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Good Health & Less Stress For High School Students

 

Back to School Tips for High School Students

 

Starting school in the fall means several things – school work beginning, new classes, making friends and managing your time. Whether you are an upperclassman or a freshman, having your day and schedule run smoothly will ensure a successful school year and less stress.

 

Ten Tips for a Great Year

Don’t just assume a great year is going to fall into your lap. You have to work to make it happen. Whether you’re already super organized or you like to procrastinate until the very last minute – the time to plan ahead is before school starts. Use specific strategies to help you not only stay afloat during the school year, but really thrive.

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Having an adequate amount of sleep is imperative to a successful high school career. Students who tend to sleep less than eight hours a night may not be as awake or alert during the day. In addition to school work, if you plan to participate in after-school activities or sports, you will need to rest up to do your best.

Eat Breakfast and Lunch

Always start your school days off with a healthy breakfast to get you through the day until lunch. If you are not a big breakfast eater, then consider eating a protein bar or smoothie to stave off hunger. If you tend to eat later in the morning, you may want to carry a small snack to munch on between classes before lunch. If you do not like the school lunch, you can pack lunch to take to school. This way you have exactly the kinds of foods you enjoy.

Keep Your Locker Organized

There are several types of locker organization systems available. Choose a shelving system that allows you to store your books and folders in an upright position. This will be especially helpful for when you are rushing to your locker between classes. In addition, hang a magnetic, dry erase board on the inside door to help you keep track of the day’s to-do list.

 

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Scrambled Indian Tofu With Spinach

 I made this dish yesterday for dinner and it was delicious and only took 15 minutes to make.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound firm silken tofu, drained and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

 

  • HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
  1. Spread the tofu on paper towels to drain for 20 minutes. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering.  Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the cumin, coriander and turmeric and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 
  3. Stir in the tofu and cook over moderately high heat until warm, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach and scallions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the scramble onto plates and serve. 
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Gaining Weight during Menopause

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Most women gain weight as they age. Is this inevitable? Is there a connection between menopause and weight gain? Can anything be done to prevent this weight gain?

Statistics show that during a two year period, menopausal women gain between two and ten pounds. Many women notice their clothing fitting more snugly, especially around the middle. Why do many women gain this weight during this stage of life? There may be several factors which can trigger weight gain during menopause. One factor is the hormonal changes that can cause a woman to gain more weight around the abdomen rather than the legs and thighs. Another factor may be a more sedentary lifestyle. Additionally, metabolism slows with age. During the time of menopause, many women lose muscle which results in a decrease in the rate the body uses calories. (i.e. a slower metabolism). Finally, genetics also plays a role in weight gain. If parents or close relatives carried extra weight around the middle, chances are that you will too.

The problem of excess weight is more than a cosmetic one. Extra weight increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and various cancers including breast cancer.

How can women avoid middle age weight gain? I recommend the following strategies:

  • Switch to a healthier lifestyle before weight gain occurs. Being proactive can help prevent unwanted weight gain.
  • Be more active. Find an activity that you like and do it regularly. The recommendation is aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes 5 times/week. Walking, jogging, dancing, and swimming will help you burn fat and calories.
  • Strength train. Exercise using weights can help maintain or even increase muscle mass so that your metabolism will not slow. Building muscle can also protect against future weight gain. Strength training is recommended twice a week.
  • Watch what you eat. Reduce refined carbohydrates, eat more vegetables, lean proteins, and fruit. A woman in her 50’s may need to consume 200 fewer calories than she did in her 30’s. Remember that menopausal women are at a higher risk for losing bone density. Remember to consume calcium with vitamin D either through the foods you eat or with a supplement.
  • Surround yourself with friends and family that support your efforts to live a healthier lifestyle.

Weight gain does not have to be part of menopause, nor does it have to be part of your life at any time. You can make positive dietary chances and commit to regular exercise so that you can live a longer, healthier, happier life.

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NBA- FIRST ATHLETE BRAND AMBASSADOR

NBA KEVIN LOVE IS BANANA REPUBLIC’S FIRST ATHLETE BRAND AMBASSADOR

WRITTEN BY JRICH IN ATHLETES FASHION,NBA STYLE ON MAR 3RD 2016
NBA Kevin Love Is Banana Republic’s First Athlete Brand Ambassador

NBA star Kevin Love hoping to inspire sports fans to wear Banana Republic.

The classic brand recently announced the 6″10 forward as their first athlete brand ambassador (thats a good look Kev.)

“Banana Republic is such a classic brand, and I am excited to be chosen as the first athlete ambassador for the brand,” Love told Us Weekly of his new venture. “Since I am always on the move, it is important that my clothes are not only stylish but are functional as well. Banana Republic absolutely hits the mark on both.”

“Kevin embodies the confidence and optimism our customers find inspiring,” Aimee Lapic, SVP and General Manager of Customer Experience at Banana Republic told US Weekly.

 

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$More Money For Mental and Healthy LifeStyle

One Weird Trick for Keeping Female Employees From Quitting

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We all know the narrative about why women leave the workforce. By now — decades after “the second shift,” five years after Sheryl Sandberg asked us to lean in, four years after we learned why “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” — conventional wisdom says that employers lose women in their 30s because those women are starting families, and need more flexibility than the workplace is designed to grant them.

Well, here’s a shocker: A new global study of women in their 30s found they don’t leave jobs because they’re worried about family obligations. They leave because employers won’t pay and promote them. “Surprisingly,” reads the report, “young women identified finding a higher paying job, a lack of learning and development, and a shortage of interesting and meaningful work as the primary reasons why they may leave.”

This is only surprising if you have never spoken to a woman in her 30s. Most women don’t have to be exhorted to care more about work or apply themselves more vigorously. They are all in — no lean about it. The problem is that, all too often, their efforts are not recognized, cultivated, and compensated in the way their male colleagues’ are. This is often spun into a complex issue that some of corporate America’s brightest minds have struggled to solve — the stuff of Supreme Court cases and contentious legislation.

But the reality is that, if you’re an employer, you can retain your female employees longer and keep them happier by taking just three simple steps:

1. PAY WOMEN MORE. Pay us what you pay our male co-workers who do similar jobs. Pay us enough that if you were to accidentally email the entire office a spreadsheet containing everyone’s salary, you wouldn’t be ashamed. Pay us what you know we deserve, even if we haven’t demanded it. Pay us what we’ve earned.

2. PAY WOMEN MORE. Don’t assume we want to become mothers. And if we already are mothers, don’t assume that we’d rather have fewer hours or responsibilities. Assume, in all cases, that we work hard and we want money. More money. As long as we keep showing up and doing the job well, and until we tell you that we need different hours or a new role, just pay us more. And keep paying us.

3. PAY WOMEN MORE. Do it. Now.

So now that you’re paying your female employees on par with the men, let’s take a look at what else you might be able to do to retain women. You could work with them to develop their skills and use their talents in interesting, meaningful ways. If that seems too time-consuming and “managerial” for you, don’t worry. You can default to paying them evenmore money, and you just might get lucky and have them stick around a while longer. All you have to do is recognize that women’s potential is equal to that of men. Yes, even if the women in question are mothers.

The brilliant thing about this three-step plan is that, even though it’s not explicitly about mothers, it accounts for the opt-out question. If your primary concern is enabling mothers to stay in the workforce, paying women more money solves that problem, too. For privileged hetero couples I know, these days the decision about which partner stays home with the kids is fundamentally financial. If his position pays more, which it usually does, they tend to decide that she’ll be the one to stay home when child care is too expensive. It’s gendered, but less because of roles at home and more because of pay at work. Pay inequity and caregiving obligations are actually not two separate workplace issues facing women: They are one and the same.

The opt-out problem is, in other words, a money problem. Of course biology plays a role — women are more likely to physically need time off after the birth of a child. But if they were fairly compensated at every stage of their careers, they’d be on equal footing with their male partners and co-workers even after becoming parents. Guaranteed paid family leave for all workers and flexible work environments would help, too. But paying women more, from their first job onward, is a game-changer.

In a slightly older study of Harvard Business School graduates, men and women were equally career-driven in their first years in the workforce, and both men and women slowly grew more invested in their lives outside of work as they aged. The only difference was that women tended to rate “opportunities for career growth and development” as slightly moreimportant to them than men did — probably because those opportunities proved more elusive to women. The study also found that only 40 to 50 percent of women were satisfied with their professional accomplishments and opportunities for career growth.

The great thing about paying women more is that it doesn’t just help business-school grads. For years, conversations about working women have centered on those who are college-educated and pursuing prestigious jobs. The great thing about simply paying women — all women — more money is that it benefits those who are usually left out of these debates, too. This innovative strategy works for hourly wage-earners as well as it does for corporate executives, and every woman in-between. The formula is simple. Is she a woman? Are you in charge of paying her? Pay her more.

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Look Good For $15.00

How to Make a $15 T-Shirt Look Totally Chic

Lauren Eggertsen 

Here at Who What Wear, we love finding new ways to wear some of the more basic items in our closets, like T-shirts. So when one of our favorite street style stars, Miroslava Duma, was seen wearing an adorable Coca-Cola tee in the chicest way possible, we couldn’t wait to copy her look (for $15, we might add).

She styled hers with a sleek long trench coat, high-rise beaten-up denim, and those dreamy Gucci mules all the fashion girls are craving right now. This outfit couldn’t be any easier to re-create, so don’t be shy—try this elevated way to style a simple tee ASAP!

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Fashion Week In India Spring Summer 2016

Compiled by Tanisha Choudhury and Saumya Sinha. Images courtesy of FDCI

Catch the complete lowdown of all the happenings and hottest offerings…straight off the runway

Anamika Khanna 

Versatile pairings, minimal embellishments with patchwork and metallic details were seen at the Indian sport collection by Anamika.

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Payal Jain 

Get your beach wardrobe ready with some eye candy pieces from Payal Jain’s summer collection. We’re loving the use of hot and cool tones.

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Sanchita 

Abstract art, patchwork and graffiti, combined with tulle skirts and flowy silhouettes created a truly nomadic collection at Sanchita.

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Anupamaa by Anupama Dayal

Splash of colours and a boho chic vibe on diaphanous dresses made a pretty summer picture at Anupama Dayal’s show.

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AM-IT

The humble towel plays inspiration for Amit Aggarwal’s latest line comprising capes, baby doll dresses, printed skirts, metallic jackets and patchwork wedges.

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Virtues by Viral, Ashish & Vikrant

Golden accessories and hints of glitter on light ethnic designs were the highlights at Virtues.

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Nida Mahmood

Nida Mahmood in collaboration with Adidas presented a colourful line of bomber jackets, shift dresses and saris draped on jeans. Funky headgears and platform sneakers stole the show.

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431-88 by Shweta Kapur

Mughal jail motifs, laser cut detail and stripes of patent leather on georgettes and crepes, spotted at 431-88 by Shweta Kapur.

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Nikhita

Structured whites making a strong appeal in textures such as mesh and organza laced with blocks of blue at Nikhita. Summer dresses anyone?

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Archana Rao

A beautiful amalgamation of appliqué, mesh and sheer in soft hues was seen at Archana Rao. Cute bow belts are to watch out for this season.

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Hi-5 Show

At Abhi Singh, easy chic was seen in shades from the monochrome palette. At Aditya Duggar, dhoti pants made a comeback in versatile silhouettes. Earthy tones and a lot of layering, with saris wrapped over skirts dominated the collection at Shalini James. At Poonam Dubey, hand-blocked prints took a summery turn in easy, pretty ensembles with flared skirts. At Chhaya Mehrotra, soft separates in floral printed organza made for a pretty collection.

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The 10 Best Ways To Sabotage Your Career

 

10 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Success

 | By Andie Huber

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It’s time for a ride on the straight-talk express. Photo Credit Kieferpix/Adobe Stock/LIVESTRONG.COM

You work hard, meet your deadlines and make nice with the higher ups, but it hasn’t been enough to secure that promotion. Are there some sneaky behaviors that have made themselves at home in your cubicle and are sabotaging your prospects? From oversharing last night’s drinks-capades to groaning about another meeting alert in your inbox, these are 10 times you may have gotten in the way of your own success.

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When you feel like stabbing someone… Don’t. Photo Credit Giphy.com/NBC

1. Being Too Negative

Your boss drops another project in your lap and, rather than accept the challenge with at least a modicum of enthusiasm, you immediately start complaining. Sound familiar? If your first reaction when asked to take on new responsibilities is groaning about how this will mean extra work, longer hours, no extra compensation and no praise at the end, you need to rethink your approach. Perhaps you are genuinely overworked and this is the tipping point, or you may not be fostering a can-do attitude.

How to Deal:

A sense of humor is key, according to Lauren Handel Zander, co-founder and chairwoman of the Handel Group, an international life-coaching company. “Realize that the thought is negative and give your trait a nickname,” she says. “For instance, if you’re constantly concerned about germs, you may refer to this trait as ‘Typhoid Mary.’ When a negative germ-thought appears, call it by name.”

Try flipping it into something more powerful, telling “Typhoid Mary” to back off because you’re in great health. Channel that negative energy into turning those unexpected new projects into positive opportunities. Recommends Zander: “Take a leadership position on the project, document the project’s successes and highlight them at your next review. “

Read more: How to Navigate 8 Pitfalls of Socializing at Work

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2. Being Too Rigid

The idea of staying in your lane is now an outdated one — no one can approach a job as a single-task position anymore. Flexibility and resiliency are key skills that are becoming more and more sought after.

According to a study by Right Management in the U.K. called The Flux Report, “In five years’ time, 91 percent of HR decision-makers think it is likely that people will be recruited on their ability to deal with change and uncertainty.” A new generation of multihyphenate, multitasking employees could leave your rigid self behind.

How to Deal:

“Be more OK with uncertainty” may seem like the obvious answer, says John Sandahl, nationally recognized personal and life coach expert and founder of Warrior Team Coaching. Yet we all know it’s not that easy. “To learn to be more fluid takes time, practice and experience, particularly with ‘being uncomfortable,’” he says. “Confidence comes through experience, which means creating opportunities for small sustainable change and, therefore, small wins.”

Try practicing small risks with people who you trust. In the meantime, he says, “Many issues can be solved with open and honest communication about work style and needs.” And remember that there are rewards for those with great critical judgment skills — as long as they don’t fall prey to the blind spot of being inflexible and hard to work with.

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3. Being Overcompetitive

Healthy competition can be great in the workforce: It energizes some, propels others to achieve and creates a dynamic, energetic environment. But a nasty competitive streak can also quickly turn things toxic.

How to Deal:

If others’ successes are making you jealous to the point of distraction, try to refocus your goals and evaluate your own contributions objectively. How is your attitude contributing to the environment? Can you feel good about your goals despite what others are doing around you? Assess whether the current work environment is the right one for you.

Read more: 14 Things to Never Do in an Interview

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4. Avoiding Work Events

Unless you are in your early twenties, when heading out after work is a given, going to work events after hours is usually a drag. But this is typically where the boss lets her hair down. Do you really want to miss that? Casual conversations at these events are crucial because they could expose a mutual interest or passion. (Try doing that on a 30-second elevator ride, where everyone is looking at their cell phones).

How to Deal:

You don’t need to stay all night and do shots with the IT department, but do make sure you get some face time with your higher-ups. Who knows, maybe they’ll let you in on a position opening or a new project coming down the pipeline that could potentially lead to a promotion.

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5. Chronic Lateness

Known for rushing to meetings or missing deadlines? It’s not a good look. Chronic tardiness sends a message that you just don’t respect other people and their time. John Sandahl recognizes that this behavior usually means something else is going on with the individual. “Health issues, trouble at home, lack of training or awareness or, more simply, the person just doesn’t care or feels unconnected to their work or purpose.”

How to Deal:

Take a tip from a life coach like Sandahl and ask yourself some questions about the “purpose” and the “why” of your work. The questions are meant to help you “reassess and perhaps reframe or reconnect to your responsibilities.” If you are constantly missing deadlines, speak to your supervisor about managing expectations. Perhaps the timelines were overzealous when they were created, or maybe you need help prioritizing and managing your time. In general, being open and honest with your boss will lead to less surprises and better communication for everyone.

Read more: 10 Signs You’re Getting in Your Own Way

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6. Broadcasting Your Extracurricular Activities

Last night may have been epic, but that doesn’t mean everyone wants to hear about it. Here’s an easy rule of thumb. Ask yourself: Would you tell your mother all those sordid details? Keep it G-rated and reserve all the explicit details for your best friends at Saturday brunch, Sex in the City-style. Zander adds, “Usually people that are oversharing don’t know they’re oversharing. They simply want love and attention.”

How to Deal:

Regardless, it’s never a good idea to allow your co-workers to follow the minutia of your personal life, IRL or on social media. Being too open about your personal life may do more damage than good. “Not to mention, your posts may never disappear and have the potential to follow you for a lifetime,” says Zander. A simple way to take control of who sees (and who doesn’t see) your Facebook posts is by using the audience selector. This way you can easily keep your work friends and your social friends separate.

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7. Rejecting Criticism

You might not like it, but getting feedback and criticism is unavoidable in the workplace. It’s also an integral part of personal and professional growth. Even if it’s hard to hear, you should still seek out feedback. How else will you know if you are constantly interrupting your boss or if she hates Times Roman font? Every chance you get to improve is a chance to succeed.

How to Deal:

Flip the script. “‘Learning’ is not a dirty word,” says Zander. Think about it this way: There’s always room for improvement. “When receiving feedback, the best way to stop yourself from taking it too personally and getting defensive is to listen to the person and then repeat [what you hear] back in your own words.”

Zander also recommends spending the next week or two paying attention to your behavior, keeping track of instances and actively changing. Then approach your boss to explain how the feedback was beneficial and what you learned and thank them for the insight.

Read more: 12 Ways Your Home Is Making You Age Faster

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8. Spreading Gossip

The new girl just started, and already it looks like she’s become the boss’ favorite — a title you’ve held for the past few months. Feeling inflamed with jealousy, you dig up some dirt on her and tell a few key people who you know will spread the word around. You might think you’re trying to protect yourself, but there’s no guarantee your rumor-milling won’t backfire. “Office gossip is incredibly damaging to teams and individual’s reputation,” says Sandahl. “Trust takes a long time to build, and it can be lost in a second by this kind of behavior.”

How to Deal:

It’s called the high road. Instead, take this opportunity to build a relationship. Your so-called rival may actually have some knowledge or skills that your boss has been hounding for you to develop. Better yet, she could become an ally at work, a lunch buddy or even a new friend. Sandahl says, “People gossip for the same reasons that they started doing it in middle school. It feels good, and it’s often a quick fix if we’re feeling powerless or underappreciated.”

Caught red-handed? Sandahl advises remedying the situation quickly. “Own it ASAP, and do whatever you can to express your regret and sincerely apologize. Work hard to rebuild trust.” In his experience helping leaders and teams avoid gossip, a key is helping them become aware of the impact and how pervasive it can be.

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9. Not Taking Responsibility

Pointing fingers or throwing a colleague under the bus means you’re avoiding being accountable for an issue. Whether you’re suffering from a fear of failure or just feeling overwhelmed, always asking someone else to do work you’ve been asked to do is a bad habit. It’s not delegating, it’s passing the buck. Not accepting responsibility for your duties will not only sabotage your own success, it could also pull down your entire team.

How to Deal:

Taking ownership of your work will “free you to drive results,” according to John Coleman’s article in the Harvard Business Review. He writes: “The responsibility is yours, and it starts with developing a belief or habit of mind that you, as an individual, are accountable for the quality and timeliness of an outcome, even when you’re working with others.” Simply put: Own it, take action and deliver results. The takeaway? Jumping in and owning the responsibility will ultimately allow you to feel energized, optimistic and empowered and, most likely, rewarded for your work.

Read more: 5 Ways Everyone Can Benefit From Seeing a Therapist

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10. Insecurity

One of the worst workplace self-sabotages is feeling like a fraud at your job — and thinking everyone around you can sense it. Perhaps you think your skills are inadequate or that you don’t have the right experience. Maybe past failures have cost you in confidence, and you’re afraid to take control of the situation. Don’t forget that most of us have all felt insecure at some point in our careers.

How to Deal:

To bolster your confidence, ask questions, do additional research and seek guidance from your network as well as co-workers, both within and outside your department. Get feedback (but see 7 above). Feel secure in the fact that you were hired for a reason. While you may be different from those who have been with the company for ages, your boss found your point of view highly desirable and valuable — don’t waste the opportunity to share your unique perspective.

What Do YOU Think?

How do you deal with these kinds of issues at work as an employee or as a manager? What other tips do you have for people? Share your ideas in the comments!

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New Contracts

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love signs deal with Banana Republic

Banana Republic is hoping to score some points with its first brand ambassador, Kevin Love of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

The struggling brand — which reported on Thursday an 11 percent decline in February’s same-store sales — unveiled a deal with Love to wear its men’s clothing off the court.

Apparel companies are increasingly aligning their brands with pro athletes to elevate their image and get away from the deep discounting that’s plagued the industry over the past year.

“Celebrities, models and athletes are becoming driving forces as apparel companies spend money on their brands with a young personality that people want to emulate,” said Nomura analyst Simeon Siegel.

Also on Thursday, Express Inc. said slugger Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs is the new face of its brand, following the end of its deal with Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors.

Banana Republic, the worst performer of Gap Inc.’s brands — which include its namesake, Old Navy and Athleta — needs a boost after a year of “fashion misses,” according to Gap Inc. Chief Executive Art Peck.

But some industry experts questioned why Gap didn’t secure a deal for its women’s merchandise, which accounts for more than 65 percent of its revenues.

“It’s women’s that is the big problem and where the style issues were,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners.