ACTOR STEVE REEVIS OF ‘FARGO,’ ‘DANCES WITH WOLVES’ DIES AT 55

Among the films he was featured in: “Twins,” “Dances with Wolves,” “Last of the Dogmen,” “Fargo,” and “The Longest Yard.” He also appeared in the TV shows “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “JAG.”

Steve Reevis, a Browning native who appeared in dozens of films, has passed away at the age of 56.

According to IMDB, in 1996 Reevis received an award from First Americans in the Arts for his supporting roles in both the critically-acclaimed movie “Fargo” and in the TV movie “Crazy Horse.”

Steve Reevis grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation. Steve graduated from South Dakota’s Flandreau High School and attended Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas, where he received a degree in arts.

His first movie job was as a stunt rider in the 1987 film War Party which also had his brother, Tim. Tim later performed in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show at Disneyland Paris. Steve’s first acting role, in 1988, was in Universal’s Twins.

His non-speaking role as Cheyenne Warrior #1 in the highly acclaimed Dances With Wolves in 1990 brought face recognition for the young actor and helped to open doors for additional roles. In 1993, he was cast as the Apache scout, Chato, in Geronimo: An American Legend starring Wes Studi as the titular warrior, another role that brought recognition to Steve as an actor. He is probably most recognized for his 1995 Native American lead role in Last of the Dogmen with Tom Berenger.

In 1996, Reevis received an award from First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) for his supporting roles in both the critically acclaimed movie “Fargo” and in the made-for-television movie “Crazy Horse”. In 2004, he repeated this honor for his work on the ABC series Line of Fire.

More recently, Reevis has appeared in Columbia’s 2003 film The Missing, in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard, and in TNT’s 2005 mini-series Into the West. Reevis also appeared on Fox’s drama series Bones.

He died on December 7th, 2017. He lived in Morongo Valley, California with his wife and children at the time of his death.

Wes Studi, Buffalo Child, Michael Greyeyes, Steve Reevis, and Nathaniel Arcand in the movie “Crazy Horse.”
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Meet Julia The Abandon Dog People Were Afraid Of Because She Looked Like A Wolf. See Her Dramatic Transformation That Changed Her Life

The Heroes of Hope For Paws have done it again. Hope For Paws is a non-profit organization that rescues abandoned and abused animals. They created Hope For Paws to help animals who suffer and die every year because of negligence and abuse. One day they got a frantic call about a “wolf” wandering the streets of LA. Immediately they sprang into action and headed out to see what they could do. When they arrived on the scene they saw the wolf.

Lisa Chiarelli was first on the scene. She was able to trap the dog in a fenced in yard. As the team examined the animal from a distance they noticed a tattered rope attached to her neck. She was dirty and covered with infection but they realized they were not dealing with a wolf as they were told, but a lost or abandoned dog.

They were able to earn her trust by feeding her treats. They team named her Julia. “Even though Julia was so skinny and starved, she took food so gently,” Hagar said. She finally felt safe enough after 20 minutes to let Lisa slip the Lucky Leash around her neck. As she walked to the car, it was clear that Julia was in a lot of pain. They transported her to the vet and she underwent a full examination. Julia suffered from manage, multiple bacterial infections, and malnutrition.
“This poor girl was so swollen from infections,” Hope for Paws founder Eldad Hagar said. “She was bleeding, pus was oozing from everywhere, and it’s hard to see because of this coat, but she is just skin and bones.” It was clear Julia was not in good shape and was in need of some TLC.

Lisa and the team treated her to a nice bath and some pampering. “As Lisa grabbed a towel, Julia just rested her head on Lisa’s arm,” Eldad wrote. “She was happy it was over.”  But even in her pain and confusion, the pup had already learned that the humans around her could be trusted to help. Turns out she is a sweet and loving German Shepard/Husky mix.

Eldad of Hope For Paws said,  “Julia has special, calm, wise eyes,” he continued. “I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s something so special.” She is only 2 years old, but such an old soul,” Eldad said. “I can’t even imagine what she had gone through during all this time since she was born.”

Once Julia is fully recovered, she will be placed in a foster home through A.R.T. N Paws Animal Rescue. Julia is proof of the amazing work that rescuers at Hope For Paws does every day to help animals.
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Americans getting HIV diagnoses quicker, but not fast enough

Americans with HIV are getting diagnosed faster than ever before, but most people who are infected carry the virus for years before they know it.

On average, people infected with the AIDS virus go three years before they are tested and told about it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

That’s three years during which the virus is eroding away at their immune systems, leaving them vulnerable to other infections — and three years during which they can infect others without even knowing it.

But it’s still an improvement, the CDC team said. In 2011, people went an average of three years and seven months before they got a test and diagnosis.

Graphic: Time between HIV infection and diagnosis depends on risk group and race/ethnicity

“These findings are more encouraging signs that the tide continues to turn on our nation’s HIV epidemic,” said CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald. “HIV is being diagnosed more quickly, the number of people who have the virus under control is up, and annual infections are down.”

But three years is still too long and this gap between infection and detection is helping keep the virus in circulation, the CDC said.

“Ideally, HIV is diagnosed within months of infection, rather than years later,” said Dr. Eugene McCray, director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.

Related: Study confirms vaginal ring protects women from HIV

About 1.1 million Americans are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. Thanks to better testing, about 85 percent of them know it, and nearly half, 49 percent, have the virus under control with drugs.

There’s no cure for HIV and no vaccine on the market yet, but increasingly simplified drug cocktails – some as simple as a single daily pill — can control the virus so that it cannot be easily detected in the blood, doesn’t make people sick and makes it almost impossible to transmit to others.

Some groups go even longer than three years. For heterosexual men, it takes on average five years to get tested and diagnosed, in part because straight men don’t think they are at high risk.

“Fifty percent of persons with HIV infection diagnosed in 2015 had been infected for at least three years, and a quarter had been infected for more than seven years,” the CDC team wrote in their report.

Whites are tested on average after two years, African-Americans get tested on average three years after infection and Asian-Americans don’t get diagnosed until they’ve been infected for four years on average.

They’re not only missing out on treatment — they are often infecting others.

Related: Charlie Sheen has HIV but his chances are good

“It’s 40 percent of HIV infections in the United States (that) are inadvertently, unknowingly being transmitted by persons who don’t know they have HIV,” the CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin told reporters.

“Nine out of 10 HIV infections are transmitted by people who are not diagnosed or not in care,” the CDC adds on its website.

The way CDC calculates that is by looking at how much damage has been done to patients’ immune systems when they finally are tested. The virus attacks immune cells called CD4 T-cells, and blood tests measure both how much virus is in a patient’s blood and how many of these crucial T-cells have been destroyed.

What’s helping get more people tested? Quick, on-the-spot tests have made a big difference, said Rama Keita, Community Health Educator at Washington, D.C.’s Whitman-Walker Health.

“We went from people having to wait 20 minutes to get their results to just having to wait 60 seconds,” Keita said.

Clinics and advocacy groups have also stepped up active efforts to get people tested, Keita said. “We go where the clubs are,” she said. Mobile units offer quick testing in communities with a higher-risk population.

But it will take more than that to reach straight men, Asian-Americans and others who may not realize they’re at risk. Straight men, for example, are less likely to walk into a mobile HIV testing van.

“They think, ‘I don’t want to be labeled as a member of the LGBT community. I don’t want to go into Whitman Walker’,” Keita said. “That mentality will keep you from coming in and getting tested.”

And that’s a shame, said Carl Corbin, a Whitman-Walker patient and volunteer who tested HIV positive in the early 1980s, at the start of the HIV epidemic. “All of my friends were dying all around me,” Corbin said.

Related: HIV epidemic started in New York

“I was saying to myself, ‘I am not going to live another year’. I have lived 30-some years.”

But even though people lose hope when they hear they have an incurable disease, HIV can be managed with the many available drugs on the market.

Now 61, Corbin is healthy and has no detectable virus in his blood.

“I advise every human being to get tested. There is so much help out here for you,” he said.

While some groups are at more risk than others, anyone could become infected. The CDC recommends that almost everyone be tested for HIV at some point.

“If you are having sex you are at risk. It’s a sexually transmitted disease,” Keita said.

“We know infidelity occurs. Sometimes things happen.”

The best result would be if men and women alike were tested routinely as part of a doctor visit, said Mermin. But 70 percent of people at high risk who were surveyed by CDC and who had not been tested said they’d been to a doctor in the past year.

“We don’t want to burden people with having to think of themselves as being at risk of HIV,” Mermin said. “It should be as routine as a cholesterol test.”

Those most at risk include gay and bisexual men, their sex partners, and injecting drug users. But any kind of sex can transmit the virus, as can the use of shared needles.

“Get tested. Know your status,” advises Corbin. “Because getting tested and knowing your status will save your life. If you are sexually active in the world today, you are at risk, because it is not a gay disease.”

Fresh look at cancer shows smoking, obesity top causes

A fresh look at the causes of cancer has come up with some surprising numbers.

While smoking is still by far the biggest cause of cancer and cancer deaths, obesitypoor diet and drinking too much alcohol cause an increasing number of cancer cases and deaths.

Overall, modifiable risk factors — things people can change — cause 42 percent of cancer cases and 45 percent of deaths, the American Cancer Society found.

“We are identifying what an individual can do to live a more healthy life,” said Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for the American Cancer Society said in an interview.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. In 2017, the American Cancer Society estimates, cancer will be diagnosed in 1.7 million Americans and will kill more than 600,000.

But more people are surviving cancer. In 1975, 49 percent of people diagnosed with cancer were still alive five years later. By 2012 it was 69 percent.

Related: Sometimes, cancer is random

For decades, experts have routinely said that a third of all cancers were caused by smoking.

“A bunch of us got to thinking sometime about October of last year. You know in 1981 when we said a third of all cancer deaths were due to tobacco, those guys knew that 10 cancers were linked to tobacco and one additional might be,” Brawley said.

It’s now known that 17 cancer types are linked to smoking, that obesity raises cancer risk and that fewer people smoke. And now, three-fourths of Americans are overweight or obese. So a team re-ran the numbers.

What they found surprised them. It’s still true that 45 percent of cancer deaths are due to things people can change — mostly smoking, but also, increasingly, obesity and drinking alcohol.

Related: Americans don’t know obesity is a major cancer risk factor

“Cigarette smoking was associated with far more cancer cases and deaths than any other single risk factor, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all cancer cases and 30 percent of all cancer deaths, followed by excess body weight,” the team wrote in a report released Tuesday.

And drinking too much alcohol causes 5.6 of cancer causes and 4 percent of deaths, they found.

“One of the things that came through that surprised me was alcohol,” Brawley said.

Drinking too much can cause liver cancer and is linked with breast cancer and some forms of head and neck cancer.

Related: A silent cancer epidemic is spreading among men

The leading preventable causes of cancer:
Cigarette smoking- 19 percent of cancer cases and 28.8 percent of deaths
Obesity and overweight – 7.8 percent of cases and 6.5 percent of deaths
Alcohol intake – 5.6 percent of cases and 4 percent of deaths
Ultraviolet radiation – 4.7 percent of cases and 1.5 percent of deaths
Lack of exercise – 2.9 percent of cases and 2.2 percent of deaths
Low fruit and vegetable intake – 1.9 percent of cases and 2.7 percent of deaths
HPV infection – 1.8 percent of cases and 1.1 percent of deaths
“The combination of excess body weight, alcohol intake, poor diet, and physical inactivity accounted for the highest proportion of all cancer cases in women and was second only to tobacco smoking in men,” the researchers added.

“These four combined risk factors also accounted for the second highest proportion of cancerdeaths in both men and women.”

Related: Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables

Diet was especially important for colon cancer, the team found. “Red and processed meat consumption accounted for 5.4 percent and 8.2 percent of colorectal cancers, respectively,” the team wrote. “Low dietary fiber accounted for 10.3 percent of colorectal cancer cases, while low dietary calcium accounted for 4.9 percent of cases.”

The team did not include air pollution as a modifiable risk factor for cancer, because the data is not terribly clear and because it’s not clear what most people can do about it if they live in an area with air pollution, Brawley said.

Related: Half of cancer deaths due to bad habits

Cancer is caused by damaged DNA. The National Cancer Institute estimates that inherited mutations play a role in about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers. Many mutations may also arise randomly, as a result of bad luck as cells divide in the body.

10 smart swaps that will save you hundreds of calories

One ingredient swaps that will save you hundreds of calories (not to mention fat and sugar) this holiday season.

Festive Moscow mules, mac and cheese and brownies can all be made healthier with just a few easy and delicious swaps.

Tis the season for indulgent meals! Instead of going into the new year wishing you’d eaten healthier over the holidays, start now: Use these one-ingredient swaps to shave off hundreds of calories from your favorite holiday meals — without sacrificing any flavor.

1. SWAP: SUGARY COCKTAIL MIXERS FOR KOMBUCHA

SAVE: 100-PLUS CALORIES PER COCKTAIL

THE BIG BENEFITS: “Swaps are about more than just saving calories,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN author of The Superfood Swap. She recommends trading a Moscow Mule mixer (with up to 6 teaspoons or more added sugar per serving) for a gingerade Kombucha, typically with no added sugar. “This swap also gives you gut-friendly probiotics to boost immunity and aid digestion,” she says.

2. SWAP: BUTTER FOR ROASTED GARLIC ON BREAD

SAVE: 70-PLUS CALORIES

THE BIG BENEFITS: When the breadbasket comes around, opt for the smallest end piece, not the largest middle piece. Then spread it with a teaspoon or two of roasted garlic, instead of the same amount of butter. (To make it, just cut the top off a head of garlic, drizzle a little bit of olive oil on top and pop it in a 400-degree oven for a half hour!) You’ll cut calories and fat and add a lot more flavor.

3. SWAP: CREAM FOR PUREED WHITE BEANS IN MASHED POTATOES

SAVE: 150 CALORIES PER ¾ CUP SERVING

THE BIG BENEFITS: “We love replacing the cream in holiday recipes with pureed white beans,” say Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CFT and Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, co-founders of 21-Day Body Reboot. “By getting rid of the cream base in mashed potatoes, you cut the calories. Plus, white beans, have antioxidants and filling fiber—and studies show that people who eat them tend to weigh less and have smaller waistlines.”

4. SWAP: CREAM CHEESE FOR GREEK YOGURT IN SPINACH DIP

SAVE: 150-PLUS CALORIES PER ½-CUP SERVING

THE BIG BENEFITS: Lower the calories in your favorite spinach dip recipe by swapping the cream cheese or sour cream for plain fat-free Greek yogurt. “You get more protein and some calcium — and save on calories and saturated fat,” says Christy Brissette, MS, RD, owner of 80 Twenty Nutrition in Chicago. Reduce calories even further by trading crackers and bread for sliced carrots, bell peppers and zucchini.

5. SWAP: SUGAR FOR SPICES IN GLAZED HAM

SAVE: 25-PLUS CALORIES PER SERVING

THE BIG BENEFITS: Rather than glazing your ham with a sugar-packed sauce, halve the sugar and add some low-calorie sweet spices like cinnamon.

6. SWAP: CHEESE SAUCE FOR PUREED SPLIT PEAS IN MAC AND CHEESE

SAVE: 100-PLUS CALORIES PER SERVING

THE BIG BENEFITS: Here’s a mac-and-cheese swap you likely don’t know about: Replace up to half the cheese sauce for pureed yellow split peas. In addition to lowering the calories, you’ll take in more fiber, helping to keep you fuller for longer.

 A Moscow mule can have as much as 6 teaspoons of sugar per drink. Anna Pustynnikova / Shutterstock

7. SWAP: BUTTER FOR AVOCADO IN BROWNIES

SAVE: 150 TO 180 CALORIES PER 2 TABLESPOONS

THE BIG BENEFITS: “Delicious in recipes like red velvet cupcakes, brownies or gingerbread muffins, use a one-to-one ratio of avocado to butter,” advises Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, owner of Marisa Moore Nutrition in Atlanta, Georgia. “That means that for every 2 tablespoons of butter swapped, you’ll save 150 calories.” Make the same swap for shortening, and you’ll save 180 calories!

8. SWAP: BUTTER FOR GREEK YOGURT IN MUFFINS

SAVE: 35-PLUS CALORIES PER MUFFIN

THE BIG BENEFITS: Simply swap half the butter for low-fat or fat-free plain Greek yogurt in your favorite muffin or quick bread recipe — or whip up a muffin recipe already featuring Greek yogurt and less butter. Then reduce the sugar by a quarter and add ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract.

9. SWAP: SYRUP FOR A RUNNY EGG ON A PANCAKE STACK

SAVE: 140 CALORIES PER PANCAKE STACK

THE BIG BENEFITS: Pancakes are a must for holiday breakfasts, but save some calories — and add filling protein to your meal — by topping your stack with a runny egg instead of a quarter cup of syrup.

10. SWAP: OIL FOR VEGETABLE BROTH IN SAUTÉED VEGGIES

SAVE: 50-PLUS CALORIES PER SERVING

THE BIG BENEFITS: Even veggies can use a makeover: Skip the oil, instead sautéing veggies (think onions, mushrooms and more!) in low-sodium vegetable broth.

WANT TO EAT BETTER? TRY THESE SIMPLE SWAPS:

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What 5 months of consistent, healthy weight loss looks like

When I first started thinking about making the behavior changes required to follow the federal Dietary Guidelines and Physical Activity Guidelines for a full year, I naively imagined that I could simply flip a switch one morning and follow all the rules. Bagels with cream cheese would magically turn into egg white omelets. Slices of pepperoni pizza would transform into chicken, brown rice and a multitude of multicolored veggies. I would somehow transport from my living room couch onto a treadmill.

Why I thought I could so easily turn off the lifestyle of eating poorly and getting inadequate physical activity that caused me to weigh 245 pounds in the first place, I’ll never know.

There is no magic switch that makes you suddenly love running and eating kale. It takes some trial and lots of error to get to a place where healthy choices are second nature, and even then, it takes work every day. I realized that in order to get to where I wanted to be, I had to take a stepwise approach to behavior change. While it’s continually challenging, it’s also proven to be surprisingly manageable.

CHANGING A BAD DIET: THE EVOLUTION OF MY NUTRITIONAL INTAKE

MONTHS 1 AND 2

I started by focusing only on my total calories and the amount of fat, carbohydrates and protein I consumed each day. I did my best to be mindful and evaluate each meal and snack I ate. After hearing about my project, friends and family members started asking me how they can get started on the path to lifestyle change. My advice is twofold:

  1. Count.Take the time to count your calories. There are a lot of free apps available that will help you track your daily intake. You might be surprised at how much you’re really eating. Not only that, you will likely identify patterns and habits that you had never noticed before.
  2. Cut.Every time you eat, try to eliminate some fat and add some protein to your plate. If you’re anything like me — and most Americans are — your diet is too high in fat. Making small changes like swapping higher-fat proteins for lean chicken or fish and cooking with less oil or eating less salad dressing will add up over time.

Lifestyle change is about making the best choice you can, as often as you can.

MONTHS 3–5

It’s important to remember that lifestyle change is not just about weight loss. If it were, cutting calories would be the only requirement. My goal is to improve my overall health, which means looking at the types of calories and nutrients I’m eating. That’s why, two months into my lifestyle change, I decided it was time to incorporate some additional rules from the Dietary Guidelines:

  • Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from saturated fat. For me, that equals 250 calories, or 28 grams (250 calories/9 grams of fat per calorie).
  • Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugar. For me, that equals 250 calories, or 63 grams (250 calories/4 grams of carbohydrate per calorie).
  • Consume less than 2300 mg per day of sodium.
  • Limit the intake of trans fats to as low as possible.

There are reasons why these four nutrients — saturated fat, added sugar, sodium and trans fat—are highlighted in the Dietary Guidelines. Saturated and trans fats are associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular-related deaths. Consuming high amounts of added sugar (note that this does not include naturally occurring sugars like those in fruits and milk) makes it extremely difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie limits. High levels of sodium consumption can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.

AS YOU LOSE WEIGHT, YOU HAVE TO ADAPT YOUR MEAL PLAN

After a few months of adhering to all of the rules I’ve described thus far, I decided it was time to take a deep dive into the Dietary Guidelines and start living by all of the remaining rules. In addition to lowering my calorie allotment from 2500/day to 2100/day (this was due to the fact that I had lost 25 pounds in the first five months of this project!) and adjusting my carbohydrate, fat and protein targets accordingly, I began monitoring my intake of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, seafood and oils.

Here is what my plan looks like at 2100 calories per day:

  • 6 ounces of grain each day, at least 3 ounces of which are whole grain
  • 2.5 cups of vegetables per day.
  • 2 cups of fruit per day
  • 3 cups of dairy per day
  • 8 ounces per week of seafood
  • 6 teaspoons of oil per day

Back when I started The Lifestyle Project, this set of rules sent me into a bit of a panic — it’s a lot to keep track of. How was I going to balance all of these elements while staying within my calorie limit? The answer: You take it one step at a time.

Now that I’ve been sticking with my lifestyle changes for several months, I feel like I’m more equipped to manage this. I’ve learned what a healthy day of eating feels and looks like and I’m much more mindful about my food consumption. I keep a checklist on my kitchen counter and mark things off as I prepare each meal or snack. It’s a great reminder to add some veggies to my lunch or eat some low-fat dairy as an afternoon snack.

 When Daniel J. Green got bored, he switched up his workout routine, which boosted his results. Jennifer Mesk Photography / Jennifer Mesk Photography

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROGRESSIVE WORKOUTS

Even though I work with the American Council on Exercise and know how important it is to keep moving, an ever-growing list of aches and pains repeatedly derailed my exercise efforts in the past. For that reason, I started at the low end of the recommendations of the Physical Activity Guidelines.

DAY 1

My weekly goals at the outset were as follows:

  • 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiorespiratory exercise, usually on the treadmill, elliptical machine or hiking trails
  • Two full-body resistance training sessions, which in the early stages consisted primarily of functional training movements, flexibility training, and core strengthening

MONTHS 2–4

I learned pretty quickly that building up the duration of my cardio workouts was going to be key, so my goal in these early months was to increase duration rather than intensity. The longer I could sustain a cardio workout, the fewer sessions I’d have to try to fit into a week. To reach 150 minutes, I could do five 30-minute workouts, four 40-minute workouts or three 50-minute workouts. For some context, when I first joined the gym about 18 months before beginning this project, I could only perform eight minutes of exercise on the elliptical machine at a time.

When I first joined the gym, I could only perform eight minutes of exercise on the elliptical machine at a time.

When I first joined the gym, I could only perform eight minutes of exercise on the elliptical machine at a time.

When it came to resistance training, I finally felt comfortable (after years of starts and stops) with adding more intensity and lifting heavier weights. I kept my focus on proper function and good form, but decided that it was time to push myself a bit by slowly and steadily progressing these workouts.

CHANGE UP YOUR WORKOUTS TO AVOID BOREDOM

After five months I’d grown a little bored with my gym-based workouts, as 40 or 50 minutes of churning away on the elliptical machine performing a steady-state workout was getting less and less inspiring.

In an effort to reinvigorate my cardio workouts, I decided to introduce interval training to my routine. Interval training involves performing periods of vigorous-intensity exercise, alternated with periods of moderate-intensity recovery. Adding interval training to the mix also means that I’m moving into the vigorous portion of the Physical Activity Guidelines.

Similarly, my resistance-training workouts now feature some power training and light plyometric movements in addition to some traditional strength-training exercises.

HOW DO YOU LOSE WEIGHT? TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME

The biggest lesson I’ve learned in my quest for lifestyle change, is that sweeping changes are not the solution. Instead, it’s about making small adjustments to your routine and sticking with them until they become habits.

I challenge you — as I challenge myself every day — to find small ways to make positive changes to your lifestyle. Can you add five minutes to your cardio routine? Can you modify a strength-training exercise to incorporate the need for balance or core strength? Can you eat a new vegetable or re-try one you’ve shunned in the past? Can you add some protein to your afternoon snack?

Small changes add up over time, but that’s true whether the changes are moving you in a positive or negative direction. It’s up to you to make sure you’re on path to better health.

I’m proud that NBC News BETTER invited me to share my journey with you through the completion of The Lifestyle Project and beyond, and now I want to hear from you.

Do you have any tips to share? Tell me about them. Have questions about my journey? Ask me on Twitter or follow me on Instagram.

 

GRANDMOTHER WITH AK-47 SAVES COPS BEING ATTACKED BY STREET GANG

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Los Angeles| Officers of the LAPD received some totally unexpected backup yesterday, during a fire fight with local gang members in the Watts neighbourhood, as an elderly lady with an assault rifle showed up and scared the criminals away.

Officers Ricardo Cordova and Frank Cho were responding to a call concerning a presumed drug deal in a parking lot, when they came under fire from members of a local street gang. The policemen rapidly found themselves in a perilous situation, being inferior to their attackers in both numbers and firepower.

Fortunately for them, 79-year old Wendy Robinson was watching the events from her kitchen window and decided to intervene. The elderly woman equipped herself with her personal bulletproof vest and an AK-47 assault rifle, and ran to the officers’ rescue, firing more than 160 rounds in the direction of the assailants, injuring two of them.

“There was ten of twelve of these scumbags, firing with Uzis and shotguns at these two poor officers who had only pistols, so I really had to do something,” she says. “I got my vest and gun, a few extra clips of ammo, and I went out the house. As soon as I began shooting at them, the look on these thugs’ face changed and they began to run for their lives. The policemen also seemed really surprised to see me, but they were definitely relieved when they saw I was there to help them.”

Two of the assailants were injured and were arrested on the site. They were transported to the Martin Luther King community hospital. Their state is considered serious, but doctors don’t fear for their lives.

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Officers Cordova and Cho say they owe their lives to the rapid intervention of Ms. Robinson, and have decided to recommend her for the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The LAPD fears the elderly woman could now face some form of retaliation from the criminals, for helping the police and humiliating them, but the threat doesn’t seem to bother Ms. Robinson at all.

“They told me that these punks might try to attack me because of what I did,” she told reporters. “Well, let them come! I have never been afraid of anyone in my life, and I am not going to start now! These kids think these streets belong to them, but I have been here for 53 years, and I don’t intend to leave. I am ready to defend myself and my house, don’t worry about me.”

The sector of the Watts neighbourhood in which Ms. Robinson lives is known to be dominated by a primarily African-American gang known as the Crips.

They are one of the largest and most violent associations of street gangs in the United States, with an estimated 30,000 to 35,000 members, and have been involved in murders, robberies and drug dealing, among other crimes.

“Go home or adjust!” Do you back KFC’s strong stand?

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Colonel Harland Sanders is no doubt rolling in his grave, the founder of KFC, who created one of the most successful fast food empires in the world based on a unique branding concept he created in the 1940’s, by masterfully promoting a carefully guarded “top-secret original recipe which includes a blend of 11 herbs and spices and which is kept in a vault…that’s right “a vault!”

However, all that iconic promotional branding which has endured for over 70-years might all come to an end because of a group of Muslims who what the Colonel’s famous fried chicken to include halal foods.

The campaign calling on KFC to serve halal food is gaining traction in New Zealand, thanks to a Facebook offensive on social media which includes the Islamic dietary requirements across the nation, with more than 2,000 likes in little more than a month.

However, not all those individuals on social media are in favor of bringing ‘HALAL KFCs Back In New Zealand,’ with the page dividing opinions saying they shouldn’t have to ‘fit in with the rules of your country.’

The movement is being led by Syeda Fouzia, who said the process of delivering halal food ‘is not that difficult.’

‘We’ve had some criticism, but having halal certification will only mean more people will be able to eat at KFC. It won’t affect non-Muslims,’ UK-born Ms. Fouzia told reporters.

However what seems to be missing in all of this is KFC’s iconic branding within the fast food industry and whether it might actually affect its business model around the world, in that the entire concept of KFC is its branding persona of it’s carefully guarded “top-secret” original recipe which includes a blend of 11 herbs and spices.

However, Ms. Fouzia has gained a lot of support online asking why the simple transition can’t be made to include “halal KFC?”

“Just like to point out KFC is a multi-national fast food corporation, it has about as much cultural bearing on New Zealander’s way of life as Tacobell,” one person said.

But not everyone was having it from the bully Muslims:

Fortunately, KFC has no intention of caving in to the demands of these pushy Muslims.

‘We appreciate their request, however, the issues relating to us being able to certify halal product for customers remain,’ said a KFC a spokesperson.

‘We have no plans to re-introduce halal in New Zealand.’

Well, there you have it. Nice job KFC!

Do you believe a company like KFC should be forced to change its iconic branding image?

OUR BELOVED MICHAEL J. FOX IS LOSING ‘HEARTBREAKING’ FIGHT WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE

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Michael has been an inspiration to us all. This man has publically made himself vulnerable and transparent throughout his struggles with Parkinson’s.

Sometimes he seems to be winning and others it looks dark again. It’s been up and down. But, he never gives up.

“The truth is that on most days, there comes a point where I literally can’t stop laughing at my own symptoms,” he says.

“Just the other morning I come into the kitchen,” he says. “I pour a cup — a little trouble there. Then I put both hands around the cup. She’s watching. ‘Can I get that for you, dear?’ ‘Nah, I got it!’ Then I begin this trek across the kitchen. It starts off bad. Only gets worse. Hot java’s sloshing onto my hands, onto the floor.”

THE BACKSTORY

At the age of 18, Michael moved to Los Angeles. However, when he failed to bag acting roles overnight, he had to load up on the cheap and cheerful dish mac and cheese.

It didn’t take long before the roles came pouring in though, with his agent calling to tell him that he’d won the part of Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties in 1982. He then went on to star in the likes of Teen Wolf (1985), High School U.S.A (1983), Poison Ivy (1985) and Back To The Future (1985).

This was the beginning of an incredible career for this unbridled talent.

Michael J. Fox has been fighting Parkinson’s disease since he was first diagnosed in the 1990s, but he’s tragically losing this fight.

At 54-years-old, Fox’s speech is slurred and his left foot is so unresponsive that he’s often forced to drag it behind him. He is expected to become wheelchair dependent before the age of 60.

The often reclusive star took a night out with his wife Tracy Pollan in February of this year and required several helpers to enter and exit his vehicle.

According to Radar Online, a close friend said of the night out, “It was heartbreaking. Michael’s bravery knows no bounds. But as the disease takes its toll on his body, even he is beginning to see that his battle is a losing one.”

They continued to say, “Michael sees every day as a gift, as well as an opportunity to help other sufferers. His Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has done so much and has raised millions of dollars, but a cure remains well out of reach.

Michael may be down, but he’s not out. It was a struggle for him during his rare outing, but as he headed away from the restaurant he even managed to flash a peace sign to his fans from the back of the limo.”

According to Snopes (because we wanted to verify this rumor), they said “Despite his condition, Fox has soldiered on with his acting career,” most recently starring as Mike Henry in NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show portraying a newscaster with Parkinson’s who retires from work, and also playing a recurring role on the CBS drama The Good Wife as Louis Canning, an opposing counsel who suffers from tardive dyskinesia (involuntary visual tremors) and often uses his condition to his advantage by repeatedly calling attention to it in order to elicit sympathy during court appearances.

One thing is certain: Michael J. Fox, who in 2007 was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 people “whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world,” has maintained his sense of humor and a forward outlook despite the difficulties of his medical condition.

He has also been tireless in using the opportunities afforded by his high public profile to raise awareness of Parkinson’s for other less visible sufferers.

Please send your thoughts and prayers to one of our most beloved actors who continues to advocate awareness and the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

TEXAS: 14-YEAR OLD VIRGIN FALLS PREGNANT AFTER FLU SHOT

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San Angelo, TX | A 14-year old schoolgirl has suffered serious complications after a flu shot allegedly left the young girl terribly ill and with severe cramps, until the family doctor finally realized weeks later she had been impregnated by the vaccine, reports the Forth Worth Telegram this week.

After symptoms persisted several weeks, the distressed mother brought her child to the Whole Woman’s Health of Forth Worth medical clinic where she was found to be pregnant moments later.

“She was in excellent health beforehand. After a few days she became very unwell, she had all the symptoms of a fever” explains her mother.

“It took a good few weeks before she felt better, but the nausea continued. She would throw up every day or so until eventually, we went to see Dr. Hersch who realized she was pregnant” she told local reporters, visibly still under shock.

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Dr. Catherine Hersch was skeptical at first but further investigation led her to corroborate the family’s verdict
An untouched hymen

“She had all the typical symptoms of a pregnant woman. It’s not the first time a young woman falls pregnant without the consent of her parents, but the girl seemed sincere when she said she had never had sexual relations with a boy, and she urged me to check her hymen, which I eventually did, and to my utter surprise, the hymen was fully intact. It is impossible she has been impregnated by male sperm” she assures.

“In my 26 years of practice, I have never heard once of such a thing as someone being impregnated by a vaccine, but I did some research and found out it is more common than most people think”.

The young girl and her family have decided to keep the baby regardless of the atypical situation.

“We are devout Christians. If God made this birth possible, then who are we to judge the how or the why?” she ponders.

“If Joseph and Mary had not given birth to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, where would humanity be today?” she asks, a tear in her eyes.

“We will soon have a new family member within our community, and it is a gift and a blessing”.

Vaccine pregnancies: a controversial subject

“Vaccine technology is fairly recent in history so we hypothesize how they work, but as in this instance, why do some women fall pregnant from vaccines?” asks Ph.D. student Alexa Goldberg, who is writing her doctoral thesis on the subject.

“There is clearly a necessity to study this growing trend and further research is needed. The scientific community must stop avoiding this highly controversial subject. If nothing is done, this tragic situation will only repeat itself in the future” she warns.

A similar case occurred in 2013 when 11 young girls in Mexico, near the city of Juarez in the state of Veracruz, aged 11 to 17, claimed they had fallen pregnant after being given HPV shots.

A moratorium was put on HPV vaccines for six months after Mexican health authorities claimed the “contaminated batch” was the root cause of the problem.

The United Nations estimates over 4,000 people each year fall pregnant to vaccine shots, but a 2012 World Health Organization (WHO) report concludes the benefits of mass vaccination campaigns worldwide are well worth the risk.

The medical clinic where the inoculation took place firmly denies any wrong doing on their part and claims the accusations are “absurd and improbable”.