Saturday, December 11, 2010

National Handwashing Awareness Week
December 5 - 11, 2010

Will Sawyer, MD is a Family Physician and the creator of the Henry the Hand Foundation and Henry the Hand Champion Handwasher.

Goal: To improve health by making us more aware of the role our hands play in the spread of disease.

Mission: To propagate Henry the Hand's 4 Principles of Hand Awareness throughout the United States and the world!
1. WASH your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating.
2. DO NOT cough into your hands.
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands.
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth!

Henry the Hand Champion
Handwasher School Visit

Dr. Will has created a wonderful website for children and educators. The site contains posters, coloring books, school programs, tips on Food Safety and a lot more. Visit Henry the Handwashing Champion.

Friday, December 3, 2010

December 2010 Wellness News

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

Monthly Events Highlights
In 1988 the World Health Organization of the UN declared Dec 1 as World AIDS Day, an international day of awareness and education about AIDS. The WHO is the leader in global direction and coordination of AIDS prevention, control, research and education. A program called UN-AIDS was created to bring together the skills and expertise of the World Bank, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA and the WHO to strengthen and expand national capacities to respond to the pandemic. Light for Rights events are being held all over the world on World AIDS Day 2010. The events encourage 100 cities to dim the lights on public landmarks to remember the devastating affect AIDS has had, and then to turn the lights back on - to illuminate the fundamental human rights shared by all - but often denied people living with HIV.

National Egg Nog Month

Every day, 36 people in the United States die, and approximately 700 more are injured, in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This December, during National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, consider what you and your community can do to make injuries and deaths from impaired driving less of a threat.

Universal Human Rights Month

December Weekly Observances
1-7 Cookie Cutter Week.
1-8 Recipe Greetings for the Holidays Week
2-9 Chanukah (Hanukkah), sundown 12/1.

Feast of Lights. Festival lasting eight days commemorates victory of Maccabees over Syrians (165 bc) and rededication of Temple of Jerusalem. Begins on December 1st at sundown.

5-11National Handwashing Awareness Week 

Will Sawyer, MD is the creator of the Henry the Hand Foundation and Henry the Hand Champion Handwasher. The goal of the foundation is to improve health by making us more aware of the role our hands play in the spread of disease.

10-17 Human Rights Week.
Presidential Proclamation issued since 1958 for the week of December 10–17, except in 1986. See also: “Human Rights Day” (Dec 10) and “Bill of Rights Day” (Dec 15).
19-25 Gluten free Baking Week
25-31 It's About Time Week
26-1/1 Kwanzaa

December Daily Observances
A day to honor children who are developmentally delayed or physically challenged with a community-wide party. Established in 1990, this event builds on UN Resolution #47/3, which sets aside a day to promote integrating the disabled into society. This free, all-volunteer party features a family photo session with Santa, food and gifts for all special-needs children and their siblings.

2 Special Education Day

Celebrate the anniversary of the first US special education law—Dec 2, 1975. A time to reflect and move forward. Where were we when President Ford signed the groundbreaking legislation? Where are we now? And where do we need to be tomorrow? A day to honor progress, dialogue about challenges we face, and consider reforms for the future of educating all children.

3 UN Intl Day of Persons with Disabilities

On Oct 14, 1992 (Res 47/3), at the end of the Decade of Disabled Persons, the General Assembly proclaimed Dec 3 to be an annual observance to promote the continuation of integrating the disabled into general society.

4 Coats and Toys for Kids Day

The United Nations (UN) annually observes the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development on December 5. The day, gives volunteers a chance to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels.

7 Islamic New Year, sundown on 12/6
10 Human Rights Day; Nobel Prize Day

15 Bill of Rights Day
20 UN International Human Solidarity Day
The United Nations' (UN) International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20 to celebrate unity in diversity. It also aims to remind people on the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty.

21 Winter Solstice; Kiwi Fruit Day (California)  
24 Christmas Eve
30 National Bicarbonate of Soda Day
31 New Years Eve; Universal Hour of Peace Day

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

Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RD
Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Expert

Wendy Jo Peterson, MS, RD
Roadie Nutritionist (TM) at Fuelin' Roadie (TM)

“Avoid committing goals to memory. Instead write it out with pride and
post it where it will remind you of the goals you have set.”

Wendy Jo Peterson is the Owner of Edible Nutrition; and is a well-known blogger known as Roadie Nutritionist (TM) at Fuelin' Roadie (TM). Wendy Jo combines her culinary background and her experience as a Registered Dietitian to help her clients meet their nutrition and health goals.

Wendy Jo has over 10 years of experience. Her focus is to help her clients achieve their optimal wellness while meeting their nutrition goals.  As a former culinary arts teacher and swim coach, Wendy Jo utilizes a unique approach to enhancing her client’s health and taps into their edible nutrition!

Wendy Jo received her Bachelor Science in Food Science and Nutrition from San Diego State and completed her internship through Utah State University. She received her Master’s of Science in Nutrition from San Diego State University. In addition, she become a Spanish Linguist. Wendy Jo has formal culinary training from such schools as: Florida Culinary Institute, Scottsdale Culinary Institute, and Johnson & Wales University.

The Roadie Nutritionist (TM) at Fuelin' Roadie (TM) is a website created by Wendy Jo in November 2009. The website is dedicated to musicians and keeping them healthy. She also has a blog which takes you around the country as she describes the music and foods she encounters. It is a wonderful place to visit.

To learn about the nutritional services provided by Wendy Jo, visit: Edible Nutrition.

Welcome to Edible Nutrition's Blog

Jill Jayne Rockstar Nutritionist
with the Roadie Nutritionist, Wendy Jo

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

Sunday, November 14, 2010

World Diabetes Day
November 14, 2010

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14th. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its association members. It joins millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness.

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007. The campaign draws attention to the issues of importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes in the public spotlight.

Diabetes Education and Prevention is the World Diabetes Day theme for the period 2009-2013. The campaign slogan for 2010 is 'Let's take control of diabetes. Now.'

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement to mark World Diabetes Day 2010. World Diabetes Day comes at a critical moment in the global fight against this deadly disease and a host of other chronic illnesses that are causing both untold, needless suffering and holding back the development of many of the world's poorest countries." Hundreds of millions of people worldwide have diabetes, with most living in low- and middle-income countries. In 2005, an estimated 1.1 million people died from the disease, more than half being women. Diabetes deaths are likely to double in the next 10 years without urgent action. To view the entire statement go to the following link World Health Organization.

The Big Blue Test is a program of the Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF). It takes place every November 14 (World Diabetes Day). People with diabetes are invited to test their blood sugar at 2 pm (local time), do 14 minutes of activity, test again and share the results.

Employees at Novo Nordisk in Princeton New Jersey
honor World Diabetes Day 2010 and encourage everyone to get moving!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sixty-two Dietitians from Around the World
Dietitians-Online Celebrates its
First Anniversary on the Internet

On November 7, 2010 Dietitians-Online celebrates its first anniversary on the Internet.
As a Registered Dietitian, Educator and Journalist creating lists of reliable resources is essential and a habit. In 1995 I started to write down the dietitians and health related places on the Internet. The list had less than 5 websites when I started. By 2005, I had found an additional 50 resources. Each year I would add more and more dietitians and resources. Then between 2007 and 2009, dietitians from all over the world started to appear on the Internet. They came from diverse backgrounds and unique experiences. This was the beginning of the "Social Media Dietitian".
Quotes by Dietitians Online*
The slides can be viewed manually at the following locations:
Facebook (Dietitians-Online)
Dietitians-Online Website

Dietitians-Online was created to acknowledge the contributions of the dietitian on the Internet. To distinguish the dietitian as the nutrition expert and a valuable resource for the consumer, educator, media and health professional.
Between November 2009 and October 2010, Dietitians-Online visited over 700 websites, blogs and social media pages created by dietitians. Currently there are over 500 dietitians' pages waiting to be reviewed.
“Quotes by Dietitians” is an ongoing project, usually up-dated a few times per month. The dietitians are individuals who have a place on the Internet where they educate, write and/or provide services. Each person is a Registered Dietitian (RD) or an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD, Australia).
The experience in working with Dietitians-Online has been an amazing journey. I’ve met and discovered dietitians who demonstrate commitment, dedication, creativity, knowledge and excellence in the dietetic and nutrition profession. As I review and learn from the work of my colleagues and observe a new generation of dietitians, I am excited about the future of our profession.
I look forward to meeting you and visiting your place on the Internet.
Thank you for your support.
Sandra Frank, Ed.D, RD, LDN
Food Journalist, Web/Blog Designer, Researcher
Bon Appétit, a division of Condé Nast; Sun-Sentinel News, a division of the Tribune; 954.796.7235

Website: Dietitians On-line 

Dedicated to acknowledging the contributions of the Dietitian on the Internet
Blog:  Dietitians Online
Facebook: Dietitians Online
Twitter: DietitianOnline
Website:  Weighing Success 
Encourages awareness & inspires ideas for Journalists, Educators, Consumers and Health Professionals
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Facebook: Wellness News 
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* Dietitians Featured in the 2009 – 2010
 One Year Anniversary Video
American Dietetic Association
Broward County Dietetic Association
Alysa Bajenaru, RD, CPT
 Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD, CSSD
Lucille Beseler, MS, RD, LD/N, CDE
Julie Beyer, MA, RD, CWPC
Katherine Brooking, MS, MA, RD
Shelley Case, BSC, RD
Carol S. Casey, RD, CDN, LDN
Jill Castle, MS, RD, LDN
Karen Diaz, RD
Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, LD, FADA
Tara Diversi, B.HSc, MS, APD

Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD
Chef Michelle Dudash, RD, CD
Sarah Earhart, MS, RD, LD, CDE
Nadine Fisher, MS, RD, LD
Sandra Frank, Ed.D, RD
Keri Gans, MS, RD
Jessica L Garay, MS, RD
Kate Geagan, MS, RD
Marjorie Geiser, MBA, RD, NSCA-CPT
Karen Giles-Smith, MS, RD
David Grotto, RD, LDN
Dayle Hayes, MS, RD
Janet Helm, MS, RD
Sarah Hortman, RD
Donna Israel, PhD, RD, CLT, LPC
Jill Jayne, MS, RD
Eve Kecskes, MS, RD
Amy Kweller MS, RD
Lyssie Lakatos, RD, LD, CDN, CPT
Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, LD, CDN, CPT
Angela Lemond, RD, CSP, LD
Erin Macdonald, RD
Heather Mangieri, MS, RD, LDN, CSSD
Karen Marschel RD, LD, CDE, CLT
Leah McGrath, RD
Kati Mora, RD
Maya E. Nahra, RD, LD
Pamela Ofstein, MS, RD, LDN
Janel Ovrut, MS, RD, LDN
Robin Plotkin, RD, LD
Debra Riedesel, RD, LD
Gabrielle Riola, RD, LDN
Cynthia Sass, MPH, MA, RD, CSSD
Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, LD
Anthony J Sepe, RD
Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC
Lauren Slayton, MS, RD
Marie Spano, MS, RD/LD, FISSN, CSCS
Emma Stirling, BSc, MND, APD
Felicia D. Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, FACSM
Lisa Stollman-Smouha, MA, RD, CDE, CDN
Rebecca Subbiah, RD, CPT
Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, CDN
Julie Tharalson, RD
The Nutrition Blog Network
Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD
Gloria Tsang, RD
Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD
Melissa Villar, MS, RD, LDN
Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN
Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD News

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