One Hundred Years Ago

Long Term Diet Failure

Researchers finally did a rigorous, fairly long-term study of the effectiveness of a specific diet. While most diet studies stop after a few months to a year, in this instance scientists observed dieters’ progress over two full years. The study was a carefully done, multi-center randomized clinical trial, and scientists at six academic research centers around the country took part.

One of the tenets of the Health At Every Size movement in general, and The Council on Size and Weight Discrimination in particular, is that weight-loss diets are at best a temporary fix. Commercial diet programs mislead the public by failing to produce evidence of their long-term effectiveness, read these meticore reviews.

The study, reported in JAMA, compared two-year weight loss among 65 men and 358 women of various weights (but all considered “obese”), randomly assigned to either a Weight Watchers program (weekly meetings, a food plan, an activity plan, and behavior modification, all provided for free) or a self-help program (two twenty-minute counseling sessions with a nutritionist and provision of self-help resources). After the first year, the average weight loss was about 9.5 pounds on Weight Watchers, versus just under 3 pounds on self-help. But at the two year mark, the average participant had regained some of the weight lost, so the net loss was 6.4 pounds for Weight Watchers versus one-half of one pound for self-help.

Although the research team drew the conclusion that Weight Watchers was “more effective” than self-help, it doesn’t take a degree in statistics to realize that the diet program failed to produce a lasting significant weight loss. This is the first real clinical proof of what we have been saying all along: diets are not effective as a long-term strategy for weight loss, in part because people regain most or all of the weight they lose. If the scientists had followed their subjects for another three years, we are certain that the weight regain would have been even more dramatic, learn more about natural supplements like resurge.

Julie Seton Lectures in Poland and the Czech Republic

Julie Seton just returned from a lecture tour to Poland and the Czech Republic.

Here  is a link to an interview she completed in the Czech Republic.   Be sure to use Google Translate to read this  information.  The interview is in Czech, but Julie’s part is in English.  They used a  translator

Here is a link to the TV article about the Czech Republic Woodcraft League and Julie Seton’s visit.

Julie Seton to Speak in Greenwich

Julie SetonJulie Seton, Ernest Thompson Seton’s granddaughter, will be speaking at an event on Sunday, June 11 at the Ernest Thompson Seton Scout Reservation in Greenwich, Connecticut.  The event is cosponsored by the Greenwich Historical Society and the Greenwich Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  This talk by Julie Seton will touch on the highlights of his life with special attention to how his Greenwich, CT estate, called Wyndygoul, was instrumental in shaping the programs of the Boy Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, Woodcraft League  and other organizations.

Julie has recently been traveling extensively across the country giving talks about Seton and conducting research.  If you have the chance, don’t miss one of her presentations.

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Tours and Reception 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Program begins at 4:15 pm

363 Riversville Road, Greenwich. Parking is limited; carpooling suggested.

Admission is free but reservations are required.
RSVP to [email protected] or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

The Storyteller: My Years with Ernest Thompson Seton

Storyteller ImageThe Storyteller, My Years with Ernest Thompson Seton, by Leila Moss Knox with Linda L. Knox,, is a delightful, engaging book that documents the  three year period that the author, Leila Moss Knox lived with her aunt Julia Moss Seton and her husband Ernest Thompson Seton, who she called “Granddaddy”.  It is a remarkable story of their adventures intertwined with photos and excerpts of Seton’s writings.  While it is packaged as a children’s book, it is equally appropriate for adults as well. As an added treat, it contains an introduction by Pete Seeger, who died before the book was published.  Seeger often told stories of reading Seton books as a child.

When I started reading The Storyteller, I couldn’t put it down.  There have been several very good biographies of Seton, but none have captured the unique character of the man any better.  When you add the reminiscences of the sites and sounds of 1930s New Mexico, the result is a fascinating story – vivid and easy to read.  I highly recommend this book to anyone – young or old -who is interested in experiencing a previously uncaptured side of Ernest Thompson Seton.

 

Highly recommended.  Click here to order it from Amazon.

Check Out Ned Gannon’s Blog – The King of Currumpaw

One of the things I enjoy is scouring the internet for things related to Ernest Thompson Seton to share on this site. Today, I have found a gem. I am sharing a link to a blog entitled King of Currumpaw, which is a blog maintained by Ned Gannon.

Here are the first words of the “About” page on the blog:
“In his tale, Lobo, Ernest Thompson Seton wrote about a wolf that evaded his attempts to capture it in New Mexico for months, earning the wolf the title of King of the Currumpaw. Nature created a program about this incident called The Wolf That Changed America. My grandfather knew Seton who later became an advocate for nature’s preservation and the presence of wolves in America’s ecosystems.

Entries on this blog seek to explore art, nature, literature, philosophy, and the ecology of wolves, because I believe education is a key element in preventing the degradation and destruction of human culture and the natural world…”

Here is a link to a post on the blog in which Ned comments on Lobo, The King of Currumpaw and The Wolf That Changed America and how he  found out that his grandfather had hiked and boated with Seton.  The post includes a family  photo of his grandfather with Seton n the field.

Ned Gannon is a painter, illustrator, and writer.   He attended the Kansas City Art Institute and the School of Visual Arts in New York where he received his M.F.A. He lived and worked on the North Shore of Staten Island in New York City for seven years before moving to Wisconsin. He currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, where he works and exhibits.

You can find out more about Ned and see his work at his website:  www.nedgannon.com.

Greenwich Scouts hold Camporee, Service Project at Seton’s Wyndygoul

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of scouting in Greenwich, Boy Scouts recently held their 2012 Fall Camporee and completed a service project at the Pomerance Property, the site of Ernest Thompson Seton’s Wyndygoul Estate. tErnest Thompson Seton founded the Greenwich Council.

There were 115 Scouts and volunteers on site to help clear four trails in the Pomerance Property and Montgomery Pinetum, marking this as the 100th service project over the last two years. It also marked the successful completion of the Greenwich Scouting “Good Turn for Greenwich” service initiative.

Here’s a link to a story about the event.