Pigments in Fruits & Vegetables

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Happy New Year FYI readers! For our Winter issue I will talk about the importance of consuming a variety of pigmented or colored fruits and vegetables. We are all aware of the recommendation of consuming 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily but in this issue I will briefly point out why this recommendation is important and how to maximize the effect. Fruits and vegetables contain a variety of nutrients and vitamins and the different pigments are actually different phytochemicals that are beneficial to our health.

The red pigments found in fruits like watermelon, red grapes, tomatoes and strawberries are called lycopene and anthocyanin. These pigments may reduce the risk of several types of cancers especially prostate cancer. These pigments are also powerful antioxidants that keep the heart healthy and protect from cell damage.

Orange and yellow pigments found in fruits and vegetables such as oranges, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and carrots are colored by carotenoids. Beta-carotene is the precursor for vitamin A which may reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, improve immune function, and decrease the risk of age related macular degeneration.

Green fruits and vegetables are pigmented by chlorophyll and include dark leafy greens, green pepper, honey dew melon, green apples, kiwi, lettuce zucchini, and broccoli.

Dark leafy greens contain folate which is a very important nutrient for women’s health especially during pregnancy. They also contain a chemical called lutein which is integral to healthy eyesight. Blue and purple pigmented fruits and vegetables contain anthocyanins which are potent antioxidants that protect the cells from damage, reduce the risk of cancer, and heart disease. Included in this group are blackberries, eggplant, figs, purple grapes, raisins, and blueberries.

White fruits and vegetables are colored by pigments called anthoxanthins. These pigments contain healthy chemicals such as allicin which may reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure and reduces the risk of stomach cancer. Included in this group are bananas, garlic, ginger, onions and mushrooms.

This is only a brief introduction to the potency of the health generating chemicals found in fruits and vegetables and I encourage you to do further research on this fascinating topic. Until next time, “eat the rainbow” when choosing your fruits and vegetables.

-Mark Davis BS NUT

Fitness Is Not Just a Choice, It is a Lifestyle

Terrell Washington, Personal Trainer & Fitness Model
Terrell Washington,
Personal Trainer & Fitness Model

From Huntsville, Alabama, currently residing in
Houston, Texas, Terrell dedicates his life to fitness and health. He goes by the 80/20 rule of fitness to keep up his great looks. Eighty percent of how he looks comes from nutrition. Terrell drinks 6 bottles of water a day which keeps him looking young and eats 4 meals a day to maintain his lean muscle mass. The other 20 percent comes from working out 4 times a week. He views fitness as a lifestyle because he knows of the negative repercussions an unhealthy lifestyle creates.

Terrell has been involved in fitness since the age of 14, but only as a hobby. Now he takes time out to inform others on living a healthy lifestyle.

Terrell Washington, Personal Trainer & Fitness Model
Terrell Washington,
Personal Trainer & Fitness Model

Currently, he is a personal trainer at Katy Fitness and a fitness model. He has participated in fashion shows and Muscle Mania, a fitness division composed of sportswear, club wear, and swimwear. He is also owner of Elite Body Fitness. In the future, he sees himself as a top prospect in the modeling industry. He wants to do commercials and pose for Men’s Health magazine. He says if he was not modeling, he would still be a personal trainer and fitness coach. He would also continue to educate others on good health. If none of his plans go through, he will continue to use the 80/20 rule to reach his full potential of fitness.

-Tinka Bell Israel

Dennis Sanders Jr. will get you Fit!

Personal Trainer & Fitness Model
Dennis Sanders Jr., Personal Trainer & Fitness Model
Dennis Sanders Jr.,
Personal Trainer & Fitness Model

Visually looking at Dennis Sanders Jr., we can tell his life revolves around health and fitness. His great looks and muscle tone should also motivate others to live a healthy lifestyle. He keeps his great physique from good nutrition and working out. He drinks 6 to 8 bottles of water a day to help maintain his lean muscle mass and also works out 5 days out of the week. His advice to others is to work hard, be dedicated, and consistent in life and not just fitness.

Dennis Sanders Jr., Personal Trainer & Fitness Model
Dennis Sanders Jr.,
Personal Trainer & Fitness Model

Dennis began fitness modeling when he was 19 and a sophomore at Texas Southern University. He competes in fitness modeling shows and also healthy lifestyle photos. His hard work and dedication has helped him overcome his roadblock of not believing in himself and not having confidence because of what others think. In the future, he wants to continue to be a personal trainer at Katy Fitness and participate in body building shows. He also plans to compete in more fitness shows and network with modeling agencies.

Tinka Bell Israel

Prosper in EVERY Bite

Have you ever heard the wise old adage “Health is wealth?”  It may sound like just another catchy slogan, but the veracity this phrase carries with it is astonishing. For quite some time in America now, Black people and/or those of African descent have been made mindful of and are often reminded about the harsh realities inherent in our culture, but not importance of being healthy. In this day and age many Black people are still clinging to the recipes of old at every family gathering. Be it the ever-so-obvious first on the list: fried chicken, peach cobbler, baby back ribs, oxtails, pigs feet or collard greens; Black people in general have been eating this way on a consistent basis for quite some time now, much to our detriment.

In more recent years however, while the meals themselves haven’t changed much, the animals and ingredients used to prepare such meals are nothing like they used to be. With factory farms replacing family ones and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) running amok in the American food supply, a traditional Black family meal has become a feast of fat and falsities.

Beyond this fact stands another one even more disheartening; fast food has replaced family meals. This poses an even worse problem for our health as a community for one because there are no labels and thus no speculation or suspicion about what these “frankenphoods” contain, which fruits and veggiesmeans GMOs can and are used and served in copious amounts on a daily basis. I am writing this article not because I want to sell anything or strictly chastise my people, but because I want to offer a non-monetary means of prosperity, FOOD. Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.E.) once stated, “Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” which still holds true to form today. Remember we were once kings and queens, therefore it is my belief that we should eat like it. In closing, one of the most beautiful parts about being healthy is that you don’t have to be rich to do so, but the rewards reaped will make you feel like royalty.

Peace and Love,
Rahq’El Savid

Hydrate or DIE!

Stay Cool this Summer: Heat Can Cause Severe Illness

By: Mark Davis, BS NUT. CPT

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In our Summer Issue of FYI Houston I want to talk about heat related illness, and the importance of proper hydration. Friday, June 21st marked the first day of summer and we are already experiencing daytime temperatures in the mid and upper 90’s during the spring. Prolonged exposure to this type of heat, whether working or exercising, may lead to dehydration which can cause heat related injuries. Heat illnesses range in severity and require different methods of treatment. The least severe yet most common heat injury is heat cramps, which are painful muscle contractions. Heat cramps are caused by eliminating the body’s salt and electrolyte levels through excessive sweating. First aid for heat cramps is to remove the victim from the hot area to a cool shady area and slowly administer cool liquids, preferably water or a sports drink.

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Kenyada Tatum

“It’s all about championships and rings,” says Kenyada Tatum

Kenyada Tatum, wide receiver and kickoff return star for the Corpus Christi Fury, personifies a man of strong faith and humble beginnings. He first realized his talent for football at the young age of three, when his uncles would give him dollar bills to do push-ups.

Since then, Tatum has been a star on the football field, gaining recognition each time he plays. On the road, his pre-game playlist consists of Tupac & Jay-Z. He stays fueled by a very balanced diet, which consists of plenty protein, carbs and fruit. His basic workout is a full body workout. “You need every muscle on the field, so train hard and endure pain,” says Tatum.

In the off season, he takes a month off from lifting and jogs or cycles to keep his wind. K. Tatum helps with youth activities in the Third Ward Community, and also takes time to help younger athletes develop and perform better on and off the field. Tatum recognizes his daughter, Kenadey Tatum, as his inspiration, and also gratifies his older brothers for being role models to him as a child. After football, he plans to become a personal trainer, helping others achieve goals, and getting more involved in youth football, attempting to better the next generation.

For teen athletes hoping to step into the professional realm, Tatum advises, “Put your grades first and your talent will take care of itself.” In life, Tatum would like to impact as many people, in a positive way, as possible; but when it comes to his football career, he says, “it’s all about championships and rings.”

Sydney Colson

Sydney Colson was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Colson attended Texas A&M University where she played as a guard on the schools basketball team and was the team captain for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years. During her senior year at A&M, the team accomplished something that has never been done. They won the first NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship in the 2010-2011 season. After that explosive finish in her college career, Colson was selected in the 2nd round (16th overall) in the 2011 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun. She was then traded to the New York Liberty. Although Colson plays in the WNBA, she also plays overseas during the off season in Poland. Recently, I was able to catch-up with Ms. Colson to see how life has changed since winning the national championship and entering the professional arena.

Vesti: How did it feel to win the NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship title when no one thought y’all could do it?

Colson: It was wonderful especially since we were the underdogs coming in. Most of us were seniors and we were at that point where we knew this was the time to conquer and win it all. After we beat Baylor in the tournament, I knew for sure we had it in us to go all the way.

Vesti: Since the win, who have you been able to meet?

Colson: I was able to go to the White House and meet Barak Obama which was amazing. We also met: Robert Gates- Secretary of Defense and George Bush- both senior and junior. But meeting Barak Obama had to be the icing on the cake.

Vesti: On draft day, how did it feel to accomplish something you dreamed about as a little girl playing basketball?

Colson: It was definitely a great experience. It was great to be able to meet players that I’ve played against and getting to know them outside of basketball. Once I’m done playing basketball, I want to be a sports broadcaster. On draft day I was able to meet people and make connections that would help me do so in the future.

Vesti: While playing in Poland twice, what have you been able to do in the community?

Colson: During my first year in Poland, we went to people’s houses that had foster children and brought them presents on Christmas Day; we also stayed for dinner. This past Valentine’s Day, a teammate and I made cupcakes and bought candy and delivered them to the homeless. You never know what someone is going through so to be able to put a smile on their face always makes me happy.

Vesti: In the future, do you see yourself starting your own foundation and/or camp for children?

Colson: I want to eventually create a non-profit camp for under privileged girls. The camp will consist of a Christian basketball camp along with nutrition classes and teach them how to carry themselves as young women.

I want to thank Sydney Colson for taking the time to do this interview. To fans, family, and friends continue to support Ms. Colson on all her endeavors on and off the court.

“I’m a caring person who wants to give back. When you’ve been blessed by God, it changes you and teaches you not to take things for granted.” –Sydney Colson

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“Sling Shot” – Justin Johnson

“Sling Shot” was a grade school nickname that Justin Johnson had to quickly outgrow if he wanted to become a professional basketball player. Johnson was given the nickname by his 7th grade coach after he witnessed Johnson placing the ball behind his head and shooting. The coach couldn’t help but call him “Sling Shot” after that. The coach also told him, “Don’t think about making varsity if you keep shooting like that.” Needless to say, it was a cry for help. Instead of allowing the coach’s comment to discourage him, Johnson used his words as fuel to get better and practiced changing his jump shot. Hard work pays off; not only did he make varsity in high school but he also was never called “SlingShot” again.

Johnson was born and raised in Tyler, Texas and attended Tyler Junior College where he played basketball for two years. He then took his talents to Iowa University. There, during March Madness, Johnson hit eight three-pointers against Ohio State University. After his college career, Johnson played in the D. League for Sioux Falls Skyforce from 2008-2009. In the 2012 D. League Draft, he was selected in the 8th round as pick 15 by the Austin Toros. Currently, Johnson is completing his second year as a professional basketball player overseas in Japan.

During his first year in Japan, he experienced the huge earthquake and tsunami that occurred killing thousands of people. “One minute everything was fine and the next minute you felt the ground shaking. It stopped and then minutes later it continued again. The team manager rushed all the American players to the airport and got us to safety. All I remember is thinking about my teammates that couldn’t come with us and praying for them and their families,” stated Johnson. After having gone through that terrifying experience, he told himself he would never play basketball in Japan again but he found himself playing for his current team, the Fukuoka Rizing. Despite the team preparing for playoffs, I was able reach Johnson in Japan for an interview.

Vesti: Who introduced you to basketball and when did you first realize you had a love for the sport?

Johnson: My mom was the one that introduced me to basketball. It wasn’t until 7th grade when I changed my jump shot, that I realized I had a love for basketball.

Vesti: What was the hardest thing about being a college athlete vs. a professional athlete?

Johnson: In college the hardest thing for me was that your whole day was arranged by the coaches. We were barely able to have a life outside of basketball. The hardest thing with having basketball as a career is making sure you stay employed.

Vesti: What do you like to eat to fuel up for a game and what foods do you try and stay away from? As far as drinks are concerned, do you prefer Gatorade or Poweraid?

Johnson: I’m not really a big nutrition guy. I eat anything. When it comes to drinks, whichever is cheaper when I walk into the gas station is what I purchase.

Vesti: Lol, you’re funny, truthful but funny. If you could create a two-on-two basketball game against anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Johnson: It would be Kobe, Hakeem, and I vs. Lebron and Shaq.

Vesti: Yeah, you better add a third person on your team because y’all couldn’t win without him, lol. What are some of the things you do off the court for the community?

Johnson: Please, Kobe can beat both Lebron and Shaq with his eyes closed if he wanted to. Off the court, I help out at basketball camps. I also help high school students during the week on fundamental skills and reinsure that if you want to play basketball then you have to be committed to receiving an education as well.

Justin Johnson has also started his own blog which gets published in his hometown’s daily newspaper in Tyler, Texas. I had an amazing time interviewing Mr. Johnson. On the behalf of fyihouston, your fans, and family we wish you luck in the playoffs this month.

“I want to be remembered as a competitor in life that wants to get better as a

person everyday on earth, while also having a positive influence on family, friends, and strangers.” – Justin R. Johnson

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Vestina Okeke“Sling Shot” was a grade school nickname that Justin Johnson had to quickly outgrow if he wanted to become a professional basketball player. Johnson was given the nickname by his 7th grade coach after he witnessed Johnson placing the ball behind his head and shooting. The coach couldn’t help but call him “Sling Shot” after that. The coach also told him, “Don’t think about making varsity if you keep shooting like that.” Needless to say, it was a cry for help. Instead of allowing the coach’s comment to discourage him, Johnson used his words as fuel to get better and practiced changing his jump shot. Hard work pays off; not only did he make varsity in high school but he also was never called “SlingShot” again.

Johnson was born and raised in Tyler, Texas and attended Tyler Junior College where he played basketball for two years. He then took his talents to Iowa University. There, during March Madness, Johnson hit eight three-pointers against Ohio State University. After his college career, Johnson played in the D. League for Sioux Falls Skyforce from 2008-2009. In the 2012 D. League Draft, he was selected in the 8th round as pick 15 by the Austin Toros. Currently, Johnson is completing his second year as a professional basketball player overseas in Japan.

During his first year in Japan, he experienced the huge earthquake and tsunami that occurred killing thousands of people. “One minute everything was fine and the next minute you felt the ground shaking. It stopped and then minutes later it continued again. The team manager rushed all the American players to the airport and got us to safety. All I remember is thinking about my teammates that couldn’t come with us and praying for them and their families,” stated Johnson. After having gone through that terrifying experience, he told himself he would never play basketball in Japan again but he found himself playing for his current team, the Fukuoka Rizing. Despite the team preparing for playoffs, I was able reach Johnson in Japan for an interview.

Vesti: Who introduced you to basketball and when did you first realize you had a love for the sport?

Johnson: My mom was the one that introduced me to basketball. It wasn’t until 7th grade when I changed my jump shot, that I realized I had a love for basketball.

Vesti: What was the hardest thing about being a college athlete vs. a professional athlete?

Johnson: In college the hardest thing for me was that your whole day was arranged by the coaches. We were barely able to have a life outside of basketball. The hardest thing with having basketball as a career is making sure you stay employed.

Vesti: What do you like to eat to fuel up for a game and what foods do you try and stay away from? As far as drinks are concerned, do you prefer Gatorade or Poweraid?

Johnson: I’m not really a big nutrition guy. I eat anything. When it comes to drinks, whichever is cheaper when I walk into the gas station is what I purchase.

Vesti: Lol, you’re funny, truthful but funny. If you could create a two-on-two basketball game against anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Johnson: It would be Kobe, Hakeem, and I vs. Lebron and Shaq.

Vesti: Yeah, you better add a third person on your team because y’all couldn’t win without him, lol. What are some of the things you do off the court for the community?

Johnson: Please, Kobe can beat both Lebron and Shaq with his eyes closed if he wanted to. Off the court, I help out at basketball camps. I also help high school students during the week on fundamental skills and reinsure that if you want to play basketball then you have to be committed to receiving an education as well.

Justin Johnson has also started his own blog which gets published in his hometown’s daily newspaper in Tyler, Texas. I had an amazing time interviewing Mr. Johnson. On the behalf of fyihouston, your fans, and family we wish you luck in the playoffs this month.

“I want to be remembered as a competitor in life that wants to get better as a

person everyday on earth, while also having a positive influence on family, friends, and strangers.” – Justin R. Johnson

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Jordan Pugh – Washington Redskins

Washington Redskins DB, Jordan Pugh, had a love for baseball as a child but had a change of heart after one blistering Texas day. “I remember burning up while sitting in center field thinking this is not fun. No one is hitting me the ball and I am burning up for no reason, so why should I continue to play this sport,” recalled Pugh. That day he went to his father and told him he wanted to play football.

Since then football has been his everything. Pugh played football at Plano West High School and later proceeded to play football at Texas A&M University. There Pugh’s football skills and knowledge enhanced, permitting him to become a prospect for the 2010 NFL draft. Pugh was drafted in the 6th round by the Carolina Panthers. After being with the Panthers for two seasons, he was released by their organization. However, Pugh wasn’t a free agent for very long. He was signed by the Washington Redskins before the 2012 season. As a Redskin, Pugh received his first career sack on Joe Flacco in week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens, along with his first playoff run. I was able to catch-up with Mr. Pugh during this off season to see how life has been both on and off the field.

Vesti: Looking back at the 2010 NFL Draft, how did it feel to know all your hard work had finally paid off when you were selected by the Carolina Panthers?

Pugh: It’s a feeling you can’t describe. It’s something you’ve always prayed for when you first start playing the sport. You want to reach the highest level possible and when I received that call from the Panthers organization, I was beyond happy. Although, getting that call was joyful, it also added pressure because now your mindset is to prove to them that they didn’t make the wrong decision by selecting you.

Vesti: When you arrived at North Carolina, would you say A&M prepared you enough for the league?

Pugh: Yes, physically and mentally they did prepare me. The hardest part was adjusting to the demands of the league and the business side as well.

Vesti: You have always intrigued me when it came to your religious beliefs. Can you inform everyone on what your beliefs are and how you feel He challenged you while you were playing for the Carolina Panthers?

Pugh: I’m a big faith guy and I believe in God. The biggest things you face in this league are pride, money, and women. It can get hard trying to do the right thing when you consistently see these things daily. When you remember your purpose and why God put you here it gets easier to handle.

Vesti: What transpired with the Panthers that caused the move to the Redskins?

Pugh: Honestly, I have no idea. That’s the thing being in this league, it’s a business. You never get the real reason why things happen the way they do. I wish I did know what transpired but I don’t.

Vesti: How was it going from Cam Newton to RGIII? Who would you say is the biggest Diva?

Pugh: Lmao on the Diva question and no comment. When it comes to going from Cam to RGIII, they are honestly one in the same. I’m a fan of both and yeah they have different things to offer but all in all they are both winners. It comes down to who you prefer. I was honored to be on the same team with Cam and I am now honored to be playing on the same team with RGIII.

Vesti: Since the move to the Redskins, how has your on field play improved?

Pugh: Just playing football overtime has helped improve my skills. Physically, you improve through different coaches. While I’ve been with the Redskins, I’ve improved with breaking down the film and moving it over to on field play.

Vesti: I’ve always called you Plano since the day we met because that’s the part of Dallas you are from. Your high school, Plano West, has recently retired your football jersey. Is it safe to say that you are Mr. Plano now?

Pugh: Lol, no I wouldn’t say I’m Mr. Plano but I am definitely honored that they choose to retire my jersey. It goes to show my hard work didn’t go unnoticed.

Vesti: Since the season is over, what are some of the things you’ve been doing in the community?

Pugh: The past two years, I’ve started my own foundation called Pushing

Upward Going Higher; PUGH. I have collaborated with my high school, PlanoWest, to reach students who have academic passion along with their athletic ability to show them that they have not been overlooked. When playing a team sport, not everyone gets noticed for all their hard work that they have contributed to the team. I take the time to mentor these kids and let them know that they are not being forgotten. I award one student every year that distributes hard work in their academics as well as their on field play.

Jordan Pugh is not only a professional football player, he is also a business man and a public speaker. Check him out at http://www.jordanpugh29.com. Thank you, Mr. Pugh for a wonderful interview. To football fans all over I say: continue to watch and follow Pugh on his journey with the Washington Redskins as they battle to reach the SuperBowl this coming 2013 season.

“The two biggest things that I am about are being a business man and a mentor. I love getting to know people, talking to people, and helping people. Since God has blessed me, I try to lend out a helping hand as much as I can.” – Jordan Pugh

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The Jorvorski ‘J.Train’ Lane Story: Inside and Out by VestiSports


Dedication and Determination at it’s Best

            Jorvorskie Javion Lane is an American football fullback for the Miami Dolphinsof the National Football League. He played tailback and fullback for the Texas A&M Aggies college football team. Although, Lane is currently the starting fullback for the Miami Dolphins, he hasn’t always had love for football. “My first love has always been basketball. It wasn’t until 6th when I moved back to Lufkin from Houston that I was introduced to football. I went to my Uncle’s house and my Aunt said he and my cousins were out back playing football and that I should go join them. I didn’t care for football at all so I was like I won’t play but I’ll go watch them. When I got back there I saw how much fun my Uncle and cousins were having while playing football. That day my Uncle taught me football and ever since then I never looked back.”jorvorksi lane1

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