‘How to Dance in Ohio’ weekend showings cancelled after Covid-19 outbreak – syracuse.com

Syracuse, N.Y. — Weekend showings of “How to Dance in Ohio” have been canceled following multiple cast members testing positive for Covid-19, a Syracuse Stage representative said.

The play centers on seven autistic young adults, played by autistic young adults, getting ready for a spring formal and is based on an award-winning HBO documentary.

The 7:30 p.m. Saturday show was canceled just a few minutes after it was supposed to start, said Linda Lowen, who writes theater reviews for Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard.

Lowen reviewed the play last week and called it “the musical you’ll talk about for the rest of your life.” She returned Saturday night with her husband to watch it again. Lowen said she never returns to see plays for a second time but loved this one so much she wanted to.

A staff member told everyone in the audience that due to a last-minute illness the play was canceled and everyone in the audience would be contacted individually to handle rescheduling, Lowen said.

Sunday morning an email was sent out to ticketholders of the 2 p.m. show announcing that show’s cancellation. Ticketholders can call the box office to reschedule for another showing or will be automatically refunded after Oct. 9, according to the email sent by Syracuse Stage.

The 7:30 p.m. Sunday show and discussion were also canceled, Joanna Penalva, assistant director of marketing & communications, said in an email.

“Despite having many additional understudies in place for this production, the safety of our company is the top priority,” Penalva said. “We are working quickly to resume next week’s performances as scheduled and we appreciate your understanding.”

The play has at least one show every day except Monday until Oct. 9, according to the Syracuse Stage website.

Lowen said it is disappointing that the shows had to be canceled but that she thinks the play will outlast the Covid outbreak, comparing it to popular Broadway shows in her review:

“I think it will move on and we will be able to say ‘it premiered here!’”

Staff writer Rylee Kirk covers breaking news, crime and public safety. Have a tip, story idea, photo, question or comment? Reach her at 315-396-5961, on Twitter @kirk_rylee, or rkirk@syracuse.com.

“Turn Around and Say Sh**,”: Bodybuilding Legend Jay Cutler Shared His Pain of Having an NFL Superstar as His Namesake in 2015 – EssentiallySports

It is not uncommon when people mistake other people from someone else. But when both of them are celebrated athletes, things start to get a bit complicated, especially in the age of social media. Former American football quarterback Jay Christopher Cutler spent 12 seasons in the National Football League, mostly with the Chicago Bears. On the other hand, we have Jason (Jay) Isaac Cutler who is a retired American professional bodybuilder.


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Once in 2015, when The Chicago Bears had a bad season, the backlash of frustrated fans was misdirected towards Jay Cutler. Cutler was mistaken for his namesake, who played in the NFC North.


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Who is the true Jay Cutler?

Born Jason Isaac Cutler, the bodybuilder, 49, changed his name to Jay soon after graduating from high school because he felt Jason seemed “awkward”.

Jay won Mr. Olympia titles, which is the bodybuilding equivalent of the Super Bowl, in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010,. 


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Furthermore, Jay also founded Jaycutler.com in 2000. Before quarterback Cutler, whose middle name is Christopher started his career at Vanderbilt in 2002.

The quarterback did not have much social media presence, while the bodybuilder had over five and a half million Facebook fans.

Fans were angry at the wrong Jason Cutler

The bodybuilder Jay Cutler had previously been the victim of public rage. On numerous occasions, when the quarterback would not perform during a match, Bears fans would flood Jay’s social media with comments.

CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 4: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears passes during the first quarter of a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field on December 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

In one instance, when the Bears concluded the season with a dismal 5-11 record and quarterback Cutler was benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen, the bodybuilder faced the brunt.

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“It’s been a little tough for me sometimes on Twitter, especially on Mondays,” said Cutler. “There’s … animosity.”

It wasn’t the first time this had happened. Cutler was aware of his namesake and stated that people are often mistaken. “They turn around and say s**t, ‘It’s the wrong one.”


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Looking at the brighter side of things, he also added that it helped him get more exposure. The athlete who is now retired has been the face of many fitness magazines.

He has also released a DVD series on his life. With this, fans got to see his rigorous workout regimens, his off-season routines, and the attention he got from fans and other sportsmen. He also endorses various fitness brands and maintains a YouTube channel where he shares nutrition tips.

You Can Reverse High Cholesterol “Fast” and Here’s How — Eat This Not That – Eat This, Not That

According to the CDC, 94 million Americans are living with high cholesterol. “There are ways to manage high cholesterol, and the wonderful news is that heart disease is 90% preventable,” says preventative cardiologist Leslie Cho, MD. “Even if you have a significant family history of high cholesterol, you can prevent heart disease.” Here are five ways to reverse bad cholesterol, fast. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

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Avoiding saturated and trans fats can help lower cholesterol. “You can lower your cholesterol by limiting the type of foods you eat,” says Dr. Cho. “This means becoming a food label reader. There should be no more than 2 grams of fat per serving, and it should account for less than 7% of your daily calorie intake. Trans fats have a very negative impact on the body. Not only do they worsen your cholesterol, but they also increase your markers of inflammation.” This can lead to inflamed blood vessels, a risk factor for heart attacks.”

overweight woman at home lying on the floor, laptop in front of her, prepared to work out on mat according to video

Belly fat is strongly linked to high cholesterol. “Importantly, central obesity is a marker for increased inflammation within the body, which can result in cholesterol buildup in your blood vessels,” says Joshua Septimus, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine and medical director of Houston Methodist Primary Care Group Same Day Clinics. “It’s also a marker for unstable plaque. Remember, once plaque becomes unstable, the risk of stroke and heart attack increase.”

Fat overweight woman measuring her waist

Losing weight can have a significant impact on cholesterol levels, doctors say. “If you lose even a small amount of weight, your HDL will go up and your LDL will come down,” says Dr. Cho. “Losing five to 10 pounds can lower your total cholesterol by 5% to 10%.”

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Not smoking can positively impact cholesterol levels, doctors say. “Smoking causes inflammation and damage to your blood vessels, leading to unstable cholesterol plaque and, ultimately, increases your risk of plaque rupture,” says Dr. Septimus.

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Regular exercise is key to lowering cholesterol and keeping it down. “Exercise is a great place to start if you’re trying to lower bad cholesterol,” says Dr. Cho. “But it doesn’t stop there. Combining exercise with healthier diet and lifestyle choices makes the most impact. Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program, especially if your high cholesterol is putting you at more immediate risk for heart disease or stroke,”

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Association between healthy lifestyle and the occurrence of cardiometabolic multimorbidity in hypertensive patients: a prospective cohort study of UK Biobank – Cardiovascular Diabetology – Cardiovascular Diabetology

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  • What Does It Feel Like When You Have High Cholesterol? – Health Digest

    According to Cleveland Clinic, most people don’t experience clear-cut symptoms when their cholesterol levels increase beyond normal. However, plaque (consisting of fats and cholesterol) can build up with time, leading to potential medical emergencies.

    WebMD states that a heart attack is one such medical emergency that can happen. When plaque builds up in the walls, it narrows the arteries and limits blood flow to the heart. The less blood flow to the heart, the higher your chances of a heart attack.

    Per Healthline, too much cholesterol building up in the arteries can also make you susceptible to an ischemic stroke, which the American Heart Association describes as the cutting off of blood supply to the brain. The CDC also notes that nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year, and about 87% of these are ischemic strokes. Symptoms of ischemic stroke include numbness, blurred vision, unexplained headaches, and difficulty walking and speaking.

    CDPH COVID-19 Update: Cook County Remains in Low COVID-19 Community Level Based on CDC Metrics – chicago.gov

    CHICAGO – COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates are steadily improving in Chicago and Cook County so both the city and county remain in the Low COVID-19 Level, according to the latest Community Level metrics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today. However, uptake of the bivalent booster, the first update to the original COVID vaccine, has been slower than hoped and CDPH officials warned that the region could potentially see a COVID-19 surge this winter if more people aren’t vaccinated. 

    “I am pleased to see our region remain in the Low COVID-19 Level, which means fewer Chicagoans are being hospitalized with COVID-19 every day. But we need everyone to remain up-to-date with vaccinations, which means getting the updated vaccine, the bivalent booster, or we are at real risk of potentially seeing another surge this fall or winter as people move indoors,” said CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D 

    All Chicagoans over the age of 6 months should get both an annual flu shot and come up-to-date with COVID vaccines as soon as possible. For everyone age 12 and up, this includes getting the newly updated COVID vaccine, known as a bivalent booster, which is designed to better protect against the dominant Omicron subvariants BA.4/BA.5 that currently make up the majority of COVID-19 cases in Chicago. The updated vaccine has been designed specifically to protect against those variants, as well as to boost protection against severe outcomes from COVID. The bivalent booster generates a stronger immune response against current variants as well as the potential for broader protection against future variants.  

    “Based on what we have seen globally, I am very concerned about the upcoming season and the potential for both large amounts of flu and a COVID-19 resurgence. Please don’t wait to get vaccinated. Do it now to protect yourself, your family, and our whole city,” said Dr. Arwady.  

    As of September 29, more than 112,000 doses of the updated booster have been administered to Chicagoans. Of those, 62 percent have gone to White/non-Latinx residents, 14 percent to Black/non-Latinx residents, 12 percent to Latinx residents, and 8 percent to Asian residents. In addition, 38 percent of doses have gone to residents age 60 or older.  

    Of Chicagoans currently eligible to receive the new booster vaccine, 35 percent are White/non-Latinx, 27 percent are Latinx, 23 percent are Black/non-Latinx, and 8 percent are Asian. In addition, 23 percent of those eligible are age 60 or older.  

    “I remain particularly worried about the lower vaccination rates in our communities of color, where the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact,” said Dr. Arwady. “We have scheduled dozens of community events, and there are hundreds of vaccine locations across the city, from pharmacies to clinical sites to pop-up sites. Please take advantage of them and get your entire family updated with COVID vaccines and a flu shot every year, before the weather turns cold.” 

    The City is hosting a flu/COVID-19 vaccination clinic tomorrow, Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kennedy King College, 6301 S. Halsted St. Registration is recommended, but walk-ins will be accommodated. Primary series COVID vaccines for Chicagoans 6 months and up will be offered, as well as bivalent boosters for those who are eligible. Additional flu/COVID-19 vaccination clinics at City College locations will be held throughout the fall.  

    In addition, CDPH has scheduled dozens of mobile vaccination events in the coming weeks to administer bivalent booster vaccines and flu vaccines for high-risk populations such as senior centers, CHA facilities and other congregate living settings, as well as general vaccination events all over the city in partnership with aldermen and community and religious organizations. 

    Details about the new bivalent booster vaccine can be found at Chicago.gov/Boost. Residents can find out where to get the updated vaccine at vaccines.gov or by calling the City at (312) 746-4835. 

    COVID-19 By the Numbers 

    The number of new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days across Cook County was 127 (116 last week), and the number of new weekly hospital admissions per 100,000 population was 8.7 (9.6 last week). The percentage of staffed inpatient beds in Cook County in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19 was 3.5 percent (3.8 percent last week).   

    The City’s COVID-19 weekly case rate per 100,000 population is 86 (100 last week), and the number of new weekly hospital admissions per 100,000 population is 6.4 (6.6 last week). The percentage of hospital beds occupied by patients with COVID-19 is 3.5 percent (3.6 percent last week).  

    Based on the latest data from CDC, Cook County levels are as follows.


    New Cases (per 100,000 people in last 7 days)

    New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population (7-day total)

    Proportion of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (7-day average)

      [GOAL is <200] [GOAL is <10] [GOAL is <10%]
    City of Chicago 86 6.4% 3.5%
    Cook County (including City of Chicago) 127 8.7% 3.5%
    Cook County metrics are calculated by the CDC and posted on the CDC Community Levels website (data as of 9/29/2022).

    The CDC determines COVID-19 Community Levels as Low, Medium, or High, based on the number of new local COVID-19 cases, regional COVID-19 hospital admissions, and COVID-19 hospital capacity in the prior week. The Levels were developed to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest local COVID-19 data.

    When the CDC updates its COVID-19 Community Levels national map each week, the City of Chicago and suburban Cook County data are combined into one weekly case metric for Cook County. Hospitalization data, in contrast, reflect a burden on the whole federally defined Health Service Area, which includes hospitals in Cook, Lake, DuPage, and McHenry counties.

    CDPH also continues to track and report COVID-19 hospital burden specifically for Chicago hospitals every day on its dashboard and uses this local hospital data to make further mitigation decisions. Visit chi.gov/coviddash for the Chicago COVID-19 daily data dashboard.

    COVID-19 Community Levels in the U.S. by County

    Nationwide, cases continue to gradually decline, with only three percent of U.S. counties at the High Level, and 23 percent at the Medium Level. Earlier this summer, the percentage of counties at the Medium or High Levels was at times as high as 80 percent. In Illinois, there are no counties at the High Level, and 20 of the state’s 102 counties are now Medium.

    Travelers should review CDPH’s travel guidance and check the CDC map to know whether areas they are visiting are Low, Medium, or High risk for COVID-19 and take proper precautions.

      Community Level Number of Counties Percent of Counties % Change from Prior Week

    (226 last week)

    3.32% -3.7%

    (1,006 last week)

    22.89% -8.35%

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    World’s only trans bodybuilding competition this weekend in Atlanta – Reporter Newspapers

    Personal trainer Kel Haines of Columbus, Ohio, was the Bodybuilding Masc Division Overall Winner at last year’s Atlanta-based International Association of Trans Bodybuilders and Powerlifters competition. IATBP’s eighth annual competitions for transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming athletes takes place Saturday, Oct. 1. (Photo by Angel Taylor)

    Dozens of athletes from across the state and the country are headed to Atlanta this weekend to participate in the annual International Association of Trans Bodybuilders and Powerlifterscompetition on Saturday, Oct. 1.

    IATBP, an Atlanta-based nonprofit, got its official start in 2014 to meet a call from transgender men who wanted to compete as bodybuilders in a space where their gender identity and physiques were celebrated, not questioned or criticized. Since that time, the organization has evolved to include more gender identities. Timing for such an event remains important as trans athletes, including in Georgia, face ongoing discrimination in public schools and targeted by lawmakers.

    “The the cool thing about our organization is that we’re the only organization in the world that offers bodybuilding and powerlifting to transgender athletes, as well as non-binary and gender nonconforming athletes,” said Bucky Motter, executive director of IATBP.

    “People are very responsive to us and really appreciate what it is we’re doing because it is very affirming for them to be in their bodies as they picture them,” Motter said.

    Bucky Motter, executive director of International Association of Trans Bodybuilders and Powerlifters, an Atlanta-based nonprofit. (Photo by Mark Rosenberg)

    The powerlifting meet will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Reynoldstown at CrossFit Downtown Atlanta, 215B Chester Ave. SE. Spectators are not allowed in the gym, but IATBP will be live-streaming the event. Tickets to watch the event are free, but donations can also be made.

    The bodybuilding meet will be at 6 p.m. in Little Five Points at 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. NE. Tickets for fans who want to sit in the auditorium and cheer the athletes as they pose on stage are $25.

    “Everybody’s welcome to come to the bodybuilding competition and even if you’ve never been to a bodybuilding competition before, it’s really kind of crazy,” Motter said.

    “People in the audience go nuts. They are rooting for the athlete that they want to win and they’re very vocal,” he said. “It’s so much fun.”

    Kel Haines, 34, of Columbus, Ohio, learned about the Atlanta bodybuilding competition after watching “Man Made,” the 2018 documentary about the event.

    Last year, he competed and took home the Bodybuilding Masc Division Overall Winner trophy. The cheering from the crowd was a welcome treat after months of strict dieting and working out to develop his winning form. And it was more validation of who he has always been, he said.

    “For me, half the reason that being trans can be so difficult is that you feel like you have no control over how the world sees you,” he said.

    “Bodybuilding is nice because you’re the artist and it’s like you’re sculpting something out of marble and you just feel like you have complete and utter control of everything,” he said.

    “And then stepping on stage and showing off all your hard work and thinking, ‘Look, I did this, this is who I am,’ — this is what I want to see in the world and how I want people to perceive me,” Haines said. “It’s really empowering.”

    IATBP powerlifting meet director Janae Marie Kroc, in front, with non-binary powerlifter winners at last year’s competition. (Photo by Ames Beckerman)

    Motter said powerlifting is a sport for people of any body shape and continues to grow in popularity among LGBTQ athletes.

    “I’m not saying they have it any easier,” he said. “It’s a it’s a very mental sport. Being able to lift a certain amount of weight and go for personal records at competitions takes a particular mindset.”

    But more than competitions and trophies, IATBP is about providing a supportive place for trans people around the world to compete in bodybuilding and powerlifting, no matter where they are on the transgender or non-binary/gender nonconforming spectrum, Motter said.

    “We want every bodybuilder and every powerlifter in the world know that they have a home with us,” Motter said. “And this helps raise the visibility of trans people and non-binary people and gender nonconforming people to be safe in this world.”

    Anxiety About Pregnancy Is Tied to Preterm Birth – Psychology Today

    Recent research by the American Psychological Association suggests that women who have anxiety about their pregnancies are more likely to give birth earlier compared to women who do not have such anxiety. In a study of nearly 200 women who were assessed on four different measures of anxiety, those who suffered from anxiety specifically about their pregnancies were the most likely to give birth early.

    The propensity for peripartum or postpartum depression is a risk factor that is assessed by practitioners regularly these days. However, anxiety tends to get less attention—so this is an important wake-up call for obstetricians, midwives, and general practitioners providing care for pregnant women.

    But one potential concern about these findings is that women may put even more pressure on themselves to not feel anxious—which can paradoxically increase their stress. If a woman who already fears preterm labor, for instance, is worried that every time she has a stressful afternoon, she is putting her baby at higher risk of being born even earlier, we could be looking at a situation where placing too much attention on the risk increases the risk itself. This potential becomes increasingly concerning when we see that it was the specific type of pregnancy-related anxiety in the third trimester—as opposed to more generalized anxiety—that had the strongest association with preterm birth.

    Frankly, the last thing we need is another generation of women being told, “Just calm down, or you’ll harm your baby!”

    Nonetheless, these findings point to something very important—that sustained stress and anxiety do potentially exacerbate health risks for both mother and child. And many pregnant women are desperate for more support. Just as the prevalence of anxiety disorders in the general population has ballooned as of late, overtaking depression by many measures, we should view the prevalence of anxiety in pregnant women with increased attention as well.

    Our culture gives pregnant women plenty to be anxious about, from the physical effects of pregnancy to its consequences on their lives and careers. And giving them anxiety about their anxiety is not helping matters.

    Empathetic, informed medical practitioners who remove the shame from talking about the experience of anxiety and who assure pregnant women that there is effective psychological treatment and support and help them get it can no longer be considered a luxury. These practices should be part of standard medical care—as they can have medical consequences.

    Readout of Meeting with Health System and Hospital Leaders on Managing COVID-19 This Fall – The White House

    Yesterday, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy met with health system and hospital leaders to discuss the importance of acting aggressively this fall to protect their patients, health care workers, and communities from COVID-19 and the flu. Administration officials conveyed that while our nation has made tremendous progress on COVID-19, there is more work to do ahead of the winter, when contagious diseases like COVID-19 and flu can spread more quickly. Administration officials emphasized that there have been major surges in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths the last two winters, which strained the health care workforce and hospitals, but that it does not have to be this way this year if everyone does their part and uses the lifesaving tools we now have, including updated COVID-19 vaccines, flu vaccines, and highly-effective treatments for COVID-19. The discussion focused on steps hospitals and health systems can take to help ensure all Americans, including health care workers, get their updated COVID-19 vaccine this fall, and encourage people to get tested and seek treatment when they get sick—steps that will save lives, reduce burden on the health care system, minimize disruptions to daily life, and help the U.S. effectively manage COVID-19. The meeting also included a discussion on the Administration’s gratitude to frontline health care workers for their heroic efforts in fighting COVID-19, as well as the physical, emotional and mental toll the virus has had on America’s health care workforce, and the importance of tackling health care worker burnout.

    Meeting Participants

    • Greg Adams, Chair and CEO, Kaiser Permanente
    • Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, President and CEO, Mayo Clinic
    • John Haupert, President and CEO, Grady Health System
    • Sam Hazen, CEO, HCA Healthcare
    • Joe Impicciche, CEO, Ascension
    • Dr. Mitchell Katz, President and CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals
    • Dr. Tom Mihaljevic, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic
    • Rick Pollack, President and CEO, American Hospital Association
    • Dr. Bruce Siegel, President and CEO, America’s Essential Hospitals
    • Kate Walsh, President and CEO, Boston Medical Center