Sugar makes food sweet, but dieticians say Americans consume too much, increasing their risk of diabetes, obesity and tooth decay. Despite warnings from health professionals and a pile of research documenting the hazards of added sugar, getting out from under its influence could seem daunting. Sugar seems to be in nearly everything, added to foods most people would not expect, such as crackers, condiments and tomato sauce.
Forget dissecting frogs in science class. Students in the BioTAPP program at Chugiak High School are conducting original biotechnology research. The program’s acronym stands for Biotechnology Training and Preparatory Program, and it’s one of a kind in Alaska, said instructor Aaron Kallas. “I thought it would be important for the emerging need for medical professionals and bio technicians within the state of Alaska,” Kallas said.
Last spring, the World Health Organization proposed guidelines limiting added sugar intake to five percent of calories per day. That amounts to 25 grams, or six tablespoons, for an adult. The American Heart Association recommends the same limit for women, and a slightly higher limit of almost 38 grams, or nine tablespoons, for men.
On Feb. 24, Pizza Man posted a special to its Facebook page “in observance of the start of Legalized Marijuana in Alaska,” a “Cheech and Chong” pizza with two smoked cheeses, oregano, pizza sauce and choice of shrimp or hamburger. Also on offer: the “Amy Demboski,” same ingredients, hold the oregano.
During rehearsal last week for the Gruening Middle School production of “Juliet… Where Are Thou?” eighth grader Ian Burdick wore a red dress, his naturally deep voice transformed into a screech as he performed his lines from behind a red fan, fluttering his eyelashes for an overdone feminine effect.
It felt like a high school pep rally, but the result is far more important than any Friday night football game. Alaska leaders joined hundreds of Anchorage residents at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center Feb. 23 — an effort to demonstrating the state’s support of the military before a U.S. Army panel tasked with determining which bases should lose troops.
A trio of Chugiak High School sophomores won the senior division of the Anchorage History Day competition Feb. 14 for their documentary on the life of Edward Lewis “Bob” Bartlett. The event was part of the National History Day Competition. It also garnered the team a $250 prize from the Cook Inlet Historical Society in commemoration of the Anchorage Centennial.
Athletes from the eight Anchorage high schools gathered for the Winter Regional cheerleading competition held at Dimond High Feb. 18. The state title will be held at South Anchorage High, March 17. The Chugiak Mustangs, coached by Breanna Lowe, had two squads in the competition – a competition co-ed and varsity basketball squad, as did Eagle River, taking part in the varsity basketball and competition divisions.
Starting June 1, bus service to Peters Creek will be reduced or nixed altogether. On Feb. 12, the Public Transit Advisory Board gave recommendations to People Mover on its final plan for making changes to bus service this year. The original plan called for cutting service off to Peters Creek, with the 102 route terminating at the North Birchwood Park and Ride.