ASU wide receiver Gerell Robinson to join East-West Shrine Game

January 12, 2012

Arizona State University wide receiver Gerell Robinson has accepted an invitation to play in the 87th East-West Shrine Game, which will be held Jan. 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The NFL Network will televise the game, with kickoff taking place at 2 p.m. (MST).

Robinson earned 2011 honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors after he finished the season with 1,397 yards, the second-highest single-season total in school history, and turned in six 100-yard receiving games and seven touchdowns. He set a school record for receiving yards per game with 107.5 and collected the third most catches in a single season by a Sun Devil with 77. He notched a career-high and a MAACO Bowl Las Vegas record with 241 receiving yards, which are the second most ever by a Sun Devil wide receiver, and both his receiving yards and his 13 receptions set an Arizona State bowl record. He also set a Territorial Cup Series record for receiving yards with 199 against Arizona on Nov. 19. Download Full Image

Robinson joins an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game along with 52 players currently on active NFL rosters.

"The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football's best," said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Harold Richardson. "With all 32 NFL teams represented by GMs, coaches and scouts during game week, our players have the terrific opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first glimpse of life in the NFL ... `Just Like on Sunday.'"

While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children®, an international pediatric specialty health care system.

"We hope our supporters all over the country will come out and enjoy this exciting game," said Douglas E. Maxwell, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. "Our health care system depends on the generosity of our supporters, and this game is one of our signature events benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children."

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A 'Quick Fix' to combat obesity

January 12, 2012

The struggle to eat healthy for many Americans has expanded as fast as our waistlines. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about one-third (33.8 percent) of adults are considered obese, while nearly 12.5 million (17 percent) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 are obese. The dramatic increase in obesity over the past 20 years has created an urgency to educate the public on proper dietary habits coupled with regular exercise.

Obesity contributes to conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Fighting obesity can prevent these medical conditions and also lessen the risks to ensure a lasting life. "Healthy eating is not complicated, hard or expensive,” said Robin Miller who hosts a program on cable TV. “It's a balance between a variety of different foods: complex carbohydrates, protein, dairy, fruits and vegetables." Food Network host Robin Miller Download Full Image

Last November, Robin Miller, host of Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller on the Food Network, conducted cooking demonstration and answered questions from attendees on how to create quick healthy meals at an event sponsored by the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion and College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Miller earned her master's degree in food and nutrition from New York University, has written nine cookbooks dedicated to healthy eating and is a contributing writer to a number of publications including Cooking Light. Her current book, "Robin Takes 5,” contains 500 recipes that use five ingredients or less, are 500 calories or less and can be made five nights a week.

Growing up, Miller gained an appreciation of good food from her mother who would garden in the family’s huge backyard. “Our food was from the garden to the dinner table. I grew up with healthy good food and exercise. I would go outside to play until it was dark.”

As a busy athlete at college, Miller mostly relied on her roommates to prepare less than nutritious meals. While she maintained a strong understanding of nutrition, it wasn’t until she was living on her own that she truly began to be passionate about cooking and fixing healthy meals.

Her first book, “The Newlywed Cookbook,” was a compilation of recipes for newly wed couples to create easy meals, which also included a guide to common cookware and a spice index for novices in the kitchen. “As a new wife, I was unsure of the difference between a sauce pan and a skillet or which spices I should be using. I thought, if I have this problem, then maybe others do, too,” Miller said.

As her life changed from a young wife to a full-time working mom with two boys, she learned to relate to many families who struggle with time constraints to get dinner on the table. Her approach today is to create “stress free meals” by cooking pastas, chicken or rice ahead of time. When it comes to meal times, it’s a matter of assembling or reheating and serving a fast nutritious and delicious dinner.

With obesity getting the national spotlight individuals can become confused with slick advertising for pills and shakes that promise to eliminate fat fast. Miller simply stated, “There is no fast fix.” She does suggest people take steps today towards a lifestyle they can live with. Miller believes it’s important for individuals not to give up anything you can’t live without and don’t take on an exercise regime you know you’re not going to sustain.

According to the nutritionist and TV host, being healthy can and should be a family effort, and it’s something many modern families lost along the way. She’s firm in the belief that parents need to instill healthy habits in their children by being good role models. This can include exercising together as a family by taking an evening walk or cooking together so kids can appreciate food preparation.

Learning to be healthy shouldn’t stop in the home. Miller suggests middle and high schools should include nutrition classes that combine an understanding of how to eat and how to prepare wholesome foods. That early education should also be extended to the college level so young adults, who are on their own for the first time, can be reminded of the importance of healthy eating.

Obesity cannot be fixed overnight but Robin’s insights allow time-strapped Americans the ability to embrace a healthier life in an attainable approach. By being a role model, children can learn smart habits. Busy families can enjoy a healthy meal by preparing ingredients ahead of time and avoiding processed foods. “When you cook at home you can control what is going in your mouth and body. And that will ultimately help your weight,” said Miller.

Contributed by Laurie Trowbridge.