Study Links Daily Consumption of Diet Soft Drinks to Risk of Vascular Disease

Individuals who drink diet soft drinks on a daily basis may be at increased risk of suffering vascular events such as stroke, heart attack, and vascular death. This is according to a new study by Hannah Gardener and her colleagues from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and at Columbia University Medical Center. However, in contrast, they found that regular soft drink consumption and a more moderate intake of diet soft drinks do not appear to be linked to a higher risk of vascular events. The research appears online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

In the current climate of escalating obesity rates, artificially sweetened soft drinks are marketed as healthier alternatives to sugar-sweetened beverages, due to their lack of calories. However, the long-term health consequences of drinking diet soft drinks remain unclear.

Gardener and team examined the relationship between both diet and regular soft drink consumption and risk of stroke, myocardial infarction (or heart attack), and vascular death. Data were analyzed from 2,564 participants in the NIH-funded Northern Manhattan Study, which was designed to determine stroke incidence, risk factors and prognosis in a multi-ethnic urban population. The researchers looked at how often individuals drank soft drinks – diet and regular – and the number of vascular events that occurred over a ten-year period.

They found that those who drank diet soft drinks daily were 43 percent more likely to have suffered a vascular event than those who drank none, after taking into account pre-existing vascular conditions such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes and high blood pressure. Light diet soft drink users, i.e. those who drank between one a month and six a week, and those who chose regular soft drinks were not more likely to suffer vascular events.

Gardener concludes: “Our results suggest a potential association between daily diet soft drink consumption and vascular outcomes. However, the mechanisms by which soft drinks may affect vascular events are unclear. There is a need for further research before any conclusions can be drawn regarding the potential health consequences of diet soft drink consumption.”

 

Eagle Swimmers Set School Records

Congratulations to our record breaking Eagle Swimmers.

• Ben Marshall set a new school record in the 50 free (23.43) with his state qualifying swim on Saturday.

• Emily Deem achieved a state qualifying swim in the 50 free as well.  Emily also set a new 100 back record (1:09.62) and was a member of the record setting 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Free Relay along with Michaela Harrell, Anna Petersen and Marylee Gowdy.

 

Virginia State Parks Offer New Pocket Ranger App

RICHMOND – Virginia State Parks are now as close as your smartphone with the introduction of the new Virginia State Parks Pocket Ranger® app. Developed collaboratively by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and ParksByNature, the new Pocket Ranger® Mobile Tour Guide is available at no charge thanks to the Virginia Association for Parks and Imperial Multimedia.

“We’re very pleased to team up with ParksByNature, the VAFP and Imperial to bring this exciting new smartphone application to the public,” said Joe Elton, state parks director for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. “This is a cutting-edge 21st century technology brought to the market by a dynamic 21st century public-private partnership.”

Virginia is the latest of 12 states to partner with ParksByNature in developing official state park mobile tour guides. In other states there is a basic guide and one with advanced GPS technology available at an additional charge. Thanks to the VAFP and Imperial Multimedia, there is no charge for the advanced Virginia app. The partnership is also finalizing details on a sponsorship plan so that users are supporting Virginia State Parks each time they use the app. The mobile guide is available for Apple and some Android devices.

The Official Virginia State Parks Pocket Ranger® app offers educational and interpretive information. With the help of the app, users may locate the nearest park and gain access to in-depth information such as trail-touring videos, activities and descriptions designed to enhance their overall visit. In addition, the app includes advanced GPS mapping technology allowing park visitors to mark, record and share trail blazes, explorations and discoveries.

Hikers can use the app to personalize routes while hunters and fishermen will benefit from ability to mark their favorite spots. A cache map feature, which allows users to navigate the state parks without mobile reception, is also available. Park goers may use the photo way point feature to snap pictures and mark the coordinates of highlights from their visit—such as animals and natural features—and then share it with the click of a button.

As a safety feature an in-app alert is included that allows users to quickly send their GPS coordinates along with a message to a designated list of contacts in the event of an emergency.

To download the Virginia State Parks Pocket Ranger® app go to www.stateparkapps.com/apps/va/apps.php. It can also be downloaded by visiting Apple iTunes or Android Market.

For information on all Virginia State Park offerings, including the new app, go to www.virginiastateparks.gov.

Clarke Students “Go for DECA Gold ”

CCHS DECA students proved the 2011-12 Virginia DECA theme of “Go for DECA Gold ” true on Thursday, January 26th at the 2012 DECA District Leadership Conference Competitive Events held at the Apple Blossom Mall. Students were competing against 7 schools with over 300 students participating in 15 different categories Clarke County DECA members earned top honors with 8 First Place and 6 Second Place Winners and 7 Third Place Winners. Congratulations!

The following First, Second and Third Place Overall Winners will be advancing to the DECA State Leadership Conference on March 4-6 in Norfolk, VA.

Photo credit: Laura Stevens

  • Megan Allen
  • Emily Amos
  • Michael Arthur
  • Elizabeth Blight
  • Courtney Butterfass
  • Anna Cantrell
  • Josh Dulaney
  • Michaela Garrison
  • Clara Gilleland
  • Amanda Gordon
  • Erin Hall
  • Daniel Judge
  • Andy Justice
  • Lauren Kelleher
  • Andy King
  • Will Ravenscroft
  • Amanda Robinson
  • Jesse Robinson
  • Julia Shaffer
  • Scott Schutte
  • Madison Tyler


In addition, the following students will be competing in state level events:

John Catlett and Bridget Acland– Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making Event

Brittany Teasley and Ellie Kraft – Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making Event

Davey Hardesty and Natalie Flagg – Marketing Communications Team Decision Making Event

Allison Crandell and Kendall Jenkins – Hospitality Services Team Decision Making Event

Alex Harden and Amy Legare — Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making Event

Donald Tredway – Professional Selling

Victoria Ewing – Professional Selling

Natalie Flagg and Andy King – State Officer Candidates

These students will be accompanied by their DECA Advisors:

Mary Elson and Rachel Mercke

Individual District Leadership Conference event winners are as follows:

APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES MARKETING—-26 Competitors

Allison Crandell 4th PLACE OVERALL WINNER

Lisa Daniels 3rd Place Pricing Role-Play and  3rd Place Operations Role-Play

Rachel Sefton 2nd Place Pricing Role-Play

AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES MARKETING – 9 Competitors

Courtney Butterfass 1st PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 1st Place Promotion Role-Play, 1st Place Marketing Role-Play

Will Ravenscroft 3rd PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 3rd Place Comprehensive Exam, 2nd Place Promotion Role-Play

Davey Hardesty 4th PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 3rd Place Promotion Role-Play

BUSINESS FINANCE MARKETING —4 Competitors

Elizabeth Blight 1st PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 1st Place Comprehensive Exam, 1st Place Financial Analysis Role-Play, 2ndPlace Financial Analysis Role-Play

BUSINESS SERVICE MARKETING—14 Competitors

Andy Justice 2nd PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 1st Place Promotion Role-Play

Daniel Judge 3rd PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 1st Place Product/Service Mgt. Role-Play

Dillon Crossley 3rd Place Product/Service Mgt. Role-Play

FOOD MARKETING —17 Competitors

Amanda Gordon 1st PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 1stPlace Customer Relations Role-Play, 1stPlace Professional Development Role-Play

Nicole Legare 2nd Place Customer Relations Role-Play

HOTEL & LODGING MANAGEMENT – 11 Competitors

Emily Amos 1st PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 2nd Place Comprehensive Exam – tie, 2nd Place Marketing Role-Play, 2nd Place Promotion Role-Play

Anna Cantrell 3rd PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 2nd Place Comprehensive Exam – tie, 1st Place Promotion Role-Play

HOTEL & LODGING MANAGEMENT- continued

Donald Tredway 4th PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 3rdPlace Marketing Role-Play

Stephanie Anderson 3rd Place Promotion Role-Play

MARKETING MANAGEMENT—15 Competitors

Michaela Garrison1stPLACE OVERALL WINNER, 1stPlace Marketing Planning Role-Play, 2nd Place Product/Service Mgt. Role-Play

Michael Arthur2nd PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 1st Place Product/Service Mgt. Role-Play, 2ndPlace Marketing Planning Role-Play- tie

Nathan Chatham 1st Place Comprehensive Exam

Bridget Acland 3rd Place Product/Service Mgt. Role-Play, 2nd Place Marketing Planning Role-Play- tie

QUICK SERVE RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT —23 Competitors

Lauren Kelleher 1st PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 2nd Place Selling Role-Play, 2nd Place Professional Development Role-Play

Colin Johnson 2nd Place Comprehensive Exam

RESTAURANT AND FOOD SERVICE MANAGEMENT — 24 Competitors

John Alfaro 2nd Place Human Resource Mgt. Role-Play

Morgan Brondstater 3rd Place Customer Relations Role-Play

Bruce Ward 3rd Place Comprehensive Exam

RETAIL MERCHANDISING SERIES— 23 Competitors

Scott Schutte 1st PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 3rdPlace Comprehensive Exam, 2nd Place Marketing Role-Play, 1stPlace Promotion Role-Play

Megan Allen 2nd PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 3rd Place Marketing Role-Play, 2nd Place Promotion Role-Play

Julia Shaffer 3rd PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 2nd Place Comprehensive Exam

Brittany Teasley 4th PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 3rd Place Promotion Role-Play

SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING—28 Competitors

Jesse Robinson 2nd PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 1st Place Pricing Role-Play

Ben Williams 1st Place Promotions Role-Play

PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT & ADMISNISTRATION—14 Competitors

Erin Hall 3rd PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 3rdPlace Comprehensive Exam – tie

Victoria Ewing 4th PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 2ndPlace Economics Role-Play

Kendall Wallace 1st Place Comprehensive Exam

Danny O’Donnell 2nd Place Comprehensive Exam

George Novakowski3rdPlace Comprehensive Exam – tie

Rachel Dors 3rd Place Comprehensive Exam – tie

PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE—9 Competitors

Andy King 2nd PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 3rd Place Comprehensive Exam, 2nd Place Financial Analysis Role-Play

Ellie Kraft 4th PLACE OVERALL WINNER

Anna Bodkin 2nd Place Comprehensive Exam

Salvador Vergara 3rd Place Comprehensive Exam

PRINCIPLES OF HOSPITALITY & TOURISM—18 Competitors

Amanda Robinson 2nd PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 1st Place Customer Relations Role-Play

Josh Dulaney 3rd PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 1st Place Comprehensive Exam

Alex Harden 4th PLACE OVERALL WINNER

Kendall Jenkins 3rd Place Customer Relations Role-Play

Caroline George 3rd Place Comprehensive Exam

PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING—15 Competitors

Clara Gilleland 1st PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 1stPlace Emotional Intelligence Role-Play

Madison Tyler 3rd PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 2nd Place Emotional Intelligence Role-Play

John Catlett 4th PLACE OVERALL WINNER, 2nd Place Comprehensive Exam

Eric Hoyt 3rd Place Emotional Intelligence Role-Play

 

Rotary Club of Frederick County

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Rotary Club of Frederick County – February 28, 2012
The Rotary Club of Frederick County will meet Tuesday morning, February 28, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. at Shenandoah University in the Clement Board Room – Allen Dining Hall. Club members, invited guests and visiting Rotarians are welcome.  Scott C. Harvard, President and Chief Executive Officer of First National Corp. and First Bank will be the featured program speaker. For more information contact Stephen M. Gyurisinat 540-336-7357 or smgyurisin@advanceplanningassociates.com

 

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Rotary Club of Frederick County – February 21, 2012
The Rotary Club of Frederick County will meet Tuesday morning, February 21, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. at Shenandoah University in the Clement Board Room – Allen Dining Hall. Three club members will discuss their vocations as part of a year-long career and vocational program.  Rotarians Chris Place, Winchester Casket Company; Bill Old, Retired; and, Mike Perry, Blue Ridge Bicycles will be the vocational speakers for the program. Invited guests, club members and visiting Rotarians are welcome. For more information about this program or the Rotary Club contact Stephen M. Gyurisin at 540-336-7357 or smgyurisin@advanceplanningassociates.com

 

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Rotary Club of Frederick County – February 14, 2012
The Rotary Club of Frederick County will meet Tuesday morning, February 14, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. at Shenandoah University in the Clement Board Room – Allen Dining Hall. Club members, invited guests and visiting Rotarians are welcome.  A special Valentines Day program is planned.  For more information contact Stephen M. Gyurisin at 540-336-7357 or smgyurisin@advanceplanningassociates.com

 

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Rotary Club of Frederick County – February 7, 2012
The Rotary Club of Frederick County meeting is scheduled for Tuesday morning, February 7, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. at Shenandoah University in the Clement Board Room – Allen Dining Hall.  Club committee chairs will conduct a Club Assembly program.  Invited guests, club members and visiting Rotarians are welcome.  For more information about this program or the Rotary Club contact Stephen M. Gyurisin at 540-336-7357 orsmgyurisin@advanceplanningassociates.com


Rotary Club of Clarke County

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Location:                Grace Episcopal Church Hall
Date:                         February 8, 2012
Time:                        Noon
Description: The Rotary Club of Clarke County will meet Wednesday February 8, at noon in the Grace Episcopal Church Hall, Berryville.  Our speaker will be Rotarian Bob Randolph on Ethiopia.  Guests are always welcome!

Dance the Winter Blues Away

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Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department
Invites You to Dance the Winter Blues Away

When?                       February 4, 2012
Where?                     Shenandoah Farms Fire Hall
What Time?            Doors open at 9 PM and the Dance ends at 1 AM
Price?                       $10.00 per person

Music will be provided by the band “Virginia Dreams”