Monday, December 27, 2010

Kids Eat Right
Tips on Canned and Frozen Produce

presented by Marisa Moore, MBA RD LD

Nothing beats fresh produce,
 but canned or frozen veggies and fruits are also an option.

Printed from the
© 2010 All rights reserved. American Dietetic Association

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Twas the Day After Christmas
(A Dietitian Version)

Modified for the Registered Dietitian
by Sandra Frank, Ed.D, RD, LDN

Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I'd eaten, the eggnog I'd taste
The holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scale there arose such a number!
The scale must be broken, I said with a thunder.
I'd remember the wonderful meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rare,

The wine and the pastries, the bread and the cheese
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."
Nothing would fit me, I felt so depressed.
I knew it was time to start a new quest.

I picked up the phone, to call a RD,
Knowing this path was just right for me.
I won’t feel guilty, I’ll try moderation,
Fad diets have failed and even starvation.

I’ll follow the plan, set up solely for me,
More fruits and Veggies are part of the key.
I’ll eat more fiber and exercise I’ll start,
And limit the fat that is bad for my heart.

Yes, I’ll call a RD to provide inspiration and
Learn new ways to avoid temptation.

Happy New Year to All and a Healthy one too
Remember to eat right and exercise for you.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

National Kiwifruit Day
December 21, 2010

National Kiwi Day 
sponsored by the California Kiwifruit Commision.

The Kiwifruit Video

History of the Kiwifruit.
Originally discovered in the Chang Kiang Valley of China, kiwifruit was considered a delicacy by the great Khans who enjoyed the emerald green color and wonderful flavor. By the mid 1800s, the fruit had found its way into other countries and was nicknamed the Chinese gooseberry. New Zealand growers started to export this exotic fruit to specialized markets around the world.

Then in 1962, a California produce dealer began importing New Zealand gooseberries. The dealer renamed the product "kiwifruit" because of its resemblance to the fuzzy brown kiwi — New Zealand's funny-looking national bird. By the late 1960s, California began producing its own kiwifruit in the Delano and Gridley areas.

How to Eat A Kiwi

There's no "right" or "wrong" way to eat California Kiwifruit. But since most people find that slicing and scooping is a good way to get the most from their kiwifruit, we coined the word "slooping" to describe it! Here's how to sloop your kiwi:

Using a sharp knife, slice the kiwifruit lengthwise to create two identical halves. Then use a spoon to scoop the sweet, delicious meat of the kiwifruit from each half. Looking for maximum fiber and nutrition? Don't throw that skin away! It's loaded with nutrients and fiber, so rinse it off and bite right in! Follow the link to get a free slooper.

One Large Kiwifruit, weighs about 3.5 ounces (100 grams) and provides the following nutrition:
(The percentages noted use the Reference Daily Intake or Recommended Daily Intake(RDI) for Adults.)

The kiwifruit is a rich source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K and Fiber. It is low in calories, low in sodium, has no cholesterol and only a small amount of fat. The kiwifruit also contains many other important nutrients, as shown below.

Calories                            61 kcal

Protein                              1.1 g
Carbohydrates                 14.5 g
Dietary Fiber                    3.0 g (11.9%)
Sugars                              8.99 g
Fat                                     0.52 g
Cholesterol (mg)               0.0 (0%)
Thiamine (Vit. B1)            0.027 mg (2%)
Riboflavin (Vit. B2)           0.025 mg (2%)
Niacin                                0.341 mg (2%)
Vitamin B6                        0.63 mg (48%)
Folate                                25 μg (6%)
Vitamin C                          92.7 mg (155%)
Vitamin E                          1.5 mg (10%)
Vitamin K                          40.3 μg (38%)
Calcium                             34 mg (3%)
Iron                                     0.31 mg (2%)
Magnesium                       16.9 mg (4.2%)
Manganese                       0.1 mg (4.9%)
Phosphorus                       34 mg (5%)
Potassium                         312 mg (7%)
Sodium                              3 mg (0%)
Zinc                                    0.14 mg (1%)

Recipe provided by the California Kiwifruit Commision.
Mint Lemonade, Makes 4 servings 
If you don't have mint, try fresh lemon balm. The lemonade is also delicious without the herbs.
1 cup (250 mL) water
 ½ (125 mL) cup granulated sugar
 ½ (125 mL) cup packed fresh mint leaves
 3 California kiwifruit
 2 to 3 lemons
 Sparkling water

1. In a medium saucepan, heat water with sugar over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in mint leaves. Let stand 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, peel kiwifruit and cut into chunks. Puree in a food processor. Place puree in a pitcher. Strain cooled syrup into pitcher, pressing on mint, then discard leaves. Refrigerate until cold. Squeeze juice from 2 lemons. Stir into kiwifruit mixture. Taste, squeeze in juice from remaining lemon for a tarter lemonade.

3. Pour into glasses. Top with sparkling water. Serve garnished with a slice of kiwifruit. Makes about 2¼ cups (550 mL) without sparkling water, enough for 4 drinks.

Nutrition per serving (using 3 lemons)
Calories (kcal) 144.8
Protein (g) 0.5
Carbohydrates (g) 36.9
Dietary Fiber (g) 2.5
Fat (g) 0.4
Cholesterol (mg) 0.0
Vitamin A - IU 173.4
Vitamin C (mg) 73.0
Potassium (mg) 187
Sodium (mg) 5.0

For more recipes, visit the California Kiwi Commision.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gifts that Make a Difference

There are gifts you can purchase to support causes; gifts to educate and foster awareness and gifts to show you care about a loved one's health. These gifts make a difference in a person's  life. The gifts listed below is just samples of what is available. Please check the websites to view the entire catalogs.

and more....

Gifts to Support a Cause


Looking for a meaningful holiday gift for a friend or family member this year? Honor them by giving a gift in their name to feed families facing hunger across America. Plus, your donation is 100% tax deductible. If you would like to give your gift over the phone please call 1-877-902-7552. Team members are available to take your call Monday through Saturday 8am - 11pm EST, and Sunday noon - 9pm EST. All tribute cards will be placed in the mail within 2 business days of your donation and mailed via First Class postage with the U. S. Postal Service. Give Hope, Spread Joy

The Humane Society is the nation's largest animal protection organization. They work to reduce suffering and improve the lives of all animals by advocating for better laws; investigating animal cruelty; encouraging corporations to adopt animal-friendly policies; conducting disaster relief and animal rescue; and providing direct care for thousands of animals at our sanctuaries, emergency shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics.

Take Me Home features a colorful crew of fur babies patiently waiting to be next in line for a warm and loving home. Created by passionate animal artist Marie Mason, this tee was inspired by the ongoing and daunting task of finding loving homes for countless four-legged friends. These colorful graphics are featured on a soft cotton tee that is one in a series of rescue-inspired tees.

Kool Dogz Ice Treat MakerTM. Create your dogs own mouth-watering snack by simply filling the bucket kit with water and adding his own favorite toys and treats. Once frozen, simply remove from bucket and place on stand with grounded extension rod. What a clever way to keep your pooch hydrated and happy for hours of outside play!

Superb Seat Belt/Harness. Buckle up for safety! Keep your pet from becoming a dangerous projectile in the event of a collision or a dangerous distraction to the driver.

Desk Kitty Caddy. This Desk Kitty Caddy is the ideal solution for any office or home where cats and computers need to live in harmony. To protect against losing data due to curious paws, the occasional spill, or to reclaim your full workstation, clamp this comfy bed to your desk or simply place caddy on top of it. Cats are drawn to the soft cushion bed and the high walls are perfect for nesting. You'll rest assured knowing that your valuable data will not be fair game for your kitty's next keyboard adventure.

Gifts to Educate and Foster Awareness

 Check out the 2011 National Nutrition Month® catalog for an exciting array of products featuring the vivid Eat Right with Color graphic. Perfect for colleagues and clients alike!

Hand Sanitizer
U.S. made 2 oz instant hand sanitizer. Perfect for the car, office, schools, and is refillable. Aloe moisturizer and citrus scent. Laminated full color label shows your “Eat Right” pride

Includes 2 large Posters, 100 Kid Stickers, 30 Pencils, 30 Bookmarks, Reproducible Masters, and a Teacher's Guide. Designed to get kids interested in nutrition and physical activity.

Classic T-shirt
Our 2011 white t-shirt is sure to become one of your favorites. Made of heavy 100% preshrunk cotton with seamless ribbed collar and double-needle stitched hemmed sleeves and bottom for better wear. Small now available — great for kids! S, M, L, XL, XXL (add $3 for each XXL)

Brown Laminated 100% Recycled Shopper
Reusable shopping bag is perfect for all your grocery essentials. Large main compartment and generous gusset for maximum capacity. 23 1/2" shoulder straps. This product is made from 100% PET recycled fabric. 13" x 15" x 8"

Fruit and Veggie Color Champions Plush Character and Activity Book
The Color Champions™ come alive with these soft plush characters!
Now you can have your very own set- collect all 5 characters.
They come in their own clear backpack with 2 activity books,
The Quest for Color! and Mystery of the Color Clues!
Puppets are approx. 6" to 8"
For questions or assistance,
call M-F 8:30am-6pm EST (888)391-2100.

 Gifts made possible
through Corporate Sponsors

Kraft Foods: Huddle to Fight Hunger  

Kraft Foods is gathering resources, voices and communities through the Huddle to Fight Hunger program. With the help of some of the world’s best known brands, as well as generous Americans, Kraft Foods will give as many as 20 million meals or more to Feeding America in 2010.

Gifts to Show You Care
About a Loved One's Health

Saturday, December 11, 2010

National Handwashing Awareness Week
December 5 - 11, 2010

Will Sawyer, MD is a Family Physician and the creator of the Henry the Hand Foundation and Henry the Hand Champion Handwasher.

Goal: To improve health by making us more aware of the role our hands play in the spread of disease.

Mission: To propagate Henry the Hand's 4 Principles of Hand Awareness throughout the United States and the world!
1. WASH your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating.
2. DO NOT cough into your hands.
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands.
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth!

Henry the Hand Champion
Handwasher School Visit

Dr. Will has created a wonderful website for children and educators. The site contains posters, coloring books, school programs, tips on Food Safety and a lot more. Visit Henry the Handwashing Champion.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

International Volunteer Day
December 5th

The United Nations (UN) annually observes the International Volunteer Day (IVD) for Economic and Social Development on December 5th. The day, gives volunteers a chance to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels. This is the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers. 

The event offers an opportunity to join a global effort to revive the spirit of volunteerism. Many communities from all over the world, are already planning events throughout 2011 to showcase the diversity and depth of volunteering worldwide and to mobilize many more volunteers.

One of the missions of IVD is to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has made volunteering for one or more of the MDGs its theme for IVD 2010, reminding people around the world of the difference that they can make.

Meeting the MDGs will require the engagement of millions of people through volunteer action. Through an online community, (, Share the Story is inviting you to join the global discussion about how volunteerism can tip the balance towards meeting the MDGs. The deadline for meeting the Goals is 2015.

Already, volunteers are contributing their expertise; communities are taking action to improve their lives; and decision makers are increasingly realizing the value of volunteerism. These stories don’t make the news, but they are changing the world. For more information on UNV's IVD campaign, please visit Share the Story.

Through the Online Volunteering service volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet. Every day thousands of people are volunteering, online or on-site, contributing to peace and development and working to achieve the MDGs.

Share the Story: Volunteering for the MDGs
'We can meet the Millennium Development Goals, but it will require the engagement of millions of people through volunteer action.' That's the message behind the online film festival to celebrate International Volunteer Day (IVD) in 2010.
  What's your volunteering story? 

Volunteer International Day
Share your volunteering picture, and let's show to the world the meaning of
Being Volunteer.

2010 International Volunteer Day
Francisco "Tachi" Cazal, President and CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs
 greets all AFS Volunteers around the world for the
2010 International Volunteer Day.

Celebrate International Volunteer Day 2010.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Symbolic Foods of Hanukkah

The Hanukkah Plate.

The food art is made up of a dreidel, a four-sided spinning top used to play games during Hanukkah. The letter  ג (gimel) when facing up means the player gets everything in the pot.

The ג is made with strawberry jam and the driedel is made from traditional foods, such as Latkes, Sufganiyah, Jam, Sour Cream, Applesauce and Gelt (chocolate coins).

Telly from Sesame Street shows us how to play the Drediel Game.

Traditional Hanukkah foods are fried and/or contain dairy, in particular cheese. Oil played a significant role in the Hanukkah story as a small jug of oil miraculously provided fuel for the Temple Menorah for eight days. Dairy symbolizes the victory of Judith, a young widow who over took the enemy camp by feeding the general with salty cheese that required lots of wine to quench his thirst.

The “Latkes” (potato pancakes) or “Sufganiyah” (fried doughnut filled with jelly or custard and topped with powdered sugar) are traditional foods seen at Hanukkah. Latkes remind us of the food hurriedly prepared for the soldiers as they went into battle. Latkes are usually served with sour cream and applesauce on the side.

In 17 century Europe it became customary for parents to give small sums of money to their children to donate to their teachers. The students learned how to give charity in light of commemorating the events of Hanukkah. In the 20th century, an American confectionary manufacturer came up with the idea of making Hanukkah “Gelt” from chocolate. They made the first chocolate wrapped coins specifically for Hanukkah. The Hanukkah gelt symbolizes the tradition of giving charity to commemorate the Miracle of Light.

Nechama Cohen, the author of the “Enlightened Kosher Cooking” shares "Low-Carb, Sugar-Free recipes to bring Joy this Hanukkah."  The “Enlightened Kosher Cooking” is a contemporary and classic recipe book designed for health-conscious people, as well as those living with serious health concerns, such as diabetes. The focus of the book is on healthy cooking with a balanced, moderate, long-term, informed approach to food.

Friday, December 3, 2010

December 2010 Wellness News

Current  News, Resources and Events in Nutrition, Food, Health, Environment,
Safety and Disability Rights. Encourages awareness and inspires ideas for
Journalists, Educators, Consumers and Health Professionals.

Wellness News

Monthly Events Highlights
In 1988 the World Health Organization of the UN declared Dec 1 as World AIDS Day, an international day of awareness and education about AIDS. The WHO is the leader in global direction and coordination of AIDS prevention, control, research and education. A program called UN-AIDS was created to bring together the skills and expertise of the World Bank, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA and the WHO to strengthen and expand national capacities to respond to the pandemic. Light for Rights events are being held all over the world on World AIDS Day 2010. The events encourage 100 cities to dim the lights on public landmarks to remember the devastating affect AIDS has had, and then to turn the lights back on - to illuminate the fundamental human rights shared by all - but often denied people living with HIV.

National Egg Nog Month

Every day, 36 people in the United States die, and approximately 700 more are injured, in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This December, during National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, consider what you and your community can do to make injuries and deaths from impaired driving less of a threat.

Universal Human Rights Month

December Weekly Observances
1-7 Cookie Cutter Week.
1-8 Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week
2-9 Chanukah (Hanukkah), sundown 12/1.

Feast of Lights. Festival lasting eight days commemorates victory of Maccabees over Syrians (165 bc) and rededication of Temple of Jerusalem. Begins on December 1st at sundown.

5-11National Handwashing Awareness Week 

Will Sawyer, MD is the creator of the Henry the Hand Foundation and Henry the Hand Champion Handwasher. The goal of the foundation is to improve health by making us more aware of the role our hands play in the spread of disease.

10-17 Human Rights Week.
Presidential Proclamation issued since 1958 for the week of December 10–17, except in 1986. See also: “Human Rights Day” (Dec 10) and “Bill of Rights Day” (Dec 15).
19-25 Gluten free Baking Week
25-31 It's About Time Week
26-1/1 Kwanzaa

December Daily Observances
A day to honor children who are developmentally delayed or physically challenged with a community-wide party. Established in 1990, this event builds on UN Resolution #47/3, which sets aside a day to promote integrating the disabled into society. This free, all-volunteer party features a family photo session with Santa, food and gifts for all special-needs children and their siblings.

2 Special Education Day

Celebrate the anniversary of the first US special education law—Dec 2, 1975. A time to reflect and move forward. Where were we when President Ford signed the groundbreaking legislation? Where are we now? And where do we need to be tomorrow? A day to honor progress, dialogue about challenges we face, and consider reforms for the future of educating all children.

3 UN Intl Day of Persons with Disabilities

On Oct 14, 1992 (Res 47/3), at the end of the Decade of Disabled Persons, the General Assembly proclaimed Dec 3 to be an annual observance to promote the continuation of integrating the disabled into general society.

4 Coats and Toys for Kids Day

The United Nations (UN) annually observes the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development on December 5. The day, gives volunteers a chance to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels.

7 Islamic New Year, sundown on 12/6
10 Human Rights Day; Nobel Prize Day

15 Bill of Rights Day
20 UN International Human Solidarity Day
The United Nations' (UN) International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20 to celebrate unity in diversity. It also aims to remind people on the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty.

21 Winter Solstice; Kiwi Fruit Day (California)  
24 Christmas Eve
30 National Bicarbonate of Soda Day
31 New Years Eve; Universal Hour of Peace Day