Today is Blog Action Day, where, so far, more than 11,000 bloggers, podcasters and videocasters around the world are doing their part to raise awareness about poverty and trigger a global discussion.
Dear readers, I invite you to take some action today, too. Think about all that you have and have compassion for those less fortunate than us.
Here’s my challenge to you today: Skip the sweets and culprit carbs on this Blog Action Day.
After all, you do NOT need that fancy coffee drink ($4 or so).
You do NOT have to scarf down that candy bar ($2 or so)
And that bag of potato chips ($2) or greasy French fries do NOT have your name on them!
What’s more, you do NOT have any nutritional requirements(!) for sugary, nutrient-lacking soda (another $2 or so).
(Forgive me if my prices are a little off — you see, it’s been 10 years since I’ve bought this stuff.)
The point is this: If you do NOT eat any of this crap today — i.e., sugary junk food or even fast food — you could save $10.
Now give away those ten bucks to help the poor and needy.
Just look at this poor little girl shown above. All she has to eat is a bowl of white rice, which she’s probably lucky to get.
If you’re reading this, you probably have a lot more to eat than that every day.
So please, do your part today. In fact, I urge you to do least 6 things to fight poverty. For instance:
Do not pig out today! (Of course, your body will thank you.)
Skip the sweets and culprit carbs (as suggested above) and donate the $10 you’ve saved to Change.org or to Kiva. (If you’re not familiar with Kiva, you should learn about this worthwhile group. They make "loans that change lives.")
Plan to eat meatless meals two times this week. (And in the ensuing weeks.)
Volunteer at a soup kitchen. (Do some research now to find one where you can go later this week or next, if you don’t have time today.)
I just received the following urgent appeal from the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food (NYCHSF), a statewide nonprofit group that works to improve the health and well-being of New York’s students by advocating for healthy plant-based foods, farm-to-school programs (including organic where possible), the elimination of unhealthy competitive foods in all areas of the school (not just the cafeteria), comprehensive nutrition policy, and education to create food- and health-literate students.
The organization has been closely following the bills up for vote so rather than summarize the contents of their urgent memo, I’m including it in in its entirety.
Please note that the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food recommends that you take action today. FYI, the organization’s suggestions clearly do still include some sugar (not my preference but I think what they’re suggesting is more realistic).
Also, please forward this to all your friends, relatives, colleagues, etc. who live in New York so that they, too, can take a stand.
June 4, 2007
URGENT ACTION ALERT UPDATE!! TAKE ACTION TODAY
Dear NYCHSF Supporters,
THERE IS NO TIME TO LOSE! Two different bills for nutrition standards in schools have now passed in the NYS Senate (S.5892) and Assembly (A.8698) – these are not the Governor’s bill. Today the bills go to Conference Committee where the Senate and Assembly will try to come up with a compromise bill that both can support, AND OUR CHILDREN WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE RESULT FOR YEARS TO COME!
PLEASE MAKE 5 VERY IMPORTANT PHONE CALLS IMMEDIATELY. TELL THEM THE FOLLOWING: THE GOVERNOR’S BILL, WITH AMENDMENTS (below), IS SUPERIOR TO WHAT BOTH HOUSES HAVE PASSED, AND THAT IT IS THEIR DUTY TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THE CHILDREN AND NOT TO BE INFLUENCED BY THE FOOD INDUSTRY.
Politely, but firmly let them know you support the Governor’s Healthy Schools Act (A.8642) WITH proposed amendments (see amendments, below), and make sure to share this list with the person you speak to in each office – it is crucial that they understand what the bill needs to make it acceptable.
CALL IMMEDIATELY – Calls must be made as early on Monday as possible:
After calling, tell the person that you speak with that you will be emailing the recommended amendments. But do not email only, call first!
PLEASE make these calls now. Let’s show the New York state elected officials that NYCHSF has a powerful voice, one that is louder, and stronger, and more determined than the food industry lobbyists!!! Exercise your democratic rights.We absolutely can not let the powerful food industry determine food policy, nor our children’s future, so PLEASE make your calls right away.
Thank you for your support,
Amie Hamlin Executive Director
Support Governor Spitzer’s Bill (A.8642) with these Amendments:
Follow the link below to read the suggestions, please.
You often hear me talk here about the rapidly growing epidemic of childhood obesity in the U.S. and the horrific consequences, including the fact that the life span of these youngsters may be drastically shortened. Sadly, these overweight or obese kids — who consume too much sugary, fatty junk food — are actually undernourished.
But in other corners of the world, less-fortunate children are facing downright starvation. They don’t have the option to pig out on chips, candy bars and soft drinks like our kids over here. These emaciated youngsters don’t even know where their next meal is coming from.
Which is why I’m happy to join in a unique campaign started by renowned Internet marketer Stephen Pierce to feed 1 million hungry children. But you actually benefit from this effort, which is rapidly spreading around the World Wide Web. (I’ve received about 5 e-mails today about it!)
So here’s the deal. As described on a special website, For A Greater Cause, "When You Download This Free Success Report, We Will Donate A Plate Of Food To A Starving Child On Your Behalf. It’s That Simple. No Strings Attached."
While you’re at this site, I invite you to also donate $30 (as I did) to put food into these hungry kids’ mouths. At the same time, you’ll also get valuable reports from some of big Internet marketers and renowned experts.
So now I’m inviting you to help me fight both childhood starvation and childhood obesity.
With Mother’s Day coming soon, I thought the following article was appropriate. Enjoy.
Sugar Addicts: Did Mom Turn You Into A Sugar Junkie? 5 Tips to Avoid The Same Fate
By Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C., with Lisa R. Delman, M.A.
You may have inherited your mom’s smile. You may share her love of clothes. Perhaps you both sneeze when you’re around daisies.
But you may also take after your mother in another way. You may have become “addicted” to candies, cookies, soda or chocolate just like her.
In other words, did mom unknowingly turn you into a sugar addict?
But we’re not here to lay guilt trips on poor mom. Rather, we want to tell you how to break free from a destructive habit that your mother may have passed onto you—and mother’s mother may have passed onto her. And so on. (If you’re getting impatient, learn about one way now to cut through the emotional clutter and make peace with mom.)
After all, your relationship with your mom is the first one that you have, and it profoundly influences the course of your life.
Here are 5 ways to escape the sugar trap that your mom may have unintentionally given to you:
Do “Sugary Soul Searching.” In other words, think about how your sugar habit began. (For example, did mom and dad take you out for ice cream as a reward when you were good? Did your mom buy huge bottles of soda and keep them around your home all the time? Did you get chocolate if you finished your dinner? Did you catch mom in the kitchen secretly polishing off last night’s dessert? Did she prepare special desserts just for you and get hurt if you didn’t want any?)
Think about how your mom used to relate to sweets. Or maybe still does. (Does your mother serve special treats to show her love? Does she use desserts to lay a guilt trip on you? Perhaps she offers edible “goodies” to make peace with members of the family?)
Do a special visualization meditation in which you see, feel and hear yourself discussing topics with your mother that have been on your mind for years. Make sure to envision yourself opening your heart to her.
Have a conversation with your mother in which you discuss your mutual connection to sugar and chat about other matters of the heart. (You can talk with her whether or not she’s alive.)
Write a letter to your mom to achieve closure and a new more meaningful connection. In your own words, you’ll share feelings that you’ve kept inside for years. (You won’t be mailing this letter, but writing it will help you to forgive her, as well as to release your anger, sadness and frustration.)The power of writing such a letter cannot be overestimated. Putting thoughts and feelings on paper has helped thousands of women worldwide.)
Naturally, many of us would like to have better relationships with our mothers (whether she’s alive or not).
By resolving past grievances and resentments with mom, you can more easily let go of your frustrating attraction to sugar and other unhealthy behaviors and feelings.
Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C. is author of SUGAR SHOCK! (Berkley Books, 2007). She is a certified holistic health counselor and former sugar addict, who now has a healthy relationship with her mother. Lisa Delman is author of Dear Mom, I’ve Always Wanted You to Know (Penguin Group, 2005). She almost lost her mom to heart disease, and the shock drove her to write 11 cathartic letters to her. Since then, Lisa developed “The Letters From the Heart Project” and has taught thousands of women around the world to write a powerful, letter to mom to help release pent-up emotions and to honor the most important relationship of your life. Learn how to write a powerful, moving letter to mom now.
It’s easy to feel disheartened in the face of all the upsetting news out there about diabetes, namely:
21 million Americans currently have it.
It’s the fifth leading cause of death due to disease in the U.S.
Over 80,000 people lose limbs due to diabetes.
Nearly 10% of American adults currently have it
Rather than feel discouraged, why not step up–or more precisely, Step Out — and do something about it?
The American Diabetes Association will give you the chance to fight back through its annual Step Out to Fight Diabetes (formerly known as America’s Walk for Diabetes), which raises more than $20 million a year to support research, public information campaigns, and to aid those living with the disease.
Residents of the 48 contiguous states will get a chance to start stepping — two hundred cities from Bangor, Maine to San Diego, California will hold Step Out to Fight Diabetes days in fall 2007. Check here to find dates in your home state or town.
Participating in Step Out to Fight Diabetes won’t just make you feel good for raising money for a very worthy cause. It’ll also give you the chance to do something good for yourself — namely, getting exercise by taking a nice walk that will be at least 2.5 miles and as many as 6 miles long, the ADA says, depending on where you choose to hit the pavement.
You don’t have to be a speed walker or super-fit athlete to walk for the cause — anyone can join in, even kids in some locations. And if you can’t walk, that’s OK — you can lend your support by sponsoring a walker, recruiting sponsors and volunteers, providing logistical support the day of the event in your hometown, or even cheering on and giving water to walkers along the route. (Click here to find out how).
The ADA’s Step Out to Fight Diabetes website includes the inspiring story of walker Sam Zaccari, himself a diabetic, whom the ADA credits with singlehandedly raising an astounding $300,000 since the first walk in 1991. This year, he’s already raised $14,000 and he set himself a goal of $27,001, one more dollar than he raised in 2006!
"Just get out there and ask for it," Zaccari says of how he’s pulled off this impressive fundraising feat. "You’re not going to get it unless you ask for it."
From Jennifer Moore
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