Leave potatoes out of federal food program

first_img Read Full Story Food vouchers and baskets provided through WIC (The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) should continue to exclude white potatoes, according to a column co-authored by Eric Rimm, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The piece, published online May 22, 2014 in USA Today, was written in response to a letter sent by 20 U.S. senators to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him to “take immediate action to remedy the unwarranted exclusion of white potatoes from the WIC food package.”Rimm and his co-authors, who all served on the scientific advisory committee that produced the report upon which the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are based, argued that there is strong evidence linking starchy, calorie-dense white potatoes with weight gain, obesity, and diabetes, especially among vulnerable, low-income populations.“Pregnant women, new mothers and their children derive the greatest health benefit from eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables,” they write. “While white potatoes contain some important nutrients and dietary fiber (when the eaten with the skin on), there are many other vegetable sources of not only these nutrients, especially dietary fiber, but many other under-consumed nutrients as well.”last_img read more

Children detained by CBP share horrific experiences in their own words

first_img“I [felt] scared at the time; [the experience] made me question why I came [to the United States],” Letitia, also from Honduras, said in the report. When asked by advocates from AI Justice what they would say to CBP or the federal government about their treatment, many of the children said the same thing: to be treated like human beings. “I would ask the government, why do you mistreat the people in detention centers?” Cesar, originally from Guatemala, said in the report. “People come suffering along the journey, and then have to come to a place where it’s cold, or where the food is not good, where children are separated from their mothers.” He told advocates that there was a boy next to him “who would cry for his mother” after being separated from her. We cannot allow the abuses against children detained on our watch to go unanswered for. “We hope this piece uplifts their voices as AI Justice continues to advocate for the just treatment of migrant children and families in the United States,” AI Justice said in the report.- Advertisement – “Children described being held in frigid rooms, sleeping on concrete floors, being fed frozen food, with little or no access to medical care,” AI Justice said in its report, which also found that hundreds of children interviewed by the organization have been subjected to verbal abuse by officers. Nearly 150 others said they were physically assaulted. But children also described being cruelly denied necessary, basic needs.“The worst was being hungry and that we did not shower, did not brush our teeth, and could not change our clothes,” Teresa, who came from El Salvador, told advocates. Recall that a court last year unanimously had to inform the federal government that, yes, detained children do in fact need toothbrushes and soap. “We also could not call our families,” Teresa continued. “I only spoke to them twice at the beginning.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – Katty, originally from Honduras, told AI Justice that “[t]he worst was having to sleep on the floor with the cold.” For years, detained migrants and their advocates have referred to border facilities as hieleras, or iceboxes, because of how freezing cold they can be. “The most common complaint was that the border facilities are kept at frigid temperatures that leave the children cold and uncomfortable,” the report said. “I would tell them that I am a mother of a child, and it is very bad for [the officers] to tell mothers that they were going to take away their children,” Letitia continued. “They should not take children away from their mothers.” Sintia, a 17-year-old from Honduras, said “I would tell them it is not a place for a kid. I would ask them: Do my rights not matter or have value while I am detained [in their custody]?”They matter, and the 2020 presidential election represents our chance to finally hold this out-of-control agency, along with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), accountable for their abuses. “Congress should halt any additional funding for CBP in any future appropriations bill,” AI Justice said in one of its recommendations, “until CBP ensures existing resources are not misused and are allocated to significantly improving detention facilities, medical access and language access.”last_img read more

Gov. Uzodinma appoints Ekeji Deputy Chief of Staff

first_imgRelatedPosts Sustain Ihedioha’s blueprint on sports development, administrator urges Imo governor Court okays Okorocha’s plea to amend suit against EFCC, Imo probe panels EFCC arrests 22 suspected Internet fraudsters in Imo Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has appointed former Nigeria International and retired Director General of the defunct National Sports Commission, Dr. Patrick Ekeji, as his Deputy Chief of Staff. Ekeji’s latest appointment was coming barely a month after he successfully carried out a previous assignment given to him by the state government as the chairman of a seven-man Imo State Sports Commission Review Committee. As the head of Imo Sports Commission Review Committee, Ekeji used his wealth of experience to save the state government from what would have degenerated into a public embarrassment when he resolved an agitation by aggrieved athletes preparing to represent the state at the now postponed 2020 National Sports Festival. The athletes were protesting over unpaid camping allowances ahead of the National Sports Festival earlier billed for Benin City, Edo State before Ekeji stepped in to pacify them amid allegation that they were paid pittance for their three weeks camping. Commenting on his appointment, Ekeji said he considered it as a call to duty to serve his own state and promised to give his best in ensuring that Imo State moves to the next level in all spheres of development. He added that it was another opportunity to put the vast experience he gained in the Federal Civil Service, where he rose to become the Director General of a major parastatal and occasionally served as acting Minister. Ekeji once served Imo State in 1993 as Director of Sports before he was appointed the  Director of Sports at the National Sports Commission in December 1994, Director of Sports Development at the National Sports Commission in 2001, and Director-General of National Sports Commission in 2009, a post he retired from in 2013. Ekeji briefly coached the national football team in 1986.Tags: Deputy Chief of StaffDr. Patrick EkejiGovernor Hope UzodinmaImo Statelast_img read more