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Best of BRO: Exposed—The Skinny on Naked Running

first_imgOne of our most popular stories last year was this gem from BRO editor in chief Will Harlan about his first run sans clothes. Dare ya to try your own naked run in 2014…it’s part of our Ultimate 100 Challenge.They say 90 percent of life is just showing up, and that’s certainly true in running. Toeing the starting line is often the toughest part. For me, no starting line was scarier than the Fig Leaf 5K, a naked race at a north Georgia nudist colony.I had streaked across my college campus in a drunken blur, and I had once been dared to run a naked lap around a bar during a blizzard. But never before had I faced spectators and sobriety sans clothes.I waited until a few minutes before the start to disrobe. Instead of a race bib, my race number was written across my butt cheeks.Over 100 runners had gathered at the starting line. Many were top athletes from across the Blue Ridge. They seemed a lot less intimidating without their shorts.Still, I had plenty of reasons to feel self-conscious. How would I measure up? What if I was aroused by a beautiful female runner? Most of all, I was worried about the flop factor. How would my bait and tackle hold up to three miles of bouncing?It was a cold April morning in the mountains, and my twig and berries shriveled up as soon as I dropped my drawers. I joined the other nude runners at the start making jokes and milling around in the buff.“Weather’s a bit nipply this morning.”“Gonna run hard today?”“Nah…feeling a bit stiff.”At the starting line, it was hard to know where to look. Runners are always sizing up their competition, but this was nuts. I tried to stare ahead at the race course, but I felt like I was standing at a crowded row of urinals, trying not to glance.A crowd of stark-naked spectators—most of them from the nudist colony—gathered at the start. Cameras flashed as we took off. (I have no idea where those photos ended up.) For the first mile, I sagged back and dangled off the lead pack. Then around mile two, I made a hard sprint to the front.Freeballing had never felt so good. My junk jiggled and bounced, and my flabby bare skin rippled with savage delight. I felt primitive and raw. I was pure animal, unlocked from my self-conscious mind cage, running wild and free.I hung on through the final mile, though a heavy-breathing hardass approached me from behind in the final homestretch. I bared it all in a balls-out kick for the finish—and edged him by a hair.Afterward, I sat in the sun, soaking it all in. I had shed my inhibitions along with my clothes at the starting line. My mile splits and finishing time didn’t matter. It was the most fun I’d had running in a long time.Running au naturel exposed a naked truth: bodies are amazing—even the sagging, droopy parts. I vowed to spend more time in the buff, getting more comfortable in my own skin.No, the Fig Leaf 5K didn’t turn me into a nudist. I still wear shorts on my morning runs.But at least I’ve taken off my watch.last_img read more

Collaborative efforts key in reducing stunting: Observers

first_imgIn Indonesia, the situation is likely to be exacerbated, with Statistics Indonesia (BPS) recently saying that about 1.63 million Indonesians fell into poverty between September 2019 and March this year. The number of poor households is expected to further rise because of the pandemic, which still shows no signs of abating.World Bank senior social development specialist Samuel Thomas Clark said the pandemic could pose a threat to stunting-reduction efforts, as parents struggle with loss of income.He said state-sponsored social aid could help families financially impacted by the pandemic, but attempts to reduce stunting would lose ground without a wider intervention from the government and the participation of all stakeholders. He cited examples of efforts made in Peru, a country that achieved a 15 percent stunting prevalence rate decline in eight years.“Peru has put stunting [eradication] as a national priority. […] The country has multisectoral convergence nutrition programs and allocated funding only to programs deemed effective,” Clark said. “The government also promotes behavioral change communication to people of all walks of life, including parents, local figures, regional leaders, even chefs, to understand the importance of this issue.”Better comprehension of stunting and preventive measures should be applicable at the grassroots level, particularly in poor households, the group most susceptible to major health problems, said Fasli Jalal, professor of public health and rector at YARSI University. Hence, the government needed to scale up Posyandu (community health posts), he suggested.“Posyandu workers were once touted as heroes, but the trend is now changing. Each region should have been able to find a suitable formula to revitalize the Posyandu,” Fasli said.Despite the country having reduced the stunting prevalence in children under 5 years old from 37.2 percent in 2013 to 27.7 percent last year, the rate remains high as more than a quarter of Indonesian children are stunted.Furthermore, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has set a rather ambitious target to reduce the rate to 14 percent by 2024.“We need to work hard and all stakeholders must participate,” Fasli said, urging municipalities and regencies to cooperate with universities in stunting-reduction programs.Eddy Henry, the head of early childhood education and development at the Tanoto Foundation, an organization that is involved in programs aimed at improving life quality among communities, suggested private stakeholders also join the cause. The foundation recently started its #BulanPeduliStunting (stunting care month) campaign.Eddy said that the private sector could contribute to stunting reduction by conducting stunting-related studies to support evidence-based policies, providing funding, helping with the implementation at the grass roots and facilitating collaboration with various sectors.The government has already put stunting reduction at the top of the country’s agenda but flaws remain during implementation, said Bambang Widianto from the National Team for Accelerated Poverty Reduction (TPN2K).He said that 18 government institutions had allocated nearly Rp 30 trillion (US$2.05 billion) for stunting reduction last year.“In terms of budget and human resources, we have it. But the biggest challenge is how to reach ‘convergence’ [among institutions and regional governments],” Bambang said. “The fact is, regional administrations cannot handle it alone. Therefore, we need help from many stakeholders.”Bambang said the pandemic had indeed hampered the government’s efforts at reducing stunting but the government was determined to continue them.“Posyandu have gradually reopened with health protocols, but still obstacles remain for certain services,” he added.Topics : The webinar was held in a partnership between the Tanoto Foundation and The Jakarta Post Foundation to mark National Children’s Day, which falls on July 23.In order to reach the same goal, she called for a national directive with clear division of authority at all levels, as well as a similar framework and evaluation-monitoring system.With the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) estimating that Indonesia could see 4 million births in the nine months since the COVID-19 pandemic began — as social restrictions keep couples at home — fears of potential stunting have increased.Globally, the number of malnourished children under the age of 5 is predicted to increase by about 15 percent this year as a result of the pandemic, if no swift response efforts are made, according to UNICEF. Collaborative efforts are key to reducing stunting in Indonesia, as the COVID-19 pandemic may worsen the already high prevalence of stunted children, experts have warned.Endang Laksminingsih, a professor at the University of Indonesia’s School of Public Health, said the involvement of all stakeholders was necessary given the multiple factors that caused stunting.“Indonesia should prioritize programs based on evidence and [stunting] pathways above all, which consist of inadequate daily intake and infection,” Endang said in her presentation for The Jakarta Post’s Jakpost Up Close webinar, “Putting children first: Policy development in reducing stunting in Indonesia”.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger Confident Over Alexis Sanchez’s Future

first_img“So it is not necessarily the last year of his contract at Arsenal Football Club.” he concluded.Sanchez is not on tour with Arsenal, he his currently on extended break following his involvement in the Confederations Cup with Chile. RelatedSanchez “Will Stay And He Will Respect That” – WengerAugust 3, 2017In “England”Sanchez To Become Highest Paid Premier League Player With £300,000 Per Week New Arsenal DealAugust 11, 2017In “England””Let Alexis Sanchez Go, Get The Money & Move On” – Arsenal LegendJuly 28, 2017In “England” Arsene Wenger has expressed his confidence over Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal future, says the Chilean is a “great lover of the club.”, and could sign a new contract with the Gunners.With one year left on his contract, the 28-year-old forward has not told Wenger he wants to leave the club despite reported interest from Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich.Speaking to the press shortly after Arsenal arrived Sydney for their 2017 pre-season tour, Wenger explained: “The players have contracts and we expect them to respect their contracts. That’s what we want,”“The easiest way to manage the players in the final year of their contracts is it’s in his interest to do as well as he can,”“Nobody knows today if Sanchez will be in his final year of his contract next season because he can extend his contract with us at the start of the season or during the season.”last_img read more