In 2014, New York became the 19th state to make learning how to perform CPR and use automated defibrillators (AEDs) a graduation requirement for its high school students.  The law requires the state Commissioner of Education to make recommendations on training students in providing CPR and using AEDs.  The law only requires that school children receive training in basic skills, but does not require certification.

Other states where CPR training is mandatory for high school graduates include Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. According to ProTrainings, Illinois, Indiana, and Maryland offer the training, but have not made it a requirement for graduation.

This new law should give authorized CPR training providers with opportunities to offer their services to local school organizations.

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Rice is a plentiful start that, even when steamed, isn’t very good for your help, so many cooks – and scientists – have been working to figure out how to cook lower calorie rice that still tastes good.  However scientists at a school in Sri Lanka believe that they’ve cracked the code to produce lower calorie rice by making minor changes to how it’s prepared while cooking.

bowl of steamed rice

While rice provides 20% of the world’s dietary energy supply, it also contributes to the risk of diabetes and its 200 calories eventually turns to fat in less active people.

The new preparation method that produces “resistant starch” not broken down as easily in the digestive tract, so few calories are absorbed in the process.  Reheating the rice doesn’t affect the ability of resistant starch to pass through your digestive system relatively undigested (although reheating rice can be risky as some bacteria can survive if the food is not at a high temperature of properly refrigerated.

The recipe of how to cook lower calorie rice since simple:

  • Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water
  • Simmer the rice for 40 minutes
  • Oven dry the rice at low heat for 12 hours (per the traditional Sri Lankan method)
  • This results in a calorie reduction of 10-15%

Further study is required to determine how the shorter, first-world preparation methods might affect this, but the expectation amongst scientists is that the reduction in calories will be less.

[Creative Commons Copyright image by Stephen Depolo]

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