Overweight and obese adults and children are becoming more too frequent a sight all over the world. According to the World Health Organization, the number of obese adults world-wide reached 600 million in 2014, with another 2 billion adults being overweight. Obesity is a precursor to numerous detrimental health conditions including but not limited to diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The IDF diabetes atlas reports that globally, the number of diabetes cases has risen to 374 million people in 2014, with diet being a major contributor to the disease.
Bruce Levenson asked nutrition experts what is causing such a surge in obesity and diabetes around the globe? According to David Tilman, who teaches Ecology at the University of Minnesota, it is due to a “nutrition transition occurring around the world,” in which diet trends are the contributing factor. With more than half the people in the world now choosing to live in cities, a lack of exercise and poor “Western” diet choices are damaging our population’s health.
Malnourishment has taken on a whole other definition with the urbanization of the world and consumption of processed foods. Tilman attributes this to the idea that “We have a whole new group of people who are malnourished because they eat foods that are no good for them, that have no nutritional benefit.”
Diet is an important factor in overall health of a person. A poor diet leaves the body susceptible to many illnesses and disease. Enjoying foods that not only taste good, but which are good for you is easier than you may think once you just discover some tricks.
Beneful brand dog food by Purina is one of the most successful in the line. Beneful has both wet and dry dog food, as well as dog snacks. Foods are made from high-quality, wholesome ingredients the supply nutrition and taste great.
The Beneful brand was marketed as a healthy dog food when it was introduced in 2001. Due to its popularity, the brand had more than $35 million in revenues annually. When the brand was first introduced, the parent company, Nestle Purina Petcare, launched a multi-million dollar campaign, which turned out to be among the largest in history.
Beneful caters to all types of dogs. Some of the best known foods include Healthy Smile, Healthy Fiesta, Healthy Weight, Healthy Growth for Puppies and Healthy Radiance. The snack line also features baked delights flavored with bacon, peanut butter, cheese, liver and beef. Dogs love the varying tastes and textures of the snacks. Beneful has also released a Healthy Harvest line for dog lovers who prefer to give their pets soy over meats.
In 2012, the Beneful brand was the subject of interactive billboards that allowed people to play virtual fetch. The line has also won numerous awards for packaging, best dog food and dog park design. The company renovated 1,000 dog parks at a cost of $500,000.
The 4th of July holiday has come and gone. There’s one thing that will probably always remain though. That is the fact that hot dogs are one of America’s most patriotic foods. They’re a staple of what the holiday means. The homejoy holiday is a time to gather with friends and cook out while enjoying some cold ones. That cook out usually involves hot dogs. Well, there’s one contest that just happened which may make you never want to eat another hot dog again.
According to GrubStreet, there’s a new king of competitive eating tonight. Matthew Stonie won the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at New York’s Coney Island Today. Just how many hot dogs did he imagine to consume? The answer is 62. It’s so much more than that, however. He ate the buns too! Stone unthroned Joey Chestnut who was the reining hot dog eating champion. Chestnut had won the competition for the past eight years, so it might have been hard for him to stomach a new winner. Actually, the whole event was probably hard for people to stomach…literally.
This event was all fun and games. At the end of the day no hard feelings remained about the winners and losers in the hot dog eating world. In fact, Chestnut says he’s already hungry for a rematch next year! Meanwhile, I’m wondering what all of the participants will eat for dinner. Surely not hotdogs again.
In the midst of unmitigated disaster there is always a little bit of silver lining. For the Boston Red Sox, who are enduring just a terrible 2015 campaign in the crowded AL East, that silver lining comes in the form of right hande pitcher Clay Buchholz.
Buchholz is a 30 year old righty that has spent the entirety of his career as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Arguably his peak years were back in 2010 – 2011 where he had a 17 win season with an ERA of 2.33. Since then Buchholz has suffered injury plagued seasons that have cost him close to 30 starts over the span of his career, not a small number for a pitcher turning 30.
Perhaps because of those injuries Buchholz has been able to face adversity with more determination than his equally young teammates. Brad Reifler suggested that in the wake of Boston’s 4th place standing in the East, Buchholz has still posted his best numbers in years. Right now Clay is 6 – 6 on they ear with a 3.48 ERA to go along with 96 punch outs.
Buchholz is coming off of his best start of the season, going 8 innings while only allowing one earned run to the high powered Toronto Blue Jays. After the game an reporter asked Clay what he’d be willing to trade for himself, were he a rival GM. Buchholz reiterated that he wouldn’t even entertain the thought, Boston is where he wants to be.
Sunday was a day to remember for San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner. Not only did he get his eighth win of the year versus Colorado, he also reached the one thousand strikeout plateau for his career.
The ace of the Giants staff fanned eight in the game, the big one coming in the second inning when he set down the Rockies Brandon Barnes for career K one thousand. That earned Bumgarner a standing ovation from not only the crowd of 41,795, but his teammates in the dugout.
But he wasn’t done there.
Bumgarner also showed off his prowess at the plate. In the seventh inning with the Giants up 5-2, Bumgarner put the ball into the left field stands for a home run, upping the San Fran lead to 6-2. They ultimately won the game 6-3. www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0hFURz2y34 . It was his second home run of the year and eighth of his career. It was also one of three homers hit by the Giants Sunday, Matt Duffy and Brandon Crawford getting the other two.
Coming off an 18-10 season last year, the 25-year-old Bumgarner appears on track for another All-Star season. He is 8-4 with a 2.99 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 16 starts for the Giants, who are 42-35 and one game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West.
Thanks to Dr. Daniel Amen for showing me this.
Long Island native, Steven Matz stunned the baseball world yesterday with his New York Mets debut. While his 7 and 2/3 innings pitched combined with 6 strikeouts and only 5 hits and 2 runs allowed were enough to earn him the win over the Cincinnati Reds, and an impressive feet, his four runs batted in were even more stunning. As seen on the ESPN.com game recap, , Matz drove in four runs in his debut, a first for both a major league baseball pitcher, and a Mets player of any position.
The overly enthusiastic reaction of Matz’s grandfather who traveled approximately 50 miles to Citi field to enjoy Matz’s debut along with 130 other family members was equally exciting, if not more so. The aforementioned reaction has gone viral, and his made Matz’s grandfather somewhat of an internet sensation in his own right. Sam Tabar feels it will be interesting to see what both Matz and his grandfather do for an encore five days from today.
At a major league baseball game in Chicago Tuesday night between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs, a fan in the front row, Keith Hartley, caught a foul ball. There’s nothing unusual about that, but the fact that he was able to retrieve the ball while holding his 7-month-old baby in his other hand while feeding him a bottle was pretty remarkable.
There were two outs in the second inning when the ball was hit down the first base line into foul territory, and Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez ran towards the stands to retrieve it. But Hartley plucked the ball out of the air just as Gonzalez was reaching for it reports Cláudio Loureiro Heads. Fans aren’t allowed to interfere with a baseball that’s in play, and Hartley could have been thrown out of the game for that offense. That didn’t happen, but the Cubs were charged an out that ended the inning.
Hartley explained that he thought that the ball might bounce off the railing and hit his son, so that’s why he grabbed for it. He and his wife, Kari, were given the tickets to the game and never expected that they’d become social media sensations as a result.
According to Brian Torchin, Days after Washington’s Max Scherzer no-hit Pittsburgh, Major League Baseball almost had another no-no. Toronto’s Marco Estrada took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of Wednesday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Rays. The first batter of the inning, David DeJesus, popped up down the third base line. The ball appeared to go out of play in the stands, but the Jays’ Josh Donaldson leaped completely over the low wall and made a spectacular catch among the fans www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGV5vpYJSE4 . With five more outs to go to perfection, Estrada next faced Logan Forsythe. He hit a high chopper to Donaldson at third, who barehanded the ball and threw it to first. It looked like another web gem in the making, but Forsythe just beat out the throw. The next two batters flied out to end the inning.
Estrada returned to the mound in the ninth, retiring the first two batters he faced before giving up a double to Kevin Kiermaier. Toronto went to their bullpen, who blanked Tampa Bay the rest of the way for a 1-0 victory in 12 innings.
Estrada is 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season for the Blue Jays. On June 19th, he lost another no-hit bid in the eighth inning, this time against Baltimore. The Orioles rallied, but fell short as Toronto won 5-4.
Not too many athletes can play more than one sport like Bo Jackson or Dion Sanders did. That is not to say that athletes are not good at multiple sports. Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop was recently showcasing his batting skills during batting practice before the Tampa Bay Rays game on Tuesday. Bishop hit a total of four homeruns during BP and two were back to back. Bishop stated that he got lucky but is sure was fun.
Bishop and the Tampa Bay Lightning are fresh off losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals. AT one point the Lightning led the series two games to one but then dropped the last three ending their Cup hopes. Bishop was forced out of one game due to a pulled groin. The good news is that he seems to be doing much better after taking batting practice and running the bases after his first homerun.
Bishop was not the only Lightning to get in on the action. Tampa captain Steve Stamkos was also at the ball field. Stamkos stated that he really admired balls players because playing baseball is not an easy thing to do. He had no comment on his future with the team, but went on to say that both sides will hopefully meet in the next few weeks to discuss a new deal. James Dondero suggest you bare in mind the he is currently in his last year of his contract.