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Indiana is 8th most obese state in U.S.

A new report from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked Indiana as the eighth most obese state in the US. That puts Indiana four spots higher than the previous year’s ranking. 31.4% of Hoosiers were reported as obese last year, up from 29.9% the year before. The study utilized phone surveys of 176,000 adults across the US. Respondents were asked about their height and weight, which were used to calculate Body Mass Index, or BMI. Americans with a BMI of 30 or higher are classified as obese. BMI is only determined by height and weight, and does not measure other factors like muscle or bone mass. Individuals with higher-than-average muscle mass, for example, could still be classified overweight or obese. Because of these limitations, the CDC’s website advises medical practitioners to use BMI for general screening, and not diagnosis.

High BMI is correlated to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other obesity-related illnesses. Another caveat to these results is the nature of phone surveys. Respondents could skew the results by over- or under-reporting height or weight. This data follows a February report that put Indiana 48th in the nation for general well-being. Gallup’s researchers stated that high rates of obesity are linked to low levels of well-being. Overall, obesity is on the rise across the country, according to the study. The national obesity rate increased from 27.1% to 27.7% in the same time period. The state ranking highest was Mississippi, with 35% of its population reported as obese, Hawaii was the least obese at 19%.

Nick’s English Hut hosts meeting to discuss panhandling

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The owners of Nick’s English Hut are leading an initiative to challenge panhandlers and others they refer to as bums in downtown Bloomington. Susan Bright and her husband, Gregg Rago, are hosting a meeting tomorrow afternoon at their restaurant with city officials and other business owners. A message that Bright sent seeking support for the effort was titled, “Bum Commerce on Kirkwood.” That title, as well as other parts of the message, were criticized on social media today after the message was posted to Facebook.

Nick’s English Hut will host the meeting about panhandling tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the upstairs attic of the restaurant. This afternoon a volunteer at Boxcar Books said volunteers there are opposed to the wording used in Bright’s letter and that some local residents are planning a measure in reaction to tomorrow’s meeting. So far there is no set time or meeting place, but those interested in the counter action can contact Boxcar Books.

Interchange – Creating the Subject: Hildegard Keller’s Annemarie Mahler

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Host Doug Storm is joined by literary critic, author, and filmmaker, Hildegard Elisabeth Keller, who teaches German literature at Indiana University and at the University of Zurich.

Keller’s most recent project, the film Whatever Comes Next, is a documentary about Bloomington painter and scholar Annemarie Mahler. Born in Vienna in 1926, Mahler fled by herself as a twelve-year child to the United States and since 1955 has lived in Bloomington, IN, and in the summers in Woods Hole, MA.

The documentary portrays the artist’s outer and inner lives, which bridge two centuries and two continents.

A major theme of the film and the interview is identity, particularly that of the immigrant and the artist. Keller also discusses her projects on Mystics like Meister Eckhart and Hildegard of Bingen, as well as her “muse,” the modernist Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni, of whom she is writing a biography due out in November.

Special thanks to Hildegard Keller for letting us hear parts of her film in this program. Ann Malcolm reads excerpts from the writings of Annemarie Mahler. Music in the film is by composer Olav Lervik and cellist Ivan Turkalj.

Sonia Velazquez read Alfonsina Storni’s “Voy a Dormir.”

Music
“Alfonsina y el Mar” by Mercedes Sosa
“Alfonsina y el Mar” by Shakira

Next time on Interchange
“What Went Wrong: Assessing Obama’s Legacy.” Doug Storm speaks with Yale Professor David Bromwich, critic, scholar, and political essayist who has tried, and failed, to find a President who has put any of his eloquent words into political action. Assessing Obama’s legacy on Interchange next Tuesday (6/9).

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Bring It On! – June 1st, 2015

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William Hosea and Liz Mitchell welcome Marsha Cummings

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, William and Liz welcome Marsha Cummings. Marsha, a long time friend of our co-anchor Liz Mitchell, recently join her on a fact finding tour through the south that delved into our nations’ dark past. she comes on to discuss this adventure along with Liz.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: William Hosea and Liz Mitchell
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Activate! – New Hope Family Shelter: Elaine Guin & Rachel Guiglielmo

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New Hope Family Shelter executive director and volunteer Rachel Guiglielmo talk about the experience of working with family homelessness and the growing awareness in our community to the many different faces of homeless families. Elaine also talks about the shelter’s volunteer needs, which are even greater in the summer with student volunteers away from Bloomington. And more volunteer opportunities from the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.

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Spencer Pride’s Judi Epp discusses this Saturday’s Pride Festival

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The 9th annual Spencer LBGTQI Pride Festival will take place this Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. This year’s theme is Color our World with Pride. The festival is held by the Spencer Pride group. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with the group’s director, Judi Epp, for this WFHB community report.

Daily Local News – June 1, 2015

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Just twelve percent of eligible voters in Indiana cast ballots in the May 5th municipal primary election; A state biologist has just photographed one of Monroe Lake’s original and oldest bald eagles; The Bloomington City Council has shown support for new financial control measures that would affect the city’s Redevelopment Commission, also known as the R.D.C.; Rhino’s Youth Center is hosting a week-long multi-media exhibit beginning this Friday to showcase student work; The Bloomington Rotary Club’s 13th annual Race for Literacy will take place next Saturday, June 13th, to benefit Teachers Warehouse.

FEATURE
The 9th annual Spencer LBGTQI Pride Festival will take place this Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. This year’s theme is Color our World with Pride. The festival is held by the Spencer Pride group. Correspondent Kara Tullman spoke with the group’s director, Judi Epp, for this WFHB community report.

ACTIVATE
New Hope Family Shelter executive director and volunteer Rachel Guiglielmo talk about the experience of working with family homelessness and the growing awareness in our community to the many different faces of homeless families.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by Kara Tullman, Jordan Guskey and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Kara Tullman
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker, along with the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network
Our engineer is Chris Martin
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive producer is Joe Crawford

Hola Bloomington – Desde los pasillos de la Academia

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The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship’s Spanish Club talk about what is going on with their club. This podcast segment was created and produced by El Club de Español, Advised by Janeth Carillo-Rivera. The club fosters a mutual relationship between school and local community through events, activities and learning of Spanish language and cultures. For more information on The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship’s Spanish Club visit http://www.mccsc.edu/ase.

Hola Bloomington – May 29, 2015

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Los locutores de Hola Bloomington Maria Auxiliadora Viloria y Raquel Anderson entrevistan a Harlene Haro y Ricardo Munoz. Harlene es coordinadora de programas de salud para El Centro Comunal Latino, una organización sin fines de lucro que sirve la comunidad Latina de Bloomington. Hablen de los servicios que proporciona El Centro y como la comunidad puede participar.

Hola Bloomington hosts Maria Auxiliadora Viloria and Raquel Anderson interview Harlene Haro and Ricardo Munoz. Harlene is the Health Programs Coordinator for El Centro Comunal Latino, a grassroots non for profit that serves the Latino community in Bloomington. They discuss the services El Centro provides and how the Bloomington community can get involved.

bloomingOUT – May 28, 2015

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Tonight, hosts Jeff Poling and Ryne Shadday interview Spencer PRIDE president Jonathan Balash and volunteer Katie Zuber. We also hear the next part of “Lost in the Initialism”, segment by Megan McCollough. The music tonight was “Goodbye” by Who is Fancy. The bloomingOUT staff would like to thank the Spencer PRIDE representatives Jonathan and Katie for their time.

Credits

Hosts Ryne Shadday, Jeff Poling

Executive Producer Joe Crawford

Producer Olivia Davidson

Board Engineer Andrew Sims, Jorge Guillen

Social Media Coordinators Megan McCullough, and Jacob Samples

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