Why BMI isn't the right way of telling if you're a healthy and what you should do instead

The rough calculation — body mass index in short BMI — which is calculated by measuring your weight and height, is actually not a great measure of fitness when used on its own.

The BMI was invented in the 1830s, so it has probably outgrown its utility when you consider the following four points (according to obesity experts):
  1. It doesn’t give you a good estimate of how much body fat you're carrying around.
  2. It can differ drastically based solely on your gender. For example, a man and a woman with an identical body-fat percentage could have widely different BMIs.
  3. Just because you have a high BMI doesn't necessarily mean you're overweight. You can have a high BMI even if you have very little body fat, especially if you're male and very muscular.
  4. It doesn't take into account your waist circumference, which can be a good measure of your risk for certain diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The alternative
  1. Regular doctor's visit.
  2. Measuring the circumference of your waist. Excess body fat — especially around your waist — has been strongly linked with specific health problems.  Overweight people with large waists — more than 34.5 inches (88 cm) for women and more than 40 inches (102 cm) for men — are at a similar risk of developing diabetes as people who are clinically obese. The link is the strongest in female participants. (read the source)
  3. Calculating your body-fat percentage. This can be a bit tricky to do at home. In the US, personal trainers frequently use the skinfold method, which involves measuring the percentage of fat in various folds of skin on the body using skinfold calipers, to give you a rough estimate of your body-fat percentage.
Some experts say BMI can still be used because it give public-health experts a rough look at how whole populations are doing weight-wise. It is helpful also when combined with other measurements, such as waist circumference.

Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies Studentships

The one-year studentship for doctoral research is renewable annually for a further one or two years subject to satisfactory progress reports: the value of this studentship is currently worth £12,000 per annum. The Trustees have the discretion to increase this in the light of special circumstances or hardship. No additional support can be given towards travel expenses; the studentship can be spent on fees but is not intended to cover the full costs of being a student, and applicants will therefore need to apply for other sources of funding.

Applications must be received by 31 January 2017. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances and no correspondence will be entered into. Applications cannot be individually acknowledged due to the volume received but successful applicants will be informed by the end of April 2017.

Use the following link to find out more http://www.ijurr.org/foundation-for-urban-and-regional-studies/studentships

Job: Project Manager / Consultant

The City of The Hague makes available a € 600.000 grant, starting on 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2018, equally split between the two calendar years. Each application can request a grant of up to € 50.000 to support their project.

Who can apply?

The Cross-Over Fund is available to knowledge institutions, NGOs, governmental organisations, start-ups and businesses worldwide. Successful applicants are required to work in collaboration with The Hague Humanity Hub and its partners.

Application deadline: Deadline for the first round of applications is Friday 17 February 2017.

For more information, please visit www.humanityx.nl/cross-over-fund.html

International Guest Scholarships for young surgeons from countries other than USA, Canada

The scholarships provide successful applicants with the privilege of participating in the College’s annual Clinical Congress held in Boston, MA, in October 2018, with public recognition of their presence. They will receive gratis admission to selected postgraduate courses plus admission to all lectures, demonstrations, and exhibits, which are an integral part of the Clinical Congress. Assistance will be provided in arranging visits, following the Clinical Congress, to various clinics and universities of their choice. In order to qualify for consideration by the selection committee, all of the requirements must be fulfilled.

Get more info. by visiting https://www.facs.org/member-services/scholarships/international/igs

AU Intercontinental Youth Forum 2017 call for participation

The objective of the trans-continental dialogue programme on PCVE through the soft power of religion is to create a transcontinental platform that will bring together stakeholders from Africa and Europe to deliberate on these issues and produce contemporary recommendations and activities on how to prevent/counter violent extremism.

The forum is primarily geared towards empowering youth to conceptualize and develop projects using the two major approaches of the IDOVE project: Social Media and Small Scale Projects.

Job: Supply Chain for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Manager

Organization: Chemonics

Country: United States of America

Closing date: 23 Jan 2017

Chemonics seeks a Supply Chain Manager,VMMC (Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision) in support of the USAID Global Health Supply Chain-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project.

The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project is the primary vehicle through which USAID procures health commodities, provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of supply chains, and collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives. GHSC - PSM is a multi-billion dollar USAID funded objective. The project consolidates the previous procurement and assistance components of the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) and Deliver programs and is the primary vehicle through which USAID will procure lifesaving commodities to partner countries. Supporting key global health initiatives in HIV/AIDS, malaria, reproductive health, maternal and child health and zika, the project encompasses three primary objectives: global commodity procurement and logistics; systems strengthening to support in-country supply chain management; and collaboration via strategic engagement to improve long-term global supply of health commodities.

Chemonics employees on the project will be presented with a unique opportunity to contribute to the largest global procurement effort in the history of international development funded initiatives, thereby directly impacting the livelihoods and health of the populations most affected. Chemonics hires will work within a dynamic team environment surrounded by thought leaders with expertise in global health and supply chain best practices. We are looking for individuals who seek opportunities to grow their career while contributing valuable inputs within an employee owned organization

The Supply Chain Manager, VMMC will support the GHSC-PSM project headquarters supply chain staff, field offices, Ministries of Health, United States Government (USG), President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and external collaborators to provide technical support to USAID, and country programs in VMMC.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Provide technical assistance to country office staff, governments, and other country stakeholders in the following GHSC-PSM VMMC-related activities:
  • Quantification (forecasting and supply planning)
  • Local procurement of commodities
  • Product selection
  • Importation / Product Registration
  • Distribution
  • Waste management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Support countries in the design, operation, and monitoring and evaluation of supply chains responsible for the provision of VMMC commodities.
  • Assist with the improvement of national supply chains for laboratory reagents and consumables, HIV/AIDS care and treatment, and other related programs.
  • Work closely with USAID in developing strategies and solutions around the VMMC supply chain, including adapting to newly approved devices, sharing the work of GHSC-PSM, lessons learned, and new strategies in international fora.
  • Support country VMMC campaign preparation and execution.
  • Contribute to or write GHSC-PSM reports, articles and technical documents.
  • Participate in the USAID VMMC TWG and other working groups, as appropriate.
  • Represent the project at international meetings and on expert committees, as required.
  • Respond to ad hoc requests from USAID/Washington.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Minimum 6 years experience in systems design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of supply chain systems at the country level, preferably with knowledge of VMMC or related commodities, and Master’s Degree in public health, health/sciences or business administration or related field or;
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in the design and development of systems design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of supply chain systems at the country level, preferably with knowledge of VMMC or related commodities, and Bachelor’s Degree in public health, sciences, supply chain, business administration, or a related field.
  • Experience with quantification or supply chain management tasks related to medical equipment and other consumables required.
  • Experience working with USAID, global partners and countries in assessing and designing improvements and technical guidance of VMMC or similar public health service delivery efforts.
  • Experience working in resource constrained countries.
  • Experience with VMMC laboratory network programs desired.
  • Current knowledge of existing developments in the field of VMMC or related commodity procedures, equipment, and supplies at the country level desired.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A proven ability to work as part of a team and to be self-managing.
  • Available to travel internationally to resource limited countries (up to 40%).
  • Experience with statistic software (SAS, Epi Info, SPSS) desired.
  • Working proficiency in French, Spanish and/or Portuguese desired.
How to apply:

Apply through our Career Center at: https://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk05/ats/careers/searchResults.jsp?org=CHEMONICS&cws=1

No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Rural Distribution Ideas Contest

Are you passionate about identifying problems and developing fearless solutions?

Imagine you are an African education entrepreneur who just came up with the greatest idea to improve the quality of education and catalyze learning for children and adults…but you live in the city and you want to have an impact in rural areas, where the barriers to education and its delivery are highest.

The Rural Distribution Ideas Contest is taking on the challenge of how to get education solutions to willing learners in rural areas.

How would you use market-based solutions to overcome the economic, cultural, geographical, and language barriers to providing a quality education to your customers?

Find out more about this contest by visiting http://www.treccideachallenge.com

ICT in Education: Mobile Learning Week 2017 - Call for workshop and symposium presentations

Co-organized by UNESCO and UNHCR Mobile Learning Week 2017 will be held under the theme ‘Education in emergencies and crises’ from 20 to 24 March in Paris.

Register today to expand international understandings of how new and affordable technologies can help:
  • Strengthen inclusion in education
  • Preserve the continuity of learning in conflict and disaster contexts
  • Open and enrich learning opportunities for refugees and other displaced people
  • Facilitate the integration of learners in new schools and communities
  • Catalyze innovation in the education sector and improve the impact of humanitarian interventions
Find out more by visiting http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/themes/icts/m4ed/mobile-learning-week

IC-3i international PhD program call for applications

The IC-3i international PhD Program is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie grant agreement No 666003.

Call for applications
  • The call aims at recruiting motivated students for 14 PhD projects, with contracts starting in October 2017.
  • Applications can be sent until February 5th 2017, 17:00 CET 
The thesis projects cover Institut Curie’s 4 main research axes and its translational department, click the following link to find out more http://enseignement.curie.fr/en/ic3iphd

Anu and Naveen Jain Women’s Safety XPRIZE $1,000,000

XPRIZE believes that solutions can come from anyone, anywhere. Scientists, engineers, academics, entrepreneurs and innovators with new ideas from all over the world are invited to form a team and register to compete. To participate, a team may need to recruit additional experts and can add new members at any time throughout the competition. Competing teams will own the Intellectual Property of their submissions.

Find out more about this prize by visiting http://safety.xprize.org/

Team registration for the Women’s Safety XPRIZE starts from October 24, 2016 through March 31st, 2017.