Nutrition – Is it Important?

Why is nutrition important? The answer is because all living things need nutrition to survive. You need proper nutrition to stay healthy.

If you answer that question why is nutrition important by the way people eat today, you would think it is not very important. Have you ever noticed people eating at various restaurants, some of the people think it is their last meal the way they pile up the food. Maybe they think if I eat a lot of food I will get all the nutrition my body needs. Yea right.

Have you noticed what types of foods their consuming? My wife and I went to a buffet style restaurant the other day and I noticed the food section that had a lot of food remaining was the vegetable and salad section; the fried chicken and beef section was constantly running out of food. As they are eating all that food, they are not thinking why is nutrition important to me?

Maybe by defining nutrition we can find out why is nutrition important to everyone. In the Dictionary it defines nutrition as “the act or process of nourishing or of being nourished.” Are we nourishing our bodies by over feeding it? In the Encyclopedia it states “For good nutrition a person should eat a well-balanced diet, that is, one that provides an adequate amount of each of the classes of nutrients each day, furnishing at the same time an adequate but not excessive number of calories for the body’s energy needs.”

Wouldn’t it be great if every time we ate something, there would some type of voice or indicator stating the benefits or warnings of what we just ate or drank. For example, “Johnny you just ate some fried chicken, from this chicken you getting some protein, but you are getting a whole lot of fat that your body doesn’t need! If that were the case just maybe people would think twice about what they are eating.

Aside from the food consumption, do we get enough nutrition from the good foods we do eat? The answer is no because nutrients in our soil have been depleted. The foods we consumed 50 years ago are not the same foods we eat today. So what do we do to get the proper nutrition our body needs? The only way I know of to get the proper nutrition that our body needs is through nutrition supplementation. To be healthy or to stay healthy, it is vital to take nutrition supplementation.

What A Great Real Estate Marketing Tool Looks Like!

The recent headline in USA Today read, “‘Flip This House’ star accused of fraud and faking work on show.What a great negative this could be for the “real deal” investors. I’ll explain what I mean at the end of this short article…ATLANTA (AP) – On an episode of A&E’s popular reality series Flip This House, Atlanta businessman Sam Leccima sits in front of a run-down house and calls buying and selling real estate his passion.
Now authorities and legal filings claim that Leccima’s true passion was a series of scams that included faking the home renovations shown on the cable TV show and claiming to have sold houses he never owned.”This is, indeed, a con artist,” said Sonya McGee, an Atlanta pharmaceutical representative who says Leccima took $4,000 from her in an investment scheme.
McGee and others say Leccima’s episodes of Flip This House, A&E’s most popular show, were elaborate hoaxes. His friends and family were presented as potential home buyers and “sold” signs were slapped in front of unsold houses. They say the home repairs – the lynchpin of the show – were actually quick or temporary patch jobs designed to look good on camera.
Leccima says he never claimed to own the homes. While not acknowledging his televised renovations were staged, he didn’t deny it and suggested that A&E and Departure Films, the production company that makes the show, knew exactly what he was doing.Here we go again… MORE negative press about anything relating to real estate investors!
I always say, “There’s only one way to deal with problems… FACE THEM HEAD ON!
You’re a real estate investor that’s honest, truthful and don’t want to be compared to the “other” so-called real estate investors like Mr. Leccima. Good. You don’t have to be!What’s the best Real Estate Marketing Tool you can use? The story you just read above!
How could I use this…? The same way you face any other apparent disaster to your image as a real estate investor. FACE THEM HEAD ON!If you’re using direct mail or even any other high profile media (radio/TV) as your Real Estate Marketing Tool, you include this story in your marketing… ALONG with the stark comparison of the way YOU do business and examples of how you’re the “real” deal, (with examples) as opposed to the “made up” TV things of this fake!It’s the same principle with any Real Estate Marketing Tool. You want to compare your product or service and how yours is better than the “other” guys. In this example, it’s pretty clear cut what the comparison is… it’s about “honesty, integrity, character and someone you can trust and do business with.”
Real Estate Marketing Tool number 1 in anyone’s book! Does anyone ever want to do business with someone they think may try and “con” them? I’ve never met anyone in all my years on this earth that said, “I don’t care if he’s a “con artist, “as long as he gets the job done.”Take this “negative story” and use the Real Estate Marketing Tool that gives the potential client another reason to do business with you! It’s a selling point that only works every time! This is a powerful Real Estate Marketing Tool! Use it and see for yourself.

Businessperson and Art Collector Wayne Chen Explores Paths to an Artist’s Success

Often times artists lay blame at entities such as government and businesspersons for their lack of advancing as a nation. On the other hand several factors are being discussed as the rationale for the tardiness in success for numbered Jamaican artists. As an example of aspirations for Jamaican artists, businessman and art aficionado Jamaican businessperson Wayne Chen highlights the story of 45-year-old Damien Hirst.Wayne Chen congratulates literary artist Marguerite Orane at the launch of her book “Free and Laughing.” In an unprecedented move, British Damien Hirst recently became the only artists for selling an entire show to Sotherby’s worth £111 million in 2008. Thus according to Wyclopedia Dictionary, he is is claimed to be the richest known artist to date. Hirst was not born rich, without a gold spoon in his mouth. Numerous business persons in Jamaica,contrary to popular belief were not born with golden spoons in their mouth so their stories too are models of aspiration.Wayne Chen is one among many businesspersons sharing his thoughts as a source of encouragement and challenge for Jamaican artists, in the following interview.ANTHEA 1. How involved are you with the visual arts locally?CHEN: I am the Chairman of the National Gallery of Jamaica and co-founder/ sponsor of the Super Plus Under 40 Artist of the year competition staged for the last 10 years in association with the Mutual Gallery. I am also the founder and sponsor of CLICK, a photography workshop and showcase for inner-city youth.ANTHEA:. How involved are you with art globally? Do you travel specifically for art?CHEN:I am not involved with Art globally in the way that I am locally. I visit galleries and museums whenever I travel and actively seek out new art and new movements.ANTHEA: What are your views on the visual arts in Jamaica?CHEN: The visual arts in Jamaica are a vital part of the bigger whole of Jamaica’s unique culture. Jamaica in the area of culture is a global superpower, widely recognized for our achievements in music. I believe that Jamaican visual arts, with the proper development and exposure, can be another area of excellence for Jamaica. There is a wealth of natural talent, that efficiently mobilized, can play a major role in our country’s development.ANTHEA: Does the National Gallery achieve its main objectives?CHEN: The National Gallery of Jamaica’s mission is: “To collect, research, document and preserve Jamaican, other Caribbean Art and related material and to promote our artistic heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.”I believe that despite the very limited, and diminishing, financial and human resources available, the NGJ has over the years managed to create and maintain a very high standard in terms of its collections, exhibitions, contribution to scholarship, and general advancement of Jamaica’s visual arts. In recent years we have worked hard to strengthen governance, communicate better with our various stakeholders, and boost attendance. We have seen significant successes in all these areas.ANTHEA: How do you view the role of the art educator?CHEN: Art education takes place at many levels. In the formal institutions of learning, the art educator should teach the technical skills required to articulate an individual’s vision, but even more important, should stimulate the lifelong thirst for knowledge and enlightenment that continuously broadens the mind.In the public sphere, the art educator, and I include journalists and critics, should actively discuss, analyze, and encourage art and artists to broaden and deepen the general knowledge of art.ANTHEA: How critical are arts, creativity, and culture to National Development?CHEN: Jamaica’s greatest product has been its culture. It is what defines us as a unique nation, has given us the greatest international recognition and is a major, if under counted and underdeveloped, economic resource.ANTHEA: What are the best models for our local artists from around the world? What roles do business, government, legislation, etc. play in Jamaica and other countries?CHEN: The most appropriate model for Jamaican artists to ensure that they can make a living while pursuing their vocation is to foster an attitude of personal economic independence that does not depend on the state or big business support. This is the most common model worldwide.That is not to say that the state and business will not help generally or even support a few individuals, but the vast majority of artists should see themselves as a branded product to develop and market. This may require the input of specialized managers, galleries and so on, but artists should focus on self-help.ANTHEA: What can our government do?CHEN: The government should focus its financial support on art education in the schools and institutions such as the National Gallery and Edna Manley College. It also has to ensure that tax laws and other regulations encourage the market in local art as ultimately it is the sale of art that will provide the economic support for the artists. Local businesses can assist in this by buying local and encouraging the use of local art in decorating corporate offices and public spaces, corporate awards and other forms of gift-giving.Some countries, especially in Europe, pay grants to artists but given Jamaica’s current fiscal constraints, that is not possible here.ANTHEA: Are you suggesting that the focus should be primarily or only on art at secondary and tertiary levels?CHEN: I am saying that art education should be at every level including in our basic and primary schools. Every student should learn skills in the visual arts and a knowledge and appreciation of art. This, I believe, will unleash a lot of Jamaica’s creative potential and enhance individual and national development.ANTHEA: What strategies/models set by other artists internationally that we could adapt hereCHEN: Our artists need to be more trained in the skills and attitudes that will enhance their chances of economic success.ANTHEA: Please elaborate on your answer above? What practical steps can our artists make for themselves based on what you see happening in other countries? i.e outside of going after more training esp when they cant find funding?CHEN: Artists need to take matters more into their own hands and depend less on state and business support. Firstly, they need to enhance their technical skills and knowledge. Secondly, they need to treat themselves as a brand to be nurtured, developed, marketed, and continuously upgraded. Thirdly, they need to work together as co-operatives, movements, schools and so on. They need to be innovative and move beyond the traditional gallery spaces and go directly to the people. Our artists need to be less concerned about affirmation from my generation and more concerned about creating a wider audience. We should be seeing our young artists staging their own exhibitions in public spaces, in shops, in derelict buildings, in the street wherever you can find an audience. If the audience won’t come to you, then you should go to the audience. We need to see more collaborations between our visual artists and musicians, poets, writers and so on. Why don’t the big stage shows and dance hall concerts include the works of our visual artists. They can use new media like video and digital photography to reach a wider audience.ANTHEA: On the basis that business persons drive artist development by supporting artists with purchases in other countries. what do you think artists can do practically to bridge more gaps between more businesspersons and artists?CHEN: Artists need to be more active in promoting local fine art. There are good reasons to buy and invest in art but we don’t hear it often enough. Today, many Jamaicans will spend a lot of money on cheap, imported furnishings and ornaments that depreciate in value as soon as the wrapping comes off. A piece of Jamaican fine art may appreciate in value and is valued and appreciated by the recipient for years, yet very few Jamaicans ever purchase or own our own art.ANTHEA: Does the competition (SuperPlus Under-40) do anything beyond exposure, and financial inputs to advance artists?CHEN: I believe that exposure is a critical element in any artist’s success. It is up to the artist then to build on the exposure and to continue producing innovative work of a high standard.ANTHEA: What is the role of the media?CHEN: The media has a responsibility to be more informed on the visual arts both locally and internationally. Context is everything and there is a dearth of good writing and reporting on the visual arts in Jamaica. More people writing and discussing at a higher standard would raise the quality of discourse and encourage our artists to raise their game.ANTHEA: Major differences between Under 40 and JCDC Competition?CHEN: The JCDC Visual Arts Competition is a broad event capturing young and old, amateur and professional, traditional and non-traditional. The Under-40 is focused on young artists demonstrating innovativeness and general excellence.ANTHEA: How important is the tourism sector in the development of art?CHEN: Tourism offers the potential to expand the market for Jamaican art by direct purchases and exposure to new markets.ANTHEA: Can you elaborate? IS THAT really all you are saying about tourism and art.CHEN: Jamaica receives over two million visitors per year coming from all over the world. We need to create more opportunities for visitors to be exposed to and buy local art. Exporting our art in this way increases its exposure overseas and creates a new awareness that over time creates new markets.ANTHEA: Is there room for other directions such as arts tourism, culture tourism?CHEN: Yes there is. There are some countries where visual art is an important tourist attraction. Italy, France, and Spain attract millions of visitors to their museums, galleries, and public art. Some developing countries such as Haiti also have a strong fine arts tradition that attract visitors who visit the galleries and studios to buy art and see artists at work. I believe that Jamaica has considerable development potential in this area.ANTHEA: Thank you for your time and thoughts!