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Chef Ronaldo Linares draws on his Cuban and Colombian heritage to create flavorful, Latin American-inspired dishes that fit active, healthy lifestyles. He partnered with the American Diabetes Association on his new cookbook, “Sabores de Cuba: Diabetes-friendly traditional and nuevo Cubano cuisine.” The book features recipes in English and Spanish for Cuban dishes with a healthy twist, such as Pernil Mojo Marinated Pork Tenderloin and Green Vegetable Egg Tortilla. We interviewed Linares on how he makes classic Cuban dishes diabetes-friendly, where he finds his culinary inspiration and what the future holds for Cuban cuisine.

In what ways does Latin American cuisine naturally lend itself to healthy cooking?

The food itself is naturally healthy, from the tubers, to the tropical fruits, meats, fish, poultry dishes. We are rich in food and sazon!

What changes did you make to classic Cuban dishes to make them diabetes-friendly?

The tweaks are mainly in the use of salt and choosing healthier oils (such as avocado oil) for everything.…

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This post is sponsored by zSpace.

Student engagement continues to rank as one of the primary issues facing teachers today, according to a recent poll by SmartBrief Education. Fifty-seven percent of educators participating in the poll reported that engaging and motivating students are the biggest challenges in their classroom.

So what are schools doing to boost engagement? According to our poll respondents, 37% are facilitating collaborative projects and 30% implement student-led or student-directed learning. Nearly half — 49% — use hands-on learning activities.


Hands-on learning has been effective for science students at the Bradwell Institute, part of the Liberty County School System in Georgia. The district has a STEM lab, outfitted with zSpace virtual-reality systems. The systems come with activities designed to let students interact and get hands-on experience with concepts.

When students are involved in a hands-on learning, “all of a sudden, the concepts come alive,” explains Pamela Donald, an anatomy and science teacher at the school.…

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This post is sponsored by LexisNexis Risk Solutions.

Health plans are looking to integrate risk modeling and other stratification methodologies to enable better care coordination between members and providers improve health outcomes and reduce costs.

In this post, we hear from Kathy Mosbaugh, VP and General Manager of Clinical Analytics for LexisNexis Health Care. Mosbaugh leads strategy and business operations for the clinical business, which focuses on population health management and provider performance analytics.

Question: What is driving the need for various risk modeling methodologies, and to which populations do they apply?

Kathy Mosbaugh: Risk modeling is key to proactively managing the known as well as the unforeseen health risks of member populations. In light of where the health care industry sits today, employing risk modeling or stratification methodologies has become a top priority for all at-risk organizations. We see three main drivers for this push: 1) The need and desire to improve quality both in terms of care coordination and delivery by identifying avoidable and unknown risks and engaging the right members at the right time; 2) Containing costs by deploying care management resources effectively and ensuring the right treatment plans are developed and the appropriate level of member engagement is achieved; and 3) Uncovering opportunities to enhance revenue by driving efficiencies across the health care ecosystem.…

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SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

How much did your college experience contribute to your success as a leader?

  • Tremendously — I am forever indebted to my alma mater: 13%
  • A lot — My college education has had a big impact on my career: 31%
  • Somewhat — It’s contributed but only in certain areas: 28%
  • Not much — My success doesn’t have a lot to do with my education: 22%
  • Not at all — I didn’t attend college or it hasn’t contributed at all: 7%

Hail alma mater dear. You get out of something what you put into it. If you feel you’re not getting a lot out of your college experience (as 50% of you indicate), perhaps you’re not taking advantage of all the assets available to you.…

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Michael BrennerSome of the brightest minds in marketing are coming together at the ANA/BMA 2016: Masters of B2B Marketing conference in Chicago June 1 to 3. SmartBrief will be there, too, and to kick things off, we asked Michael Brenner, CEO of Marketing Insider Group and co-author of The Content Formula, to preview some of what he’ll share at the event.

First, you are a marketing executive who recently launched his own company. Can you tell us what it’s been like to make that transition? Do you have any advice for marketing executives who are interested in a similar path?

I started sharing my expertise online a few years ago on my blog. That led to requests to do webinars, then speaking engagements. I was fortunate enough to join a startup called NewsCred and build a strategy business for them prior to launching my own business. I see each step as an extension of that early commitment to share my experiences and insights online and to build a supportive community that helped me so much along the way.…

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