On Saturday, August 18th the Oak Park Fix-It Cafe gathered at Oak Park United Methodist Church for their August meeting.
A recent study put out by the University of Michigan and the New York Obesity Research Center shows some striking similarities between junk food and drugs. Two studies were done, one where a group of 120 people were told to choose which foods were most associated with addictive-like eating behaviors and another using “hierarchical linear modeling” to find out which attributes caused these foods to become addictive.
Researchers showed people two photos side-by-side, one of a highly processed or fatty food and the other being a healthy food object, like a fruit or vegetable. The people were then told to choose which food they’d run into more difficulty with giving up or cutting down on eating said food. Most of the foods that were chosen had added amounts of refined carbohydrates which is what contributed to the “addictive” nature. The study found evidence that highly processed foods can be associated with “food addiction”. This is because they share characteristics with drugs such as their rapid rate of absorption and that you get the ingredients in the food in such high doses. The study stated that the next step in the research is the observe eating behaviors with these foods and factor in things like withdrawal and tolerance to find more conclusive evidence.
Evidence for highly processed foods being addictive in one way or another has been found. This could be found useful when it comes to helping solve the obesity problem in America.
“This is a first step towards identifying specific foods, and properties of foods, which can trigger this addictive response,” said Nicole Avena, the lead author of the study, in a statement, “This could help change the way we approach obesity treatment. It may not be a simple matter of ‘cutting back’ on certain foods, but rather, adopting methods used to curtail smoking, drinking, and drug use.”
On August 12, 2018, the Unite the Right 2 rally occurred at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC. This rally was to promote white supremacy and white nationalism. The previous rally was held in Charlottesville, Virginia the year before, which left one person dead after a man drove a car into a group of counter-protesters and left more than 35 people injured. The city of Charlottesville increased security on the anniversary of these tragic events. The city was full of marches against white supremacy and memorials for the people affected. The turnout for the rally this year was very small, participants were outnumbered by counter-protesters from members of over 40 anti-racism groups
Counter-protesters held signs with the phrases “Shut down white supremacy!” and “NO Nazis, NO KKK, NO Fascist USA.” on them. Maurice Cook, who organized the March for Racial Justice, said that the reason that they were there was “to let everyone know we support each other.” Shortly after the rally had begun, the white nationalists left the park because of signs of rain. As they were leaving, the anti-protesters stayed on them, chanting and waving signs. The police that were at the event kept the two groups separated to avoid violence.
On Saturday, August 4th, friends, family, and fans gathered at the Colonial Theatre to celebrate the life of Virgil Flynn III with a memorial wrestling show.
On July 20th, a paper was published in the journal Pediatric Obesity by researchers at Louisiana State University about a study they had completed. In the paper, 46 overweight children, aged 10 to 12, were chosen and split into two groups. One group was given an Xbox 360, Kinect, and four games that require the Kinect while the other group was told to continue on with their usual routines. By the end of the study, they found that the group using the Kinect and “active-play” video games saw a three percent reduction in body mass index while the other group had a one percent increase.
In California alone, 31.2% of children between the ages 10 and 17 are considered overweight or obese. Nowadays, it seems like nearly everyone is glued to a screen, be it a television, computer, or smartphone. Perhaps this thinking is what brought this study to be, using video games, which are usually viewed as something causing health issues, to help kids lose weight. The use of the Kinect could cause some grief, however. While revolutionary at it’s launch, the Kinect has been said to be unreliable at times and difficult to use.
“As a gamer who’s earliest memories are with the Wii, I find them to be lacking in precision,” said Jacob Sasaura, a Sacramento teen and video game enthusiast. “I believe that video game peripherals such as the Kinect can work for certain kinds of people. Some people might find a game like this to be quite exciting, finding a real sense of accomplishment and gratification as the screen shows them their latest health gains. However, the very same kind of stimulus that engages those people can seem childish and unnecessary to others. A video game’s effectiveness in terms of health is a case-by-case question.”
Nobody knows for certain if “active-play” video games can affect childhood obesity in the long run. Perhaps they could help for some time but the longevity of the program is still unknown. If this is being considered as one way to help battle childhood obesity, then we’re just going to have to see how effective it would really be in the long run.
On Monday, July 23rd, Sacramento residents joined State Senator Dr. Richard Pan at the Fruitridge Community Collaborative for free nutritious meals and health care services, including free dental and optical exams.
As much as one may hear that young people are the future, you don’t often see many people give youth the platform they need to prove that. Thankfully, the District 5 Youth Advisory Council is holding a Youth Town Hall for Sacramento youth to provide just that.
The 2018 Youth Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, August 8th at 6 PM at Hollywood Park Elementary School, 4915 Harte Way in Sacramento. The Town Hall will be open to youth between the ages of 13 to 18 to share their ideas to improve the community in the future in front of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Councilmember Jay Schenirer, and many other local policymakers.
“What I took out of this event is that the youth is ready,” said Tyrell Bell, a Sacramento resident who attended last years Youth Town Hall. “I’ve always assumed that, I’ve always assumed that the youth is ready for change. It doesn’t matter which generation you look at, all of us want to see change.”
At last years first ever Youth Town Hall, over 65 Sacramento young people came out to share their ideas and concerns. Mayor Steinberg is on the record as saying that one of his top three priorities while in office is youth. The 2018 Youth Town Hall will hopefully bring more Sacramento youth to speak to Mayor Steinberg himself. It aims to provide the youth a platform to show that they have the minds to help improve the city of Sacramento for everyone.
For more information on the 2018 Youth Town Hall, call 916-808-2688 or send an email to email@example.com.
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My name is Carlos Davila-Viera, and I was born on January 17th, 2000 in the city of Lima, Peru. I was born premature and as a result I was very small, like incredibly small to the point where you couldn’t even hear me cry sometimes. I didn’t stay in Peru long however as my family, consisting of my mom, dad, and older sister, moved to Sacramento, California when I was only one year old. Because of this, I’ve always considered Sacramento my home. When going back to Lima to visit, I get homesick because I’m so used to my surroundings in California.
I’ve gone to a Catholic school from Kindergarten to my senior year of high school which I just finished. That’s been a really big part of my life- not the fact that it’s Catholic but because of the people that I met there. When I was in second grade, my parents separated and my mom, sister, and I moved to Denver, Colorado because my uncle lived there. That’s what I consider one of the hardest years of my life, it was just awful. Getting to know new people, new places, going to a new school, getting new friends, it was tough and because of that, we moved back to Sacramento a year later.
When I returned to Sacramento, I met Joe, who would become my best friend, at the same school I had gone to. We were always in the same class but didn’t become friends until then. He lived right across the street from the school so I’d go to his house almost everyday. We’ve been together since then, through thick and thin and other cheesy things to say about a lasting friendship.
High school was an interesting transition because I was so used to a small Catholic elementary and middle school before transfering to a large Catholic high school. Luckily, my two closest friends in Joe and Jacob, who I had met a few years prior, were there to help me through that. I struggle with anxiety and self esteem issues so sometimes I become overwhelmed and while that wasn’t too great, something strange ended up really helping me with that.
The game “Super Smash Bros. for WiiU” is what helped me overcome these self esteem issues and escape my comfort zone. There was a club at Jesuit High School that was dedicated to playing the game competitively. I had it and played casually but I thought that I could at least try to be better, so I did and ended become one of the best three players in the entire club. This is where I met some of my closest friends that I hang out with almost every day. Meeting these people helped me open up and get over things more. They drive me to improve myself and not stop even when I face a difficult road. It was because of these people that I was cast in the Fall play at Jesuit, “Isaiah Says”, and it was because of the interest they had in my original screenplay that I continued writing it. Other than hanging out with friends and family, I like to watch movies, watch TV and play videos games,most of the time with friends and family. My three favorite films are Pulp Fiction,which sparked my love for film, Psycho, which I can watch anytime and just love, and, my all time favorite, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, a film that I can watch endlessly and quote almost every single line. My favorite TV shows are Parks and Recreation, Game of Thrones, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia which is, in my opinion, the funniest show on television. My favorite video games are Tetris which I’ve spent hours on in one sitting, Kingdom Hearts 2 (a childhood classic), and my favorite, The Last of Us, a game that I’ve played over eight times, all the way through, and am still not bored of it.
That’s really all there is to know about me. I’m just a guy that wants the best for everyone, I would do anything for my friends and family. I just want to see everyone happy because I think that’s what everyone deserves. I like to talk about things that I care about and hang out with people that I care about. I’ve been told I’m a good listener and incredibly kind, not to toot my own horn, it’s what others have said.
I’m really looking forward to this experience, thank you!