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Fibre-Rich Foods That Should Be A Part Of Your Diet – Doctor NDTV

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:49 pm

Dietary fibre is also called roughage. It is good for digestion and keeps constipation at bay. Enough fibre in your diet also promotes heart health. Here are some food sources of fibre-rich foods.

Fibre rich foods: Add these foods to your diet to ensure good fibre intake

Fibre should be an essential part of your diet. It is always advised to add more fibre to your diet. From fruits to legumes, there are several sources of dietary fibre. Dietary fibre is also called roughage. Unlike other components of foods, your body does not absorb or digest dietary fibre. Fibre keeps you full for longer and makes you eat less. It is an important part of every weight loss diet. It is good for digestion and keeps constipation at bay. Enough fibre in your diet also promotes heart health. Several foods are loaded with fibre. Here are some nutritious foods loaded with fibre that can be a part of your diet.

Carrots can help in weight management and provide you several other health benefits. Carrots are high in vitamin B6, vitamin K, magnesium and beta-carotene. Carrots also contain pectin and good amount of fibre. Carrots can be used to prepare various foods or add to your soup. Raw carrots can also be a part of your salad.

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Bananas are in high-fiber with a good amount of vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium. Bananas are good for your digestion as well as blood pressure. It is a quick snack that you can consume anytime.

Also read:High-Fibre Diet Health Benefits: Reasons Why You Must Add More Fibre To Your Diet; Know Food Sources

Beetroots are a powerhouse of nutrients. It can help prevent anemia as it contains a good amount of iron. Adding beetroot to your diet may improve blood circulation. Beetroots also contain folate, copper, manganese and potassium. To receive good amount of fibre do not choose beetroot juice as juices are deprived of fibre.

Also read:Want To Lose Weight Quickly ? Include These 25 Fiber-Rich Foods In Your Diet For A Healthy Weight Loss

Kidney beans commonly known as Rajma are loaded with fibre and help in weight loss. It is a plant-based source of various nutrients and protein. In addition, kidney beans contain insoluble fibre aids in digestion and keep you full for longer.

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Lentils are an important part of every Indian kitchen. These are good sources of dietary fibre. Studies have also highlighted that fibre in lentils helps in regular bowel movements and keeps you away from digestive issues. Lentils are also an important part of your weight loss diet.

Also read:Weight Loss And Other Amazing Reasons To Include Fiber In Your Diet

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This coincided with a host of other paid apps making their workouts free for a limited period as gyms, with their weights and cardio machines, were shutthey were deemed to be hot spots for the coronavirus to spread. From sportswear firms like Nike to celebrity trainers like Yasmin Karachiwala, everybody has started posting workouts on social media. Popular YouTube coach Jeff Cavaliere, who has worked with Bollywoods Aamir Khan and runs the channel Athlean-X, started posting home workout hacks and no-equipment workouts for his 9.5 million subscribers when the lockdown began and gyms started closing down.

There is something common to all of themthey can afford to take their business online and make it free for a few weeks without facing a big loss. They have already made it. For them, the challenge is creativitythinking outside the box to continue offering their clients viable solutions to work out at home. On the other side of the divide in a massively competitive industry, however, are the freelance trainers, the gym employees, the body builders and other athletes for whom access to a gym and weights is absolutely imperative.

Ahmedabad-based triathlete and five-time Ironman finisher Ingit Anand, 35, was preparing for the Ultraman event in Australia in May. The three-day event entails swimming 10km and cycling 140km on the first day, followed by 280km on the cycle on the second, and an 84km-run on the last day. Pre-lockdown, Anands usual workout load per week consisted of running 50-80km, swimming at least 10km and cycling 6-8 hours. Its a brutal training schedule and it has taken years for his body to get used to the rigour.

I am lucky enough to own a smart cycle trainer that simulates Ironman bike trails around the world but there is no running, and no swimming for me. My body is confused and its a mental battle as well. Even if I do long workouts every day, it isnt enough substitution for what I am used to," says Anand, who competed in a 10km open-sea swimming competition in Porbandar in January, finishing with a timing of 3 hours, 57 minutes.

Anand has a full-time job at a real estate company, so he is better off in the financial stakes than Ramesh Kumar. Kumar is a bodybuilder from Delhi who was preparing for the IBBF (Indian Body Builders Federation) Mr India national championship in Indore in mid-March that was indefinitely postponed owing to the pandemic. Kumar has already won Mr Haryana and Mr Delhi in the 60kg category and had hoped that a medal at the IBBF nationals would help him apply for a government job. The 22-year-old once worked as an executive on the upkeep of ATMs but this competition and his work training clients at the gym were the only things he had going for him before the outbreak.

I was spending around 30,000 per month for the last few months in preparation for the nationals and all that has been wasted now. I used to work out for 4-5 hours a day and now, try as much as one may, its hard to do more than 45 minutes of training with home hacks and bodyweight exercises. I can do four sets of 100 push-ups every day but it wont compensate for the weightlifting," says Kumar, who can dead-lift 210kg, bench-press 120kg and squat 200kg.

The fight for me now is about how much muscle I can save, not gain. I am getting a quarter of the usual 250g of protein intake I had while training," he adds. For Kumar, doing cardio exercises doesnt really helphis battle is not about losing weight, its about maintaining a winning physique. And that needs muscle resistance, volume, overload and stimulus. All these factors are limited in home workouts.

Having started off as a powerlifter and an IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness) pro athlete, Tejaswini Pandit now manages training and operations for the global fitness community, F45 Training, in Hyderabad. One of her main roles is to train trainers and she is uniquely placed to understand their frustrations. Trainers are very hands-on people. They would rather show how to do a push-up and coach people than read the theory behind it. When you put them in a situation like this, they might get lost. Aesthetics (shape, definition, pump, etc.) may not be adversely affected as long as nutrition is taken care of. In order to preserve muscle, you need a minimum of three sets of exercises per muscle per week. But not being able to pay rent and manage expenses is what is really hanging over their heads," she explains.

Anxiety about expenses is hitting gym owners hard as well. Piyush Pandey, who started Crossfit Himalaya in Delhi in 2010, says the fitness industry is an unorganized sector with huge overheads. Both Pandit and he maintain that while this is probably a good time for beginners to work on their push-ups, skipping and squats at home, it is the intermediate and advanced workout enthusiasts who are frustrated with the lockdown.

I have brought my rowing machine and a few dumb-bells from the crossfit box back home but my responsibility is my community. Thats why we are posting workouts on Instagram and on WhatsApp groups to keep my clients fit. That said, the number of people doing them is far less than the 70-person footfall that I get at the box," Pandey says.

Pandits former colleague, Kunal Mahour, is a four-time national calisthenics champion and works at a Pune-based MultiFit gym. He hardly incorporates weights in his traininga floor and a pull-up bar are enoughbut the going gets tough even for him. There is an environment in the gym that pushes people, acting as a huge mental motivator. I could send my clients home workouts but the challenge beyond this lockdown is to retain them. They are my safety net and the worry is whether they will still be there beyond the lockdown. The only positive that I can see from this is that trainers are now forced to be creative, change their tactics and probably encourage other family members to also remain active while staying at home."

All the fitness experts Lounge spoke to were unanimous on their approach to the other challengediet. Meat has been replaced by paneer. Eggs by kidney beans and chickpeas and broccoli by bananas. We are not using the calories we used to eat pre-lockdown so one has to be careful to control the intake." Both Anand and Mahour have drastically cut down their breakfast volumes, while Pandit has stopped drinking milk. When you see empty aisles, it reflects the mood and state of the situation," she says.

The entire fitness industry will hope that empty gyms and studios post lockdown do not trigger the same feeling among clients. For those who rely on a quickly shifting industry for their living, a 21-day lockdown could be make or break. Ironically, and sadly enough, they seem to be on a workout where they will, quite literally, need to push till failure.

Pulasta Dhar is a football commentator and writer.

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When it comes to coronavirus, she’s L.A.’s version of Dr. Fauci – Los Angeles Times

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:49 pm

On Thursday, when L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer sniffled during one of her daily televised pandemic briefings, my mind went to the obvious.

Was she OK?

TV reporter Dave Lopez was wondering the same thing and asked that very question.

I have allergies, Ferrer said, apologizing. No, Im not sick.

A couple of months ago, Ferrer was virtually unknown to most people. Now shes such a familiar presence, appearing daily on TV with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and county Supervisor Kathryn Barger, a runny nose has us worried about her.

In Ferrers role as the top health officer in a county of 10 million people, shes in the middle of every tough conversation about which businesses and institutions have to shut down, whether public and private hospitals are equipped and prepared to handle a possible surge, and what each of us has to do to make a difference.

Shes our very own local version of White House infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, the straight-talking over-worked doctor now so visible that I feel as though I can tell how many hours of sleep he gets each night.

I met him once, Ferrer said of Fauci, whose work she praised. That wasnt surprising. Ferrer generously praises public health officials and workers at every level federal, state and local for their efforts.

So who is this woman were all getting to know so well? Whats her daily routine inside the command center? And is she going to be able to help us flatten the coronavirus curve and save lives?

As to who she is, shes not one to talk herself up. But Ferrer revealed a lot about herself when she asked several hours after I interviewed her by phone between TV briefings Thursday if I could either not write about her at all, or at least make the column about all of her colleagues who get to work extremely early and go home late every night.

Shes right about the collective effort, but its Ferrer who steps to the microphone to deliver the daily statistics on the number of new cases and the latest mortality figures.

Im sad to report an additional 13 deaths today, Ferrer said at the early afternoon briefing with Garcetti on Thursday.

Later that day, appearing with Barger, Ferrer delivered more news about the pandemic, along with a somber expression of compassion and unity, and a sincere measure of hope.

To all of you who either are praying for or caring for people who are sick with COVID-19, or youve lost a person to COVID-19, please know I keep you in my thoughts and prayers every day, and I share your sorrow at the loss of life, but I do know that were brave and theres another side were going to get to, Ferrer said.

In this time of crisis, shes doing a good job of keeping people informed and trying to anticipate whats next, said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, who preceded Ferrer, and being honest about what she knows and doesnt know.

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On Sunset Boulevard in Los Feliz, Greg Barris, (in cowboy hat) picks up fresh produce he ordered through County Line Harvest, a local vegetable farm. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

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Chantael Duke, 32, sits on the steps off of Sunset Boulevard in Los Feliz. She lost her two jobs due to coronavirus closures. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

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Juliann Hartman, center, and her husband, Butch, wave signs they created to cheer up people mid-pandemic on Calabasas Road in Calabasas. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Grace Carter, 15, of Riverside, practices a dance routine at home after dance classes and school were canceled. She has to use the Zoom app on her iPhone to practice with her dance group."Its hard. My bedroom is a smaller space. I miss all my friends at the studio, " Grace said. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

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Dusk falls as the sound of silence envelopes an empty downtown Los Angeles on April 2, 2020. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

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A man works from his home during the COVID-19 pandemic breaking out in Long Beach. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

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Jerome Campbell takes a walk along Ocean Blvd. at dusk in Long Beach. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times)

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A San Bernardino County healthcare worker takes a sample at coronavirus drive-through testing at the county fairgrounds in Victorville. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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A Metro general service employee disinfects a bench in Boyle Heights. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

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Vendors sell masks along San Pedro Street in the nearly deserted garment district of Los Angeles. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

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A runner jogs past the Pottery Barn in Pasadena. Some businesses in the area have boarded up the front of their stores during the coronavirus pandemic. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

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Raquel Lezama and daughter Monica Ramos collect meals for the family at Manual Arts High School. Lezama was laid off from her $17.76-an-hour job at a Beverly Hills hotel. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

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Homeless artist Matteo defends his work against removal by the Los Angeles Sanitation Department and police in Venice. (Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

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Kylie Wortham, who was laid off because of the coronavirus, relaxes with a book in a hammock overlooking the beach in Huntington Beach. The pier, beach parking lots and most shops are closed. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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People wearing personal protective equipment shop at the Santa Monica farmers market. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

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A medical staff member carries a digital inverter generator into Cedar Mountain Post Acute nursing home after 51 residents and six staff members have tested positive for coronavirus in Yucaipa. Two residents have died. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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The Iron City Tavern in San Pedro tries an incentive to lure takeout customers. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

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The streets of San Pedro are quiet as people remain in their homes due to the coronavirus. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

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Healthcare workers gather outside UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center to call for further action from the federal government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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Kristen Edgerle of Victorville collects information from a blood donor before drawing blood at The Richard Nixon Presidential Library blood drive during the coronavirus pandemic in Yorba Linda. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times)

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Jonathan Sanchez, manager of Choppys Produce Company at the LA Wholesale Produce Market, stands with an excess of inventory in the wake of the coronavirus Covid19 shutdown as LAs produce wholesalers are seeing their business decline over 80%. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

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A woman has the sidewalk all to herself while walking along California St. in downtown Ventura. Foot traffic is very light as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

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A city worker, wearing a protective suit and mask, sweeps around the Echo Park Community Center that is one of several recreation centers in Los Angeles that has been converted for homeless housing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The center is filled to capacity with over 30 beds available to the homeless. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

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Shauna Jin of Los Angeles, with her dog, Bodhi, practices social distancing with John Kiss of Los Angeles at the entrance of Runyon Canyon Park in Los Angeles. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

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A maintenance worker cleans the entrance of Runyon Canyon Park in Los Angeles. The park is closed to the public because of the coronavirus. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

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A lending library had some additional useful items, including a roll of toilet paper and cans of beans and corn, in a Hermosa Beach neighborhood. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Protesters drive by the Getty House, the home of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, in Hancock Park. Tenant advocates are demanding a total moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus crisis. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

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Security guard Marcos Ayala of East Los Angeles helps the Hermosa Beach Police Department close off the Strand and a two-mile stretch of Hermosa Beach. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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The Strand and oceanfront of Hermosa Beach are closed in an effort to prevent crowds and slow the spread of the coronavirus. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Mong Noiboonsok, left, and Rena Chastan have lunch at Crystal Springs picnic area in Griffith Park. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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Venice residents Emily Berry and Gavin Kelley take a break at Venice Beach. Berry, a cocktail waitress at Enterprise Fish Co., lost her job due to the coronavirus outbreak, and Kelley, a manager at a performing arts school with a focus on music, said that he still has a job and that classes at the school will resume online this coming Monday. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Israel Torres touches up a new sign at a closed store along the boardwalk in Venice Beach. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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The JW Marriott at L.A. Live is sharing a message of hope with red lights in 34 windows, creating a 19-story display on the hotels north side. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

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A Playa del Rey beach is nearly empty after L.A. County announced the closure of all beaches and trails in an effort to reduce crowds and slow the spread of the coronavirus. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

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The Manhattan Beach Pier is locked, and a city sign explains why in three repeated messages: Lot closed, COVID-19 and Social Distancing. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Juan Diaz Jr., a lifelong Dodgers fan, prays that the season will start by May in front of Dodger Stadium on what would have been opening day. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

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Hayley, CEO and founder of Love My Neighbor Foundation, right, dances with Crystal Armster, 51, while she and her colleagues continue to feed the homeless on skid row amid the pandemic. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

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A masked passenger on a Metro bus in downtown Los Angeles. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

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Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department wear protective gear while handing out coronavirus test kits at a parking lot on Stadium Way near Dodger Stadium. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

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Dede Oneal waits for a coronavirus test at the Crenshaw Christian Center in South Los Angeles. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

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A man in a mask passes a closed restaurant along Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

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The Westfield Topanga mall parking lot in Canoga Park is empty amid coronavirus closure rules. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

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Brackets of the past: Looking back at Bellator 1 on its 11th anniversary – The Athletic

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:49 pm

When Bellator debuted back on television on April 4, 2009, MMA was already full swing ahead. UFC 97 was just around the corner, pitting the greatest fighter of the decade, Anderson Silva, against Thales Leites. The general interest in MMA was on the rise, as novelties such as Brock Lesnar roamed the heavyweight ranks. And Strikeforce was still going great guns, holding on as the steady No. 2.

In fact, a week after Bellators first-ever event, Nick Diaz whipped Frank Shamrock out in San Jose after flipping him off (approximately) half-a-million times in the lead up.

So when the idea to introduce a tournament-based structure with a $175,000 dangling carrot at the end of it came up, a lot of people just kind of thought well, I mean, I guess? Might as well try to ride the gravy train, right?

Looking back, though, Bellator was a little more dialed in than it seemed at the time. The first fight card which actually took place on Friday, April 3,...

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Hang up and try again later – Silver City Daily Press and Independent

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:49 pm

(Photo By Don J. Usner for Searchlight New Mexico)A man wearing a bandanna to protect against coronavirus waits in Santa Fe for a bus to take him to a job interview in Espaola.

NMs phone system for unemployment benefits is hanging up on thousands

By NICK PACHELLISearchlight New Mexico

On Monday, March 30, the state of New Mexico announced a new and improved phone system for people who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and need help getting their unemployment checks, which many need to survive. Within hours, the system buckled under the weight of more than 500,000 calls.

The new call-in system, operated by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS), did little but hang up on people and tell them to try their call later, owing to the unprecedented volume.

We have had half-a-million incoming calls by lunchtime, said Bill McCamley, the Cabinet secretary for DWS.

The phone system was supposed to supplement the DWS website (jobs.state.nm.us), where salaried employees who have lost their jobs and in the coming weeks, independent contractors, gig economy workers and the self-employed are encouraged to file unemployment claims.

But not all New Mexicans have computers or broadband; some are not comfortable online and would rather talk to a live person; and still others run into complications with the online application and need human help.

The websites automated system for chat queries only connects people to a bot, which directs them back to the website and cant answer specifics. So people call. And call.

As of March 31, 84 operators were attending to a system with a 600-phone-line capacity, a department spokesperson said. The department is trying to reduce call volumes by asking people to call on specific days of the week, depending on the last digit of their Social Security number. Those with Social Security numbers ending in 0 to 3 are asked to call on Mondays; those with numbers ending in 4 to 6 are asked to call on Tuesdays; and people with numbers from 7 to 9 are asked to call on Wednesdays. Thursdays and Fridays are for all callers.

Things did not go as planned. Many callers were unable to enter the overloaded system, which quickly jammed. The phone system does not allow people to leave a message or leave a callback number. It directs callers to choose from menu items and enter their Social Security number, then tells them all customer service agents are serving other callers and hangs up.

To handle the volume, McCamley says his department is crash training new operators, condensing what is usually a five-week training program into one or two weeks. The goal is to have more than 120 workers activated in the next four weeks. A spokesperson for the department added that the staff is reviewing updates to the system that would ensure that all who call can leave a callback number for operators before the system hangs up.

In the wake of coronavirus-related business closures, an unprecedented 31,849 initial unemployment claims were filed during the week of March 19-26, according to unofficial numbers released last week by the DWS.

The numbers are only expected to rise. The federal governments stimulus package will soon begin to offer what it calls Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. The program expands unemployment benefits and extends them to independent contractors, the self-employed and gig economy workers an estimated 62,000 additional New Mexicans. States are waiting for instructions from Washington before they can release a timeline as to when the benefits will become available.

We need a few weeks to get agreements in place with the Department of Labor and to implement some change in our process to make it work, McCamley said. When we have a timeline of when we can open it up, we will let people know.

Nationally, nearly one in five households have experienced a layoff or reduction in work hours, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. Lower-income workers and women, especially women of color, are the most affected. In the poll, a quarter of households making less than $50,000 had experienced reduced hours or a job loss.And since women in New Mexico are paid 84 cents per every dollar made by men, they have far less economic security at this time.

The most efficient method for filing an initial unemployment claim continues to be online at jobs.state.nm.us, McCamley said. He urged people to use the website whenever possible.

Searchlight New Mexico is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative reporting in New Mexico.Visit their website at searchlightnm.org.

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From one champion to another, Jabril Cox is ready for his next challenge at LSU – The Athletic

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:49 pm

BATON ROUGE, La. The best linebacker the world hardly knew had a conversation with his father. Jabril Cox had achieved everything. Hed been his conferences defensive player of the year. Hed been an All-American. He was two months away from his third consecutive national championship at North Dakota State.

So Jabril and James Cox spoke one day in November, just a casual conversation the father didnt even know stuck with his son until far down the line.

If you win this, youve done a lot at North Dakota State, James told him. Youre gonna graduate in May. You need to probably up your game a little bit.

Cox remembers the schools that fell off the face of the earth when he tore his ACL in high school. He remembers the dream of playing FBS football fading away. North Dakota State took a chance on the Kansas City project, and he became one of the best players in the FCS. Most of his teammates assumed hed declare for the NFL...

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New Mexico’s phone system for unemployment benefits is hanging up on thousands of callers – New Mexico Political Report

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:49 pm

On Monday, March 30, the state of New Mexico announced a new and improved phone system for people who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and need help getting their unemployment checks, which many need to survive. Within hours, the system buckled under the weight of more than 500,000 calls.

The new call-in system, operated by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS), did little but hang up on people and tell them to try their call later, owing to the unprecedented volume.

We have had half-a-million incoming calls by lunchtime, said Bill McCamley, the cabinet secretary for DWS.

The phone system was supposed to supplement the DWS website (jobs.state.nm.us), where salaried employees who have lost their jobs and in the coming weeks, independent contractors, gig economy workers and the self-employed are encouraged to file unemployment claims.

But not all New Mexicans have computers or broadband; some are not comfortable online and would rather talk to a live person; and still others run into complications with the online application and need human help.

The websites automated system for chat queries only connects people to a bot, which directs them back to the website and cant answer specifics. So people call. And call.

As of March 31, 84 operators were attending to a system with a 600-phone-line capacity, a department spokesperson said. The department is trying to reduce call volumes by asking people to call on specific days of the week, depending on the last digit of their social security number. Those with social security numbers ending in 0 to 3 are asked to call on Mondays; those with numbers ending in 4 to 6 are asked to call on Tuesdays; and people with numbers from 7 to 9 are asked to call on Wednesdays. Thursdays and Fridays are for all callers.

Things did not go as planned. Many callers were unable to enter the overloaded system, which quickly jammed. The phone system does not allow people to leave a message or leave a callback number. It directs callers to choose from menu items and enter their social security number, then tells them all customer service agents are serving other callers and hangs up.

To handle the volume, McCamley says his department is crash training new operators, condensing what is usually a five-week training program into one or two weeks. The goal is to have more than 120 workers activated in the next four weeks. A spokesperson for the department added that the staff is reviewing updates to the system that would ensure that all who call can leave a callback number for operators before the system hangs up.

In the wake of coronavirus-related business closures, an unprecedented 31,849 initial unemployment claims were filed during the week of March 19-26, according to unofficial numbers released last week by the DWS.

The numbers are only expected to rise. The federal governments stimulus package will soon begin to offer what it calls Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. The program expands unemployment benefits and extends them to independent contractors, the self-employed and gig economy workers an estimated 62,000 additional New Mexicans. States are waiting for instructions from Washington before they can release a timeline as to when the benefits will become available.

We need a few weeks to get agreements in place with the Department of Labor and to implement some change in our process to make it work, said McCamley. When we have a timeline of when we can open it up, we will let people know.

Nationally, nearly 1 in 5 households have experienced a layoff or reduction in work hours, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. Lower-income workers and women, especially women of color, are the most affected. In the poll, a quarter of households making less than $50,000 had experienced reduced hours or a job loss. And since women in New Mexico are paid 84 cents per every dollar made by men, they have far less economic security at this time.

The most efficient method for filing an initial unemployment claim continues to be online at jobs.state.nm.us, McCamley said. He urged people to use the website whenever possible.

Searchlight New Mexico is a non-partisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative reporting in New Mexico.

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The progression of the Glute Bridge, from lesser to greater difficulty, to train your glutes at home with the same exercise – News Lagoon

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:48 pm

Maintain a healthy lifestyle during the days of confinement is essential: to do this we will have to take care of our food, our rest and add more physical exercise to our routineto compensate for the lack of activity to which we are subjected.

For those who want to do a cardio routine simple in the living room of the house and barely any materialhere you have a complete workout that you can carry out in a few minutes.

Because aerobic exercise requires efforts of low intensity and long duration, we will combine them with bodyweight exercises that maintain an adequate level of intensity to the time we will use rope to extend the demand aerobic at the time.

The exercises that we will perform are the following:

Distribute the training for blocks of work in which there will be a exercise protagonist in every one of themwith the exception jumps to the sag that will be present in each of the blocks.

In this first block, the exercise protagonist will be the burpees, which we will combine with jumping rope. This structure will be maintained in the following two blocks.

The breaks between rounds should be between 30 and 60 seconds.

The breaks between blocks can be up to a minute, no more. In this block, the main exercise are jump squats, keeping the same structure as that in the previous block.

As before, the breaks between rounds should be between 30 and 60 seconds.

To finish, the jumping jacks will be the protagonists. There are numerous variants of this exercise so choose any of them, the important thing is to keep the effort at the time.

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Growth hormone injections: Uses and side effects

Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:47 pm

Hormones play a part in nearly every major body function, including growth. If the body does not produce enough, a person may need to have growth hormone injections.

Several glands in the body produce hormones, but health experts consider the pituitary to be the master control gland. Not only does it control other glands, but it also makes the hormone that triggers growth.

The pituitary gland is in the brain below the hypothalamus. It secretes hormones in response to chemical messages from the hypothalamus.

The human growth hormone (HGH) helps to influence height, as well as build bones and muscles in the body. It is crucial for processes involved in normal human growth and development.

Genetic factors can lead to a lack of growth hormone in children. Damage to the pituitary gland is a common cause of a deficiency in adults.

In this article, we look at the reasons to use HGH, the function of growth hormones, and possible side effects.

HGH is essential to growth, especially in children, but it is also involved in many other processes in the body, including bone density, muscle mass, and mood.

Different hormones control various body functions and processes, including growth and development, metabolism, sexual function and reproduction, and mood.

It helps process protein and increases fat breakdown to help provide the energy needed for tissue growth.

Growth hormone levels can change through the day, and physical activity plays a part.

Exercise and similar activities can cause the levels to rise naturally. Sleep, stress, and low blood sugar levels also increase growth hormone levels.

Even small changes in HGH levels affect the body.

Too little or too much growth hormone can cause significant growth problems. Too little HGH is one of the main causes of short stature and conditions such as dwarfism.

Some people use HGH because they believe it will build muscle, improve performance, or slow aging. However, the existing evidence does not support the use of HGH for these purposes.

Children with low levels of lack of growth hormone may or may not be smaller at birth. Growth problems may appear in time, for example, if they are smaller than their classmates and growing less than 2 inches a year.

Some children are unable to produce growth hormone when they are born and continue to have low levels throughout their life.

Symptoms of growth hormone deficiency in children are:

In some children, a lack of growth hormone is part of a genetic condition, but sometimes the cause of the deficiency is unknown.

In adults, a lack of growth hormone is often due to damage to the pituitary gland, which may be permanent. The damage could have occurred in childhood or adulthood.

Other causes include:

Problems in the pituitary with producing growth hormone are commonly due to a pituitary tumor.

The pituitary can be damaged by the tumor itself or by treatment such as surgery and radiotherapy.

In adults, a lack of HGH can cause a number of different problems including:

Growth hormone deficiency can also be a combination of one or more hormone deficiencies.

Some medical conditions may also benefit HGH treatment.

These include:

The most common treatment in both adults and children is growth hormone therapy using lab-developed HGH injections.

Doses occur several times per week or on a daily basis depending on how severe the deficiency is.Manufacturers designed the growth hormone to mimic the behavior of natural growth hormone in the body. It will be prescribed by a doctor.

HGH treatments can be self-administered or given by a doctor. Treatments are often given for several years. Patients will see their doctor every month or so to check their condition.

Blood tests will be carried out to see if extra growth hormone is needed and if treatments should be increased, decreased, or stopped. Cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and bone density will also be checked to see if they are healthy.

Taking growth hormone can affect the bodys response to insulin, which controls blood sugar levels. Growth hormone deficiency can also lead to high cholesterol and brittle bones if it is not treated.

Specific treatment for growth hormone deficiency depends on the person.

Doctors base this treatment on certain factors, such as:

The earlier the lack of growth hormone is treated in children, the better chance they have to grow to a near normal adult height.

Children can gain as many as 4 inches or more over the first 3 years of treatment. Another 3 inches or more can grow during the next 2 years.

Many adults have to take HGH treatment for the remainder of their life.

Anyone taking HGH will undergo regular monitoring to assess the safety and effectiveness of the hormone.

The goal of growth hormone treatments in adults and children is to restore energy, metabolism, and enhance body development or shape. It can help to reduce total body fat, especially around the belly.

HGH injections can also help to improve strength and exercise tolerance and reduce the risk of heart disease in those who lack growth hormone.

Many people experience an increase in overall quality of life.

Most people tolerate HGH injection treatments well with few problems.

However, possible side effects include:

Those who experience these symptoms or other problems should talk to their doctor. They can change the dose if necessary to help remedy the symptoms.

HGH injections are not recommended for people who have:

HGH can affect insulin usage in the body, so people with diabetes should monitor their blood sugar levels carefully.

Other treatments may be required depending on the cause of the HGH deficiency.

Surgery or radiation may be necessary to treat a tumor in the pituitary. Pituitary hormones may also have to be taken to correct a gland that is not working properly.

If the levels of HGH are too high in adults, they may experience:

Long-term use of HGH injections can cause a condition called acromegaly.

Adults cannot grow taller by using the synthetic growth hormone. High doses will thicken the persons bones instead of lengthening them.

People with acromegaly will experience an overgrowth of bones, particularly in the hands, feet, and face.

The skin area can also be affected and may turn thick, coarse, and hairy. The excess HGH levels can also lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.

HGH injections have also become popular for nonmedical usage. Bodybuildersgro and athletes sometimes use them in an effort to get larger muscles, more energy, and increased stamina.

They are considered performance-enhancing drugs and are banned in professional sports.

HGH injections are also advertised as an anti-aging or weight loss treatment.

Many people aim to help increase their energy as well as fight the decrease in muscle and bone mass that happens with aging.

The Endocrine Society do not recommend HGH injections for adults or children unless they have a growth hormone deficiency.

Not enough evidence is available to prove that HGH injections can slow down the aging process, and studies show it does not improve athletic performance. Adverse effects often occur, especially fluid retention.

Using them for any nonmedical reason is illegal in the United States.

HGH injections are designed for adults or children who have a lack of growth hormone and should only be prescribed by a doctor.

Children and adults with low levels of growth hormone should ensure they have plenty of sleep, a balanced diet, regular exercise, and that they follow medical advice.

People seem interested in using HGH to have a more athletic body, to perform better in sports and to prevent aging. Is this a good idea?

HGH is a potent drug that can cause significant side effects. A person therefore needs to weigh up the benefits and risks. Do the potential benefits outweigh the risks?

For those without HGH deficiency, the answer is no. Very few data support the idea that HGH helps people with normal levels.

It may improve lean body mass in athletes and older adults but does not seem to improve strength or performance.

It also does not improve risk factors for chronic diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease. No reliable evidence confirms that it can prevent aging.

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Posted: April 4, 2020 at 4:47 pm

Human growth hormone (HGH) plays a vital role is staying young, long after youve finished growing. HGH is a product of the pituitary gland, the master gland of the body. As the name implies, it promotes linear growth in children and adolescents. After the body stops growing taller, levels of HGH decline and often become very low in adult life.

HGH has effects on body composition, not just growth; it also plays an important role in metabolism. It first begins to decline at age 30, and decreases by 2% every year after that. When you dont have enough growth hormone, you may experience an increase in belly fat, sagging skin and a decrease in muscle mass. The goal is to keep your HGH at an optimum level as you age so you can retain youthfulness as late into life as possible.

The off-label use of human growth hormone (HGH) has spawned a multi-billion dollar industry. The most common way to make up for human growth hormone deficiency is by injection. But these shots are highly controversial. Some doctors see it as a fountain of youth; others are staunchly opposed and fear the risks. The FDA has not approved the use of human growth hormone as an anti-aging therapy. To learn more about HGH injections, click here.

However, there are safe alternatives to naturally boost your growth hormone without a visit to the doctor or injections. In addition to the following, remember that exercise, especially strength training, is also a powerful stimulant for growth hormone secretion.

Natural HGH Booster #1: Fenugreek

Early studies show that this vegetable, popular in Asia, stimulates the release of growth hormone and can boost energy levels. Steam fenugreek herbs or enjoy as a tea.

Ways to add more Fenugreek to your diet:Fenugreek FrittataFenugreek Chicken Meatballs

Natural HGH Booster #2: LArginine

This amino acid stimulates the release of the growth hormone from the pituitary gland. Take it in supplement form: 2 grams, three times a day.

Natural HGH Booster #3: A Sleep Mask

You release the most growth hormone while you sleep. Use a sleep mask to block out light, allowing melatonin, the sleep hormone, to surge, and get a deeper, more restorative sleep.

Other ways to make yourself look younger:

7 Years Younger: The Ultimate Anti-Aging Plan

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