Monthly Highlights: July 2010

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UCSD-TV Blogs Bring You Closer

Check out our new blogs, where UCSD-TV’s producers share their favorite projects, behind-the-scenes photos, and personal reflections. We’ve got fresh content just about every week in our general UCSD TV blog and subject specific blogs, so make the most of your UCSD-TV experience by subscribing today!

July Movies: From High-Brow to Summer Schlock

If this year’s summer blockbusters are feeling a little stale, then July’s World Cinema Saturdays are right up your alley. We’re celebrating the incredible range of filmmaking and its ability to stimulate both your intellect and your inner child. From the aesthetically rigorous director Robert Bresson to sci-fi escapist fantasies of the 1950s, our commercial-free Saturday film festivals meet all your film geek desires.

World Cinema Saturdays on UCSD-TV
July 3 Director Sergei Eisenstein
July 10 Keep Watching the Skies!
July 17 Director Robert Bresson
July 24 Summer Schlock
July 31 Director René Clair
Complete schedule at www.ucsd.tv/movies

Taking Control of Your Diabetes: Weight Management

This month we premiere the second installment of the newly revamped Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) series with a program about weight management.

Keeping weight under control is difficult, especially with so many weight management options to choose from. To help make sense of it all, Dr. Steven Edelman welcomes Dr. Ken Fujioka, an expert at the forefront of obesity therapies, to discuss the most successful weight loss techniques.

TCOYD: Weight Management

And check out the TCOYD blog, video archives and more at the: TCOYD Series Page


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

All programs repeat throughout the month. Visit the Program Schedule on our web site for additional air dates and times.

HEALTH & MEDICINE

Research on Aging: Mantram Repetition, A Portable Stress Buster

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SCIENCE

Sustainability Solutions: Fixing the Unbalanced Agenda

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PUBLIC AFFAIRS

What Every President Should Know About Energy, Part 1

Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class with Vali Nasr

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HUMANITIES

Burke Lecture: An Ecological Inquiry – Jesus and the Cosmos with Elizabeth Johnson

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ARTS & MUSIC

A Fugue and a Waltz: Performance, Technology, and [Post-] Postmodern Engagement

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Check out the latest additions to our online video archive.

California in Crisis: Can It Be Fixed?

Health Matters: Palliative Care and Hospice Services

Vitamin D: UV, The Original Source – How to Use It

Van Jones: The Green Collar Economy

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Get Your Move on Tip – Pedometer Power

TCOYD’s resident fitness expert Larry Verity has a tip to keep your diabetes in check and your body fit.
Use a pedometer – it provides immediate feedback regarding how much daily activity one performs.


TCOYD’s resident fitness expert Larry Verity has a tip to keep your diabetes in check and your body fit.

Use a pedometer – it provides immediate feedback regarding how much daily activity one performs.

Fit to Eat Tip – Start Your Day Right

TCOYD’s resident nutrition expert Janice Baker has a helpful tip for eating smart and taking control of your diabetes – and your diet!
Easy and healthful breakfast idea: top leftover cooked brown rice with chopped apples, nuts and cinnamon…

TCOYD’s resident nutrition expert Janice Baker has a helpful tip for eating smart and taking control of your diabetes – and your diet!

Easy and healthful breakfast idea: top leftover cooked brown rice with chopped apples, nuts and cinnamon- microwave for 1-2 minutes for a great way to start the day.

Meet the Team: An Interview with Nutrition Expert Janice Baker

Taking Control of Your Diabetes features a team of experts giving you the inside scoop on diabetes. Today, meet nutrition expert and host of our nutrition segment “Fit to Eat,” Janice Baker.

UCSD-TV: What sparked your passion for nutrition and nutrition education?
Janice Baker: As a teen in the 70’s, the significant rise in popularity of nutrition,wellness […]

Taking Control of Your Diabetes features a team of experts giving you the inside scoop on diabetes. Today, meet nutrition expert and host of our nutrition segment “Fit to Eat,” Janice Baker.


UCSD-TV: What sparked your passion for nutrition and nutrition education?

Janice Baker: As a teen in the 70’s, the significant rise in popularity of nutrition,wellness and health food stores caught my interest. My friends and I loved eating at our favorite health food restaurant, indulging in avocado/alfalfa
sprout sandwiches and date shakes. And that was followed by carob candy bars for dessert (teenage metabolism and cheerleading kept the weight under
control!).

Additionally, I grew up watching my dad constantly struggle with
weight. He tried many different diets and diet programs, with very limited success. I loved to read through his Weight Watchers cookbooks and try some of the recipes – not always successful. As a high school student I worked at Arby’s making and serving fast food. Three years of this gave me plenty of “behind the scenes” experience about what people are actually eating. Having my skin and hair coated with a layer of grease after each shift is a feeling I won’t ever forget – at least that can be showered off! In choosing my major in college, which I was required to do upon starting Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, nutrition science was a natural choice. It was very challenging, but never boring! My passion for nutrition science and education has continued ever since!

UCSD-TV: How did you get involved with TCOYD?

Janice Baker: As a member of San Diego Association of Diabetes Educators for the past several years, the request for volunteers for the “Ask an Educator” program at the TCOYD conference came up. I attended the conference for the first time about 6 years ago. I was thrilled and so excited to be a part of it and have been ever since!

UCSD-TV: Diabetes care is closely aligned with a healthy diet. When someone who is newly diagnosed with diabetes comes to see you, what is the first thing you tell them?

Janice Baker: Actually, as a diabetes educator, I don’t tell them anything when I first meet someone newly diagnosed with diabetes; I ASK them about what they would like to learn, about what their daily life is like, what may be the biggest challenges with improving the healthfulness of their diet and lifestyle. In many cases, those with diabetes only need to change a few things to make a big difference and it makes no sense to overwhelm them with information that confuses them even more. This is much more effective and people want to be heard and to ask questions. They are often very fearful about what they think I will tell them. My job is to make this a pleasant and informative experience so they leave thinking, “I can do that!”

UCSD-TV: What has been your most rewarding moment working with diabetic patients?

Janice Baker:
There are too many to mention. Being in practice for 27 years, I have had many many rewarding moments. But generally, giving people hope and confidence in their ability to make better choices to improve the quality and quantity of their lives while also incorporating fun into it, makes every day rewarding.

My father passed away at age 65 of diabetes complications. He was diagnosed in the 70’s with type 2 diabetes and had very limited diabetes education. I saw first hand the toll this took on his mind and body – the eye, kidney, heart disease, amputations of his toes, inability to walk, and his depression over not being able to be an independent person. Every day that I work with people to educate them about diabetes and how to take care of themselves the best they can is the best way I can honor the memory of my dad. I think he would be very proud and this is a big part of my passion. My father was also a patient at the San Diego VA hospital. He loved that place. From speaking to Dr. Edelman, coincidentally, he was likely one of my dad’s physicians.

UCSD-TV: Busy schedules and hectic lifestyles often make it a challenge for people to make the best choices when dealing with their diet. What advice do you have for managing a busy schedule while maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

Janice Baker:
Being too busy to take good care of yourself will shortchange you on time and money sooner rather than later. It does not take a lot of time to eat healthfully and it is not expensive either. Eating out at restaurants and fast food places frequently is expensive and skipping meals often leads to overeating on unhealthy foods later on, leading to weight gain. Taking more and more medication because of this means more and more cost and time for doctor visits. Planning simple, regular meals and having healthful food on hand that is quick to prepare saves a lot of time, money and health care costs. I always advise bringing one’s own lunch every day, drinking water instead of juice or soda, having fruit in season or small boxes of raisins or nuts on hand for snacks, and moving in any way possible each day. These things do not cost much and save lots of money over the long run.

UCSD-TV: What do you hope viewers will gain by watching the TCOYD series?

Janice Baker:
Viewers will gain insight into the realities of diabetes management – that they do not have to be perfect to improve their health, that very real people can accomplish lifestyle change goals without disrupting their lives. I want viewers to think and say “I can do that!”

TCOYD: Diabetes Prevention Premieres June 24th

Don’t miss the premiere of Taking Control of Your Diabetes: Diabetes Prevention, the first in the totally revamped TCOYD series, on Thursday, June 24th at 8:00pm. Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes and the numbers are increasing at alarming rates. What can we do, if anything, to prevent diabetes in the first place? Join host Dr. […]

Don’t miss the premiere of Taking Control of Your Diabetes: Diabetes Prevention, the first in the totally revamped TCOYD series, on Thursday, June 24th at 8:00pm. Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes and the numbers are increasing at alarming rates. What can we do, if anything, to prevent diabetes in the first place? Join host Dr. Steven Edelman as he talks to leading experts Dr. Matthias von Herrath and Dr. Robert Henry to learn the latest about the prevention of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Matthias von Herrath, MD
Dr. von Herrath serves as Director of the Center for Type 1 Diabetes Research, in addition to being a full Member in the Division of Developmental Immunology. Dr. von Herrath’s research focuses on strategies to prevent type 1 diabetes through the induction of regulatory T cells.

Dr. von Herrath wrote his thesis in the field of Biochemistry and then received his M.D. in Medicine from the Freiburg Medical School in Freiburg, Germany in 1988. He did his residency work at the Freiburg Medical Center in the Internal Medicine/Immunology department and at the Diakonic Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit in Freiburg. For his postdoctoral work, Dr. von Herrath went to The Scripps Research Institute and worked in its Neuropharmacology and Immunology departments.

Dr. von Herrath is an editor and reviewer for numerous publications as well as being a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and a Council Member for the International Diabetes Society. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego. He is the recipient of the 2006 Grotzky Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International and the 2007-2012 Scholar Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Dr. von Herrath and his team study why the immune system sometimes attacks the body’s own cells. They focus on type 1 diabetes, a disease caused by the immune system attacking the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, and on diseases caused by viral infections. Their goal is to develop and evaluate new treatments and therapies for these conditions, in particular immune-based interventions.

Robert R. Henry, MD

Dr. Robert R. Henry is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego. Recent honors include the American Diabetes Association Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award and the Robert H. Williams-Rachmiel Levine Award from the Western Metabolism Club. His primary research interests involve studies in the etiology, treatment, and prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Studies are directed almost exclusively at the role of skeletal muscle in these disorders and are designed to elucidate what aspects of muscle metabolism are primary and which are secondary in etiology. These investigations involve studies of intact humans, combining glucose clamps with indirect calorimetry, leg blood flow and substrate balance, and needle biopsies of vastus lateralis muscle. Complementary in vitro studies are performed on human muscle cultures from such patients and involve studies of insulin signal transduction, gene regulation, enzymatic activation, and mitogenesis.