KUTV's Heidi Hatch hosts former Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and Maura Carabello of the Exoro Group in a new episode of Take 2. (Photo: KUTV)

Take 2 Podcast: Police response times in Salt Lake City



Host: Heidi Hatch

Guests:

  • Greg Hughes – Former Utah House Speaker now registered lobbyist
  • Maura Carabello – Exoro Group

Salt Lake police response times: Chief Mike Brown hiring civilians to respond to low priority calls.

Many are retired officers. He sites parking, noise complaints. Are these calls really low risk? Aaron Lowe’s shooting and death followed multiple unanswered noise complaints. We now Lowe was ultimately shot over a parking dispute.

LINK: Salt Lake police exploring ways to reduce response times

Sex misconduct allegations inside Spencer Cox’s campaign for governor.
Joint statement released last week

Austin Cox attorney responded – we have requested an interview

In a statement Friday, attorneys representing Austin Cox – who is not related to the governor – called the accusations “baseless.”

“The personal relationship in question was a long-term relationship between two young single adults,” Austin Cox’s attorneys said. “The relationship was ended by our client earlier this year. Our client unequivocally and emphatically denies any allegations to the contrary.”

Questions Remain

  • Austin Cox was the Governor’s right-hand man.
  • Ran his campaign, took part in the Cox and Friends podcast, was positioned and ran for party Vice Chair.
  • Who knew what and when? Who investigated?

Ballots arrive in mailboxes: Ranked Choice voting in the mix

  • Will it work? Is it a good idea?

Salt Lake County Ranked Choice Voting 101

Facebook reactions:

  • “RCV is intended to manipulate outcomes.”
  • “What a joke. This is just another progressive voting tactic. I have never seen a republican win when it goes past the first stage….only democrats”
  • “Gonna steal some more elections…”
  • “One person, one vote, it’s a Soros funded scam”

Senator Mike Lee race: Jon Huntsman supporting Mike Lee

Next week on Take 2:

  • Senator Kirk Cullimore – Republican pitches a progressive clean air bill. “Prosperity 2030”
  • Says this is a top issue with constituents
  • Reduce emissions by 50% before 2030
  • Cars, factories and businesses in the crosshair

What to expect the first trimester of pregnancy



When you find out you’re pregnant, you’ll likely have a lot of questions about what is happening to your body and what is happening with your baby’s development. Jade Elliott spoke with Leah Moses, a certified nurse midwife with Intermountain Healthcare, about some of the most common questions she has women ask when they come in for their initial prenatal visit and to explain why those visits are the best place to get information and answers about your pregnancy.

If you’re thinking about becoming pregnant or think you might be pregnant it’s important to contact your provider.

Your provider can help check for many things to help ensure your pregnancy and baby are as healthy as possible. Once they know your medical history, they can provide answers for your unique circumstances.

At your first visit for a normal pregnancy that would be at about 7 weeks or so, your provider will likely:

  • Check your urine sample for infection and to confirm your pregnancy.
  •  Calculate your due date based on your last menstrual cycle or ultrasound exam.
  •  Recommend prenatal vitamins that include at least 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) of folic acid. This can reduce the risk of a child born with serious birth defects of the spinal cord or brain.
  •  Help explain the risks that come if you drink alcohol or use illegal drugs, and also answer questions about what prescription or over the counter medications are safe or not safe for you to take during pregnancy.
  •  Perform blood tests to check your health and for infections that can affect pregnancy including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, rubella, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.
  • Discuss immunizations and recommend a flu or COVID vaccine if you haven’t already received them.
  •  Do a complete physical exam, which may include a pelvic exam.
  •  Offer genetic testing: screening for Down syndrome and other chromosomal fetal abnormalities, cystic fibrosis, or other specialized testing depending on your medical history.
  •  Talk with you about how to avoid toxic substances in foods or your environment.

If your pregnancy is healthy, your health care provider will help determine a care plan and regular schedule for visits. For a normal pregnancy it’s typically a visit each month during the first and second trimesters and more frequent visits during your third trimester. If you have a chronic health condition or complications during pregnancy you may need to be seen more often.

Your provider will also discuss any symptoms you are having or may experience during this time of your pregnancy.

Some of the common symptoms during the first trimester and why they occur:

Feeling tired – Your body is working hard to adjust to all the new physical changes. This can cause extreme fatigue. You may need to sleep longer than usual at night or take naps. Your energy will likely return in the second trimester.

Morning sickness – may include nausea and/or vomiting. It’s caused by pregnancy hormones. It’s fairly common in the first trimester. Morning sickness can occur at any time of day. Certain foods or smells might trigger these symptoms. Eating a saltine cracker, dry cereal or toast first thing in the morning before you get out of bed may help, as you may feel more nausea on an empty stomach. Morning sickness usually goes away by the second trimester.

There are over-the-counter vitamins and herbal supplements that may help with morning sickness. Taking vitamin B6 may help with nausea, even though it may not prevent vomiting. Ginger supplements also may relieve nausea.

Frequent urination – as your uterus grows, it pushes on your bladder. You may even leak a little urine when you cough or sneeze.

Lightheadedness – your body works overtime to make extra blood to support your baby and this can cause dizziness. If you are too hungry you might feel lightheaded.

Heartburn – This occurs because the muscles that break down food become more relaxed during pregnancy and hormone changes slow down the digestive process to give your body more time to absorb nutrients. Heartburn may increase in later pregnancy. Over the counter remedies such as Tums can help.

Constipation – The iron in prenatal vitamins may lead to constipation. Be sure to drink 6-8 glasses of water and eat fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, beans, legumes, fresh vegetables and fruit. And keep moving by walking or exercising.

Skin changes – With hormones causing increased blood circulation and extra oil production, you may have a “pregnancy glow.” You may also have flares of acne.

Breast changes – The hormones in your body change to prepare for breastfeeding. As this occurs, your breasts may feel tender and swollen. You might notice small bumps forming in the area around your nipples. Your breasts may feel bigger and fuller.

Vaginal changes – The lining of your vagina will become thicker and less sensitive. It’s normal to have a thin, white vaginal discharge or mild vaginal bleeding (spotting). However, call your doctor if you have significant vaginal bleeding. If the bleeding is heavy or painful, go to an emergency room.

Expanding waistline – Your waistline will expand as your baby and uterus grow larger. You may not notice this change until the second trimester. It is normal to gain no or little weight in your first trimester.

Emotional changes – Hormones change significantly during pregnancy, and you may feel moody, forgetful, or unable to focus. Fatigue and stress can increase these symptoms. Take time for yourself and practice self-care.

Your baby’s development during the first trimester, week by week

Conception usually happens about 2 weeks after the start of your last menstrual period (LMP).

You may not know the exact day you get pregnant. Healthcare providers use your LMP to find out how far along you are in pregnancy.

During weeks 3-4, the fertilized egg moves through the fallopian tubes towards your uterus and attaches to the lining of the uterus. Once it’s implanted, it begins to grow and the placenta forms. At the end of four weeks, you may notice you’ve missed your period.

At week 5, the embryo’s neural tube forms. The neural tube becomes your baby’s brain, spinal cord, and backbone. Tiny buds start to appear that become your baby’s arms and legs. Your baby’s heart and lungs are developing, and your baby’s heart starts to beat. Your embryo is producing hCG, the hormone that can be detected in a pregnancy test.

At week 6, your baby’s heart beats about 105 times a minute. Her nose, mouth, fingers, toes and ears are forming and begin to take shape.

At week 7, your baby’s bones start to form but are still soft. Your baby develops eyelids, but they stay shut. Your baby’s genitals begin to form.

At week 8, all of your baby’s major organs and body systems are developing. The placenta is working.

At week 9, your baby is close to ½ an inch long now. Tiny buds appear that become your baby’s teeth.

At week 10, you may be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat at your prenatal checkup. Fingers and toes continue to develop and your baby’s nails grow.

At week 11, your baby if now officially a fetus and her bones will begin to harden. Her skin is still thin and transparent, but becomes less so over time. Her head makes up about half of her size.

At week 12, your baby’s hands develop faster than her feet. She moves around, but you may not be able to feel her move yet. She’s about 2 inches long and weighs about ½ an ounce

During the first trimester your baby is making vital developments. It’s a critical time to see your provider and make healthy choices and take precautions to keep your baby safe.

For more information about pregnancy or to find a women’s health provider or calculate your due date, visit intermountainhealthcare.org

Intermountain offers online childbirth preparation and breastfeeding classes or you can call your local hospital for more information.

Other pregnancy resources:

familydoctor.org

marchofdimes.org

The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.


Take 2: Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments



Guests:

  • Maura Carabello – President and Owner of The Exoro Group
  • Greg Hughes – Former Utah Speaker of the House- businessman and lobbyist

Biden brings Bears Ears and Grand Stair Case Escalante back to full size
Congressional Delegation Reaction:

“President Biden is delivering a devastating blow to the ongoing efforts by our delegation, along with state, local, and tribal leaders, to find a permanent, legislative solution to resolve the longstanding dispute over the boundaries and management of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. Rather than take the opportunity to build unity in a divided region and bring resources and lasting protections to sacred antiquities by seeking a mutually beneficial and permanent legislative solution, President Biden fanned the flames of controversy and ignored input from the communities closest to these monuments. We will continue to support efforts to ensure that our monuments’ boundaries and management reflect the unique stakeholder interest and uses in the area, but today’s “winner take all” mentality moved us further away from that goal.”

Lee School Board Meetings:

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) with the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today demanded the Department of Justice (DOJ) not interfere with local school board meetings or threaten the use of federal law enforcement to deter parents’ free speech. This comes after DOJ issued a memorandum suggesting federal law enforcement may need to assist policing local school board meetings.

Read the Letter Here: lee.senate.gov

Cox campaign sexual Misconduct

Joint Statement by Gov. Spencer Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson:

Recently, a former campaign employee revealed to us that she believed she was the victim of sexual misconduct by our 2020 campaign manager, Austin Cox (no relation). Following this discussion, we placed Austin on administrative leave and engaged an outside firm to conduct an independent investigation. 

The investigation, which concluded this week, substantiated the woman’s claims and also found previously unreported hostile conduct towards select members of our team. Although the investigation found that there is cause for Austin termination, he resigned from his position prior to its completion. 

“I was devastated to learn of this violation of truest and deeply saddened by the pain it has caused,” Gov. Cox said. “I have apologized to the victim of this misconduct and other campaign staffers who experienced this harmful work environment. I take full responsibility for the failure of the campaign’s policies and procedures to prevent this from happening. The Lt. Governor and I condemn this behavior in the strongest terms and will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct. We will do everything possible to make sure this never happens again.”

“This brave woman brought her experiences to light despite tremendous risk and personal hardship,” Lt. Gov. Henderson said. “It took incredible courage for her to speak up. We hope that any other victim of sexual or workplace misconduct knows that they have advocated and allies in us.” 

Statement from the attorneys of Austin Cox:

We are deeply disappointed in the joint press release issued yesterday via Twitter by Governor Spencer Cox and Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson. Twitter is a powerful forum for advancing political narratives, but it is not the truth.

The personal relationship in question was a long-term relationship between two young single adults. The relationship was ended by our client earlier this year. Our client unequivocally and emphatically denies any allegations to the contrary.

Our client has not had a fair opportunity to share his side of the story. We are confident that any truly fair and impartial investigation would fully vindicate our client from baseless allegations.

Evan McMullin is running to unseat Mike Lee as an independent. Read more.

Last week we talked about SLCP response times- we followed up.

According to SLCPD they have:

  • Funding for 571 sworn officers
  • Currently 512 sworn officers on the force
  • SLCPD is currently down 59 sworn officers

Getting the flu vaccine is more important than ever



While flu was largely absent last winter, the CDC projects it will come back this year, at the same time COVID-19 will continue to circulate in Utah.

To help keep children and families healthy, experts are recommending flu vaccines for people ages 6 months and older as soon as possible. Flu vaccines are available now at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital’s Flu Shot Spot, and in many doctor’s offices, clinics and pharmacies.

Jade Elliott spoke with Sharon Soutter, RN, who runs the flu shot clinic at Primary Children’s Hospital, about the importance of the flu shot.

“Now more than ever, it’s critical for everyone to get the vaccine to protect themselves and their families, and help our hospitals from being overwhelmed by preventable diseases,” said Dr. Andrew Pavia, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at University of Utah Health and Director of Hospital Epidemiology at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital.

For the upcoming flu season, vaccine is important to reduce flu because it can:

  • Keep individuals from getting sick with flu, reduce the severity of the illness for people who do get flu, and reduce the risk of a flu-associated hospitalization.
  • Prevent the anxiety and confusion of trying to tell whether symptoms are from flu or COVID-19
  • Lessen the resulting burden on the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Reduce the risk of potential co-infections with both Flu and COVID-19, which might result in more severe illness.

In 2020, there were almost no flu cases in Utah, in large part due to universal masking and fewer in-person gatherings because of pandemic health prevention measures that were in place, Dr. Pavia said.

There have been a handful of confirmed flu cases in Utah this month. It is too soon to know if this signals the return of flu, but epidemiologists are concerned that flu could surge this year while COVID continues to circulate. Utah hospitals and health systems are already stretched thin and non-emergency surgeries are being cancelled. A major flu outbreak could lead to even more problems providing everyone the care they need.

Already, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is recording a rare summer surge, with more than 200 young children diagnosed with RSV every week in Utah since August, according to GermWatch.org. Typically, that surge comes in winter.

“We strongly recommend flu vaccine for people ages 6 months and older, and COVID-19 vaccine for eligible children ages 12 and older to help prevent these serious diseases,” Dr. Pavia said. “Vaccines can help keep children in school, and help parents remain able to work to support their families. They also help people who cannot receive vaccines stay healthy. Limiting the impact of flu can prevent a flu surge that could further stress our exhausted providers and over-burdened hospitals throughout the state.”

Here are some things families can do now:

  • Get a seasonal flu shot.
  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine for yourself and children ages 12 and over. This can be received at the same time as the flu shot.
  •  Wash hands often and well, and help children to do the same.
  • Stay home when ill.
  • Wear a mask in public particularly in indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

More information is available at IntermountainHealthcare.org.

The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.


KUTV's Heidi Hatch hosts former Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and Maura Carabello of the Exoro Group in a new episode of Take 2. (Photo: KUTV)

Take 2 Podcast: Government shutdown averted, but not for long



Guests:

  • Maura Carabello – President and Owner of The Exoro Group
  • Greg Hughes – Former Utah Speaker of the House- businessman and lobbyist

Government Shutdown averted, but not for long:
Congress needs to fund the government, deal with the debt ceiling and decide if it will push through POTUS $3.4 trillion-dollar human infrastructure package or the bi-partisan package pushed by Senator Mitt Romney.

Bipartisan infrastructure deal Gives Utah $3.96 Billion over 5 years

Generals Contradict POTUS in Congress saying they advised leaving 2500 troops in Afghanistan.

Salt Lake City Police response times: The Chief says they are understaffed- are they? We break down the numbers of sworn officers you probably haven’t heard.

Gov. Spencer Cox in monthly news conference said no vaccine mandates: He would block any attempt by the Utah legislature to prevent private companies from mandating the vaccine, but also opposes government mandates for the private sector.

Sen. Lee has filed 9 bills to push back on Biden vaccine and testing mandate.

  • S.2840– A bill to permit civil actions against the United States for COVID-19 vaccination mandates.
  • S.2841– A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publicly disclose information regarding adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • S.2842– A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to prohibit the Secretary of Defense from requiring that members of the armed forces receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • S.2843– A bill to prohibit the imposition of a fine, fee, or taxation on any person for violation of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or any other executive agency.
  • S.2846– A bill to require Federal agencies to acknowledge, accept, and agree to truthfully present, natural immunity pertaining to COVID-19 pursuant to promulgating certain regulations.
  • S.2847– A bill to prohibit the Federal Government from mandating vaccination against COVID-19 for interstate travel.
  • S.2848– A bill to exempt individuals with a personal health concern from complying with a Federal COVID-19 mandate.
  • S.2849– A bill to stipulate that nothing in federal law provides a Federal agency with the authority to mandate that an individual be inoculated by a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • S.2850– A bill to exempt individuals from complying with a Federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate on the basis of a personal belief, and for other purposes.

Utah School Cases
The state has seen 9,957 school age cases kids age 5-17 in the month of September. They were predicting 39,000 cases.


Helping your children with fears and anxiety



Many infants and toddlers experience fear or anxiety. What may be challenging to parents is to know how to soothe their little ones.

Because infants cannot soothe themselves, primary caretakers do that for them – and that helps young children eventually internalize an ability to self-soothe, said Dr. Merrill Kingston, pediatric psychologist at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital.

Jade Elliott spoke with Kingston about tips to help your child.

“Infants are not born with a self-soothing function; they depend on primary caretakers to moderate strong emotional states for them, including anxiety,” Dr. Kingston said.

Babies and toddlers often express common fears and anxieties about the following:

  • Being alone
  •  The dark
  •  Dogs or other big animals
  •  Bugs
  •  Heights
  • Getting shots or going to the doctor
  • Unfamiliar or loud noises
  • Imaginary monsters — the “thing” under the bed
  •  Strangers (6-12 months)
  •  Separation (9-24 months)

But children can learn ways to calm themselves to cope with common fears. To facilitate self-soothing, parents can strive to:

  • Moderate or limit the amount of external stress-inducing events, such as anger, upset, and absence
  •  Limit developmentally overwhelming or anxiety-inducing influences, such as inappropriate media
  •  Recognize the child’s distress, such as fussing, crying or withdrawal, and provide verbal and physical soothing to calm that distress.

Issues that can interfere with a child learning to self-soothe include:

  • Primary caretaker absence (inability to recognize and soothe the anxious child)
  •  Primary caretaker or environment is overwhelming, reactive, dangerous, or scary (caretaker mental health struggles, food or housing insecurity, high crime rate, various other traumas).

“We recognize that parents are not perfect,” Dr. Kingston said. “We know, however, when the primary caretaker provides an adequate soothing function enough of the time, and if the external environment does not overwhelm the parent’s soothing abilities, the developing child will start to internalize the soothing function and begin to soothe himself or herself.”

While most fears and anxieties dissipate in time, there can be concern when they persist beyond developmental timelines, interfere with feeding or sleep, or when the child’s distress cannot be calmed.

In such cases, parents are urged to reach out to their pediatrician or medical provider, seek a psychological assessment or intervention, or contact family services.

More information is available at primarychildrens.org.

The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.


KUTV's Heidi Hatch hosts former Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and Maura Carabello of the Exoro Group in a new episode of Take 2. (Photo: KUTV)

Take 2 Podcast: Is there really a ‘missing white woman syndrome?’



Guests:

  • Maura Carabello – President and Owner of The Exoro Group
  • Greg Hughes – Former Utah Speaker of the House- businessman and lobbyist

Gabby Petito Case brings up other missing person cases: Is there really a “missing white woman syndrome?”

High profile and diverse cases in Utah: 

  • Elizabeth Salgado case in 2015: 26-year old’s body found 3 years later in Hobble Creek Canyon
  • Hser Ner Moo in 2008: 7-year old girl missing from her South Salt Lake apartment. Her body was found at her neighbor’s apartment, also a Burmese refugee family.
  • Rosie Tapia in August 1995: Her kidnapper was never tracked down. The 6 year-old was abducted, her body was later found in a canal off the Jordan River. 

TIPS: Salt Lake City Police at 801-799-3000.

Do the Elizabeth Smart, Mackenzie Lueck and Gabby Petito cases far outweigh coverage of all women?

Utah has many missing indigenous women and girls Rep. Angela Romero heads task force 

Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 center opens

Senate President Stuart Adams has been pushing for more access

State of Utah has given out 7K treatments since Nov. 2020.

The state has a scoring system to decide if you can get the treatment.

IRS Bank account access:

UT State Auditor John Dougal and treasurer oppose letting the IRS monitor middle class bank accounts. They join 21 other state financial officers in opposition to a proposed federal rule. If it happens, Utah leaders say the IRS could examine more than 100 million accounts when a deposit is made of $600+. They’re calling it an infringement of data privacy.

Utah Democratic Party Chair steps down:

Jeff Merchant “It has been among the greatest joys of my life to serve Utahns as your state party chair. While today I humbly offer my resignation in order to attend to my personal health, the work that must be done in our state and across our nation to protect our most vulnerable communities will continue on. I know that I leave the party in good hands with Diane Lewis, who will become acting Chair until confirmed by the Central Committee. Diane is a storied leader in our state’s labor movement and Democratic Party, and I believe that under Diane’s leadership, our party will continue to build on the gains that we have made in 2020. I’m excited for this new chapter for the party and will remain a staunch supporter of our mission and our organizing.”


Healthy toddler snack time



Toddlers love to snack. But many grab-and-go snacks popular with busy families are processed and contain excess sugar and sodium that can lead to poor eating habits and health concerns later in life.

There are easy ways to engage your toddler in snack time and teach them to eat right early on, said Sara Fausett, a registered dietitian-nutritionist at Intermountain Cedar City Hospital.

Jade Elliott spoke with Sara about some tips for healthy snacking.

“With a little planning, snack time can be a great way to help kids learn to eat right the fun way,” Fausett said.

Eating habits have the greatest impact on a person’s health, research shows. More than half of U.S. adults have one or more preventable chronic diseases, and many are related to poor diets and lack of physical activity. About one-fifth of U.S. children are clinically obese.

Teaching kids healthy eating and active lifestyles is a critical part of August’s Kids Eat Right Month, a campaign of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Here are some toddler snack-time tips:

  • Establish a regular snack routine.
  • Serve snacks at the table. Eat together to model healthy snacking.
  •  Offer fruits, veggies, and other healthy foods, like string cheese.
  • Cut foods into small pieces and watch your toddler eat to prevent choking.
  •  Give toddlers choices among healthy options. This helps them learn to choose healthy foods and improve autonomy (which they love).

For on-the-go snacks, purchase healthy convenience items or make your own bagged snacks, like these:

  • Puree fruit mixes
  • String cheese
  •  Pretzels
  •  Mini packs of carrots or apples
  • Dry cereal
  •  Fruit (gummy fruit snacks don’t count!)

Additional information can be found at intermountainhealthcare.org.

The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.


KUTV's Heidi Hatch hosts former Speaker of the House Greg Hughes and Maura Carabello of the Exoro Group in a new episode of Take 2. (Photo: KUTV)

Take 2 Podcast: COVID-19 booster, federal vaccine requirement, fertilizing the dead



SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) – In this week’s Take 2 Podcast, host Heidi Hatch speaks to founder and resident of The Exoro Group, Maura Carabello, and former Utah Speaker of the House Greg Hughes.

They’ll talk about the initial rejection of the COVID-19 booster shot for all, and approval for older Americans and those at high risk.

They discuss the federal vaccine requirements announced by President Jo Biden, what that means for Utah, and attorney generals from several states threatening lawsuits against the plan.

A topic getting a lot of attention over the week was the arrival of thousands of Haitian immigrant staying under a border bridge acting as a temporary holding area in Del Rio, Texas.

Finally, Utah schools now under “Test to Stay” guidelines, Afghan refugees coming to the Beehive State, the weekend’s Justice for J6 rally in Washington, AOC at the Met Gala and fertilizing the dead.

Guests:

  • Maura Carabello – President and Owner of The Exoro Group
  • Greg Hughes – Former Utah Speaker of the House- businessman and lobbyist

FDA approves third COVID-19 booster shot, but only for elderly and high risk – After overwhelmingly rejecting a plan to give Pfizer booster shots against COVID-19 to most Americans, an influential federal advisory panel has approved the extra shots for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease. 

Utah Legislative Meeting discusses vaccine mandates:

  • Some people got nasty
  • Rep. Paul Ray blamed mismanagement for capacity problems at local hospitals.
  • AG Sean Reyes joins dozens of others threatening lawsuits against the White House over Biden’s  vaccine mandate.

Schools now starting Test to stay

  • SLC votes to keep masks for another 30 days

9,000 + migrants staying under a bridge in Del Rio TX in temporary holding – The Biden administration plans the widescale expulsion of Haitian migrants from a small Texas border city by putting them on on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official said Friday, representing a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly crossed the border from Mexico and gathered under and around a bridge.

“More than 200,000 people crossed last month, bringing the total this fiscal year to more than 1.5 million.” 

Utah will welcome 765 Afghan refugees starting in October

Romney pressed Sec. Blinken on SIV applicants left behind in Afghanistan

Justice for J6 Weekend rally planned in DC (Jan 6th 2.0?)Dozens of people gathered at Union Square near the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building for the Justice for J6 rally Saturday afternoon.

AOC- tax the Rich – Did her Met GALA stunt work?

Fertilizing the deadThe Colorado legislature passed a bill that legalizes an alternative to burial or cremation – allowing instead for an accelerated process of biological decomposition, aka composting of human remains. 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ALL TAKE 2 PODCASTS.


Baby’s first foods: How to form healthy eaters



Baby’s transition to solid foods can be a source of stress for parents – or the most natural thing in the world.

The key: Don’t force it. Instead, allow baby choices and a fun introduction to food, said Sara Fausett, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Intermountain Cedar City Hospital.

Jade Elliott spoke with Sara Fausett about introducing foods to your baby.

“Eating is a continuum, and food is an experience,” Fausett said. “Allowing babies to explore food in a way that makes them feel safe helps them create a healthy relationship with food, which makes feeding easier for them — and for mom and dad.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend introducing solid foods at age 6 months. That’s the time when breastmilk or formula alone no longer provides the number of calories and protein babies need, Fausett said.

But babies who express interest in foods mom or dad eat can be allowed to explore foods a little earlier.

“The expectation is not to perform, but to have a safe exposure to food anytime earlier than 6 months of age” Fausett said. “If you feed babies too early and they don’t know what to do with solid food, they will resist you as long as possible because it’s a safety issue for them.”

At six months, babies should be introduced to solid foods, even if they don’t seem interested, Fausett said. Parents could serve thinned rice cereal with several spoons to encourage exploration and play.

Parents should continue to provide breastmilk or formula when introducing foods, Fausett said. Other milks from legumes or animals and protein shakes should be avoided.

Here are some additional tips for introducing foods:

  •  6 months: Introduce cereal if baby is showing signs of readiness (sitting up, looking at you, able to tongue thrust, and turn head away)
  • 6-8 months: Start strained or pureed foods. Introduce one new food per week.
  • Add thickness, lumps, or chunks as baby’s ability to eat thinner purees or liquids improves.
  •  Offer firm large foods as an experience, so long as they cannot choke baby (whole celery or carrots are good options).
  •  Progressively offer foods that you eat at home as part of your healthy diet.

Remember, babies have a clean-slate palate, and this is good time to introduce fruits and vegetables, Fausett said.

For more information: Intermountainhealthcare.org.

The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.