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Olympics Bring Awareness to Asian Dog Farms

While the 2018 Winter Olympics have come to a close, American skier Gus Kenworthy has recently shed light on dog farms in South Korea. During his time in South Korea, Kenworthy visited one of the 17,000 dog farms in the country.

The Humane Society International (HSI) estimates that at least 2 million dogs are slaughtered and eaten each year in South Korea. The practice of dog meat is thousands of years old, and many older citizens believe it aids virility. While many younger citizens are against it, there is still an alarming 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in South Korea.

The HSI is continually working hard to shut down dog farms, and over the past three years, the society has permanently 10 South Korea dog meat farms thus rescuing 1,200 dogs. These rescued animals are now in loving homes within the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Participating dog farms who opt to shut down enter a contract with the HSI, who works with the owners to build other farms such as water delivery or chili pepper farming.

During his time at the dog farm, Kenworthy was shocked at the dogs’ living conditions and shed light on the issue through a post on Instagram.

“The dogs here are malnourished and physically abused, crammed into tiny wire-floored pens, and exposed to the freezing winter elements and scorching summer conditions,” Kenworthy said. “Despite the beliefs of some, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home. Some of them were even pets at one time and were stolen or found and sold into the dog meat trade.

With the help of the Humane Society, the dog farm Kenworthy visited will be shut down and all 90 dogs will find loving homes. Kenworthy even chose to adopt one of the dogs himself, naming her Beemo.

“I cannot wait to give her the best life possible,” Kenworthy said. “…I’m hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade and the plight of dogs everywhere.”

If you are interested in learning more about dog meat trade or how you can take action, visit the HSI’s website!

Lisa Landman is a strong advocate of adopting pets and has six rescue dogs! Want to see photos of her dogs? Check our her dog gallery or Twitter!


Originally published at lisalandman.org on March 5, 2018.

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10 Facts That Will Make You Adopt Your Next Pet

Each year, there are thousands of documented animal cruelty cases and many more that go unreported. I am a strong advocate of animal adoption because no animal should be treated poorly. Here are ten facts that will make you adopt your next pet because all animals should be loved — not mistreated.

Animal Abuse Statistics

According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, on average, there are 1,920 animal cruelty cases reported each year. 60 percent of these cases include dogs, particularly 26 percent involving pit bulls. The most common form of animal abuse is neglect with 32 percent of cases including abandonment. More terrifying is that 11 percent of cases include shooting animals and another 13 percent include hoarding, or keeping too many animals in unsanitary conditions.

Furthermore, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that approximately 6.5 million animals enter the United States animal shelters nationwide every year. Due to the tremendous number of shelter animals, the Humane Society found that about 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized because there is just no room. The Humane Society also reports that approximately 2 million puppies are sold from puppy mills while only 1.6 million shelter animals are adopted each year.

What You Can Do

Together we can make a change and stop animal cruelty. An excellent way to help prevent animal abuse is by adopting your next pet instead of buying online or from a pet store. Puppy mills are known for their animal mistreatment. By adopting a dog or cat from your local shelter, you are not only protesting puppy mills, but you are also saving a life. If everyone adopted an animal instead of buying from a mill, we would far less (if any!) euthanized animals. It’s important to remember that most pets sold online or at a pet store from some type of mill. No matter how convincingly the site or store portrays how well the animals are cared for, the reality could be dozens or hundreds of pets warehoused for breeding and living in poor conditions. It is also essential to report animal abuse to your local animal shelter or police.

There is a shocking number of reported cruelty cases — and many more that are undocumented. Help prevent animal abuse by adopting your next pet and saving a life. Start by visiting your local animal shelter or go online to PetFinder.com to find the perfect pet for your home.

Lisa Landman is a strong advocate of adopting pets and has six rescue dogs! Want to see photos of her dogs? Check our her dog gallery or Twitter!


Originally published at lisalandman.org on March 5, 2018.

A New Face for Gerber Baby

The Gerber Baby family welcomes Lucas Warren — a 1-year-old from Georgia who has Down Syndrome! He’s the first baby with Down Syndrome to become Gerber’s “Spokesbaby of the year” in its 91-year history.

Gerber Products Company is a baby food and baby product manufacturer. In 1928, the company held a competition to find a spokesbaby that would be featured in their marketing and advertising campaigns. Artist Dorothy Hope Smith entered the contest with a simple but beautiful baby face that is now recognized around the world. The drawing was also featured on baby products include food cans.

More recently, the company decided to launch an annual baby photo contest. In 2010, Gerber decided to start a new contest where parents are encouraged to submit adorable photos of their babies. Parents can submit photos on Facebook and Instagram of their star babies for review. Gerber receives thousands of photos each year and must select only one each year. Unlike the grand prize of $300 in 1928, the winning Gerber Baby wins a $50,000 cash prize.

In 2018, Lucas Warren won the Gerber Baby Photo Search and will now appear on Gerber’s social media and advertising throughout the year.

“This is such a proud moment for us as parents knowing that Lucas has a platform to spread joy, not only to those he interacts with every day, but to people all over the country,” Cortney Warren, Lucas’ mom said. “We hope this opportunity sheds light on the special needs community and educates people that with acceptance and support, individuals with special needs have the potential to change the world — just like our Lucas.”

According to the National Down Syndrome Society, down syndrome is a genetic disorder which occurs when there is a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional chromosome alters the course of development and results in physical traits such as low muscle tone, small stature, and slanted eyes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 6,000 babies in the United States are born with down syndrome, making this disorder the most common chromosomal condition for babies.

With Lucas becoming a national face for Gerber Baby, this will help educate others on down syndrome and help shed light on the special needs community.

Lisa Landman has a passion for helping others and has worked with special need adults throughout her career. Learn more about her professional work or check out her Twitter!


Originally published at lisalandman.net.

Monthly Health Tips: March

Stretch of the Month

Piriformis Stretch! How to — Lie on your back. Bend your left knee and lift it halfway to your chest. Grasp your knee with your right hand and pull it toward your right shoulder, keeping both buttocks against the floor. Hold for 20 seconds; repeat three to five times with each leg.

Exercise of the Month

Renegade Rows! How to — Holding on to weights, start in push-up position. Do a push-up, then pull one weight up to your chest keeping your body even and squeeze through your shoulder blade.

Nutrition Tip

An apple a day really can keep you healthy. Apples contain soluble fiber (the type that can lower cholesterol), which research suggests can help strengthen your immune system, helping you recover faster from illness. Foods highest in soluble fiber are brussels sprouts, citrus fruits, bananas, carrots, and apples.

Lisa Landman is a fitness and health guru. Learn more about her professional work or check out her Twitter!


Originally published at lisalandman.com on March 5, 2018.

Part 1: 4 Different Types of Psychologists — and What They Do

 The study of psychology can take you in so many different directions. From working with emotional and behavioral disorders to working in non-clinical environments such as research and business, the possibilities are endless. In this series of blogs, I am going to break down some of the top fields of psychology and offer an overview of what a psychologist in that field does.

 

Clinical Psychologists

One of the most common fields of is clinical psychology. This large branch of psychology focuses on diagnosing and treating emotional, mental, and behavioral disorders. Clinical psychologists will see patients that have a variety of disorders but commonly work with patients suffering from learning disabilities, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and eating disorders. Clinical psychologists are responsible for observing, interviewing, and running a variety of tests that diagnose potential disorders and then formulating a treatment program.

Developmental Psychologists

Developmental psychology is a branch that studies growth, change, and consistency through the lifespan. Developmental psychologists further explore how we grow and adapt to different life stages and conduct research designed to help people reach their full potential. The primary goal of this branch is to describe, explain and optimize development. One example of this branch includes studying babies who are not meeting developmental expectations and working with parents and doctors to get back on track with normal development.

Forensic Psychologists

Another popular field is forensic psychology, where licensed psychologists work with the law. Forensic psychologists often play a role in punishing and preventing crimes by observing, questioning, and interpreting human behavior. Often seen as the merger of psychology and the law, forensic psychologists help judges, attorneys, and other areas of criminal justice to solve law cases. Forensic psychologists often serve as expert witnesses in court cases as well as study children or defendants in particular cases.

Sports Psychologists

Sports psychology is the branch that addresses athlete performance and well-being. Sports psychologists research and examine athlete’s optimal performance levels as well as developmental and social aspects of sports participation. There are a variety of reasons why an athlete may see a sports psychologists including to enhance performance, cope with competition pressure, keep up with exercise or to recover from injuries. While a coach’s primary focus is on the physical side of the sport, a sports psychologist focuses on athlete’s mind.

 

These are just four of the many different types of psychologists and jobs fields within the study of psychology. Be sure to check back soon to learn about four new types and the specifics of those psychology fields!

Lisa Landman holds a Doctorate in Psychology and has worked in a variety of professional settings. Learn more about herprofessional work or check out her Twitter!


Originally published at lisalandman.com on March 5, 2018.

The Adonis Complex

The term “Adonis Complex” is not a medical term. It is being used to describe a variety of body image concerns which have been plaguing boys and men, especially throughout the last two decades. It does not describe any one body image problem of males, rather all the issues collectively ranging from minor frustrations to serious obsessions.

In 2007, American men spent approximately: $4 billion on exercise equipment and health club memberships, $3 billion on grooming aids and fragrances, $800 million on hair transplants, and $500 million on male cosmetic surgery procedures such as pectoral implants, chin surgery, liposuction and rhinoplasty (nose jobs)

It does appear that men are growing increasingly concerned with their appearance and are willing to spend millions of dollars to enhance their physical image. And while most are not undergoing drastic cosmetic procedures, the rate of hazardous eating behaviors is increasing in young males more than ever before.

For example, nearly 1/3 of teen boys try to control their weight in unhealthy ways, like skipping meals, taking laxatives, or smoking. Further, 25% of anorexic and bulimic adults and 40% of binge eaters are men. Although most people associate eating disorders and body image issues with girls, the obsession with having a better body is far from a girl’s only issue.

It appears that the media plays a significant role in this by presenting the public with unrealistic images of the ideal male body. Consider the following: GI Joe is to young boys what Barbie is to young girls and over the past 20 years, the G.I. Joe toys have grown more muscular. The GI Joe Extreme action figure, if extrapolated to a height of 5’10”, would have larger biceps than any bodybuilder in history.

Increasingly, young boys have become obsessed with controlling their eating, taking supplements, or working out excessively in order to get the desired bodies they see in magazine ads and on TV. Even with the negative examples of professional athletes and steroid scandals, boys are still tempted to bulk up for sports or to impress girls.

Some things parents can do to reduce the chances of their boys developing body image issues include:

  • Emphasize health over looks.
  • Keep kids active with exercise and team sports.
  • Observe your own behavior and set a good example-are you overly critical of your own body? Do you exercise and eat well?
  • Help your children form realistic expectations by pointing out that the sports figures and celebrities they admire have teams of professional people helping them work out and feeding them special meals.
  • If your son is on a sports team, talk to him about training/practice. Find out what kind of messages he’s getting from his coach and from other team members.
  • Watch for signs of sudden weight loss, dramatically increased workouts, large muscle growth, and radically altered eating patterns.

We need to support our boys and help them to not only feel comfortable about their bodies but also to feel comfortable enough to speak up about their individual challenges with body image. Keeping the lines of communication open is the best way to help young males develop positive self-esteem.

Lisa Landman is a fitness and health guru. Learn more about her professional work or check out her Twitter!


Originally published at lisalandman.com on March 5, 2018.

Healthy Recipe: Irish Lamb Stew

Lamb stew has long been known as Irish penicillin. It consists of a rich stew full of potatoes, leeks and carrots. In traditional fashion, nothing here is browned first, just all stewed together. To keep it healthy make sure to trim the lamb of any visible fat before you cook it.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 3/4 pounds white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 large leeks, white part only, halved, washed and thinly sliced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley leaves, chopped

Directions

Combine lamb, potatoes, leeks, carrots, celery, broth, thyme, salt and pepper in a 6-quart slow cooker; stir to combine. Put the lid on and cook on low until the lamb is fork-tender, about 8 hours. Stir in parsley before serving.

Lisa Landman is a fitness and health guru. Learn more about her professional work or check out her Twitter!


Originally published at lisalandman.com on March 5, 2018.