Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Art of Hand Washing
CDC Foundation showcases the work of artists
who interpret the act of hand washing

The exhibit is called Watching Hands. Sponsored by Georgia Pacific and the CDC Foundation, and curated by Louise E. Shaw, CDC Museum Curator, this exhibit show cases the work of six artists who interpret the act of hand washing through painting, drawing, graphic design, sculpture, installation, and new media.

The artists include John Bankston (San Francisco); Didi Dunphy (Athens, GA); Joe Peragine (Atlanta); Katherine L. Ross (Chicago); Laura Splan (Brooklyn, NY); and James Victore (Brooklyn, NY).

The exhibit is located at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum in Association with the Smithsonian Institution and runs from September 24, 2011 – January 13, 2012.

A look at the Artists

Laura Splan.  "Surface Tension" by New York-based mixed-media artist and biologist Laura Splan, is a series of paintings that allude to the invisible worlds that are at play as we wash our hands. The drawings of hands and microbes underlie a latent image of bubbles rendered in enMotion® foam hand soap provided by Georgia-Pacific Professional. Each of the twelve paintings depicts hands in a different position of proper handwashing as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Katherine L. Ross.  Katherine L. Ross is a conceptual artist who uses ceramics as her primary medium to create haunting site-specific installations. Currently the chair of the Ceramics Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), she is concerned with the psychology of water, cleansing, hygiene and contamination. In "Water Cure," a mound of over 1300 porcelain bars of soap lies on the floor.

John Bankston.  John Bankston, a self-declared storyteller and visual novelist based in San Francisco, uses the visual structures of children's coloring books to create fantastical stories exploring personal identities and inner worlds. In "Magic Handwashing," Bankston's protagonist, Donkey Boy, finds himself in a dilemma when his hands are turned into claws after immersing them into a glowing puddle. Only through the help of many fantastical friends does Donkey Boy restore his hands when he learns how to wash them properly.

Didi Dunphy.   Athens, Georgia-based artist Didi Dunphy's enthusiastic willingness to explore healthy handwashing habits through the filter of fun has resulted in "Bubbles, Bubbles"  -an installation that is as motivating as it is delightful. A design vocabulary of iconic figures and handwashing-related objects silhouetted within brightly colored polka dots has been translated to Dunphy's signature vinyl cut-outs, paper towels dispensed from Georgia-Pacific Professional's enMotion® automated touchless towel dispenser and relevant videos accessed through smartphones.

James Victore.  A self-declared independent designer based in New York, James Victore's participation in Watching Hands is a nod to the importance of good design in public health communications, as well as acknowledgement of the blurring of lines between design and fine art. His poster series, "Washing Hands: The single most important means of preventing the spread of infection," features hands overlaid with bubble images of various pathogens, such as influenza and E.coli, that can be transmitted by not washing one's hands.

Joe Peragine.  Joe Peragine is an Atlanta-based artist who uses painting, sculpture and animation to make deeply personal and often poignant associations between the everyday and the human condition. His multidisciplinary installation, "Easiest, cheapest, needfull'st," is surprisingly comforting, as he captures the soulfulness of our daily handwashing routines, as well as a sense of a shared human experience.

Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Simple Life...
When Apples and Blackberries Were Only Fruits

On September 22, 2011, the Student Dietetic Association (SDA) at Florida International University (FIU) provided Free Apples and Blackberries to encourage healthy snacking. The technology college students are addicted to and the need for something healthy inspired the event. Students received free antioxidants, fiber and vitamins from the fruits instead of actual cell phones, while they learned the importance of healthy nutritional habits.


“What surprised me the most was that when other clubs give out free pizza, there is a line around the corner, but if you give out free fruits, you really have to market it well. It was a very eye catching, clever idea.”    - Megan Huard

"It’s a great idea that an association is giving out healthy snacks. I was tricked by the advertisement and thought they were giving some kind of phones. At the end, I learned about the benefits of apples and blackberries."   - Mario Garcia

"This was a great opportunity for nutrition education; it was great to see so many students interested in learning more about the benefits of these fruits and about our association."  - Marcela Lucena

The SDA at FIU is dedicated to making the world healthier, one plate at a time. Through on and off campus activities, they serve the community and fellow students as they teach the importance and benefits of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Salmonella Does Not Discriminate

Playing it Safe with Eggs

FDA Inspection Affirms HSUS Investigation

Saturday, September 10, 2011

September 10th, TV Dinner Day
Tracing the Roots of Modern Day Obesity

Invention and view of the original TV dinner

Health Issues
TV dinners have been associated with high amounts of salt and fat, which are linked to risk factors of heart disease and obesity. Today, a number of manufacturers and retailers are making meals that are lower in salt, fat, and artificial additives.

Read the label, be an educated consumer.


Friday, September 9, 2011

The Food Label Detective:
Otis Spunkmeyer Wild Blueberry Muffin
Can You Eat Just Half a Muffin?

*FDA 21 CFR 101.9 Nutrition labeling of food. ( FDA regulation allows manufacturers to round number of servings to the nearest 0.5 serving, as long as they use the term “about”. Serving size is based on RACC = Reference Amount Customarily Consumed per Eating Occasion.

Most people assume one muffin is one serving.
As packaged foods get larger, so does the number of servings.

Read the label - Don't overeat.

The label can be misleading, but it is within the FDA Guidelines.*  
One Serving Size: 1/2 Muffin (57g/2 oz)
200 calories per Servings

Package Size: Net Wt. 12 oz (340g)
6 Servings per Container
One Muffin = 2 Servings (400 Calories per muffin)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

MDA Telethon
September 4th at 6 PM to Midnight
Help Jerry's Kids

New Date and Time:
Sunday, September 4th, between 6 pm to midnight. 

To make a donation, click the link for MDA.

On 5/16/2011, Jerry Lewis announced his retirement as host of the annual MDA Telethon. Lewis has hosted the telethon since 1966 and will make his final appearance on  September 4, 2011. He will continue to serve MDA as the National Chairman. 

We are grateful for the years of dedication and the contributions Jerry Lewis has made to fight Muscular Dystrophy.

To make a donation, 
click the link for MDA.

Where Telethon Dollars Go
The Telethon is the single most important fundraising event of the year for MDA. Funds raised help the Association carry on its fight against muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases, including a worldwide program of basic and applied research, a nationwide network of comprehensive medical and support services, and extensive professional and public education. Children and adults with muscle-damaging diseases benefit directly from dollars raised during the Telethon.

Strolling through the Archives of MDA
Early MDA telethon, mid-1960s.

Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin
Reunion on the MDA Telethon
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis reunite after twenty years on the 1976 MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon. Frank Sinatra surprises Jerry by bringing on Dean and then some nervous and hilarious clowning between the two ensue. This is followed by a medley of American Standards by Dean and Frank. In two parts, this is the complete segment of the reunion. An important and historic piece of entertainment history.

Sammy and Jerry Friendship
from 1987 MDA Telethon

A Dedication to Mattie Stepanek (7/17/90-6/22/04)
Mattie Stepanek was a 13 year old boy who had a rare form
of muscular dystrophy. He was a poet, a peacemaker, and a hero.
The song is "He Was Just Like Me" was written and recorded by
Mattie's friend Madison Cross in memory of him.

To make a donation,
click the link for the
MDA website.

MDA Tribute to Ed McMahon (1923 – 2009)

Muscular Dystrophy Association (PBS)

To make a donation, click the link for the MDA website.

Abbey Umali Sings "For Good" on the 
2009 MDA Labor Day Telethon

Abbey Umali - Jerry Lewis
MDA Telethon Collection

2009 MDA Telethon finale,
“You’ll never walk alone”

Abbey Umali Opens the
2010 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon

2010 MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon
Final Total and Ending

To make a donation,
click the link for the
MDA website.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The American Dietetic Association Announces
the Theme for National Nutrition Month, March 2012

March 2012 starts the American Dietetic Association annual National Nutrition Month® Campaign.
The theme  - 
"Get Your Plate in Shape".

The American Dietetic Association created National Nutrition Month® as a nutrition education and information campaign to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

The fifth annual Registered Dietitian Day
will be celebrated
on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.
Registered Dietitian Day increases awareness of registered dietitians as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.