Jam Cruise Shares Video Of ALO’s Funky Pool Deck Performance [Pro-Shot]

first_imgFollowing the hype of their recent lineup announcement for 2017, Jam Cruise has continued the excitement with this throwback video from ALO‘s Pool Deck set from earlier this year. You can catch guitarist/vocalist Dan Lebowitz & Friends, featuring Robert Walter, Jay Lane, Garret Sayers, and Lesley Grant on the boat this January for Jam Cruise 15.Performing “Pobrecito,” watch ALO’s pro-shot video below:Jam Cruise 15 will see headlining performances from The Original Meters, moe., GRiZ and Galactic. The lineup beyond that continues with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and a rare set from the beloved Benevento Russo Duo. More great performers: Lettuce, Kamasi Washington, The Revivalists, The Motet, Beats Antique (Live), Break Science, JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band, The Soul Rebels, Dopapod, Vulfpeck, Turkuaz, and so many more.last_img read more

WinterWonderGrass Steamboat Annnounces 2019 Lineup With Trampled By Turtles, Railroad, & The Stringdusters

first_imgIn February of 2019, WinterWonderGrass will return to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for its seventh-annual event. Scheduled for February 22nd through 24th, today, the fan-favorite winter bluegrass and roots festival has announced its initial lineup, including headliners Trampled by Turtles, Railroad Earth, and The Infamous Stringdusters.In addition to these three big-name headliners, WinterWonderGrass Steamboat has curated a characteristically strong down bill. The festival will also see performances by The California Honeydrops, Fruition, Billy Strings, The Lil Smokies, Della Mae with Bonnie Paine, Jeff Austin Band, the Shook Twins, Lindsay Lou, Love Canon, River Whyless, Pixie and the Partygrass Boys, Pickin’ on the Dead, Town Mountain, Rapidgrass, Upstate, Wood Belly, The Sweet Lillies, Chain Station, Tenth Mountain Division, The Lonesome Days, Jay Roemer Band, and Buffalo Commons.As Scotty Stoughton, founder of WinterWonderGrass, explained in a statement,Steamboat is now one of my homes, and that has permeated down into my team. The love, support, and appreciation we feel from the community inspires us to make the City proud. We always set out to develop WinterWonderGrass with our host towns as a partnership, relying on each other to deliver an outstanding experience for locals, and the guests that work so hard to make the pilgrimage. It’s beyond an honor to continue to build the legacy of the original WinterWonderGrass in Colorado.Tickets for WinterWonderGrass’ upcoming 2019 edition in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, go on sale today, September 25th. The festival is offering three-day general admission and VIP tickets, as well as packages that contain tickets to the Steamboat festival as well as its other festival locations in Vermont and California. For more information and for ticketing, head to the festival’s website here.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

Did You Eat Your Vertical Veggies Today?

first_imgIn the past year we introduced you to the connected cows of Chitale Dairy, the Indian dairy company that monitors dairy cow habits and health using IoT sensors to automate and improve milk production through a high-speed, high-availability network.Now you’ll need to make room on your plate for vertical veggies!Dell Technologies customer AeroFarms is on mission to transform agriculture by building and operating environmentally responsible indoor vertical farms throughout the world to enable local food production at scale.So where does IoT come into play? AeroFarms uses a Connected Food Safety System to track the “growth story” of its products from seed to package – analyzing more than 130,000 data points per harvest! This allows the AeroFarms team to enhance food safety while minimizing the typical risks of traditional agriculture and enhancing their overall “plant IQ.”AeroFarms Co-founder and CEO David Rosenberg, was hand at the Dell Technologies IQT Day event in New York City this week, to share the company’s story and discuss how his team is working with Dell and VMware to implement intelligent IoT solutions – including Edge Gateways – as the company pursues its growth strategy. Tune into the recorded event to learn more and see how the gateways communicate with wired sensors on and off AeroFarms’ grow towers to process data and ensure the highest quality product.The AeroFarms team also hosted a group of media, analysts and Dell Technologies executives yesterday for a behind-the-scenes tour at the flagship facility in Newark, New Jersey. The things they are doing in reclaimed former factories and warehouses are nothing short of amazing. And the hair nets and protective outfits made me feel a bit like Matt Damon in his potato garden on Mars!Mother always said to eat your veggies and – thanks to IoT-connected vertical agriculture and AeroFarms – we can all have access to some of the greenest greens possible.last_img read more

Poultry Prices to Rise

first_imgImagine a grocery store where people pay you to buy their products.Whether the processors like it or shoppers even know it, that’s been true in thepoultry section.”Poultry companies are basically paying their customers 2 cents per pound to buychicken,” said Stan Savage, a poultry scientist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service.Soon, though, that has to change. “They’re going to have to pass their increasingcosts on to consumers,” Savage said.Though regular prices vary for different poultry cuts, the increase should affect themall equally. Savage said even with price increases, this fact remains the same: the moreprocessing the company does, the higher the retail cost per pound.Only about 10 percent of all U.S.-grown chickens are sold as whole birds. Processorsfurther prepare the rest into pieces or filets. Some is even further processed intonuggets or patties.Savage said restaurants and institutions buy most of the chicken sold in the UnitedStates.”And restaurant operators are willing to pay the additional costs for the companyto do part of the preparation for them,” he said.Consumers may not be happy to pay higher prices at the grocery store. But they may notnotice the price increase when they eat out.Studies show more families eat out more often than ever, and they’re looking forlighter fare. Chicken is often featured in “light” menu items and remains apopular choice for restaurant diners.Most menu items and specialty poultry products are made from white meat, “which isfine,” Savage said. “The export market for dark meat is strong, so processorscan sell that part of the chicken abroad.”As long as both the U.S. and international demand remain high, poultry processors willkeep expanding and raising more chickens.So why are retail prices increasing?In short, because feed costs are increasing.Farmers keep broilers in their houses from 40 to 56 days. They call that time”grow-out” and it varies depending on which company the farmer grows chickensfor.An average broiler weighs four to six pounds at grow-out and ate from seven to 13pounds of feed.In the past three months, the cost to raise and process a broiler has gone up nearly3.5 cents per pound of live bird.”We’ve seen farmers’ feed costs increase by $30 to $35 per ton just sinceFebruary,” he said.Processing and shipping adds another nearly 2 cents per pound. By the time that broilergets to the grocery store, the total cost to get it there and ready to cook has gone upabout 5 cents per pound.”These processors can’t keep giving away their chickens at a loss,” Savagesaid.To keep losses to a minimum, Savage said growers are cutting back on production by 4percent to 8 percent. He said it takes about 12 weeks for supply reductions to show up atthe retail level. As supplies get tighter, prices increase.Cutting back on production means farmers produce fewer birds. In the broiler industry,that usually means a longer time between flocks in grower houses.For now, Savage expects higher retail costs will very closely relate to feed costs forbroiler farmers. “Nearly as soon as feed costs for broiler farmers drop,” hesaid, “I expect retail poultry prices will, too.”last_img read more