Recycling Electronic Waste
Before recently graduating from high school, Cody Saltsman served his school’s Key Club as a senior representative. In this role, Cody Saltsman participated in a recycling project that safely recycled roughly 10 tons of electronic material.
According to data from the United Nations, the world produces electronic waste at a rate measured at more than 40 million tons per year. Unfortunately, a large percentage of this waste is collected and then dumped illegally in developing countries. In these countries, workers dismantle discarded electronics in order to extract and sell valuable raw materials like copper and even gold.
However, in the act of dismantling electronic waste, workers expose themselves and the environment to toxic chemicals. For instance, components like cathode ray tubes have lead in them, and when the tubes are broken, the lead can then make its way into drinking water. Moreover, very often these black-market operations burn components like wires and computer chips, producing harmful fumes.
For these reasons, it is important to dispose of electronics through reputable disposal providers. People can find such providers by looking for those with certification from nonprofits like Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also hosts a list of reputable recyclers on its website.
A former award-winning varsity athlete, Cody Saltsman now focuses on rebuilding his strength after surgery. Cody Saltsman attends carefully to his diet and ensures that he takes in enough protein to fuel his body.
According to a review that appears in the Journal of Sports Medicine, athletes need more protein than the amount recommended for the average individual. An athlete’s body relies on protein to rebuild muscle and connective tissue, which a key process particularly for those seeking to increase muscle mass. Athletes also require sufficient amounts of protein to partially fulfill energy requirements during exercise, to keep the immune system working efficiently, and to bring vital nutrients to the cells. Furthermore, proteins are essential in the potassium and sodium transport process that balances electrolyte levels.
To keep all of these functions running optimally, athletes need to maintain a protein intake level commensurate with their levels of activity and strain on the muscles. Experts suggest 1.2 to 1.7 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight for athletes in light to moderate endurance training and slightly less for those with a purely recreational workout schedule. Athletes who participate in power sports and endurance training need a bit more, while resistance athletes in early stages of training generally require the most protein to compensate for wear on the muscles.
An animal rights advocate, Cody Saltsman upholds a personal commitment to ending animal cruelty. Cody Saltsman researches animal testing and boycotts companies that unnecessarily perform such practices while supporting the development of humane testing methods.
In January 2015, the Turkish Drug and Medical Device Institution officially implemented restrictions on the use of animal subjects in cosmetic testing. In doing so, Turkey joins such other world nations as Canada, Taiwan, Russia, India, and Israel, which introduced similar legislation in 2014 and 2015. This trend follows groundbreaking 2013 legislation from the European Union, which has officially banned the sale of any cosmetics produced using animal testing. Further regulations now also prohibit the marketing and import of cosmetics with ingredients tested on animals.
According to experts at Humane Society International (HSI), these restrictions align with consumer demand for more humanely produced cosmetics. The phrase “not tested on animals” emerged in a recent Nielsen survey as the most important claim on beauty product packaging, while 43 percent of those surveyed expressed a willingness to pay more for cruelty-free products.
Recent advances in humane alternatives such as in vitro and skin equivalent testing have made it easier for companies to respect the wishes of concerned buyers. The industry remains restricted by the Chinese market, where animal testing is mandatory, but shifting opinions in nearby Japan offer hope that such testing will soon fall out of fashion worldwide
Carbohydrates and the Athlete
As a student athlete at Steubenville High School, Cody Saltsman won a number of awards and received media attention in his hometown newspaper. Now focused on rebuilding his performance after surgery, Cody Saltsman concentrates on rebuilding his body through diet and exercise.
Carbohydrates stand out as a key element of any athlete’s diet. According to the United States Olympic Committee, low levels of carbohydrates can reduce an athlete’s performance level and lead to premature fatigue, whereas the building of carbohydrate stores has been proven to increase performance. This correlation stems from the vital role that carbohydrates play in providing energy to muscle cells during exercise.
When the body takes in carbohydrates, the digestive system converts them into glucose. The circulatory system then sends that glucose throughout the body to fuel cell processes, and the leftover glucose travels to the muscle and liver cells for transformation into glycogen. During exercise, the body converts glycogen back into glucose to provide muscles with energy.
The harder an athlete trains, therefore, the more carbohydrates he or she needs. The body can only store between 300 and 400 grams of glycogen at any given time, so a regular intake of carbohydrates is crucial. Experts recommend consuming extra carbohydrates in preparation for lengthy workout sessions to build glycogen, while also striving for an intake of approximately 30 to 60 grams per hour during an extended training session or competition.
New Orleans Saints
An accomplished student and athlete, Cody Saltsman maintained a position on the Steubenville High School football and baseball teams in addition to his studies. In his free time, Cody Saltsman enjoys watching NFL games, particularly those of his favorite team, the New Orleans Saints.
The New Orleans Saints recently took the opportunity to give back to their local community during their annual Thanksgiving Turkey Day Giveaway. Every year, the team provides the funds needed to supply holiday meals to families in need. On November 24, 2015, several members of the Saints made an appearance at Central City’s Dryades YMCA to hand out more than 1,000 donated turkeys and other Thanksgiving foods from Winn-Dixie grocery stores.
A crowd of fans eagerly greeted the players as they entered the facility, quickly lining up to receive their meals from teammates including wide receiver Willie Snead, running back CJ Spiller, and linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha. In addition to handing out the food, the players posed for photo opportunities with attendees. Snead, who marked his first charity appearance at the giveaway, expressed his excitement at being able to thank local residents for their support while also showing that the Saints care about them.
Essential Nutrients for Athletes
An accomplished student athlete and aspiring physical therapist, Cody Saltsman played outside linebacker and wide receiver for the varsity football team at Steubenville High School in Ohio. Having since undergone surgery, Cody Saltsman now focuses on conditioning and proper nutrition.
Suitable intake of vitamins and minerals through a balanced diet is important to keep athletes’ bodies running smoothly and efficiently. Low energy levels may be a sign of a deficiency in B vitamins, such as B6 and B12. Riboflavin, thiamin, and folate also fall into this category and are key in converting sugar and protein into the energy that athletes need.
Similarly, a vitamin D deficiency can interfere with muscles’ ability to rebuild energy after contracting. This can lead to premature fatigue, which in turn impacts performance. Insufficient iron and zinc levels also contribute to low energy levels, while adequate magnesium intake is key to efficient energy metabolism.
In addition to maintaining energy, proper nutrition also plays a pivotal role in muscle recovery and injury prevention. Potassium helps to balance hydration levels in the body and interacts with sodium to promote healthy muscle function. Finally, calcium is crucial in protecting an athlete’s bones and helping athletes avoid stress fractures, particularly those involved in high-impact sports.
A former student athlete, Cody Saltsman is a fan of sports and enjoys cheering on the New Orleans Saints. Additionally, Cody Saltsman likes rock music. His favorite band is A Day To Remember.
After a long awaited release, the music video for A Day To Remember’s track “City Of Ocala” launched in March 2015. The song is a track on the band’s 2013 Common Courtesy album. The music video features several time lapse scenes of the band’s hometown in Florida and serves as a tribute to the region. Rising above the odds, the band tells a story of chasing after and achieving their musical goals.
As for new songs, A Day To Remember announced that they have begun recording tracks for another album. The news came during an interview with Johnny Cupcakes, where band members also stated they would be hitting the road to join the Download Festival. In addition to A Day To Remember, the music festival features Five Finger Death Punch, Motley Crew, and Faith No More.