Land Rover tees up staff morale booster

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Land Rover tees up staff morale boosterOn 20 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Land Rover’s UK workers are being given the opportunity to hone theirgolfing skills after huge interest in the game was shown during a pilot schemerun at the company’s manufacturing site in the West Midlands. Golf lessons were highlighted as being high on many employees’ wish lists bythe company’s Associate Development Scheme (ADS), which aims to boostproductivity and staff morale by enabling staff to take up non-work-relatedstudies or hobbies. Land Rover is now offering one-to-one coaching sessions withlocal professionals from the Professional Golfers’ Association. More than 500 employees each year are expected to take advantage of tailoredlesson packages, all funded by the ADS. The ADS is an independent organisation within Land Rover formed by a jointinitiative between unions and Land Rover management in November 2001. Sian Hewkin, ADS co-ordinator, said the development scheme enabled employeesto undertake non-work related education, training and development of their ownchoice they would otherwise not get the opportunity to pursue. “It provides employees with the initiative to learn new skills and canlead to a qualification,” she said. Each of Land Rover’s 11,500 employees receives £160 to spend on a variety ofcourses. last_img read more

Chancellor’s assault on buy-to-let “is mystifying”

first_imgThe Chancellor George Osborne has been slammed for his outright assault on buy-to-let investors following the introduction of a stamp duty surcharge last week, while also exempting landlords from fresh cuts to Capital Gains Tax, and planning further tax increases on property investors.The former Editor of The Times and the London Evening Standard, Simon Jenkins (left), questioned in his latest column for The Guardian columnist whether George Osborne was really a Tory. He also described Osborne’s “assault” on buy-to-let as “mystifying”.He wrote, “With the withering away of public housing, private renting is how evermore people live, especially in cities. They include the migratory rich, millennials, those unable to afford a house and those who are just very poor and cannot get a council tenancy. Between 2001 and 2011, private renting in London went from 17 per cent to 26 per cent of the housing market, and is continuing to rise.”Jenkins believes that encouraging the release of under-occupied space is the one sure answer to the housing shortage, and the most efficient way of doing this is by encouraging letting, especially in London.“Renting is the most efficient use of urban property. It keeps things flexible. It is first and last recourse of the homeless and the refugee as well as of the middle-class young,” he added.Jenkins acknowledged that great regulation in the private rented sector is required, but added that Osborne’s form of penalising the market, through higher stamp duty, “makes no sense”.Jenkins continued, “Stamp duty is a tax on market flexibility, on buying and selling. It is doubly daft.“This can only serve to drive up rents in the rental sector, which in turn will increase the cost of the already soaring housing benefit budget.”The new buy-to-let stamp duty reforms are widely expected to increase the cost of rent and trigger a decline in the supply of available properties.More than half – 52 per cent – of letting agents reported an increase in buyers looking to invest in buy-to-let property before the stamp duty deadline in February, according to the latest ARLA survey.The poll found that almost two-thirds – 63 per cent – forecast that supply will fall as landlords are pushed out of the market.Some 57 per cent of ARLA members believe that rents will rise as a consequence of the stamp duty reforms that came into effect last week, as landlords pass on costs to tenants.“It’s likely that we’ll see the buy-to-let market drop,” said David Cox, Managing Director of ARLA. “This will most certainly cause rents to increase, with supply dropping, as competition for the limited availability of properties intensifies.”Meanwhile, two landlords pushing for a judicial review of George Osborne’s buy-to-let mortgage interest relief tax clampdown have announced plans for a protest major event in June.Steve Bolton and Chris Cooper, who want a review of section 24 of the Finance (No. 2) Act 2015 which includes the proposed restriction of mortgage interest tax relief at a basic rate, even for higher rate-paying landlords, wrote, “Please block out Friday 10th June in your diary. We are planning a very big and very important event on that date in London. We believe that it is time for large numbers of landlords to come together and stage a fight back.”buy-to-let buy-to-let investors Chancellor George Osborne Simon Jenkins stamp duty surcharge 2016-04-08The Negotiator Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 First-time buyers, not Stamp Duty, now driving market says leading agency29th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Home » News » Housing Market » Chancellor’s assault on buy-to-let “is mystifying” Chancellor’s assault on buy-to-let “is mystifying”8th April 20160511 Viewslast_img read more

Mansfield rowers angry as Merton closes joint gym

first_imgMerton College has angered Mansfield and Merton sports teams by announcing the permanent closure of its gym.Rowing teams at both colleges depend on the facilities for their training programmes, but Merton has taken the decision to close the room at the end of Trinity term for health and safety reasons. The decision to close the gym, which is based at the Merton Sports Ground, was taken after consultation with both the University’s Director of Sports and independent health and safety consultants. Tim Softley, the sub-Warden at Merton said, “Considering its legal liabilities, the College has no alternative but to close the facility on a short time-scale.” There are currently no definite plans to provide any alternative facilities for students.Merton JCR and MCR Presidents suggested a series of possible solutions, including the installation of CCTV cameras; additional telephone lines; and strengthening the sign-out arrangements for the use of the facility, to ensure no-one could use it alone. Merton JCR President, Danielle Quinn expressed her disappointment at the decision. “Our two main concerns at the moment are what will be done in the interim, as College hasn’t yet made a firm commitment in that respect, and whether or not they’ll allow Mansfield to use the new facility.“We were surprised that College hadn’t planned to allow Mansfield to use it, considering the level of mutual dependence between the Colleges in terms of fielding teams.” The two Colleges often combine forces to produce joint sports teams.Mansfield JCR President, James Naish, said, “The manner in which the gym was shut is particularly disturbing. If it were not for the Merton JCR President, the weights room would have been shut without any consultation with Mansfield. It hasn’t exactly been the best way of going around things.” He added, “The College Bursar is looking into the possibility of group membership at Iffley Road University Gyms and expanding gym provision at the Boat Club. I’m confident that a solution can be found – it is only to be hoped that the closure of joint facilities will not be to the detriment of team spirit in future Merton-Mansfield sports teams.”Dan Harvey, a Mansfield rower and one of the many students to be affected by the closure, said, “Closing one of the key training facilities available to the College is bound to have a detrimental impact on Mansfield sport. It is used frequently by many of the College’s sports teams, all of whom will suffer as a result of this action.”  Softley insisted that Merton was doing all it could to find an alternative facility.  He said, “The College is actively and urgently considering plans for a modern fitness room on the main College site, but in view of the need for formal agreements and permissions cannot guarantee to open such a facility within the present calendar year. ” Merton is currently considering the development of a new fitness facility in Rose Lane although the proposed project, should it go ahead, would not be ready for Michaelmas term.last_img read more

Remembering James Rothenberg

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust and William F. Lee, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation, invite members of the community to join them in the Memorial Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 26) to remember and celebrate the life of the late James F. Rothenberg ’68, M.B.A. ’70.A Pittsburgh native and longtime resident of the Los Angeles area, Rothenberg died suddenly in July at the age of 69. Rothenberg served on the Corporation from 2004 until his death, and he was the University’s treasurer and an ex officio member of the Board of Overseers from 2004 to 2014. He also served as chairman of the board of directors of the Harvard Management Company and as co-chair of The Harvard Campaign, among many other roles.Faust recently noted, “Jim was one of the best friends Harvard has ever had, and his selfless leadership, gentle wisdom, humane spirit, and boundless generosity in service of Harvard will live on always. The entire Harvard community deeply mourns his passing and extends deepest condolences to [his wife] Anne and the Rothenberg family. We will miss Jim more than I can say.”Family, colleagues, classmates, faculty, and friends will gather to remember the many ways that Rothenberg touched their lives and gave back to the institution he held so dear.A reception will be held at Quincy House immediately following the service.All members of the community are welcome to attend.last_img read more

A student-driven performance space

first_img Student singer-songwriter entertains at revamped Barker Arts Café Related During the summer, in Amsterdam, Smith conducted thesis research, and Wetherfield developed musical instruments at the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM), an electronic music center founded in 1969. STEIM’s place at the center of the musical community in Amsterdam helped shape Wetherfield’s ideas about the space at Harvard. “I liked the way people organized around [STEIM]. Everyone had independent interests and working methods. But they were all orbiting something kind of stable,” he said.Drawing inspiration from STEIM, Amsterdam, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Smith and Wetherfield drafted a proposal for a performance space that would “support independent artists who want to experiment in a low-stakes environment” and be open to everyone on campus, Smith explained.The new space invites artists of all kinds to “curate an experience” — a new set list, a spoken-word project — any kind of performance they want to share with an audience but would like to test-run first. It’s not an open mic, where anyone can sign up to sing a song or perform a poem, and it’s not a known venue, like the Queen’s Head or Barker Café, but something in between.“We want to give every performer the chance to be an experimentalist,” Wetherfield explained. The venue aims to be a safe environment that encourages artists to think through an out-of-the-box idea they’re drawn to but have not had the ability to try. While Smith and Wetherfield are musicians, they are open to a variety of artistic performances, as long as they are premeditated. Regular performances by members of the community are being sought for the semester, and the limit is the imagination. “We hope people get into it and bring themselves to it as listeners, viewers, and performers, and bring something palpably new.”They invite people to be bold and risky, the low barriers to entry attracting artists who might otherwise pass up the chance. Essentially, the venue is like a friend who believes in your latent creativity, and just wants you to go out on a limb.Students enjoy music by Eden Girma ’18 and Alex Graff ’17. Photo by Mattea Mrkusi ’17Eden Girma ’18 opened the venue’s first event casually, relating stories about a Thanksgiving break and inviting audience members to participate in the music. The room was packed, people lining the walls despite the extra chairs being brought in. Alex Graff ’17 accompanied Girma on guitar as they covered songs from Lianne La Havas and Emily King. A sense of kindness and intimacy permeated the space as people snapped and swayed and called out encouragement to the musicians.Each song was introduced by a personal anecdote from other students, ranging from vulnerable to humorous to poignant. Students reflected on overcoming the ghosts of their past, piecing together childhood memories, making mistakes, and feeling caught between life stages. Despite the crowd, the intimacy made it feel like everyone knew each other.The casual mood of the event matched the humility of its creators, who are not overly forthcoming with their impressive accomplishments.Smith, who concentrates in social studies and women’s and gender studies and is enrolled in the dual-degree program at the New England Conservatory, is a California native who worked the Bay Area music scene throughout high school as a self-managed jazz artist. Since then, she has performed worldwide with her band and jazz orchestras. At Harvard, Smith is vice president of the Signet Society and sings with VoxJazz, Harvard’s premier co-ed vocal jazz septet. She is also largely involved in student life, liaising on behalf of the student body with administrators through the Undergraduate Council and the BGLTQ Office.Having been a performer for so long, Smith sees creating the new venue as a natural development. “There are a lot of people who make art, which is amazing, but it’s also quite admirable to take the position of making that possible, which is the dream behind this,” she said.Wetherfield, who is originally from London, studies math with a secondary in music, and has played piano and composed music since around age 7. He has written music for the Harvard Composers Association and was the principal composer for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. In 2010 he was a winner of the BBC Young Composers Competition for his piece “Word in Edgeways.” As a technician, he worked with Radcliffe Fellows Reiko Yamada on her sound installation “Reflective,” which was later installed at the Met Breuer in New York, and Mauricio Pauly on developing music-notation software. Wetherfield is passionate about giving artists the chance to grow their performance skills, forging connections like those he experienced in Amsterdam. “I like the idea that this might draw some community,” he says.Smith and Wetherfield remain refreshingly genuine and unassuming, invested in giving back to the undergraduate community. Though they have parameters around what they want the venue to be, they are dedicated to the innovation such a broad idea invites. “You talk to people, and they really want and need this,” Smith said excitedly of the project. “I thought there wouldn’t be interest. But people are really excited!” Wetherfield, too, looks forward to the possibilities, adding that “We’re all just trying to learn.”An openness to learn is characteristic of the enterprise. Both Smith and Wetherfield work on the fringes of what they’ve already done, looking for ways to expand and experiment with what they know, and they encourage prospective performers to just try something new. Over the next few months, Smith and Wetherfield will be “piloting the venue in order to get more insight into what we need for this.” With the new space, the duo hopes to open the dynamism of artistic experimentation and the community of creativity to many participants.If you would like to perform at the venue at the SOCH, email Smith and Wetherfield at [email protected] will have a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday with graduate students performing. Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. the Queen’s Head hosts College Night with undergraduate bands.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave With music as his muse “Burgeoning experimental music scene” is not the first thing you’d associate with Harvard College. But it’s quickly becoming a player.It’s a Friday night early in the semester, and on the warmly lit fifth floor of the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH), people are trickling in, embracing, and pouring drinks as Laila Smith ’17 and Ben Wetherfield ’17 adjust mics and speakers at the front of the room in preparation for the night’s music. People scramble for a spot on one of the blue couches crammed into the space. Tonight marks the opening of a new experimental performance venue spearheaded by Smith and Wetherfield, in what was once the SOCH Penthouse Café.Smith and Wetherfield, both accomplished musicians, came up with the idea to establish the still-nameless venue last spring while wandering through the SOCH, a former library and current student center in the Radcliffe Quadrangle, in search of a good study spot. The acoustics were ideal, and “There were various spaces we thought could work for performing,” Wetherfield recalled.last_img read more

Newly discovered mechanism regulates cholesterol metabolism

first_imgGökhan Hotamisligil is on a mission to help us survive our affluence and its attendant cardiometabolic diseases. His prolific laboratory at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Sabri Ülker Center for Nutrient, Genetic, and Metabolic Research has recently generated another line of inquiry that could lead to treatments or prevention strategies for heart disease, stroke, and other disorders.Led by postdoctoral fellow Scott Widenmaier, the team has found a “molecular guardian,” as Hotamisligil has dubbed it, which senses the toxic buildup of cholesterol within cells and triggers powerful protective responses.The research, published last November in Cell, represents a natural outgrowth of studies that Hotamisligil has conducted for more than 25 years on metabolism, nutrition, obesity, and the immune system. A decade ago, this line of inquiry led him to the endoplasmic reticulum, a distribution center within cells where proteins are processed, stored, and packaged for delivery to their ultimate cellular destinations.“We made a series of discoveries which told us that the endoplasmic reticulum may have a much bigger function in the cell, especially on metabolic health, and operate almost like an environmental surveillance device,” says Hotamisligil, who is chair of the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases, the J.S. Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism, and director of the Sabri Ülker Center.Cholesterol’s vital rolesHotamisligil’s discoveries have shed light on the molecular basis of obesity, diabetes, and other cardiometabolic disorders, as well as age-associated pathologies such as neurodegeneration. As he and his colleagues uncovered the role of the endoplasmic reticulum in protecting cells from shortages or surpluses of certain molecules, the researchers turned their attention to cholesterol. “One thing which dawned on us was a huge gap in the understanding of cholesterol homeostasis,” says Hotamisligil.For all the bad press it gets, cholesterol is one of the most important molecules in the body, comprising 25 to 30 percent of our cell membranes and helping give them the perfect balance of stability and flexibility that animal cells need. But since evolution is a resourceful tinkerer, plentiful molecular actors like cholesterol have been drafted for many roles: hormone and vitamin production, digestion, signaling, and others. While most cells in the body can generate some cholesterol, the main source is the liver, and to a smaller extent, cholesterol-containing foods. With so much riding on cholesterol, the body has mechanisms to ensure that there is enough, including a sensor in the membrane of the endoplasmic reticulum called SREBP2, a protein that signals any need to boost cholesterol synthesis. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Unlock Your Data Capital with New OneFS Updates That Provide 140% Greater Usable Capacity

first_imgUnlock Your Data Capital with New OneFS Updates That Provide 140% Greater Usable CapacityModern enterprises are handling more and more unstructured data every day thanks to the emergence of among other things, cloud-native applications. To manage the data explosion happening across industries, companies need storage infrastructure that’s massively scalable, highly flexible, efficient and future-ready.Dell EMC Isilon is a leader in the unstructured data storage[1] market thanks to its laser-focus on innovation and today, we’re announcing an update to our OneFS operating system to help companies manage this explosion of data and unlock their Data Capital.OneFS 8.2.1 delivers hardware-based data reduction features of in-line compression and in-line deduplication on the F810 all-flash platform to enable customers to reduce data center footprint and optimize storage resources. With Isilon scale-out NAS solutions powered by OneFS 8.2.1, organizations can modernize their storage infrastructure to support their IT transformation.With hardware accelerated in-line compression and deduplication capabilities, Isilon solutions powered by OneFS 8.2.1 can provide up to 140% greater usable capacity, depending on the workload, compared to OneFS 8.2 based solutions.[2]Additional benefits to running Isilon storage solutions with Isilon OneFS 8.2.1 include:Scale cluster capacity up to 139 PB of usable capacity[3] up from 58 PB in OneFS 8.2.Deliver up to 3:1 compression and in-line deduplication on the F810 all-flash platform depending on the dataset.In-line compression and deduplication operations on the F810 seamlessly interoperate with all existing Isilon storage platforms and all OneFS software modules.Increased storage capacity and efficiency reduces data center footprint and resources consumed.Dell EMC’s 2:1 Data Reduction Guarantee eliminates risks and provides peace of mind to the customer.OneFS 8.2.1 will be available on September 6, 2019.“In today’s film production – data is our new negative. In the last 10 – 15 years, the film industry has seen exponential growth in unstructured data acquisition, storage and management. This rapid growth poses a slew of new challenges with respect to disk throughput, data security and storage capacities,” said Tim Bicio, Chief Technology Officer at Lightstorm Entertainment. “Dell/EMC’s Isilon product line has become our go-to solution for everything film production – from our in house VFX facility to our remote live action stages. Isilon’s inline compression and high speed deduplication capabilities will further allow us to consolidate more data in a smaller form-factor – at a lower cost.“To find out more about how Dell EMC Isilon can help you with your digital future, visit[1] Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage, October 2018[2] Effective capacity is based on an 80% storage utilization rate and a data compression ratio of 3:1. Actual storage utilization will vary by solution configuration and actual data compression ratio will vary by dataset.[3] Effective capacity is based on an 80% storage utilization rate and a data compression ratio of 3:1. Actual storage utilization will vary by solution configuration and actual data compression ratio will vary by dataset.last_img read more

Houssem Aouar agrees to join Arsenal as Gunners lodge official bid

first_imgArteta wants Aouar (Picture: Getty Images)Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is renowned for his tough negotiation skills so there still remains work for Arsenal chiefs to do before the window closes on October 5.Aulas is keen to keep Aouar at the club and he suggested that Arsenal do not have the funds to complete a deal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Financially, Arsenal is like everyone else,’ said the Lyon president in an interview with the daily Le Progrès . ‘Houssem Aouar can say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Aouar is a wanted man (Picture: AMA/Getty)Arsenal have stepped up their chase for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar after lodging an official bid for the Frenchman, who has reportedly agreed to join them.The Gunners have made the central midfielder one of their top summer transfer targets and are hopeful of securing the signing of one of the most impressive players in the Champions League last season.Aouar was part of the Lyon side that dumped Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City out of Europe’s most elite competition in the summer and Lyon, who are financially stretched amid the coronavirus pandemic, are ready to cash in on him. AdvertisementAdvertisementSo far, no club has matched their £54million valuation of the France international but Arsenal are testing Lyon’s resolve with a £32m bid. ADVERTISEMENTAccording to Telefoot Chaine, Aouar has agreed a deal in principle to a move to the Emirates after there were no offers placed on the table from the likes of Juventus and Barcelona.And RMC Sport claim that the Gunners are now locked in talks with Lyon in a bid to push the transfer over the line. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Sep 2020 8:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.9kShares Advertisement Comment Houssem Aouar agrees to join Arsenal as Gunners lodge official bid Advertisementlast_img read more

Video: Wavepiston v4 installation offshore Denmark

first_imgDanish company Wavepiston has released a video showing the recently completed installation of the upgraded energy collectors on its prototype wave energy device deployed in the North Sea.The device, comprised of a steel wire stretched between two anchored buoy, is undergoing long-term trials at the DanWEC test site, at Hanstholm.The prototype has been improved with the larger plates on the device’s energy collectors, installed earlier in December, to continue trials over the first half of 2019, according to Wavepiston.The Wavepiston system is made up of a simple string consisting of a steel wire rope and a flexible pipe.On the string, energy collectors are mounted, each consisting of two pumps and a plate. The purpose of the energy collectors is to convert the surge motion of the waves to pressurized water.The device itself works when waves roll along the wire moving the plates back and forth. The moving plates pump seawater into pipe which leads it to onshore turbine station which converts pressurized water to electricity.last_img read more

6 Ways to Get Ahead of Diabetes

first_img Share Share HealthLifestyle 6 Ways to Get Ahead of Diabetes by: – November 15, 2011 46 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share The statistics speak for themselves: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and 7 million are unaware that they’re afflicted. At the current rate, half of the adult U.S. population will develop prediabetes or diabetes by 2020. Of that total, the more-preventable type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all cases. The good news: If you’ve received test results showing you have prediabetes, or you’re concerned that you’re at risk for diabetes, making lifestyle changes now can prevent or greatly delay the onset of diabetes. Studies have shown that such changes reduced the development of type 2 diabetes by as much as 71 percent in adults 60 years and older. The key is preventing your blood glucose level from rising higher. Fasting blood glucose below 100 mg/dl is considered normal; if your fasting blood glucose is between 100 and 125 mg/dl, you have prediabetes. (If your blood sugar rises above 125 mg/dl, you’re among the one in ten adults in North America who have type 2 diabetes.)Prediabetes doesn’t have to turn into diabetes. With early intervention, some people with prediabetes can actually turn back the clock and return elevated blood glucose levels to the normal range. Others can delay the onset of diabetes by 10 years or more. But once it sets in, diabetes is a lifelong disease. So now’s the time to take steps to prevent diabetes from progressing. Here’s what to do.1. Peel off the pounds Getting to or maintaining a healthy weight is the number-one way to prevent the onset of diabetes, since extra weight makes it harder for the body to use insulin to control blood sugar. According to the expert panel of the American Diabetes Association, for those at high risk for diabetes and who are overweight, losing 5 to 10 percent of your body weight through moderate exercise and healthy eating is the best way to treat prediabetes.Instead of going on a severe diet, make minor changes that you can stick with over time. Make the calories you eat count in terms of packing a nutritional punch. For someone who weighs between 100 and 200 pounds, losing just 5 or 10 pounds can have a dramatic effect, so choose a realistic goal, give yourself plenty of time, and celebrate your success when you get there. 2. Focus on fiberFiber is essential to preventing diabetes, because it takes your body longer to digest high-fiber foods. Read labels and count up grams of fiber, with a goal of eating 45 to 50 grams of fiber a day. For most people, eating a healthy breakfast that features oatmeal or some type of bran cereal is one way to achieve that high-fiber goal, since a bowl of the right kind of cereal can net you as much as a third of your daily fiber. Keeping track of fiber content is also a handy way to distinguish between “bad” and “good” carbohydrates. With high-fiber (good) carbs, glucose is released slowly, preventing a typical blood sugar spike.3. Count on coffee and teaIn the past few years, researchers have uncovered a fascinating link between consumption of coffee and tea and lower rates of diabetes. The results of 18 different studies found that drinking three to four cups of coffee per day was associated with a 25 percent lower risk of diabetes than drinking no coffee or just one cup. Tea—green or black—was found to be beneficial as well. Drinking three to four cups of tea daily lowered risk of diabetes by 18 percent.4. Move, move, moveGet more exercise, and you’ll strengthen your body’s machinery for handling blood glucose, the key to preventing diabetes. Studies have also shown that exercise increases insulin sensitivity, providing long-lasting blood sugar benefits. One study found that a single exercise session increases insulin sensitivity for as long as 16 hours afterward. Happily, all kinds of physical activity lowers blood sugar levels by taking glucose from the blood and muscle to use as fuel. Choose an activity you like enough to continue until you raise your heart rate and break a sweat. In the Nurses’ Health Study, researchers found that women who worked up a sweat just once a week reduced their risk of developing diabetes by a whopping 30 percent. The National Diabetes Education Program recommends getting 30 minutes—even in three ten-minute sessions—of moderate physical activity five days a week. That might include walking, biking, swimming, jogging, even dancing.In addition to aerobic exercise, include some type of strength training. Glucose is stored in the muscles, so by lifting weights, you use that glucose as fuel and also build and tone muscle, which then provides additional glucose storage capacity.5. Eat three square mealsEating regularly throughout the day is important for regulating your blood sugar and avoiding blood sugar spikes that tax your pancreas by stimulating it to produce insulin. Space your meals at regular intervals throughout the day, and if you have to go more than four hours between meals, eat a healthy snack to tide you over.Diabetes experts strongly favor a “Mediterranean” diet, which means lots of different fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, healthy fats such as olive oil, and lean protein such as fish and poultry. Snacks should include protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats; think whole wheat toast and peanut butter rather than a bagel and cream cheese. As much as possible, avoid simple carbohydrates such as sugary treats and white flour baked goods—and don’t overeat at any meal. Some people with prediabetes or diabetes find it helpful to eat a small high-fat/high-protein snack, such as a handful of almonds, before bed to help blood sugar levels remain stable overnight.6. Get heart healthyIf you have prediabetes, make sure other aspects of your cardiovascular health are under control. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is associated with a higher risk of diabetes, so it’s a good idea to work with your doctor to make sure your blood pressure is within the preferred range—ideally under 120/80 for those under age 65.Cholesterol is equally important. Ask your doctor to check your cholesterol and make sure your total cholesterol is under 200 mg/dL, your LDL is under 130 mg/dL, and your HDL (or “good” cholesterol) is at least 40 mg/dL for men and 50 mg/dL for women.If any of your tests are out of range, talk to your doctor about whether you should be on blood pressure or cholesterol-lowering medication. Make sure your doctor knows you have prediabetes, as this may influence treatment choices.By Melanie HaikenMSN Healthlast_img read more