A grade schooler prepares to unleash his artistic side alongside other children during a recent enrollment fair and block party sponsored by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, 3275 N. 3rd St. Aside from art projects, there were also other activities including a bouncy house, carnival games, petting zoo and more. Parents also had the opportunity to enroll their children for the 2013- 2014 school year in MPS. Children and residents who live around the school also had the opportunity to meet King’s new principal, Dr. Christlyn Frederick-Stanley. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
by Violet Smith, BDO Staff Writer, BlackDoctor.org
We have a feeling that this kind of science you’ll have no problem supporting – new studies show that your glass of wine might be good for your waistline.
New research published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry suggestss that chemicals in red wine actually block the growth of fat cells.
Yet Another Red Wine Plus…
Usually when people talk about the benefit of red wine, it’s because of the compound resveratrol. But this new study looks at piceatannol, the chemical compound our bodies convert from resveratrol, says lead researcher Kee-Hong Kim, PhD, an assistant professor of food science at Purdue University. While much is known about the health benefits of resveratrol, piceatannol is more of a mystery.
In a series of lab tests, Dr. Kim discovered that piceatannol binds to the insulin receptors of fat cells, essentially blocking the pathways necessary for immature fat cells to mature and grow. In other words, piceatannol actually prevented little, baby fat cells from becoming big, mature ones.
This is the first study to look at the role of piceatannol in controlling fat-cell growth, which means more research is needed to see if the results make the leap from petri dish to people. In the meantime, there are plenty of other healthy reasons to enjoy red wine in moderation.
If You Aren’t Into Red Wine…
Try these piceatannol-containing fruits instead:
Red grapes. Like red wine, scarlet grapes are high in resveratrol, which is concentrated in their seeds and skin. Research links resveratrol to lower blood pressure, fewer blood clots, and lower LDL cholesterol.
Blueberries. Anthocyanin—the dark blue pigment found in blueberries—is suspected of helping improve memory. Plus, the high concentration of antioxidants in the berries has been shown to help with inflammation and insulin sensitivity.
Passion Fruit. High in piceatannol, passion fruit has more cancer-fighting polyphenols than mangoes and grapefruit.
Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch is pleased to announce that the DMZ Community Garden Group and the Borchert Field C.A.R.E.S Neighborhood Block Watch Committee held its 1st Annual Neighborhood Appreciation Celebration Saturday, on the corner of 9th Street and Ring Street in Milwaukee.
“While knocking on doors throughout the Borchert Field Neighborhood, I become aware of this DMZ Community Garden, which was created in the aftermath of a tragic shooting in this neighborhood less than a year ago,” said Rep. Pasch. “I look forward to participating in this wonderful event that will recognize the efforts of families and neighbors working to build a safer, healthier, and cleaner environment for their community.”
Event Coordinator Andre’ Lee Ellis sees this day as a way to bring recognition to the hard work many are doing to change the impressions and actions in the district. “By bringing our elected officials together to share with the district, it will give greater opportunity for all to see that we are making progress and we are all working together to show what happens when your action speaks louder than your words,” said Ellis.
The City of Milwaukee Youth Council has allocated $100,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to six agencies that will use the money for initiatives ranging from health improvement and job skills training, to planting community gardens and preparing Milwaukee youth for college.
The allocations were awarded on Wednesday (August 15) during a seven-hour meeting of the Youth Council at City Hall. During the meeting, agencies presented their proposals and answered questions posed by Youth Council members.
The allocations were:
$25,000 to Groundwork Milwaukee, working with the city Department of Public Works, to train and employ 12 youth to build the Kinnickinnic River Trail, enhance the Beer Line Trail, and build community gardens in neighborhoods across Milwaukee.
$25,000 to the Center for Self Sufficiency to provide sexual and emotional health workshops to LGBT youth.
$15,000 to the Neu-Life Community Development Center to provide academic counseling, job skills training, and community service projects for youth in the Amani neighborhood.
$15,000 to the LGBT Community Center to enhance existing resources and fund community service projects for LGBT youth.
$10,000 to the Social Development Commission to provide college preparation and career guidance for 100 high school students — a proposal created by the Youth Advisory Board of the SDC.
$10,000 to COA Youth & Family Centers to support a community health clinic at the Goldin Center , in a health-care deficient neighborhood.
The meeting Wednesday was the last for Youth Council members who graduated from high school and are now heading to college and other opportunities. The departing members of the Youth Council are: Zach Komes (President/District 10); Kayla Schmeling (chair of Communications Committee/District 11); Francis Klein (chair of Collaboration Committee/District 3); and Siobhan Rudolph (chair of the Education Committee/District 5).
Follow the Youth Council on Twitter @mkeyouthcouncil or via the MYC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mkeyouthcouncil/.