first_imgBoard should show support for taxpayersI was surprised to learn Pat Lanotte was seeking to return to the Niskayuna school board after her unexpected and costly resignation two years ago.I will never vote for Pat because as reported in The Daily Gazette on February 23, 2016, she was the sole vote on the school board to prevent the parents of service members killed in combat (these parents are called “Gold Star Parents”) and disabled veterans from obtaining a school property tax exemption. I believe that shows a lack of empathy and compassion to these members of our community.Pat often speaks about her fiscal skills. However, when it comes to Gold Star parents and disabled veterans, she appears to me at least to be penny-wise and pound-foolish. I plan to vote for Brian Backus, a retired military officer, Kim Tully, the wife of a Purple Heart recipient, and Greta Janson, who is willing to listen to the needs of our veterans and senior citizens on fixed incomes like myself. Being on the school board isn’t all about the kids. As elected officials, they should consider people like me when they vote on financial matters and show some empathy and compassion for those who don’t have kids in the school system. Carlene IrelandNiskayuna Nisky school board must listen to staffAt the last meeting of the Niskayuna Board of Education, a number of representatives from the five bargaining units in the district made known their concerns about lack of morale within the district’s workforce. And the superintendent, Dr. Tangorra, has responded to the community in a letter on the school district’s website.I have been a close observer of two school districts in the Capital District. One is Niskayuna by virtue of having sent our three children through its schools. The other employed a family member. Morale issues are occurring in both districts.My son serves in the Navy as a submariner. He and the roughly 100 other sailors on a boat almost never see the light of day. They only know what goes on outside when it flows from the captain, down through the officer ranks, to the enlisted sailors. The sailors are stuck there. They cannot even jump ship.But my son tells me the morale on the boat (a “good” boat versus a “bad” boat) is directly in the captain’s hands. And the reputation of a boat travels with it. So while the sailors may be largely powerless to change the morale, the captain’s superiors are not. They hear the scuttlebutt and they can act.The parallel to a school district is not perfect. So while my son legally cannot decide, “Tomorrow I’m out of here,” school district employees can and do “jump ship” anytime the aggravation becomes too great. But superintendents and their direct staff indeed have superiors. They are the school boards and they need to pay attention to what their “sailors” are reporting.Jim FogartyNiskayuna Slate will keep Nisky schools moving aheadAs former members of the Niskayuna School Board, we implore you to pay attention to this school board election. Between us, we have 18 years of service. Our years of experience give us a great deal of perspective, especially about some of the difficult days of our board service. Days when school board members did not work well together. Days when school board members spent too much time choosing sides of an argument rather than working to build consensus. Too many times votes came down to the same four voting one way, and the other three voting another. And too much focus on who was “right” and who was “wrong.” Fortunately, the current board is working well together for the benefit of our students and the community. Our community needs to keep the momentum progressing in a positive fashion.Please thoroughly research each candidate before you vote. We did and are supporting Brian Backus, Greta Jansson and Kim Tully. Brian is the current board vice president and has 40 years of military service. He has a proven record of building consensus and making decisions focused on kids. Greta is a local business owner with a diverse academic, professional and cultural background. Her message is positive and collaborative. Kim brings an educator’s perspective and years of service to our schools. Her message likewise is focused on keeping the board moving forward, not backward.Make sure your vote keeps our kids and our community moving in the right direction.Debbie Gordon and Bob WinchesterNiskayuna Get involved to get better governmentOn May 13, it was my privilege to attend the annual meet the candidates for school board night put on by the League of Women Voters.Thank you to them not just for putting on the event, but also giving the first question to my son, who is a second grader at Paige Elementary. His question on bullying received varying answers, some that I found disappointing and others encouraging.However, what distressed me the most is the fact that only about 30 people attended, or less than 1 tenth of 1 percent of our community. Of those 30, only three were minorities. All politics are local. If We the People wish to effect change, then we must be willing to put in the time not just to go to the polls, but to also attend events such as this. To do otherwise results in an ill-informed electorate and frequently results in the status quo being maintained, thereby stalling growth in programs that directly affect We the People. It also results in candidates who are ill-informed in what the electorate desires, making them unable to properly represent their constituents.I implore that the people of Schenectady begin not to just comment, but act, become educated on candidate positions and show up to the polls and vote. For if you don’t, then nothing will ever change.Ed Smith Jr.Schenectady Tully cares about Niskayuna schoolsI support Kimberly Tully in her candidacy for the Niskayuna Board of Education. I worked closely with Kim as a fellow officer of the Rosendale Elementary PTO for three years. That experience taught me that Kim possesses many fine qualities that make her an excellent candidate for the board.If Kim is elected to the board, her collaborative nature will enable her to work well with her fellow board members. Furthermore, she is a careful listener who seeks out varied viewpoints in order to fully understand an issue. All stakeholders can be confident that they will be heard by Kim. Additionally, Kim is conscientious and responsible when making budgetary decisions.Kim’s background as an educator makes her a uniquely qualified candidate in this election. She cares deeply about children and our Niskayuna community, and will ensure that students, teachers and community members all feel valued and supported, while remembering her duty to be fiscally responsible.I hope you’ll join me in giving Kimberly Tully one of your three votes for the Niskayuna Board of Education on May 21.Anne HellerNiskayuna Bring back Lanotte to help district again Niskayuna is fortunate to have five candidates for the Board of Education, and I thank them for their willingness to run. I endorse Patricia Lanotte as my top choice. She has an outstanding and proven record previously serving on the board, including saving the district and taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars with her unmatched fiscal know-how. During her two-year tenure as board president, the levy increased only once, by 0.41 percent. As a Birchwood parent during the “close Birchwood years,” I’m grateful for her support not to close one of the five elementary schools.What’s unfortunate, however, is that there are people bashing Ms. Lanotte’s record and erroneously blaming her for special election costs held in 2017 to fill her seat when she stepped down for personal reasons. Holding a special election, as opposed to appointing a person to finish her term, was entirely up to the remaining board members. Some people are also “demanding” that she tell them what those personal reasons were. That’s none of anyone’s business. But what is our business is that she has indicated those reasons are resolved and she’s ready to commit again. The Niskayuna school district needs Patricia Lanotte. I say that as a parent of two high school students. Her finger is on the pulse of our community, students and teachers. Pat’s vast knowledge of key issues facing our district and, again, her unmatched fiscal experience makes for an ideal board member. We are fortunate to have her running again for the Board of Education.Paulette DoudoukjianNiskayuna Respect the president and let him do his jobPaul Tonko is at it again. He knocks U.S. Attorney General Barr. People who live in glasshouses should not throw stones. Good Americans should respect an elected president. I didn’t like President Bush, but I respected him as the president. All you stupid liberals are hurting this country. We are laughed at by other countries because of the way you liberals treat the president. Don’t be surprised if we have December 1941 again. Support him. Let him do what he said he would do if elected. You liberals will not give him a chance to do well for this country. The Democratic party liberals are not for this country or the people, but for the party. Why did they want Hillary in office when she had our men killed? She also made millions selling our uranium to Russia. Wake up. I am a good Democrat, not a liberal. I voted for Trump. I also went and registered Republican so that I could vote for him in the primary. We needed a strong president in office to protect us and our country. We have been a weak country for the past eight years, before he became president. I pray that our young don’t have to protect this country, like we had to in 1941. God bless America and President Trump.Vincent BelardoAlbany Lanotte not a backer of open meetingsPatricia Lanotte voted to oust the superintendent at an early Friday morning school board meeting in 2014. The meeting was supposed to be an open meeting, but nobody showed up, including a reporter from The Gazette. Open meetings are supposed to be open, except when the notification process is not followed. That’s what happened here. The school board president did not apologize, but said it “was an oversight and it will not happen in the future.” She was voted out at the next election, as were other school board members who chose to run. It’s time to send Ms. Lanotte the same message. Open school board meetings are supposed to be open to all, and notifications should be made in a timely manner. Don’t vote for Patricia Lanotte. Joseph J. HehirSchenectady Be fair and positive in Niskayuna schoolsHaving been a resident in Niskayuna since 2006 and heavily involved in our schools and community on a volunteer basis, some of you know me and know that I don’t shy back from voicing my opinion. Unfortunately, I’m again dismayed by the politically charged atmosphere that I see rising up in our Niskayuna community in regards to the upcoming board election. It shouldn’t be who you know, but who the better candidate is. It should be a positive, not negative experience.We should be supportive of the candidates, not bashing them or actively working to undermine them.Those of you that remember 2013 like I do, it wasn’t a pretty picture. The community was divided and it took the patient and steady leadership of John Yagielski to bring us back together. I urge everyone to play fair and be positive, even in a politically divided county, let’s be a supportive and united district. Sonya WardNiskayuna Farm Act will speed up demise of farmsFarmworker Fair Labor Practices (FFLP) Act (S2837/A2750) will add significant labor costs to small family farms.The increase in minimum wage has already started to impact profitability of small family farms. Twenty percent of New York dairy farms have already gone out of business in the last five years. This decline will continue, especially if the FFLP is adopted.Labor-intensive farms and greenhouses are also continuing to go out of business due to minimum wage increases, the cost of doing business in New York and the impact of regulatory oversight. If FFLP goes into effect, this will cause closures to increase significantly.Farmers face the same costs as other businesses. However, weather, short growing seasons and shelf life of produce have severe negative effects.The loss of a number of farms and the lack of profitability have been substantiated in exhaustive studies by Farm Credit East. This information is available to the public. The small family farm as we know it today could be facing extinction. FFLP will speed up the loss of farms. If FFLP is implemented, knowing our political system, it would be impossible to change or eliminate.I don’t want to sound like an extremist, but I feel small family farms are in dire trouble and will be forced to close the barn and greenhouse doors and walk away. Please contact Albany and advise them of your concerns and the need to keep the backbone of rural upstate intact.Bill GinieckiScotiaThe writer is retired from a four-generation farm established in 1885. Lanotte has ability, experience to serve One estimated to number in the billions, the passenger pigeon ended up extinct. As far as I know, this is the worst tragedy wildlife have ever suffered at the hands of humanity, and it happened in the United States.We use words like “empathy” and “character” a lot. Those who care about animals are more likely to care about humans. If our leaders past, present and future want me to think these positive terms apply to them, they should focus on the suffering we’ve caused, and they can start with the passenger pigeon.Colin YunickCharltoncenter_img I write in support of Pat Lanotte for Niskayuna Board of Education. I have known Pat for three decades. She is a person of unwavering integrity and principle. Our district faces challenges that have not been provided adequate resources. Anxiety and stress level are at an all-time high, with not enough social workers and school psychologists in our buildings. Morale among district staff is at a record low. Financially, the district seems to be doing well, but there are surplus funds that have not been allocated for student services/curriculum nor to offset the future tax levy. The funds are being allocated for future, unidentified uses. Why?Pat’s goal has been to provide every student with the best environment in which to succeed. With her financial background and her proven ability to build a budget from bottom up, she will ensure that the district’s budget reflects that goal, and that funds are appropriated according to needs of our students. All of them.Pat explained that the personal matters that caused her to resign her prior tenure on the board have resolved. Unanticipated matters can result in unexpected decisions. I understand and take her at her word.As a 27-year Niskayuna resident, taxpayer and parent of two Niskayuna graduates, the only question for me is this: Who has the best experience and ability to address issues affecting all of our students, faculty and district? Pat Lanotte. That’s why I will be casting a vote for Pat Lanotte for Niskayuna School Board on May 21.Sunny LeeNiskayuna Writer was wrong in criticism of LanotteI found Stephen Benton’s May 10 the letter about not bringing Pat Lanotte back to the school board offensive. Mr. Benton thinks all is well in the school district. Really? He’s living in a fool’s paradise. Employees at the last school board meeting stated morale is very low. Morale is low in a district that has the highest school taxes in the county and one of the highest in the state. Well, this news doesn’t do much for my morale as a taxpayer. Lanotte’s resignation has nothing to do with her running for the board. Lanotte is an independent person and stands up for values. If asking financial questions, if being concerned about the fund balance, if wanting a budget without a lot waste is being divisive, then I applaud divisiveness. Her voting for the current superintendent doesn’t mean whatever he does, she has to support. Anyone involved in hiring knows that how a person interviews and how the person performs isn’t always the same.Her background is extensive. She served in the military and has a strong financial background. She knows more about finances than the whole board together. She’s not a political pawn. By the way, we have a current board member running for town council. In my opinion, this speaks volumes. It’s about time that this school district has a Board of Education that is not from the political arena and shows concern for the overtaxed and overburdened taxpayer. Maybe I’m the one living in a fool’s paradise.Linda RizzoNiskayuna Tully will bring best to the school districtAs a mom of three children currently attending Niskayuna schools, it’s of the utmost importance to me that they receive the very best the district can offer. In line with that, I believe we must have strong leadership and school board members that are focused on preserving the things that have already made Niskayuna schools great and are also passionate about ensuring the future for our students and the district is even brighter.I can say without a doubt that Kimberly Tully would make an excellent school board member. I’ve known Kim for about 10 years, and during that time I have gotten to know her personally as friends and neighbors, and professionally through several PTO initiatives we worked on together. Kim is a tremendous asset to our district. She is smart and dedicated, organized and hard-working, and most importantly she is truly passionate about making our schools and the projects she works on the very best they can be. She is also one of the most genuine and nicest people you will ever meet. I have full confidence in Kim’s ability to take her background, experience and passion for our schools and put it to work to benefit our children as a member of the Niskayuna school board. She has my vote, 100 percent.Lori BirminghamNiskayuna Lanotte has the right experience for boardNiskayuna is blessed to have four wonderful candidates running for its school board. I’m sure each would have a positive effect on our schools. One candidate sets herself apart from the others. Pat Lanotte was elected to the school board during Niskayuna’s darkest hour. When she was elected, Niskayuna was facing a tax revolt, dealing with a superintendent crisis and a great deal of community distrust. She spearheaded the Niskayuna school district’s revival. She was instrumental in bringing John Yagielski to Niskayuna. She analyzed their financial records and helped restore fiscal soundness to their budgeting practices and an overall confidence in the district. No one is more dedicated, determined and open-minded than Pat. She isn’t interested in winning popularity contests. She’s interested in establishing and interpreting the facts through her mind and her heart. She isn’t interested in being right. She wants to do the right thing. She’s demonstrated that she’s willing to make difficult decisions to benefit children. I’ve spent most of my 62 years in education and I’ve never met someone so detail-oriented and driven, and yet has such a big heart. She’s level-headed and will listen to your concerns. Pat Lanotte has proven that she can lead and navigate difficult times. When I think of Pat Lanotte I think of integrity and compassion. She represents the core values and beliefs that make up the very fabric of our community. That’s why I’m urging you to support Pat Lanotte for the Niskayuna school board. Joseph SkumurskiNiskayuna Support sale of old Elmer Avenue School Voters in the Schenectady City School District should vote yes on Proposition 2 to authorize the school board to sell the vacant Elmer Avenue School to a developer, who will convert the building into market-rate apartments for middle-income residents.The school district will receive a $450,000 payment from the developer, the full appraised value of the building. The sale will put the unused school building back on the city tax rolls and relieve the district of the cost of maintaining a building it can no longer use.  The conversion to apartments will be overseen by Sunrise Management and Consulting, the same group that recently completed the successful conversion to apartments of the former Draper School in Rotterdam.  The project will maintain the historic character of the building and be a complement to the other revitalization efforts underway in the Eastern Avenue corridor.Gary HughesSchenectadyThe writer is majority leader of the Schenectady County Legislature and chairman of the Economic Development Committee. Check AAA coverage before leaving areaI am 87 years old, live in the Tri-City area and winter in Florida. I am a Plus Member of AAA; good service when needed in your immediate area. I had a nightmare experience in Florida with AAA. I had a flat tire and called the 800 number on my membership card. The reply was “You have a one-hour wait to speak to an agent of AAA.” I was on a main road, so I called local police in Greenacres, Fla. When they arrived, they also tried calling AAA using my membership card. They got the same response. The police officer was great. He called the local AAA in Greenacres and they said they would offer service for cash only. They would not honor AAA. The officer called a second garage and they were there in 15 minutes and towed me to a local tire repair garage. My total time as an AAA Plus Member was three hours to get service.The summary of this story is if you intend to travel out of your area, I would test the AAA 800 number first to be sure they respond.I use AAA garage repair in my area; the service is good, prompt, and like most garages, not cheap.James P. StevensMechanicville Tully has experience, dedication for NiskyI’ve known Kim Tully for years and I’ve observed what a valued member of the Niskayuna community she is. Kim is a concerned, conscientious and dedicated person. My children go to school with her children, and I’ve seen her significant input and involvement at all school activities. She has served as secretary and co-president of Rosendale Elementary School and is currently serving as secretary for Iroquois Middle School and co-president of PTO Council. Kim also holds three teaching certificates from the state Department of Education in Childhood Education, Students with Disabilities and Literacy. This background enhances her deep commitment to education in our school district and her ability to serve our community well. Kim has the perfect qualities for being a board member. She is extremely bright and friendly, open-minded, creative and devoted to furthering the education of our children in the best possible manner. I believe Kim Tully will be an asset to our education system and support her for election to the Niskayuna Board of Education.Alyssa Kahn EhrlichNiskayuna Pigeon’s extinction shows lack of caring Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCheck Alzheimer’s patients for LymeLyme disease is increasing in the area.I have had two friends ho were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. But after four years of treatment, they were found to have Lyme disease. They were then treated for Lyme and recovered and lived a normal life.Actor Kris Kristofferson was told he had Alzheimer’s and was treated. He later was found to have Lyme disease. He recovered in three months.If you have a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, have them tested for Lyme disease. It can’t hurt, but you could save them.A study in Toronto, Canada, involving 1,000 diagnosed Alzheimer’s patients using PET, found only 50 percent had Alzheimer’s the rest had vascular problems.Bob WilsonBurnt Hills More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

first_imgThe coronavirus has driven interest in healthy snacking. But what are the deeper trends? Our research with Harris Interactive explores the relative habits of fitness freaks and couch potatoes, attitudes towards protein, concerns over sugar – and what the most popular snacks are,This research was commissioned by The Grocer and carried out by Harris Interactive independently from Jack Link’s and Peperami.Free download: 10 charts explaining UK attitudes to healthy snacking The protein shake has fallen out of favour. Once a must-have for exercise buffs, the shake is today favoured by only 8% of consumers as a source of protein. That rises to just 9% of respondents with high fitness levels.Instead, protein sources that are viewed as more natural have taken the top spot. More than four in 10 consumers say nuts are their preferred source of protein. And meat snacks are hot on the heels of protein bars, favoured by 14% of respondents.The popularity of these snacks varies by age. Older consumers, for example, are more likely to turn to nuts as a source of protein. While 53% of the 55+ age group named nuts as their top protein source, only 20% of the 18 to 24-year-old age group said the same.Meanwhile, younger consumers overindex on protein bars and meat snacks. More than a quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds favoured protein bars, compared with 10% of over-55s. And 18% of the youngest age group went for meat snacks, compared with 11% of the oldest age group.Whatever form it takes, Trivulzio says the concept of natural protein is gaining ground across all ages. “Natural protein has a broader, everyday appeal connected to healthier eating,” she says. “Meat snacking as a result has flourished, growing 20% in the last year alone.”,Downloads10 Charts_Healthy snacking_Digital PDFPDF, Size 0.91 mb,Jack Link’s and Peperami Consumers are most partial to a healthy snack later on in the day, our survey found. A third of consumers named the afternoon as the prime time for healthy snacking – a pattern that was replicated across all ages and locations. Only a fifth of consumers said they were most likely to eat a healthy snack in the morning.However, that isn’t the full picture. These figures are influenced by the high amount of snacking that takes place in the afternoon, and don’t look at the proportion of occasions that are healthy.Kantar data shows that when consumers do snack in the morning, they tend to lean towards more virtuous options. Indeed, 41% of occasions before noon are classed as healthy [Kantar 52 w/e 29 December, 2019]. That compares with 33% of occasions in the afternoon. “The later the time, the less important health is,” says Kantar.8. Protein is more important to consumers with high fitness levels One is actively recommended by Public Health England, the other is calorific and downright tasty. Britain’s dual appetite for health and indulgence is reflected in its two most popular snacks: fruit and chocolate.Granted, fruit does stand out somewhat among the top choices. Other popular snacks include the decidedly less healthy options of biscuits and crisps – which explains why so many healthy snacking efforts have centred on better-for-you versions of these treats.There are demographic differences in snack choices, though. Women are more likely to choose fruit as a snack option. Indeed, 68% of female respondents said they had snacked on fruit in the past week, compared with 60% of men.And chocolate emerged as a particularly popular snack among younger consumers. In the 25 to 34-year-old age group, 71% said they had eaten chocolate in the past week. That fell to just 55% among the over-55s. In this age group, biscuits were the more popular option, enjoyed by 61% of respondents in the week leading up to the survey.Plus, there were some regional variations: in the north east, only 49% of respondents said they had recently eaten fruit as a snack. That compared with 69% of respondents in Scotland.3. Taste is king when it comes to snacking Taste is king in all areas of grocery, and snacking is no different. More than half of respondents named taste as the most important factor when choosing a snack, while just 17% saw health as their top priority.That’s even true among the most health-conscious consumers. A fifth of consumers with high fitness levels said health credentials were the most important factor in a snack. But taste still won out among this demographic, with 53% of the vote.In consumers who are less fitness-concerned, taste takes on an even higher importance. Only 10% of consumers with low fitness levels named health as a priority, while 62% said taste outweighed all other attributes.This emphasis on taste played out across all demographics. It was slightly more important among older consumers – 62% of over-55s named it as a priority, compared with 50% of 25 to 34-year-olds – but all ages put it well ahead of health.Meat snack manufacturer Jack Link’s stresses that successful snacks appeal to tastebuds first and foremost. “Taste is the most important criteria that the snack must deliver on,” says Laura Trivulzio, marketing director at Peperami and Jack Link’s. “It’s key that brands ensure this is at the forefront of any new product development.”4. Healthy snacking is most important to younger consumers  The protein message continues to appeal to gym bunnies more than the general population. Nearly two thirds of consumers with high fitness levels say protein content is either very or quite important to them in a snack. That compares to half of consumers with moderate fitness levels, and less than half of respondents with low fitness levels.Plus, there remains a slight gender bias in engagement with protein messaging. While 60% of men agreed that protein content was important to them, 55% of women said the same.So it’s true that protein continues to hold the greatest appeal among its core demographic of male gym-goers. But Laura Trivulzio of Peperami and Jack Link’s points out that outside these core groups, engagement remains relatively high. Not long ago, interest in protein would have been next to zero outside of the gym crowd. Now, 44% of consumers who exercise less than once a month rate protein as an important factor when choosing a snack.“We’ve seen protein snacking evolve from niche muscle building to having a more mainstream focus, with many incorporating it into an everyday diet for extra energy and vitality,” says Trivulzio.9. Low sugar is the primary requirement for a healthy snack Healthy snacking is one of the most innovative areas of grocery. Suppliers are continually experimenting with ingredients such as pulses, nuts and oats to find the perfect healthy snack.Encouragingly, the public has taken note. Nearly a third of respondents felt there were lots of healthy snacks on the market, and half agreed there were a ‘fair amount’ of options.Interestingly, this satisfaction with ranging is pretty equally spread across the demographics. A third of 25 to 34-year-olds – the age group that is most engaged with healthy snacking – agreed there were lots of options available. A third of over-55s – the age group that is least engaged with healthy snacking – said the same.There was only a slight difference between the regions. In the south west, 38% agreed there were lots of healthy snacks, compared with 28% in the south east.6. …but they don’t always deliver on tastecenter_img What constitutes healthy? As these survey results show, health means different things to different people. While one person may be concerned with getting their 5 a day, another may be busy counting calories.But these results do show how perceptions have changed over time. Back in the 1990s, a low fat content was considered the prime indicator of health. Today, only 9% of respondents consider that the most important factor in a healthy snack. Instead, the public health messaging around sugar seems to have cut through, as low in sugar topped the list of healthy attributes.Older consumers were particularly concerned about sugar content. Nearly a quarter of the 55+ age group cited low sugar content as the most important factor, compared to 12% of 18 to 24-year-olds. Meanwhile, younger consumers were more interested in getting one of their 5 a day: 23% of 18 to 24-year-olds rated this the most important factor.10. Nuts are the most popular form of high-protein snack 1. Consumers with high fitness levels snack more regularly Given the overriding importance of taste, these figures are critical to the success of the healthy snacking proposition. So it could make somewhat dispiriting reading. A fifth of consumers believe most healthy snacks deliver on taste, but a larger number believe very few make the grade. The vast proportion of consumers lie somewhere in between.However, there are some more encouraging findings here. Consumers who are more engaged with the healthy snacking sector tend to rate it more highly. A quarter of respondents with high fitness levels believed most healthy snacks delivered on taste, while just 15% of respondents with low fitness levels said the same.A similar picture emerged in London, which has a high proportion of engaged consumers. There, 25% believed most healthy snacks made the grade on taste. Only 17% of respondents in the north west agreed.Age groups were the anomaly here. Despite younger consumers buying into healthy snacks more regularly, they weren’t much more positive about their taste credentials. Among the 25 to 34-year-old age group, 21% agreed that most snacks met their demands on taste. That figure was actually slightly higher among the over-55s at 22%.7. The afternoon is the most popular time to eat a healthy snack Younger consumers are more likely to snack regularly and exercise regularly. So it’s no surprise that this fitness-conscious group is particularly keen on the concept of healthy snacking.A fifth of 18 to 24-year-olds always try to have a healthy option when they snack, and 38% aim for a healthy option most of the time. By contrast, only 11% of the 55+ age group said they always aimed for a healthy option, and 32% did so most of the time.As would be expected, fitness-concerned consumers are also particularly invested in the concept. A fifth of respondents with high fitness levels said they always looked for healthy snacks, compared to 9% of respondents with low fitness levels.There are some more surprising demographic differences here too. See the variation between the regions. In London, 21% of consumers said they always went for healthy snacks. That figure fell to 8% in Wales.5. Most customers are satisfied with the number of healthy snacks on the market… Here’s proof that a healthier lifestyle doesn’t equate to eating less. Our survey of over 2,000 Brits found that those with high fitness levels were most likely to snack regularly. Eight in 10 consumers with high fitness levels – classified as those who did moderate to vigorous exercise three times a week or more – said they snacked at least once a day. That compared with just two thirds of consumers who reported doing moderate to vigorous exercise less than once a month.Fitness levels aren’t the only indicator of how often you eat, though. Younger consumers are also far more regular snackers than their older counterparts. Among the 25 to 34-year-old age group, 86% said they snacked at least daily, and 21% snacked as often as three times a day.By contrast, 65% of the over-55 age group reported snacking at least once a day. Only 6% said they snacked three times a day, and 8% said they didn’t snack at all.2. Fruit and chocolate are the most popular snackslast_img read more

first_imgCameron Morra patrolled the baseline, crossed her feet twice and dropped her right side of her hip back. The Tar Heel freshman eyed up Guzal Yusupova’s soft rally and fired a forehand toward Dina Hegab at the net. With limited time to set herself, Hegab raised her racket in defense, and as the ball bounced off the knob of Hegab’s racket, it hit the ground.The point gave the Tar Heels a 5-3 lead, and Syracuse’s third doubles pairing never recovered in their tiebreaker. Two points later, SU players, who had jumped up and down with smiles on their faces prior, hung their heads. Shoulders slumped. Their demeanor flipped from a potential early lead over the No. 2 team in the nation. SU head coach Younes Limam told his players doubles was just 15 percent of the match and that there’s still 85 percent of the points available.For a period of time, his messaged resonated. Three Syracuse singles slots won first sets, but then UNC recovered — the talent disparity showing. The Tar Heels used momentum from doubles to eventually overpower the Orange in singles, taking four of the six matches. No. 32 Syracuse (11-7, 4-5 Atlantic Coast) failed to capitalize on a chance for a monumental upset, and dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 2 North Carolina (21-1, 9-0) on Friday evening. The differences — a few bounces, a few calls, a few aggressive shots — distanced the Orange. Syracuse hung with North Carolina, until it couldn’t anymore.“We were right there,” Limam said. “We’re not satisfied by playing a close match against a team that was pretty highly ranked.”Over an hour before the match started, Syracuse players stretched with arm bands on the umpire chair, and hopped on one foot through an agility ladder.  When they were dragged back to the individual courts, the Orange had a chance to make history. They had never beaten North Carolina, and the last time they scored more than one point against the Tar Heels came in 1987, before anyone on the current SU roster was born. The Tar Heels had two doubles pairings in the top-10, and four singles players in the top-25. Syracuse had none.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite a four-game loss by Miranda Ramirez and Gabriela Knutson at first doubles, Syracuse had the opportunity to become the first program that defeated the Tar Heels in doubles this season. Trailing 6-5, Hegab held serve and sent it to a tiebreaker. Limam sprinted out onto the court and told Hegab and Yusupova to push Morra and Daavettila before they controlled the point. Wait for their shot, he said, but find it quickly. The ensuing point, Yusupova smashed a volley between the UNC pair. Then, a rally was returned into the net courtesy of Morra. But just like the other matches to come, SU couldn’t finish. “I like how we played to most of the points,” Limam said. “They just came up with some big shots in big moments.”In singles, three SU players won the first set, but only Hegab could win the next. When SU controlled the momentum after the first set of singles, it couldn’t find a way to maintain it. Knutson cruised in her first set against No. 5 Makenna Jones, but needed six straight wins in order to escape with a three set victory. In the second set, it was Knutson pinned her in the corners and sprawled across the baseline. Jones’ shoes squeaked across the floor in the first set, but in the second, they were Knutson’s.More “controlled aggression” from Morra allowed her to erase a Masha Tritou early lead, Limam said. Tritou watched as Morra sent winners down the lines, slices that couldn’t be reached and lobs that Tritou mishit. The SU senior won only one game in the final two sets. “We had a chance to win, we definitely did,” Knutson said. “But unfortunately today we just didn’t.”Golubovskaya and Ramirez never recovered from a lost first set, and after many points, they hung their heads, threw hands and hit rackets against the wall. Early in her second set, Golubovskaya’s left elbow flashed to her face as she wound up for a forehand. Her rally sailed out, and she lifted her head toward the ceiling. Two points later, Golubovskaya’s return couldn’t land on her court — it flew onto Knutson’s next to her.As the individual nets were dragged across the courts once singles matches wrapped up, UNC was all smiles. With the exception of a Knutson and Ramirez hug, SU stretched in silence. They lunged and reached to the ceiling but lacked the energy from the match’s peak points when they looked poised to test the Tar Heels. But as the last stretch ended, the same result showed on the scoreboard: another loss to a ranked opponent.“I think this is something we can learn from,” Hegab said. “We’re not far.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 29, 2019 at 9:34 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more

first_imgJOHNSTON — Top state officials say a new data point seems to indicate the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 may be working in Iowa.Iowa Department of Public Health director Sarah Reisetter said also they’re tracking other number — about when patients begin to show symptoms.“We have said all along that we anticipated last week was going to be a difficult week in terms of cases. Again, at the beginning of this week we said we fully expected to see our case numbers start to climb,” Reisetter said. “But, when we look at our onset of symptoms data, that appears to be flattening.”Governor Reynolds told reporters that data showing when Iowans who’ve gotten a positive COVID-19 test first began showing symptoms of the virus will be released to the public this week.last_img read more