Humboldt Crabs take series against Seattle Studs thanks to big seventh-inning offense

first_imgArcata >> All the Crabs needed was for one blooper to fall.And just like that, the weight was off their shoulders and the bats woke themselves up.After staring at a zero in the hit column for nearly two hours Sunday afternoon, the Humboldt Crabs’ first hit was the appetizer to a main course in the form of a five-run seventh inning that propelled them to a 6-4 win over the Seattle Studs in front of a lively and loud 1,145 spectators at the Arcata Ball Park.“Sometimes just cracking through and …last_img

Lipid Levels vs. Plant-Based Diets

first_imgPhoto by Sarah PittmanLipid Levels vs. Plant-Based DietsBy Sarah Pittman, Senior Dietetics studentOne of the benefits of eating a plant-based diet is related to cardiovascular health. Studies have shown that eating a plant-based diet can reduce overall cholesterol and LDL levels. But studies have shown that a plant-based diet may not have any effect on increasing HDL or lowering triglyceride levels.What helps lower LDL and overall cholesterol the most? Phytosterols. Phytosterols help to decrease the absorption of cholesterol. The recommended intake of phytosterols is 2 g/day, (Cabral, C. E., Klein, M. R. S. T., 2017).Foods that are high in phytosterols include:Vegetable oils (wheat germ oil, rice bran oil, corn oil and canola oil)Whole grainsBran (rice bran, corn bran, wheat bran)Flour (soy flour, rye flour, whole wheat flour)Soybeans (Satija, A., Bhupathiraju, S., Spiegelman, D., Chiuve, S., Manson, J., Willett, W., & Rexrode, K., 2017).According to “Phytosterols-deficient and high-phytosterol diets developed for controlled feeding studies”,  while fruits and vegetables are relatively low in phytosterols by weight, they enhance the phytosterol content of a high-phytosterol diet due to their relative abundance.HDL and a plant-based diet:“The effect of a low-fat, plant-based lifestyle intervention (CHIP) on serum HDL levels and the implications for metabolic syndrome status – a cohort study”, looked at a lifestyle intervention where they took roughly 5,000 individuals to participate in a low-fat, plant-based eating pattern for 30 days. In those 30 days, they found that HDL actually decreased 8.7%.According to, “Association between plant-based diets and plasma lipids: a systematic review and meta-analysis” they also found from looking at 8,385 studies that included 30 observational studies and 19 clinical trials that consumption of vegetarian diets did, in fact, decrease total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol.All in all, a plant-based diet can be very beneficial for lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol although studies have shown that it may not be beneficial for HDL and triglyceride levels.What advice do you have for better cholesterol levels? We would love to hear from you!References:Yokoyama, Y. , Levin, S. , & Barnard, N. (2017).  Association between plant-based diets and plasma lipids: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  Nutrition Reviews, 75(9), 683-698. doi:10.1093/nutrit/nux030Satija, A., Bhupathiraju, S., Spiegelman, D., Chiuve, S., Manson, J., Willett, W., & … Rexrode, K. (2017). Healthful and Unhealthful Plant-Based Diets and the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in U.S. Adults. Journal Of The American College Of Cardiology, 70(4), 411-422. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2017.05.047Madigan, M. (2017). The Role of Plant-Based Nutrition in Preventing Heart Disease. University Of Toronto Medical Journal, 94(3), 17-24.Cabral, C. E., Klein, M. R. S. T. (2017). Phytosterols in the Treatment of Hypercholesterolemia and Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases. Arquivos brasileiros de cardiologia, 109(5), 475-482.Susan B. Racette, Ph.D., Catherine Anderson Spearie, M.H.S., R.D., Katherine M. Phillips, Ph.D., Xiaobo Lin, Ph.D., Lina Ma, M.S., and Richard E. Ostlund, Jr., M.D. Phytosterol-deficient and high-phytosterol diets developed for controlled feeding studies.Kent, L., Morton, D., Rankin, P., Ward, E., Grant, R., Gobble, J., & Diehl, H. (2013). The effect of a low-fat, plant-based lifestyle intervention (CHIP) on serum HDL levels and the implications for metabolic syndrome status – a cohort study. Nutrition & Metabolism, 10, 58. http://doi.org/10.1186/1743-7075-10-58This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

Minister board urge BC school trustee to resign over LGBTQ remarks

first_imgCHILLIWACK, B.C. – British Columbia’s education minister is joining calls for a school board member to step down after the trustee said education policies aimed at supporting LGBTQ students amount to child abuse.The Chilliwack Board of Education passed a motion Thursday asking trustee Barry Neufeld to resign over the comments he made on Facebook, saying Neufeld has lost the confidence of the board and partners in learning.Education Minister Rob Fleming echoed the call Friday in a Facebook post, saying Neufeld’s comments were hurtful and offensive, and undermine the goals of the school board and the ministry.Neufeld declined comment on the board’s motion or Fleming’s remarks when reached by phone on Friday but the board’s statement says Neufeld has stated he intends to continue in the position.In October, Neufeld criticized proposed changes to the board’s Safe Schools Policy that align with the B.C. Human Rights Code ensuring all students are free of harassment, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.He later apologized for his comments in a statement, saying he believes in a safe learning environment, but added that educational resources should be reviewed by parents and teachers before they’re implemented.In an interview with The Canadian Press in October, Neufeld said he believes the district’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity program encourages children to question their biological gender and consider gender transition.“Throwing that out there for Grade 4 children to consider, to me, that is not wise and it infringes on the rights of parents to make these decisions,” he said.The Chilliwack Board of Education says in a statement that it has received many letters from parents, teachers and other groups who expressed concerns about the controversial comments and they wanted Neufeld to resign.Fleming said the controversy has undermined the school district’s ability to “focus on other goals for student success.”“While individuals are entitled to their opinions, Mr. Neufeld has jeopardized student safety, divided his school community, and acted against board and ministry policies,” he said in a statement.Fleming noted that an education minister does not have the authority to dismiss an individual trustee, but he does not believe that Neufeld should continue in his role.“It’s time for him to now do the right thing for the Chilliwack school community and step down,” the minister said.Neufeld has been a trustee for two decades.last_img read more