Saturday, October 30, 2021

Healthy Halloween Treats

There are healthy Halloween snacks to choose from when going to the market. Read the label - Make sure fruit snacks are made with 100-percent real fruit; choose treats without trans fats, and look for items with whole grain. 

The following items are available in snack-size packages:
1. Whole-grain cheddar flavored crackers
2. Fruit snacks made with 100 percent fruit with added vitamin C
3. Fruit leathers made with 100 percent fruit
4. Animal-shaped graham crackers made without trans fat
5. Raisins
6. Individual fruit cups
7. Low-fat pudding cups
8. Baked, unsalted pretzels
9. Popcorn

1. EatRight, Enjoy a Healthy and Happy Halloween
2. EatRight, 7 Ways to Make Halloween Safer for Kids with Food Allergies, Rima Kleiner, MS, RD, LDN
48 Actually Terrifying Scary Movies to Watch for Halloween

Sunday, October 24, 2021

New Food Trends for Halloween and Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

"For generations, kids have toted UNICEF's collection boxes door to door on Halloween calling out "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!" They have raised more than $170 million since 1950 to help children around the world - funds that have enabled UNICEF to save and improve children's lives by providing health care, improved nutrition, clean water, education, and more."

This year due to the Covid-19 pandemic UNICEF is going Virtual. Kids may not be able to go door-to-door this Halloween, but they can Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF all October long! Some friends of UNICEF are here to explain how it works this year—by going virtual. Learn more and sign up at 

1. UNICEF, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Friday, October 15, 2021

National Food Bank Week
How we can make a difference?

Resource. Feeding America

In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a reality. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.

Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children, and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.

It’s time to educate ourselves about the causes of hunger in America. 

Feeding America network of 200 food banks across the country are first-class organizations in the fight against hunger. They are more than just distribution centers, they are core to providing hope to the communities they serve.

The following is a summary of the information found on the Feeding America Website. 

Nearly 49 million people in America face hunger. That is 1 in 6 of the U.S. population – including more than 1 in 5 children. Don’t let their struggles go unheard. Join the Feeding America network of more than 200 food banks and Speak Out Against Hunger. 

Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

Feeding America provides emergency food assistance to an estimated 37 million low-income people annually, a 46 percent increase from 25 million since Hunger in America 2010.

Among members of Feeding America, 74 percent of pantries, 65 percent of kitchens, and 54 percent of shelters reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites.

Hunger can affect anyone. Feeding America has identified groups at risk, including young children, hunger in the suburbs, rural hunger, senior hunger, and the working poor.

Special on Childhood Hunger
Kate is a fictional character who represents the very situation in which many children find themselves when their parents lose their jobs. Find out how you can help.

Childhood hunger hinders a young person's ability to learn. They are more likely to suffer from poverty as an adult. Scientific evidence suggests that hungry children are less likely to become productive citizens. Insufficient nutrition puts children at risk for illness and weakens their immune system. The immature immune systems of young children, ages 0 – 5, make them especially vulnerable to nutritional deprivation and as a result, the ability to learn, grow, and fight infections is adversely affected.

Please find out how you can help during National Food Bank Week

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

National Pretzel Month: Nutrition and Recipe

Pretzel Dips

Nutrition Information

Pretzel Recipe: Pizza Pretzel with
Pasta Sauce

A Brief History Of The Pretzel,
presented by Synder's of Hanover

Today, the popular advertisement words
are Sustainability or Renewable.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

National School Lunch Week

"In the long view, no nation is healthier than its children,
or more prosperous than its farmers."
- President Harry Truman, on signing the
1946 National School Lunch Act.

Through the Years

The National School Lunch Program was created in 1946 when President Truman signed the National School Lunch Act into law. The National School Lunch Program is a federal nutrition assistance program. Through the years, the program has expanded to include the School Breakfast Program, Snack Program, Child and Adult Care Feeding Program, and the Summer Food Service Program. In 1962, Congress designated the week beginning on the second Sunday in October each year as "National School Lunch Week."

The video below looks at the school lunch program from the late 1930s to the present day and includes President Obama signing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. One can see from the photographs some of the changes in the foods provided. There is an increase in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. (Part of the video has clips from a film produced by the USDA in the mid-60s.)

School Lunch Resources 
Organizations, Associations, and Programs
School Nutrition Association “Celebrate NSLW 2021 with the Theme: WILD About School Lunch invites creative and fun new menu items while appealing to the universal popularity of animals and nature to appeal to students in all grade levels. The School Nutrition Association is a national, nonprofit professional organization.  Mission. To advance good nutrition for all children.
National Farm to School Month Farm to School is broadly defined as any program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the goal of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health, nutrition education, and supporting local and regional farmers. Farm to School programs exist in all 50 states, but since Farm to School is a grassroots movement, programs are as diverse as the communities they serve.

About the Farm to Preschool program at UEPI, Occidental College
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.
Kids Eat Right Kids Eat Right your source for scientifically-based health and nutrition information you can trust to help your child grow healthy. As a parent or caretaker, you need reliable resources and you can find them here, backed by the expertise of nutrition professionals.
Team Nutrition. Campaign launched by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to encourage and teach children, parents, and caregivers to eat healthy and be physically active every day. 
Choose MyPlate. The website features practical information and tips to help Americans build healthier diets.

Elmo Doesn't Fear School Lunch

Elmo joins White House Chef Sam Kass
in the White House kitchen to talk
about the importance of
healthy and delicious school meals. 

We Can. The We Can! GO, SLOW, and WHOA Foods fact sheet (pdf) can be posted on the refrigerator or used when grocery shopping. The We Can! Parent Tips - Snack (pdf) 100 Calories or Less tip sheet can help consumers choose vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat (1 percent) milk for healthier snacks.
Healthy Children The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Healthy Children - Nutrition; Food Allergies in Children
Action for Healthy Kids, we believe there are ways to reduce and prevent childhood obesity and undernourishment. Learn how Action for Healthy Kids is working with schools, families, and communities to help our kids learn to be healthier and be ready to learn.

National Dairy Council® (NDC)Child Nutrition Fuel Up To Play 60 sponsored by National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school program that encourages the availability and consumption of nutrient-rich foods, along with at least 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
Fruits and Veggies
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture stated: “National School Lunch Week reminds us how important it is that our children be healthy and active, that they do not go hungry, and that they have access to nutritious meals." 

Friday, October 8, 2021

Special Need Son Saves Mother from Fire Using Adaptive Technology

Friday, September 24, 2021

Around 7:00 pm we heard the rain falling hard, lightning strikes, and the loud roar of thunder. This is common in South Florida, so I thought nothing of it. The lights flickered on and off, and there was a smell of something burning, but even the smell was common from the everglades. I checked the house - there was no smoke or fire. I went outside to see if everything was alright. I checked on everyone in the house.  Everything looked fine. I went to sleep.

At 8:00 pm my son, Jake called 911. Jake is a quadriplegic. He is able to use his voice to make phone calls. The 911 operator then called me and told me my son was on the other line. "There is a fire get everyone out." The fire department burst through our doors and I showed them where Jake was. I saw the grey smoke and fire coming from the roof. I retrieved the dogs and placed them in a safe place.

There were 4 fire trucks and police officers working on our home for 5 hours. We stood out in the rain, lightning & thunder. My sister and Jake's aide came to help. A neighbor opened his garage to provide us with shelter. I walked around in shock. I asked the Fire Chief what caused the fire, he said "Lightning, didn't you hear the crash". 

The last fire trucks left at 2:00am. The Coral Springs Police stayed with us until the Red Cross arrived around 3:00am.

We were allowed to go inside with an officer to retrieve, medication, medical supplies, clothes, important papers... There was very little left. I did place important papers in a fireproof file. I'm glad I did.

As I sat on the doorway of Jake's handicap van waiting for the Red Cross - I made my first contact with my home owner's insurance. She had a soothing and comforting voice. She tried to reassure me everything would be alright. She explained the offices are open Monday through Friday 9am-5pm. It was Saturday at 2am. I couldn't wait for Monday, I had to do something now. 

The Red Cross arrived around 3am. They gave us emergency supplies and money for a room to stay in for 2 days. It is now 14 days later and we still can not find temporary housing. We have to leave the hotel by October 23rd (30-day limit).

Sadly, our dachshund Snoopy passed away from the smoke the next day.

October 8, 2021. It has been 14 days since the lightning & fire hit our home. The insurance company has not started any work. They want to make sure it was lightning, even though the Coral Springs Fire Chief and their insurance Fire Inspector confirmed 91 lightning strikes in our neighborhood and 5 strikes almost directly over our home.

The worse part of the fire was above my bedroom area, that’s where the lightning struck. Everything in the back part of our home was destroyed the remainder of the house suffered electrical and smoke damage. The city can’t turn the power on until an electrician inspects the property. No one has set an inspection date.

We are running out of time. Our 30 days are up on October 23rd. We are having a hard time finding a temporary furnished place that is wheelchair-accessible. We need a 2/2 or 3/2 which allows a pet (beagle). I am looking to rent in the Coral Springs area for about 3 to 4 months.

I go back to our home daily. I sit in the garden with Holly (our beagle), while I try to find a temporary place for all of us to live. Our garden survived. I find I get a lot of work done here.

The items we will need to replace are overwhelming. All items in my bedroom, office, bathroom, closet were totally destroyed. Anything attached to an electrical outlet also was destroyed, including Jake’s medical equipment and communication devices. I borrowed clothes from my sister and friends. I don’t feel like replacing much of anything until we know where we will be. I did get Jake a few items and I borrowed a friend's laptop computer.

My family and Jake’s counselor strongly suggest splitting us up to find special housing for Jake. This did not go over well with Jake or me. We want and need to stay together especially during this difficult time.

Whatever you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. My biggest concern is food, shelter, and keeping us together.

Please contact me if you know of a place we can rent.
Family Nutrition Center started a GoFundMe. Please donate anything you can to help Sandy and her son Jake. Lucille Beseler President Family Nutrition Center or
if you are on Zelle send money directly to
Sandra & Jake. Her phone is 954-294-6300.


Thursday, October 7, 2021

Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention in the Kitchen

The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

NFPA is the world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety. The association develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.

Cooking Fire Prevention

1. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is:
a. burnt toast.
b. unattended cooking.
c. oven fires.
d. microwave oven fires

2. When young children are present:
a. use the stove's front burners so you can reach them faster.
b. use the stove's back burners.
c. have children sit quietly on the floor so they can't reach the stove.
d. have children stand behind you when you are using the stove.

3. Spilled food and grease from burners, stovetops and oven should be:
a. cleaned up to prevent a fire.
b. kept to a minimum.
c. covered with paper towels to soak up the grease and food.
d. left to harden.

4. If a small grease fire starts in a pan:
a. use baking powder to put the fire out.
b. smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (make sure you are
                wearing an oven mitt). 
Turn off the burner.
c. pour water on the fire.
d. move the pan to the sink and run water over it.

1.  b
2.  b
3.  a
4.  b

  1. Stay alert. If you've consumed alcohol or taken medication that makes you drowsy - Do not cook. 
  2. The leading cause of a fire in the kitchen is unattended cooking. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. Use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking. 
  3. Keep items that can catch fire away from heat sources, such as oven gloves, towels, wood, plastic, etc... Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can catch on fire if it comes in contact with a flame or an electric burner. 
  4. Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean. 
  5. Grease Fire: Always keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan or lid until the pan is completely cool. Never pour water on a grease fire. Never discharge a fire extinguisher onto a pan fire; it can spray or shoot burning grease around the kitchen and spread the fire. 
  6. Oven Fire. Turn off the heat and keep the door closed until it is cool. The oven should be checked and/or serviced before using it again. 
  7. When in doubt, just get out! Make sure you close the door behind you to help contain the fire. After you leave, call 911 and meet at your designated meeting place. 
  8. Only use a fire extinguisher if you are trained. 
  9. Create a safe area for children and pets. At least 3 feet from the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or served. Never hold a child while you are cooking, eating or drinking hot foods or liquids. 
  10. Plug cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance. It can overload the circuit and cause a fire. Check electrical cords for cracks, breaks, damage, or overheating. Call a professional repair person and replace the appliance, if necessary. 
  11. Place or install a microwave oven at a safe height within easy reach of all users. Always supervise children when they are using the microwave oven. Use only microwave-safe cookware. Never use aluminum foil or metal objects in a microwave oven. Open microwaved food slowly and away from the face. Hot steam can escape from a microwaved container of food and can cause burns. Never heat a baby bottle in a microwave oven. 
  12. Propane, charcoal, and wood pellet barbecue grills must only be used outdoors. Indoor use can be deadly due to either a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. Place a grill away from siding and deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Do not store or use a grill on a porch or balcony, including any porch or balcony on an upper level of the building. Place the grill a safe distance from lawn furniture, games, and play areas. Use long-handled grilling tools. Never leave a barbecue grill unattended.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

October Food, Nutrition, and Health Events

Current News, Resources and Events in Nutrition, Food, Health, Environment, Safety, and Disability Rights. Encourages awareness and inspires ideas for Journalists, Educators, Consumers and Health Professionals. Wellness News is updated daily and includes weekly and daily events. To view the entire Newsletter online click here

October Monthly Events

October Health, Nutrition, and Food Events
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month

  Dyslexia Awareness Month 
Global Diversity Awareness Month
Learning Disability Awareness Month
Long Term Care Planning Month
National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

National Chiropractic Month
National Dental Hygiene Month 
National Depression Education and Awareness Month

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
National Liver Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Crime Prevention Month 
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Orthodontic Health Month
National Physical Therapy Month  
National Protect Your Hearing Month
National Reading Group Month 
National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
World Menopause Month

Food Events


Tackling Hunger Month 
Halloween Safety Month
National Farm to School Month

Vegetarian Month
American Cheese Month 
National Apple Month


National Bake and Decorate Month
Caffeine Addiction Recovery Month 
Cookbook Month 
National Caramel Month 
National Chili Month 
National Cookie Month
National Country Ham Month
National Dessert Month
National Pasta Month
National Pickled Peppers Month
National Pizza Month 
National Popcorn Poppin' Month 
National Pork Month 
National Pretzel Month
National Seafood Month
National Spinach-Lovers Month
Co-op Awareness Month 
National Eat Better, Eat Together Month
Fair Trade Month
Gourmet Adventures Month
National Go on a Field Trip Month 
National Health Care Food Service Month
National Kitchen and Bath Month 
National Restaurant Hospitality Month
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month 
National Animal Safety Protection Month

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