Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Turkey Basics, Safety and Health;
Protesting Turkeys;
Vegetarian Turkey;
and a Thanksgiving Wish

Turkey Basics and Safety 
Learn the basics for storing, handling and preparing the holiday bird and prevent foodborne illness.

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline can help answer your questions about
the safe storage, handling, and preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products.

Thanksgiving Gluttony without the Guilt

Controlling Thanksgiving Portion Size

Protesting Turkeys
You Can't Gobble Me by the Turkey Singers.

The Turkey Lady sings "I Will Survive"

Vegetarian Turkey
made from Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans, White Beans, Carrots,
Cherry Tomatoes, Blackberries, Banana and Orange Slice.

A Thanksgiving Wish
Each year we make a list of all we are thankful for and at the dinner table we share our list. Some are quite touching and others humorous, but one item is always on our list - "We our thankful for the support and love of our family and friends."

We want to wishing you and your loved ones a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.
        - Sandra and Jake Frank
Thanksgiving Song
by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Universal Children's Day
November 20, 2010

The future of tomorrow are the children of today.The world is fighting to meet the target of reaching the eight Millennium Development Goals by marking Universal Children's Day on November 20th.

A review of organizations dedicated to improving the quality of Children's lives. Presented through songs, news reports, mission statements and children.

American Dietetic Association, Kids Eat Right
Voices of Youth

By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. The date 20 November, marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.

In 2000 world leaders outlined Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015. Though the Goals are for all humankind, they are primarily about children.

WHO (World Health Organization). 10 Facts On Nutrition

1. Malnutrition is a major contributor to the total global disease burden. More than one third of child deaths worldwide are attributed to undernutrition. Poverty is a central cause of undernutrition.

2. A key indicator of chronic malnutrition is stunting - when children are too short for their age group compared to the WHO child growth standards. About 178 million children globally are stunted, resulting from not enough food, a vitamin- and mineral-poor diet, and disease. As growth slows down, brain development lags and stunted children learn poorly. Stunting rates among children are highest in Africa and Asia. In south-central Asia 41% are affected.

3. Wasting is a severe form of malnutrition - resulting from acute food shortages and compounded by illness. About 1.5 million children die annually due to wasting. Rising food prices, food scarcity in areas of conflict, and natural disasters diminish household access to appropriate and adequate food, all of which can lead to wasting. Wasting demands emergency nutritional interventions to save lives.

4. Hidden hunger is a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the diet, which are vital to boost immunity and healthy development. Vitamin A, zinc, iron and iodine deficiencies are primary public health concerns. About 2 billion people are affected by iodine deficiencies worldwide; and vitamin A is associated with more than half a million deaths of under-five children globally each year.

5. The rise in overweight and obesity worldwide is a major public health challenge. People of all ages and backgrounds face this type of malnutrition. As a consequence, rates of diabetes and other diet-related diseases are escalating, even in developing countries. In a few developing countries, up to 20% of children under-five are overweight.

6. Good nutrition during pregnancy ensures a healthier baby. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months, introducing age-appropriate and safe complementary foods at six months, and continuing breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond. About 20% of deaths among children under-five worldwide could be avoided if these feeding guidelines are followed. Appropriate feeding decreases rates of stunting and obesity and stimulates intellectual development in young children.

7. Nutritional problems in adolescents start during childhood and continue into adult life. Anaemia is a key nutritional problem in adolescent girls. Preventing early pregnancies and fortifying the nutritional health of developing girls can reduce maternal and child deaths later, and stop cycles of malnutrition from one generation to the next. For both girls and boys, adolescence is an ideal time to shape good eating and physical activity habits.

8. A lifetime of unhealthy eating and inactivity raises health risks over time - contributing to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and other problems. The global population is ageing: the number of people aged 60 and older will jump from 700 million today to 1 billion by 2020. Nutritional health at older ages will be a critical factor in the state of global health.

9. Nutrition information is required to identify the areas where nutritional assistance is most needed and monitor the progress of change. In 2006 WHO released international child growth standards that provide benchmarks to compare children's nutritional status within and across countries and regions.

10. Public education is another way to improve nutritional health. Starting in China during the Beijing Olympics, and continuing in other countries, WHO and Member States will promote "5 keys" to a healthy diet:
a. give your baby only breast milk for the first six months of life
b. eat a variety of foods
c. eat plenty of vegetables and fruits
d. eat moderate amounts of fat and oils
e. eat less salt and sugars


Kids Eat Right
November 2010, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and ADA Foundation officially launched their first joint initiative, Kids Eat Right. The two-tiered campaign aims to mobilize ADA members to participate in childhood obesity prevention efforts, and to educate families, communities, and policy makers about the importance of quality nutrition.

Mission: The Kids Eat Right campaign was launched to support public education projects and programs that address the national health concern of obesity among our children.


To learn more about the Kids Eat Right Campaign visit:
Website. Kids Eat Right
Facebook.  Kids Eat Right

Voices of Youth
More than ever before, young people are recognized as having rights - and as having an active role to play in asserting those rights.

helping Children through Education. Break the cycle of poverty with more than a handout. Build a school or well. It's not charity. It's sustainability.

We Day - Your Actions, Your Impact
Thousands of young people went to We Day then stood up and took action. Learn more at We Day 2010 is created by "Free The Children" to celebrate the power of young people to create positive change, We Day is a day-long event that ignites a year-long program for change, called We Schools in Action. In cities across Canada, the event brings inspirational speeches and performances to young leaders. Students then bring that energy home to take action on local and international issues all year long. Free The Children's We Day is the celebration, the inspiration and the vehicle for young people to change the world.

(Raffi Cavoukian), C.M., O.B.C. Founder and Chair, Centre for Child Honouring.
"Imagine a new idea as vital as democracy. Now imagine helping it spread quickly throughout the world! Child Honouring is one such idea, an idea whose time has come.
 - Raffi

He is known to millions as "Raffi", a beloved songwriter and performer, author, ecology advocate and founder of Centre for Child Honouring. Child Honouring is a vision for creating a humane and sustainable world by addressing the universal needs of children.

To learn more about the Centre for Child Honouring, please visit the Centre for Child Honouring and join "the compassion revolution."

Covenant for Honouring Children

Turn This World Around
Raffi's tribute to humanity's hero sprang from Mandelas call to global leaders in 2000 to turn this world around, for the children. In 2001, Raffi sang this for Nelson Mandela at Torontos Ryerson University. The song expresses the essence of Raffi's Child Honouring philosophy, a children-first paradigm for societal change. A child-friendly world enriches all of us, and offers the best chance to create sustainable cultures. All children want to live in peace, and to follow their dreams.

Together We Can Change the World

Friday, November 19, 2010

Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
November 19, 2010

When Caffeine Becomes Toxic

Caffeinated beverages can give you more than a buzz, they can send you to the hospital for poisoning. Maggie Rodriguez talks with Dr. Richard Church about the dangers of caffeine poisoning.

Do you know how much Caffeine
is in your soda?
Match the soda to the amount of caffeine.

Answers Below

Caffeine (mg) based on 12-ounces Soda

Caffeine   Soda
 71.2         Jolt       
 69.0         Diet Pepsi Max 
 55.0         Pepsi One
 55.0         Mountain Dew
 55.0         Mountain Dew Code Red
 55.0         Diet Mountain Dew
 46.5         Tab
 45.6         Diet Coke
 44.4         Shasta Diet Cola
 43.0         Diet RC Cola
 43.0         Diet Dr. Pepper
 40.0         Diet Sunkist Orange
 37.5         Pepsi-Cola
 36.0         Diet Pepsi
 34.0         Coca-Cola Classic
 34.0         Diet Cherry Coke
 29.0         A&W Creme Soda
 22.0         A&W Diet Creme Soda
 0              7-Up
 0              Sprite, regular or diet
 0              A&W Root Beer

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Use Less Stuff Day
November 18, 2010 is dedicated to growing things, positive choices and a brighter future. Their site, song, video and links are dedicated to the global community and future generations.

Through education, and in collaboration with many individuals and organizations around the world, our aim is to share this message of common sense, timeless wisdom, and gratitude for what we have been given. Just Use Less.

The Use Less Stuff Report (ULS)
Bob Lilienfeld is the editor of The ULS Report, a respected and widely read newsletter aimed at spreading the benefits of source reduction.

The goal of ULS is to help people make more informed decisions about the products and packages they take home every day. ULS will grant the right to use a special version of the ULS logo on companies products if they meet any of the following requirements:

(1) 20% reduction in energy consumption during product manufacturing, transportation, and/or use;

(2) 20% reduction in the net disposal weight of primary packaging with no increase in secondary packaging weight;

(3) 20% increase in product efficiency due to concentration, extended use, or increased functionality.

(4)Their claims meet FTC guidelines for environmental marketing statements.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dear Congress. Please Pass the Nutrition Bill
Don't Let Our Children Go Hungry

Dear Congress.

As a registered dietitian and an educator, I know hunger and inadequate nutrition impacts the ability to learn. Hungry children lack concentration, are often irritable and more likely to become ill. In contrast, students who come to class well-nourished have fewer behavioral and attendance problems, and have higher test scores.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act offers a real chance to improve nutrition for all children. By improving opportunities for healthy meals in and out of school, the bill would take an important step forward in addressing both child hunger and obesity.

The bill would help reduce hunger and increase children's access to healthy meals, including by better connecting eligible children with free school meals. It would also authorize grants to retain summer food program sponsors, improve and expand breakfast programs, and encourage states to develop comprehensive strategies to end child hunger.

Thank you for your consideration of my views on these important issues.

Sandra Frank, Ed.D., RD, LDN

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Calories Count - The Twinkie Diet

Mark Haub, a Kansas State University professor participated in an experiment to prove calories count. He was not studying the quality of the diet; as Haub mentioned he does not recommend this way of eating.

This is an argument I’ve used numerous times to show some diet claims are not based on science or logic. Through the years I participated in numerous weight loss programs where I’ve been told "if I don’t eat everything I won’t lose weight". Many consumers believe this to be true.

Between 1974 and 1976, I volunteered to be in a weight loss experiment. This is an example of the foods I ate in one day. In a year and a half I took off 103 pounds. I would later become a registered dietitian and receive my doctorate degree in Nutrition Education.

Calories      Foods
130              1 cup Cereal, Cheerios  
 90               1 cup Milk, nonfat/skim, w/vit A-D
 69               1 med Orange
 84               2 sl lite Bread, whole wheat
10                2 Tbsp Salsa                        
 81               1/2 cup Cottage Cheese, 1% fat
 75               1/2 cup Pineapple, crushed w/juice
 18               2 cup Salad, mixed greens 
 10               2 Tbsp Salsa
150              1 pc Twinkie, Hostess
 54               1 cup Cantaloupe, fresh, cubes
155              3 oz Salmon, Grilled
 27               1 cup Green Beans 
 20               1 cup Broccoli, florets
 18               2 cup Salad, mixed greens
 10               2 Tbsp Salsa 
150              1 Ice Cream Sandwich

Summary of the Nutritional Content of the Meals from Above
Calories 1124
Protein 66 g
Fat 22 g
Cholesterol 95 mg 
Carbohydrates 177 g
Dietary Fiber 22 g
Total Sugars 99 g
Vitamin A  15,725 IU
Vitamin C 278 mg
Calcium 806 mg
Iron 17 mg
Sodium 1788 mg

The food plan lacks essential nutrients, but I was able to include some of my favorite foods without feeling guilty.

From the study, I learned how to deal with cravings and incorporate foods I enjoy in controlled portions. As time went on, I would choose healthier foods to replace the daily intake of Twinkies and ice cream sandwiches.

Calories Do Count!
Use them Wisely.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

National Men Make Dinner Day
November 4, 2010

At some point in time, there must have been a movement to get certain men to assist with cooking.

This event is not for male chefs. This is for the man who believes "Cooking is Women's Work". I can't imagine there are many men who feel that way anymore, but for those who do stop by and visit the  National Men Make Dinner Day website for rules, recipes, humor and the Top Ten Reasons to Participate in "National Men Make Dinner Day".

Action News Celebrates National Men Make Dinner Day