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January 2, 2013

Health News: 5 Dietary Patterns Most Amercans Fit Into

Interesting article courtesy of Web MD…

Your race, age, and where you live may influence what you eat, for better and for worse.

A new study shows most American diets fall into one of five major patterns:

  1. Southern: Fried, processed meats and sugar-sweetened beverages
  2. Traditional: Chinese and Mexican food, pasta dishes, pizza, soup, and other mixed dishes including frozen or take-out meals
  3. Healthy: Mostly fruits, vegetables, and grains
  4. Sweets: Large amounts of sweet snacks and desserts
  5. Alcohol: Proteins, alcohol, and salads


Researchers say those differences in dietary patterns may help explain regional and racial differences in the risk of stroke, heart disease, and other major chronic diseases.

“We believe focusing research on dietary patterns better represents how people eat, compared to single foods or nutrients,” says researcher Suzanne Judd, PhD, an assistant professor of bio-statistics at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, in a news release. “We hope that understanding these patterns will be informative in understanding the role of diet in health and disease disparities.”

Researchers found each of the five diet types is strongly influenced by age, race, region, gender, education, and income.

For example, African-Americans were much more likely than whites to follow a Southern diet, and middle-age adults between 45 and 54 tended to follow a traditional diet.

Diet Affected by Demographics

In the study, presented at an American Heart Association meeting this week, more than 21,000 adults aged 45 and older completed a questionnaire containing 110 food items. The survey was designed to estimate how often people ate various food groups and nutrients.

The results showed clear differences in diet patterns between demographic and socioeconomic groups.

Several groups were associated with the Southern diet, including men, African-Americans, those who live in the Southeastern U.S., and those with lower incomes and education.

Other differences associated with diet patterns included:

Older adults, women, and those with a college education were more likely than other groups to follow a healthy diet.

Whites, those with annual incomes over $35,000, and those with a college education were more likely to follow the alcohol diet pattern.

Middle-age adults, men, and whites were more likely to have a sweet tooth and follow the sweet diet.

November 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Roben!

Wishing Roben, our longtime hygienist, a very happy birthday and year!

November 23, 2012

Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District Award

BELLBROOK — The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District has received a 2012 Annual Awards of Excellence award from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA).

The park district won a third place award in the marketing for the print category for the 2012 Photo Contest Calendar project.

The 2012 Photo Contest Calendar project was created in 2011 for residents of the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District to take on a special pride in their community. This was the first year of this now annual campaign that was designed to encourage residents to get outdoors in all of the parks that make up the Bellbrook and Sugarcreek Township area.

The project provided a recreational opportunity for participants to grab a camera, photograph their unique community, capture and showcase what they value, as well as highlight what makes their small town so special. Participants entered their photos with the goal of being in the top 12 photos that were featured throughout the year in a complimentary community calendar. More than 80 photos were submitted with approximately 2,000 votes by the park district’s Facebook fans and in-person at the Community Center last fall.

The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District recently completed this year’s Photo Calendar Contest. More than 50 photo entries participated in the contest with more than 2,000 votes again on Facebook and in-person. The 2013 calendars will be available mid-November.

Call 848-3535 or for more information.

The OPRA Annual Awards of Excellence will be presented at a banquet hosted by the association on Feb. 26 at Battelle Hall North at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus. One first place award winner will be presented with the 2012 Governor’s Award for Parks and Recreation, a “best-in-show” award which includes a $500 contribution to the parks and recreation foundation of the agency winner.

The awards are judged in a two-tiered process, which includes a panel of parks and recreation professionals from around Ohio, as well as, the association’s Board of Directors.

Incorporated in 1963, the OPRA is a non-profit, public interest organization representing more than 1,300 professionals and citizen board members striving to provide quality parks and recreation facilities and opportunities for all Ohioans while protecting and preserving Ohio’s natural resources, positively impacting local economies and health and wellness of its citizens. Ohio has become known as a trendsetter in the nation with parks and recreation often singled out for national test markets and pilot programs.

November 25, 2012

Local Veteran Awarded French Knight of the Legion of Honor Medal

Congratulations to Russell Taylor. Decades after he landed on Utah Beach in Normandy, Russell Taylor will be presented the prestigious French Knight of the Legion of Honor Medal.

The 95-year-old man, long past his days as an Army soldier, is expected to be given the honor on Sunday in a Veterans Day ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

“I was really surprised,” said Taylor, who lives near Centerville. “I certainly didn’t expect it. I really didn’t know what to say.”

The medal marks “the highest distinction that France can bestow upon those who have achieved remarkable deeds for France,” according to the French Consulate in Chicago.

The military award is another notable event in Taylor’s life. He and his wife, Odile, traveled to France this spring through a Wish of a Lifetime award. He walked the beaches he once trekked across as a soldier and renewed his marriage vows to his wife. The Signal Corps soldier met her in her native Paris near the end of the war while he was assigned to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower’s headquarters.

“We renewed our vows there and that started this whole thing for me again,” Taylor said.

Former Olympic skier and NFL player Jeremy Bloom’s nonprofit foundation Wish of a Lifetime in partnership with Brookdale Senior Living gave the couple the opportunity to travel across the Atlantic. NBC Nightly News reported on the couple’s trip this spring.

In the largest amphibious invasion in history, Taylor said he hit the beach three days after D-Day in June 1944.

An IBM employee before and after the war, he employed his civilian know-how in uniform to repair coding machines and string communications wire.

He didn’t know when he first stepped off a landing craft if he’d get the chance to do his job.

“It was sort of messy,” he said. “I didn’t know if we were going to make it or not. All kinds of big ships were still firing onto the land.”

A landing craft nearby had hit a mine. “Some way or another, we made it …” he said. “It was quite nerve wracking. I was quite scared like everyone else.”

France has recognized living American veterans with the French Legion of Honor medal for those who fought on French territory in World War II to liberate the nation from Nazi Germany’s occupation.

“Thanks to their courage, and to our American friends and allies, France has been living in peace for the past six decades,” French Consul General Graham Paul in Chicago said in a statement to the Dayton Daily News. “We shall never forget.” France awarded the medal to Taylor in May, but the formal presentation was set for Veterans Day.

November 14, 2012

Beavercreek Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week!

Kethryn Mattingly, senior, BHS girls soccer.   Kethryn Mattingly anchored a Beavercreek defense that only allowed 9 goals in 19 games. She added 2 goals of her own and an assist that helped lead the team to the district finals with an overall 16-2-1 record.

Tyler DeWine, senior, BHS boys soccer. DeWine was selected a member of the second team All-GWOC Central Division, scoring 6 goals and adding 1 assist. He lead a Beavercreek defense that allowed just 10 goals in 20 games. The Beavers finished the season 15-2-3.