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Friday, November 30, 2012

Edible Art E-Cards to Benefit the
Environment and Employee Special Need Adults


The Wellness Calendar and eCards are projects created by people with Special Abilities. Wellness News employs young adults with "Special Needs" (Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy). Due to the increased cost of postage our wellness calendar and eCards will be provided only through the Internet. The services are free, however we welcome donations via Paypal. Monies donated will be used to provide employment opportunities to special need adults. 


Sample eCards


To view our eCards collection, go to http://www.wheelchair-connection.com/greetings/   


Customized eCards are available. For Customized eCards contact, Sandra Frank, Ed.D., RD, LDN at recipenews@gmail.com

To learn more about the Wellness Calendar, visit http://weighing-success.com/calendar.html

Thank you for your support.
Have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday.
Sandra and Jake.




Michelle Canazaro

November 30, Joy of Cooking Anniversary

The Joy of Cooking is one of the United States' most-popular cookbooks. It is a collection of over 4500 recipes, in addition provides cooking and kitchen lessons and references.
In 1931, Irma S. Rombauer, a homemaker, recent widow and single mom privately published the “Joy of Cooking.” Since then the book has undergone numerous revisions and sold over 18 million copies. The Joy of Cooking is a stable in many homes and is commonly found in commercial kitchens. 
Joy of Cooking: Fun Facts Quiz



Changes in the Joy of Cooking
through the Years

Resources.

1. Learn more about the history of the American kitchen and cuisine through the Joy of Cooking
2. Wikipedia, The Joy of Cooking





Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 29, National Leftover Day
Do you still have leftover turkey in your refrigerator?

Leftovers
Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours. Keep your freezer  at 0°F and the fridge below 40°F. Foods held at temperatures above 40 °F for more than 2 hours should not be consumed. Use an appliance thermometer to monitor temperatures.

Use the chart below as a guide.




To learn more about food safety, visit http://www.homefoodsafety.org/

For the Refrigerator Door



Food Safety Musical - Don't Be a Gambler

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November 28, National French Toast Day
Featuring Raisin Bread French Toast
and Low Cholesterol Variations


Each French Toast Recipe contains variations substituting soy milk for skim milk; and egg substitute for the egg.

Raisin Bread French Toast
with Banana, Crunchy Peanut Butter,
and Gingersnap
Ingredients for One Serving
1 slices Raisin Bread
2 Tbsp Milk, Skim or Soy Milk
1/2 Egg or 2 Tbsp Egg Substitute
1/2 Banana
1 teaspoon Peanut Butter, crunchy
1/2 Gingersnap Cookie, crushed

Variation: Substitute Soy Milk for Skim Milk; and Egg Substitute for Egg 

Nutrition Information


Raisin Bread French Toast
with Berries Topped with
Crushed Gingersnap Cookie
Ingredients for One Serving
1 slices Raisin Bread
2 Tbsp Milk, Skim or Soy Milk
1/2 Egg or 2 Tbsp Egg Substitute
1/3 cup Berries
1/2 Gingersnap Cookie, crushed
 Variation: Substitute Soy Milk for Skim Milk; and Egg Substitute for Egg

Nutrition Information

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Grapefruits: Warning Food and Drug Interaction

The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) released a review of drugs that interact with Grapefruit, “43 drugs in dangerous ways.”




Ask your physician or pharmacist to provide
a fact sheet on Food and Drug Interactions
when prescribed a new medication.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 25, National Parfait Day



Parfait is a French term used to describe a dessert prepared by freezing a dish which is usually an ice cream or a cream- based dessert. The French meaning of parfait is “perfect.” Parfaits are prepared with a variety of dessert ingredients, such as fruits, ice cream, yogurt, gelatin, and nuts. The combination of ingredients is large as your imagination and is not limited to desserts. Popular in America is a breakfast parfait of yogurt, fruit, and cereal.

The American version of the parfait is prepared in a parfait glass. The ingredients are placed in layers one after the other and chilled before serving. The number of layers will vary based on the recipe. The parfait is an attractive dish and one can create wonderful combinations.
 





Sample of Ingredients.

Recipes.

Pumpkin Pie Parfait with Cranberry-Walnut Relish,
Vanilla Pudding Topped with Ginger Snap Crumbs

Strawberry Parfait with Granola

Ingredients.
1/4 cup Light Strawberry Ice Cream
1 Tablespoon Granola
1/4 cup Strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup Strawberries



Mango Parfait

Strawberry Shortcake Parfait

Resources.
ifood.tv.com, Parfait 
Taste Spotting, Parfaits





Saturday, November 24, 2012

November, Sweet Potato Awareness Month


Recipe: Stuffed Sweet Potato with Cranberry-Walnut Relish,
 serves 2
1 medium Sweet Potato
1 tablespoons Brown Sugar 
2 teaspoons Unsalted Margarine or Butter, room temperature 
1/8 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon 
Dash Ground Nutmeg 
1/4 cup Cranberry-Walnut Relish
2, 1 oz slice Raisin Bread
2 teaspoon Honey


Preheat oven to 400° F. Pierce the sweet potato several times with a fork.   Place sweet potato on baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for about 45 minutes or until soft. 

Cut the sweet potato in half lengthwise. Scoop out potato and place in a small bowl. Leave the potato skin intact. Add unsalted butter or margarine and the spices to the sweet potato and mash. 


Divide the mashed sweet potato in two and add back to the potato skins. Place on baking sheet and heat for about 10 minutes or until browned. 
Top each stuffed sweet potato half with 1 to 2 tablespoons of cranberry-walnut relish.

Nutrition Information
Sweet Potatoes are high in vitamin A, high in vitamin C, good source of dietary fiber and potassium. They are naturally fat free; saturated fat free; low sodium; and cholesterol free.

Food Art



Resources


Friday, November 23, 2012

November 23, 2012 Food, Nutrition and Wellness Topics
Sinkie, Espresso, Black Friday, Cranberries & More

November 23, 2012. A Look at Food, Nutrition, and Wellness Topics the Day After Thanksgiving

Sinkie Day. Celebrated the day after Thanksgiving for people who enjoy eating over the kitchen sink.

National Eat a Cranberry Day
and National Cashew Day


National Espresso Day 
Black Friday

Maize Day

National Flossing Day

The National Day of Listening is a day to honor a loved one through listening. It is a special gift you can give this holiday season. This year, StoryCorps has chosen to feature the stories of veterans, active duty military, and their families.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

November 22, 2012
Comfort Soups for Thanksgiving

A comfort food can be a warm bowl of soup surrounded by loved ones
 on Thanksgiving Day.  - Sandra Frank, EdD, RD, LDN

Split Pea Soup with Reduced-fat Sour Cream 
and Basil in a Winter Squash Bowl
Canon EOS T3i; focal point: f/4; exposure time: 1/25 sec;
ISO 3200; focal length 47 mm; artificial light with diffuser; 
nutrition:139 kcal; 5 g Fiber

Vegetable Soup served in a Pumpkin Bowl
Canon EOS T3i; focal point: f/3.5; exposure time: 1/30 sec;
ISO 3200; focal length 21 mm; artificial light with diffuser; 
nutrition:106 kcal; 5 g Fiber

Visit Dietitians Online Blog for a Thanksgiving Day Special Edition

May your Thanksgiving be filled with special moments,
and the love of family and friends.
warm wishes, Sandra and Jake Frank

Thanksgiving Song
by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Special Edition
Safety, Healthy Choices, Vegetarian Ideas,
Singing Turkeys with a Message
and a Special 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.


The History of Thanksgiving


Healthy Eating Tips for Thanksgiving


Controlling Thanksgiving Portion Size


Plan Meals Using
Portion Control to Minimize Waste



Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu


Vegetarian Turkey

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

The Turkey Lady sings "I Will Survive"


A Thanksgiving Day Wish

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, 
but to live by them.” 
– John F. Kennedy


May your Thanksgiving be filled with special moments,
happy traditions, and the love of family and friends.

warm wishes, Sandra and Jake Frank


Thanksgiving Song
by Mary Chapin Carpenter



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November 20, Universal Children's Day



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 20.

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

UNICEF. Voices of Youth
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Kids Eat Right 
Free the Children

Universal Children's Day, 20 November
Produced by: Fabrica



The Meaning of Universal Children's Day


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.


UN launches new drive to protect children
More than ever before, young people are recognized as having rights -
and as having an active role to play in asserting those rights.

WHO (World Health Organization). 
10 Facts On Nutrition

1. Malnutrition is a major contributor to disease and early deaths for mothers and children. Undernutrition, including vitamin and mineral deficiencies, contributes to about one third of all child deaths, and impairs healthy development. At the same time, growing rates of overweight are linked to a rise in chronic diseases. The result is a double burden of malnutrition.

2. An indicator of chronic malnutrition is stunting. This is when children are too short for their age group. About 165 million children globally are stunted resulting from not enough food, a vitamin-mineral poor diet, inadequate child care and disease. As growth slows down, brain development lags and stunted children learn poorly.

3. Wasting and bilateral edema are severe forms 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.

4. Essential vitamins and minerals in the diet 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 inadequate iodine nutrition worldwide. More than one third of preschool-age children globally are vitamin A deficient. Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children.

5. Maternal undernutrition leads to poor fetal development and higher risk of pregnancy complications. Together, maternal and child undernutrition account for more than 10 percent of the global burden of disease.

6. For healthier babies, 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. Worldwide, about 20% of deaths among children under-five 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. Anemia is a key nutritional problem in adolescent girls. Preventing early pregnancies and assuring adequate intakes of essential nutrients for developing girls can reduce maternal and child deaths later, and stop cycles of malnutrition from one generation to the next. Globally, anemia affects 42% of pregnant women.

8. The rise in overweight and obesity worldwide is a major public health challenge. People of all ages and backgrounds face this form of malnutrition. As a consequence, rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other diet-related conditions are escalating worldwide. These are very difficult to treat in places with limited resources and with already overburdened health systems. About 43 million children under age five are overweight, according to 2011 figures. 


9. Nutrition information is required to identify the areas where assistance is most needed. 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

Resources

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.

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


Free The Children's We Create Change campaign is one of Canada's largest penny drives. The goal is to provide clean water to 100,000 people in the Adopt a Village communities around the world. 







"Raffi" (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.

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.











Monday, November 19, 2012

November 19, Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day


Though today we look at the caffeine in Carbonated Beverages, this is also an opportunity to view the caffeine in energy drinks that have been cited as the cause of some deaths and is currently being investigated by the US FDA. Some energy drinks contain 2 to 3 times the amount of caffeine found in soda.

Links between energy drinks and death

Hidden Dangers of Caffeinated Energy Drinks



Caffeine (mg) based on 12-ounces Soda

Caffeine   Soda
  (mg)
 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         AW Creme Soda
 22.0         AW Diet Creme Soda
 0              7-Up
 0              Sprite, regular or diet
 0              AW Root Beer


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Remembering the Twinkie



FDA GRAS, Corn Dextrin 

End of the Twinkie (November, 2012)
World News With Diane Sawyer



Whats in a Twinkie? (2007)

1980's

1970's



Friday, November 16, 2012

November 16 , National Fast Food Day

A look at the Fast Food Industry through
the eyes of a Dietitian and the

words of a Country Western Singer


Many fast food items are high in Fat, Cholesterol, Saturated Fat and Sodium and are Risk Factors associated with Heart Disease. However,  the informed customer can make healthier choices at fast food restaurants. Below is the nutrition information of some Fast Food Hamburgers. Calories range from 140 for a White Castle Slyder to 1061 calories for a Burger King Cheeseburger, Double Whopper.


In recognition of National Fast Food Day, here is an interview from the Oscar-nominated director of Food, INC., Robert Kenner. Food, INC examines the harmful role corporate farming and the food industry has on our environment and health.,




Healthy Fast Food Nutrition Menus


The Fast Food Burger
Burger Love Handles is a song written by Don MacLeod about

his personal battle with being overweight.
The song focuses 
on fast foods as one
of his difficulties in losing weight.