Talented people’s input in Lithuania’s future

December 11th, 2012 by Norkute Mintare

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By Mintare Norkute (1996)Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania

Though Lithuania is a small country, it is well-known for its history and mostly  for its people. There was a time when Lithuania had lands on the  shore of the Black sea, but there were times too, when you couldn’t find Lithuania in any maps. Though many people in the world now know Lithuania’s name, I sometimes fall into situation where I am asked: „Lithuania? I have heard of it… Is it a part of Russia?“. Yes, there was a time
when we were a part of Russia, but now we are a free country and we want to be known for what we are.

Only the citizens of the country can make it well-known for their achievements. I’m going to give you a small list of famous Lithuanians, who I am sure you have heard of:

Virgilijus Alekna is the most famous Lithuanian athlete. He has so far won two gold medals in the Summer Olympics, both in the discus throwing. The first was in 2000 and the second in 2004.

Arvydas Sabonis has been a European Player of the Year eight times, winning the Euroscar Award six times, and the Mr. Europe Award twice, as the best European player and played in a variety of leagues, including seven seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the United States. Sabonis also won a gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea for the Soviet Union, and later earned  bronze medals at the 1992 and 1996 games while playing for Lithuania.

Ingeborka Dapkūnaitė is the most famous Lithuanian actress in Hollywood. She has had a number of minor roles in some top Hollywood movies including “Mission: Impossible” (1996), “Seven Years in Tibet” (1997) and in “Hannibal Rising” (2007).

Juozas Statkevičius is the most famous designer in Lithuania. His fans can find his clothing not only in Lithuania, but, also, all around the world: in Paris, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Seoul and in other biggest world cities. He is loved by his female clients from all over the world and it proves that Lithuania has great talents from in areas (not only sports).

Jurgis Kairys is a Lithuanian aerobatic pilot and aeronautical engineer. He has won many awards for his flying and has invented several maneuvers, including the “Kairys Wheel.” He helped develop the Sukhoi Su-26, -29, and -31 aerobatic aircraft and, also, manufactured his own aerobatic aircraft, called the “Juka.”

Židrūnas Savickas is a professional mighty man. He is the only modern mighty man competitor to have won every major modern competition, most notably the World’s Strongest Man in 2009, 2010, & 2012, the Arnold Mighty Man Classic on six consecutive occasions from 2003–
2008, the IFSA Strongman World Championships in 2005 & 2006, Fortissimus in 2009, the Strongman Champions League overall title in 2008 & 2012, the World Log Lift Championships in 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012 and Europe’s Strongest Man twice in 2010 & 2012.

In the last year the most famous person from Lithuania is a 15-year-old swimmer Rūta Meilutytė. Her achievement in 2012 London Olympic games shocked the world. Since then you can hardly find a person who hasn’t heard the name Lithuania. And every single Lithuanian in the world is very proud of and thankful to her.

The Lithuanians are also very well-known in basketball. Lithuania won bronze medals in three out of six Olympic tournaments it participated in. Lithuanian men competed in two of the pre-war European championships. They won both the EuroBasket 1937 and EuroBasket 1939 competitions. The Lithuanian team won the EuroBasket for the third time in 2003. It also won the bronze medal in the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Lithuania has many wonderful and talented people who are continuously making Lithuania more famous. Of course, like any other country we have some disadvantages, but great achievements make up for them. Every day brings some new bright people to Lithuania and I believe that when I become old and go to other countries I wouldn’t need to explain geographic coordinates of my country. I’m sure that when they hear the name „Lithuania“ they will know that this is the land where wonderful people live.

Workshops in Lithuania. Accessories from glass beads

May 31st, 2012 by Norkute Mintare

By Mintare Norkute (1996) and Aneta Macijauskaite (1997), Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania

In this group worked 10 people: Svenja Henning from Germany, Marta Dybczak from Poland, Selay Oksasoglu and Ipek Yashi from Turkey, Sara Vantaggi and Valeria Turi from Italy, also Aneta Macijauskaite, Mintare Norkute, Aurelija Zaicevaite and Martynas Jakas from Lithuania. Our coordinator was Nijole Titiene.

Almost everyone liked to do dragonflies the most. We also did ladybugs, lizards and bees. The best part about doing this was communicating with other people from other countries and learning something new about them. Even though making these animals was very easy, it was fun to do something by ourselves, with only a little help from the teacher. In total we have done 30 animals from glass beads and everyone is happy that they had a chance to do something like that, because they have never done something like this before.

Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia

May 9th, 2012 by Norkute Mintare

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By Mintare Norkute (1996), Silutes pirmoji gymnasium/Lithuania

Everyone feels dissatisfied with their appearance sometimes and then tries to change it. We compare ourselves with friends, brothers or sisters, and even get angry, because we are shorter, fuller or maybe not as pretty as they are. However, it’s not bad to be different. Everyone is different – our height and appearance depends on body composition, genetic and not the quantity of food we consume.

Psychologists say that people have created images of how they want to look (influenced by fashion trends and friends) and they try to get closer to these ideals. They compare themselves with models on the covers of famous magazines, get dissapointed and start to worry about their overweight – no matter if they have it or not. People with a normal body weight are very different and models on the covers are just one of the examples of how you can look. If you are worried about your weight and wondering what is the normal weight of your age, you can talk about it with your doctor, school counselor or a social worker.

A normal development of a young person’s body requires healthy food containing all the necessary components: proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Abstinence from substances that allegedly make you fat (e.g. avoiding food containing carbohydrates or fat) can stop your body from normal development.

So, what causes eating disorders?

Difficulties in school, bullying, fights withfamily and friends, a need to have a perfect body can cause stress and anxiety. Some people start to eat more just to facilitate those feelings. In fact, eating can make you feel better for a while, but after that the worry about your weight kicks in. In this situation it’s easier for a person to observe how his body is changing rather than to find the problem that caused eating for calming down. That’s how eating disorders develop.

What are eating disorders?

Many people who trie to lose some weight go on diets or exercise a lot. Some of them worry about overweight so much, that losing weight becomes the most important thing in the world and then turn into an eating disorder. Usually people get eating disorders after longer or shorter diets. The most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

Anorexia Nervosa

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Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder when a person weighing much less than needed, still feels thick and wants to lose even more weight. Even a starving person  still reduces the amount of food he or she eats.

The signs and symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa:

  1. A person thinks that he or she is too fat so they avoid eating, though, his weight are normal or even less than normal;

  2. The amount of food is reduced, a person always counts calories and lost kilos, avoids food that “Makes him fat”;

  3. The weight is low, a person is lean and starving, but it seems to him that he’s only gaining more weight;

  4. He likes to eat alone, prepares food in a special way, eats at the right time and tries to keep up with his made up eating rules;

  5. If a person is forced to eat he hides the meal (in his room or clothes);

  6. A person looks very active, exercises a lot;

  7. For girls – their menstrual period can disappear.

A person suffering from Anorexia may be satisfied with the ability to control his bodyweight, doesn’t feel the hunger, can be very active, agile, be a good student, participate in various societies. However, a gradual decrease in body weight cause weakness, affects learning, a person starts to avoid contacts with his friends.

Bulimia Nerviosa

Bulimia Nervosa — an eating disorder with the constant overeating, followed by induced vomiting or use of laxative drugs. People afflicted with Bulimia eat a lot and very fast.

Bulimia is when:

  1. Overeating is followed by starvation and a period of intensive sport;
  2. A person after period of overeating sees himself fat and feels guilt and shame;
  3. A person tries to cause vomiting or uses laxative drugs to get rid of food eaten (usually because the weight does not change and remains as it was) .

If a person doesn’t eat for a long time, then he is starving. After starving he feels very hungry. A person with Bulimia eats a lot of food in a short time. It can’t be mixed with a little overeating.

Some people can have both Anorexia and Bulimia symptoms. Both eating disorders are more common with girls, but boys can have them too.

About diet pills

Today, we are often faced with ads that promise us fast underweighting. But it does more harm than good.

  • Intensive diets do not help to reduce weight. After a while the weight is usually reversible and are the same or even higher;
  • Exercise helps, but it should be done regularly, and only gradually increasing the number of exercises. Too much or too strenuous exercise can harm the body;
  • Laxative drugs can reduce the sense of guilt of overeating, but do not reduce the weight — even disrupts the body’s chemical balance.

The damage that eating orders cause:

  • From exhaustion and fatigue is difficult to engage in normal activities (eg, learning);
  • Internal organs become vulnerable, bones stop growing;
  • Increased risk of infertility;
  • Anxiety, depression;
  • Lost interest in school, not caring about the future (education, employment);
  • Distrust and segregation from other friends.

Where to go

If you’re worried about your weight and think that you have an eating disorder, you are in need for help! You can go to:

  • Your family members;
  • School psychologist. It can give you basic information about the weight and advice you about food;
  • If you need help from other specialists you can go to the hospital where you can regain control over eating.

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May 7th, 2012 by Norkute Mintare

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