- - Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Jon Gosselin ‘relieved’ ‘Kate Plus 8’ canceled

Jon Gosselin is “very relieved” that ex-wife Kate Gosselin’s show about their eight children has gotten the ax, but Ms. Gosselin reportedly finds this reality to be “scary.”

“I hope that this will bring more privacy to my children and that they can get the proper attention they need for any personal issues they might have in the future,” Mr. Gosselin told RadarOnline.

Mr. Gosselin’s comments came a day after the announcement from TLC that “Kate Plus 8” will be discontinued at the end of the current season. The last episode will air Sept. 12.

Ms. Gosselin published a string of tweets in the aftermath of Monday’s news, telling her fans, “I wish I didn’t have to say it was so, my faithful followers … Thx for adventuring with us for SIX years! We love you!”

When asked by the Daily Caller via Twitter if she was concerned about how she would support her family without a reality show paycheck, Mrs. Gosselin responded with the tweet, “YES!!!! One mom and 8 kids = scary!!!! But I’ll make it happen. Lotsa prayer and hard work as always :)”

From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Gosselin and his then-wife starred in “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” a reality series about their lives as parents of fraternal twins and sextuplets. Mr. Gosselin left the show in 2009 after rumors surfaced that he cheated on his wife.

The couple has joint custody of the children and Mr. Gosselin lives in an apartment near Ms. Gosselin’s home. At the moment, he reportedly has a steady girlfriend.

Mr. Gosselin told RadarOnline he was unsure where Ms. Gosselin will go from here but that he wishes her well.

“I have no clue what her next move is,” he said. “I hope she dedicates more time to the kids now and I wish her the best as she goes forward with whatever career she wants to pursue.”

Taylor Swift has unplanned Marilyn Monroe moment

Pop sensation Taylor Swift made a quick recovery from an embarrassing situation Saturday when the skirt of her dress flew above her waist during a St. Louis performance.

The Huffington Post noted that as the 21-year-old belted out her award-winning hit “You Belong With Me,” a wind machine sent the bottom of her dress skyward, revealing her tights and underwear. The Grammy winner continued with the tune while pushing the skirt down, dancing and twirling her ponytail without regard for the wardrobe malfunction.

Earlier this month, Miss Swift traveled to the nation’s capital to perform two sold-out shows. After her first D.C. concert, she paid a late-night visit to the Lincoln Memorial, making up for the field trip she had missed out on in junior high school.

In July, the Daily Caller reported that seven members of Congress were set to hold fundraisers at Miss Swift’s Washington shows.

S.C. college institutes student ‘fitness assessment’

Though liberating, college isn’t all fun and drinking games. Late-night booze sessions, post-bar burrito binges, irregular sleeping hours and infrequent gym visits can translate into the traditional “freshman 15” pounds - or more.

This path is what Coker College, a private school in Hartsville, S.C., aims to prevent.

Starting this fall, first-year students will be required to undergo a “fitness assessment.” During the test, they will have their body fat measured, complete a one-mile run or walk, and see how many sit-ups and push-ups they can do in several minutes. The students might be instructed to do curl-ups, trunk lifts and beep tests, in which they race to and fro between sets of cones. Coker College 101 also requires students to partake in a minimum of four activities, such as kickboxing, yoga, circuit training, Zumba and nutritional assistance.

Coker College President Robert L. Wyatt told the Daily Caller that the school simply wants to offer information to community members, who are free to choose how to respond to the test results.

“The fitness assessments are not intended to prescribe specific changes, but they will provide the members of our community with objective data to inform the decisions each individual will make,” Mr. Wyatt said.

Asked how Coker College would deal with college kids who are dubbed out of shape, Mr. Wyatt said, “Students will be encouraged to make full use of the information. For those students who desire it, we will help them analyze the information and develop personal plans to help them meet their individual goals.”

Mr. Wyatt, who has dropped 100 pounds since his college days, stressed the importance of maintaining physical health - which can be difficult when facing temptation from the South’s famous high-calorie foods, including fried chicken, corn bread and biscuits.

“I know from my own experience with working to be physically fit as well as through my conversations with parents, faculty and staff, how difficult it can be, especially in the South, which is so well-known for generous hospitality and amazing cooking, to be disciplined about those practices that support good health,” Mr. Wyatt said.

Jean Gutierrez, a registered dietitian who serves as an assistant professor at George Washington University and earned a doctorate in exercise, nutrition and preventive health, said the assessment could work well if done right.

“It’s all in the execution, so without more information on the execution, I can’t say definitively whether it’s a bad or good idea. I think it has the potential to be good and that they’re trying to do something positive,” Ms. Gutierrez said, adding that the program could be even more helpful by offering health resources and referral services for students.

• Compiled by Laura Donovan 2011 The Daily Caller

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