Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Food Label Detective:
Case. Mini Potato Pancakes, frozen; Manischewitz

The first statement I noticed was the 10 pancakes; then 2 pancakes per container. I was always an excellent math student and this did not add up. It should be 10 servings; unless there is a new math I'm not aware of.


1. Manischewitz. You should consider rewriting your label to reflect what is actually in the box.
2. For individuals with special dietary needs, I would hold off using this product until they can verify the nutrition information.

Below is the cooked version of the Mini Potato Pancakes.
The two pancakes weighed 63 grams (prior to cooking.) 
The label above states they should weigh 28 grams.* 
Each pancake measured about 2-inches x 2.25-inches.

*21 CFR 101.9(b)(10)(iii) 
The serving size and servings per container is based on the amount of the product as packaged or purchased needed to make the RACC (Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed) of the prepared product (required). A second column of nutrition information based on the "as prepared" basis may also be presented (optional).

Clearly this label does not provide nutrition information "as prepared." Guesstimated calories of two prepared pancakes using canola oil is about 100 to 125 calories. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Nutritional Analysis Detective
Epicurious, Gourmet: Baked Flounder Fillets in Lemon-Soy Vinaigrette


The recipe requires you purchase two raw 6-ounce flounder fillets. However, when analyzing the recipe you must take into consideration cooking. Epicurious, Gourmet analyzed the recipe using two 6-ounce flounder fillets cooked; this resulted in an inaccurate analysis.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Proud to Love Cooking! - The Kid's Dietitian

Blogger, Lucille Beseler MS, RDN, LDN, CDE - The Kid’s Dietitian

The launching of my new web site “the Kid’s Dietitian” has been an exciting project.  Our team has been working hard to create a site for families to nurture good nutrition.  Childhood obesity remains a significant problem for our youth.  Obesity in Adults is at an all time high leading to heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.  We hope to provide education that leads to individual change.  Our web site will have a collection of articles, tips and recipes.  Yes, recipes because we are starting a movement “Proud to LOVE cooking.”

Over the last 23 years of practice I have seen thousands of clients and their families and often I am told I hate to cook or one noted client told me “I do not do the cooking thing.”

So when did cooking become a skill that we should be ashamed to have.  Goodness with all the cooking shows on TV one would think American cooks but we don’t.  Our children have grown up taking boxes out of the freezer and putting those boxes in another box called a microwave.  Then they get to eat out of a plastic tray! UGH…

No wonder supermarkets and restaurant selling “natural and organic” food are at an all-time popularity.  Our children and adults are longing for wholesome, healthy food, and quasi home cooked.
I am not ashamed to say I love to cook for 1 or 20.  I have been cooking since I was 5 years old alongside my Grandfather.  I had a stool that would get me to the counter and we would cook together, exploring spices and herbs, cleaning vegetables, trimming meat and fish.  I never cut myself because he was there watching out for me! He taught me respect for good fresh food and being a cooking family Mom jump in on my cooking education after work or on the weekends.  The idea was if you like to eat then you should like to cook.  This does not mean you have to make 2 hour gourmet meals but having good basic skills can help you get a meal to the table in less than 30 minutes.  We all have 30 minutes to ensure a great meal gets to the table. Teach your children basic cooking skills. It will help the whole family as they can do some prep work to help get that meal on the table. 

Hope you will join me in our movement - Proud to love cooking! Subscribe at The Kid's Dietitian.

Lucille Beseler MS, RDN, LDN, CDE - The Kid’s Dietitian
Website.  The Kid's Dietitian
Family Nutrition Center of South Florida
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Don’t leave money on the table - Why you should hire a billing company

I have had a private practice for 23 years and now a billing company for RDN’s – Bill it mnt .   I was able to meet many RDN’s that came over to our booth at the FNCE Marketplace.  It was interesting to hear their stories on billing.    The decision to hire a billing company or the software you use should be based on your unique practice.  If one has a small boutique type practice and sees less than 4 clients per day it maybe more cost effective to do your own claims.  On the other hand if you have a full time busy practice (7-10 clients per day) when are you going to have the time to do billing? 

Important questions to consider:
  • How valuable is your time? Billing is time consuming when you look beyond filling out claim forms.  The claim form needs to be filled out and submitted in a timely fashion or it will be denied.  Once you complete the claim form and submit it tracking payment and denials is just as important and takes time.
  • How much money are you going to leave on the table because you cannot chase denied claims or submit them in a timely fashion?  Many RDN’s are losing  $$ above the cost of doing business for this reason.  Many RDN’s told me the amount of money they are losing which was staggering.  One RDN told me she has 1 year of denied claims to settle. You are not in business to lose money.  Paying a company to do your billing will save you money otherwise don a blue coat and consider yourself a volunteer.
  • Will adding more hours to your day doing billing impact on your quality of life causing burnout? 
  • It is more profitable to see more clients and leave the billing to someone else – a staff member or an outside contractor?
If you want your practice to grow do what you do best while generating more income- see clients!

Free up your time and do more marketing to get more clients in the door!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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

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.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Bill It! mnt - Billing for RDN's by a RDN.
We know your business - it's our business too.

Dear Colleagues:

Lucille Beseler MS, RDN, LDN, CDE President of Family Nutrition Center of South Florida is proud to announce the launching of  Bill it! mnt.

Bill it! mnt is a billing and practice management company designed for the RDN by a RDN!

Our goal is to simplify business for nutrition professionals to ensure their success!  Bill it! mnt  processes claims for Medicare and other payors.

We provide an array of services including:
•          Medicare application completion
•          Obtain NPI numbers
•          Contract negotiations
•          Accounting and Payroll services are available

•          Create and submit claims
•          Manage denials and rejections
•          We make sure you get what you are owed

If you or a colleague has a small practice and is unable to hire billing staff? Don’t spend your valuable time doing billing. Your time is valuable, let the professionals do the billing and get your money fast. We know your business, it’s our business too! 

For more information, visit

Lucille Beseler MS, RDN, LDN, CDE
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kids Eat Right Month - Easy Breakfasts for Kids to Make

To learn more, visit Kids Eat Right at

August is Kids Eat Right Month, a new nutrition education, information sharing and action campaign created by Kids Eat Right, an initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Kids Eat Right Month Spotlights ‘Hungry-Overweight Paradox’


 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Encourages Policies 
that Provide Consistent Access to Nutrient-rich Food

KidsEatRight.orgCHICAGO – It may seem like a contradiction, but millions of American children are both hungry and overweight. During Kids Eat Right Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spotlights the “hungry yet overweight paradox” and ways to ensure children meet their nutrient requirements and maintain a healthy weight.

“Kids Eat Right Month provides us with a valuable opportunity to shed light on one of the most serious social and health issues related to childhood obesity – the ‘hungry yet overweight paradox’ of food insecurity that threatens the health of the nation’s children,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy Spokesperson Angela Lemond.

Kids Eat Right Month focuses on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and families, featuring expert advice from registered dietitian nutritionists. The Kids Eat Right initiative, created in 2010 by the Academy and its charitable Foundation, offers resources and information for Academy members and the public to encourage nutritious, healthful eating among children and families.

More than one in five kids lives in a food-insecure household, meaning their family’s income doesn’t allow for consistent access to food. “Meanwhile, a child can look overweight while still being hungry for nutrients because limited income leads to a trade-off between food quantity and food quality,” Lemond says.

“Individuals and families experiencing food insecurity often experience periods of time when they have full pantries, followed by periods without. When food is available, many children eat a healthy and steady diet, though some may overeat due to fear of lacking food in the future. When food is not available, children’s diets may be minimal or they may have to skip meals altogether. These wide swings in calorie consumption affect their metabolism and promote fat storage,” Lemond says.

The hungry-overweight paradox leads to serious, long-term health consequences. Children who are food-insecure are more likely to have iron deficiency, asthma, delayed cognitive development, increased stomachaches, headaches, colds and increased fatigue. “To successfully address the hungry-overweight paradox, the Academy supports programs and practices that combat hunger and malnutrition, encourage food security, promote self-sufficiency, educate consumers and health professionals, and are environmentally and economically sustainable,” Lemond says.
“Long-term, lasting solutions to the hungry-overweight paradox must include research, innovative and creative initiatives that show children and adults alike the benefits of good nutrition, and improving access to nutritious food for all people,” she says. 

Registered dietitian nutritionists help in developing school and workplace policies, community programs and cooking and shopping strategies for families and individuals. “The Academy and our members are strong advocates for programs that have been proven effective in reducing food insecurity and nourishing children, including school meal programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP,” Lemond says.

For more information about high-quality nutrition and balanced eating plans for kids, or to download the Academy’s Nourish to Flourish infographic, visit


All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy’s Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use “registered dietitian nutritionist” (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity devoted exclusively to nutrition and dietetics. It funds scholarships and awards, public awareness and research projects and Academy strategic initiatives, and is the largest provider of scholarships and awards in the field of dietetics. Visit the Academy Foundation at

Friday, June 20, 2014

June 20, Take Your Dog To Work Day
Health Benefits of Having a Dog

Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day® was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging employers to support “Take Your Dog to Work Day”.

On Friday June 21, 2013 businesses, animal shelters and pet-care professionals from around the world will work together to better the lives of shelter dogs everywhere. Pet Sitters International invites your business to participate in this fun and worthwhile event.

For nearly 25 years, research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. They boost our immunity. "Studies have shown that Alzheimer's patients have fewer anxious outbursts if there is an animal in the home," says Lynette Hart, PhD, associate professor at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
Health Benefits of a Dog

Studies have found that:

• Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
• People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.
• Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
• Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than those without pets.
• Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
• Pet owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.

Caring for a pet can help 
with those healthy lifestyle changes by:
• Increasing exercise. Exercise doesn’t have to involve boring repetition at a gym. Taking a dog for a walk, riding a horse, or simply chasing a kitten around are fun ways to fit healthy daily exercise into your schedule.
• Providing companionship. Isolation and loneliness can make disorders such as depression even worse. Caring for a living animal can help make you feel needed and wanted, and take the focus away from your problems. Most pet owners talk to their pets, some even use them to work through their troubles.
• Helping meet new people. Pets can be a great social lubricant for their owners. Dog owners frequently stop and talk to each other on walks or in a dog park. Pet owners also meet new people in pet stores, clubs, and training classes.
• Reducing anxiety. The companionship of a dog can offer comfort, help ease anxiety, and build self-confidence for people anxious about going out into the world.
• Adding structure and routine to your day. Many pets, especially dogs, require a regular feeding and exercise schedule. No matter your mood—depressed, anxious, or stressed—you’ll always have to get out of bed to feed, exercise, and care for your pet.
• Providing sensory stress relief. Touch and movement are two healthy ways to quickly manage stress. This could involve petting a cat or taking a dog for a walk.

Pets and older adults
The key to aging well is to effectively handle life’s major changes, such as retirement, the loss of loved ones, and the physical changes of aging. Pets can play an important role in healthy aging by:
• Helping you find meaning and joy in life. As you age, you’ll lose things that previously occupied your time and gave your life purpose. You may retire from your career or your children may move far away. Caring for a pet can bring pleasure and help boost your morale and optimism. Taking care of an animal can also provide a sense of self-worth.
• Staying connected. Maintaining a social network isn’t always easy as you grow older. Retirement, illness, death, and moves can take away close friends and family members. And making new friends can get harder. Dogs especially are a great way for seniors to spark up conversations and meet new people.
• Boosting vitality. You can overcome many of the physical challenges associated with aging by taking good care of yourself. Pets encourage playfulness, laughter, and exercise, which can help boost your immune system and increase your energy.

Resources and References
Facebook. Take your dog to work
5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health
The Therapeutic Benefits of Pets
Take Your Dog To Work Day
Pet Sitters International

Monday, June 16, 2014

June, National Papaya Month

The papaya is also known as papaw or pawpaw.  The papaya is a melon like fruit with yellow-orange flesh. The skin varies in color from green to orange. Papayas are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and dietary fiber.

The ripe fruit of the papaya is usually eaten raw, with or without skin or seeds. The unripe green papaya can be eaten cooked.  

Papaya Salad with Tomatoes, Onions,
Peppers, Brown Rice, Black Beans

In the Disney film, The Jungle Book (1967), 
Baloo sings the song "The Bare Necessities."
Can you locate the papaya in the song?

Fruits and Veggies, More Matters. Papaya
Wikipedia, Carica papaya

Monday, May 5, 2014

May 5, National Hoagie Day Meets Cinco de Mayo

There are different stories about how the hoagie was discovered, but most of them originate out of the Philadelphia area. The sandwich contains various meats, cheeses, and lettuce in between 2 slices of bread or a loaf cut in half.

Hoagie Meets Cinco de Mayo

1.5 oz Whole Wheat Roll
20 g (3/4 oz) Salami
1/2 oz Monterey Jack Cheese
1/2 oz Turkey Bread
Red Peppers
Tomato Slice
Shredded Lettuce

Monday, April 21, 2014

IBS Awareness Month - Guest Blogger: Patsy Catsos, MS, RD, LD

Irritable Bowel Syndrome now More
Treatable with Diet than Ever Before

Is it just me, or are more people talking about irritable bowel syndrome these days? Could it be that IBS is coming out of the (water) closet? It’s always been a difficult subject to talk about, due to its “indelicate” nature. Although very common, affecting up to 20% of Americans, IBS will probably never make great dinner party conversation. Nor does it make for pleasant gossip around the water cooler, though it is the second leading cause of absenteeism in the workplace after the common cold. Some people even hesitate to discuss their symptoms with their health care providers; after all, there has never been much you could do about IBS—it’s one of those things you just have to learn to live with, isn’t it?

Not anymore! If you’ve been suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms that interfere with your work, exercise or social life, discuss them with your primary care provider; many new treatment approaches have become available in the past few years.

People with IBS have digestive systems that don’t function properly, though nothing seems to be medically wrong. IBS symptoms can include excess gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and or constipation. Some people with IBS experience alternating diarrhea and constipation.

It’s important not to self-diagnose, because the symptoms are not specific to IBS. Your doctor might be able to make a diagnosis simply by running some basic blood work and comparing the pattern of your symptoms and history to established diagnostic criteria. Make a list of your symptoms and bring it to your appointment. When did they start? What seems to bring them on? If you have any so-called alarm symptoms, your doctor may refer you to a specialist such as a gynecologist or a gastroenterologist to rule out other conditions before settling on a diagnosis of IBS. Alarm symptoms might include passing blood; fever; unexplained weight loss; onset of symptoms after age 50; poor growth or failure to thrive (in children); incontinence; or family history of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, ovarian or colon cancer.

If you are diagnosed with IBS, you and your doctor might discuss various treatment options. There are a variety of pharmaceuticals that can be prescribed (anti-spasmodics, anti-diarrheals, anti-depressants, and laxatives). Several new drugs have come on the market in the past year or two to help people who suffer from constipation. However, many people are interested in managing things more naturally, with lifestyle and diet. Most people with IBS are advised to start with the basics: regular meals, adequate fluids, better food choices including lots of high-fiber foods, and regular physical activity. High fiber diets and fiber supplements have been the mainstay of dietary advice for many, many years. Unfortunately, many people with IBS find that eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber-fortified foods doesn’t help, or makes their symptoms worse.

That’s where the latest research on nutrition and IBS comes in. Rather than following one-size-fits-all diet advice for IBS, patients today are being encouraged to experiment with their diets. The FODMAP approach, in particular, can help up to 75% of patients with IBS learn to manage their symptoms, and is particularly effective with the guidance of a registered dietitian nutritionist. FODMAPs are certain sugars and certain fibers in the diet that are capable of causing symptoms because they are rapidly fermentable by the normal bacteria that live in the gut, which causes the IBS sufferer to have excess gas and painful bloating. FODMAPs can also pull extra fluid into the gut, causing bouts of diarrhea. During a FODMAP-elimination diet, FODMAP-containing foods are first eliminated, then reintroduced in a carefully planned way to identify which FODMAPs are tolerated and which are not. This evidence-based dietary approach was developed by researchers at Monash University, in Australia, and is now in use world-wide. Other types of adverse reactions to food are also possible. IBS symptoms for some individuals might be triggered by the way their immune systems react to particular foods, natural food chemicals or food additives.

While diet is unlikely to the cause or the cure of IBS, appropriate food choices can certainly help most people manage their symptoms. If you have IBS, I think you’ll agree that’s important. Don’t settle for learning to live with your symptoms. You deserve a chance to find the diet that’s right for you.

Patsy Catsos, MS, RD, LD is a medical nutrition therapist, and author of IBS—Free at Last! and the Flavor without FODMAPs Cookbook. For further information about Patsy Catsos, MS, RDN, LD you can find her at the following links:


Patsy’s book links on

Other resources:
1. International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Inc.
2. The Rome Foundation,

3. FODMAPs: Profound Help for Symptoms of IBS (video)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

National Nutrition Month
Enjoy the taste of a variety of foods and colors

Eat Right with Colors
Music: The Wonderful World of Color, Walt Disney and Disney World.

March is National Nutrition Month® (NNM), a nutrition education and information campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. 

Eat right with colors explores the health benefits associated with eating foods of many colors. Including color diversity in your meals and food choices enhances your intake of a wide range of nutrients. 

Red and Pink Foods
Apples, Beets, Cayenne, Cherries, Cranberries, Guava, Kidney Beans, Papaya, Pink Beans, Pink/Red Grapefruit, Pomegranates, Radicchio, Radishes, Raspberries, Red Bell Peppers, Red Cabbages, Red Chili Peppers, Red Corn, Red Currants, Red Grapes, Red Onions, Red Pears, Red Peppers, Red Plums, Red Potatoes, Red Tomatoes, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelons

Green Foods
Alfalfa, Artichokes, Arugula, Asparagus, Avocado, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Broccoli rabe, Brussels Sprouts, Celery, Chives, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Dandelion Greens, Edamame, Endive, Fennel, Green apples, Green Beans, Green cabbage, Green Grapes, Green Olives, Green Onion, Green Pears, Green Peas, Green Pepper, Green Tomatoes, Honeydew, Kale, Kiwi, Leeks, Lettuce, Limes, Mint, Okra, Oregano, Parsley, Pistachios, Snow Peas, Spinach, Sugar snap peas, Swiss Chard, Tarragon, Tomatillo, Wasabi, Watercress, Zucchini

Blue and Purple Foods
Blue Grapes, Blue and Purple Potatoes, Blueberries, Dried Plums, Plums, Eggplant, Pomegranates, Elderberries, Juniper Berries, Kelp (Seaweed), Purple Belgian Endive, Purple Cabbage, Purple Figs

Yellow and Orange Foods
Apricots, Bananas, Butternut Squash, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Cheddar Cheese, Citrus Fruits, Clementines, Corn, Creamsicle, Garbanzo Beans, Golden Apples, Golden Flax Seed, Golden Raisins, Grapefruit, Honey, Lemon, Lemongrass, Mandarin Oranges, Mangoes, Nectarines, Orange Jello, Orange Peppers, Orange Tomatoes, Oranges, Papaya, Parsnips, Peaches, Pears, Persimmons, Pineapple, Pumpkin, Rutabagas, Saffron, Salmon, Spaghetti Squash, Squash Blossoms, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Tangerines, Whole Grains, Yams, Yellow Apples, Yellow Beans, Yellow Peppers, Yellow Summer Squash, Yellow Wax Beans

White and Black Foods
White: Cauliflower, Coconut, Garlic, Ginger, Green Onions, Scallions, Horseradish, Jicama, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Millet, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Quinoa, Shallots, Soy Products, Sunflower Seeds, Tofu, Turnips, White Beans, White Corn, White Sesame Seeds

Black: Black Beans, Black Cherries, Black Currants, Black Mushrooms, Black Olives, Black Quinoa, Black Raspberry, Black Rice, Black Sesame Seeds, Black Soybeans, Blackberries, Boysenberries, Prunes, Raisins, Seaweeds, Tamari (Soy Sauce)

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January is “Poverty in America Awareness Month”

Today, more than 46 million Americans—and 1 in 6 children (18 percent of all American children) are living below the poverty line. They live in families who have to make difficult choices between food, health care, heat and rent. To bring attention to this national crisis, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has designated January as “Poverty in America Awareness Month.”

CCHD is committed to working towards the elimination of poverty in the United States. Sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization, CCHD today stands as one of the nation’s largest funding organizations for self-help programs for the poor.

Tour Poverty USA

Sesame Street Hunger Special

What Does Hunger Feel Like?

Shopping Matters Tour

Numbers of Hungry Children
Increasing In US

CCHD invests in the dignity of people living below the poverty line. Their programs support self-sufficiency and self-determination for people who are working to bring permanent change to their communities. Their philosophy emphasizes empowerment and participation for those in poverty. By helping the poor to participate in the decisions and actions affecting their lives and communities, CCHD empowers them to move beyond poverty.

Since 1970, CCHD has provided about 8,000 grants to self-help projects to aid those living in poverty. Each year CCHD distributes national grants to more than 300 projects and hundreds of smaller local programs are funded through the 25 percent share of the CCHD collection retained by dioceses.

During Poverty in America Awareness Month, the CCHD devotes efforts to heightening the nation's understanding of the size and depth of the problems of poverty by:
• Releasing public service campaign to raise awareness of poverty in America.
• Encouraging the editorial media to focus on poverty.
• Educating the public to be sensitive to the needs of those in poverty and to treat poor people with respect.
• Holding events in schools and public settings to remind people poverty does exist in American.

USA Poverty Statistics
The official poverty rate in 2009 was 14.3 percent, that is up from 13.2 percent in 2008. The number of people living in extreme poverty (those with incomes below half the poverty line), rose to over 17 million people. This is the highest level on record since data first became available in 1975. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division: 2008

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