CVAA will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on May 29, 2014, at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. This dinner will also mark a milestone in its nutrition program, having served 9 million meals to seniors in the Champlain Valley. CVAA provides services and supports to enable seniors to remain in the setting of their choice for as long as safely possible. CVAA gives seniors a voice to be able to live the life they choose. Each year over 230,000 Meals on Wheels are delivered to seniors in the Champlain Valley.This dinner will honor John Barbour and Amy Tarrant. Barbour is CVAA’s Executive Director who is retiring from the agency after 34 years of advocating for seniors. Tarrant is a longtime supporter of senior services whose generous support has allowed CVAA to weather federal budget cuts without denying services to any senior.The 40th Anniversary Dinner will feature a 70’s themed mixer with one of kind raffle packages including Jet Blue Travel Vouchers, tickets to the Boston Red Sox, weekend getaways and much more. This Ruby Red Dinner Celebration will feature a special performance by Lyric Theater. Tickets are $80 and are available at www.cvaa.org/40dinner.html(link is external).“CVAA is a vital part of our community, in particular for our Vermont Seniors and their caregivers.” Patrice Thabault owner of the Vermont franchise of Home Instead Senior Care and presenting sponsor of the 40th Anniversary Dinner commented that ”Home Instead Senior Care has been a partner with CVAA for 11 years, and we are honored to recognize and celebrate CVAA for all that it does for our seniors, and to honor John Barbour for his leadership and dedication for the past 34 years.”CVAA is a non-profit organization that empowers seniors to live well. CVAA works with seniors and caregivers, offering guidance and providing the support and services they need, when they need them. With the help of community partners and volunteers, CVAA serves over 10,000 seniors. Established in 1974, CVAA is known as the resource for seniors in the Champlain Valley (Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties). For more information call 1-800-642-5119 or click on cvaa.org(link is external).
Goal is to recast process, broaden access, and encourage college-going mindset for all studentsVermont Business Magazine A diverse coalition of public and private colleges and universities that includes the University of Vermont is coming together with the goal of improving the college admission application process for all students. The coalition is developing a free platform of online tools to streamline the experience of planning for and applying to college. In creating the platform, the colleges and universities hope to recast the college admission process from something that is transactional and limited in time into a more engaged, ongoing and educationally reaffirming experience.They also hope to motivate a stronger college-going mindset among students of all backgrounds, especially those from low-income families or underrepresented groups who have historically had less access to leading colleges and universities.“We are very enthusiastic about this initiative,” said Stacey Kostell, UVM’s vice president for enrollment management, who played a role in enrolling public universities in the consortium. “We’re hopeful that it can bring more students from diverse backgrounds to college, make the application more meaningful, and take some of the stress and anxiety out the process.”The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success currently includes more than 80 public and private universities and colleges across the United States that have made a commitment to make college affordable and accessible for students from diverse backgrounds, and for students to be successful in completing their education.The coalition, which continues to add members, will be working over the next few months to develop tools and processes that are intended to address many of the barriers that prevent students from attending college or successfully earning a degree.The online tools — which will include a digital portfolio, a collaboration platform, and an application portal — seek to reshape the process of applying to college as the culmination of students’ development over the course of their high school careers, reducing the unfamiliarity of the application and leveling the playing field for all students.UVM plans to implement the system for the class that will enroll in the fall of 2018.Many talented students who should aim for a good school often don’t understand the path to get there. For example, research has found that students from disadvantaged backgrounds often do not participate effectively in the college application process, struggle with applying for financial aid, and often do not get awarded all the financial aid they qualify for.As a result, even the most highly qualified students either do not attend college, attend a college that does not engage their full potential or do not complete their degrees. Attending a high school with a college-going culture greatly increases students’ college success.The Coalition hopes to address these findings through its free online tools and increased transparency around admissions and financial aid.Members of the coalition include a diverse group of public universities that have affordable tuition along with need-based financial aid for in-state residents, and private colleges and universities that provide sufficient financial aid to meet the full, demonstrated financial need of every domestic student they admit. Coalition schools graduate at least 70 percent of their students within six years, with many having much higher graduation rates. UVM has a 75 percent six-year graduation rate.Additional details about the application process enabled by the platform will be announced before summer of 2016. More information can be found at coalitionforcollegeaccess.org(link is external).Coalition member institutions:Amherst College Bates College Bowdoin College Brown University Bryn Mawr College California Institute of TechnologyCarleton CollegeClemson UniversityColby CollegeColgate University College of Holy Cross College of William & Mary Colorado College Columbia University Connecticut College Cornell University Dartmouth College Davidson College Duke University Emory University Franklin and Marshall College Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology Grinnell College Hamilton College Harvard University Haverford College Illinois State University Indiana University, Bloomington James Madison University Johns Hopkins University Miami University, Ohio Michigan State University Middlebury College Mount Holyoke College North Carolina State University, RaleighNortheastern University Northwestern University Oberlin College Ohio State University Penn State Pomona College Princeton University Purdue University Reed College Rice University Rutgers University, New Brunswick Skidmore College Smith College St Olaf College Stanford University State University of New York, College at GeneseoState University of New York, University at BuffaloSwarthmore College Texas A&M University Tufts University Union College University of ChicagoUniversity of Connecticut University of Florida University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUniversity of Maryland, College Park University of Michigan University of Minnesota, Twin Cities University of Missouri University of New Hampshire University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUniversity of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University of Rochester University of South Carolina University of Vermont University of Virginia University of Washington Vanderbilt University Vassar College Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityWashington University in St. Louis Wellesley College Wesleyan University Williams College Yale University
The University of Vermont Medical Center,Vermont Business Magazine Imagine, after so many things have gone wrong all day, slipping into bed, smelling fresh clean sheets and resting your head on a soft pillow. Imagine feeling safe and warm after fighting with the deep winter cold all day. Can you imagine this and factor in that you are homeless? Helping to provide clean sheets and a safe space for the homeless in Chittenden County is just one piece of the work that UVM Medical Center (UVMMC) does for our community.On Thursday, May 17, the UVMMC will be presented the Northern New England Community Action Community Service Award at their annual conference at Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine. Eileen Whalen, President of UVM Medical Center will accept the award on behalf of the Medical Center.The UVMMC is a champion of addressing homelessness within our community first by supporting the ongoing low-barrier Emergency Warming Shelters with funding and hands-on volunteer help. John Collinsworth and his exceptional crew in Supply Chain at UVMMC have provided daily fresh linens for three warming shelters for the past four years. Individuals and entire Medical Center departments have provided meals, daily living supplies and hand and foot warmers on frigid winter days and nights. And more than needed supplies, they have given their volunteer time to staff these shelters.But there’s more. The UVMMC created the Housing Is Health Care Campaign in collaboration with community partners to make Harbor Place (a motel), and Beacon Place and the Bel Air (former motels) into places where some of our most vulnerable Vermonters, including some facing homelessness, could find temporary or permanent housing with support services on site. Their leadership has worked with and been present at the Chittenden Homeless Alliance meetings and events. The Medical Center Foundation funded and supported Coordinated Entry when there was a funding gap and the need was immediate. Medical Center interns are present at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf to directly aid those in need with foot care, blood pressure checks and community wellness intervention. CEO, Dr. John Brumsted, met with Rob Meehan, Director of the Food Shelf, to learn, listen and brainstorm about the needs of those served. Three key employees have given generously of their expertise serving on the board of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO).The vision of UVM Medical Center is to work with community partners in improving people’s lives. They walk the miles needed in meeting their mission by integrating patient care, research and education, and they do it all in a caring environment. This happens within their buildings, but also on the street, and in the places where people live. Jan Demers, Executive Director of CVOEO, says, “The UVM Medical Center’s relationship with the community is both personal and corporate, creating new avenues of health and wellness, and innovative ways of addressing poverty. They are a valued and faithful partner.”ABOUT VERMONT COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIPThe Vermont Community Action Partnership is comprised of BROC Community Action (serving Bennington and Rutland Counties), Capstone Community Action (serving Washington, Orange and Lamoille Counties; Granville and Hancock in Addison County; Pittsfield in Rutland County; Barnard, Bethel, Rochester, Royalton, Sharon and Stockbridge in Windsor County), Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (serving Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties), NorthEast Kingdom Community Action (serving Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia Counties), and SouthEastern Vermont Community Action (Windham and Windsor Counties, except for Barnard, Bethel, Rochester, Royalton, Sharon and Stockbridge in Windsor County).Source: CVOEO
Shawnee Mission Director of Safety and Security John DouglassIn the months following graduated Shawnee Mission student Kessler Lichtenegger’s arrest for sexually assaulting a minor and revelations that he had faced similar charges for sexually assaulting a fellow SM East student four years earlier, the school district has adopted what Director of Safety and Security John Douglass characterizes as a “more aggressive” procedure to devise education plans for students facing criminal charges.Douglass said that the district has codified an internal procedure that requires the district’s Associate Superintendent Over Instruction and Director of Secondary Education to meet with the building principal and Douglass to develop an individual education plan for students who have been indicted. The administrators work to develop an education plan that “guarantees the safety of others” and “drives the most protection” for all involved.Though he declined to comment on specific cases, Douglass acknowledged that the district had employed the procedure “on a couple of occasions” since this summer.Word that Lichtenegger had been allowed to continue attending SM East after assaulting a classmate in 2011 caused a wave of protest from members of the school community, who wondered why he wasn’t removed from the building — particularly considering that his victim was forced to see him in the halls and in classrooms.In an interview Friday, Douglass reiterated that Kansas law poses a challenge to school districts because it requires them to provide a “free and unencumbered” education to students regardless of their legal issues. Other states allow school districts more leeway in kicking out students who are deemed a threat to others. While Kansas districts are not required to provide students their education at any particular facility, Douglass noted that the district is required to provide them an education.“It is a very thorny situation because we take an individual out of a school because it’s not safe for him to be there, and you move him to another school and people wonder whether it’s safe for him to be at that new school,” he said.Lichtenegger was sentenced to 17 years in prison last week for the latest charges.
Funky Mama will be back to get the kids movin’ at VillageFest Tuesday.There will be no shortage of opportunities to celebrate Independence Day in NEJC this year, with a fireworks display tonight and three city-sponsored festivals tomorrow. Here’s what you need to know:Three-city fireworks displayThe annual fireworks display put on by Fairway, Roeland Park and Westwood will take place tonight, Monday, July 3, just after dusk on the grounds of Bishop Miege High School and St. Agnes Catholic School. Parking will be limited at the site of the display as well as in the surrounding neighborhoods, so organizers encourage anyone who can walk to the display instead of drive to do so. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket.VillageFestVillageFest returns to the Prairie Village Municipal Grounds for its 21st year on Tuesday morning. The festivities commence with a pancake breakfast under the Harmon Park pavilion at 7:30 a.m. The annual patriotic ceremony, which includes the announcement of this year’s Community Spirit Award winners, starts at 8:30 a.m. The games and rides will get fired up at 9 a.m. and run through 1 p.m.More information is here.The full VillageFest schedule is embedded below:[gview file=”https://dfv6pkw99pxmo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/03075335/VillageFest2017Flyer.pdf”]Leawood Fourth of July CelebrationLeawood’s annual holiday festivities come to Leawood City Park Tuesday evening, and feature entertainment and food vendors as well as kids activities. The event opens at 5 p.m. with free general admission and a $5 fee for an all-access ride and activities band for kids 14 and under. All food and activities vendors will be accepting cash only. Organizers ask attendees not to use bill larger than $20. Music from Four Fried Chickens and a Coke will run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The annual fireworks display will commence around 9:45 p.m.More information is here.Overland Park Star Spangled SpectacularOverland Park’s annual Independence Day events return to Corporate Woods Tuesday evening, with activities kicking off at 4 p.m. and fireworks scheduled for 9:30 p.m. You can find more information on the entertainment schedule here. An event map is below:
The Huffington Post:One of the core principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, the 12-step addiction-recovery program, is authenticity. At least two of the steps emphasize the importance of honest moral inventory, and the AA “chip” — the medallion handed out to commemorate periods of continued sobriety — reads, “To thine own self be true.”The people who created AA back in the 1930s were not scientists or philosophers, but the early literature contains many insights that scientists have verified in intervening years. The link between authenticity and morality and psychological health is not intuitively obvious. Some philosophers have indeed argued that the desire to be authentic — to act in a way that is consistent with one’s values and sense of self — is linked to well-being. But others have just as forcefully argued the opposite: that learning to express thoughts and feelings that obscure one’s true inner state is an important adaptation for successful living.A team of psychological scientists has been working to resolve this issue empirically. Francesca Gino, Maryam Kouchaki and Adam Galinsky — from the business schools at Harvard, Northwestern and Columbia, respectively — are not interested in addiction recovery as such, but they are interested in the psychological consequences of being true to oneself. Authenticity means not only owning one’s actions but acting in accordance with one’s thoughts, desires and needs. This commitment is essential for self-regulation, and violating this commitment leads to feelings of inauthenticity, which taint one’s moral self-concept and lead to emotional dysregulation. In short, being an imposter to oneself leads to moral and psychological distress.Read the whole story: The Huffington PostWray Herbert is an author and award-winning journalist who writes two popular blogs for APS, We’re Only Human and Full Frontal Psychology. Follow Wray on Twitter @wrayherbert. More of our Members in the Media >
Share But it can be difficult to work out exactly how far the science has come in this emerging field of research. So what evidence is there that your gut microbiota affects your brain?How does your gut talk to your brain?When you’re healthy, bacteria are kept safely inside your gut. For the most part, the bacteria and your gut live in harmony. (The gut has been known to nurture or even control the behaviour of the bacteria for your well-being.)The best evidence is that the normal channels of communication from your gut are being hijacked by the bacteria.So how do the bacteria get their signal out?The gut has a bidirectional relationship with the central nervous system, referred to as the “gut-brain axis”. This allows the gut to send and receive signals to and from the brain.A recent study found that the addition of a “good” strain of the bacteria lactobacillus (which is also found in yoghurt) to the gut of normal mice reduced their anxiety levels. The effect was blocked after cutting the vagus nerve – the main connection between brain and gut. This suggests the gut-brain axis is being used by bacteria to affect the brain.This link was clarified in a study where bacterial metabolites (by-products) from fibre digestion were found to increase the levels of the gut hormone and neurotransmitter, serotonin. Serotonin can activate the vagus, suggesting one way your gut bacteria might be linked with your brain.There are many other ways gut bacteria might affect your brain, including via bacterial toxins and metabolites, nutrient-scavenging, changing your taste-receptors and stirring up your immune system.How can the gut affect your mental health?Two human studies looked at people with major depression and found that bacteria in their faeces differed from healthy volunteers. But it’s not yet clear why there is a difference, or even what counts as a “normal” gut microbiota.In mouse studies, changes to the gut bacteria from antibiotics, probiotics (live bacteria) or specific breeding techniques are associated with anxious and depressive behaviours. These behaviours can be “transferred” from one mouse to another after a faecal microbiota transplant.Even more intriguingly, in a study this year, gut microbiota samples from people with major depression were used to colonise bacteria-free rats. These rats went on to show behavioural changes related to depression.Stress is also likely to be important in gut microbiota and mental health. We’ve known for a long time that stress contributes to the onset of mental illness. We are now discovering bidirectional links between stress and the microbiota.In rat pups, exposure to a stressor (being separated from their mums) changes their gut microbiota, their stress response, and their behaviour.Probiotics containing “good” strains of bacteria can reduce their stress behaviours.How gut microbiota affects your moodMedical conditions associated with changes in mood, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), might also be related to gut microbiota.IBS is considered a “gut-brain disorder”, since it is often worsened by stress. Half of IBS sufferers also have difficulties with depression or anxiety.Ongoing research is investigating whether gut bacteria are one reason for the mood symptoms in IBS, as well as the gastrointestinal pain, diarrhoea and constipation.Similarly, CFS is a multi-system illness, with many patients experiencing unbalanced gut microbiota. In these patients, alterations in the gut microbiota may contribute to the development of symptoms such as depression, neurocognitive impairments (affecting memory, thought and communication), pain and sleep disturbance.In a recent study, higher levels of lactobacillus were associated with poorer mood in CFS participants. Some improvements in sleep and mood were observed when patients used antibiotic treatment to reduce gut microbial imbalance.The exact contributions of stress and other factors such as intestinal permeability (which allows nutrients to pass through the gut) to these disorders are not understood. But the downstream effects seem to be involved in IBS, inflammatory bowel conditions, CFS, depression and chronic pain.How our gut affects our sleepOur mental health is closely linked to the quality and timing of our sleep. Now evidence suggests that the gut microbiota can influence sleep quality and sleep-wake cycles (our circadian rhythm).A study this year examined patients with CFS. The researchers found that higher levels of the “bad” clostridium bacteria were associated with an increased likelihood of sleep problems and fatigue, but this was specific to females only. This suggests that an unbalanced gut may precipitate or perpetuate sleep problems.There is emerging evidence that circadian rhythms regulate the gut immune response. The effect of immune cells on the biological clock could provide insights into the possible bidirectional relationship between sleep and the gut. For example, data from animal studies suggests that circadian misalignment can lead to an unbalanced gut microbiota. But this effect can be moderated by diet.There is growing concern that disruptions to our circadian timing of sleep leads to a range of health issues, such as obesity, metabolic and inflammatory disease, and mood disorders. This is particularly important for shiftworkers and others who experience changes to their sleep/wake patterns.What this means for treatmentIn terms of using interventions directed at the gut to treat brain disorders – so called “psychobiotics” – there is a lot of promise but little clear evidence.Probiotic (live bacteria) treatments in mice have been shown to reduce cortisol, an important stress hormone, and decrease anxious and depressive behaviours.But there are very few studies in humans. A recent systematic review of all the human studies showed the majority do not show any effect of probiotics on mood, stress or symptoms of mental illness.On the plus side, large studies show us that people who eat a balanced diet with all the usual good stuff (fibre, fresh fruit and vegetables) have lower rates of mental illness as adults and adolescents.Clearly, diet affects both the gut microbiota and mental health. Research is ongoing to see whether it is a healthy gut microbiota that underlies this relationship.A healthy gut microbiota is linked to a healthy brain. However there are only a handful of human studies demonstrating real-world relevance of this link to mental health outcomes.There is still a way to go before we can say exactly how best to harness the microbiota in order to improve brain function and mental health.By Paul Bertrand, Senior Lecturer in School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University; Amy Loughman, Associate Lecturer, Industry Fellow, RMIT University, and Melinda Jackson, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, RMIT UniversityThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Share on Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebook Email LinkedIn Our gut does more than help us digest food; the bacteria that call our intestines home have been implicated in everything from our mental health and sleep, to weight gain and cravings for certain foods. This series examines how far the science has come and whether there’s anything we can do to improve the health of our gut.The gut microbiota is the community of bugs, including bacteria, that live in our intestine. It has been called the body’s “forgotten organ” because of the important role it plays beyond digestion and metabolism.You might have read about the importance of a healthy gut microbiota for a healthy brain. Links have been made between the microbiota and depression, anxiety and stress. Your gut bacteria may even affect how well you sleep.
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — John Humphrey has been named the head of global automotive operations for J.D. Power and Associates. Humphrey, who has been with J.D. Power for more than 20 years, has significant experience across all dimensions of the company’s global automotive business, including research and consulting. The appointment represents an important step by J.D. Power to more effectively align its automotive operations on a global basis and enhance and extend its industry benchmarks. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “As domestic and international automakers move further along the curve of leveraging global scale, J.D. Power is aligning itself to better assist the industry with actionable Voice-of-the-Customer insights that will help drive profitability,” said Finbarr O’Neill, president of J.D. Power and Associates. “J.D. Power is moving to a global alignment that reflects today’s competitive environment, and John will fully leverage J.D. Power’s global reach and capabilities.” Humphrey most recently served as senior vice president of international operations for J.D. Power and Associates. In that role, he had overall responsibility for the company’s activities in Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, which includes offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Toronto, London and Munich. Humphrey has also served as director of the company’s China operations, residing in Shanghai from 2005 through 2006. Humphrey earned a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. As a result of this change, Gary Dilts will be leaving J.D. Power and Associates after three years of dedicated service. “Gary is a highly regarded industry executive who led J.D. Power’s U.S. automotive operations in the face of a very difficult environment,” said O’Neill. “We thank him for his many contributions.”
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