by Latha Sarathy/NewsOne
Now that the dust has settled, the euphoria or shock cooled, one thing stands out about the re-election of President Barack Obama.
History was made once again. Yes, it was the first time a Black man was re-elected to a second term in office, it was the first time that a sitting president was re-elected when economic growth was sluggish and unemployment numbers high, but it was also the first time when a coalition of minorities cast the deciding vote.
According to one analysis in Time Magazine, ‘The Nov. 6 election signaled a demographic tipping point: A record number of Latino and Asian voters, the country’s fastest-growing voting bloc, formed a coalition with Black and white Democratic voters to re-elect the country’s first African-American President.
A new American majority – a multiethnic majority – has not only arrived but is infact reordering the political landscape.’
The power of this new minority majority or multiethnic majority played out in several key states.
In Ohio where African Americans make up 12% of the Ohio population they gave President Obama the leading edge by turning out in greater numbers than in 2008 growing from 11% to 15% of voters.
In Virginia, a state that not too long ago exemplified the Jim Crow South, exit polls showed that Obama won 93% of black voters, 65% of Latino voters and 66% of Asian voters. While Obama’s support among white Virginians was only 38%.
Mr. Obama’s victories in Colorado, Nevada and Virginia came in part because Hispanics turned out in droves and voted Democratic.
In Colorado, 14 percent of the voters were Hispanic, and Mr. Obama won three-fourths of them.
In Florida, Hispanic voters were almost one-fifth of the electorate, and Mr. Obama won about three-fifths of them.
The rise of the minority majority has been happening for some time, but the power of its impact has been particularly felt in the last two elections.
“We are a much more diverse country than we were just a generation or two ago”, said Paul Taylor, who oversees the Pew Social and Demographic Trends project and the Pew Hispanic Center.
The Minority Majority is the new America and they are the New Deciders.
New Study Finds Affordable Housing Located Near Low Performing, High Poverty Schools
WASHINGTON – Across the country, tenants receiving federal housing assistance rarely reside in neighborhoods near high quality schools, according to a study released today by the Washington-based Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC).
The study, Do Federally Assisted Households Have Access to High Performing Public Schools?, found that assisted households are more likely to live near low-performing schools than other households. Of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas, Grand Rapids, MI, Monmouth, NJ, Scranton, PA and Bergen County, NJ ranked last in how well four specific housing programs located assisted households near quality schools.
In urban areas such as Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Syracuse, NY; Milwaukee, WI and Indianapolis, IN federal housing units are rarely located near higher performing schools, and even housing voucher holders rarely live near higher performing schools. By contrast, among the metropolitan areas with the highest rankings for locating assisted households near quality schools are San Antonio, TX; Mobile, AL; San Jose, CA; San Diego, CA; Omaha, NB; Tulsa, OK; Tampa, FL; and Albuquerque, NM.
“It is unfortunate that housing assistance programs across the country aren’t helping families improve the quality of education for their children,” said Philip Tegeler, executive director of PRRAC, which is a civil rights policy organization. “Even housing assistance programs specifically designed to help families move to better neighborhoods are failing to achieve that objective.”
Georgetown Law Professor Sheryll Cashin, a PRRAC Board member who has written about race and housing issues, said the study has uncovered “a missed opportunity” to improve life outcomes for low-income families. “Education is the only route to a better life for children growing up in poor communities,” said Cashin. “Federal housing assistance programs should expose our nation’s most vulnerable children to the best available educational opportunities.”
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD) currently spends about $18 billion annually on Housing Choice Vouchers, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (administered by the Treasury Department) currently costs $6.5 billion annually in foregone revenues. These are extremely important programs for low-income families, and they should serve as a means for families to reach high opportunity areas with better schools. This new study suggests that rarely do these programs accomplish that goal.
The PRRAC study, which was authored by Ingrid Gould Ellen and Keren Horn at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU, found that even though the Housing Choice Voucher Program was created, in part, to help low-income households relocate to better neighborhoods, these voucher holders frequently live near low-performing schools.
Background and methodology
The study analyzed the latest data available from HUD and the U.S. Department of Education, including HUD’s 2008 file of subsidized housing tenants, which lists the residential addresses of most assisted households; HUD’s LIHTC data that includes the addresses of every project in service by 2009; and Education Department’s math and English proficiency rates for the 2008-2009 school year. Thus, the study provides an important baseline for analyzing the reform of federal housing programs.
Researchers identified the elementary school nearest to each household with school-age children that receives federal housing assistance. While the nearest school might not always be the household’s zoned school, research showed that it served as a good proxy for the educational opportunities available.
“These findings are particularly salient as the wealth gap continues to widen in our country,” Mr. Tegeler said. “An affordable home in a good neighborhood can connect families to broader opportunities by providing access to quality schools, stable jobs, and safer and healthier outdoor space. This not only helps individuals, but is an investment in our nation’s future economy-in particular by connecting children to better schools.”
Mr. Tegeler said that access to a high performing secondary school can greatly impact a child’s life, including whether he or she will graduate or will go on to attend an institution of higher education. “These opportunities are particularly crucial for low-income children in affordable housing,” he said.
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With all the talk about health-care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, it seems few people know coverage is available in every state as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, says Dr. Dixie Swanson, a former television health reporter and physician, and a lupus patient.
“People can apply for the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan, which will not deny you coverage because you have asthma, diabetes or some other condition, and will not charge you more simply because of it,” says Swanson, the author of “The Accidental President Trilogy,” (www.dixieswanson.com). “In Washington D.C. and 23 states – including Florida, Massachusetts and Texas – it’s run by the federal government. Twenty-seven states run their own PCIP program.”
Policies vary from state to state and premiums may vary, but coverage can cost less than $200 a month. But a shockingly low number of people know about the coverage, Swanson says. As of July 31, there were 82,000 people enrolled. Maine had only 42 enrollees; California had the most, 11,118.
“Getting and keeping health insurance is Job One for many patients with chronic illness. This is a real step forward,” Swanson says.
Here are some important things to know about PCIP:
• You are eligible for PCIP coverage ONLY if you have been without insurance coverage for the past six months. If you have coverage – even if it does not cover your condition – you are not eligible, and if you’re in a state high-risk pool, you’re not eligible.
• Rules vary depending on who administers the plan. In states with the federally administered program, you must submit one of the following with your application: 1) An insurance company’s letter denying you coverage from within the past 12 months, 2) An offer of insurance with a rider disallowing your condition, provided you didn’t accept a policy, 3) If you’re under 19 or you live in Vermont or Massachusetts, a letter from a doctor, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner stating your condition, and 4) If you’re under 19 or you live in Vermont or Massachusetts, an offer of insurance that you didn’t accept because the premium was too high (provided it’s at least double the cost of a standard option PCIP premium),
• In states with the federally administered program, if you’re application is accepted, you’ll receive a letter within two to three weeks. If you submitted your application and all documentation before the 15th of the month, your coverage can start by the 1st of the following month (i.e. by Nov. 15, coverage starts Dec. 1). If you apply after the 15th, it will start by the first of the month after that (i.e. Jan. 1).
• PCIP is designed to be temporary. The Affordable Health Care Act calls for private insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions beginning in 2014, at which time PCIP will not be necessary.
• To find out more, visit the plan’s official website, www.pcip.gov
About Dixie Swanson
Dixie Swanson was a pediatrician for 10 years and the Family Health Reporter for NBC’s Houston affiliate. She also spent time working for a Washington lobbyist with access to the White House. Dixie is the author of “The Accidental President Trilogy – a Political Fable for Our Time.”
Newark Valley, NY – Many of us know someone whose family is dealing with autism; once considered rare, now 1 in 88 children in this country are diagnosed with an Autism Specific Disorder (ASD).
Silently Seizing: Common, Unrecognized and Frequently Missed Seizures and Their Potentially Damaging Impact on Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders (AAPC Publishing) by Caren Haines, RN, and valuable input by Nancy Minshew, MD, deals with the overwhelming challenge for those living with silent seizures. Many are confronted by anger and falsely accused of disorderly conduct, indecent exposure and drug abuse; while some are even unfairly arrested because the bizarre actions exhibited during a seizure have led to frequent misdiagnosis, medical mismanagement and, in the worst case, commitment to a mental institution.
Because they are difficult to diagnose, or due to a lack of awareness and understanding, as many as 30% of all children and young adults with ASD may have undiagnosed seizure disorders. Silently Seizing is a breakthrough book that explores what most doctors won’t tell you – that often the symptoms of autism are caused by seizures, undetectable with standard diagnostic tools.
At age 2, the author’s son was diagnosed with autism. By the time he was 12, his diagnosis didn’t account for his uncontrollable aggression, the acrid smells that lingered in his mind and the odd voices that screamed at him from inside his head. By the time he was 18, his out-of-control behavior mirrored a mood disorder with psychotic features. Silently Seizing begins with a close-up look at this family’s journey and examines a disorder that cannot always be identified in a clinical setting.
As a registered nurse, Caren Haines relied on her training to help her decipher her now 24-year-old autistic son’s perplexing behaviors. Based on knowledge gained from years of intensive research and information from top researchers in the field of autism, she is helping families become free from the debilitating symptoms of silent seizures and psychosis.
Haines’ says, “Intersecting at two medical subspecialties, neurology and psychiatry, the child who has autism and partial seizures is at a serious disadvantage. By inadvertently allowing children’s brains to “silently seize,” we are robbing them of their ability to function normally. Untreated, these seizures can predispose children to develop behavioral disturbances, such as self-injury, aggression and psychosis, which are seen in many cases of autism. If they are treated early with anti-seizure medications, many children show amazing gains in expressive language and comprehension. More importantly, many children lose their diagnosis of autism.”
Backed by up-to-the-minute research, Silently Seizing: Common, Unrecognized and Frequently Missed Seizures and Their Potentially Damaging Impact on Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders is a must-read book that includes sections describing autism, the seizure-autism connection, tips for diagnosing and treating seizures, as well as how to better understand children’s behavior. It acts as a virtual guide to help parents navigate through this complex and mystifying disease. For more information, please visit: www.bit.ly/Rb2WBW and www.aapcpublishing.net
Caren Haines is also co-author of Georgia, The Flying Dog, a children’s book that explores the concept of unconditional love and acceptance of our differences.
Town Hall Meeting to Kick-Off State of the Black World Conference III
Washington, DC – Black leaders, activists and organizers from around the country are slated to converge on Washington, DC’s Howard University, November 14-18, for State of the Black World Conference III (SOBWCIII) — which is being billed as the first “Great Gathering of Black People” after the re-election of President Barack Obama. Organized around the theme – State of Emergency in Black America: Time to Heal Black Families and Communities, a primary goal of the Conference is to assess the impact of the election on the interests and aspirations of people of African descent. Now that President Obama has been elected to a second term with a solid 93% of the Black vote, what demands, if any, should Black people make on his administration in the next four years to address the State of Emergency? According to Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), the convener of the Conference, “this is the burning question which must be answered after Black voters marched on ballot boxes with the determination to beat back the tide of the radical conservatism as represented by Mitt Romney. Will the Obama administration finally explicitly address some of the critical needs of the Democratic Party’s most loyal and reliable constituency?”
The Conference will begin November 14 with the launch of the Damu Smith Leadership Development and Organizer Training Institute which is designed to hone the skills of “servant leaders and organizers to do vital work in Black communities across the country.” The Institute will be limited to 100 participants. The first public event of the Conference will be a high profile National Town Hall Meeting, November 15,7:00 – 9:30 PM at Cramton Auditorium on the campus of Howard University. Some of Black America’s most influential leaders will assess The Impact of the 2012 Election on the State of Emergency in Black America. Joblessness, economic underdevelopment in the Black community, the epidemic of violence and fratricide plaguing many distressed Black communities, mass incarceration’ the assault on voting rights, and the Black stake in immigration policy reform are among the issues expected to be discussed at the Town Hall Meeting.
Susan Taylor, former Editorial Director, Essence Magazine, New York; Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Host of Our World Today with Black Enterprise, New York; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President Emeritus, Bennett College for Women, Washington, DC; Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika, African American Leadership Project, Houston, TX; Jeff Johnson, Political Commentator, B.E.T. and the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Washington, DC; George Fraser, President, FraserNet, the largest network of Black professionals in the world, Cleveland, OH; Atty. Faya Rose Sanders, Founder, National Voting Rights Museum, Selma, AL; Rev. Dr. Willie Wilson, Pastor, Union Temple Baptist Church, Washington, DC, and Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congressional Black Caucus, Los Angeles, CA, are the confirmed Panelists. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congressional Black Caucus, Brooklyn, NY, and Rev. Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network have also been invited to join the Panel. Mark Thompson, Host of Make It Plain, SIRIUS/XM, and Bev Smith, Host of the Bev Smith Show, Empowerment Radio, SIRIUS/XM will serve as Moderators.
The Conference will continue Friday through Sunday November 16 – 18, with a series of Special Affinity, Plenary and Working Sessions dealing with a wide range of issues affecting Black families and communities, particularly in urban inner-cities areas. More than 100 speakers and resource people will present models and strategies and engage the participants in these sessions. The organizers hope to adopt a Declaration of Intent to Heal Black Families and Communities as a blueprint and action agenda to be implemented as outgrowth of the Conference. In summing up the rationale and expectations for the conference, Dr. Daniels states that “we’re certainly proud to have a Black family in the White House, but this achievement does not mean that we now live in a post-racial society. There is a state of emergency in America’s ‘dark ghettos’ where millions of Black people are suffering from the effects of structural/institutional racism. Faced with this reality, it is imperative that we discuss what we must do for ourselves to heal Black communities, what we must demand of private sector institutions in terms of reinvesting in our communities, and what we must demand of the federal government. We must leave the conference with a fighting spirit and renewed resolve to end the state of emergency in our communities.”
Dr. Daniels is former Executive Director of the National Rainbow Coalition and Deputy Campaign Manager for Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s 1988 campaign for President. He was an independent candidate for President in 1992. Dr. Daniels is also former Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He is currently a Distinguished Lecturer at York College, City University of New York. His Vantage Point articles and essays are regularly featured by BlackStarNews.com and can be viewed on the Internet www.ibw21.org
by Frederick H. Lowe
African-American voters played a key role in President Barack Obama’s re-election by voting in higher numbers than they did four years earlier, according to Dr. David Bositis, senior research associate for the Joint Center for Political and Education Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank for black elected officials.
“They were absolutely crucial to President Obama in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida and Virginia,” Bositis said on Wednesday at a discussion in Washington, D.C.
In Michigan, black voters comprised 16 percent of the total number of voters, which was up from a 12 percent share in 2008, when President Obama first ran for the White House. In Ohio, black voters comprised 15 percent of all of the state’s voters, up from 11 percent in 2008.
“Black voters provided Obama with the margin of victory in Ohio,” Bositis said. “Ninety-seven percent of black voters voted for Obama. It was impressive.”
In Virginia, African Americans comprised 20 percent of state’s vote, and 93 percent of blacks voted for the president, Bositis said.
In North Carolina and Florida, the turnout among black voters was the same as in 2008, which was 23 percent and 13 percent respectively. But the overall voter turnout in both states was higher in 2012 than it was in 2008, Bositis explained.
“I would remind you that we witnessed a large increase in the overall turnout, and the only way blacks’ share of the vote stayed the same was to increase their turnout,” he said.
President Obama won all of the swing states, capturing 306 Electoral College votes to Republican Mitt Romney’s 206 Electoral College votes.
Bositis noted that the 2012 presidential election will be the last campaign in which a major political party will be elected by appealing only to the non-Hispanic white vote.
“2012 was a clear showing that this is multi-racial, multi-ethnic country and that for a political party or a political movement to become successful, they are going to have to appeal to a much broader swath than non-Hispanic whites,” Bositis said.
President Obama lost the overall white vote to Romney, 59 percent to 39 percent.
“If this would have occurred years ago, it would have been catastrophic,” said Bositis, adding that President Obama still won the popular vote by 2 percentage points.
Bositis added that the non-Hispanic white vote declined from 2004 to 2012, while the African American, Hispanic and Asian vote increased.
At the same time, non-Hispanic whites are older on average than other racial/ethnic groups. The median age for non-Hispanic whites is 42 years, compared with a median age of 33 for African Americans and 25 for Hispanics.
Although President Obama lost the overall white vote, he won the majority of the white vote in all six New England states. The president also defeated Romney in Massachusetts, where he lives. Besides Massachusetts, the New England States are: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
“He won the white vote in Vermont and Maine. He didn’t win Vermont and Maine with a majority of the black vote,” said Bositis, pointing out that the two states have very small black populations. Although President Obama won the majority white vote in eight states this year, he won a majority white vote in 16 states in 2008.
In Alabama and Mississippi, the president received a very small share of the white vote: 15 percent in Alabama and 10 percent in Mississippi.
“There are places where race is much more of a problem,” Bositis said.
St. Petersburg, Florida (AP) — President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida’s 29 electoral votes Saturday, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of the 2000 election.
No matter the outcome, Obama had already clinched re-election and now has 332 electoral votes to Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s 206.
The Florida Secretary of State’s Office said that with almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Obama led Romney 50 percent to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-percent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered unless Romney had waived it.
There is a Nov. 16 deadline for overseas and military ballots, but under Florida law, recounts are based on Saturday’s results. Only a handful of overseas and military ballots are believed to remain outstanding.
It’s normal for election supervisors in Florida and other states to spend days after any election counting absentee, provisional, military and overseas ballots. Usually, though, the election has already been called on election night or soon after because the winner’s margin is beyond reach.
“Florida has spoken loudly in support of moving our nation forward,” Ashley Walker, the Obama campaign’s director for Florida, said in a news release. She added that the win was a testament to the campaign’s volunteers and staff.
When reached by phone Saturday, Mitt Romney’s communications director Gail Gitcho said the campaign had no comment.
Obama’s win came in part from heavy support from black, Hispanic and younger voters. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press showed Obama was favored by more than 9 of 10 black voters and 3 of 5 Hispanic voters in Florida. The president also was the choice of two-thirds of voters under age 30.
Republican challenger Mitt Romney led among both white and older voters.
In the end, the facts of who voted for which candidate in Florida faded into memory as voting issues emerged election night.
On election night this year, it was difficult for officials — and the media — to call the presidential race here, in part because the margin was so close and the voting stretched into the evening.
In Miami-Dade, for instance, so many people were in line at 7 p.m. in certain precincts that some people didn’t vote until after midnight.
The hours-long wait at the polls in some areas, a lengthy ballot and the fact that Gov. Rick Scott refused to extend early voting hours has led some to criticize Florida’s voting process. Some officials have vowed to investigate why there were problems at the polls and how that led to a lengthy vote count.
If there had been a recount, it would not have been as difficult as the lengthy one in 2000. The state no longer uses punch-card ballots, which became known for their hanging chads. All 67 counties now use optical scan ballots where voters mark their selections manually.
Republican George W. Bush won the 2000 contest after the Supreme Court declared him the winner over Democrat Al Gore by a scant 537 votes.
The win gave Obama victories in eight of the nine swing states, losing only North Carolina. In addition to Florida, he won Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada.
U.S. presidents are not elected by national popular vote, but in state-by-state contests that allocate electoral votes. Each state gets one electoral vote for each of its representatives in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Washington, D.C., gets three votes. All told, there are 538 votes in the Electoral College. A candidate must have at least 270 to win. Except for Maine and Nebraska, states award all their electoral votes to the candidate who wins the state. In Maine and Nebraska, votes are apportioned by congressional districts.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
After some tried to take away our right to vote, we stood in line for hours and fought back in the name of justice. After many said we were too uninvolved, we got our loved ones to register to vote, we had poll drives, and we VOTED.
Showing the power of our place in this democracy, we re-elected President Barack Obama and drove progress forward. This week, victory was ours.
Elections are about choices about whom we want to govern us. Well on Tuesday, we sent a clear signal to all. Black folks were counted out, as if we were unmotivated or didn’t care to vote in 2012. As the results show, nothing could be further from the truth. Beginning with tremendous early voting in many areas, Black voters made sure they did not lose their constitutional rights to have their voices heard.
And when many states instituted new restrictive voter ID laws, cut back or ended early voting days, as well as used other tactics of voter suppression, we pushed back — even in courtrooms in some states.
The fundamental lesson from this historic election for us is that we cannot deny the power of our vote. When people tried to shake our vote, we proved what we will do when our backs are up against the wall. We would not allow and never will allow anyone to take away our civil rights. We fought far too long and sacrificed too much to ever allow that to happen.
In vital swing cities like Cleveland and Cincinnati, President Obama’s success was due in large part to the Black vote. Latinos also came out in droves for this President, as did Asian Americans. And these things don’t just happen. The losers in this election will try to say that it had to do with the President’s race, but that’s just an insult to our intelligence. We saw this President deal with people in a humanistic and relatable way. We saw him fighting for the middle-class for the last four years even when some tried to block his every move. We saw him pass historic health care reform. We saw him save the auto industry. We saw the economy making progress after the mess made by Bush. We saw him pass legislation that would assist young immigrants who were brought here illegally through no fault of their own. We saw him passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. We saw him support marriage equality. We saw him speaking to us.
And we saw Mitt Romney hating 47 percent of us.
While we’re still awaiting the final tally from the state of Florida, we know that President Obama has so far already won the popular vote as well the electoral college. When they tried to tell us no, we came out powerfully and participated in the process because we understood that the stakes were just too high. We know that we cannot depend on widespread fairness from the private sector, and we know that we want a government that cares about things like education, jobs and the future for all of us. Oh, and we need a government that can quickly and fairly respond with disaster strikes.
Now that we’ve once again shown the power of our vote, let’s continue to carry it though in other important races.
Locally, in my city of New York, we have a mayoral race coming up soon. In cities and towns across the country, there are important local and state races that will be taking place shortly. Before you know it, the mid-term elections will be here. The time for sitting back and relaxing isn’t now. President Obama is staying in office; now we must do our part to ensure that the policies include our issues and benefit the success of our people.
Victory is ours. Let’s keep it that way!
MILWAUKEE, WI – This holiday season, TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, encourages people to change the way they think about eating during family gatherings to avoid seasonal weight gain. Being prepared, having a game plan, and staying positive are all keys to mindful eating during celebrations, allowing you to enjoy time with loved ones without worrying about your food choices.
TOPS offers several tips to help you enjoy Thanksgiving and other upcoming holiday get-togethers without regret:
• Eat before – Eat something light before you attend a holiday meal or buffet. Vegetables with low-calorie dip, salad, a handful of walnuts, or light yogurt curb your appetite and make it easier to control your intake.
• Bring a dish – If you know the hostess, offer to bring a healthy “dish to pass” that you won’t feel guilty about enjoying, like simple sweet potatoes or a low-fat green bean casserole.
• Modify recipes – Exchange sugar and fat in recipes with healthier alternatives, such as honey, olive oil, and applesauce. Include “high-impact” flavors from spices, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and fresh herbs.
• Limit alcohol – Alcohol is an appetite stimulant. Sip slowly or have a nonalcoholic drink instead. A calorie-free beverage allows you to use those calories for food.
• Choose carefully – Some “best bets” at the buffet include fresh fruit, whole-grain crackers with hummus or reduced fat cheese, shrimp cocktail, crab, pretzels, turkey breast, and lean ham.
• Think simple – Choose foods cooked without butter and sauce. As a general rule, fried foods or foods covered with sauces add 10 grams of fat, or 90 calories, per serving.
• Trick yourself – Use salad plates and slender glasses. Smaller dishes cause you to take less, while giving the illusion that you are actually eating more.
• Don’t feel guilty – If you “overdid it” at the meal or party, don’t give up. Just eat carefully for the next day or two and add extra activity to avoid gaining extra pounds.
• Don’t keep leftovers – If you are hosting Thanksgiving or other holiday meals, be sure to send leftovers home with your guests to avoid temptations. Put leftovers away immediately to avoid unnecessary snacking.
• Consider a nap alternative – Make an after-meal walk, game of touch football, or trip to an ice-skating rink part of your holiday tradition. Sign up and train for a “turkey trot” 5K race in your area, commonly held the morning of Thanksgiving. Or spend the afternoon volunteering at a local soup kitchen or shelter.
• Exercise – Increase your normal exercise routine the day before and after the holiday. This should help to compensate for possible overeating and lack of physical activity while visiting with friends and family.
TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is the original weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Founded more than 64 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss organization of its kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with a “Real People. Real Weight Loss.SM” philosophy that combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise, and wellness information. TOPS has about 170,000 members – male and female, age seven and older – in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
Article courtesy of Reuters
The average U.S. price for a gallon of regular gasoline took its biggest drop since 2008 in the past two weeks, due to lower crude oil prices, a big price drop in pump prices in California and Hurricane Sandy, according to a widely followed survey released on Sunday.
Gasoline prices averaged $3.54 per gallon on November 2, down 20.75 cents from October 19 when drivers were paying $3.75 at the pump, Lundberg said.
The decline was the biggest two-week price drop since the survey recorded a 21.9 cents price decline December 5, 2008 due to a crash in petroleum demand during the global recession.
Even though many people had to line up for gasoline for hours after Sandy devastated much of the Northeast coast, the storm played a part in the price decline as many would-be consumers were not able to travel as a result, according Trilby Lundberg, editor of the Lundberg Survey.
Lundberg also cited the seasonal dip in demand that typically comes after August.
While demand appeared to be very high for gasoline in New York and New Jersey after the storm, Lundberg said that purchases were down because many people could not get to fuel.