Mushwana looks to positively impact society

first_imgPlay Your Part ambassador Thobile Mushwana says he has always had the desire to make a long-term impact on society which will leave a lasting legacy. The founder of the Dental Marathon makes sure that all schoolchildren in the Free State learn about oral health.Thobile Mushwana is the founder of the Dental Marathon. (Image: Melissa Javan)Bloemfontein based, Play Your Part ambassador Thobile Mushwana is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dental Marathon, an organisation that aims to raise awareness and funds for oral health care and education in Africa.Dental Marathon was established in 2010 and has had an immensely positive impact since then. More than 180,000 schoolchildren benefit from the Dental Marathon initiative in Thobile’s hometown of Bloemfontein alone. This success necessitated the establishment of a global campaign to garner widespread reach of the impact.Thobile says he has always had the desire to play his part and make a long-term impact on society that will leave a lasting legacy. It is with this passion and aspiration to be an active citizen and contribute positively to society that Thobile led Dental Marathon, its sponsors and volunteers on a mission to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania on 3 June 2017.The Dental Marathon team hopes to raise R10 million to build a Dental Marathon House in Bloemfontein, which will offer free oral healthcare and education for children as well as set up two mobile clinics that will travel throughout South Africa.Following these initial plans, the organisation hopes to establish a house in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. Once these are complete, the Dental Marathon team has their eye on building houses across the continent.You can follow @ThobileMushwana on Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more


Make healthy choices this winter

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I love to write this column with a little bit of history, food, stats and a twist of humor. November is Diabetes month, so it’s going to be a little more serious. There are 30.2 million adults in the United States with diabetes. What’s shocking is that 23% of those 30 million don’t know they have it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranks diabetes as the 7th leading cause of death in the county. Diabetes can lead to leg and foot amputations, blindness, kidney and heart disease. It’s important to stay on top of this chronic disease. Be sure your Doc includes a fasting glucose and A1C (which is a 3-month average of how well your glucose levels are controlled) with your next routine bloodwork.As a student dietitian, I learned all about the diabetic diet, complications, meds and ways to stay in control. Today, 30 years later there is a better understanding of this disease’s progression. Many improvements in diabetes detection and advances in controlling diabetes through meds and devices have been made. The diet for diabetes has also changed from counting exchanges to counting carbs. The constant has been exercise and a diet low in fat and moderate salt to help prevent all those ugly complications.The CDC states one of every 10 Americans has diabetes but if current trends continue by 2050 it will rise to 1 out of every 3. Wow! The reason being the increase in the aging population, increase in obesity along with improved testing methods are part of this scary climb in numbers. What can we do? First there are both controllable and uncontrollable factors. Of course, we can’t change our genetics but we are able to work on the influences we can control such as weight and inactivity.I’ve coached people with diabetes for over 25 years. Lifestyle changes are never easy. It was a lot easier to coach others. We would start small, with three reachable goals but it was up to them to plan, shop, eat and to get moving. Coaching my own family has been met with quite a bit more resistance and poor sportsmanship. Postseason baseball has dominated our TV lately. In the World Series of life, the Detwilers are up to bat. We are coming to the plate with a 2-0 count. Our glucose numbers are approaching diabetes diagnosis along with other strikes such as aging, family history and that dreaded number on the scale, as it approaches batting average Hall of Fame numbers. Please join us as we work on these 3 goals.Goal One: Visit your doc and get your numbers checked regularly. Fasting blood glucose and your A1C (aiming for under 6). Get to a healthy weight. This means aim as you close as you can to BMI of 25 or below. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm \Goal Two: Get moving! Aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. No time for exercise start with no less than 10 minutes at a break or at lunch. I am very active but Paul’s activity is in the toilet! His new goal is to walk to the barn up and back, once daily which would take him about 20 minutes, giving him 100 minutes a week. Guess he’ll have to catch up on the weekends! As farms and machinery become more automated, this goal is becoming more important.Goal Three: Fill your plate with real food. Choose food with the least amount of processing, ingredients, fats, sugars, salt, additives and preservatives on the label. Shop around the perimeter of the store avoiding those tempting foods in bags, boxes and cans. Fill up your plate with lots of colorful fruits and veggies with a side of lean meats, low-fat dairy and wholegrains. Paul and I have a love affair with breads, starchy veggies, Doritos and sweets. This is going to be a challenge.In the Agriculture industry, our priority has been on our animals’ welfare, machinery condition and plant health. It’s time to make your own health a priority. To continue the sustainability of our industry, it starts with our own health. Take care of YOU.Eat Well & Healthy!Shelly Broccoli Mac and Cheese victoza.com  6 oz. reduced-carb penne pasta(Dreamfield’s brand)3 cups small broccoli florets1 tablespoon olive oil1 onion, finely chopped1 tablespoon white whole wheat flour1 3/4 cups fat-free milk3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese3/4 teaspoon dry mustard1/4 teaspoon salt1 Tbsp. plain dry whole wheat bread crumbs  Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 1 1/2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.Cook pasta according to package directions. Add broccoli during the last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain; transfer pasta and broccoli to a large bowl.Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce bubbles and thickens, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese, mustard, and salt, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.Pour the sauce over the pasta and broccoli in the bowl; toss to coat well. Spoon into baking dish. Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over top of the pasta mixture. Lightly spray with cooking spray. Bake until the edges are bubbly and the top is golden, about 25 minutes. Nutrition Per serving (1 cup): 310 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated, 0 g trans), 15 mg cholesterol, 390 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 17 g protein. Hearty Ham and Potato Soup Diabeticlivingonline.com  2 cups small cauliflower florets (about 1/2 inch in diameter) 2 tablespoons water 4 oz extra-lean lower-sodium ham, chopped (3/4 cup) 2 tsp. canola oil 1 c chopped red sweet pepper 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 ounces red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 3/4 c no-salt-added chicken broth 1/8-1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper 12 – oz can evaporated fat-free milk 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/2 cup sliced green onions (4) 2 Tbsp. light butter or diet margarine 1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage 2 ounces reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1/2 cup)  In a small microwave-safe bowl combine cauliflower and the water. Cover with vented plastic wrap. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) 3 to 5 minutes or until cauliflower is very tender. Cool slightly; drain. Place cooked cauliflower in a food processor or blender. Cover and process or blend until pureed. Set aside. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan cook ham in 1 teaspoon of the hot oil over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Using a slotted spoon, remove ham; set aside.In the same large saucepan cook sweet pepper and garlic in the remaining 1 teaspoon hot oil 3 minutes. Stir in potatoes, broth, and crushed red pepper. Bring to boiling over high heat; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 10 minutes or just until potatoes are tender.In a small bowl combine evaporated milk and cornstarch, stirring until smooth. Add to saucepan; cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in 1/4 cup of the green onions, the margarine, sage, ham, and pureed cauliflower. Cook over medium-low heat 5 minutes to heat through and allow flavors to blend. Serve topped with cheese and the remaining 1/4 cup green onions. Makes 4- 1 ½ c servings; Nutrition per serving: 296 cal., 11 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 33 mg chol., 623 mg sodium, 30 g carb. (3 g fiber, 16 g sugars), 20 g pro.  Carrot Cake Diabeticgourmet.com 7/8 cup all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder½ teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon ground allspice2 large egg whites1/4 cup eggbeaters3/8 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener3 tablespoons reduced fat margarine1/2 cup honey1 teaspoon vanilla extract3 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce3 tablespoons canola oil2 1/4 cups finely shredded carrot1/3 cup walnutsbutter flavored cooking spray  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice. Set aside.In small bowl whisk together egg whites and eggbeaters. Set aside.In large bowl beat Splenda Granulated Sweetener, margarine, honey, vanilla, applesauce, and canola oil. Mix in egg mixture, stir until well mixed. Stir in flour mixture, then carrots and walnuts.Pour into greased 8 cup loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool, ice if desired. Makes 10 servingsNutritional information per serving: Calories: 190; Fat: 9 grams Fiber: 2 grams; Sodium: 270 mg; Protein: 4 grams; Carbs: 26 gramslast_img read more


Britain Aims for Deep Cuts in Carbon Emissions

first_imgIt has been a busy week for Chris Huhne, Britain’s secretary for energy and climate change. On Tuesday he announced the government’s commitment to a 50% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. On Wednesday, he said the government would submit, for ratification by Parliament, guidelines for developing major energy infrastructure projects, including those based on nuclear power.As noted in a recent post by energy-and-metals news source Platts, the infrastructure-planning guidelines, called National Policy Statements, provide a framework for decisions on planning applications for such projects.Huhne has been mentioned by GBA for his advocacy of the Passivhaus standard, which he has said he would like to see adopted as the convention, rather than the exception, for new-home building in the U.K. as it strives to bring all new homes to zero-carbon performance.An attempt at green innovation in difficult economic timesHuhne now has his hands full, in any case. The U.K.’s attempts at economic recovery – while the government simultaneously imposes stringent budget-austerity measures and sets challenging energy conservation goals – are being closely watched. Meanwhile, Britain’s treasury department and some of the country’s business interests have pushed back against the emission-target commitments over worries they would reduce the U.K.’s growth prospects and international competitiveness.As noted in a recent overview posted by The Independent, the government also has cut funding for clean-energy technologies such as solar power, and the coalition government’s newly announced “green bank” – an entity established specifically to invest green technologies – will not be able to borrow money for renewable-energy projects until 2015 (although it does already have about $4.85 billion to invest).Still, the secretary has vowed to make the transformation to low-carbon living as economically palatable for businesses as possible, in part through shifts to nuclear power and offshore wind farms as the country reckons with its inventory of aging power plants.“We are demonstrating our desire to drive the changes needed to turn the U.K. into a dynamic, low-carbon economy that is attractive to investors in the new and growing low-carbon sectors,” Huhne said as he announced the carbon-reduction commitments during an address before the House of Commons. “We are also sending a clear signal to the international community: that the U.K. is committed to the low-carbon economy.”The next step will be to go from the legally binding commitments to concrete plans. It will be an interesting process every step of the way.last_img read more


Despite early exit, Philippines shows it can compete against world’s best 3×3 teams

first_imgColumbian forward CJ Perez is top PBA rookie for March Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue After a sizzling first day showing that saw Pasig Chooks and Balanga Chooks stunning top-ranked teams, they were stopped on their tracks by eventual champion Riga Ghetto, 15-21, and Liman, 21-19, respectively in the knockout playoff round late Friday.But Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 commissioner Eric Altamirano was none the less satisfied with what he saw from the Filipino bets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We made a statement that we belong here in the World Tour,” said Altamirano. “ “Seeing the level of play here and knowing that we can keep up with the world’s best, it will definitely make our players hungrier to get back in the next legs of the World Tour.Pasig and Balanga went 2-0 in the group stages. The Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3×3 champions took down no. 1 team Liman while Balanga shocked Riga, 19-17, to kick of their campaign. LATEST STORIES The Pasig quartet of Taylor Statham, Joshua Munzon, Angelo Tsagarakis, and Nikola Pavlovic claimed the fifth place to bring home $5,000 while Balanga’s Travis Franklin, Alvin Pasaol, Karl Dehesa, and Santi Santillan came in next in the 12-team meet.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 league owner Ronald Mascariñas vowed to continue support to help raise the level of 3×3 basketball in the country.“Now that we are back in the game, we will join every 3×3 tournament FIBA wants us to join,” he declared. “This is just the start for us. We will continue to raise the level of our league, hoping that one day we can be seen by the world as one of the elite 3×3 basketball countries.”Pasig Chooks is schedule to play in Kunshan Challenger, a qualifier to the Chengdu Masters, from May 18 to 19.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine teams may have failed to make a deep run in the 2019 Fiba 3×3 World Tour Masters, but they proved that they could keep up with the world’s best in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img MOST READ Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’ PLAY LIST 01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more


Canadas high court to hear appeal in charges against Surrey Six investigators

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s highest court has agreed to hear an appeal from the special prosecutor assigned to handle cases tied to the so-called Surrey Six murders in Surrey, B.C.The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled it will hear special prosecutor Chris Considine’s appeals of a 2015 ruling from the B.C. Supreme Court and a 2017 decision from the B.C. Court of Appeal.Court-imposed bans prohibit the release of details but the high court says the matters relate to allegations that four RCMP officers involved in the murder investigation engaged in inappropriate conduct while managing a protected witness.Derek Brassington and Paul Johnston, David Attew and Danny Michaud face charges including breach of trust, obstruction of justice and fraud.The charges laid in 2011 stem from the investigation of the gang-related murders of six men, including two innocent bystanders, in a Surrey highrise in October 2007.The trial for the four men was expected to begin in 2013, but has been delayed repeatedly.last_img read more