We know Blaney can hoop, as he’s a regular in Denny Hamlin’s basketball leagues. But can Kobe drive? (And we don’t mean to the rim.)Perhaps it’s a question we can answer when NASCAR returns to Auto Club Speedway next year.What do you say, Mamba? YRB, meet The Black Mamba.NASCAR’s Ryan Blaney, fresh off his win at the Charlotte road course, spent time with another winner in Las Vegas earlier this week — five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant.In addition to both having phenomenal nicknames, both also are sponsored by BODYARMOR, which is what brought the two together.Blaney presented Kobe with his fire suit from the regular-season finale at Indianapolis and spent time chatting with a man widely regarded as one of the NBA’s greatest competitors and players.
LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share Email “Broadly, my research focuses on examining modifiable factors that predict suicide risk, and then translating these findings into novel suicide prevention efforts,” DeBeer told PsyPost. “My work is particularly focused on veteran and military populations affected by trauma exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Health promoting behaviors interested me because they are habits that can be modified.”“For example, we have existing programs within VA to address health promotion, such as the MOVE program (i.e., an exercise program) and nutritionists. However, these services are not traditionally linked with suicide prevention. Examining health promoting behaviors as a risk factor for suicidal ideation could provide useful information regarding how to leverage resources within the Veterans Health Administration.”Health-promoting behaviors include a wide variety of activities. The researchers looked at behaviors that promoted nutrition, physical activity, stress management, spiritual growth, health responsibility (such as seeing a doctor), and interpersonal relationships.The study examined 108 U.S. veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom who were enrolled for health care at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.“Veterans with PTSD are at high risk for suicidal ideation and behavior in comparison to veterans who are not diagnosed with PTSD. This is particularly important given that PTSD is the most common mental health diagnosis in VA and 20 veterans die each day from suicide,” DeBeer said.Previous research has established that suicidal ideation – in other words, having suicidal thoughts — is one of the strongest predictors of suicide and suicide attempts.DeBeer and her colleagues found that when engagement in health-promoting behaviors was high, PTSD had little impact on suicide ideation. In other words, veterans with severe PTSD who engaged in more frequent health-promoting behaviors had lower levels of suicidal ideation compared to veterans with severe PTSD who engaged in these behaviors less frequently.“In fact, those individuals with high PTSD symptoms who engaged in health promoting behaviors had similar levels of suicidal ideation as individuals with low PTSD symptoms,” he explained. “In sum, health promoting behaviors may buffer against suicide risk in individuals experiencing high PTSD symptoms.”Though the findings look promising, they are still preliminary.“The study used a cross-section design, which is useful because it shows risk and protective factors at one point in time,” DeBeer told PsyPost. “However, we don’t know whether health promoting behaviors predict future suicidal ideation, which is important for long-term suicide prevention. Thus, future research should replicate these findings within the context of a longitudinal study design in order to determine if the results remain significant over time.”“All participants were post-9/11 veterans who were enrolled in VA health care. It is unclear how these findings translate to veterans from other war theatres and those who do not seek VA health care.”“In terms of future questions to be addressed, more research is needed to determine whether leveraging existing VA resources such as the MOVE program and nutritional services when a veteran enters treatment for PTSD has a significant impact on suicidal ideation and behavior.”DeBeer added that suicide prevention efforts should be better integrated into the health care system as a whole.“Often the primary focus of suicide prevention falls to mental health providers. However, I believe that suicide prevention should be present in all aspects of healthcare, not just mental health,” he told PsyPost. “There should be a no-wrong-door approach to helping veterans and making sure that we are addressing suicide prevention from a holistic approach.”The study, “Predicting Suicide Risk in Trauma Exposed Veterans: The Role of Health Promoting Behaviors“, was also co-authored by Julie A. Kittel, Andrew Cook, Dena Davidson, Nathan A. Kimbrel, Eric C. Meyer, Suzy B. Gulliver, and Sandra B. Morissette. It was published December 21, 2016. Pinterest Everyday behaviors to improve health could be a key part of reducing suicide among veterans. New research suggests that health-promoting behaviors are important for reducing suicidal ideation among veterans with high levels of PTSD symptoms.(If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or follow this link to their online chat.)The new study, published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One, was led by Bryann B. DeBeer of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Share on Facebook
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Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ONE: Mei Yamaguchi scores impressive submission in Japan homecoming View comments CALASIAO, PANGASINAN—Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas studied the sheet of paper on which he had scribbled how he planned to divvy up the minutes for his North All-Stars.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Specifically, the scrapfest for survival shaping up at the bottom of the playoff field.Any of four teams—Alaska, NLEX, Magnolia or NorthPort could wind up being Phoenix’s quarterfinal foe.“Of those teams, we beat three by just a single possession,” Alas said. “That’s why as much as I’m so happy and thrilled to be an All-Star coach, my mind keeps drifting to the playoffs.”Phoenix defeated NorthPort, 98-96, on a game it could have easily lost but for an offensive foul slapped on Sean Anthony of the Batang Pier that nullified a tie-breaking triple with the game knotted at 96.The Fuel Masters rallied to beat Magnolia, 89-87 on a clutch triple by Jason Perkins. And they held off the NLEX Road Warriors, 83-82, when Calvin Abueva swatted Bong Galanza’s potential game-turning shot.ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far LATEST STORIES “I’m just making sure everybody gets their playing time,” said Alas. The piece of paper represented a tangible reminder that Alas was here as a first-time all-star coach.Without it, his focus would have wandered to far more important business.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s hard to focus and get really excited when the playoffs are just around the corner,” said Alas, whose Fuel Masters are the No. 1 seed in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup.The All-Star weekend has given Alas the chance to relax here, but every time he starts relishing the opportunity of coaching some of the biggest names in the league, reality pulls him back. MOST READ P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “That’s why I keep stressing how important possessions are,” Alas said.The only comfortable win among the teams battling it out for position and survival was against Alaska, 94-80.“But that’s Alaska and you know Alaska is too good a team to beat twice like that,” said Alas.So serious was Alas about the playoffs that he brought the Fuel Masters here so they could schedule practices amidst the festivities of the All-Star weekend.“But they are really just general preparations. Until we know our opponent, we cannot fully prepare for the playoffs,” said Alas.“It’s difficult right now for us and it really doesn’t matter who we will end up facing. Whichever team it is, the only edge we have is that we own the twice-to-beat advantage,” he added.The Fuel Masters finished the elimination round on top of the standings with nine wins in 11 outings and will only need to win once to advance to the semifinals. Their opponents, on the other hand, will need to beat them twice in a row to advance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next