Nelson shines with three-timer

first_imgThree-time champion jockey Dane Nelson started the new season with a bang at Caymanas Park yesterday, thanks to three winners on the CTL Fan Appreciation Day programme.His winners included TARANIS (7-2) in the opening race over 1300 metres for the New Year’s Day Trophy.Nelson also won the fourth race with 4-1 chance PRINCESS SHEMIKA for trainer Steven Todd and came back in the closing race to win aboard the lightly raced 5-1 shot RAS EMANUEL for trainer Peter McMaster over 1200 metres.On an eventful day which saw the stewards of the meet disqualifying two winners, Nelson was actually first past the post a fourth time on PAPER N LACE (3-1) for trainer Fitzgerald Richards in division one of the McKay Security Trophy, only to be disqualified and placed sixth, this for causing interference to highly fancied OH MY GRAND PA (4-1) in the early stages of the event. The race was awarded to long-time leader GRAN CORAZON, the 5-2 favourite.Despite the misfortune, Nelson, champion jockey from 2012 to 2014, said he was happy to emerge the leading rider with a triple on the first day.”I am pleased with all aspects of my riding, and although the plan is to do another stint in North America on and off this season, mainly at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada, I will always do well here for the benefit of my fans,’ said Nelson, who is popularly called ‘The Warrior Chief’.The Richard Azan-trained 4-y-o gelding TARANIS ran on strongly to win the New Year’s Day Trophy in a driving finish from highlyfancied SOUTHERN CRUISE(5-2) with newly crowned champion jockey Shane Ellis aboard, this after the howling 1-5 favourite DRIPPING IN GOLD led untilgiving way to the third horseSHINING LIGHT (6-1) early in the straight.Division two of the McKay Security Trophy provided a runaway win for 7-5 second favourite PERFECT FLYER with Ellis riding for trainer Dwight Chen and owner Howard Hamilton. And the day’s principal feature for the Fan Appreciation Day Trophy over 1820 metres (overnight allowance) was won by 1-2 favourite ALL CORRECT in a stirring finish from the fast-finishing duo of HOUDINI’S MAGIC (5-2) and BRAWN (3-1) in a field of nine.The winner, a 7-y-o gelding by Storm Craft out of Royal Pizzaz, was ridden by former champion Omar Walker for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and owners the Velvet Glove.WARRIOR PRINCESS (5-1, made all) with Robert Halledeen aboard was the other winner to be disqualified in the second race and first place awarded to LEGENDARY PLEASURE (3-1) with whom she had interfered in the straight.last_img read more

Controlling body weight

first_imgControlling bodY weight is really a matter of controlling body fat. The most important consideration for health is not total weight, but body composition (proportion of fat to lean mass). Many persons who are ‘overweight’ are also ‘over fat’ and the health risks faced are due to the latter condition.The secret to managing body weight is eating moderately and getting regular physical activity. This adoption of healthy and sustainable habits will maximise energy and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. It will also boost body image as persons are becoming obsessed with weight and shape. However, this is sometimes associated with dangerouseating patterns and disorders.Body weight and body composition are determined by multiple factors that may vary with each individual. Such factors include genetic, physiological and lifestyle trends.Genetic factorsGenes influence body size and shape, body fat distribution and metabolic rates. Genetic factors also affect the ease with which weight is gained and where on the body it is added. If both parents are overweight, it is very likely that their children will be overweight.Physiological factorsn Metabolism this is a key physiological factor. It is the sum of all the vital processes by which food energy and nutrients are made available to the body. The largest component is the Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR). High RMR burns more calories and hence less weight is gained. The vice versa is true for low RMR.n Energy balance if the energy equation is balanced, an individual burns the same amount of calories as he/she consumes and no weight is gained. If more calories are taken in than expended, weight will increase.n Hormones hormonal changes, especially in females, play a role in the accumulation of body fat. For example,hormones during puberty initiates the development of breasts, wider hips and a fat layer beneath the skin. The hormone leptin is said to be linked toobesity.n Weight cycling repeatedly gaining and losing weight (yo-yo dieting) makes the body more efficient at storing calories and more difficult to lose weight.Lifestyle factorsn Eating increased energy intake and decreased physical activity may increase risk for excess body fat and obesity down the line. For example, eating calorie-dense foods of high fat, high sugar and fast foods low in nutrients, sodas and beers. Consider also the proportion sizes of high calorie meals.n Physical activity modern conveniences such as motor vehicles, remote controls, power machines, etc., have reduced daily physical activity. The lifestyle of men has become sedentaryn Psycho-social persons use food as a means of coping with stress and negative emotions. For many, eating provides a powerful distraction from loneliness, anger, boredom, sadness, and feelings of inadequacy. It can be used to combat low moods, low energy levels and low self-esteem. When food and eating becomes the primary means of regulating emotions, binge eating and other unhealthy eating patterns develop. Such practices may lead to obesity or anorexia.It is clear that most weight problems are lifestyle problems. Controlling weight is a matter of adopting healthy behaviours that can be maintained throughout life and will lower the health risks associated with overweight and obesity.Health risksn Being overweight or obese isn’t something to take lightly. These conditions greatly raise risks for other health problems. Excess body fat increases a person’s risk of developing numerous diseases and unhealthy conditions. Obesity is one of six controllable risk factors for heart disease. It also increases risk for other forms of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancers, diabetes, gall bladder disease, respiratory problems, joint diseases, skin problems, impaired immune function and sleep disorders.n Obese people have an overall mortality rate almost twice that of non-obese people. Studies have shown that women who gain more than 22 pounds since they were 18 years old have a sevenfold increase in the risk of heart disease. Studies also confirmed that overweight and obesity shorten lives.n Scientific evidence shows that the way people store fat affects their risk for disease. Statistics show that obese individuals with a lot of abdominal fat are clearly at higher risk than others with a similar amount of body fat stored in other areas (hip, thigh, gluteal). Evidence also indicates that those whose fat deposits around internal organs have an even greater risk for diseases than those with fat deposits beneath the skin.Risk assessment techniquesIt is clear that most weight problems are lifestyle problems. A few management techniques include:n Changes in diet and eating habitsn Increase physical activity and exercisen Get psychological helpn Manage emotionn Develop healthy stress coping skillsn Positive thinkinglast_img read more