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Are Aging Parents In La-La Land About Their Health?

By Carolyn Rosenblatt, Contributor

The United States of Aging Survey, conducted by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), UnitedHealthcare and USA TODAY reports on seniors’ perspectives on aging and what concerns them. Of interest is what doesn’t seem to concern them so much:  taking care of their health. …read more

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Michelle Obama Empowers Latino Community at Nation Council of La Raza Conference

By Kelly Miterko

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the National Council of La Raza annual conference

Ed Note: This is a cross post from the blog of letsmove.gov. You can find the original post here.

Speaking to over 1,800 attendees at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Annual Conference yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama exclaimed, “Food is love… it’s how we pass on our culture and heritage as meals become family traditions and recipes are passed on from generation to generation.”

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the National Council of La Raza annual conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 23, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

But, said Obama, pointing to health issues like the rise of diabetes, “while food might be love, the truth is that we are loving ourselves and our kids to death.”

Significant racial and ethnic disparities in obesity prevalence among U.S. children and adolescents are a reality. Currently, nearly 40 percent of Hispanic children in this country are overweight or obese. Hispanic kids ages nine to 13 are only half as likely to participate in organized physical activity outside school. And, unhealthy products are being disproportionately targeted towards our nation’s Latino communities.

As the largest national Hispanic and civil rights advocacy organization in the United States, NCLR recognizes that Latino families face higher rates of hunger, food insecurity, and obesity and has taken a leadership role in trying to address these issues. NCLR’s Comer Bien (Eat Well) Initiative encourages the work of the First Lady’s Let’s Move!Initiative, and provides access to nutritious food through federal food assistance programs, resources, and nutrition education to Latino parents and their families. Additionally, NCLR has been a tremendous advocate and partner on key initiatives like MiPlato (MyPlate) and La Mesa Completa (USDA’s SNAP program).

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Remarks by the First Lady to the National Council of La Raza

By The White House

Earnest M. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, Louisiana

11:59 A.M. CDT

MRS. OBAMA: Buenos dias! Oh, my goodness. You all rest yourselves. You've been busy. I understand you are having a phenomenal conference. And it is such a pleasure to be here with all of you today for this 2013 Annual Conference.

Of course, I want to start by thanking Janet not just for that very kind introduction, but I want to thank her, as well as Jorge Plasencia, for their leadership, for this outstanding organization. I also very much want to thank all of you who are part of this great American organization.

As you know, for more than four decades, NCLR has served as a powerful voice on the most important issues of our time — from voting rights to health care, from education to immigration. Because of all of you, your steadfast work, we have seen such great progress for the Latino community and for our country.

And please know that whether it’s implementing health reform or passing common-sense immigration reform, your President and his administration are going to keep working with you and fighting with you every step of the way. (Applause.) Know that. And I know these debates are hard — particularly on immigration. But do not give up, because I promise you that my husband won’t give up until a good bill gets on his desk. (Applause.)

That's because in the end, these issues are all about one simple thing: They’re about achieving the American Dream. They’re about building a country where no matter who you are, or where you’re from, or what you look like, or who you love, you can build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids.

But, of course, as you all know, keeping that dream alive isn’t just about changing our laws out in Washington. It’s also about changing people’s lives on the ground. It’s about the grassroots, community-based work that so many of you have been doing for so long. And that's especially true of the issue that I want to discuss with you today — as Janet mentioned, an issue that affects the lives of children and families across this country — and that is the epidemic of childhood obesity in America today.

Now, we often talk about this issue as a policy issue, which it is, since our laws certainly affect our children’s health. And we often say that it is a public health issue, which is true, since we now spend $190 billion a year treating obesity-related illnesses like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. But more than anything else, how we raise and nourish our children is very much a family issue. It’s very much a community issue.

And see, that’s where it gets complicated, because that's where it gets personal and emotional. Because the truth is, for so …read more

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Eight converts sentenced in Iran for 'National Security' violations

By George Whitten

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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

TEHRAN, IRAN (Worthy News)– Eight Iranian Christians received long sentences Tuesday after being convicted of “action against the national security,” a bogus charge often used against Muslim converts to Christianity, according to Morning Star News.

However, Iranian Christian leaders denied that they or their church had any involvement in subversive activity.

“While individual Christians are entitled to hold political opinions, the church does not. These charges are entirely without foundation … However, as loyal citizens we will continue to pray for our leaders and for peace and reconciliation in our nation,” said the National Council of the Church of Iran in a recently released statement.

All eight members of the Church of Iran were sentenced in Shiraz: Mohammad Roghangir was sentenced to six years; Massoud Rezaie, five years; Mehdi Ameruni and Bijan Farokhpour Haghighi, three years each; Shahin Lahooti and Suroush Saraie, two-and-half years each and Eskandar Rezaie and Roxana Forughi to one year each in prison.

Most of the converts were arrested during a raid of an evening prayer service last October and all were detained at Plaque 100, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry’s detention center; they were only released after paying exorbitant bail amounts — between $80,000 and $200,000 (USD) — that caused financial hardships to their families and fellow congregants.

As Iran is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that protects the freedom of belief for all religious minorities, Christian Solidarity Worldwide Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas called for the unconditional release of the eight converts.

“It is both disappointing and deplorable that the Iranian regime persists in detaining religious minorities on political charges, as has occurred once again in this case,” Thomas said in a press release. “These Christians in no way constitute a threat to the state.”

CSW Press Officer Kiri Kankhwende told Morning Star News that it was not uncommon for theocratic states to subject religious minorities to political charges since their beliefs are considered a threat to its status quo.

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Boy Scouts proposing to lift gay ban for youth

Under pressure over its longstanding ban on gays, the Boys Scouts of America is proposing to lift the ban for youth members but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders.

The Scouts announced Friday that it would submit this proposal to the roughly 1,400 voting members of its National Council at a meeting in Texas the week of May 20.

Earlier, the BSA had indicated it might give local Scout units the option of admitting gays as both youth members and adult leaders, or continuing to exclude them

The BSA said Friday it changed course due in part to results of surveys sent out this year to members of the scouting community.

Gay-rights groups have demanded a complete lifting of the ban. Some churches and conservative groups want it maintained.

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Prominent Germans urge protection for Iran exiles

Several prominent Germans are urging the U.S. and Europe to take in members of an Iranian opposition group whose lives are at risk in Iraq.

The call was made Wednesday at a meeting in Berlin of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, whose militant wing is housed at a former U.S. base in Baghdad. A rocket attack last February claimed by a Shiite militant group killed at least seven members.

Iraq‘s government considers the 3,100-strong group as terrorists and moved them to the camp pending resettlement abroad.

But the process has stalled because countries are reluctant to accept them.

The Germans, including a former senior diplomat and an ex-advisor to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, said Germany should take in the exiles as a humanitarian gesture.

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Elementary School Teachers to Attend Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

By Business Wirevia The Motley Fool

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Elementary School Teachers to Attend Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

  • Two hundred teachers from 50 states to upgrade math and science teaching skills
  • ExxonMobil partnered with PGA golfer Phil Mickelson to improve math and science education
  • Academy has trained nearly 3,6000 teachers impacting more than 230,000 students

IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Two hundred elementary school teachers from across the United States have been selected to attend the 2013 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a professional development program designed to enhance math and science teaching skills. Participants learn how to bring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to life in the classroom, to inspire students to study and pursue careers in the critical fields.

“Today’s teachers and students must learn how to ‘speak science’ to ensure we remain competitive as a nation,” said PGA golfer Phil Mickelson. “The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy encourages teachers to use real-world examples and in-class experiments to build excitement about STEM learning, educating the next generation of American innovators.”

The successful educators teach third through fifth grade and were chosen from more than 1,500 applications submitted at www.sendmyteacher.com. Selection was based on teacher qualifications, dedication to inspiring students at an early age and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession. A panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association selected participants to attend the national academy, held July 22-26, 2013, at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The academy is an intensive, one-week, all-expenses-paid program developed in 2005 when ExxonMobil partnered with Mickelson and his wife, Amy. Launched with support from the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions, the initiative has trained 3,600 teachers benefiting more than 230,000 students nationwide. In addition to the 200 teachers attending this year’s national academy in New Jersey, 400 more teachers will attend regional academies in Louisiana and Texas.

“The academy reaffirmed my belief that the classroom can and should be one of the most exciting places a child visits,” said Krissy Venosdale, a teacher from St. Louis who attended in 2012. “Educators can reinvigorate their classrooms by sharing real-world applications of science and technology – like our country’s space program.”

Currently, U.S. students rank 17th and 25th globally in math and science, respectively, according to results from the 2009 Programme for …read more
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Business As Usual For Menendez Amid Investigations

By Breaking News

Bob Menendez SC Business as usual for Menendez amid investigations

WASHINGTON — Beyond the investigations, it’s business as usual for Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.

The new Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman presides over hearings on North Korea and travels to Afghanistan and Pakistan. As a New Jersey senator, he welcomes professors and students from Rutgers University and the state’s National Council of Jewish Women.

And as a Cuban-American, Menendez has been working into the evening daily with other senators on overhauling the nation’s immigration system.

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