mangoes, bananas, pineapple chunks and a splash of orange juice or soy milk
English muffin pizza
toasted English muffin with pasta sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, and your favorite veggie
Mediterranean pocket sandwich
whole wheat pita bread with hummus, paprika, and cucumber slices
The Veg Out
sliced carrots, red or green peppers, and broccoli with ranch dressing or teriyaki sauce
low fat… Continue
Added by Sharlene on June 28, 2009 at 2:44pm —
Good points here
--to not make kids worry about their health. It has the potential to backfire--make them obsess about their weight, eating, and physical fitness--god forbid, give them an eating disorder.
Another good point: we can't replace a parent's or guardian's role in developing healthy habits in kids, you know, the unconscious kind. The author writes, "Because I was always taught to eat fruits and vegetables along… Continue
Added by Maya Hagege on June 25, 2009 at 3:43pm —
My name is Lauren and I am an addict. Yes it's true I am addicted to soda and my drug of use is Orange soda. I just love that sugar water. I can't help it's everywhere. In school, fast food places, parks, gas stations. Everywhere I turn there it is. I am now in Soda rehab I am trying to substitute orange soda with water. It's hard but I am taking it one day at a time. I know that I am not alone. Post your drug of use here coke, sprite, dr. pepper??? Just know that you… Continue
Added by lauren gomez on June 23, 2009 at 3:53pm —
We should convice people in our schools to provide better food and nutrition to students.
Anyone can make a better place in school
Added by Candy Rosas on June 22, 2009 at 4:01pm —
Check this site out - it's pictures of real lunches served at schools across the country. Kind of scary to see what kids are being served at school! From the site:
"There’s a lot of writing a photos out there about what adults are eating every day.
What about what our kids are eating?
American Lunchroom aims to bring awareness of what kids are eating in lunchrooms across America: the good, the bad and the ugly."
Here is the link:… Continue
Added by Rob on June 22, 2009 at 9:44am —
The South Central Farm operated from 1994 until 2006 on East 41st and South Alameda Streets in South Central, Los Angeles. The South Central Farmers, primarily poor immigrant families from Latin America, transformed a fourteen-acre plot slated for use as a garbage incinerator into 350 plots where they grew crops like corn, beans, squash, tomatoes, cactus and guava. Once considered the largest urban farm and community garden in the country,… Continue
Added by Sharlene on June 20, 2009 at 11:36pm —
It’s not just fast food that packs on the pounds
A new study found that calories in home-cooked meals have increased over time. The executive director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion said that recipes from The Joy of Cooking, first published in 1937, have jumped 63 percent compared to the latest issue of the book. The average number of calories jumped a whopping 168 calories per serving—from 268 in the original edition to 436 calories in the latest one. Huh?… Continue
Added by Sharlene on June 20, 2009 at 11:31pm —
This interactive tool estimates your risk of weight-related diseases by using your body mass index (BMI) along with your waist measurement and other factors. BMI is an estimate of body fat. The higher the BMI, the greater the risk of some diseases, including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, some cancers, and type 2 diabetes.
Click here to find out whether your… Continue
Added by Sharlene on June 20, 2009 at 11:26pm —
•Above a healthy weight, every 5-point increase in BMI increases the risk of early death by about 30%.
•People who are overweight but not obese, with a BMI between 25 and 29.9, could be shortening their life span by a year.
•People with the lowest risk of dying early are in the high end of the healthy weight range with a BMI of about 22.5 to 25.
for the complete… Continue
Added by Sharlene on June 20, 2009 at 11:23pm —
So, I've been in HTOM for a year now and we had our banquet yesterday, June 19, 2009. I got the honor to present to the Baldwin Park mayor, Council woman Marlene, the HEAC staff, and the lovely HTOM members.
Although, I don't have a video, I would like to present my speech.
Hope this encourages anyone in Baldwin park to join our team or hope you feel inspired to do change in your own community!… Continue
Added by Kathleen Ann on June 19, 2009 at 7:30pm —
Another great article supporting how changing the food environment makes people choose healthier food:
June 16, 2009
Kid Goes Into McDonald’s and Orders ... Yogurt?
By TARA PARKER-POPE, New York Times
The eating habits of American children appear to be shifting. And for a change, the news is good.
Chicken nuggets, burgers, fries and colas remain… Continue
Added by Maya Hagege on June 17, 2009 at 8:57am —
The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is a free event held every second Thursday afternoon and evening in and around the Historic Core's Gallery Row neighborhood. For this one night each month, Downtown LA returns to its historic pedestrian-based culture, a vibrant scene that is itself a draw for locals and tourists seeking an authentic urban experience. Launched in 2004 by the then-marginal community's pioneer gallerists, Art Walk has become a grassroots urban success story, with upwards of 6000… Continue
Added by Sharlene on June 11, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Avocado, Endive and Apple Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette Grapefruit Vinaigrette
Makes 3/4 cup vinaigrette (including grapefruit segments).
1 ruby red grapefruit (about 10 oz)
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. honey
1 tbsp. basil (about 4 basil leaves), thinly sliced
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
2 Belgian endives, core removed and thinly sliced
1 crisp apple, julienned
Added by Sharlene on June 11, 2009 at 3:00pm —
The bad news: You order the "Grilled Steak Caesar Salad with toast," thinking you're eating light...after all, it's a salad, right? But guess what? If you eat the whole thing, you'll have wolfed down 1,296 calories, 83 grams of fat (16½ pats of you-know-what), and 2,200 mgs of sodium. Uh oh.
The good news: Applebee's offers a Weight Watcher's® Menu for health- and weight-conscious diners, and it includes "Garlic Herb Chicken" for 370 calories, 6 grams of fat,… Continue
Added by Sharlene on June 10, 2009 at 11:56am —
ScienceDaily (July 29, 2008) — Most adults in the U.S. will be overweight or obese by 2030, with related health care spending projected to be as much as $956.9 billion, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Their results are published in the July 2008 online issue of Obesity.
“National survey data show that the prevalence of overweight and… Continue
Added by Sharlene on June 10, 2009 at 11:03am —
Community Health Councils in collaboration with the Coalition for Health and Justice researched South Los Angeles to give it a report card. The Scorecard was developed to:
1. Assess the extent to which the inequities in the resource environment determine and shape the
health of the community
2. Determine the degree to which these inequities mirror disparities in health
3. Identify incremental steps to achieve health equity.
The study compiled, calculated, and… Continue
Added by Sharlene on June 9, 2009 at 7:58pm —
I feel pretty inspired after attending a meeting of the California Convergence
-- kind of a childhood obesity conference kick-off event this morning in downtown L.A. The California Convergence brings together just about everybody in the state who are working on obesity prevention, and other disease prevention, through the improvement of nutrition & physical activity environments and policy. Environmental change and policy change,… Continue
Added by Maya Hagege on June 9, 2009 at 7:16pm —
Where we live, work, study, and play is critically important for health, especially for children. Growing up in neighborhoods and communities that are stable, safe, and nurturing establishes a foundation for healthy development. But for too many children, growing up in communities that suffer from economic and social disadvantage often establishes a trajectory for health problems and shortened life spans. As the Institute of
Medicine observed in From Neurons to… Continue
Added by Sharlene on June 9, 2009 at 5:58pm —
What are Joint-Use Projects?
One of the primary challenges to reducing obesity and diabetes in low-income communities of color is creating appropriate places to engage in regular physical activity. One solution advocates and policymakers have pursued is creating new—or opening up existing—school facilities for use by the community. Such a policy change allows the playgrounds and other school recreation facilities to be ‘jointly used’—by students during school hours, and by members… Continue
Added by Sharlene on June 9, 2009 at 5:51pm —
Check out these really interesting articles about access to healthy food options.
Healthy Foods, Strong Communities
In the 1960s and 1970s, when white, middle-class families left urban centers for homes in the suburbs, supermarkets fled with them, taking jobs, tax revenues and their offerings of healthy, affordable foods. The lack of local access to healthy foods makes it difficult for families who remain… Continue
Added by Sharlene on June 9, 2009 at 4:44pm —