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Obesity in Today’s Society

Obesity is rapidly becoming one of the greatest health challenges of the 21st century. No disease is more common and causes more unnecessary illness or early death than obesity.  Furthermore there is no other single problem that so reduces the quality of life or increases the demand for healthcare services

The problem is worldwide.  In the United States, more than two of every three adults are overweight and about one in three is obese  This means that approximately 60 million people have the disease of obesity in the United States alone.  More than one in five Australian adults, an estimated 2.6 million of a population of 20 million, are obese.  For both countries, the incidence of obesity has doubled since 1980.  Alarmingly, obesity starts in childhood and already 7% of our teenagers are obese.

Around the world, all countries have a growing problem.  There are now an estimated 300 million people around the world who are suffering from obesity and its consequences.  In both developed and developing nations, a similar pattern is occurring.  In Russia, 54% of adults are overweight.  In Brazil, the figure is 36%, and in Malaysia, 27%.  Even China has a developing problem.  A recent survey of adults in urban Shanghai reported that 29.5% were overweight and 4.3% were obese.

After millions of years of evolution we carry a genetic structure designed to enable us to survive the life of the hunter-gatherer, but our health and our lives are now threatened by a lifestyle characterized by ready access to copious amounts of attractive food and very little need for physical activity.  Foods high in fat, carbohydrates and, in particular, simple sugars, are booming.  The US Department of Agriculture reports that the US per capita intake of sugar was 152.4 lb (69 kg) in 2000.  This is equal to nearly half a pound (230 g) of sugar per person each day.  Most people will claim that they are not eating that much sugar.  However, sugar is now a part of so many foods that we don’t even realize that we are eating it.  Sugar has infiltrated out diet to a frightening extent.  One hundred years ago, the sugar intake per capita was only 0.5lb (230 g).  Is it any wonder that we have a problem with obesity?

And we don’t even need to get out of the chair to order the food to be delivered or to change the channels on the television.  Activity has become optional.  The combination of increased intake of energy and reduced energy expenditure inevitably leads to progressive weight increase.

Debra Donahue is a 20 year nurse and freelance medical writer who hails from Dallas, Texas. She has written for some of the top hospitals in the world. Learn more about a true surgery center by visiting Dallas Lap-Band Surgery or learning about weight loss surgery options in Dallas.

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NFLs Troy Vincent Makes USO Visit to Germany and Delivers Keynote Address at NCO Induction Ceremony


Arlington, VA (PRWEB) May 05, 2014

Former Pro Bowl defensive back turned NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent participated in his first USO tour to Germany May 1st 2nd. While in the region, Vincent toured the USO Warrior Center, visited with wounded warriors and medical staff at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and delivered an inspirational keynote address at the Army Medical Enlisted Birthday Celebration and NCO Induction Ceremony at Vogelweh Air Base.

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By close of his USO visit to Germany, Vincent visited with more than 800 troops, military families, hospital personnel and volunteers.
Vincents USO tour kicked off on May 1st with a visit to the USO Warrior Center, where he toured the 3,400 sq. ft. facility, attended a USO Warrior Center BBQ alongside troops and signed autographs for wounded warriors.
The good times continued on May 2nd, when Vincent walked the halls of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and spent quality time talking with wounded warrior in the Intensive Care Unit and various hospital wards. Later that evening, Vincent attended the Army Medical Department Enlisted Corp dinner and NCO Induction Ceremony, and provided heartfelt words of encouragement and thanks to hospital staff for their commitment to medical attention and care given to wounded warriors and their families.
In addition to inducting more than 36 non-commissioned officers, the event commemorated the 127th Year Observance of the Medical Enlisted Corp.
On March 19, 2014, Vincent was named NFL executive vice president of football operations. In this role, he oversees all aspects of football operations in the league office with a focus on quality and innovation. His responsibilities include officiating, integrity of the game, on-field discipline, game operations, player personnel and college relations, among other duties.
Vincent joined the NFL office in 2010 to lead the league’s player engagement department, which provides support programs for players and their families. He was promoted to senior vice president in 2013 and has recruited more than 200 NFL former players as ambassadors to help implement the department’s programs.
Vincent was a first-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 1992. A cornerback from the University of Wisconsin, Vincent played 15 years in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, and Washington Redskins. He was named a Pro Bowl player five times and was the winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 2002. Prior to his current position, Vincent served as president of the NFL Players Association from 2004-2008.
This USO trip marks the continuation of the NFLs long history of honoring veterans and active duty military members through its annual Salute to Service campaign, which is designed to celebrate and support the contributions of the military community.

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Blytheco Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary

Laguna Hills, CA (PRWEB) February 20, 2005

“With the opportunities provided through Internet marketing, and our national customer base, we have projected an aggressive growth plan for hiring additional consultants and regional sales teams during 2005”, remarked President Stephen P. Blythe. “Cooperatively working with Best Software and their philosophy of ‘Customers For Life’, we have strategically targeted our marketplace to better serve our local, regional and national customer base. The expertise and experience of our staff during these past 25 years has equipped and positioned us to provide business solutions for companies to succeed in their marketplace. We appreciate the loyalty of our customers, the support of our vendors and the dedication of our staff to afford Blytheco the opportunity for continued growth”. Throughout its 25 year business history, Blytheco has performed thousands of Best Software product implementations. Blytheco implements and supports MAS 90, MAS 200, MAS 500, Businessworks, MIP, Abra HRMS and Saleslogix CRM software solutions for a wide variety of clientele.

“As we start our 25th year we are honored to be recognized by our peers in the industry and business leaders such as Best Software, Orange County Business Journal, Ernst & Young and Fullerton College for our dedication to our clients, leadership and pursuit of excellence.”

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Headquartered in Laguna Hills, Blytheco specializes in streamlining business operations through Best Software computer applications, support, and consulting services. Celebrating 25 years in Orange County, Blytheco has been a leader in creating critical business solutions, enabling businesses to process information more efficiently and effectively. Accounting, Finance, CRM and Human Resource information systems are the heart of a company’s operational success. Providing a proven strategic edge for increasing a company’s ROI, Blytheco incorporates and simplifies existing technologies to automate business processes, decrease costs, increase sales and operations, thereby, providing complete solutions for business needs. In addition to providing an extensive portfolio of products and support services, Blytheco also provides customized enhancements, organizational specific consulting services, and comprehensive on-site and classroom training programs. Blytheco is a Best Software Master Developer, Authorized Training Center, Best Software Certified Support Center and is honored to be Best Software Partner of the Year. Nationwide expansion includes Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington D.C.

Blytheco is proud to give back to the community via its participation in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Orangewood Children’s Home, Angel Flight, and LIGA International which is a philanthropic volunteer organization that provides medical and dental care to impoverished people in rural Mexico.

Blytheco is honored to have received the following awards from Best Software for 2004:

2004 Best Software Business Partner of the Year (received for 7 years)

2004 Member of the Best Software Million Dollar Circle (received for 7 years)

2004 Best Software President’s Circle (received for 8 years)

2004 Partner of the Year for MAS 90 and MAS 200 (received for 7 years)

Best Software Authorized Training Center Top Performer (received for 7 years)

Best Software Partner of the Year for MAS 500 (multiple years)

Best Software Partner of the Year BusinessWorks (multiple years)

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2004 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Recipient, “Realizing Potential”

2004 Orange County Business Journal Family Owned Small Business Award Recipient

2004 Accounting Today/Accounting Technology Top 100 Pacesetter

About Best Software, Inc.

Best Software offers leading business management products and services that give more than 2.3 million small and mid-sized customers in North America the insight for success throughout the lives of their businesses. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (London: SGE.L), supports 4.3 million customers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Best Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customizable applications through its portfolio of leading brands, including Abra, ACCPAC, ACT!, BusinessVision, CPASoftware, FAS, MAS 90, MAS 200, MAS 500, MIP, Peachtree, SalesLogix, Timberline, among many others. For more information, please visit the Web site at http://www.bestsoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-BEST.

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