Thursday, July 21, 2016

We need to call American breakfast what it often is: dessert

In America, breakfast is often nothing more than disguised dessert, as this recent tweet from author and researcher Alan Levinovitz reminded us:
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Look no further than the menu at IHOP, where dessert for breakfast reigns. You can find such items as New York cheesecake pancakes or raspberry white chocolate chip pancakes, which come with a whopping 83 grams (nearly 21 teaspoons) of sugar. Remember that the government recommends no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar per person per day (though the average American consumes 23.)
But you don’t need to go to IHOP to get a day’s worth of sugar in your morning meal. The muffins that greet us in the bakery aisle and at the coffee shop can contain about 37 grams of sugar — or a little more than 9 teaspoons.
And yogurt? The fermented dairy product has the patina of a health food, thanks to its protein and beneficial bacteria.

SAVE THE DATE - 2016 Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit

Inline image 1Mark your calendars for Monday, October 3! Every year, our Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts the Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit. Our Summit will take place at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center (Salt Lake City). Registration will open in mid August.

The Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit is an annual event for Utah middle school students (7th, 8th, & 9th) and educators. The vision of the Summit is to inspire middle school students to increase academic engagement, become community leaders, and pursue higher education. The Summit provides an engaging educational program for middle school students and educators of ethnically diverse communities.

We hope you and your students can attend. Please help us share this information with the Utah community, forward to other individuals within your network. Also, there are VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES during our event. Please visit our website for updates and further details, at mca.utah.gov/myls.

 If you have questions, please contact Rozanna at rbenally-sagg@utah.gov, 801-245-7210 or Jenny at jhor@utah.gov, 801-245-7214.

Update on Algae Bloom

Elevated levels of a harmful bacteria in recently discovered in Utah Lake, Jordan River, and the Salt Lake County canal system, have prompted state and local agencies to restrict access to those bodies of water.

The harmful bacteria is caused by an algal bloom originating in Utah Lake, and has migrating into the Jordan River and Salt Lake County canal system. 

State and local officials are monitoring waterways daily at various locations in at least two counties. Some of the basic questions and answers about this bloom are listed at the bottom of this update.

The state of Utah today also published a link with answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Utah Department of  Environmental Quality: FAQs Part 1  and FAQs Part 2
Salt Lake City drinking water is not impacted. For questions related to culinary water call 801-483-6900.  Residents are strongly encouraged to avoid contact with water from these waterways, and to keep pets out of both the Jordan River and Liberty Park pond. Exposure can cause vomiting, nausea, and skin rashes. The toxins can cause neurological and liver damage if consumed. If you believe you have symptoms contact poison control at 1-800-222-1222. For pets/animals call SL County Animal Services at385-468-7387.

It is difficult to know exactly how long this situation will last. Experts are monitoring the Jordan River and canal system and updates will be posted here.
Liberty Park Temporarily Closed for Safety

Out of an abundance of caution, Salt Lake City Parks and Public Lands is temporarily closing the pond at Liberty Park. The pond is partially fed by sources connected to the Jordan River water system. Though no visible signs of contamination have been found, the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities has proactively taken water samples from the pond. The pond is serviced with “mixers” which continuously stir the water, which limits the possibility of algal contamination. The pond is being flushed with alternate sources of water and will be open for regular use when this is complete.

Note: No other water features in Liberty Park, including the Seven Canyons playground and the sprinkler system, are affected.

For updates on water conditions on Utah Lake and the Jordan River, go to alerts.utahcounty.gov to sign up for Utah Lake alerts. Create a profile, choose the method of contact, and select a location.

To receive updates on the status of the Jordan River and Utah Lake, be sure to choose the alert subscription for “Utah Lake” under “Utah County Alerts.” Utah County has added a tab for “Jordan River Alerts” for those in Utah and Salt Lake counties who would like ongoing information about the bloom.


Content from newsletter of
Andrew Johnston
Salt Lake City Council Member District 2

Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of children Ages 0-8

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This morning, the National Academies of Medicine released a new consensus study:Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8. The study, conducted by an ad hoc committee of experts, was funded by a cadre of public and private sector partners. Among those were several divisions within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Administration for Children and Families, the Health Resources Services Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the U.S. Department of Education; and philanthropic partners including the Bezos Family Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Foundation for Child Development, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the Packard Foundation.

The committee was tasked with examining the state of the research on parenting and family engagement – including parental knowledge, attitudes, and practices that support healthy child development- and with providing a robust set of policy recommendations and future research directions to help move this work forward.

ACF is eager to analyze the report, together with our partners, and use its findings to inform policy and ultimately better support the families and young children that we serve.

We encourage you to join a webinar today, hosted by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, that will highlight the report’s findings and recommendations. Please visit the following link to register:  https://nasevents.webex.com/nasevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=edc2e2bff39d481baac40ea0ba3d20c1b

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Utah Lake, Jordan River, and the Salt Lake City County Canal System Advisory


Utah Lake, Jordan River, and the
Salt Lake City County Canal System Advisory

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is going on?

Elevated levels of a harmful bacteria in Utah Lake, Jordan River, and the Salt Lake County canal system, have prompted state and local agencies to restrict access to those bodies of water. The harmful bacteria is caused by an algal bloom originating in Utah Lake, and is migrating into the Jordan River and Salt Lake County canal system. Salt Lake City residents are strongly encouraged to avoid contact with water from these waterways, and to keep pets out of the Jordan River. Salt Lake City drinking water is not impacted.

Who is affected?

Bacteria can cause health effects in both humans and animals. Residents and their pets are advised to avoid coming into contact with water from Jordan River and County canal system.

Those using secondary water for irrigation are encouraged to find alternate sources. For questions relating to irrigation water supply, contact Public Utilities.

Anglers are advised to avoid fishing in the waters or consuming fish from impacted sources.

City-sponsored activities on and around the Jordan River are subject to cancellation. Please contact the sponsoring agency (Youth City, Sorenson, etc.) for additional information.

Drinking water is not affected. For questions related to culinary water contact Salt Lake City Public Utilities at 801-483-6900.

How long will this last?

It is difficult to know exactly how long this situation will last. Experts are monitoring the Jordan River and canal system and updates will be posted on the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) website.

What if I come into contact with the water?

Exposure can cause vomiting, nausea, and skin rashes. The toxins can cause neurological and liver damage if consumed. If you believe you have symptoms contactpoison control at 1-800-222-1222.

For pets/animals call SL County Animal Services at 385-468-7387.

More Questions?

If you have any questions contact the Utah Department of Health 385-468-8888.

Andrew Johnston
City Council Member District 2

July 28th - The (SHEC) Cultural Competency Resource Guide Spotlight Webinar Series: Asian American & Pacific Islanders in the Southeast


The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) released their Cultural Competency Resource Guide last fall 2015. This guide was comprised of resources, trainers, institutions and publications about cultural and linguistic competency that can be shared with the 10 Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs), stakeholders and partners to help address cultural barriers with health care systems. Additionally, this guide includes important terms for members of the SHEC to become familiar with as the SHEC develops a common language around cultural competency. To view the resource guide, visit: http://region4.npa-rhec.org/in-the-spotlight/resourceguidewhitepaper.

To follow-up with the release of the Cultural Competency Resource Guide, the SHEC will be hosting three webinars in various regions of the country. The webinars will include speakers from organizations which focus on cultural competency. Upon completion of this webinar, the participant will be able to accomplish the following from the specific organizational perspective:
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1. Define cultural competency; 
2. Describe the diversity within the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community;
3. Explain the relationships among culture, language and health within the AAPI community; and
4. Identify cultural competency assessment and evaluation tools.

The focus of the webinar will be the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. and it will cover immigrants and refugees, with a focus on the AAPI community in Georgia.

DATE:  July 28, 2016

TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm. Eastern Daylight Time

SPEAKERS:
Moderators: Bettina Byrd‐Giles, Chief Executive Officer, The Bethesda Life Center, Inc.
Lynette M. Gibson, Associate Professor and Director of Research in Nursing, University of South Carolina Upstate Mary Black School of Nursing

Presenter: Victoria Huynh, Vice President of the Center for Pan Asian Community Services