Saturday, November 30, 2013 6:45 am
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton kicked off a statewide campaign in honor of World AIDS Day, reminding people to get checked and know their status when it comes to HIV/AIDS by placing a large banner on the side of City Hall.
Friday, November 22, 2013 7:45 am
Girls on the Run, a Valley nonprofit organization, will be hosting its ninth annual 5K run, celebrating their fall graduates and raising awareness on ways of combating bullying.
Saturday, November 16, 2013 4:45 pm
The current struggle of wills regarding universal health care (Obamacare) and the debt ceiling has polarized our nation into those who believe in fiscal responsibility versus those who believe in unlimited spending. Conservatives vs. Socialists. Democrat and Republican appellations haven’t been used because there are conservatives and socialists in each party.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 5:45 am
The National Confectioners Association (NCA) reports chocolate is America’s favorite candy for Halloween this year. The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates $2.08 billion will be spent on Halloween candy this year; as per NCA, 72 percent of this will be some type of chocolate. Fortunately for Americans, chocolate has some properties that are actually beneficial for the teeth, gums, and cardiovascular health.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:29 pm
On Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Disability Empowerment Center artists with disabilities will be showcasing their art at an event sponsored by the Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 3:45 am
Detoxifying ones body can be a painful hassle many tend to quit before starting, however, A-Peeling Faces in Ahwatukee is offering an improved treatment to assist anyone interested in improving their exterior beauty.
Friday, October 11, 2013 3:45 am
Each year the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce honors local business women through the Palo Verde Women in Business Award.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 5:45 am
Wellness is a term that has gained in popularity in recent years. Wellness is used as a name for a variety of products and programs, and as a result the term is sometimes misused. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Digest defines wellness as “a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being.” Adopting healthy lifestyles, including being regularly active and eating well, are “processes” that lead to the “products” of health and wellness.
Sunday, October 6, 2013 7:45 am
Public relations companies usually promote businesses and clients, but this month Ahwatukee-based Orca Communications took time out to spread the news about one of their own in hopes of raising funds to pay for her daughter’s cancer treatments.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 10:45 am
World Wide Motion Picture is teaming up with AMC Ahwatukee 24 to bring the motion picture, “Ways to Live Forever,” an award-winning and cancer-themed family film to Ahwatukee on Friday, Oct. 18.
Friday, September 27, 2013 3:00 am
We’ve all heard the adage “Use it or lose it,” and that couldn’t be more accurate in regards to our cognitive performance, with the first sign of an aging brain being that “tip of the tongue” phenomenon. We’ve come to accept that misplacing our keys, losing our train of thought mid-sentence, or forgetting the name of a familiar face is to be expected at about the same time we start needing reading glasses. Not necessarily so, report neuropsychologists and nutritional researchers. Although the brain can shrink as much as one-half to 1 percent annually in mid-life and memory starts to wane in our 30’s, there are things we can do to stave off this decline:
Friday, September 27, 2013 12:15 am
The noises that your loved ones make while they are sleeping may be telling you a story. Snoring and grinding of teeth are two very common sounds heard by spouses, parents, and loved ones. The National Sleep Foundation (NSL) states that snoring affects 37 million Americans on a regular basis, and multiple studies have found that 17 percent of children snore. According to a 2005 study by researchers at Children’s Hospital in Boston, more than one-third of parents reported they hear their children grind their teeth at night. The NSL reports that 8 percent of adults are heard grinding their teeth at night.
Sunday, September 22, 2013 1:45 pm
Throughout the month of September, the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) joins the world in promoting the annual Deaf Awareness Week (DAW), Sept. 23-28.
Friday, September 20, 2013 11:45 am
Our pledge of allegiance should be changed to the preamble to the Constitution of the USA. It is much more important than a pledge to a flag.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:45 pm
The Bagnall Company was recently selected by Mohave Educational Services Cooperative to provide a new online wellness portal powered by Alere to the members of the Cooperative.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:45 pm
Consider the following very typical scenario: You are one of the growing numbers of individuals who takes an aspirin every day because of its cardio protective properties on the advice of a health care provider. Then, one day you sprain your ankle and you consider taking a couple of over-the-counter ibuprofen two or three times a day for a few days for its anti-inflammatory effects. Seems harmless enough, but is it? Is it advisable to be taking aspirin and ibuprofen simultaneously?
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 6:32 am
The most important component to prevent and reverse disease, experience lasting fat loss and your highest level of health begins by being mindful and conscious of what you choose to eat. Good nutrition and healthy eating is a journey that begins with making smarter choices when shopping for food.
Friday, August 9, 2013 3:45 pm
Rodan + Fields Dermatologists
Thursday, August 1, 2013 3:35 pm
A group of Gila River Indian Community members have filed a federal Title VI Civil Rights Complaint against the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for proposing and promoting the building of South Mountain Freeway through South Mountain.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 9:39 am
On July 27, Ahwatukee Children’s Theater (ACT) will host National Dance Day, a grassroots initiative that encourages individuals, families, organizations and communities from across the nation to get up and move through dance.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:05 pm
Hailey Dickson, an Ahwatukee senior at Desert Vista High School, is embarking on a journey this month to the Democratic Republic of Nepal, a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia, where she will be meeting other students from around the world and doing volunteer work through Projects Abroad.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 12:29 pm
Energy drinks are busting out of the convenience store cooler and into the health food aisle.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 8:54 am
Striving to provide a more personal approach to business networking, the Ahwatukee chapter of S.E.V.E.N. networking group is linking local businesses together.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 1:39 pm
Hands-free technologies make it easier for motorists to text, talk on the phone, and use Facebook while they drive. But is there a cost to this convenience?
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 10:42 am
Leslie Patricelli didn’t keep junk food in the house when her three kids were toddlers, but the goofy, bald baby in her board book “Yummy Yucky” grins from ear to ear over chocolate sauce and cookies.
The prolific picture book writer also included pepperoni pizza as a positive, acknowledging in a recent interview that some of her empty calorie imagery for kids too young to seek out sugary and fatty foods on their own have earned her a kvetch or two from parents.
“If I were to do it again I would probably make a few different choices, but I don’t think I would leave everything out,” said Patricelli, in Hailey, Idaho. “All you have to do is watch a kid eat a piece of cake to know that they’re in heaven.”
Heaven, indeed, especially when it comes to an abundance of frothy pink cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies and candy in books aimed squarely at babies, toddlers and preschoolers who may not be intimate with the meaning of moderation.
But some authors and publishers are focused on creating alternatives to c-is-for-cupcake picture books for parents struggling to promote broccoli. Even Cookie Monster sometimes eats smarter, chowing down on celery and demonstrating smaller portions of his namesake treats in “Ding Dong, Elmo’s Here!” and other books from the folks on “Sesame Street.”
“Food is everywhere kids turn,” said Betsy Loredo, executive editor for Sesame Workshop’s publishing group. “So it’s natural for us to want to think of ways we can integrate that and make choices that are healthier. We try to go for at least equity.”
“Sesame Street,” with an appearance by obesity fighter and first lady Michelle Obama, took on nutrition and exercise as an initiative back in 2004. The effort expanded to other divisions and special projects that included distribution of kits to six million families and child care centers offering ways to eat healthy on a budget and educate parents on the difference between “sometime food” and “anytime food.”
With the childhood obesity rate tripling in the past 30 years to 1 in 3 children in the United States overweight or obese, books with healthy eating pictures and messages may not be everything, but they’re something, advocates said.
Sesame Workshop, for instance, concluded in a 2010 study that when children are shown fruits and vegetables linked with favorite characters from the show they choose those foods at a much higher rate and eat more of them, according to Sesame researcher Jennifer Kotler.
Even broccoli, she laughed.
“Something happens between 3 and 5 where there’s a growing awareness of what healthy means. Where 3-year-olds like the foods they like, 5-year-olds know things they might choose might not always be the healthiest,” Kotler said.
David Goldbeck in Woodstock, N.Y., isn’t an absolutist, but he does care about what kids see in their books when it comes to food. He wants more of them to eat fruits and vegetables, so he co-wrote an alphabet book that puts broccoli and yams in equally healthy company.
The Michigan Fitness Foundation, which is home to that state’s Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, uses Goldbeck’s “The ABC’s of Fruits and Vegetables and Beyond” in take-home book bags that are part of a health literacy program in more than 400 public elementary schools, said Marci Kelly Scott, the organization’s vice president for health programs.
The book includes an alphabet format with illustrations (E is for eggplant!) but also history, fun facts and recipes for older kids. Scott ordered 500 of the books in 2008 and routinely reorders to keep up her supplies.
In this alphabet world, C is for carrots, D is for date, as in the “desert fruit found in Kuwait,” and O is for organic.