Summit Daily letters: Thank you Think First
May 23, 2017
Thank you Think First for inspiring stories
I would like to send a huge thank you to Holly Adnan, Think First coordinator, for presenting an educational and engaging talk to Summit High School health students who are learning about personal and community safety. Twice a year, year after year, Holly has brought together a group of guest speakers ranging from EMTs, nurses, paramedics and SHS alumni to provide an interactive and informative presentation for our students. Presenters address the many aspects of safety awareness for students as they become new drivers, engage in school sports or participate in outdoor recreational activities.
I would like to individually thank Carlos Santos and Jeremy Green, both SHS alumni, for their contributions to the presentation. Carlos, independent living coordinator for NWCCI in Summit County, has been so giving of his time year after year to come back to SHS and share his story about his spinal cord injury while playing quarterback in a SHS football game. He has an incredible tale to tell about his path to recovery and life successes. And, Jeremy Green, professional artist, dad and traumatic brain injury survivor, for his amusing yet touching story about his struggle with the ongoing effects of his brain injury after being involved in a car accident as a teenager. Both men have made the most out of life changing accidents and are so generously paying it forward to help educate Summit County's youth.
I would also like to thank the nurses, EMTs and paramedics that volunteered their time to discuss first responder responsibilities and allowed our students to gain first-hand experience while practicing backboarding techniques.
We are fortunate to have such caring and giving people that contribute so much to our community, especially its young people.
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This past Sunday, animal rights activists shut down the 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus after years of effectively exposing them for animal abuse. Can the meat and dairy industry be far behind?
The shift toward plant-based eating is everywhere. Fast-food chains like Chipotle, Quiznos, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell and Wendy's offer plant-based options. Parade, Better Homes and Gardens, and Eating Well are all touting vegan recipes.
Indeed, Global Meat News reports that nearly half of consumers are reducing their meat intake. Beef consumption has dropped by 43 percet in the past 40 years.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt views replacement of meat by plant protein as the world's No. 1 technical trend. The financial investment community is betting on innovative start-ups, like Beyond Meat, or Impossible Foods, while warning clients about "death of meat."
Even Tyson Foods new CEO Tom Hayes sees plant protein as meat industry's future. The industry needs to transition to plant-based foods, or shut down like the Greatest Show on Earth.
In the meantime, every one of us can shut the meat and dairy industry out of our own kitchen by checking out the rich collection of plant-based entrees, milks, cheeses and ice creams in our supermarket.
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