“Fitness is a way of life” is a cliche saying for good reason. Dedicating one’s self to becoming fit entails a massive overhaul; the change in diet and incorporation of gym time to daily routine alone implies a wealth of alterations that the person will have to undergo. These alterations include changes in the contents of the house from the kitchen to the wardrobe. It also necessitates changes in habits and even changes in social interactions, as most social gatherings include food or alcohol. Still, as Austin Dotson personally experienced, the benefits that one can reap are well worth the sacrifices despite how challenging it is.
Austin Dotson is a fitness influencer, mentor, personal trainer, commercial actor, and behavioral therapist for the developmentally disabled from Carson, California. In addition to all these, he is a former football athlete from the Golden West Community College in Huntington Beach, California, where he would later receive a full scholarship as he played for Sacramento State University.
The years he played football was his golden period, but he never really planned past that. Upon his retirement as a college athlete, he lost his purpose and direction. It felt as though he was at rock bottom, and he became depressed, suicidal, and addicted. The bad habits he picked up during this period consumed him.
In Christmas of 2016, Austin Dotson was arrested for driving under the influence, and losing his job further deteriorated his mental health. Still, he knew that nothing would change for him unless he actively worked to change things. He decided to give up alcohol, eat healthier, and detoxify his body from all the junk he had consumed.
It was a complicated process, but the progress he saw in himself motivated him to push on. In a span of only three weeks, he already looked far healthier than he did before. The fitness influencer would say, “fitness saved my life,” and it would not be an exaggeration as fitness became his new purpose and direction. The troubles he had in the past has now served to fortify his mind and build an unstoppable mentality.
Today, he has built a career on the foundations of his newfound passion. In establishing Dotty Fitness, he has helped numerous clients improve their lives both physically and mentally through fitness. With a versatile style in coaching, he has been instrumental in helping both men and women of all ages build their confidence and be more comfortable in their own skin.
Having fun is essential for one to adhere to their fitness goals effectively. With a combination of different workout styles such as bodybuilding, calisthenics, yoga, gymnastics, and Crossfit, working out is never boring and repetitive. Instead, he constantly changes things up to make each session fun and dynamic.
Austin Dotson reminds us that a person can overcome anything with the proper mindset; despite the hardships endured in life, a person can still achieve anything he dedicates himself to. Learn more about him and be inspired by his
Philip Sharp: Senior with cancer chooses between medicine and food – Entertainment – Austin American-Statesman
Philip Sharp is battling a case of the sniffles, but, beyond that, he says he’s feeling good.
He’s got his cat of 13 years, Sweetheart. He’s talked to his daughter, Jessica, recently, and the PBS signal is still coming in strong.
You’d never know that days earlier the soft-spoken Sharp had finished his most recent round of chemotherapy treatment.
Sharp is not prone to self-pity or asking for much help. On the day in question, as he stands in his modest apartment talking to me via a Zoom connection facilitated by his case manager with Family Eldercare, Sharp expresses gratitude for the assistance he’s received and the minimal side effects of the treatments for a cancerous lesion recently removed from his bladder. He also is slated to undergo gallbladder removal surgery in the spring.
While his polite demeanor and tender nature serve as no sign for concern, the truth is that recently the 65-year-old, who lives alone with Sweetheart, was dangerously close to having to make this choice: paying for medicine or paying for food.
On lean days like those, Sharp turned to a simple diet of canned beans. You’d be hard-pressed to get him to complain about it. He will talk about food, however. The things he loves. Like a pizza loaded with meat. Tacos. And the Hungry Man meals that Jessica delivered to him recently.
Sharp has lived in Austin since 1998, and while he’s had a long tenure in town, his social circle remains limited. He turns to online chat rooms to make friends with folks his age and talk about their lifestyles, and finds joy in watching PBS shows about American history and science.
“I’m not a real socialite,” Sharp says.
Sharp, who successfully manages schizoaffective disorder through a medication regimen, studied chemistry in college. The jazz flutist also studied music, forestry and computer science but eventually cut short a college education that included stints at Stephen F. Austin University and what is now Texas State University.
“It was all so boring; I couldn’t take it anymore,” Sharp says dryly.
After a period of homelessness following a divorce and car accident, Sharp received assistance from Family Eldercare, the organization that nominated him for Season for Caring, which helped stabilize his living situation.
The nonprofit has assisted Sharp, who lives off of disability benefits, with the stress of managing his finances and staying on top of his medical appointments and mounting bills. For that, Sharp is very grateful.
“It makes me feel very comforted to know somebody is going to be there,” Sharp says.
More Season for Caring.
No shutdowns: Abbott banks on medicine, vigilance to counter pandemic – News – Austin American-Statesman
With coronavirus infections surging in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott traveled Thursday to Lubbock, a pandemic hot spot, to promote the state’s distribution of a new antibody therapy designed to limit the strain on hospitals.
The emphasis from now on, Abbott said, will be on improved treatment options plus an appeal to Texans to limit exposure by wearing face coverings, avoiding crowds — including extended family and friends — and keeping a safe distance from others in public.
“Statewide, we’re not going to have another shutdown,” Abbott said, adding that his previous orders forcing businesses to close and limiting the movement of people had severe consequences for the mental, physical and financial health of Texans.
Large social gatherings, not people going to work, are among the most common ways to spread COVID-19, he said.
“Shutdowns will not lead to the positive results that some people think,” Abbott said during a news conference at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
As the number of COVID-19 deaths in Texas neared 20,000 and hospitalizations continued a steady rise since early October, Democrats criticized Abbott’s approach as dangerously weak.
“I hope this new treatment is successful and saves lives, but Gov. Abbott should return power to local leaders so they can take decisive action to curb the rampant spread of COVID-19 in their communities,” said state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie and chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.
“The governor should get out of the way and let local leaders take measures to protect their communities,” Turner said.
Abbott called his first pandemic-related news conference in several weeks to tout the arrival of a monoclonal antibody therapy by Eli Lilly & Co. that will be distributed to hospitals across Texas, beginning with hot spot areas like Lubbock, El Paso and Amarillo.
Nursing homes and other sites should receive doses in the future as supplies get shipped to Texas from the federal government, he said.
Intended for those with early-stage COVID-19 and other health problems that put them at greater risk, the intravenous drug has been effective at keeping patients out of hospitals, which are under a growing strain in the current spike of infections, Abbott said.
Supplies of a second antibody therapy should begin flowing soon, Abbott said, adding that the state also is preparing to distribute two vaccines that could become available as early as December.
“The cavalry is coming,” Abbott said.
Thursday’s news conference did not include Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish, who tested positive for COVID-19 prior to Abbott’s visit. Parrish said he did not have “any of the major symptoms” and would continue working from home.
In late June and early July, when Texas was in the midst of a similar sharp rise in infections and hospitalizations, Abbott closed bars, reduced restaurant capacity and issued a face mask mandate in counties with more than 20 positive COVID-19 cases.
But unlike some Democratic governors who are tapping the brakes on reopening efforts as infections climb nationwide, Abbott said he’s banking on
AUSTIN, TX — Travis County residents will have two convenient opportunities to receive free flu vaccinations on Saturday, Central Health officials said.
With the arrival of flu season, public health officials are urging residents to get their flu shot now — especially as the county and state continue to see an upward trend in cases of COVID-19. While the flu and virus that causes COVID-19 are different viruses, they result in many similar symptoms and can both cause serious health complications, health officials noted. This is especially true for those who are considered high-risk, including individuals with chronic health conditions, the elderly, and pregnant women, officials added. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a flu vaccine for everyone six months and older.
Those who have health insurance should bring their insurance card so their carrier can be billed directly, with no out-of-pocket costs for individuals. Free vaccines are available for those without insurance. Because the flu and COVID-19 are easily spread from person to person, Central Health is also reminding everyone to stay vigilant about wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), washing or sanitizing hands often, and watching their distance with others — keeping at least six feet between themselves and coworkers, close friends and family outside of their household.
Halloween Themed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Distribution
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ojeda Middle School, 4900 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744.
Del Valle Community Coalition and the Austin Latino Coalition are hosting a Halloween-themed event with walk-up and drive-through options available. There will be free flu shots, PPE and candy for the community. Children must be at least seven years old to receive a flu shot at this event. Additional details here.
The sponsors for this event are Austin Latino Coalition; Del Valle Community Coalition; HEB; Austin Public Health; and Central Health.
Boo the Flu (Drive-thru Event)
Noon to 3 p.m. Travis Early College High School, 1211 E. Oltorf St., Austin, TX 78704.
The annual Boo the Flu event, sponsored by Central Health-affiliated Sendero Health Plans, will take place with strict safety guidelines. Visitors can receive a flu vaccine while remaining in their car, as well as get free PPE and Halloween treats. Additional information can be found here.
The sponsors for this event are Sendero Health Plans; Austin Public Health; Austin Independent School District; Ascension Seton; Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; City of Austin; El Mundo; City of Austin; and Travis County Constable – Precinct 4.
This article originally appeared on the Austin Patch
AUSTIN, TX — Austin Public Health officials on Friday launched a so-called Vaccine Distribution Coalition in preparing for availability of a vaccine for the coronavirus one it’s readily available.
The coalition comprises local health care and community partners with an aim to assist the health district in developing strategies for vaccination coverage, Austin Public Health officials wrote in an advisory. Coalitions within local jurisdictions were identified by the federal government as a best practice and are key to successful rapid vaccine distribution planning, officials added.
“Slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Austin-Travis County has been a community effort since the beginning,” Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden said in a prepared statement. “Planning for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine will once again require many stakeholders and a community effort to be successful. We still have a long road ahead of us, but the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Coalition marks the beginning of a new chapter in our response.”
Local officials have been guided by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publication titled the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations, which includes information on vaccination program planning and implementation tactics, Austin Public Health officials said. COVID-19 vaccine supply is expected to be limited at the beginning of distribution, local officials noted, so the allocation of doses may need to be prioritized for critical populations such as critical infrastructure workers, people at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness, people at increased risk of acquiring or transmitting COVID-19, and people with limited access to routine vaccination services.
“As a community, we need to recognize that even when a vaccine becomes available, initially it will not be widely available for the general public,” Dr. Mark Escott, the interim Austin-Travis County health authority, said in a prepared statement. “We will need to prioritize our most vulnerable and ensure equitable distribution across our community.”
Austin Public Health officials said initial coalition meetings will focus on identifying these critical populations as well as strategizing for distribution channels, vaccine temperature storage and management along with community messaging and engagement efforts.
For COVID-19 information and updates, visit the COVID-19 Information page in the City of Austin website.
This article originally appeared on the Austin Patch
Make, give, eat: Why dumplings are the medicine we need during a pandemic – Food and Dining – Austin American-Statesman
Every culture has a dumpling, and I want them all.
Pot stickers and pierogi, pasties and samosas, empanadas and ravioli. These are just a few of the hand pies and filled dumplings that people around the world reach for at family get-togethers, annual celebrations and weekday lunches.
The dumplings I knew as a kid weren’t really dumplings. Those thick, hand-cut noodles dropped into chicken stew dumplings are still a nostalgic comfort food, but those aren’t the dumplings that currently fill my freezer.
I’ve always tried to keep a little stash of Asian, Italian, Argentinean and Eastern European dumplings for quick dinners, but this year, that stash has grown into a stockpile. It must have something to do with the anxieties and uncertainties of the pandemic — plus all this time at home to cook — that have led to a larger-than-usual supply of dumplings that I can cook for a quick lunch or dinner.
In the past few weeks, I’ve been focused on making hundreds of Asian dumplings to give away to neighbors and friends, some of whom have welcomed babies during this year of the coronavirus. Reactions are almost identical each time I hand someone a bag, usually filled with some kind of frozen pork-and-scallion stuffed pot stickers: raised eyebrows, open mouth and some exclamation along the lines of “Oh, I love dumplings!”
During the past six months, I’ve written about making empanadas, pierogi and ravioli, but it wasn’t until this month’s one-person pot sticker parties that I started to wonder why I’ve been so drawn to dumplings this year.
So I reached out to C.K. Chin, the community-building restaurateur behind Wu Chow and Swift’s Attic. His downtown Chinese restaurant is now selling frozen dumplings by the dozens, and I knew Chin would help me sort out what it is about these little pockets of joy that makes them so magical.
Unlike lasagna, brisket or a big pot of soup, which are also definitely comfort foods, dumplings aren’t necessarily meant to feed a crowd — although they certainly can. Dumplings usually start the other way, with a group of people gathered around a table, with everyone putting their labor together to make something that can be divided and shared among them.
Once you’ve made all those dumplings — no matter what kind — you can store them in a freezer to feed your future self. Dumplings embody a certain kind of optimism, Chin says.
“In Asian cultures, dumplings carry deep symbolism. They are treated with a lot of reverence and good luck because they are shaped like gold ingots. Even if you don’t believe the mythos of it, it becomes a tradition in your house,” he says.
With humble origins, dumplings don’t need much to shine. In Asian cultures, the dough is usually made with flour, water and salt, and in the right hands, those ingredients can transform into an almost transparent skin that maintains a slightly chewy texture when boiled or fried. “It takes out-of-the-box thinking to make
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