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USD 457 board approves school nutrition programs, personnel actions – The Garden City Telegram

Posted: June 30, 2017 at 8:45 am


The Garden City USD 457 Board of Education took the following action at its meeting on Thursday:

The board approved the 2018 program agreement for school nutrition programs between USD 457 and the Kansas State Department of Education. Programs include: National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, Afterschool Snack Program, Cash-in-lieu-of Commodities, Child and Adult Care Food Program, At-Risk Afterschool Meals, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option.

The board approved agreements with St. Dominic and St. Mary Catholic schools to use USD 457s plant facilities building as a centralized copy center for the two private schools.

The board accepted a $75,153 Migrant Family Literacy grant from the Kansas State Department of Education. Funds are used in accordance with the Migrant Education award to help provide family literacy for migrant students to advance them toward academic success and to provide early intervening services.

An agreement between USD 457 and Garden City Community College was approved, allowing qualified sophomores, juniors and seniors enrolled in USD 457 to participate in courses at GCCC while concurrently completing their high school curricula. Such "concurrent enrollment pupils" and/or their families are personally responsible for transportation to and from GCCC, or the appropriate outreach center, and for all post-secondary tuition costs.

The board took the following certified personnel actions:

Resignations: Corrie Brooks, library media science teacher at Garden City High School, will not be released until a suitable replacement is found and will be assessed a $400 liquidated damages fee; Nathan Eidson, math coach at the Educational Support Center, effective May 22; Daryl Jamison, English language arts teacher at GCHS, will not be released until a suitable replacement is found and will be assessed a $400 liquidated damages fee; Lauran Kuplic, was released from her letter of intent for a vocal music position at Buffalo Jones and Jennie Barker elementary schools, and she will not be released until a suitable replacement is found and at the time of release be assessed a liquidated damages fee of $400; Laura McGuire, Spanish teacher at Horace Good Middle School, will be released from her contract contingent upon receipt of a $400 liquidated damages fee as a suitable replacement has been found for her position; Racheal Murungi, vocal music teacher at Florence Wilson and Edith Scheuerman elementary schools, will not be released until a suitable replacement is found and will be assessed a $400 liquidated damages fee.

Supplemental resignation: Corie Brooks, cheerleading coach at GCHS, effective May 22.

Appointments: Second-year teacher Kaitlin Kruse, Grand Island, Neb., for an art position at Georgia Matthews and Abe Hubert elementary Schools; first-year teacher David Limberg, Indiana, Pa., for a social studies position at GCHS; first-year teacher Bridget Taylor, Prior Lake, Minn., for a third-grade position at Abe Hubert.

Transfers: Alyson Amos, from second grade to third grade at Abe Hubert; Melissa Barrett, second grade to third grade at Abe Hubert; Erik Base, physical education at Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center to physicaleducation at GCHS; Amber Doyle, from third grade to second grade at Abe Hubert; Hannah Petty, from first grade to kindergarten at Abe Hubert; Sylvia Ramirez, from .50 ESL and .50 Spanish position to 1.0 Spanish position at Horace Good; Casey Wise, from technology mentor to instructional technology coordinator at the Educational Support Center.

The following classified personnel actions were taken:

Resignations: Charles Allen, crossing guard at Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center and Victor Ornelas Elementary School; Brenda Alonso, secretary at Charles Stones; Robert Loredo, special education paraprofessional-hearing impaired at Horace Good; Jeanette Martinez, special education paraprofessional at Alternate Education Center-Virtual Academy.

Termination: Debra Robinson, duplicating technician at the Educational Support Center.

Transfers: Maria De Leon, from nutrition assistant at Charles Stones to nutrition assistant at Georgia Matthews Elementary School and Horace Good; Cherri Lamb, from special education paraprofessional to bilingual/Title I paraprofessional at Jennie Wilson Elementary School; Ramona Padilla, from nutrition assistant satellite manager at Kenneth Henderson Middle School/Jennie Barker Elementary School to nutrition assistant at Georgia Matthews; Martha Vargas, from nutrition assistant at Georgia Matthews to nutrition assistant satellite manager at Kenneth Henderson/Jennie Barker.

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Beaufort County Schools get grant to improve cafeteria nutrition – WNCT

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CHOCOWINITY, N.C. (WNCT) Beaufort County Schools are celebrating this week after receiving a USDA grant to increase local foods in school cafeterias.

The U.S. Department of Agricultures Farm to School Grant Program is an initiative to improve relationships between local farmers and school cafeterias. The school system was selected out of 42 states to be granted the grant project in the U.S.

This is an awesome opportunity for this part of North Carolina, and were excited on expanding and documenting our practices, said Gwyn Roberson-McBride, Child Nutrition Director of Beaufort County Schools. Its very important that student are able to eat foods that they eat from home.

The grant will be used for the renovation of the Beaufort County Schools Ed Tech Center kitchen to process locally grown foods into local food served.

Some of the goals Beaufort County Schools hope to improve will be to grow the schools garden program, partner with state and local agencies and community members.

The Beaufort County Cooperative Extension Services, Southside Farms and the Summer Feeding Program, and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association are agencies looking to help school systems expand their farm-school relationships.

The Beaufort County Cooperative Extension Services will support and help expand school garden programs. Southside Farms is a certified farm in Beaufort County that will serve as the supplier of fresh local produce for Beaufort County Schools. The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association will expand technical support to farms seeking GAP certification to rise selling fresh produce to Beaufort County Schools.

The partnership is mutually beneficial for the school system and farmers like Shawn Harding, the owner of Southside farms.

I think this is what as a community and as a people this is what the kind of thing we want to see our money spent on, said Harding.

The summer feeding program will utilize the central kitchen to prepare summer meals for students and families during the summer months.

The grant will serve as an opportunity for kids to learn about healthy alternatives in an educational environment.

Back in 2015, the USDA Farm to School Census reported schools with a stronger farm to school program reported higher school meal participation, bigger rates of students trying fruits and vegetables, and rates of food waste dropped.

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High orca pregnancy failure linked to nutritional stress, study says – KING5.com

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New research out of the University of Washington shows Southern resident orca pregnancies are terminating early because of a lack of food.

Allison Sundell and Alison Morrow, KING 9:16 PM. PDT June 29, 2017

A southern resident killer whale calf with its mother in 2004. (Photo: Custom)

A new study suggests a majority of southern resident pregnancies failed between 2007-14, and the failed pregnancies could be linked to nutritional stress and a low abundance of salmon.

The teams research found that shrinking salmon runs did more direct damage to the orcas reproductive success than increased boat traffic in the Salish Sea. During the seven-year study, up to two-thirds of southern resident pregnancies failed.

"These findings indicate that pregnancy failure likely brought on by poor nutrition is the major constraining force on population growth in southern resident killer whales," lead author Sam Wasser, a UW professor of biology and director of the Center for Conservation Biology, said in a release.

The study was a partnership between the University of Washingtons Center for Conservation Biology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and the Center for Whale Research. It was published in the journal PLOS ONEThursday.

The researchers studied the hormone levels in 348 scat samples from 79 orcas.

In female orcas, the hormone levels revealed whether a southern resident was pregnant. Researchers then correlated that data with orca calf sightings to see if the pregnancy was successful.

Of the 35 orca pregnancies detected between 2007-14, only 11 orcas gave birth and were seen with a calf later, according to the report. The remaining 24 orcas were not seen with a calf, indicating that 69 percent of the pregnancies failed.

The researchers also found that in one-third of the failed pregnancies, the orcas hormone levels showed more signs of nutritional stress than in orcas that successfully gave birth.

Researchers compared this hormone data with records of Chinook salmon runs in the Columbia and Fraser Rivers to see if the abundance of salmon was correlated with orca nutrition. When salmon runs were large, the orcas tended to have lower nutritional stress, and when runs were poor, the orcas tended to have more nutritional stress.

"During years of low salmon abundance, we see hormonal signs that nutritional stress is setting in and more pregnancies fail, and this trend has become increasingly common in recent years," Wasser said in a release.

Salmon makes up more than 95 percent of an orcas diet, with Chinoon salmon making up about three-quarters of their total diet.

The whales metabolize their fat when they don't eat enough fish, and that can have lethal consequences. Wasser's team found that a healthy diet, however, can over-ride the toxins.

"By being able to show the fish are really the key, even though toxins are really bad, if you keep the fish high, the toxin impact is going to be low," he said.

For Wasser, salmon habitat restoration needs to ramp up, especially in the Columbia River and its tributaries like the Snake River, where activists are pushing to remove a series of dams. Losing southern resident orcas, he says, will have deleterious effects on the entire ecosystem.

"You pluck out that top level predator and this whole cascade, we call it trophic cascades, the whole system starts to unravel," he said. "When you lose a top predator, you're not just losing a top predator."

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UB Sports Nutrition teaches student-athletes what food can do for their form – University at Buffalo Reporter

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By DAVID J. HILL

Rachel Barich didnt always have a positive relationship with food. In high school, she suffered from disordered eating behaviors, starving her body of many of the nutrients needed to fuel her cross-country and track and field workouts.

She could still compete at a high level for high school. But Barichs body couldnt handle the increased intensity and duration of the training regimen of an NCAA Division I athlete, and she suffered a stress fracture in her tibia her freshman season at UB.

Though the injury sidelined Barich for a few months, it had a silver lining: It led her to the UB Sports Nutrition staff, who helped her understand how important proper eating is for an athlete. Now, Barich scans the dining hall menus each day to plan her meals in advance, sprinkles in energy-packed snacks between practice and class, and most importantly, doesnt fear food. They helped me realize food is my friend, says the junior nutritional science major from Ontario.

Still, the worst thing athletes can do is to not consume enough calories for the amount of energy theyre expending. That was problematic for Barich, who had little time to prepare big meals. But Robertello showed her simple ways she could add more calories to her day with minimal preparation. After my injury, I started bringing snacks with me so I could go from my run to the weight room without chomping off someones head from hunger, says Barich, who favors peanut butter and banana sandwiches, fresh fruit and trail mix.

Sports nutrition has made all the difference for Barich, who met with Robertello two to four times a month while recovering from her injury. It even inspired her goal of becoming a registered dietitian. Its all about balance and knowing your body, she says, without compromising the joy of eating.

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Experts call on private sector to support education on nutrition deficiency – NIGERIAN TRIBUNE (press release) (blog)

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Stakeholders and experts in the nutrition sector have called on the private sector to strengthen nutrition education through communication tools and strategies against the backdrop of startling revelation that globally, an estimated 165 million children under the age of 5 years are stunted, while 52 million deficient in key vitamins and minerals.

The Country Coordinator, SUN Business Network, a private sector initiative geared towards improving nutrition in over 29 nations in the world, Uduak IgbekaIn, made the call, while speaking at a recent workshop with the theme: Nutrition Communication and Social Media Marketing.

The workshop also had in attendance officials from the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and Federal Ministry of Health who provided regulatory perspectives on food related policies, among others.

IgbekaIn advocated the need to support businesses to better communicate nutrition to consumers and also to sensitize them on how to maximize the social media for better marketing of nutritious foods, which he said had become more imperative.

According to her, Delivering the right nutrition messages has become necessary as the average consumer has become more inquisitive about the nutritional value of any product, which can be easily accessed from the comfort of their smart phones.

Businesses involved in food and related activities must get themselves acquainted with different social media platforms in order to get their product across to the desired consumer.

While insisting that the importance of how to craft the message cannot be over emphasized to suit not only the platform, but the kind of consumer being targeted, Uduak stressed that the SUN Business network was a network of businesses that had an interest in nutrition and also expanding the nutrition market.

Regulators including NAFDAC, SON and Federal Ministry of Health officials, who also attended the workshop, provided regulatory perspectives on food related policies including the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes (BMS).

They also provided clarity to participants on the expectations of the government from product development to product registration as well as communication to consumers.

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Urban Fitness League wants to make Brooklyn’s sport famous – Metro US

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Brooklyn has a home-grown sport thats made it all the way to China and Australia, but hasnt really become a movement here.

Best known as extreme calisthenics or street workout, neither of those terms does it justice. Think more like breakdancing in the air, somewhere between parkour and Cirque du Soleil.

Men and women use only their body weight and the makeshift uneven bars they find on public jungle gyms, turning their workouts into tests of balance, agility and stamina. Oh, you can do a plank? Try doing it hanging backwards from a bar.

The sport took off thanks to Instagram and YouTube, where stars like Brandon Beastmode Correa, Simone Mingja Ming, Stephen Brooklyn Tank Navaretta and Gina Scarangella have inspired people all over the globe from Europe to Brazil, Australia to China. Its even been broadcast on EuroSport as street workout.

Starting next year, theyll be organized under the banner of the Urban Fitness League, founded by Ben Sturner, president of the sports startup incubator Leverage Agency.

I found out about UFL by walking down Union Square and watching this guy doing crazy pull-ups and muscle-ups, Sturner recalls. I asked his name; he said it was Abs, and he pulled up his shirt he had a 16-pack.

Sturner hired him as his trainer, and this July 4 hes bringing the first major public exhibition of future UFL athletes to Coney Island. Hosted by Mario Lopez and Tyson Beckford, the exhibition at Ford Amphitheater will feature some of the biggest names in the sport from around the world performing freestyle routines and battles with a halftime show by DJ Envy, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and more. Tickets start at $10.

Were the antithesis of the Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest, Sturner says, nodding to the usual main event in Coney Island for the Fourth. In the U.S., there hasnt been a big organized event like this this is the Super Bowl of the sport.

The event, like the sport, will be family oriented. Inclusivity is a cornerstone of the sport, since the only thing you need is your body and a kid-free playground, and athletes will include a performer without legs, a 16-year-old girl and a man whos 74. Its a great thing for families to come to because itll be very motivational, he says. Theyre going to want to come home and try this.

Sturner is already lining up the starpower behind Urban Fitness League, which will be organized into teams led by sports icons like Red Sox star David Ortiz in Boston and NBA All-Star point guard Stephon Marbury in China. Marbury will also be at Coney Island this weekend, giving out 1,000 pairs of shoes and signing autographs for fans.

Sturners vision for the league is to be a convergence of sport, style and music, with all the trappings of other professional sports like a draft, and a reality series. But it all starts in Coney Island, so check out the action on the Fourth of July.

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Fitness Trackers Are More Accurate Than Ever – Consumer Reports – ConsumerReports.org

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So why do trackers seem to help some people but not others? Our survey, plus interviews with experts, uncovered some strategies that can help you get more out of your device.

Be social. Using the devices with others can be a powerful motivator. Fitbit says that people who use the devices with online friends log an average of 700 more steps per day than those who go solo. Wendy Beck agrees, competing with other users in virtual challenges. It just makes me get up and move, Beck says.

Reward yourself. Financial or other incentives might also help, says Mitesh Patel, M.D., at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation, Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. That can be especially true when youre starting. He recommends trying an app that gives cash rewards for meeting your goals. One such app is StickK, a program developed by behavioral economists at Yale University that lets you set a goal and a monetary stake and have a friend enforce it.

Keep it simple. Eric Topol, M.D., a cardiologist and digital-medicine researcher at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., tells patients that if they dont want another electronic device in their lives and dont want to track their heart rate, they can just use their smartphones to count their steps.

Think in bouts. Many trackers now allow users to schedule Move alerts after every, say, 30 minutes of inactivity. And research suggests that long periods of sitting can be especially harmful.

Watch what you eat. If you want to lose weight, diet is key, no matter how much you exercise or which device you use. You can never out-train a bad diet, says Ross Steiner of Steiner Strength in San Francisco. I dont care how many steps you do.

And resist the urge to use a workout as an excuse to splurge on a big meal, he says. Though the calorie-counting feature on trackers may not be very accurate, many pair with apps, such as MyFitnessPal, that have food databases, allowing you to record what you eat. That could make you more conscious of what you eat and prompt you to make wiser food choices.

Stick with it. Our survey and other research suggest that many people give up on trackers within a few months. But more than a quarter of people in our survey who currently wear their device have been using it for one to two years, and 16 percent have been using it for more than two. So if you can force yourself to stick with a tracker through that initial period, using the deviceand regular exercisecould be more likely to become a lifelong habit.

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Central Ohio trainer a finalist in Fitness Star competition | NBC4i.com – NBC4i.com

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) If you pick up the latest copy of Womens Health Magazine you will see a Central Ohio fitness trainer front and center. Darcey Wion is the first woman from the Midwest ever to make it to the finals of the annual competition for the countrys leading personal trainer, who is known as the Fitness Star.

Darcey Wion is the first woman from the Midwest ever to make it to the finals of the annual competition for the countrys leading personal trainer, who is known as the Fitness Star.

Wion applied for the competition and created a supporting YouTube video earlier this year and then found out in April that she is one of five finalists.

But she was sworn to secrecy until the magazine came out this month. She told Colleen Marshall that she was sitting with her husband at an outdoor caf when one of her clients walked by with a copy. And, I stopped her and said I am

And, I stopped her and said I am on the magazine, let me see! she said.

Wion says becoming a finalist is a high point but she has also had serious lows. She was in her early 20s when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. Wion says cancer changed her perspective on health and fitness.

Seeing your body at its lowest point and then being able to come back strong at the other point, she says is the reason she is where she is today. To be this strong is so empowering to me and I hope that other people can feel that way too, by seeing what you can overcome and what the body can do.

Wion says the Central Ohio fitness community has been very supportive and she is hoping other people help her make it to the top. Voting will continue through August 4th, and you can vote over and over again.

Darcey Wion could be on her way to being the next Fitness Star. Oh, it feels amazing. I mean the Midwest is the heart of America, right? So, Im hoping to bring it home for Ohio and the Midwest.

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Andy Murray grimaces through practice session amid Wimbledon fitness fears – Telegraph.co.uk

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Andy Murray was limping heavily on Friday morning as he moved around the All England Club. But he still managed to spend the best part of two hours on court, hitting with Belgian No. 2 Steve Darcis, andplans to return again in the afternoon.

Measuring the extent of Murrays ongoing hip problem is a challenging task, as his body language often tends to accentuate the negative. As his peers will attest, he is not averse to looking half-dead between points and then finding an unexpected burst of speed as soon as the rally starts.

Still, there was concern on the faces of Murrays coaches and backroom staff during his regular drinks breaks.

At one stoppage, he seemed to give his physio Shane Annun an update on the injury, which has developed out of nowhere over the past week. Annun is sure to be busy behind the scenes as the countdown to Wimbledon ticks on.

The chances of Murray actually pulling out of Wimbledon are slim. As the defending champion, he will surely honour the tradition of opening the Centre Court schedule on Monday afternoon.

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Trump Nominates Indiana Health Commissioner as Surgeon General – New York Times

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Dr. Adams also said he believed exchanges were not a panacea, and their value should not be overstated.

Its only going to work if it allows us to connect people to the resources they need to get clean, to get off drugs and get their infectious diseases appropriately diagnosed and treated, he said.

Dr. Adams, who trained as an anesthesiologist, has also been outspoken about the risks of prescription opioid painkillers and the need to address the opioid epidemic.

Charles N. Rothberg, president of the Medical Society of the State of New York, said Dr. Adams reminded him of C. Everett Koop, who was surgeon general through much of the 1980s. Dr. Adams has a proven track record to make public health a priority despite political hurdles, Dr. Rothberg said in an email. Dr. Adams is in touch with the public needs.

Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, who was at the Food and Drug Administration in the Obama administration, said Dr. Adams was a great choice.

I think its great to have a state health officer as surgeon general because its a job that really defies politics, said Dr. Sharfstein, who is now an associate dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. From everything Ive seen, Dr. Adams is a very serious and capable physician and public health official. This is an opportunity to speak to the problems as they are and not as they are viewed through an ideological prism.

Dr. Adams, who is married and has three children, received bachelors degrees in biochemistry and biopsychology from the University of Maryland in 1997. He then earned a masters degree in public health from the University of California at Berkeley, and a medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

His LinkedIn page says he is also an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Indiana University Health, and cares for patients at Eskenazi Health, Indianapoliss publicly funded hospital.

If confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Adams would join another prominent health official in the Trump administration who was brought in from Mr. Pences state: Seema Verma, who is now the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

He would replace Sylvia Trent-Adams, who has been acting surgeon general since Mr. Trump ousted Dr. Vivek Murthy, a holdover from the Obama administration. The surgeon general is often called the nations doctor, and works to improve public health. The surgeon general also oversees the 6,700 public health officers, many of whom work in underserved areas.

The post has traditionally served as a bully pulpit, and past surgeons general have used it to campaign against tobacco, obesity and gun violence. It was Dr. Murthys stance against gun violence that appeared to have led to his dismissal.

A version of this article appears in print on June 30, 2017, on Page A18 of the New York edition with the headline: Indiana Official Nominated as Surgeon General.

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‘Hookers for Health Care’ speak out against Senate bill – CNN.com – CNN

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Licensed prostitutes in Nevada, working in legal brothels, are organizing against legislation they say will devastate them, other prostitutes across the nation and their families.

With Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), now under threat of being repealed and replaced, "thousands of prostitutes nationwide were, for the first time, able to obtain affordable health care insurance for themselves and their families," said a press release issued Thursday.

So, dubbing itself "Hookers for Health Care," this group plans to go "on a political offensive ... lobbying politicians, protesting in the streets, and waging battle on social media to stop the Republican effort."

At the helm is Alice Little, 27, who works near Carson City at Dennis Hof's Sagebrush Ranch brothel. She thinks about the cuts being proposed, the slashes to coverage for things like pregnancies and eating disorders and is outraged by the toll it will take on women.

"When I look at the folks that are making decisions, the majority of them are male voices," she said by phone. "They have no idea how they're affecting women's lives."

About a hundred women working in Hof's seven brothels have already signed up to be involved with this new movement. Little says several dozen women and counting have already agreed to sign onto a petition she's drafting and that many are waiting to have their perspecitves recorded for social media purposes.

"These ladies are often stereotyped and I want to bring some humanity to their stories," said Little, whose mother is a cancer survivor. "We are people. We have families. We have the same health concerns as other Americans."

As independent contractors, she said, prostitutes are "at the mercy of the health care marketplace to obtain our own insurance" and are often reliant on Medicaid.

"I have been fortunate to amass a strong clientele and establish myself as a financially successful businesswoman within Nevada's legal brothel industry, but that can take time," Little said in the release. In fact, she's so successful Hof says she made about $500,000 last year.

But even with her success, Little knows plenty of women need a break.

"A young woman entering our business, who in some cases may also be a single mother with limited financial means, will also need time," Little said. "Expanded access to Medicaid for her or her child may be the only way that she is able to know that they will be protected in case of medical misfortune."

It's not just the prostitutes and their families that stand to lose if this new bill passes, Little adds. Consider the housekeepers, bartenders and cashiers who also work hard to be self-sustaining Nevadans. Also, added to the list of those she hopes to protect: brothel clients.

"Under Trumpcare insurers will be able to charge older consumers five times more than young consumers," she said. "People over the age of 65 make up a very large percentage of Nevada brothel clients. If these clients are forced to pay unfairly augmented health care costs, they will not have money on hand to spend on the things that make life worth living in the first place -- like sex."

Her advocacy, however, is not mirrored by her employer. Hof describes himself as fiscally conservative, "but don't bother me about abortion, who's having sex with who and weed; it's a personal choice."

He is a Trump supporter, though, who'd love to see Obamacare get tossed out.

"I believe in people taking responsibility for their own lives, and not asking for these kind of government handouts," he said. "You start giving these working girls free or discounted health care coverage, then what comes next? ... This is definitely not a road we want to go down."

But even while Hof disagrees with the politics of "Hookers for Health Care," he supports the involvement of women who work for him. He says there are 540 prostitutes affiliated with his brothels, and "These aren't your daddy's old hookers."

By that he says he means, "These aren't street walkers. They're professional working girls that work in a legal environment."

In fact, he says half of them have college educations, 20% have master's degrees, a few have doctorate degrees and one, an Ivy League educated professor, picks up hours to help pay off her huge student loans.

"I love that they're involved," he said. "These girls are smart, they will be running our country, and they vote."

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Nerdcast: Health care whiplash – Politico

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Datapoint: 22 million. That was the projected increase in the number of uninsured people in the Congressional Budget Offices analysis of the Senate GOP health care plan on Monday and by Tuesday, the first votes on the plan had been delayed.

Datapoint: 41. Thats the number of public laws enacted this year by the Republican-controlled Congress and President Trump, as we hit the halfway mark of 2017 this weekend.

Datapoint: 70. Thats the number of opinions the U.S. Supreme Court decided during the term that ended this week.

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GOP races to strike health care deal by Friday, before July 4 recess – CBS News

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Senate Republican leaders are racing to strike a health care deal by Friday that appeases opposing factions of their conference and there appears to be no breakthrough yet in negotiations.

On one hand, there are moderate senators who are critical of the original bill's Medicaid provisions, who want more funding for opioid treatment, who want pre-existing conditions protected and who want low-income people to have access to affordable insurance.

"My focus is really again on ensuring lower-income citizens actually have the ability to have health plans that really cover the kind of things that need to be covered," said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, who said Republicans are "moving to a place that resolves that issue."

"I'm not there yet, I know that," Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, told reporters as she headed to a closed-door Senate Republican Conference lunch. She had been pushing for an increase in opioid treatment funding.

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Senate leaders have added two provisions to the measure: $45 billion in opioid treatment funding and the ability to use Health Savings Accounts (HSA) to pay for premiums.

Then there are conservatives who have been demanding for a full repeal of Obamacare, which they say the original plan wouldn't deliver.

"Unless it changes to a repeal bill, I can't vote for it," said Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, who advocated Thursday splitting the legislation into two pieces in order to improve the chances of passage.

One proposal floated by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas is gaining some traction. It would allow any health insurance company to offer insurance plans that don't comply with Obamacare in a state if they're offering at least one that does comply with the health care law.

"I think there's a lot of appeal to that idea," Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, said about the plan. "Anybody that likes Obamacare so much, they would have their Obamacare plan and they would also have the freedom to buy anything they like. I think it makes a lot of sense."

Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, a member of Senate leadership, told reporters that Cruz's plan could potentially be added to the bill as long as it's structured in a way "that ensures that the pools aren't adversely affected."

Some, like Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, are concerned about whether Cruz's amendment would cover pre-existing conditions. Asked whether he backs the plan, he said, "It hasn't been fleshed out yet, so -- I believe that pre-existing conditions ought to be covered...There are a lot of moving parts."

Most lawmakers are leaving for their week-long July 4 recess Thursday and leadership has been aiming to reach an agreement on a revised health care bill by Friday in order to send it to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to have it scored over the break.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, warned Thursday that getting a deal by Friday is essential.

"If there's going to be one, it'll be by the end of the week. I don't think that not having a deal and going home is gonna get you a deal," he said. "I just think the further you get away from this place, the more pushback you'll get."

Members of Congress could almost certainly face unhappy constituents in their districts next week. A series of polls released Wednesday found that a majority of the public oppose the bill.

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The one preventable health problem that’s most likely to kill you – MarketWatch

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A new study out of the Cleveland Clinic found that obesity robs us of more years of our lives than any other preventable health issue. That means that of all the top lifestyle-related killers that are in our power to modify or treat including smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol obesity shortens life the most.

That is bad news for the 13 million adults aged 65 and over who are obese, which is more than a third of that age group. While a few extra pounds on older adults are not a health issue and may even be beneficial, too much excess weight can contribute to a variety of health problems, including inflammation, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, joint problems and even cognitive impairment.

Additionally, obese older adults are admitted to the hospital and emergency room more than their non-obese counterparts.

The good news is that while obesity can lead to lost years or unhealthy years, you have the power to get those years back. Even losing as little as 3% of your total body weight can make a difference if you maintain it.

Usually, people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more are considered obese and those with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are overweight. Your BMI is an estimate of your body fat based on height and weight.

However, there are other factors to consider in addition to, or instead of, your BMI.

Dr. Tiffany Lowe-Payne, a family practitioner in Raleigh, N.C., with a board certification in obesity medicine, says that defining obesity can be tricky for older adults.

With age, we tend to lose muscle mass, which weighs more than fat. So, while your weight or BMI may not change, your body fat stores may increase as well as your risk for obesity-related diseases. On the other hand, older adults often lose inches in their height and may be classified as obese because their BMI has increased but their weight has stayed the same.

You need to look at multiple factors. We look at waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio, explains Lowe-Payne. (Abdominal fat increases the risk for heart disease.) We can track those measurements over time to see if patients have reduced their health risks even if the number on the scale is the same.

Some adults have always had weight issues. Others find the number on the scale climbs as their metabolism and energy levels slow and their eating habits change or perhaps, unwisely, dont.

Lifestyle changes may be a factor as well. If youre a widow or widower, you may not cook or visit the grocery store as frequently as in the past. Registered dietitian Maureen Janowski, a certified specialist in gerontological nutrition and fellow of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains that fear of falling or low energy levels may prevent older adults from shopping regularly for fresh produce and healthy food.

Instead, they may stock up on unhealthy processed foods that have a longer shelf life or resort to fast-food options. Additionally, medications for other health issues, such as heart disease and high blood pressure, may cause weight gain.

Lowe-Payne points out that menopause for women and declining testosterone levels for men can alter hormonal balances that can also contribute to weight gain.

While the health benefits of losing weight for younger people are clear cut, there is some debate in the medical community when it comes to excess weight in older adults. In some cases, obesity or some excess weight is thought to be protective.

In some individuals, especially those with heart disease, we see that excess weight can stop them from having an acute cardiac episode, says Lowe-Payne.

The problem is that losing weight leads to muscle loss. Older adults are already prone to losing muscle mass, a condition called sarcopenia. Low muscle tone can lead to falls, low energy and less activity. In fact, Janowski says that she doesnt counsel her patients to lose weight unless they are very obese. For overweight adults, I tell them to maintain their weight and stay active, she says.

Excess weight can also be protective in the case of prolonged hospitalization or illness, which usually leads to weight and muscle loss. But the amount of excess weight that is helpful is still in question, says Lowe-Payne.

We dont know how much excess weight is beneficial and we also dont know exactly why its beneficial, she says.

Losing weight for older adults can be slightly more complicated than your basic eat less, exercise more formula. Lowe-Payne strongly advises working with a doctor to determine a safe and effective exercise and weight-loss plan. Additionally, a physician can review your medications to see if any may cause weight gain. Some general guidelines to help older people lose weight effectively and safely include:

Cardiovascular exercise: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week.If you havent exercised before or in a while, its important to start slowly. Its not necessary to strap on running shoes or grab a tennis racquet. Lowe-Payne says walking or even gardening can be beneficial.

Strength training: Its important to make sure that any weight-loss program includes strength training (at least twice a week, recommends the CDC) to prevent muscle loss. Again, no need to bench press dozens of pounds. Simple exercise bands or even lifting household items such as soup cans will have an effect, says Janowski.

Protein: Its essential for preserving and building muscles, and some research suggests that older adults need more protein than their younger counterparts. Try eating a serving of protein at every meal, including yogurt or eggs for breakfast.

Hydration: Its important to stay hydrated for health reasons and also because thirst is sometimes confused with hunger. Drinking water all day long can help you feel fuller and prevent dehydration. You can jazz up your water by adding lemon, lime or another type of fruit for a boost of flavor.

Portion control: A simple way to remember how much of each type of food you need per meal, or what constitutes a portion, is to use the U.S Department of Agriculture My Plate visual. Fill half your lunch or dinner plate with fruits and vegetables, a quarter with whole grains such as quinoa or brown rice and the other quarter with a lean protein. If you buy packaged goods, read the label so you understand the portion sizes.

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Buy your medical cannabis here; Pa. announces dispensary sites – Philly.com

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Thursday announced the names of 27 companies that will be permitted to sell medical marijuana across the state next year, reaching another milestone in a program that could lead to cannabis being available by 2018.

The announcement also set off another round of consternation about whether the cannabis dispensaries were being distributed fairly and put in places where they would serve the most patients.

In suburban Philadelphia, six are to open in Montgomery County, three in Bucks County, and two each in Chester and Delaware Counties.

In Philadelphia. the state approved four locations, three across the northernmost tier of the city, with one in East Mount Airy and two in Northeast Philadelphia. The fourth is in Fishtown near the SugarHouse Casino.

Theres not one in Center City, not one in West Philadelphia, not one by the airport, or in Old City, said Andrew B. Sacks, a lawyer and chairman of the medical marijuana and hemp department at Sacks, Weston, Diamond LLC. There should have been one on Walnut Street. Period. This is just asinine.

Each of the 27 winners has the right to operate three storefronts. Though 81 dispensaries are allowed by law, many applicants chose not to ask for additional outlets.

Just 52 are expectedto open sometime next year.

Its hard to see if there was much consideration for access by patients, given these locations, said Alva Mather, one of three partners at the Pepper Hamilton LLP law firm leading a new cannabis industry group. Being able to get to health-care facilities is always an issue. Its not set up with that framework in mind.

A lot of these patients are terminal, saidChris Goldstein, a marijuana and patient advocate who writes the Philly420 column for Philly.com. Dispensaries should be as convenient as a CVS or a Rite Aid.

But that could change.

The winners who have not committed themselves to opening all three of their allotted dispensaries have the ability to put in for their second or third locations after their first is up and running, said April Hutcheson, a spokeswoman for the state Health Department.

Hutcheson said the locations were businesses that scored the highest on their applications.

This is only the start of the program, and were moving quickly to getting medication to the public, Hutcheson said. As we need to grow, we can. They still have the ability to open up more locations.

The city zoning office is ready toexpand the number of sites. It has cleared the way for 10 dispensary locations, granting variances for real estate in neighborhoods that include Northern Liberties, Old City, and Center City. There is a variance for 12th and Walnut Streets. It is up to a permit winner to arrange with the building owner to open at one of those sites.

All applicants were required to pay $5,000 to apply for a dispensary permit. The companies also had to post a $30,000 deposit refundable only to failed bidders for each storefront. Each of the winners three shops is required to be in a different county.

Dispensaries will operate like pharmacies that sell only one product: medicinal cannabis oils, which can be vaporized or consumed in a solution. They will be forbidden to sell whole-plant, flower, or edible products. Each permit, according to industry experts, is worth $10 million to $20 million, depending on the location and the number of customers each serves.

The dispensaries will be the only point where patients will encounter medical marijuana. To get it, they will be required to see a doctor who is certified and registered with the state Department of Health. The doctor will write a letter stating that the patient suffers from one or more of 17 qualifying conditions. It is up to the patient to submit the letterto the state and receive an ID card. Only card holders will be allowed to enter, and they will be able to buy medical cannabis from any dispensary in the state.

In Southeastern Pennsylvania, dispensaries are slated for Abington, Bensalem, Devon, Elkins Park, Fort Washington, Phoenixville, Plymouth Meeting, Philadelphia (4), Sellersville, Upper Darby, Yeadon, West Norriton, King of Prussia, and Bristol.

Last week, the state announced the winners of 12 permits to grow legal cannabis in the state and process it into medicine.

Though industry experts have called the Health Departments efforts cautious and fair, many losing applicants have called the process opaque and biased. They have until Friday to file appeals. Several have threatened lawsuits. Litigation filed by failed applicants in Maryland and Florida has stalled the introduction of medical marijuana programs in those states for years.

The Health Department on Wednesday said it remained on track to provide cannabis oil to patients in 2018.

Pennsylvanias Department of Health on Thursday awarded 27 companies licenses to open medical-marijuana dispensaries. The companies can operate three storefronts, and 52 are scheduled to open next year. Four dispensaries were awarded licenses in Philadelphia and 20 in the Southeastern region, one of the six medical-marijuana regions established by the state.

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Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center offers hope for healing – Statesville Record & Landmark

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Every scar we have tells a story about an injury, our survival and recovery, and about the body's ability to heal. The body is designed to repair itself, but conditions like diabetes or vascular disease can cause wounds that are persistent and painful. An estimated 6.7 million people in the U.S. are suffering from chronic wounds that will not heal on their own.

June is Wound Care Awareness Month, which brings attention to medical services that are under-recognized and often misunderstood. Wound care is more than bandages; it includes high-tech solutions and specialized care, all of which are available to patients close to home in Iredell County.

We give every new patient a thorough assessment, said Robin Cline, clinical coordinator at the Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, part of Iredell Health System. We follow clinical guidelines that are proven to promote healing and we customize that treatment to each patients needs.

Patients with a variety of conditions can get help at the Wound Care Center including those with diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, burns, bleeding from the bladder and more. Some patients, like Mooresville resident Robert McKenzie, need help with complications after cancer treatment.

I never used the service before and only had a general idea what the wound care center was for. I didnt realize everything they do and who they can help, said McKenzie.

McKenzies treatment plan included time in a hyperbaric chamber, a state-of-the-art device that pumps 100 percent pure oxygen for the patient in a pressurized environment. Other advanced treatment methods include bioengineered skin substitutes and growth factor therapies.

The Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center takes a holistic approach to healing, combining the latest technology with finding ways to help patients that you might not expect.

We will connect our patients with home health care, wheelchairs, beds and medical equipment, said Cline. Part of our goal is to make sure they have everything they need to get better.

The Center is reaching those goals with a heal rate of 92 percent within 31 days. In February, it was named a Center of Distinction by Healogics Inc. for the fifth straight year. The Center has received that award for every year of eligibility since it opened in 2011, and is the only center in Iredell County to repeatedly earn that recognition.

All staff at Iredell Wound Care Center work together as a team and without each one we would not be able to accomplish these goals, said Cline.

Cline also said their success is due to more than just medicine because they treat their patients like family.

I cant say enough how wonderful the nursing staff is, especially their willingness to do anything they can to improve your situation, he said. You dont know how much their support can help you until you have it.

To learn more about the Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, call 704-768-0542 or visit Iredellhealth.org.

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Despicable Me 3

Gru meets his long-lost twin brother and the two pair up for a criminal heist. PG. 1:30. Hampton Towne Centre 24, Kiln Creek 20, New Town 12, Harbour View Grande 16, Cinebistro Hampton, Movie Tavern, Cinema Caf Hampton, York River Crossing.

A father (Will Ferrell) convinces his family to open an illegal casino after spending his daughters college fund with his wife (Amy Poehler). R. 1:28. Hampton Towne Centre 24, Kiln Creek 20, New Town 12, Harbour View Grande 16, Cinebistro Hampton, Movie Tavern, Cinema Caf Hampton, York River Crossing.

A young getaway driver gets roped into a doomed heist. R. 1:53. Hampton Towne Centre 24, Kiln Creek 20, New Town 12, Harbour View Grande 16, Cinebistro Hampton, Movie Tavern, York River Crossing.

A wounded Union soldier is taken into an all girls school in Virginia during the Civil War. With Nicole Kidman. R. 1:33. Hampton Towne Centre 24, New Town 12, Naro Expanded Cinema.

A sick movie star deals with his past and mortality. R. 1:33. Hampton Towne Centre 24, Kiln Creek 20, Harbour View Grande 16

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Sam Elliott On Career Longevity, Playing Tough And His Iconic Role In ‘Lebowski’ – NPR

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DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. Sam Elliott has been acting in movies and television for nearly 50 years. You may have seen him in any number of Westerns such as "Tombstone" or playing a bouncer in "Road House" or in some memorable appearances like in the Coen brothers' film "The Big Lebowski." If you don't know Elliott's name, you might recognize his distinctive voice featured in a lot of commercials.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE HERO")

SAM ELLIOTT: (As Lee Hayden) Lone Star barbecue sauce - the perfect partner for your chicken. Lone Star barbecue sauce - the perfect partner for your chicken - got it?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (As character) Can you do one more?

ELLIOTT: (As Lee Hayden) Do you want something different?

DAVIES: Elliott's done plenty of voiceover work, but that's a clip from his new film, "The Hero," in which he plays an aging actor whose career is stalled. Elliott's career, by contrast, is surging. He got critical attention for a small role with Lily Tomlin in the film "Grandma," then played the romantic partner of Blythe Danner in "I'll See You In My Dreams." That film's director, Brett Haley, wrote "The Hero" with Elliott in mind.

In "The Hero," Elliott plays Lee Hayden, an actor in his 70s who sacrificed his family for his career and recently got a cancer diagnosis. In this scene, he runs into a younger woman played by Laura Prepon at a taco stand. He'd met her recently at his pot dealer's house when she'd observed he seemed sad. She speaks first about the food.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE HERO")

LAURA PREPON: (As Charlotte Dylan) Best tacos in LA, right?

ELLIOTT: (As Lee Hayden) Yeah. Do you live around here?

PREPON: (As Charlotte Dylan) No - stalking you.

(LAUGHTER)

ELLIOTT: (As Lee Hayden) Yeah. Charlotte, right?

PREPON: (As Charlotte Dylan) You've got a good memory for an old pothead.

ELLIOTT: (As Lee Hayden) A sad, old pothead. Why'd you say that anyway?

PREPON: (As Charlotte Dylan) Because you're old, and you smoke a lot of weed.

ELLIOTT: (As Lee Hayden) I mean the part about me being sad.

PREPON: (As Charlotte Dylan) I don't know. Are you? Nothing wrong with that.

DAVIES: Well, Sam Elliott, welcome to FRESH AIR.

ELLIOTT: Thank you very much.

DAVIES: You know, the director, Brett Haley - you know, of course he wrote this part for you. And I'm imagining that you get this script, and you see that you're playing an aging actor who's had, you know, one hit role in a cowboy movie but whose career is essentially stalled, who spends a lot of time smoking weed with his dealer. I was wondering; what's - what was your reaction when you get this news, aha, this is what Brett Haley wants me to be?

ELLIOTT: I was totally flattered that he and Marc would take the time to write an entire screenplay for me. I've had a few parts written for me over the years, but I've never had a screenplay written for me. You know, I understand Lee Hayden. It was close to me in where I've been and gone with my career. He's in a much darker world than I dwell in. I'm divorced in the film from my wife, played by my real wife, who I've been married to for 33 years. And my daughter, Cleo, is the love of my life, and I'm on the outs with my daughter in the film. I don't have cancer, and I don't smoke weed all day, so...

DAVIES: Which the character does.

ELLIOTT: ...Apart from that - which the character does. Apart from that, I get this guy, and it was very close.

DAVIES: You know, there's one really compelling and in some ways painful scene in the film where your character through a kind of happenstance has suddenly got a lot of interest in giving him parts. And he's invited to go and audition for a thing - a piece in a big movie. And he practices it with his buddy and brings him to tears. He nails this. This is an accomplished...

ELLIOTT: Yeah.

DAVIES: ...Actor you're playing. When he goes to the audition, he is on emotional tenterhooks because of what's going on in his life. I don't know. Have you had experiences or seen experiences like that in auditions? How did you get that scene?

ELLIOTT: No, I haven't.

DAVIES: Yeah.

ELLIOTT: No. The one thing that I knew that I had to do in the scene - in the rehearsal scene is that you had to see that Lee was still a good actor, that he could in fact pull it off. So we started it. We did it a couple of times. And I remember Brett just telling me just to keep going where I was going. And we did it a few more times. And people were sensing that something was going on. And by the time we finished, there were people pretty in close and in tight around us. And Nick Offerman just looked up at me, and he had tears in his eyes and said whatever he said.

DAVIES: He said, you got this, yeah.

ELLIOTT: F-yeah, man, is what he said.

DAVIES: (Laughter).

ELLIOTT: You got it, you know? And that was unexpected, but it was important that you see that Lee could do it.

DAVIES: You've had a bunch of great TV roles over the years. And one that's a favorite of mine relatively recently is the FX series "Justified." And if the audience...

ELLIOTT: Yeah.

DAVIES: ...Anybody in the audience hasn't seen it, it's worth it. It's about a U.S. marshal fighting crime in Kentucky. And I thought we'd play a scene. You in season six of this series play this criminal and businessman who's from Kentucky and has been away and has returned to buy up land to grow pot when it is legalized, that he expects. And this is a scene where you're meeting with Boyd Crowder, a local criminal who's been trying to steal from you. And he and his partner Ava have been casing this place you own, the Pizza Portal. So you're talking to Boyd Crowder, who was played by Walton Goggins. So you're just paying him...

ELLIOTT: Right.

DAVIES: ...A visit to set him straight. Let's listen.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "JUSTIFIED")

ELLIOTT: (As Avery Markham) My name's Avery Markham. I guess I can't blame you for not remembering. Last time I saw you, you were no bigger than a minute - 9, 10 years old, peacocking around your daddy like you thought you was already a full-grown bad man.

WALTON GOGGINS: (As Boyd Crowder) I recognize you now, Mr. Markham. That being said, I still don't recall being bounced on your knee. Nevertheless, it seems that I owe you an apology.

ELLIOTT: (Avery Markham) Like I said, I can't blame you for not remembering.

GOGGINS: (As Boyd Crowder) No, Sir, the apology that I owe is for my craven attempt to pilfer that which rightfully belongs to you. As defense, I offer only my ignorance.

ELLIOTT: (As Avery Markham) Meaning you thought you were stealing from Calhoun.

GOGGINS: (As Boyd Crowder) Yes, Sir, I did.

ELLIOTT: (As Avery Markham) And now you know the prize in question belongs to me.

GOGGINS: (As Boyd Crowder) That I do. And any plan that I had for my next attempt should be considered abandoned as foolhardy, not to say unworthy.

ELLIOTT: (As Avery Markham) I hope you understand when I say I don't want to see either of you at the Portal again. Next time you want a slice, order in - have it here in 30 minutes, or it's free. Now, if I see you in my place of business again, I'll kill you.

DAVIES: And that's Sam Elliott in the series "Justified" scaring the living daylights out of us.

(LAUGHTER)

DAVIES: You know, and...

ELLIOTT: Walton Goggins, man - boy, what an actor.

DAVIES: Yeah.

ELLIOTT: Everybody in that cast was just superlative, you know, and just so much fun to be with.

DAVIES: You know, you have played a lot of tough guys over the years - I mean cowboys, you know, the bouncer in "Road House." And then when...

ELLIOTT: Yeah.

DAVIES: Coming up, did you know tough guys that you kind of, I don't know, adopted the persona of?

ELLIOTT: Yeah, but not - I knew men's men, is what I knew. My dad worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service, and he worked for the Department of Interior, you know, like the federal government. And consequently, I was outdoors a lot in my lifetime. And I was with my dad and my - and his peers, who were all men's men and outdoorsmen. All had incredible work ethics and were all good men. And they were really the ones I think that I learned what kind of a man I wanted to be when I grew up.

Dad died when he was 54, and I was 18. But I spent so much time with them when I was younger that plenty of it rubbed off. You know, I didn't get to know him near as well as I would love to have. But I have - I got enough of him that, you know, my sister tells me all the time - my sister Glenda - she tells me all the time, you're just like daddy (laughter).

DAVIES: You grew up in Sacramento - right? - your parents...

ELLIOTT: I did indeed.

DAVIES: ...Got the acting bug very early, right?

ELLIOTT: I went to a local theater called the Sequoia Theater. And I just was captivated by going into a dark theater and watching those lights jump around up on the screen. And I just knew early on that as preposterous as it might seem at that point in time to any number of people, that it seemed a possibility to me. And I pretty much had tunnel vision most of my life in that pursuit.

DAVIES: Sam Elliott stars in the new film "The Hero." We'll continue our conversation in just a moment. This is FRESH AIR.

(SOUNDBITE OF CALEXICO'S "CLOSE BEHIND")

DAVIES: This is FRESH AIR. And if you're just joining us, we're speaking with actor Sam Elliott. You may remember him from many roles, including "The Big Lebowski" and "Tombstone." He stars in a new film by Brett Haley, "The Hero." You got a leading role early in your career. The film was "Lifeguard" - 1976 I think - where you play a career lifeguard at a beach. And I thought we'd just hear a little clip of this. This is you explaining the job of lifeguarding to a new guy. And there's some ambient noise. We hear the beach and some music in there. But you'll get a feel for Sam Elliott explaining lifeguarding. Let's listen.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "LIFEGUARD")

ELLIOTT: (As Rick) The important thing is, man, to spot trouble before it happens. Watch the people when they go in the water. See what kind of swimmers they are. See how they treat the ocean, you know? Are they confident? Are they scared? And keep a special eye on the little kids. Man, they can get knocked down in a second.

DAVIES: And that's our guest Sam Elliott in 1976 in the lead role...

ELLIOTT: Sounding not anything like Sam Elliott today.

DAVIES: (Laughter) Well, that's the furthest - that's what I wanted to talk about because I mean I think there are interesting things about the movie, but the voice - it's not that deep baritone that we hear now.

ELLIOTT: No, no, no. It came with age. It just kept going down the older I got - can't imagine it's going to go much further.

DAVIES: Yeah. Well, you know, one of the things that I've read about you is that you speak your mind. And when this film "Lifeguard" was being marketed, it was marketed as sort of a teen make out film. But you know, there was actually a real story there. And your character was a guy kind of confronting whether he's going to stay with lifeguarding in middle age.

ELLIOTT: Yeah.

DAVIES: And when you went on the press tour, you kind of mocked the studio's approach to promoting it.

ELLIOTT: Oh, I did. I got myself in some hot water there. And I've always been pretty honest. I think there's, like, three qualities that kind of sum me up, particularly in those days - my glib days - glibber days - honest, opinionated and not very smart at the same time. And that's a terrible combination for one to have.

You know, I know a lot of lifeguards. Both my parents were lifeguards at a lake in El Paso, Texas. I was a lifeguard in a swimming pool in Portland, Ore. And I have known and met and befriended a number of oceangoing lifeguards in California where I live. And that's an admirable endeavor, to say the least. It's a dangerous game. They're public servants. They're civil servants. They're not guys flexing their muscles on the beach, you know? And that's the way they marketed "Lifeguard." The one sheet for that film was an animated piece, and it had me in a pair of Speedos and a big busted girl on either arm. And it said, every girl's summer dream over the top of it. And I was like, wow.

DAVIES: Well, one role people really remember you in - not a ton of screen time, though - is "The Big Lebowski," the Coen brothers film, which - for those who don't remember, it's about this stoner in Los Angeles known as the Dude played by Jeff Bridges - you know, typical Coen brothers, full of eccentric characters and crazy plot twists. There's a kidnapping. On it goes.

And you - I guess you introduced the story in a voiceover. And then in the middle of the film, you appear in a scene where this central character, the Dude, Jeff Bridges, is seated at a bowling alley bar in a heap of trouble. And you sit down next to him in full cowboy regalia, the hat down to the spurs. You're not really a character in the story. You just sit down outfitted as this cowboy and start talking to him. Let's listen.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE BIG LEBOWSKI")

ELLIOTT: (As The Stranger) How you doing there, Dude?

JEFF BRIDGES: (As The Dude) Not too good, man.

ELLIOTT: (As The Stranger) One of those days, huh?

BRIDGES: (As The Dude) Yeah.

ELLIOTT: (As The Stranger) Well, a wiser fella than myself once said sometimes you eat the bar, and - much obliged - sometimes the bar, well, he eats you.

BRIDGES: (As The Dude) Is that some kind of Eastern thing?

ELLIOTT: (As The Stranger) Far from it. I like your style, Dude.

BRIDGES: (As The Dude) Well, I dig your style, too, man. You got the whole cowboy thing going.

ELLIOTT: (As The Stranger) Thank you. There's just one thing, Dude.

BRIDGES: (As The Dude) And what's that?

ELLIOTT: (As The Stranger) Do have to use so many cuss words?

BRIDGES: (As The Dude) What the [expletive] are you talking about?

ELLIOTT: (As The Stranger) OK, Dude. Have it your way. Take her easy, Dude.

BRIDGES: (As The Dude) Yeah, thanks, man.

DAVIES: Jeff Bridges and Sam Elliott in "The Big Lebowski." It's still funny. You know, and I don't know...

ELLIOTT: It's so brilliant.

DAVIES: (Laughter).

ELLIOTT: The words are just so brilliant, and Jeff is just brilliant in it.

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Sam Elliott On Career Longevity, Playing Tough And His Iconic Role In 'Lebowski' - NPR

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