Monthly archive for October 2004

Halftime Adjustments

Do you ever wonder what goes on in the locker room during halftime of a football game? I have heard all kinds of reports. It often depends on how the first half has gone. If the other team is ahead, then the coach may be very animated [nice word for really mad] and may be telling players what they did wrong. If their team is ahead, the coach may be a bit excited, but more positive in affirming those who made great plays. Either way, there is usually an evaluation of how the game is going and what strategy is needed for the second half. There is a lot of chalk on the board with “x’s” and “o’s.” In many “halftimes” of life, we need an evaluation of how things have gone, what worked   what did not go so well, and what changes [if any] need to be incorporated to

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October 2004

Joe and I live in a small Texas town. Local sports are very important in our community, especially high school football. The Friday night game is the social event of the week. We usually attend the games to support the Roscoe Plowboys. Halftime is a favorite of mine. I was once a band member and I love watching the band perform. Halftime is more than just a “break” for the players or a time for the bands to perform. The players and coaches evaluate the facts and statistics of the first half and make appropriate changes to improve their team’s performance. This analogy of a football halftime is very similar to what has been going on for two years with a panel of 13 professionals. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee was appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services and Agriculture (USDA). During these two years, the committee

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