Homecoming King controversy



A school board in Central Islip is debating whether their homecoming king can be a female student.

The controversy surrounds 17 year old Central Islip High School senior Faith Shepherd who is openly gay.  Shepherd won homecoming king back in October.  News 12 reports a local clergy was not happy and came forward in November in an attempt to have the tradition changed to the king being a male and queen being a female.

Central Islip superintendent Dr. Craig Carr says right now there is no rule on the gender of king and queen titles.  The board of education will decide if there should be a change to the current policy.

Posted On 14 Jan 2014

Counting Calories Isn’t Enough


You Need to Factor in Appetite and Metabolism

Metabolism determines how efficiently we’re burning calories and appetite determines how satisfied they make us. There are ways to increase the former and decrease the latter, which will make it a lot easier to maintain a healthy weight.

By Sanjay Gupta, MD, Everyday Health

When it comes to maintaining your weight and staying fit, you want to look at how many calories you’re taking in every day and also how many calories you’re burning off. It sounds simple, right? But it’s a lot harder than simple addition and subtraction.

If you look at restaurants, they’ll post calorie counts. That can help. There are apps out there that will help you do that as well. There are also devices that will look at how many calories you’re burning throughout the day, like the FitBit, for example.

But it’s actually a lot more complicated than simply looking at those calories. There are two big influencers that affect that — metabolism looks at how efficiently you’re burning those calories throughout the day, and also your appetite, which looks at how satisfied those calories are making you.

So there’s the goal — you want to increase your metabolism, decrease your appetite, and I’m going to give you some tips on how to do so. And I promise you, some of these are not that obvious.

For example, don’t be tempted to skip breakfast. Sure, you’ve cut some calories, but you’ve also cut your metabolism.

Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, Cleveland Clinic:
After a night’s sleep when your body is burning calories and working hard to keep you alive while you sleep, you need to fuel it the next day. You need to break that fast.

Dr. Gupta:
Skip breakfast, and your body can go into a sort of starvation mode.

Kristin Kirkpatrick:
Your body essentially says, OK I don’t have the fuel I need to function, so I’m going to have to lower the metabolism a little bit to survive.

Dr. Gupta:
Lower metabolism means your next meal will not be burned off as fast. And what you eat for breakfast is also important, especially when it comes to that other factor — appetite. Try to start the day with protein — things like yogurt, eggs, or egg whites if you want to avoid cholesterol. Protein will make you feel full longer.

So what about sweets? Not all sugars are created equal. Researchers at Yale compared the two simple sugars that make up table sugar, also known as sucrose. They are glucose and fructose. Now, fructose is also found in fruit, but we’re getting a lot more of it these days in high-fructose corn syrup as well as processed foods.

The researchers found that fructose is not as good as glucose at making us feel full. So when foods are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup as opposed to sugar, we may tend to eat more of them. There is some evidence that even artificial sweeteners with no calories at all may still boost the appetite, and contribute to weight gain indirectly.

When it comes to carbs, the harder they are to digest the better. That boosts metabolism. So whole wheat is better than white, and beans may be the best of all.

Kristin Kirkpatrick:
Beans have something called resistant starch, which is starch that is a little more difficult for our body to digest. The more difficult it is for our body to digest something, the more energy it’s going to take to actually do that.

Dr. Gupta:
Finally, adding spice to your life may also boost your metabolism. There is some evidence that a chemical in black pepper prevents fat cells from forming.

Reduce your appetite, increase your metabolism, and you’ll find keeping that nutritional balance is a lot easier.

With Everyday Health, I’m Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Be well.



Posted On 14 Jan 2014

Pothole’s everywhere

Potholes are always an issue during the winter months on Long Island.
So far this winter has been more brutal than most.  In the town of Babylon, road crews say a freeze and thaw cycle is the cause for pothole problems.
Officials say its just a matter of water seeping under the pavement and freezing.  When a thaw comes, the asphalt is loosened causing the tire eating menace.
Pothole’s have been a problem Island-wide so far this season.


Posted On 14 Jan 2014

Miracle is looking for a home


It should not take miracle for Miracle to find a home.  The small dog that was left in a dumpster is up for a adoption.

The 1 year old dog came to everyone’s attention last month when he was thrown into a dumpster behind a West Islip gas station last month.  An Islip animal shelter attendent, Michael Papine has been charged with dumping Miracle.

The shelter is reportedly now screening possible families for Miracle.

In a related story, New York State Senator Phil Boyle is sponsoring a bill aimed at clarifying, modernizing and restructuring New York State animal crime laws.


Posted On 14 Jan 2014