Shanique Grant 2x Ms. Physique Olympia Champ Announces Retirement From Bodybuilding – FitnessVolt.com

As a two-time winner of the Ms. Physique Olympia, Shanique Grant has not competed for too long. However she has decided to call an end to her illustrious career, at just 25 years of age.

Grant has only been competing for around six years, but in that time she has accomplished a lot. She made her pro debut at the 2015 Tampa Pro, as a Figure athlete, and has gone on to make some big things happen.

Without a doubt her biggest accomplishment was winning the 2018 and 2019 Ms. Physique Olympia. While she came in second in 2020, fans were still excited to see how much more she had left in her still early career.

However Shanique Grant made a shocking announcement on New Year’s Eye 2020. Taking to her YouTube channel, the 25 year old former champion made the revelation that she was retiring from competition.

In the video, Shanique explains that she has several injuries and is in need of surgery. This, combined with the desire to start a family, and the direction the division is heading, led to her making this decision.

“I know you guys are very confused on what happened (at the Olympia). All I can really say, and all I really know, is that the IFBB is looking for something completely new,” Grant said.

“That’s okay, because I have been and I am ready to finally announce my retirement. There’s so much more life to live.

At 25 years old and living out here in Las Vegas, I have never been anywhere besides where my boyfriend, Jeff, took me for my birthday.

That was the first time I ever stayed on the strip. First time I ever actually experienced the strip, like really experienced it. That’s big.”

“I’m ready to live my life. I’m ready to be a mom,” Grant continued. “I’m ready to be a wife. I’m not saying that competing is going to stop that, or you can’t have both.

Competing at my level, it takes everything out of you.”

Obviously this announcement must be coming as a shock to the fans of Grant and the community. That being said, her reasons for doing so make complete sense, and nobody should fault her for it.

For the time that she was in the sport, Shanique burned bright and show incredible talent. Her presence on stage is one that will certainly be missed.

Hopefully Shanique Grant finds happiness in whatever path she chooses to follow in life. She certainly had nothing left to prove in the sport.

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Try these drinks to get rid of after party hangover – Times of India

Despite the strict rules around the new year celebration, people parties in small numbers, right inside their home and with minimal people. New year parties, be it inside or outside, have to be about eating and drinking together. And if you had that extra glass of drink which you left you with a major hangover, then here are a few drinks that can help you get over it.
Apple cider vinegar and ginger

This drink will help in cutting the feeling of nausea and heartburn. Ginger has been used for its anti-nausea properties. Mix a tsp of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, ginger juice and honey in a glass of water and you will feel better.
Banana milkshake


Drinking a lot of alcohol dehydrates your body and it loses sodium and potassium. In order to get your system back, a glass of banana milkshake will do wonders. Bananas are a huge source of potassium; hence it makes it a great cure for hangover and the casein protein found in milk can counteract alcohol.
Coconut water


This one is the simplest remedy for a hangover. Coconut water has electrolyte content that makes for an important part of hangover recovery. It is a great way to re-hydrate yourself. All you need is a glass of fresh coconut water for this
Strawberry and almond smoothie


Alcohol causes inflammation in the body, and strawberries are rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients. Almonds are a good source of magnesium and help replenish the magnesium stores in the body that get depleted owing to excessive alcohol consumption.

Peter McGough, Renowned Bodybuilding Journalist, Dies At 71 After Lengthy Cancer Battle – BarBend

Peter McGough, a journalist who was heralded by athletes and fans in the bodybuilding community, passed away after an eight-year-long battle with cancer on Dec. 29, 2020, at 71 years old. His work in the bodybuilding space goes back over four decades and across two continents. Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon shared the news of McGough’s passing on Instagram.

“He was an artist. The pages were his canvas, he painted with his words. The greatest storyteller I’ve ever known,” Solomon wrote on his Instagram post. “Peter McGough left us yesterday, but his legacy lives on through the lives he touched, the lessons he taught, and his beautiful wife, Anne. He was a mentor and a genius, a discovery of Joe Weider, but more importantly, he was my friend….and I’ll miss him so much.”

Originally from Corby, England, McGough became a fan of bodybuilding as a teenager. His first direct experience in the sport came when he attended a seminar in 1971 that was hosted by then-Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger. His fandom grew as the years passed. McGough began writing about bodybuilding in the 1980s as a freelancer for various muscle magazines. From 1985 to 1989, McGough co-published Muscle & Co. and penned numerous pieces. During this time, McGough is credited with helping discover a young British bodybuilder who would go on to win six Mr. Olympia titles in the 1990’s: Dorian Yates.

In 1991, McGough and Anne Byron — his partner who would become his wife — began another publication called Pumping Press, a newspaper for bodybuilding. After just nine issues, the publication would cease, but only because Joe Weider hired McGough in 1992 to work for him and his empire of bodybuilding publications, namely, FLEX and Muscle & Fitness. Armed with an unshakable passion for bodybuilding, a quick wit, and an evocative writing style, McGough rose from the rank of Senior Writer to Editor-in-Chief of FLEX to the Editorial Director of FLEX, Muscle & Fitness Hers, and Muscle & Fitness.

In 2012, McGough made headlines himself when he transitioned to FLEX‘s rival publication Muscular Development. He briefly also wrote for MuscleMag in between. In 2013, McGough was diagnosed with stage four cancer. In 2017, McGough left Muscular Development but occasionally freelanced for several publications, including FLEX until they merged with Muscle & Fitness in 2018. He would stay on with M&F until they ceased publication in print in 2020. His struggle with cancer was acknowledged onstage by host Bob Cicherillo at the 2020 Mr. Olympia finals.

McGough is survived by his wife, Anne, and is remembered throughout the bodybuilding industry by his colleagues, friends, and competitors — including this writer who was a fan and eventual colleague of McGough’s. Everyone at BarBend offers their condolences McGough’s friends and family.

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South Carolina Daily COVID-19 Update (December 31, 2020) – SCDHEC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 31, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As first announced Nov. 21, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will not report daily COVID-19 numbers on New Year’s Day. Data that would be reported January 1 will be available online the following day.

Additionally, while DHEC will continue to provide daily COVID-19 updates on the agency’s webpage, beginning Jan. 2, 2021, the same information that’s provided at scdhec.gov/COVID19 will no longer be reported out in a duplicative news release. DHEC will publicly announce on its social media platforms when the webpage was been updated with new COVID-19 data for the day. The exact same information that has been presented in daily news release is available on the main COVID-19 webpage that will continue to be updated each day.

DHEC will continue to issue news releases announcing new and important information about the state’s COVID-19 response and will continue to keep South Carolinians updated on the most current and factual information. For the latest information regarding COVID-19 vaccine, scdhec.gov/vaxfacts.

South Carolina Daily COVID-19 Update (December 31, 2020)

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced the following COVID-19 updates. 

Today’s cases and deaths (scdhec.gov/COVID19)

Cumulative totals (scdhec.gov/COVID19)

  • Confirmed and probable cases: 283,424/24,083
  • Confirmed and probable deaths: 4,885/411
  • Tests performed for South Carolinians: 3,663,351

Testing opportunities (scdhec.gov/COVID19testing)

  • Testing opportunities available statewide: 280

Percent positive (scdhec.gov/COVID19dashboard)

  • 10,369 individual test results reported statewide yesterday (not including antibody tests)
  • 31.2% percent positive

Facility reports

The information above as well as extensive reporting on county-level information, demographics and more is available at scdhec.gov/COVID19. The website is updated between 1 p.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. weekends. Visit scdhec.gov/COVID19vaccine for the latest vaccine information.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: December 30, 2020 – FDA.gov

For Immediate Release:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Today, the FDA published a new toolkit to help stakeholders communicate in English and Spanish about hand sanitizer safety and use during the COVID-19 pandemic. New materials include social media messages and graphics, consumer information, and health professional messaging. Furthermore, a new COVID-19 Communication Toolkits webpage provides links to all FDA toolkits on COVID-19 topics to help everyone communicate accurate and timely information to patients, the public, and health care professionals.
  • In a new FDA Voices entitled, 2020 at FDA: A Year of Unparalleled Contributions to Public Health, FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., highlights a sampling of the FDA’s achievements, many COVID-19-related, from this past year.
  • The agency has published online a new infographic, COVID-19 Tests and Collection Kits Authorized by the FDA in 2020, that provides a visualization of the wide variety of tests authorized.
  • Warning letters for unapproved and misbranded products related to COVID-19 were issued by the FDA to Sparrow & Health Performance LLC and Riverstone LLC
  • On Dec. 29, the FDA approved two abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs), or generics, for heparin sodium injection. The agency continues to work to help patients suffering from COVID-19 by reviewing and approving generic medicines, such as anti-coagulants, used in the prevention and treatment of blood clotting.
  • Testing updates:
    • As of Dec. 28, 309 tests and sample collection devices are authorized by the FDA under emergency use authorizations (EUAs). These include 235 molecular tests and sample collection devices, 63 antibody tests, and 11 antigen tests. There are 32 molecular authorizations that can be used with home-collected samples. There is one molecular prescription at-home test, one antigen prescription at-home test, and one over-the-counter (OTC) at-home antigen test.

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Luke Letlow, Congressman-elect From Louisiana, Dies From COVID-19 – NPR

Louisiana’s Congressman-elect Luke Letlow died from complications of COVID-19 after battling the illness for several days. He was set to represent the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana. Melinda Deslatte/AP hide caption

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Louisiana’s Congressman-elect Luke Letlow died from complications of COVID-19 after battling the illness for several days. He was set to represent the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana.

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Updated at 6:30 a.m. ET

Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, who won a runoff earlier this month to represent Louisiana’s Baton Rouge area, died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19.

Letlow was set to be sworn in as U.S. representative for the state’s northeastern 5th congressional district on Jan. 3.

“The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time,” Andrew Bautsch, Letlow’s spokesman, said in a statement annoucing his death. “A statement from the family along with funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.”

Letlow announced that he had contracted COVID-19 on Dec. 18 and was hospitalized a day later. He kept his followers updated of his condition on social media. Days before his death, he was in intensive care at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La., and was later transferred to Ochsner-LSU Health in Shreveport on Dec. 22.

Bautsch shared in a statement Dec. 23 that Letlow was in stable condition. He was receiving Remdesivir and steroids as part of his treatment, but Letlow’s condition worsened in recent days.

Letlow, who was 41, is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill Letlow, and two young children, according to a statement from Bautsch shared on Facebook.

Road to office

Letlow previously served six years as the chief of staff for his predecessor, Rep. Ralph Abraham, according to New Orleans Public Radio. He began his career in politics working for former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

“Congressman-elect Letlow felt a calling from a young age to serve the people of his home state,” the state’s governor, John Bel Edwards, said in a statement. Edwards ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on the day of Letlow’s funeral.

Letlow’s Congressional colleagues shared their condolences at the news of his death as well.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “Our hearts break tonight as we process the news of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s passing.”

Congress’s Louisiana delegation, led by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, issued a joint statement.

Luke had such a positive spirit, and a tremendously bright future ahead of him. He was looking forward to serving the people of Louisiana in Congress, and we were excited to welcome him to our delegation where he was ready to make an even greater impact on our state and our Nation,” the statement said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Letlow “fought passionately for his point of view and dedicated his life to public service.”

“As the House grieves Congressman-elect Letlow’s passing, our sorrow is compounded by the grief of so many other families who have also suffered lives cut short by this terrible virus. May it be a comfort to Luke’s wife Julia and their children Jeremiah and Jacqueline that so many mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time,” she said.

There have been more than 304,000 confirmed coronavirus infections in Louisiana since the pandemic began. Almost 7,400 people in Louisiana have died from COVID-19, according to the state health agency.

When congressional seats in Louisiana become vacant, the governor can call a special election at any time.

Anxiety Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment – HealthCentral.com

How should I deal with my anxiety?

First, see a doctor if feelings of fear, dread, and worry interfere with your daily life—anxiety disorders are very real medical conditions with treatments that work. Many people with anxiety benefit from psychotherapy and medication. Healthy lifestyle behaviors such as a good diet and regular exercise can help maintain brain health in general, but anxiety disorders often require more treatment.

What causes anxiety?

Most experts say that anxiety is rooted in a combination of factors, including genetics, differences in brain chemistry and personality, and sometimes traumatic experiences such as divorce, assault, major accidents or other traumas.

What does anxiety feel like?

Anxiety feels different for different people, but one common thread is a sense of fear and foreboding that you can’t talk yourself out of. Many people also experience physical symptoms of anxiety such as muscle tension, headaches, nausea, shakiness, dizziness, or tingling and numbness in fingers and toes.

How can I help someone with anxiety?

Encourage them to connect with a doctor or mental health professional, and tell them they’re not alone. Remind them that there is no shame in having an anxiety disorder. They are very real medical conditions that literally millions of people around the world suffer from.

Monroeville bodybuilder claims Amateur Olympia title – TribLIVE

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: December 28, 2020 – FDA.gov

For Immediate Release:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • On Dec. 23, the FDA updated the Device Shortage List on our web page that lists Medical Device Shortages During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Specifically, the FDA added the following device types in the testing supplies and equipment category: pipette tips (product codes LXG and PPM) and micro pipettes (product code JRC). The FDA also added clarifying notes and links to more resources in the “Additional Information” column, as well as adding clarity to the categories, such as grouping gloves under “Personal Protective Equipment – Gloves.”  The device shortage list reflects the categories of devices the FDA has determined to be in shortage at this time, and the FDA will continue to update the list as the COVID-19 public health emergency evolves. In addition, the FDA is posting a new web page, Supplies of Medical Devices for COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions.
  • The FDA posted an updated letter of authorization, health care provider fact sheet and frequently asked questions regarding the number of Pfizer-BioNTech doses in a vial. These updates are consistent with previous FDA advice that it would be acceptable to use every full dose obtainable (the sixth, or possibly even a seventh) from each vial, pending resolution of the issue. However, since the vaccine does not contain preservative, it is critical to note that any further remaining product that does not constitute a full dose should not be pooled from multiple vials to create one. 
  • Testing updates:
    • As of Dec. 28, 309 tests and sample collection devices are authorized by the FDA under emergency use authorizations (EUAs). These include 235 molecular tests and sample collection devices, 63 antibody tests, and 11 antigen tests. There are 32 molecular authorizations that can be used with home-collected samples. There is one molecular prescription at-home test, one antigen prescription at-home test, and one over-the-counter (OTC) at-home antigen test.

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