Jack White Performs A Prairie Home Companion Acoustic Set With Chris Thile [Video]

first_imgJack White has been on a bit of a sabbatical from performing live over the last year. However, White decided to take to the stage last night at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, for a special acoustic set at the opening night of A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile‘s tour. The Punch Brothers‘ mandolinist has recently taken over host duties from originator Garrison Keillor for the ‘Companion’ traveling show.With the First-Call Radio Players backing him, Thile performed a set of unabashed Americana music, including a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” Thile invited White out for a four-song set, which saw the guitarist perform alongside Thile, with a backing band made up of Lillie Mae Rische (fiddle), Fats Kaplin (pedal steel guitar), and Dominic Davis (bass).White performed The Raconteurs‘ “Carolina Drama,” The White Stripes‘ “City Lights” and “I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)” with fellow Third Man Records artist Margo Price, and the 1969 Bobby Bare hit “(Margie’s At) The Lincoln Park Inn.”Check out some video from the performance below. A full stream of the show can also be viewed at www.prairiehome.org. Thile will be hosting and traveling with the A Prairie Home Companion show through early 2017 with a variety of special guests including Esperanza Spalding, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jason Isbell, and more. For upcoming dates, check out the website here.Jack White w/ Margo Price “I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)”:Chris Thile “Get It Out On The Radio”:“City Lights”:last_img read more

Tackling childhood obesity with a text message

first_imgTwo interventions that link clinical care with community resources helped improve key health measures in overweight or obese children at the outset of a study, as reported in JAMA Pediatrics.Developed by investigators at Harvard-affiliated MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a practice of Atrius Health, both programs not only improved body mass index (BMI) in participants but also increased parents’ sense that they had the information and resources to address their child’s weight problem.“More and more we recognize that, if we don’t assist families in tackling the social and environmental conditions that impede their ability to make changes to their obesity-related behaviors, we will not be successful in pediatric weight management,” said Elsie Taveras, chief of general pediatrics at MGHfC, who led the study.“To help us create our interventions, we looked to families with children who had managed to improve their BMI, often under challenging environmental and social settings. These ‘positive outlier’ families provided guidance on the content of health coaching, available resources in the community, language to use in motivating other families to change, and the importance of building parents’ confidence in taking on the challenge of reducing their child’s excess weight.”The Connect 4 Health trial was conducted from June 2014 through March 2016 at six Harvard Vanguard pediatric practices in the Boston area and enrolled 721 children, ages 2 through 12, with a BMI in the overweight or obese range. Participants were randomly assigned to one of two interventions — enhanced primary care (EPC) or enhanced primary care plus coaching (EPCPC).Parents of those in both groups received educational materials focusing on key goals — decreasing screen time and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, improving diet quality, increasing moderate or vigorous physical activity, improving the quality and duration of sleep, and promoting social and emotional wellness. The EPC intervention — incorporating practices introduced at Harvard Vanguard in recent years — included a monthly text message to parents with links to publicly available resources to support behavioral change and a Neighborhood Resource Guide listing supportive facilities in their communities.Parents of children in the EPCPC group were contacted every other month by specially trained health coaches by telephone, via videoconference, or in person. The health coaches provided individualized support through motivational interviewing, discussion of strategies for addressing and managing obesity risk factors, and identification of supportive resources in families’ communities. Parents in the coaching groups also received additional educational materials after each coaching session and twice-weekly text messages or emails. Families were offered a free, one-month family membership in local YMCAs and invited to attend a program on healthy grocery shopping.“If we don’t assist families in tackling the social and environmental conditions that impede their ability to make changes to their obesity-related behaviors, we will not be successful in pediatric weight management,” says Dr. Elsie Taveras, professor of pediatrics at HMS. Credit: MGH Photography Department“Combating obesity is an enormous challenge in pediatrics and identifying tools that are proven to make a difference in the health and well-being of our patients is essential,” said co-author Daniel H. Slater, chairman of pediatrics at Atrius Health. “Our collaboration with Dr. Taveras’ team and Connect 4 Health has been extremely rewarding and builds on the work that we have done together for more than a decade. Improvements — which include the electronic health record flagging of children with an unhealthy BMI, clinical decision support tools to help clinicians provide high-quality care, and educational materials for parents to support self-guided behavior change — have all laid the groundwork for the two interventions tested in this study. It is gratifying to see that we can make a difference and improve our patients’ health as well as their quality of life.”Along with comparing participants’ BMI z-scores — an age-specific measure used for children — at the beginning and end of the one-year study period, the investigators surveyed parents regarding their child’s health-related quality of life and their own sense of empowerment in managing their child’s weight. At the end of the study parents were asked whether they had received and were satisfied with study messages and materials and how their participation in the program affected their satisfaction with their child’s health services.In general, participants in both groups had improved BMI z-scores at the end of the study period, with slightly greater improvement among those in the EPCPC group. Comparisons with measurements taken a year before the outset of the study indicated that these reductions did not reflect previous trends towards a lower BMI; in fact, both groups had showed trends toward increasing BMI in the year before the study.Parents of children in the EPCPC group reported significant improvements in the child’s health-related quality of life, and parents in both groups reported an increased sense of empowerment. Most parents reported receiving and being satisfied with text messages and the Neighborhood Resource Guide, and satisfaction with the additional services provided to the coaching group was also high. Overall, 63 percent of parents in the EPCPC group and 48 percent of those in the EPC group felt their participation in the program increased their satisfaction with their child’s health care services.Study co-author Earlene Avalon, who chaired the Youth and Parental Advisory Board that helped create the two programs, said “This is such a relevant and important study because it takes a multipronged approach, not only looking at what the experts in the field are saying, but also asking people who walk the walk and deal with this daily to be architects of interventions and programs to tackle obesity. It is essential to consult people who have been successful and help them feel empowered to contribute and share best practices. To promote the diversity of opinions we seek, we have to go above and beyond solely consulting the literature for true creativity and innovation to occur.” Avalon is on the staff of Boston Children’s Hospital and is an assistant professor of health management and health science at Northeastern University.Taveras, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, said, “Our findings are pretty conclusive that there are three aspects of interventions for childhood obesity that work: improving clinical practices for obesity management; engaging and supporting families in behavior change; and linking families to community resources for further support. We’re now testing a family-based intervention that starts working with mothers in pregnancy and their children ages 2 and under to support prevention and developing more aggressive weight management approaches for children with the most severe obesity, for whom the interventions in this study were not successful.”Additional co-authors of the JAMA Pediatrics study are Lauren Fiechtner, Christine Horan, Monica W. Gerber, and Sarah N. Price; Richard Marshall, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates; Mona Sharifi, Yale University School of Medicine; John Orav, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Thomas Sequist, Partners HealthCare System. Support for the study includes grants from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

Stock Car checkers fly at Shawano for Van Straten

first_imgBy Scott OwenSHAWANO, Wis. (June 20) – Travis Van Straten passed Brandon Czarapata with two laps remain­ing to win the Saturday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature, and $750 top prize, at Shawano Speedway.Josh Mroczkowski and Mike Schmidt took turns in the lead before Czarapata went by both on lap four. Two circuits later it was Rod Snellenberger and Van Straten heading the pursuit.A caution on lap 13 bunched the field up but Czarapata got a good restart and held the lead. Snellenberger pulled into the pits on lap 17 and Schmidt joined Czarapata and Van Straten in the top three.Van Straten moved to the inside of Czarapata on lap 18 and the pair raced side-by-side the next two times around the oval with Czarapata holding the lead each lap by a fender.On lap 24, Van Straten again went under Czarapata and this time nudged ahead by inches as the pair took the white flag. Entering turn one, Van Straten drove in deeper than Czarapata and slid up the track into the high groove.Van Straten held off Czarapata through turns three and four to win the race. Schmidt took third.Jerry Wilinski scored the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified win while Lucas Lamberies won his se­cond straight Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory.last_img read more

Women of Troy sweep through weekend series

first_imgThe USC women’s tennis team earned a trip to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships after upending both of their competitors this weekend.Doubled up · Junior Maria Sanchez captured solid victories in both singles and doubles events during the National Team Indoor qualifier. – Amaresh Sunduran Kuppuswamy | Daily Trojan No. 9 USC demolished the No. 35 Auburn Tigers 4-0 in a second-round matchup of the ITA Kick-off qualifiers at Marks Stadium on Saturday night. This triumph came after another 4-0 blowout by the Women of Troy on Friday against the No. 60 San Diego Toreros.The Women of Troy improved to 4-0 on the year with the two wins.It was relatively smooth sailing for USC as it polished off its opponents this weekend. First on Friday against San Diego, USC snagged its doubles point with two fairly quick wins and thereafter clobbered the Toreros in singles play.The Women of Troy pocketed easy singles wins at the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots to claim the match. USC’s top-three seeded singles players were also in the lead when the match was clinched.The next day, USC took on Auburn (which beat No. 28 LSU 4-0 on Friday) in the title match of the ITA Kick-off Weekend.The Women of Troy were able to secure the early edge by taking the doubles point. At the No. 2 spot, freshman Danielle Lao and sophomore Alison Ramos of USC teamed up to tally in the first doubles win at 8-4.Meanwhile at the No. 3 doubles, Auburn’s Plamena Kurteva and Paulina Schippers defeated USC’s junior Cristala Andrews and freshman Valeria Pulido 8-4. But it was only tied up for a moment, as USC’s No. 1 duo, juniors Lyndsay Kinstler and Maria Sanchez, pulled out an 8-3 win.In singles, the Women of Troy displayed multiple occasions of stellar performances as they put the match away. Four Women of Troy opened up their singles matches with shutouts in the first set.“It’s rare to jump out to such big leads in all of the [singles] matches,” USC coach Richard Gallien said.To start the Women of Troy with their first singles win was nationally ranked No. 39 Ramos, who powered through her match 6-0, 6-1. USC junior Leyla Entekhabi beat her opponent in a similar fashion, 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 5 slot.Up 3-0, the Women of Troy only needed one more singles victory to seal the deal.In both singles matches, USC’s No. 8 Sanchez and No. 37 Pulido were neck and neck in closing out their respective opponents, as No. 18 Lao and Andrews were also nearing victory.But it was Pulido who claimed the clincher point first, disposing of her opponent 6-0, 6-4, after coming back from trailing 1-4 in the second set to Auburn’s Daniela Vukadinovic. This left the remaining matches suspended with the remaining Trojans near victory.This was the only scheduled match for the Women of Troy that was against an East Coast team.“We played extremely well against such a tough Southeastern conference opponent, especially in singles,” Gallien added.The Auburn matchup also began over an hour late because the LSU vs. San Diego consolation match ran long. The Women of Troy, used to playing in the daytime, had to play in unusual circumstances, 40-degree weather from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.“We’re not used to playing so late in the evening so I liked the way the girls handled the adversity,” Gallien said.But in the end, whether it be nighttime or daytime, the Women of Troy proved they can handle any kind of condition.These two weekend wins secured a place for USC in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships set for Feb. 12-15 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc. Before making that trip, however, USC will stay at Marks Stadium to host Pepperdine on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.last_img read more