weren't disclosed. Scientologists believe words spoken during times of pain are recorded by the "reactive mind" and can potentially cause problems for mother and baby later in life.

A spokesman from the Church of Scientology International declined comment and referred inquiries to Cruise's publicist. Ironically, Suri was born the same day as Brooke Shields' newborn daughter, Grier Hammond Henchy. Shields and Cruise had a public spat last year after he criticized the actress for taking antidepressants following the birth of her first child. Appearing on the "Today" show, Cruise said there was no such thing as chemical imbalances that need to be corrected with drugs, and that depression could be treated with exercise and vitamins.

About a dozen reporters and photographers stood by outside the Beverly Hills home where Cruise and Holmes live. Security officers inside the compound videotaped the journalists. A publicity blitz for Cruise's new movie, "Mission: Impossible III," was set to begin Wednesday but the actor canceled all press appearances, a Paramount representative said. It was just about a year ago that Cruise's romance with Holmes became a world sensation. Cruise hopped up and down on a couch during an interview with Oprah as he professed his love. I can't be cool. I can't be laid-back," Cruise declared at the time. "Something happened and I want to celebrate it."

The antics were widely mocked but Cruise was unfazed and continued to avow his affection for Holmes. He and Holmes, a star of TV's "Dawson's Creek," had been first photographed together in Rome in April 2005. In June, Cruise announced to a Paris press conference that he had proposed to Holmes atop the Eiffel Tower. "Today is a magnificent day for me, I'm engaged to a magnificent woman," he said. No wedding date has been disclosed.