Students work together with SBPD

first_imgEach year, about 400 men and 100 women participate in the Notre Dame club boxing teams. During their off-seasons, volunteers from both teams have joined forces with the South Bend Police Department (SBPD) to teach the sport to local children in a biweekly after school program. Senior Rose Raderstorf currently serves as the program’s president, organizing Notre Dame involvement and working to improve the program further. The students’ work is part of a larger SBPD initiative to get involved with the community youth, organizing camps that give kids opportunities to learn new sports and participate in structured after-school activities, Raderstorf said. Notre Dame students began to volunteer with the SBPD boxing club three years ago, and the program is now known as “Box Like a Champion Today.” “The program developed when the first volunteers saw a need [at the gym] to have better role models and more coaching than what was being provided at the time,” Raderstorf said. “The first volunteers were from the men’s team, and those guys decided to turn it into a program for both club teams to get involved with.” The gym, attached to the Grace Community Baptist Church on Harrison Avenue in South Bend, is open Monday and Wednesday. Raderstorf said the program serves both grade school and high school youth, offering cardio workouts and fundamental boxing training. “The gym itself is split into two segments, with the younger kids first and the older group next,” Raderstorf said. “There’s a ring set up in there, and we have mitts and punching bags to practice with too.” Most of the younger kids are just looking for a fun workout, but some of the older participants are trained boxers looking for access to equipment, Raderstorf said. “With the grade school kids, we run laps and do a workout, and afterwards we usually do some form of boxing training, but we try to switch it up to keep them interested,” Raderstorf said. “The older group has 7th and 8th grade boys and some young adults who fight in real competitions in South Bend or Chicago, so this is an actual gym for them to train in. They get a much more intense workout.” The police officers that run the gym know the sport and an outside coach comes in to work with the youth too, Raderstorf said. Senior Ragan Todd, one of the women’s boxing team captains for this year, said she enjoys volunteering in the program and continuing with the sport even after Baraka Bouts ends in November. “It seems like [boxing] is something that there’s an interest in around here, with little kids who just think it’s kind of cool and then older guys there who have won Golden Gloves or other titles,” Todd said. “We have [Mixed Martial Arts] fighters who are focusing on the boxing aspect of their fighting as well as younger kids who look like they don’t do any other form of exercise beyond this.” Both Raderstorf and Todd said one of the program’s major goals is to keep kids busy and involved in the community. “We’re looking to give them an opportunity outside of school for a structured program to keep them safe and give them good options to pass the time,” Raderstorf said. “Another goal is to develop good relationships with the South Bend police and their peers, and it’s definitely a good way to keep kids out of trouble,” Todd said. Raderstorf said many of the children are from lower-income families so this is a unique opportunity for them to try a sport like boxing, which requires a lot of equipment and instruction. “For a lot of them, it’s hard to find something to do after school, and the older kids will acknowledge that there are plenty of other things they could be getting in trouble with if they didn’t have this to do,” Raderstorf said. “The one-on-one mentoring and coaching is really important to them too. The volunteers and police officers are collaborating on plans to add a tutoring aspect to the program, where participants will be encouraged to bring homework to the gym to do after the boxing workout. Raderstorf said this is a major goal for the upcoming semester now that the volunteer base is more regular. “Some people think it’s strange to teach fighting to kids like this, but it’s taught in a very respectful manner so they know how to use the skills properly,” Raderstorf said. “It’s a sport that demands great respect for your opponent, and that translates into other areas of life as well.”last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: New Jersey Beach Recycles Christmas Trees

first_imgCanadian researchers find nature helps anxiety among cancer survivors On January 4, Ocean County, New Jersey residents can put their old Christmas trees to good use. Old Christmas trees will be collected on Island Beach and they will be used to build up the dunes on the beach. Trees will be accepted in the A-23 parking lot between 10am and 2pm on January 4. Officials ask that you remove all decorations from the tree before recycling it. Ocean County, New Jersey asks public to recycle used Christmas trees to help local beaches Research finds that yoga enhances brain structure Researchers compiled data from 11 studies of participants of Hatha yoga and found that participants had more gray matter in their brain, which has been linked to better mental function, especially during aging. The takeaway from the study is that it’s not just high-intensity aerobic exercise that can have positive effects on brain function; low-impact exercise such as yoga can also benefit.center_img The cancer survivors partaking in the study reported that they would not have felt the same drop in stress levels if they were taking a walk in the city; nature made them feel peaceful. The study also found that group hikes provided survivors with emotional support. “Having cancer is isolating,” said one of the participants in the study. “Even though you’re surrounded by people who want to help, it is nice to be with those who know what it is like, who understand.” Canadian researchers studying how nature impacts cancer survivors have found that spending time outdoors reduces their levels of anxiety. In a small study, cancer survivors met twice a week to hike. Afterwards, researchers found that participants reported that hiking made them feel stronger and their levels of stress declined. Good news for all of the yogis out there. A review of studies published in the journal Brain Plasticity finds that yoga enhances brain function and can actually change the structure of the brain in positive ways. last_img read more

Woman, 64, Killed Walking to Car in Oyster Bay

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 64-year-old woman was killed Friday night when she was struck by a Jeep as she walked to her parked car in her hometown of Oyster Bay, Nassau County police said. The woman was identified as Patricia White, police said. White was walking to her car, which was parked on the east side of Pine Hollow Road, at 10:20 p.m. when she was struck by a 2014 Jeep heading south, police said. The driver was only identified as a 26-year-old woman.White was transported to Nassau University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 11:16 p.m., police said.Police conducted a brake and safety check on the Jeep at the scene of the incident. No criminality is suspected at this time, police said.last_img read more

What Would Abolishing Our Complex Confusing Private Health Care In Favor Of

first_imgWhat Would Abolishing Our Complex, Confusing Private Health Care In Favor Of ‘Medicare For All’ Really Look Like? For all the attacks it weathers, the health care system makes up a fifth of the nation’s economy and is quite baked into the country’s landscape. Completely upending that would be a large disruption at the level that experts say is unprecedented. Meanwhile, despite other countries having “universal coverage” in concept, their systems are different enough from the “Medicare for All” proposals that have gained steam in the U.S. that they don’t really serve as helpful models. The hurdles for a government-run, single-payer health care system are amplified at the state level, where universal coverage ambitions are hampered by politics, costs and federal restrictions. These realities ultimately undercut efforts in two of the nation’s most liberal states — Vermont, which ended its attempts to institute a single-payer system in 2014, and California, which is expected to fall short again this year. (Clason, 3/25) The Associated Press: Medicare For All Legislation Has Thorny Issues CQ: How ‘Medicare For All’ Would Change Health Care … And The Economy A single-payer health care plan would mean significant change to every sector of the health care industry. Hospitals and doctors would need to adjust to a new payment system, the insurance industry would shrink to a fraction of its size, and the government would bring drug companies to the negotiating table to determine prices. The 2010 health care law left in place most of the existing health care infrastructure in the U.S. Still, experts warn that the lessons from that more incremental transition show how dramatic it would be to shift to a single-payer system. (McIntire, 3/25) At the heart of the “Medicare for all” proposals championed by Senator Bernie Sanders and many Democrats is a revolutionary idea: Abolish private health insurance. Proponents want to sweep away our complex, confusing, profit-driven mess of a health care system and start fresh with a single government-run insurer that would cover everyone. But doing away with an entire industry would also be profoundly disruptive. (Abelson and Sanger-Katz, 3/23) The “Medicare for All” legislation that’s become a clarion call for progressives has two little-noticed provisions that could make it even more politically perilous for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. The legislation from White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with a similar measure in the House, lifts curbs on government health insurance for people in the country illegally and revokes longstanding restrictions on taxpayer-funded abortions. (3/25) And in related news — CQ: Single-Payer Systems Are No Easier In The States Supporters of “Medicare for All” often cite systems in other industrialized countries to illustrate how putting health care funding in government hands could work in the United States. Some of the benefits are clear. Besides expanding access to health insurance, the system could eliminate many complexities for patients, doctors and hospitals. (Siddons, 3/25) CQ: Models Abound, But U.S. Single-Payer System Would Be Unique The New York Times: Medicare For All Would Abolish Private Insurance. ‘There’s No Precedent In American History.’ This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. House Democrats plan to unveil health-care legislation on March 26 aimed at lowering costs and protecting people with pre-existing conditions, according to an advisory from the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The bill, broadly timed to coincide with the 9th anniversary this weekend of Obamacare being signed into law, would “reverse the Trump administration’s health-care sabotage, and take new measures to lower health premiums and out-of-pocket costs for families,” according to the statement. (Chipman, 3/23) Bloomberg: Pelosi Says Democrats To Unveil `Sweeping’ Health Bill March 26 last_img