Utah Food – Utah BBQ http://utahbbq.org/ Mon, 16 May 2022 22:44:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://utahbbq.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/cropped-ICON-32x32.png Utah Food – Utah BBQ http://utahbbq.org/ 32 32 UVU Mechanical Engineering Student 3D Prints Hands for Children in Need https://utahbbq.org/uvu-mechanical-engineering-student-3d-prints-hands-for-children-in-need/ Mon, 16 May 2022 22:20:18 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/uvu-mechanical-engineering-student-3d-prints-hands-for-children-in-need/

Matt Thomas, a junior mechanical engineering student at Utah Valley University (UVU), is one of those exceptional people who are always of service to others. His latest service project involved printing prosthetic hands on a 3D printer for underprivileged children in the Philippines and South America.

Thomas’ adventure in 3D printing began in March 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Doctors and nurses around the world desperately needed 3D-printed respirators with reusable filters. Having a penchant for mechanics, Thomas bought equipment and taught himself how to use the printer.

He organized a group of 3D printing enthusiasts to create the respirators and filters. Some had no experience requiring Thomas to spend many hours creating digital tutorials. Additionally, he has produced several training videos on viruses, masks and hardware.

“Our group has printed about two million devices for doctors and nurses in Utah, New York, and even Israel,” Thomas said. “But I wanted to help in other ways. So, I started researching 3D printing, and I thought, what about kids who don’t have hands? »

During his research, he heard of a non-profit organization called Allow the future(ETF) whose core mission is to recruit volunteers around the world to 3D print hands, arms and fingers that have lost them due to war, disease or disaster for free natural.

In partnership with ETF, Thomas was able to print and assemble 14 hands for underprivileged children in the Philippines and South America. “A 3D prosthetic hand, printed and assembled, costs less than $10,” he said, “but the hand means the world to the person receiving it.”

EFT had given Thomas some print files, but he found them cumbersome with a long processing time. Still an engineer, he redesigned and remixed the files, which made printing and processing faster and easier, eventually sharing the design with EFT.

“Seeing kids pick up a piece of sidewalk chalk, pick up a water bottle, or balance themselves on a bike, when they couldn’t before, is worth the hard work,” Thomas said. “The icing on the cake is seeing what the mechanical hand does for them.”

Her UVU academic advisor was impressed with her efforts and suggested she turn her work with EFT into a credited internship. Part of his internship included conducting a study to determine if the parts and materials could be sanitized, used for food containers, and if the parts were viable in the medical field. Working with EFT, he cultivated ten types of bacteria, cultured them, and imaged the parts under an electron microscope. “Being able to add the microbiology part to my mechanical engineering study was beneficial for me and the department,” he said. “I took courses in anatomy, phlebotomy, microbiology, as well as courses in medicine. I love learning and connecting the dots.

All was well with Thomas’ school and service projects when tragedy struck — his mother died of complications from the COVID vaccine on Mother’s Day in 2021 — she was his rock and his foundation.

He explained that his mother had worked for years as a head nurse at the University of Utah Hospital, Intensive Care Unit, and had battled type 1 diabetes since her mid-teens. Several days her diabetes made her sick at work. “I saw her battle diabetes every day as she saved young lives at Primary Children’s Hospital. She was there and just saving lives,” he said. She was vaccinated against COVID-19 and, unfortunately, the vaccine triggered her immune response, resulting in a heart attack that claimed her life.

Thomas’ mother lived by a quote she often repeated to him: “You will never regret being kind.” “I thought it was just a perfect example of her,” he said. “I’ve always tried to live by the quote. I’m not perfect, but I’m getting there. She was always there for me and guided me.

His mother’s quote became Thomas’ motto of service.

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Drought and development are displacing wildlife in Utah. How can we help wildlife? https://utahbbq.org/drought-and-development-are-displacing-wildlife-in-utah-how-can-we-help-wildlife/ Sun, 15 May 2022 03:00:00 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/drought-and-development-are-displacing-wildlife-in-utah-how-can-we-help-wildlife/

As the snow melts and the warm seasons kick in, a new generation of Utah wildlife has begun to be born, hatch, and open their eyes to a vast new world. But the state’s continued drought and rampant human development have squeezed food resources and reduced natural habitats, increasing the animals’ chances of survival.

For this reason, the Northern Utah Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, the state’s largest animal rehabilitation organization, is gearing up for a record year of animal refugees – coin-sized hummingbirds. from coins to adult bald eagles, beaver, otter and porcupine.

“We are expecting a record year. We will welcome over 4,000 animals this year and up to 40 new customers a day” during peak months, “and we need to know how to handle over 100 different species,” said Dalyn Marthaler, center manager.

A long-eared owl is currently being cared for at the Northern Utah Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Ogden.

Northern Utah Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

The guest list at the Northern Utah Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is an example of Utah’s rich animal diversity – but the growing number of visitors is seen by Marthaler and other wildlife experts as a disturbing trend.

“We are seeing more and more animals showing up emaciated, dehydrated and hungry. They have no food source because of the drought. And 90% of what happens in our center is due to some kind of human impact (like) habitat loss because buildings are going up like crazy,” Marthaler said.

“It’s a problem because it gets to squirrels and small animals, which means the prey base is low and it goes all the way up the food chain.”

One of the center’s most common patrons is the kestrel, North America’s smallest falcon and the mainstay of the Utah skyline. The kestrel, recognized by its colorful feathers, has seen its populations decline in recent decades, which experts say is largely linked to pesticides and insecticides moving up the food chain and harming many avian species.

The Northern Utah Wildlife Rehabilitation Center plans to welcome more than 100 kestrels this season.

The center also rehabilitates bald eagles, many of whom are brought in suffering from lead poisoning from ingested bullet fragments with carrion. Birds consume “piles of intestines” – the discarded entrails of gutted game – which contain lead fragments from bullets that are absorbed into the bird’s bones. Then the lead leaks out and causes a host of conditions, from paralysis to seizures and other neurological problems.

“You just ingest even the smallest bit and their stomach acids are so strong that they go straight into their bloodstream causing all sorts of neurological problems. This is a huge problem for eagles and other birds” , said Marthaler, who is currently rehabilitating a bald eagle for the disease.

The center treats birds with daily injections of a calcium-derived compound that binds to lead to help pass it safely, while monitoring lead levels.

But the treatments are not cheap and without a stable source of funding, the center works in an environment of uncertainty and limitation.

“Our biggest challenge is that there is no state or federal funding for this. There is not a penny. It’s all about donations, so if we’re going after a bald eagle and we want to save his life, everything has to come from donations,” Marthaler said.

“People assume it’s a national bird, so there must be some kind of money, but people are shocked when they find out there isn’t,” said Marthaler, who explained that if an organization like the Northern Utah Wildlife Rehabilitation Center does not take the animals, then they will be euthanized by the Department of Wildlife Resources.

The shelter raises funds from a large base of small donors, but she says the donation-based funding model creates uncertainty in the work.

Today, the challenges have multiplied with the spread of avian flu in Utah, which has increased expenses associated with animal quarantine and prompted threats of state shutdown.

“Avian flu is a game-changer. It’s going to be a long, hard summer. But we will do our best to save as many as possible.

Yet rather than how they fund the work, the more puzzling question might be why they fund it – given the negligible impact rehabilitation plays in the larger context of wildlife populations.

“We have to justify why we do rehabilitation. Because even though every life is important, on the whole we are fully aware that we are not making a big difference in the population. If we save a bald eagle, that’s really cool, but is it going to have an impact on the population? Probably not,” Marthaler said.

Instead, she sees it as raising awareness and encouraging people to invest in healthy animal ecosystems – knowledge she says is sorely lacking.

“It amazes me how many people think their yard is not used by anyone but them. They’ll bring in little wild babies after chopping down bushes or trees, and they tell us they “had no idea anything was living there.” It’s amazing for us to see how many people are offline,” Marthaler said.

“What is important is the possibility of educating and involving people. If we don’t get people interested, we won’t stop what’s happening because of the human impact,” she said.

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Pacific Power Awards 15 Grants to Support Central Oregon Safety, Health and Wellness Programs https://utahbbq.org/pacific-power-awards-15-grants-to-support-central-oregon-safety-health-and-wellness-programs/ Fri, 13 May 2022 04:58:20 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/pacific-power-awards-15-grants-to-support-central-oregon-safety-health-and-wellness-programs/

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Across central Oregon, community safety and well-being often begins with some of the hardest-working organizations, those focused on delivering services and programs that provide a accessible food and housing, health care and mental health support. , as well as disaster relief and public safety programs.

Their work supports the region’s most vulnerable communities, many of which have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of its quarterly grants, the Pacific Power Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Pacific Power, announced new funding of $314,952 to directly support community organizations in the three states it serves. These Safety and Wellbeing Grants are one of four grant cycles offered by the foundation year after year.

“We are proud to work with our communities to build a strong and resilient future together,” said Matt Chancellor, Pacific Power’s regional business manager for central Oregon. “These organizations are our local heroes – working tirelessly to deliver safety, health and wellness programs to neighbors in our communities, and we are honored to support their work.”

The following 15 grants totaling $31,500 were awarded to local organizations in central Oregon:

  • The 1017 project – $1,500 to help distribute fresh beef to food-insecure individuals and families through more than 40 food banks and community kitchens in central Oregon.
  • The Center Foundation – $1,500 to support sports medicine program services and education that help protect the health and safety of high school students in central Oregon.
  • Route options – $2,000 for the Safe Routes to School Helmet Project which supports bicycle safety education, helmet fitting and free bicycle helmets for students.
  • Central Oregon Council on Aging – $2,500 to help meet the nutritional needs of food-insecure seniors and people with disabilities with drive-through meals and post-COVID in-person meal sites.
  • Destination rehab – $2,000 for the expansion of the Peak Fitness program which allows adults with neurological disorders to develop a personalized exercise plan and experience outdoor adventures.
  • Home cooking – $2,000 for food and supplies to help serve 7,000 meals each month to fight hunger in the community.
  • High Desert Food and Agriculture Alliance – $4,000 to fight hunger and increase access to fresh food for local farmers and gardeners.
  • Central Oregon Hunger Prevention Coalition – $1,500 for the purchase of fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk and protein to improve the nutrition of people struggling with loss of income due to COVID and related economic hardship.
  • CHILDREN Center – $3,000 for SafetyNet, an internet safety training program for adults and students.
  • Lines for life – $2,000 to add capacity and train other teen volunteers for the expansion of Central Oregon YouthLine to help youth struggling with mental health issues such as bullying, LGBTQ+ issues, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
  • medical mosaic – $2,500 for ergonomic desks and chairs to help maintain the health of mental health care providers as they work to help community members struggling with mental health issues.
  • MountainStar Family Relief Nursery – $1,500 to support therapeutic classrooms, child assessments, home visits, transportation services, emergency food boxes and referrals to mental health services for at-risk families.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society of Crook County – $1,500 to provide emergency assistance to low-income families in need of financial assistance for housing, emergency shelter, transportation or other needs.
  • The shield – $2,500 to support effective mental health services for veterans and first responders in central Oregon, who are typically underserved, especially in rural communities.
  • Associated with tree therapies – $1,500 to help provide low-barrier access to pediatric physical, occupational and behavioral health therapy for children with special needs.

About the Pacific Power Foundation:

The Pacific Power Foundation is part of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest public service foundations in the United States. The foundation was created by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 2 million customers in six western states like Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho) and Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power. Since its inception in 1988, the PacifiCorp Foundation has awarded more than $60 million to nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.

]]> Utahns support tourism but problems, frustrations are brewing https://utahbbq.org/utahns-support-tourism-but-problems-frustrations-are-brewing/ Wed, 11 May 2022 01:38:27 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/utahns-support-tourism-but-problems-frustrations-are-brewing/

SALT LAKE CITY – Two new surveys have shed light on Utah residents’ perceptions of tourism, showing statewide support and capturing residents’ concerns about the quality of life in remote areas. high attendance.

“What we know from this survey is that Utah residents, as a whole, are really happy with the visitor economy,” said Vicki Varela, general manager of the Utah Office of Tourism. ‘Utah. “We also know we have issues, and they’re a cautionary tale for all of us.”

The Gardner Policy Institute conducted the surveys on behalf of the bureau. One survey focused on statewide perceptions, while the other focused on the sentiment of residents in 14 communities impacted by tourism.

“A majority of respondents said the positive effects of tourism outweigh the negatives,” according to the statewide survey results. “Many also indicated that tourism positively affects the state’s reputation and that Utah provides a positive experience for visitors.”

Both surveys were conducted in the fall of 2021. The statewide survey found that 75% of Utah residents feel optimistic about the impact of tourism on the reputation of the state, and 66% are positive about the effect of tourism on job opportunities.

The same survey found that 62% of Utah residents think tourism hurts housing affordability.

“It’s better for us to have those tough conversations and know where to improve,” Varela explained.

The local community survey involved over 1,200 people.

“There is no area where the majority of respondents agree with the statement ‘the government is doing a good job of balancing the needs of residents’ and visitors’,” according to the survey.

He also found that most respondents are concerned about the effect of tourism on housing affordability, which is greater in areas with higher tourism.

“The Moab area expresses high levels of frustration, with a majority indicating that the negative effects of tourism outweigh the positive effects,” according to the Gardner survey.

Quote from Gardner Institute Research File

Local survey residents also expressed concerns about crowds, traffic, environmental impact and quality of life.

“Park City’s responses also appeared to provide the most concerning views on the impact of tourism in their area and the community’s ability to accommodate current levels of visitation,” the survey said.

Varela said the national tourism board is committed to using lessons learned from problem areas and creating better strategies for the future.

“And have a plan for the other areas to avoid some of the issues they’ve had,” she said. The focus is on sustainable tours and better experiences for everyone involved in tourism.

“We are here for the long game,” Varela said. “It gives us the tools to develop a long-term strategy that will work for Utahns and visitors alike.”

She said the state would double down on its Forever Mighty initiative that encourages visitors to be thoughtful and respectful of local communities.

Here are some of the open-ended responses the local survey received:

“Gunlock Waterfalls was overrun with tourists on its last run. Sand Hollow State Park closed regularly because it was packed and many of the visitors were tourists, so the locals can’t enjoy their own area if too many tourists arrive,” said a Washington County resident.

“The number of jobs correlated with the amount of money paid by tourism dollars is not a living wage. We absolutely should not rely on tourism money to support a community, it should just be an extra,” said one Carbon/Emery county resident.

“People like to interact with guests. It stimulates the economy for employment. Tourism here is very important to the economy,” wrote a Wayne/Garfield county resident.

“Food, gasoline, housing and property are high! Companies can’t keep their employees because of the high cost of housing, so the quality of service is poor! The environment is trampled to death by the number of people and their machines! Noise is HIGH as well. This place sucks!” said one Moab-area resident.

“Not just search and rescue, but other emergencies and public safety need to have tourism funds to help pay for tourists who get lost, injured or have other emergencies,” a local resident said. Springdale area.

“We have great environmental resources for the traveling public, and the experiences are positive,” said a Daggett/Uintah Counties resident.

“We need more restaurants that serve sit-down meals. We have so many fast food places, but few options for a quality dining experience,” one northern Utah resident wrote.

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Food as Medicine: How Health Systems Treat Hunger | Health info https://utahbbq.org/food-as-medicine-how-health-systems-treat-hunger-health-info/ Mon, 09 May 2022 14:26:00 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/food-as-medicine-how-health-systems-treat-hunger-health-info/

Hospitals and health systems are expanding their vision of population health to include more effective approaches to managing – and even combating – chronic diseases and conditions. In fact, many facilities are successfully applying their community health expertise to help people stay out of hospital by addressing key social determinants of health, such as food insecurity. By doing so, they hope to demonstrate that by improving access to healthy food and nutrition, they can have a positive impact on chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension, while reducing costs. global health care.

Food insecurity is widespread throughout the country. According to the US Department of Agriculture, approximately 38 million Americans did not have enough food to meet their needs in 2020, profoundly affecting their health and quality of life. Additionally, “eating a healthy breakfast is associated with better cognitive function, reduced school absenteeism, and improved mood,” said Dr. Kara Odom Walker, executive vice president. and Population Health Manager at Nemours Children’s Health System, during a recent US News & Global Report Webinar. Addressing all of these concerns is a priority for Nemours, she noted, who adopts a “whole child health” model that incorporates “nutrition and access to food as an essential component of health “.

Children, indeed, are where “the greatest opportunity lies” for effecting change, said Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO of Eskenazi Health, a public hospital in Indianapolis. She noted that “it’s a sad truth” that the best predictor of health and longevity is zip code. Its health system focuses on “short zip codes” because “low-income people [bear] a disproportionate burden of chronic disease,” Harris said. “Research has confirmed that 80% of chronic diseases can be prevented, better managed and in some cases even reversed by focusing on nutrition and physical activity. This requires, however, that access to, for example, healthy food and stable and secure environments is available to all, not just the privileged few.

Pamela Schwartz, executive director of community health at Kaiser Permanente, a health organization based in Oakland, Calif., referred to a 2020 survey of some 10,000 of its members, which found that nearly a third reported food insecurity and would like to receive assistance. “We have therefore built a strong portfolio to meet the social needs of our members, starting with food insecurity,” she said. In addition, “we have developed a comprehensive national approach to truly transform the economic, social and political environments related to food, so that people across the country can have access to healthy and affordable food”.

Intermountain Healthcare, a Utah-based healthcare system that serves western states, created a pilot program in two counties to map and address social needs to reduce medical expenses and improve quality of life . “We discovered some of the barriers that were getting in the way of us trying to meet people’s needs,” including food insecurity, noted Mikelle Moore, the system’s senior vice president and chief community health administrator. “We now screen all of our patients for social needs and are able to connect patients and members to food” and other support programs, she said. The analysis can also “help us predict who needs to be contacted, because we don’t always meet the people who need it the most” in the clinic, she added.

The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated an already existing problem of food insecurity. Schwartz said Kaiser Permanente has stepped up its outreach program to help members apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program benefits through an “innovative, low-cost SMS approach” to reach people in low-income communities. “To date, we’ve reached over 4 million members and helped 95,000 members apply for SNAP, and we also estimate that this type of simple SMS campaign has put over $34 million in our members’ pockets. and nearly $50 million in the local economies,” she said.

Additionally, individuals “appreciate being asked if they have a need,” Moore said. “As soon as they are asked, there is almost this wave of appreciation that we see this as an aspect of health and that we would be so caring that we would ask about aspects of their life at home” , such as food and housing. “The hardest part for us was really getting our caregivers to feel comfortable asking the question. This required training and coaching to help people know how to ask these questions. »

Intermountain uses a technology platform called Unite Us that allows caregivers to connect a patient to social services, whether food or related to other needs. “I think that’s the future,” Moore said. “We are all doing our part in running a network of skilled nursing facilities, therapists, hospitals and clinics to help support our many patients. This is the start of a social network that will be a very important part of health management in the future.

Health systems are also finding creative ways to use their space to strengthen their missions. In Nemours, which has two children’s hospitals and facilities in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, “one of the programs we have in place is our Can Grow Garden, which is actually a program on our campus designed to help empower more families “doing the same at home.” The program includes raised beds outside the cafeteria that serve as a demonstration garden to show families how to grow their own “I remember meeting a young woman who said to me, ‘I never knew what kale was. I didn’t know kale tasted so good,'” said Walker,” and I think that’s just the power of learning by experiencing life as you see it grow with your own hands and your own watering.

Harris then told a story that viscerally captured what living with hunger can be for children. At a neighborhood health center, the waiting room was disrupted one day when a young boy chased another child. The on-site doctor later learned the reason, Harris noted. The boy “hoped that [other] child dropped some Doritos from the bag he was carrying, because this young boy had not eaten for two or three days. That’s when you really start to think about how you feel,” and that ignites “that passion to do something.”

This incident sparked the creation of Eskenazi’s Crooked Creek Food Pantry, a full-service nonprofit facility located in the health center. Private providers can screen individuals and offer a “food-as-medicine prescription” for the pantry that has the items they need, Harris said. “It offers a significant advantage in terms of convenience [and] reducing [the] the stigma of having to go elsewhere for food.

Panelists said research efforts to assess the value of these initiatives are underway. These include well-designed studies to examine factors such as duration of meal delivery, number of meals provided per day, and disease categories affected.

Money is, as always, a challenge. “Obviously it takes large-scale funding” to provide these services, Harris said. Funds often come from a combination of federal and local grants, corporate sponsors, faith-based organizations and individual donors, including the Emergency Food Assistance Program, a federal program launched during the pandemic. “Unfortunately, we don’t know how long this benefit will continue, and one of the potential sustainability challenges will just be adapting to a decrease in this support,” she said. “The harsh truth is that we’ve all struggled to fund these programs, and long-term sustainability will depend on the payers’ or society’s willingness to pay.”

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Mitch McConnell and Utah leaders pay tribute to ‘larger than life’ Orrin Hatch https://utahbbq.org/mitch-mcconnell-and-utah-leaders-pay-tribute-to-larger-than-life-orrin-hatch/ Sat, 07 May 2022 20:29:37 +0000 https://utahbbq.org/mitch-mcconnell-and-utah-leaders-pay-tribute-to-larger-than-life-orrin-hatch/

SALT LAKE CITY — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell paid tribute Friday to the late Sen. Orrin Hatch, celebrating the Utah icon as a principled conservative, committed public servant and man of faith.

Two weeks after Hatch died at age 88 from a stroke, McConnell joined family, friends, former colleagues and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Hatch Days to commemorate the seven-term U.S. senator in a ceremony held at a chapel at the Salt Lake City Institute of Religion.

“Every piece of legislation Orrin crafted was like a handwritten note. Every bill was an Orrin Hatch ‘Thank You’ to our nation from a caring patriot who wanted to give back,” McConnell said.

McConnell and others honored Hatch’s legislative accomplishments, which included attending confirmation hearings for dozens of federal judges and helping former President Donald Trump enact a $1.5 trillion tax cut. dollars. They also acknowledged his hardscrabble background growing up in Depression-era Pennsylvania, his frugality, and sense of humor.

“He was a bridge builder, a collaborator, a sports enthusiast, a songwriter, a man of God and a cherished friend,” said Scott Anderson, chairman of the Hatch Foundation.

Brent Hatch, the senator’s son, quoted a veteran Utah reporter who called Hatch “Utah’s most important politician since Brigham Young.”

Members of the Utah Army National Guard fold the American flag that drapes the casket of former Utah Senator Orrin Hatch during the funeral at the Institute of Jesus Church Religion- Christ of Latter-day Saints on Friday, May 6, 2022, in Salt Lake City.  Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in history and a fixture in Utah politics for more than four decades, died last month at age 88.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Young led Latter-day Saint pioneers in Utah and served as its first territorial-era governor.

The Hatch children remembered their father for his sense of humor, his passion for storytelling and his love of reasonably priced food, including Costco’s beef hot dogs and the restaurant chain‘s buffet. of Utah Chuck-A-Rama.

“He was really larger than life,” said his daughter, Marcia Hatch Whetton. “Dad had an amazing sense of humor and an infectious laugh.”