Who says side dishes have to be boring! These two heart-healthy recipes are infused with plenty of vegetables, tons of color and amazing flavor, courtesy of registered dietitian Susan Piergeorge’s book Boomer Be Well.
Mediterranean Vegetable Mix
This tasty and hearty vegetable mix goes well with seafood, poultry and tofu.
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp. olive, canola, or Enova oil
1 Tbsp. fresh minced (or 2 tsp. dried) ginger
1 Tbsp. fresh minced (or 2 tsp. dried) oregano
1 Tbsp. fresh minced (or 2 tsp. dried) basil
3/4 pound fresh broccoli, broken into pieces
1 eight-ounce can black pitted whole olives, drained
2 cups fresh sliced button mushrooms or 1 8 ounce can sliced mushrooms (drained and rinsed)
1 pound fresh chopped tomatoes or one 14.5 ounce can chopped tomatoes with liquid
1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
1/4 grated parmesan or romano cheese
1. In a large sauté pan, place oil, garlic and onion.
2. Heat over medium until onion and garlic are mildly cooked.
3. Add ginger, oregano, and basil. Mix in broccoli, olives, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
4. Cover and simmer over medium heat until vegetables are tender, but not overdone (about 5 to 10 minutes).
5. Add vinegar and toss into vegetables. Place into serving dish. Top with grated cheese. Makes 6 servings.
Per serving: 130 Calories, 7 gm PRO, 15 gm CHO, 6 gm FAT, 4 mg Chol, 5 gm Fiber, 416 mg Sodium, 594 mg Potassium.
Brussels, Beets & Sweets
This colorful hearty side dish goes well with beef, pork, game, tofu, turkey or chicken. It’s easy to make, full of flavor, and loaded with nutrition. Enjoy!
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1 medium onion, rinsed, peeled and chopped
2 lbs. sweet potatoes, rinsed, scrubbed and cut into bite size chunks
1 lb. beets, rinsed, peeled, and cut into bite size chunks
1/2 lb. fresh Brussels sprouts, rinsed and cut into halves (or 12 ounce frozen)
2 Tbsp. canola oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. dried rosemary
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. On large cookie sheet or baking pan assemble all vegetables including onion.
Drizzle canola oil over vegetables and mix together with tongs (or clean hands).
3. Sprinkle garlic, ginger, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and rosemary on top of vegetable mixture and stir to coat well.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
5. Take out of oven and stir vegetables.
6. Place back into oven and bake another 20 to 25 minutes until cooked.
Makes 6 servings.
Per serving: 200 calories, 4 gm PRO, 35 gm CHO, 5 gm FAT, 7 gm Fiber, 0 mg Chol, 227 mg sodium, 789 mg potassium, 16203 IU vitamin A, 39 mg vitamin C, 595 mcg lutein and zeaxanthin, 80 mg omega-3 fatty acids, 0.8 mg zinc
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On October 6, 2011, the Prevention Institute–a national non-profit organization committed to preventing illness, fostering health and building momentum for community prevention–launched a new video called We’re Not Buying It. It sheds light on the many negative health effects food marketing has on vulnerable children, and serves as a call to action for parents, families and health advocates to ask President Obama to support strong voluntary guidelines for food marketing that are currently be considered by the government. And just a few days ago I reviewed a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics for msnbc.com. The study suggested food commercials had more of an impact on young kids’ food choices than parental input.
As stated on the Prevention Institute’s web site,
“From soda companies using school marketing campaigns disguised as charities, to food package labeling that misleads parents, We’re Not Buying It takes just two minutes to debunk industry claims that they’re trying to be part of the solution in the fight for kids’ health. Parents alone simply can’t compete with the $2 billion a year the food and beverage industry spends selling kids foods that are laden in sugar, salt and fat, the video reveals.”
The voluntary federal guidelines that are currently being considered were developed by the Interagency Working Group, a coalition of nutrition and media experts from federal agencies, ask companies not to advertise their most unhealthy foods to kids. And only time will tell if the voluntary guidelines will take hold or instead, be trumped by those opposed to such guidelines including Congressman Lee Terry. Stay tuned for results from congressional testimony on this topic set to take place on Wednesday, October 12th.
You can read more about the push to have government support voluntary marketing guidelines by the Centers for Science in the Public Interest and by Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.
What say you? Should food companies need to follow certain guidelines when marketing foods and beverages, or is it simply up to parents to help their kids ignore the ads, resist temptation, and make more healthful food decisions? Please Share your thoughts below.click to comment
The following review is written by the wonderful Erika Breitfeller who interned for me in late June, 2011.
The Slender Trap: A Food and Body Workbook is an interactive manual that addresses both eating disorders and body-image issues. Written by author Lauren Lazar Stern, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, a board-certified art therapist and a licensed professional counselor, the book is interactive and extremely well written. The format of the book and its layout are easy to follow and convey a strong sense of support for readers throughout each section.
The book is broken down into an introduction followed by chapters on different topics with titles such as “Why I think I’m Fat,” and “The Diet and Exercise Traps.” The introduction is informative and factual and gives the reader an idea of the purpose of the workbook, and the workings and defining elements of expressive arts used to help readers who suffer from an eating disorder. I appreciate the sequence of chapters and how they’re broken down; they start with some basics and slowly upgrade to more difficult topics readers can reflect on. Each chapter includes clever exercises that appropriately pertain to the topic being discussed. The author also includes a section after each exercise titled ‘Process with Me,’ which enables readers to reflect on how she feels while doing the exercise. The only criticism I have about this processing section was categorizing feelings using a thermometer analogy. The author utilized a temperature scale to process readers’ moods after doing the exercise that to me could be misleading or confusing to some. I really enjoyed the personal testimonials from real women who were willing to share their experiences with eating disorders and body image issues. These testimonials make it that much more apparent that readers are not alone.
The author suggests The Slender Trap to those who are overwhelmed by what to eat or not to eat, or by how they look. I whole-heartedly agree with Ms. Stern that this book is a great read for any woman at any age who suffers from an eating disorder or some form of disordered eating or who has a distorted self-image. Reading this workbook can surely be an eye-opening experience, especially for those who may not have seen their eating habits and obsessions as a concern. The book reassures readers that many women feel the same way they do, and guides them towards confronting issues appropriately. At the very least, reading The Slender Trap can open doors for women and hopefully help them begin to tackle their issues and start the healing process.
Are you stuck in the slender trap? Or what has helped you get out of one?
About the author: Erika Breitfeller earned a Bachelors in Health Science –Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Delaware. She’s also a recent graduate of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Dietetic Internship Program. Her email is email@example.com to comment
Did you know that, according to a recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids aged 8 to 18 spend an average of 7.5 hours a day on ‘entertainment media’—watching tv or movies, listening to music, and playing video games. They also were found to spend another 2 hours texting or talking on the phone.
Unfortunately, more sedentary behavior (and less active play) usually means a higher risk of being overweight or obese. Screen-Free Week is an initiative that kicks off today, April 18, to promote more healthful lifestyle behaviors for busy parents, teachers, and those who work with and/or care for kids to find active alternatives to screen time.
Here are some screen-free gems–tips and resources to help you help the next generation move more and sit less. Even if you don’t completely turn off the screens in your home or workplace, you can replace some of the time you’d otherwise spend in front of a screen to be more active and reap the many benefits physical activity can provide.
*WeCan! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition), a science-based national education program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), helps children ages 8-13 stay at a healthy weight. WeCan! offers several materials to help caregivers and families encourage children to become more active. Some tips to get active include:
*Walk your children to school –I do this as much as possible and find it a wonderful way to connect with my kids);
*Go for a half-hour walk instead of watching TV –you can walk home from school or take a half hour walk with your family right before or after dinner);
*Play with your kids at least 30 minutes per day –you can do this all at once, or divide it into 2 15 minute periods if that works with your schedules—some is better than none, and taking this time to simply play is a great way to take a break during an otherwise hectic day);
*Dance to music with your kids –one of my favorites—AND we often laugh a lot when we dance because my husband and I look so ridiculous when we shake our booties.)
For more GET ACTIVE tips, go here.
To reduce screen time:
*Set screen time limits. Create a house rule that limits screen time to two hours every day.
*Talk to your family. Explain to your kids that it’s important to sit less and move more.
Find more tips to REDUCE SCREEN TIME, go here.
How do you and your family spend your active time? Share your tips for cutting screen time and moving more.
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In last week’s ZIED GUIDE blog, I reviewed Food: The Good Girl’s Drug by Sunny Sea Gold. The book chronicles Gold’s escape from binge eating disorder and charts a healthful path young women can follow, based on Gold’s experience and expert recommendations, to overcome their food-related struggles.
In this week’s blog, I wanted to answer the following question by a ZIED GUIDE reader, Mindy B., mother of 3, from New Orleans, Louisiana:
“How can we raise our growing daughters to overcome the media messages they’re bombarded with to feel good about their bodies?”
I think the best way to raise daughters to feel good about their bodies is to treat our own bodies with respect and speak positively about them. We also need to speak in a positive way about other people’s bodies, especially those around us and those in the media. Most importantly, we need to find a way to focus more on the inside of growing girls than on the outside so that they see there’s more than meets the eye and that what’s most important about a person is the kind of person you are, and how you treat others. I’d also like to answer Mindy B’s question by making a recommendation for a great new book. While this book is meant to be read by young girls, I think it would make for a great read for women everywhere who raise daughters. They can read it on their own to get a sense of how to speak to their young daughters, but they can also read it with their growing girls as a point of reference and as a way to start a discussion about what many girls are likely thinking and feeling as they grow up.
Diet Drama is a timely new book penned by Nancy Redd, a New York Times best selling author of Body Drama, Harvard graduate, and former Miss America contestant (and winner of the swim suit competition, no less). It takes young readers on a journey towards accepting their bodies, and ultimately learning to feed and use their bodies in a more positive and healthful way.
In Part 1 called “Feed Your Body,” Redd provides an overview of why girls may feel badly about their bodies, and how pressure to conform to so-called “ideals”–being thin and beautiful, for example–contribute to the problem. Redd discusses 5 common ‘love your body’ dramas and provides suggestions for how to deal with them. For example, for readers who think “I can’t enjoy my life until my body is better,” Redd suggests you to stop blaming your body for all your woes, to start saying yes to social events and invitations (like going for a swim where you’ll have to bare all in a bathing suit), and to be positive about your body instead of bashing it and being overly critical about yourself.
In Part 2 called “Move Your Body,” Redd discusses the importance of movement in helping teen girls have energy and feel good about themselves. She provides tons of practical tips about what to do, how to do it, and how to sidestep excuses that prevent girls from exercising. I especially love that throughout the book, Redd used photos of teen girls with different body shapes and sizes as a way to illustrate we all look unique and different and should feel good about whatever skin we’re in. Redd also outlines 5 ‘move your body dramas’ to help girls become and stay active and feel motivated to continue no matter what time of the month it is or how busy they get.
In Part 3 called “Feed Your Body,” Redd outlines the basics of a healthy, balanced diet. She highlights why it’s critical to eat regularly and to not skip meals, and why girls should never ever take diet pills. She also provides descriptions of common eating disorders and provides helpful references at the end of the book.
Overall, Diet Drama is refreshing, inspiring, and motivating. It provides great guidance and information about food, body image, fitness, and so much more. Redd has done a great job delivering wonderful, sensible, real-world advice and wisdom to girls, and her voice throughout is sure to resonate with girls everywhere. Diet Drama makes a wonderful, empowering gift for any tween or teen girl.click to comment
Teen girls and young women everywhere have something to celebrate. Two new books are just what this dietitian has ordered to help you (or someone you know) feel better about the skin you’re in, get sane about food, and nourish your body.
This week’s blog highlights one of the book– a great one called Food: The Good Girl’s Drug: How to Stop Using Food to Control Your Feelings by Sunny Sea Gold, deputy editor at Redbook magazine and founder of HealthyGirl.org, a support site for girls and women who emotionally overeat, binge eat, or yo-yo diet. Sunny and I first met about 6 years ago when I was a contributing editor for Seventeen magazine. Having overcome a 15-year battle with binge-eating disorder, Sunny has bared all in her book, revealing her personal struggles, and rounding up advice from top experts to help young women everywhere know they’re not alone, and that, they too, can overcome their food demons.
Through sharing her own story and those of others who have suffered with binge eating disorder, Sunny helps teen girls and young women identify the causes of their disorder, recognize and understand their eating problems, and relearn how to use food as fuel instead of using it to soothe their feelings.
The book is divided into three parts:
Part 1: Understanding What’s Going on Between You and Food
Part 2: Let the Healing Begin: How to Start Getting Sane About Food
Part 3: Living Your Life Without Relying on the Good Girl’s Drug
Helpful exercises that encourage readers to ponder their irrational thoughts, start a food and hunger journal, and track negative body thoughts are sprinkled throughout the book to help readers identify what the real problem is and how to work towards making healthful changes in their attitudes and behaviors that relate to food and their bodies.
Food: The Good Girl’s Drug ends with a helpful resource list that includes information about support groups, books, reputable online resources, and eating disorder treatment centers.
As a registered dietitian who works with women and children, I find Sunny’s book to be an invaluable resource and think it can be an extremely useful tool to help young women realize they’re not alone when it comes to food, body, and self-esteem struggles. Readers will likely feel they don’t need to surrender to their struggles and that, like Sunny and so many others, they too can get more sane about food, feel better about themselves and the bodies they live in, and have a more healthful, balanced, and fulfilled life.
In next week’s blog (Part Two), you’ll learn about another book designed to help younger girls overcome their diet dramas, so stay tuned!
Have you overcome an eating disorder or food struggle? Please share your story here.click to comment
Spring is in the air…can you feel it? What will you do to stay healthy and fit now that the weather is on the up and up?
As I just mentioned in my ZIED GUIDE weekly newsletter, a friend and I had planned to sign up for the Fitness/More half marathon in NYC this upcoming weekend. Unfortunately, despite our plan, life got in the way and by the time we tried to sign up, we were shut out!! To keep my motivation and inspire others to usher in spring with a little more step, I decided to set a goal to walk the distance of a marathon—26.2 miles—each week during the month of April. Starting on Friday, April 2, I will walk an average of about 4 miles each day—of course I’ll get less or more on any given day depending on the weather, and my schedule. My goal is to accumulate a total of more than 100 miles for the month. For each mile I walk, I will donate at least $1 to Live Light, Live Right, an amazing childhood obesity prevention program based in Brooklyn, New York.
I’d love you to challenge yourself with me. I already have some friends who are along for the ride. If you’d like to get involved, please do the following:
- Email me at email@example.com or tweet me at @elisazied or post a message on my facebook wall at http://on.fb.me/dUTKqv to say you’d like to join.
- Post how many steps you take or miles you walk once a day or once a week (whatever keeps you motivated to continue) on Twitter or on Facebook; please use #walkamarathon with every post. If you’re not on Twitter or Facebook, post your progress at the end of this blog post to stay motivated and encourage others to get involved.
- If you’d like to commit to donate to a charity of your choice, feel free to post that as well to make yourself accountable and inspire others to be charitable as well.
- Remember that EACH AND EVERY STEP YOU TAKE counts towards your total, so be sure to strap on that pedometer or do whatever it will take, rain or shine, indoors or out, to count every step you take. 20 blocks counts as one mile. You can walk solo, or grab a friend or even a group of friends to walk. Most importantly, and to avoid injury, be sure to set weekly/monthly goals that are healthful and realistic for you. No matter what distance you cover this month, even if you don’t meet your goal, every step you take will help you stay fit, inspire others, and potentially even help a cause or charity close to your heart.
- Please share this post with your colleagues, friends, and family. The more we can spread the word, the more motivated we will each be to challenge ourselves and at the same time, help others.
Thank you for your support! Are you in?click to comment
Here are two delicious recipes–one for breakfast, and one for a tasty lunch or dinner– from the brand new book, Hungry Girl 300 Under 300. This latest book by Lisa Lillien, star of the Hungry Girl tv show on The Cooking Channel, and creator of hungry-girl.com, is sure to be a best seller, and is likely to be a great tool to help you and your family prepare and eat smaller portions of great tasting food. Enjoy!
Super-Sized Berry-nana Oatmeal Parfait
PER SERVING (entire recipe): 285 calories, 4.5 g fat, 359 mg sodium, 54 g carbs, 6.5 g fiber, 21.5 g sugars, 9 g protein
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
1 no-calorie sweetener packet
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 banana, sliced
Combine all ingredients for oatmeal in a small nonstick pot on the stove. Add 3⁄4 cup water and mix well. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 9 minutes, stirring often, until somewhat thick and creamy. (It will thicken more upon chilling.)
Allow to cool slightly. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 1/2 hours.
Stir oatmeal thoroughly until uniform in texture. Spoon half of the oatmeal into a glass, and top with 1/4 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup sliced strawberries, and 1/4 sliced banana. Repeat with remaining oatmeal, yogurt, strawberries, and banana.
Serve and enjoy!
MAKES 1 SERVING
Sweet Coconut Crunch Shrimp
PER SERVING (1/4th of recipe, about 5 shrimp): 164 calories, 4.5 g fat, 266 mg sodium, 12 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3.5 g sugars, 19.5 g protein
1/4 cup Fiber One Original bran cereal
1/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut
3 tbsp. panko breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. black pepper
12 oz. (about 20) raw large shrimp, peeled, tails removed, deveined
3 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place cereal in a sealable plastic bag and, removing as much air as possible, seal. Using a meat mallet, carefully crush cereal through the bag. Add sweetened coconut, panko breadcrumbs, chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt to the bag; seal and shake to mix. Transfer mixture to a large plate and set aside.
Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray and set aside. Pat shrimp with paper towels to ensure they are completely dry.
Combine shrimp with egg substitute in a bowl and toss lightly to coat. One at a time, shake excess egg from shrimp and transfer to the coconut-crumb mixture, gently patting and flipping to coat. Evenly place coated shrimp on the baking sheet.
Bake in the oven until outsides are crispy and lightly browned and insides are cooked through, 10 – 12 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
Source: Reprinted with permission from Hungry Girl 300 Under 300: 300 Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Dishes Under 300 Calories.click to comment
I recently had the pleasure of attending a lecture by orthopedic surgeon Vonda Wright. I was also proud to endorse her book Fitness After 40, and as a 41 year old was inspired and encouraged by what she had to say.
I’ve been a fitness buff (not an extreme one—but I have consistently done basic weight training and walking–and just a bit of running–for years. I’ve also loved being active and playing sports with my sons. But one day, at the ripe age of almost 41, I woke up with pain in my left wrist that would keep my left arm out of commission (and wreak havoc with my spirits!) for more than 8 months. At first, a hand surgeon told me that an MRI showed synovitis—that’s inflammation, and was likely the result of one too many push ups and supporting all my body weight on my wrists. After 7 long months that included 3 months of hand therapy, 2 cortisone shots, splinting, anti-inflammatory meds, 3 hand surgeons, and lots of head scratching, a second MRI revealed a small ganglion cyst. I decided that since conservative treatment was not working, I would have the cyst surgically removed. I started therapy earlier today to regain function. My next goal is to get my strength (and biceps!) back so that I can grow old gracefully and feel as young on the outside as I do on the inside.
Because I know that as we get older, our muscle mass naturally wants to diminish and our fat mass wants to increase, and because I have a longer way to go than most to regain the strength I’d been building up for years, I was especially interested to learn how to reduce the likelihood of that happening. Fortunately, it is possible to preserve muscle and keep fat at bay according to Dr. Wright. Here’s my recent interview with her. I hope after you read it you’ll be encouraged to take the steps she recommends to make the most of and keep what you have for years to come.
Can You Prevent a Mid-life Muscle Crisis?
If you don’t use it, will you really lose it? Is it a given that as you age, you’ll gain fat and lose muscle? These aren’t wives’ tales. But does that mean we should throw in the towel (or save it to collect our tears!), and accept our fate (unless we start doing some heavy lifting right now)?
“It’s true that after age 40, you naturally lose muscle mass–up to eight percent per decade” says Vonda Wright, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon and author of Fitness After 40. (Full disclaimer: Vonda Wright is a spokesperson for Ensure.) “The good news is that although muscles can deteriorate with time, studies show muscle atrophy is reversible at any age” says Wright.
Wright thinks of muscles as celebrities that deserve special treatment. “Muscles help our bodies move, our hearts pump blood, and our organs work. The more they’re used, the better equipped they’ll be to support activity, keep your body strong, and slow–and possibly reverse–aging” she says.
The benefits don’t stop there. Wright says “Exercise also strengthens bones, and helps the body burn more calories.” Engaging in regular physical activity that includes aerobic, muscle- and bone-strengthening exercise may also help lower the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and some cancers (including colon and breast).
So can we really sidestep a mid-life muscle crisis?
F.A.C.E. Your Future: According to Wright, this means exercising smarter than we did when we were kids with a focus on Flexibility every day, Aerobic Exercise 3 to 5 times per week, Carrying a load (doing functional resistance training 2 to 3 times per week) and daily Equilibrium and balance training. She says “Start small by taking a brisk walk every day, or climbing stairs instead of using the elevator. These may sound trite, but simple, functional activities you do daily can dramatically rejuvenate your muscles” says Wright. She adds “Once these basics become habits, you can build from there.”
Raise the Bar. For regular exercisers, Wright recommends mixing it up. “Your body gets used to what you’re doing, so it’s important to tweak your routine and challenge your muscles in different ways” says Wright. For example, if you usually walk, you can increase your pace or take a different path. Or you can try different modalities on a treadmill or instead, hop on a bike or elliptical machine.
Set Goals. Current Physical Activity Guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services (HHS) recommend that American adults aim for 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic activity (such as brisk walking where you’re sweating but can still carry on a conversation) or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity (such as jogging or running). Muscle strengthening exercise that works all the major muscle groups is also recommended at least twice a week. Wright recommends seeing where you are, and setting small reasonable goals (for example, adding 5 minutes to a walk, or doing an additional set of bicep curls) until you meet your quota. She also believes those who are chained to a desk for more than 40 hours a week may need even more exercise.
Feed Your Muscles: Wright recommends a balanced diet that’s consistent with current Dietary Guidelines–one that’s loaded with protein-rich foods (including fish, skinless chicken, beef, and legumes), high fiber whole grains (such as whole wheat pasta, cereal, crackers, and brown rice), and colorful fiber-rich vegetables and fruits. This is a dietary pattern that provides fuel to support your brain and muscles. Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD, author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook, recommends that active people should aim for about 0.5 to 0.75 grams of protein per pound of body weight each day (for a 150 pound person, that’s about 75 to 113 grams.)
Plan for Success: Wright sums it up well by saying “It’s an urban myth that life goes downhill when you get older. My 40s have been the best years of my life mentally, physically and professionally. These can be the best years of your life too. The key is to stop freaking out, and to plan for physical success just like we would for professional success.”
What do you do to stay fit and strong?
“Can You Prevent A Midlife Muscle Crisis” originally posted on caloriecount.com.click to comment
Being very active on twitter and facebook, I’ve made many wonderful “friends” and have learned a lot. But I was blown away recently by having my three books–So What Can I Eat?!, Feed Your Family Right!, and the latest, Nutrition At Your Fingertips turned into a wellness calendar that hundreds of media outlets would receive. It was an unexpected gift and surprise to me from the food journalist and registered dietitian extrordinaire, Dr. Sandra Frank. She has always been a great supporter of the work we registered dietitians do, and this gesture that honored me was simply extraordinary.
I asked Dr. Frank how the calendar came to be, and this was her reply:
“The wellness calendar has a history that spans almost 20 years. When my son Jake was about two years old (20 years ago), he discovered the joys of celebrations and holidays. He associated these events with gifts, food, family, music and fun. Every day, Jake would ask me, “What are we celebrating today?” Initially, I would make up events, such as a new tooth, the sun is out, etc… Eventually I would research reference books and later the Internet to see if there were special functions occurring on a specific day.
To my surprise and delight, I found numerous events each day of the year, but there were too many and it was a bit overwhelming. I started to note those days that dealt only with Health, Nutrition, Food, Safety, Disability Rights and Environmental Issues.
I realized many of these events went unnoticed or unreported by Journalists, Educators and Health Professionals. In 2002, I started to send out about 50 calendars to local and national media representatives in the hope the topics would encourage awareness and inspire ideas for stories and/or projects. Each year the number of calendars we sent out would increase, as did the thank you notes from local, national and worldwide correspondents.
Then in 2006, Jake and his friends graduated high school. They were unable to find employment due to their disabilities (Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, MD). I asked them if they would be interested in working with me on the Wellness Calendar. They said, “Yes”.
I’ve never charged for the calendars, but I thought this would be a wonderful way to raise money to help them with their ADL, self esteem, independence, etc… Apparently, I lack the marketing and sales experience because we didn’t sell any calendars.
I didn’t have the heart to tell my staff. So through the years, I’ve paid them with my disability check. (In 2002, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and I had a double mastectomy. It eventually became difficult for me to work outside of the home; Jake’s father had passed away and I needed to be around to take care of Jake.)
The calendar was created to make sure every Journalist and Educator knew when certain events occurred, such as National Nutrition Month, World Diabetes Day, Earth Day, RD Day and many others. The goal was to provide a useful tool to impress their editors with some interesting time-sensitive stories.
Later on, the calendar served to provide employment to individuals who have a difficult time finding jobs due to their special abilities.”
So here’s my way of paying it forward. I’m going to randomly give away 4 of the Wellness calendars, each with a copy of one of my books (whichever one you choose) as a thank you for the wonderful work of Dr. Frank, her son and his friends and in an effort to have you, too, pay health and wellness forward in whatever way you choose. To enter to win, you can do one or more of the following:
1. Sign up for my ZIED GUIDE newsletter (and send me an email to let me know you did); go to elisazied.com and sign up by clicking on the right side of the page.
2. Comment on the post related to this Giveaway on my Facebook Fan Page: http://on.fb.me/dUTKqv
3. Share the post with others on Facebook;
4. Re-Tweet the post related to this Giveaway on Twitter;
5. Leave a comment below about how you’ll use the calendar.
Good luck! See below for more info about Dr. Frank and her wonderful work.
About Sandra Frank, Ed.D., RD, LDN:
Frank is a food journalist, web/blog designer, and researcher. Her Website, Dietitians On-line, is dedicated to acknowledging the contributions of the Dietitian on the Internet. She also has a blog (Dietitians Online) and can be found on Facebook at Dietitians Online or on Twitter at @DietitianOnline. But wait, there’s more! See below:
Website: Weighing Success
Encourages awareness & inspires ideas for Journalists, Educators, Consumers and Health Professionals
Blog: Wellness News
Facebook: Wellness News
Become aware of the courage, strength and spirit of those we call “Special”. Discover and share
resources for assistance, equipment and changes in the law. Meet the heroes.