Ludhiana, July 7 (PTI) Ludhiana district has been selected for promoting vegetables, in clusters of identified villages, with a budgeted lay out of Rs 12.5 crore as Punjab government is keen to promote vegetable cultivation in the state. Stating this Punjab Agriculture Director B S Sidhu said the vegetable farmers would be provided with financial support of Rs 33,000 per hectare within 40 kilometre radius. Read more
It seems to be the year of the community garden. Earlier this year, volunteers began putting in a garden in Grant Park on the South Hill, and now another garden on Parks Department property is coming to life in Peaceful Valley.
Located on the River Walk – a strip of park land just south of the river, off Water Avenue, west of the Peaceful Valley Community Center – the Peaceful Valley Community Garden will feature 27 raised beds when it’s completed, and it already has a waiting list.
Strong4Life is a campaign brought to Columbus by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Live Healthy Columbus to address the issue of childhood obesity.
According to Strong4Life literature, the state of Georgia has the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the nation, second only to Mississippi.
It’s not exactly a “piece of cake” to find healthy desserts in the city. And the difficulty doubles if you are adhering to special dietary restrictions as well. But as always, New York City keeps pace with the most up-to-date fads, which now include the health food craze. Here are a few of NYC’s newest and healthiest dessert places:
“Eat your veggies!” “Watch your manners!” “Stay in school!”. Typical lines to make any child’s eyes roll. But when is the last time you heard a kid grunt because he or she was told, “Give to charity!”? It’s probably not as common as the others, and that’s probably not the child’s fault at all. But I believe the key to meaningful spending and motivated workers is raising a child to partake in philanthropy.
What’s wrong with our food system when the U.S. Department of Defense runs the fruits and vegetables procurement process for the public school systems? Are our wars affecting our kids in more ways than one? Defense budgets for school food was a surprising take-away from watching LUNCH a film by Avis Richards. Suddenly bidding wars on school lunch become more symbolic: French fries, hot dogs and sugared milk are food bombs on our kids’ trays, leading to high levels of diabetes and obesity and a lower life expectancy for our children. Despite these bidding wars, one of our children’s main meals is underfunded. Food is coming from far away and costing more than local food solutions. What school districts don’t realize is the huge buying power they have. This influence cannot be underestimated in changing school lunch.
In addition to policy, food is becoming essential to curriculum. One teacher is using food as a vehicle to teach multiple subjects from math and science to English and Spanish. School gardens are focused on in this film as a fun learning source. In making their own food, kids are eating better too! The filmmakers have taken the benefits of what they learned about gardening at schools to creating a foundation and mounting a campaign for placing growing units in classrooms.
With schools in the process of removing kitchens, healthy meals not happy meals are a continuing battle in our communities. How to help? Parent participation is key. We have a responsibility to change the way we feed our children. Change is possible. What are you doing to promote change in your school lunchroom? Watch LUNCH and find out more at www.lunchthefilm.com
Watch for Dylan’s Lunchbox episodes this summer. 15-year old food critic visits New York’s local, sustainable, and organic restaurants. Check back for future video of our interview with Avis and her son, Dylan.
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A free screening of the short documentary film “Lunch” and a presentation by school lunch expert Dr. James Hill will take place Thursday in Aspen.
ASPEN — School lunch and childhood obesity is a hot topic these days, with everyone from First Lady Michelle Obama and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver touting the need for change.
Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, change is already afoot thanks to the Children’s Health Foundation (CHF). Through its Lunch for Life program, the Aspen-based nonprofit organization has affected the eating habits of some 75,000 schoolchildren across Colorado.
Locally, CHF has helped schools in the Aspen, Roaring Fork, Garfield and Montrose school districts revamp their lunch programs by analyzing what was being served, suggesting healthy alternatives, and providing a sort of “culinary boot camp” for kitchen staffs to learn how to cook from scratch and eliminate processed foods. “Our basic tenet is that you can make a change and you can make a difference,” said Mardell Burkholder, executive director of the Children’s Health Foundation. “But you need the tools to do it. Oftentimes, those providing lunch for our children don’t know what to do; they don’t know how to cook healthy.
“They’ve been opening up boxes and just heating stuff up for so long they can’t imagine another way of doing things.”
But there are plenty of other ways to serve up school lunch, and just as many reasons why it is important to make the change. Thursday at Paepcke Auditorium, Aspenites will get the chance to learn more at a CHF special event, “Appetite for Change.” The evening features a screening of the short documentary film “Lunch” and a presentation by school lunch expert Dr. James Hill.
“One of the things we decided to do this year is to educate people locally about who we are and the importance of changing school lunch programs,” explained Burkholder, noting that even in Aspen, where kids are generally healthy and active, there is room for improvement. “We see these kids who look really fit and athletic, but they’re also eating fried foods and fast foods, and those will have an effect on their health — now and down the road.”
That fast-food culture is exactly what “Lunch” addresses: “As nationwide funding for school cafeterias rapidly decreases and high-calorie, low-nutrient meals have become order of the day, our nation’s children are being afflicted by a slew of diet-based diseases from high-blood pressure and cholesterol to diabetes and obesity. In ‘Lunch,’ a revealing documentary short, director Avis Richards investigates the causes and the consequences of ‘growing up in a junk-food culture,’” states the film’s press materials.
“Lunch” gets its message across through interviews with food workers, doctors, educators and students. It also explores alternatives to the “hamburger hegemony,” talking with farmers and other community leaders about their efforts to put locally grown, whole foods back on school lunch menus.
The message will be further driven home in a presentation by Dr. James Hill following the film. Hill is a CHF board member and expert in children’s nutrition and the school lunch issue. According to Burkholder, Hill “was focused on the importance of healthy school lunches long before it was the thing to do or to talk about.” “Our hope is that ‘Appetite for Change’ will bring these issues to the forefront locally, and in turn, across the state,” said Burkholder. “Because the school lunch issue is one we cannot afford to ignore.”
“Appetite for Change” is at 6 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium. The event includes a special screening of “LUNCH The Film,” followed by a presentation by Dr. James Hill, executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado Denver. Light appetizers will be served. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, contact the Children’s Health Foundation at 920-4750 or visit www.childrenshealthfoundation.net.
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‘Tis The Season of Giving
‘Tis the week before New Years and all through the house not a creature is stirring not even a mouse. My stockings are hung by the chimney with care while visions of philanthropy dance through the air.
Over 5,000 miles from the streets of NYC, reflecting on the tropical shores of Hawaii, I know the holiday spirit of giving is alive. My day starts with a quick workout in the gym. As the treadmill spins I surf my favorite news networks: on CNN, Alina Cho’s special broadcast of BIG STARS, BIG GIVING previews before tonight’s airing; HLN, the local news, reports on “The Season Of Giving.” One last click on the remote and I land on MSNBC, today’s story, “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Giving.”
Now that my workout is over I scurry over to the resort’s shop for some last minute holidaygifts. To my delight I am able to buy some gifts that keep on giving. James Perse T-shirts for the guys. What I love about this company is their recycling campaign, What Comes Around Goes Around. Donate an old James Perse T-shirt for store credit, the T-shirts are then re-conditioned, re-dyed and donated to homeless men, women and children.
I hit the jackpot finding gifts for the girls. There are beautiful handmade bags from Africa by a company called Global Girls that provides micro-financing opportunities for women. I also discover beautiful cover-ups for the beach by LemLem. Super model/ actress and World Health Organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Liya Kebede, discovered traditional weavers in her home country of Ethiopia were losing their jobs. Because of this, Liya was inspired to start Lemlem in 2007 as a way to inspire economic independence in her native country as well as to preserve the art of weaving. My favorite gift of the day is created by a young jewelry maker from the West Coast who’s family has a home on the Big Island. Jordan Sholem is a beautiful 17 year old high school senior who was just accepted into college. Her inspiration for the bracelets comes from Hawaii, where she grew up with her family, friends and “O”hana (beloved neighbors). She felt she needed to do something when the recession hit hard on the Big Island. Many people lost their jobs and had to move away. So with her own personal savings she invested in some small diamond charms and beads to make bracelets. Her bracelets are made from ebony wood, coconut wood, coral, turquoise and freshwater pearls. She donates 100% of her profits to the Hualalai O’hana Foundation (www.hualalaiohanafoundation.org). Their dollars help send Hawaiian kids to college and graduate school and provide health care for those in need. Donations also support the North Hawaii Community Hospital. The bracelets make the perfect mother-daughter gifts. I can’t resist.
Finally I grab my paper and head to the beach. Time to catch up on my daily reading. In the New York Times I catch up with the story on my friend Arden Wohl, who found time during this busy Holiday season to host a party at the Little Cupcake Bake shop in Nolita to raise awareness for the Endangered Species Coalition.
The next article I read is on the joy of second hand giving. Highlighting a lot of fun ways to recycle and fund-raise for gifts.
After sifting through the market details and the news on the 28 month high on Soybeans in The Wall Street Journal I turn to my favorite op-ed to read about the Tea Partiers and the Spirit Of Giving.
As the New Year begins I give thanks knowing our country is filled with caring loving people who give back when their able so that others have hope.
A Happy New Year to all and to all a goodnight.
Our CSR Cooperative theme for 2011 is please “choose” wisely and you CAN make a difference!
Take a look at the following story we did this month calledhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/judy-shapiro/a-marketers-moment-of-sha_b_798730.htmlfor more on this! We will be launching a celebrity driven social media campiagn around it in Jan 2011!
It is circa 1970 and a couple in New York learns the difficult news that their young son had Type 1 Diabetes. Wanting the best for their son – this couple did not just take their son to doctors and hospitals for treatment. They simply could not – would not – accept the status quo. They decided to cast aside reasonableness and have an audacious dream. They, along with other parents whose children were diagnosed, audaciously decided to do what they could to find a cure. These were not doctors or health care professionals or people who ran big companies. But these were regular “Judy and Joe Consumers” who believed in their audacious dream nonetheless. That is how the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) started 40 years ago by moms like Lee Ducat and Carol Lurie. Then, along with other parents like Mort and Ellen Silver, these audaciously ordinary people put a practical plan in place to back up their audacious dream and the Promise Ball was created 38 years ago to help find a cure by funding a cure.
From that humble, yet audacious start – the extraordinary happened and the Promise Ball alone has raised an astonishing $55 Million over 38 years to support research to find a cure for diabetes. And the effort is yielding important results since leading experts like Dr. Camillo Ricordi, the Chief Academic Officer of the University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute, believe a cure is within tantalizingly within reach. Now the next generation of audacious dreamers is continuing the tradition. This year’s Promise Ball, to be held on November 13, is being hosted by Tom and Natasha Silver (yup – Tom is Mort and Ellen’s son) for the New York Chapter Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Their second year as chair, Tom and Natasha devote their time and energy selflessly to get the job done. And their efforts paid off handsomely since last year’s event alone raised an amazing $1.9 Million. This is an accomplishment that is borne of (wait for it) audaciousness. Yet, despite all this extraordinary progress, a perverse trend is playing itself out. On the one hand, medical advances permit us imagine a world free of Type 1 Diabetes (where the auto immune systems do not function properly), yet disturbingly, diabetes is still on the rise – driven by an sharp increase in the incidence of adult-onset diabetes (Type 2)over the last ten years. Type 2 diabetes is much more influenced by environmental factors like bad nutrition, so when we look at the stats that describe the scope, it can be discouraging: Nearly 24 million American have diabetes; about 8% of the population:
o 18 Million diagnosed and 6 Million undiagnosed
o As many as 3 Million have Type 1 diabetes
Worse, over the decade, the rate of incidence increased by 50% from 16MM in 2000 to 24 MM today (*sigh*) o Worldwide, the disease affects 285 Million and is expected to reach epic proportions by 2030 of 435 Million people
CDC figures reports the significant health issues (like diabetes) resulting from obesitysince 1 in every 3 adults is obese and almost 1 in 5 youth between the ages of 6 and 19 is obese.
Most sadly, a new case of diabetes is diagnosed every 30 seconds; more than 1.6 million people each year. o In New York where the Promise Ball first took hold, there are an estimated 1,127,000 diagnosed and 451,000 undiagnosed people with diabetes.
o Most staggeringly, the annual direct and indirect cost of diabetes in New York alone is $11.8 billion (insert “gasp” here)!
It takes no small amount of audacity (or Chutzpah in Yiddish) not to get discouraged. But just like the Luries and the Silvers a generation ago, the audacious dreamers keep rising to take up the baton. While Tom and Natasha Silver focus their energy on the diagnostic aspect of the disease, a woman with another type of audacious dream is stepping into help on the “prevention” side of the equation. Her name is Avis Richards and, taking a cue from seeing how her son ate at school, she realized that often healthful eating is not a topic explored with intelligence in the media. She also understood that healthful eating is a cornerstone to preventing many diseases including diabetes. Her audacious dream, therefore, was to fill this information void. She decided to leverage the foundation she created, Birds Nest Foundation – a 501(c)3 non-profit creativegroup that produces high-quality documentaries, short videos and public service announcements (PSAs) for charities,to tell story of how good nutrition has benefits that scan a wide range of areas. As an award-winning producer and director with over 50 films, websites and events to her credit, Avis set about the task of creating and producing a 12 episode series called LUNCH, devoted to communicating the importance of proper nutrition at home, on the go and even in our institutions – like schools. Upcoming episodes cover topics like: “Updating the Diet”, “Good Food Quickly” and “The Cafeteria Challenge” (airing 10/28, 11/4 and 12/9 respectively) and will air on NYC Media – NYC’s public service station.
Here are just two examples of people who dared to have audacious dreams. They dared to believe that they could make a difference and change what needed to change. The Promise Ball celebrates its 38th year of being audacious and this year’s event on November 13 promises to live up to its “audacious” reputation. Birds Nest Foundation continues to provide a voice for causes that cannot rise above the day-to-day din that can drown out the quieter sounds of need.
Come along with us on this audacious journey. Lee, Carol, Tom, Natasha and Avis welcome the company. Learn more about the Promise Ball and JDRF and check out LUNCH at NYC Media.
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