Thursday, April 29, 2010

April 25 to May 3, 2010 Safe Kids Week

April 25 to May 3, 2010
Safe Kids Week
We Believe Campaign - We believe that all kids deserve to grow up safe, healthy and injury free. If you believe in a world without preventable injuries, join in the fight to protect kids! Visit Safe Kids USA

Safe Kids and the MetLife Foundation have partnered to bring a series of safety videos highlighting how you can take precautions in the home to help prevent injuries to children with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities.

Children Learn of the Dangers of Pills From the Danger Rangers at

Michael Anderson, MD, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, discusses potential food choking hazards

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Safety in the Workplace
Worker’s Memorial Day (Founding of OSHA)

April 28th.  Worker’s Memorial Day.
First proclaimed in 1989 to commemorate the founding of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Apr 28, 1970 (signed into law in 1971).

Safety in Restaurants

Slips and Falls

Foodborne Disease OSHA Standards

Control of foodborne diseases is based on avoidance of contaminated food, destruction of contaminants, and prevention of further spread of contaminants. Prevention is dependent upon proper cooking and storing practices, and personal hygiene of food handlers.

The quality of food, and controls used to prevent foodborne diseases, are primarily regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local public health authorities. These diseases may be occupationally related if they affect the food processors (e.g., poultry processing workers), food preparers and servers (e.g., cooks, waiters), or workers who are provided food at the worksite.

Section 5(a)(1) of the OSHA Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, requires employers to "furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees". Section 5(a)(2) requires employers to "comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act".

Safety Orientation for Healthcare

The OSHA Safety Orientation for Healthcare materials show employees how to protect themselves from some of the most common hazards. For more information on these materials please contact National Safety Compliance at 1.877.922.7233 or visit

National Office
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20210

Friday, April 23, 2010

National DNA Day
A Look at Genetically Modified Foods

April 23rd is National DNA day. The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of the DNA double helix.

DNA plays a significant role in our foods, medicine, medical research and numerous other areas of our lives. Genetically Modified (GM) Foods are a controversial topic. On one side, there are those who want to prevent GM because they believe the foods are harmful. While the other group wants to fund GM projects in the hope of producing bigger foods (fruits, vegetables, livestock), insect resistant, more nutritious, etc.

This video was created as part of a USDA grant
to explain Genetic Modifications to the American consumer.

Bill Gates explains why his philanthropic foundation helps fund genetically modified food research. "You are right on the verge of starvation all the time, so every tool that's safe and appropriate, you at least want to look into," he says.

For Educators and those who find music a fun way to learn.
Here is a DNA song.

For more Information on the DNA project and educational tools, go to

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hummus versus Mayonnaise

Hummus versus Mayonnaise
If you use one Tablespoon of Hummus,
instead of one Tablespoon of Mayonnaise
You will save 74 calories!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

National Animal Crackers Day, April 18

Animal crackers are usually in the shape of circus animals such as lions, tigers, bears, and elephants. During the late 1800's, animal crackers were imported from England to the United States. The first batch of animal crackers were made by Stauffer's Biscuit Company in 1871 in York, Pennsylvania. Other local bakeries soon came together under the National Biscuit Company, or "Nabisco Brands." In 1902, the animal cracker's box officially became "Barnum's Animals" with the circus themed box.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April is Fresh Florida Tomato Month

April is Fresh Florida Tomato Month and today April 6th we celebrate Fresh Tomato Day.
Low in Calories and rich in Vitamin C. Tomatoes are fun and easy to grow, indoors or outdoors.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Easter Egg

The Easter Egg
Where did the colored Easter eggs come from? The egg is a symbol of new life, rebirth and the celebration of spring. The early Christians describes the egg as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus.

After a long hard winter with small amounts of food, an egg for Easter was quite a treasure. Later, Christians abstained from eating meat during Lent. Easter was the first chance to enjoy eggs and meat after the long abstinence.

Chicken egg versus the Chocolate Easter Egg
A large chicken egg is only 80 calories and rich in protein. Check the chocolate eggs below and compare.

Chocolate designed to look like a carrot was a surprise, but the biggest surprise was on the nutrition label

Saturday, April 3, 2010

April Wellness News

April 2010 Current News and Resources in Nutrition, Food, Health, Recalls/Safety and Disability Rights. Encourages awareness and inspires ideas for Journalists, Educators, Consumers and Health Professionals.

April Monthly Events: Alcohol Awareness Month; Autism Awareness Month; Cancer Control Month; Child Abuse Prevention Month; Informed Women Month; Injury Prevention Month; International Customer Loyalty Month; IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Month; Month of the Military Child; National Donate Life Month; National Occupational Therapy Month; National Parkinson's Awareness Month; National Youth Sports Safety Month; Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month; Women's Eye Health and Safety Month; World Habitat Awareness Month; Celebrate Diversity Month; Community Spirit Days; Emotional Overeating Awareness Month; Florida Tomato Month; Global Child Nutrition Month; National Garden Month; National Pecan Month; National Soft Pretzel Month; National Soy Foods Month; Jazz Appreciation Month; Keep America Beautiful; National Humor Month; School Library Media Month; Stress Awareness Month